welcome to the ultimate blog party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008It’s that time of year again–The Ultimate Blog Party is here!

The wonderful women of 5 Minutes for Mom are our hosts. There will be prizes and, best of all, lots of great blogs to discover, so get on over there and sign up!

I participated last year as well (you can read my welcome post here), but for those of you visiting for the first time:

I am an American who has been living in southern Italy for, oh my goodness, almost five years already. I have a P (my fiancΓ©), a Luna and a Stella (my adorable pooches), and you can read plenty more about me here.

This blog is a place for me to keep family and friends up to date on my life as well as share my observations on Italian curiosities from governments collapsing to plastic ball protests to*big* mistakes in ordering shoes for policewomen to pasta strikes.

No, it’s never boring in Italia.

Especially with all the great food. Need a recipe? I’ve got plenty here, but how about some bruschetta al pomodoro to start off this party?

Bruschetta with tomatoes on Flickr

Please feel free to make yourself at home and have a look around–some of my favorite posts are here. And be sure to let me know you’ve stopped by!

Now I don’t know about you, but I have some serious blog-hopping to do.

P.S. For those looking for a post on Sicily, there are lots more Sicilian adventures on the way. Remember to keep an eye on my Sicily 2008 Flickr set for updated photos!

120 Beans of Wisdom to “welcome to the ultimate blog party!”
  1. 03.07.2008

    Super cute, you are! Stop by my party for a cocktail when you have some free time.

    Have a great weekend.

    Geggie’s last blog post..Let’s Party

    I’m there Geggie…enjoying my Burt’s Bees already πŸ™‚

  2. 03.07.2008

    Party on, girl!

    Cherrye’s last blog post..Moore/Mannella Marriage Meme

    Yeah! Woohoo!

  3. Gil

    I wish we could get tomatoes like that around here. I know, wait until July or August! Have a great party.

    Believe me Gil, our tomatoes are *too* great now either; that photo is from last July if I remember correctly.

  4. 03.07.2008

    Oh, I’ll have to get my act together and participate!!!! It will be fun meeting some new people!

    My Melange’s last blog post..Lesson Four

    Woohoo! Of course the 5 Minutes for Mom has been down for a bit (I’m sure with all the traffic coming its way we crashed it! Oops!), but I’m sure it’ll be up and ready for your participation soon πŸ™‚

  5. 03.07.2008

    That appetizer looks delicious! It’s nice to meet you. I lived in Eastern Europe for 7 years. Enjoy the party!

    Karen W’s last blog post..Welcome to my Party!

    Thanks Karen, and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  6. ellen b

    OK! How can someone crave bruschetta at 4:30 am but that’s what you photo is doing to me. How very interesting it must be to live in a foreign country. I’ll have to come back and check out some of your recipes and photos! Happy partying to you…

    Oh Ellen, behold the power of pomodori! I do hope you’ll stop back in after you’ve partied around a bit πŸ˜‰

  7. 03.07.2008

    You know, I’ve never had a bruschetta! I’ve always wanted to try one and if you don’t mind, I think I’ll nab yours, loll.

    You live in Italy? *LA-SIGH* That sounds SO romantic! I would love to hole up there and do nothing but write. Talk about inspiration!

    Have fun at the party!

    Oh Karen, you must do bruschetta sometime; so easy and *so* good. And believe me, I wish I could just hole up and write too…unfortunately even in Italy, daily life–cooking, cleaning, running errands, laundry–continues. But you’re right, when I can sit down and write, inspiration isn’t often a problem πŸ˜‰

  8. 03.07.2008

    Hi Just popping in from the blog party! Fun blog you have here! Love the name.

    Debz’s last blog post..Welcome! Come on in and pull up a seat!

    Hi Deb! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  9. 03.07.2008

    I can’t get onto the 5 Minutes for Mom website (wails)…I haven’t been able to sign Mr. Linky yet and we’re already 5 1/2 hours in!! Anyone else having problems?

    I always love your blog, Michelle!! I’m so glad I found you last year at the party. Hope you have a fantastic time this year : )

    Erin’s last blog post..Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party β€˜08

    Yes, it’s our anniversary! So happy to have found your place too Erin…and as I’ve emailed you, it seems the 5 Minutes for Mom site is still down πŸ™ Patience grasshopper!

  10. 03.07.2008

    Your site looks great. I will def be back for “What’s Cooking Wednesdays”.

    Thanks Kristen! Hope to see more of you πŸ™‚

  11. 03.07.2008

    How is it possible that no matter what time or when I visit your blog I end up with my mouth watering….

