Tasty Thursday: Zucchini and Leek Lasagna

Happy Thursday, friends! And welcome back to Italy Week on my blog :). Today’s a special post, since I usually do my recipe posts on Tuesdays, but this week I have two recipes to share. Check out Tuesday’s post here. While we were in Florence, a few of us took a cooking class at the Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici inside the Mercato Centrale. It was so much fun, and definitely a bucket list item!

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When we first arrived, we were given an apron and told to pick out a spot at one of the cooking stations. We found out what we’d be making – zucchini and leek lasagna – and the instructor started teaching us right away! Continue reading

Julie Travels: Firenze

Italy Week continues, and today I’m sharing all about my time in Firenze, or Florence (Florence is the English version of Firenze). If you missed my post about the Cinque Terre, you can read it here, and my Italian-inspired cocktail recipe is here.

We were blessed with three wonderful days in Firenze, and I’m excited to share with you where we stayed, what we ate, and what we did.

Where we stayed:
This was, hands down, my favorite lodging of our entire trip. We rented an apartment through HomeAway, and it was perfect. You can check out the exact apartment here. I HIGHLY recommend it. Massimo, the apartment owner, was super accommodating, incredibly friendly, and just all-around great.

The apartment was exactly as advertised on the Homeaway site, it was super safe, and very comfortable. My favorite thing was having a little space that was all our own to come back to after a long day of exploring. I also loved that it had air conditioning (can I get an AMEN!), we had common space for everyone to hang out in, we could do breakfast there before starting our day, and we were blocks away from the center of town.

What we ate:
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Tasty Tuesday: Limoncino Cocktail

Hi there, friends. I have a tasty cocktail to share with you today, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t first mention my heartfelt concern for everyone affected by Harvey. So much devastation, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone there.

It’s been so nice to get back into blogging this week to share the details of my trip to Europe. Yesterday I kicked off Italy Week with a post about my time in the Cinque Terre. Loved it there so much, and cannot wait to get back. Check out the details here.

Today, I’m sharing a delicious cocktail recipe inspired by Limoncino! I got a souvenir bottle of Limoncino in Cinque Terre, but they sell it at the grocery store, too, so you could definitely recreate this recipe for yourself.

You may have heard Limoncino called Limoncello, and before my trip to Italy, that’s the only name I knew it by, too. Like many things in Italy, the naming is based on the region you’re in. In Northern Italy the tasty lemon liqueur is called Limoncino, and in Southern Italy, it’s called Limoncello.

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Julie Travels: Cinque Terre

Hi everyone! I am excited to be back to blogging after a month-long break to travel to Europe.  I took my Girl Scout troop to Iceland, Italy, France, and England for two weeks. This trip was something they’ve been working toward for two years, and it was wonderful! At the end of the two weeks, the girls headed home, and Chelsea met me in Iceland for another week.

It was a wonderful time abroad, and I’m looking forward to blogging all about it over the next few weeks and reliving the memories. This week, it’s all about Italy! Today I’m sharing all about our experience exploring the villages of Cinque Terre. So, let’s dive right in, shall we?! Continue reading