Category Archives: Today’s Joy

The Sweet Life

“La Dolce Vita” is an Italian phrase meaning “The Sweet Life” that we picked up on our first visit to Italy. We’ve used it often to describe our life together over the years, but I have to tell you, life over the past six months has been even sweeter than ever. This little girl is such a joy! I don’t know if anyone will even see this post since it has been so long since I last wrote, but if you are reading this and you were one of the many people who prayed for us during this pregnancy, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It still amazes me that we get to be her parents. ❤

Over the past few months I’ve had several people ask if I’m going to start writing in this space again. And the truth has been that I just didn’t know. As I’m sure most of you who follow me on social media have guessed, we are currently keeping our daughter’s online presence to a minimum. Which means that I’m not planning to write about her here. I could write about the same types of things I used to write about here: recipes or fitness or time with friends or travels or photography or DIYs or house updates all without mentioning her or sharing photos of her. But, my friends, that’s just not where my head is right now.

I’m still doing all of these things that I was doing before her arrival, but she is just so much a part of our lives now that I don’t want to blog without talking about her. Maybe at some point down the line I’ll be ready for that or we will decide to share more about her publicly. But for now I guess this is me officially saying a goodbye to this blog.

I may not be writing in this space, but I’m not completely gone! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. And of course if you have questions about recipes or travel or baby things or just want to chat, you can always email me (thisitalianrach@gmail.com). I would love to hear from you! 🙂

I started this blog in 2010 and am so thankful for the connections I’ve made thanks to blogging. What a sweet and supportive group of bloggers I ran into in this corner of the internet. Thanks for being part of that and for reading along over the years! ❤

Love Rach

Molasses and Butter

This is my grandfather, DaddyKen. He is one handsome looking fellow, isn’t he? 

He was a barber for 50+ years and has been my barber all my life. But he is also amazing in the kitchen. He taught me how to mix my cereals. And he makes the best bacon and eggs. Ever. True story.  He also taught me how to eat molasses properly.

You may think this is weird. My husband certainly did the first time he saw my family doing it. Now he’s a convert who loves it. But way back in the day, he definitely thought it seemed weird. And looked gross. So you are forgiven if you think this is weird or gross. But seriously, don’t knock it till you try it. 😉

Butter, molasses, a fork and a biscuit. Simple yet so delicious.

DaddyKen grew up eating molasses and butter “smooshed” together like this. He learned it from his father. And he passed it down to my mom who passed it to our family. And now my husband loves this too so you better believe that we will pass this down to our kiddos. I know it isn’t the prettiest thing, but believe me – it is amazingly delicious! 🙂

Has anyone else heard of this? Is it just my family? Or maybe a southern country tradition (my grandfather grew up in the country)?

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Welcome to Spring, friends! In honor of today’s gorgeous sunshine (today’s high is 83 here!) I am sharing a delicious summery potato salad. I’m not normally a huge potato salad kinda girl, but add bacon, ranch and cheese to anything and I am so in, haha! I got this recipe from my mom a couple of years ago and I’ve made it frequently ever since!

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Ingredients:

2 lbs of red potatoes, cut in bite-size pieces
1 (16 oz) carton of sour cream
1 (1 oz) envelope of Ranch dressing mix
1 ¼ cups cooked bacon, crumbled
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Place potatoes in large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil, then reduce to med-low setting, cover, simmer until tender (about 20 minutes). Drain and run under cold water to cool potatoes.

2. Combine sour cream and ranch mix until blended. Put potatoes, bacon, and cheese in large bowl. Stir in dressing until well-coated. Garnish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Then serve!

In other news, several people have emailed me letting me know that WordPress won’t allow them to comment on my blog. I contacted support so hopefully I will have an answer soon. Until then, thank you so much for hanging with me! You guys are the best! 🙂