    Minnie’s last blog post..Sicky Sickerson….Lives at my House

    It’s a wicked plot I’ve hatched isn’t it? Mwahahhahaaa!

  12. Lori

    WOOHOO!! Italy…uuuuu-la-la! Great party:)

    Lori’s last blog post..It’s My Party and I’ll Dance if I Want To

    Thanks Lori, and thanks for stopping by!

  13. 03.07.2008

    Your party is wonderful. That recipe looks yummy and I am going to have to try it!

    Those poor snowmen! LOL Your dogs are cute though.

    Stop on by my party when you have a chance!

    Jean @ Penny Lane’s last blog post..My Ultimate Blog Party Post!

    Thanks Jean, and yes, the snowmen have definitely seen better days πŸ˜‰

  14. 03.07.2008

    Awesome party. πŸ™‚ I really love this whole party thing. I did it last year too. But last year I wasn’t very active in it, but this year is different!! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you stop by mine.

    Jenny’s last blog post..Welcome to the 2008 Blog Party

    Glad you’re hopping around a bit Jenny, and happy to see you here πŸ™‚

  15. 03.07.2008

    Morning (or afternoon, in your case)! Nice to see you again today! πŸ™‚

    My party is up.


    Rebecca’s last blog post..Party hat, anyone?

    Hi Rebecca, woohoo! Party!

  16. This seems to be the weekend for parties.

    I just want to jump into my computer screen and eat that bruschetta!

    Have a great weekend.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Cake, Champagne and cookies are a nice way to start a class.

    Who knew the first weekend of March was so festive?! Hope you enjoy your weekend as well πŸ™‚

  17. brandy w

    nice to meet ya love your site

    Hi Brandy! Thanks! Hope you’ll be back πŸ™‚

  18. 03.07.2008

    I love bruschetta! One of my favorites! And what a neat blog.. I bleed a mid roast tim hortons coffee lol.

    amydeanne’s last blog post..It’s finally here!! the UBP!

    Hah! Hey, so long as there’s caffeine…. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  19. 03.07.2008

    Yum! thanks for the bruschetta Michelle. I love your blog, but you already know that! Nice to see you in this party!

    grace’s last blog post..Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party!

    Hi Grace, good to see you! I’ll be over soon….

  20. 03.07.2008

    Wow…a party goin’ on?!!? How exciting! Count me in!

    Dee’s last blog post..It’s That Time Again . . .

    Woohoo! Glad to see you Dee!

  21. Bluestocking

    Hey come on over to my party and tell me what you think of my espresso machine.

    Your machine is a monster, and I mean that in a good way πŸ˜‰

  22. Stephanie

    Your recipes are great!!! Pictures make me so hungry!!!

    Thanks Stephanie! I hope you’ve tried some out πŸ™‚

  23. 03.07.2008

    You know, I had no idea you were living in Italy. How in the world did I miss that? Thanks for hosting such a great party!

    kailani’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party 2008 & A Giveaway!

    Yup I’m in Italy…surprise! Thanks for stopping by Kailani πŸ™‚

  24. 03.07.2008

    I really want to jump in on this blog party too, but have to wait patiently until their site is back up and running! In the meantime, I’ll just sit here and let my mouth water at the sight of that yummy bruschetta! Sigh… πŸ˜‰

    Karina’s last blog post..Say It Like You Mean It – Follow Up Friday

    We’re all waiting (im)patiently Karina…so glad you’ll be joining!

  25. 03.07.2008

    This is another chick thing, right?


    Wait till I get over here… there is a serious deficit of uomoblogging going on πŸ˜‰

    Paolo’s last blog post..Roberto Saviano meets Donnie Brasco

    Don’t soffia at me bucko. You’re welcome to go around and visit all the donne…you *do* remember what tomorrow is don’t you?

  26. fresh and delicious and wonderful and when will it be time for tomatoes like that around here?!

    michelle @ thursday night smackdown’s last blog post..Eating Out: Marco & Pepe

    Um…soon? Maybe?

  27. Linda

    I’m starving, waiting for my friend to meet me for an aperitivo and you go and tempt me with those bruschetta. Cattiva!!!
    Sounds like fun will be had at the party. If I ever get my blog up and running I’ll definitely be there.

    Oh Linda, you’re not the first to call me cattiva πŸ˜‰ Also since the main site for the party has been down all day, perhaps you have more time than you think to prepare!

  28. 03.07.2008

    Sognatrice, in Italy EVERY day is the Festa della Donna…

    Paolo’s last blog post..Roberto Saviano meets Donnie Brasco

    You’re going to do *just* fine here caro mio.

  29. 03.07.2008

    Sounds like great fun! And the photo of the bruschetta was seriously mouth-watering.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..One Love for Liv Blog Tour and What’s Cooking “Wednesday: “Salmon a la Liv”

    Will be even more fun when the site is up and all the blogs are listed in a Mr Linky! Glad you enjoyed the bruschetta πŸ˜‰

  30. 03.07.2008

    Bruschetta is a summer favorite, at our house. I grow fresh basil, just for the occasion ;o) Thanks so much for stopping by and inviting me to the party. Now, I’m hungry for more. Have a great week!

    Liz@thisfullhouse’s last blog post..Sticky Post: Ultimate Blog Party – Get Your Blog On!

    Fresh basil is one of my favorite things on Earth Liz; thanks for coming over πŸ™‚

  31. 03.07.2008

    Stopped by your party to say hello…hello

    Proud to be Country’s last blog post..Blog Party Schtuff

    Hello! Happy to see you here πŸ™‚

  32. 03.07.2008

    I couldn’t miss your party! But I have to rush home and get my party ready now!

    Susan’s last blog post..Oddly Comforting

    Thanks Susan! Can’t wait to head over to yours!

  33. 03.07.2008

    What fun!! Living in Italy of all places. One of my best friends lives in Madrid as an American teacher. My goal for this year is to get out to Europe to finally hook up with her (I missed her in Turkey & Peru – damn that grad school!) I’m sure you’ll see me around πŸ˜‰

    LA Blogger Gal’s last blog post..Hello, My Name is LA Blogger Gal…

    Ooh I hope you get over here to Europe, and also keep coming back to visit me πŸ™‚

  34. 03.07.2008

    I’m party hopping and glad I stopped by yours. The bruschetta looks delicious!

    Busymama Karen’s last blog post..Kid’s Book: Little Malia’s Big Poi Idea

    Good to see you Karen πŸ™‚

  35. 03.07.2008

    Good food, good company, great party! Nice to meet you.

    me & my puppies’s last blog post..Party Time:

    Same here! Thanks for stopping by!

  36. 03.07.2008

    Ooh, that bruschetta is making me hungry! And I love the name of your website!! πŸ™‚

    Linda’s last blog post..Party Hearty!

    Thanks Linda; I’m liking your name too…be over soon!

  37. 03.07.2008

    Michelle, this is when I first met you last year, I think?! How fun!! I haven’t been around in sooo sooooo long. Please forgive me! It’s great to “see” you again. You look like you’re doing well and having fun, as always!!! Have a great party!

    Val’s last blog post..It’s time to . . . PARTY ON!

    I think you’re right Val; always nice to see you πŸ™‚

  38. 03.07.2008

    oh, I’d never heard of this. So of course I hopped on over and procrastinated a bunch of time hopping to a bunch of the blogs. What fun!

    kacey’s last blog post..Quick Photo Post Processing Tips

    So glad you’re enjoying yourself Kacey…remember, who loves ya baby?

  39. 03.07.2008

    Hi from Northern Ireland. Nice to “meet” you.

    Your recipes look wonderful, and I look forward to coming back again soon.

    JanMary, N Ireland’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party – and what is all this about Digital Scrapbooking?

    Love Ireland, or at least I’m sure I would if I would ever get to visit! Can’t wait to come and see you (virtually, I mean) πŸ˜‰

  40. Joanne

    My mouth is watering just looking at that. Yum yum yum.
    Come by for a cocktail!

    Joanne’s last blog post..Blogger’s Delight

    You *know* I’ll be over Joanne!

  41. 03.08.2008

    The food here looks gorgeous. Puts my finger food and BBQ to shame. However, Australia has the best wine in the world so feel free to come by and grab a glass as the party at my blog has just commenced.

    Riayn’s last blog post..Party Post

    I love BBQ Riayn–hard to have a proper one here in Italy b/c they just don’t get it…could use some Aussie input! Glad to meet you πŸ™‚

  42. 03.08.2008

    I had to click on your link at the Mr. Linky because I loved the title! I don’t drink coffee, but I could sure use some!!!

    Sarah’s last blog post..Welcome to the Party!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Sarah! If you ever want a cuppa, you know where to find it πŸ™‚

  43. 03.08.2008

    Nice to meet you! I will have to check out all the food! Time for some new recipes!

    Crazy Daisy’s last blog post..It’s party time!

    Lots of great stuff for you Crazy Daisy…and I love your name πŸ™‚

  44. 03.08.2008

    Oh I will so be back. I have been looking for an American in Italy blog.
    See ya later.

    A woman who is’s last blog post..Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party!

    Oh you *must* check out my Links section (bar just below my header). LOTS of Americans in Italy in there…all wonderful of course πŸ™‚

  45. 03.08.2008

    I just love recipes! Thanks so much for inviting us over. You are such a gracious hostess! πŸ™‚

    Kimbrah, I definitely have some recipes for you…hope you like Italian πŸ˜‰

  46. 03.08.2008


    Inviting you to Party With Me!

    Win Chocolates:

    Win a handmade pocket place mat:

    Join me this month at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

    Deborah’s last blog post..Mwinka Bible Translation

    Good to see you Deborah!

  47. 03.08.2008

    I love Italy. I was there many moons ago. I will look forward to checking in often and seeing what Italy is teaching you. Then you can teach us.

    elizabeth’s last blog post..Just the idea of blogging is so cool

    Oh Elizabeth, you’re right about my learning lots of things in Italy; I do hope to see you back around πŸ™‚

  48. Rosa (something...)

    Do you realise a breakfast cereal has been named after your two dogs ? Kelloggs’ LunaStelle has just hit the market here…
    Happy to be part of your Blog Party !

    Um no, I did not! They’re famous! Woohoo! I wonder if I can residuals or something…. Thanks for coming Rosa πŸ™‚

  49. 03.08.2008

    Love your site! I visited Italy as a girl, and have wonderful memories of my time there. It is a beautiful country with truly wonderful people.

    Thank you! I hope to see you around more often πŸ™‚

  50. So nice to meet you! This is my first year to participate in The Ultimate Blog Party, and I’m really looking forward to all the festivities!

    Oh Stacey you’re going to have so much fun! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  51. MamaArcher

    Thanks for stopping by today! You have a great blog here! Have a great time party hopping this weekend and I hope you come back to my place again soon!

    Thanks Mama; looking forward to getting to know you better!

  52. ooooh, I’d love some! It’s nice to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by my party πŸ™‚

    Dawn, there’s plenty of virtual bruschetta to go around…enjoy! Thanks for coming by!

  53. 03.08.2008

    Ahh BUENO!! I love me some coffee from Italia! You made me SO hungry with that Bruschetta picture too!! Thanks for visiting and reminding me how much I miss Europe πŸ˜‰

    Christine’s last blog post..Hooray Today

    Anytime you need a reminder Christine, I’m here; thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  54. 03.08.2008

    Up till today I hadn’t heard of any American bloggers in Italy and today I’ve met 2!! Italy is a dream for me. I’ve been most everywhere but there.

    Have a great weekend!

    Jenny867-5309’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party is on!!

    Oh Jenny867-5309, who can I turn to? I mean, there are lots of American (and other nationality) bloggers in Italy in my links section–you can meet lots of us if you like πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for coming by, and start planning that trip to Italy!

  55. Wendy

    Thanks for stopping by!
    I have been jealous of the girls living in Hawaii and Bahamas, now I have to add you in southern Italy to the list. Sigh. I will definitely be back when I can look around a little more.

    Wendy’s last blog post..The Party Crasher

    Yes come back Wendy! I’ve bookmarked your site as well πŸ™‚

  56. Hi!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my party!

    I love your blog! The Bruschetta is delicious! Thank you so much for inviting me to your party! I can’t wait to come back and look at all your recipes!

    Oh and I brought you a little hostess gift!

    See you soon!

    Pink Paper Peppermints

    Come back early and often Melissa πŸ™‚

  57. Mamma D

    Thanks for stopping by and inviting me over to your party. I love your site… my family is from S. Italy (3 generations ago). I will be back, for sure!

    Happy Blog Party Week!!

    Ah Mamma D, sounds like my family! Do come back and visit πŸ™‚

  58. 03.08.2008

    Hi! My husband’s grandfather came to America from Sicily when he was a little boy. So when I married I received an Italian last name.

    I like your idea of a favorite posts page. Okay if I use it?

    Absolutely Jendi! I’m quite sure it wasn’t my idea to begin with, so feel free! I’ve been writing about Sicily lately b/c I just took a trip there, so do come back and visit πŸ™‚

  59. 03.09.2008

    Thanks for visiting our party – maybe we’ll see you in Italy!!!!!

    us 8’s last blog post..party time again….

    Hopefully so! Thanks for coming!

  60. 03.09.2008

    Love the name of your blog. I can’t wait to see your photos of Italy! I’ve never been there, but I hear it is beautiful.

    Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    Great party!

    Thanks Jamie, come on back for lots of great Italian stuff…and remember to check out my photos on Flickr!

  61. gina

    I had to come visit after I saw your invite on another blog calling here a party in Southern Italy. I am so bookmarking your blog so I can come back and get my fill of your gorgeous photos and stories of my beloved Italy.

    Welcome Gina! Looking forward to getting to know you better…come anytime πŸ™‚

  62. Mindy Said

    Great blog! Thanks for stopping by my party post!

    Mindy Said’s last blog post..I ? Google

    Thank you for coming by Mindy; I look forward to looking around your site more!

  63. 03.09.2008

    Hi! I have family out where you are – maybe some day I’ll get to visit!

    Blessed’s last blog post..It’s Party Time

    I’m sure your family would be over the moon to have you visit; fingers crossed for you!

  64. 03.09.2008

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my party! I had to come over and say hello! How cute are you! How awesome you live in Italy! =) Have fun partying!

    Tiffany’s last blog post..Day 26…almost done!

    Great to see you Tiffany! Hope to see you around some more πŸ™‚

  65. 03.09.2008

    your picture has me drooling!!!!!!!!! I want to visit Italy so much! Please teleport me to your home!

    CC’s last blog post..Funny Friday

    CC there’s plenty of bruschetta to go around well into the summer…whenever you can make it is fine πŸ˜‰

  66. 03.09.2008

    Looking forward to coming back to visit more at your blog. If not for the fascinating info on Italy, then for the food!

    Busymama Kellie’s last blog post..Tooth Decay

    Yes yes! Come back Kellie!

  67. 03.09.2008

    Thanks for stopping by my bloggy world and leaving such a sweet comment …. I DO have a lotta mouths to feed, I will be back for recipes for sure!!!

    Becky Jo’s last blog post..Anyone Got A Hankie?!?!

    Got lots here for you Becky Jo…hope you like Italian!

  68. Maggy

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! What a wonderful blog, and what an exciting life!! And here I had trouble with the culture shock when I moved from the East Coast to the Midwest – I feel like a big wimp now – hah! Happy blog party. I sure will keep tabs on your blog – it sounds so interesting. Be well

    Maggy’s last blog post..Been having some fun!

    Oh Maggy in many ways I’m sure your culture shock was even greater–I came from a place that was actually pretty similar to living here, so the language was the biggest adjustment. Hope to see more of you around here πŸ™‚

  69. 03.09.2008

    Oh, your blog is soooo neat! I love Italian food, and now I get to try recipes right from Italy. Yummy! Thank you for coming to my party. Sure you can pass the blog design on to a friend! That would be so nice. πŸ™‚

    Also, I am not religious either. πŸ˜‰ Another reason this book is so great! It doesn’t promote a religion, it just teaches starting from the beginning of the Bible, what the Bible’s purpose is so you can make an “informed” decision about what to believe. And it doesn’t have a “religious” undertone either. πŸ™‚

    I will look froward to visiting you in the future. πŸ™‚

    Mommy’s last blog post..Party Has been Postponed, LOL!

    Hi Mommy! Hee hee…glad you could stop by, and I’m happy to hear I’m eligible for both of your wonderful drawings. And please do browse through the recipes…something for everyone! Thanks for coming over and I look forward to getting to know you better as well πŸ™‚

  70. 03.09.2008

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s fun to meet someone living in Italy. The food looks so good.

    Morning Rose’s last blog post..Welcome to Our Blog

    Ciao Morning Rose–I love that you use your “translated” names! Looking forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

  71. Hey There,

    I came over to visit from Becky Jo’s blog and am so glad that I did! You have a lot of great insight and ideas, as well as some truly yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing them all with us!

    When you get some time I would love to have you come over and visit me in my blogs…
    My personal/ministry blog – Mel’s World – http://www.melissamashburn.com
    My Home Business Blog – Mel’s World Travel Biz – http://www.melsworldtravelbiz.blogspot.com

    Thanks for hosting such a great bloggy party!

    Melissa πŸ˜‰

    Melissa in Mel’s World’s last blog post..His Love is Extravagant

    Hi Melissa, nice to meet you! I hope you enjoy the recipes…made with love you know πŸ˜‰

  72. 03.10.2008

    Happy party! I’ll be back to visit now that I know you’re here. I just love Italy and hope to go back one day soon!

    Alicia’s last blog post..Welcome To Balancing Motherhood: The Site Where You Learn You’re Not The Only One Trying To Do It All and Still Have a Life

    Happy to see you Alicia, and I look forward to getting to know you better! And btw, may I recommend you think about Calabria for your next trip? I know a great bed and breakfast….

  73. 03.10.2008

    Hey there! I’ve been seeing your signature all over the blogosphere! Knew I’d make it to your site eventually!!! I intend to hop back over here after the mad rush to check out your bruchetta. Save me some!!! I’ll bring drinks — good wine is REALLY hard to find here, but I’ve got some great coffee from a friend of mine in PNG, and I’m trying out a Sugar Cream Pie (Recipe from http://stardustlullaby.blogspot.com/ modified ‘cuz I can’t get half-n-half here), so if it turns out good I’ll share! If not, I’ll just have to eat the evidence.

    Happy partying! Hope you’ll come visit mine when you get a chance!

    Hey Rebecca! Glad to see you here; I will certainly be at your place sooner or later…so many great blogs in the party! I saw that Sugar Cream Pie and it looks *fabulous* . . . especially if you’re doing all the work πŸ˜‰

  74. 03.10.2008

    Thanks for stopping by the Bitter Ball. I love Italian food so I am going to have to check out your recipes. I am sure they are better than the stuff at Olive Garden!

    Kim’s last blog post..March 9th… Such a Great Date

    Well Kim I sure *hope* they’re better than the Olive Garden, but I’ve never eaten at one to know…you’ll have to fill me in!

  75. 03.10.2008

    I told my husband about your brother and the Nomar baseballs and bat. He’s jealous!!! LOL! It’s nice to “meet” you!

    Natalie’s last blog post..Weekend Snapshot – Mar 10

    Couldn’t resist telling that story to a tried and true BoSox fan…pleased to meet you as well πŸ™‚

  76. 03.10.2008

    Well, anyone who has a blog name like yours, certainly deserves a visit! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! And then I learn you live in Italy… lucky girl! Party on!

    jennyonthespot’s last blog post..It’s My Man!

    Thanks for coming by Jenny; I’ll be visiting soon!

  77. 03.10.2008

    My boyfriend has been asking me to make him bruschetta, but for the life of me I could not figure it out, so thanks for this recipe! Happy partying!

    Holly’s last blog post..Super Sunday Freebies #3: Beauty

    Holly the most important thing is that you get the best ingredients–other than that, it’s easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  78. 03.10.2008

    Love the name of your blog. I happened to find it in the list as I was drinking my first cup of coffee for the day! Nice to meet you! Have a great time blog partying πŸ™‚

    Lisa @ JujuBoo’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party πŸ™‚

    Perfect timing Lisa! Looking forward to visiting you as well πŸ™‚

  79. 03.10.2008

    Hello! Stopping in to say hello and happy partying! Have a great Monday!


    Shauna’s last blog post..Organizational Monday

    Hi Shauna! Thanks for stopping by!

  80. 03.10.2008

    mmm…Bruschetta is so good. We just had some last night for dinner. Thanks for stopping by my party and your party looks great! Have fun!!!

    charlotte’s last blog post..What to Do in the Middle of Winter?

    Lucky you to have some good tomatoes! Hope you’re enjoying the party πŸ™‚

  81. Gerbil

    Mmmmm. Espresso, drink of the gods. i actually tried to view your blog yesterday and my connection kept timing out! thanks for stopping by… i think my fuzzy little guys are cute too. πŸ˜‰

    Oh no! Well I’m glad you got through today πŸ™‚

  82. 03.10.2008

    While I’m not exactly bleeding espresso, I do enjoy a leisurely 2nd cup of coffee, and i invite you to join me! Lovely blog you have here.

    linda at 2nd cup’s last blog post..Six Degrees of Monday And Brunettes

    Sounds like fun Linda; I’ll be there soon πŸ™‚

  83. 03.10.2008

    I have this “list” of things that I want to do…and visiting Italy is definately on it!! right behind swimming with dolphins…=) You have some yummy looking recipes on your blog…I can’t wait to come back and check it all out when I have more time….Thanks for stopping by my blog…I am a coffee lover too….Hmmmm…I think we could be good friends….Have a great party!!

    Cassie’s last blog post..Weekend Recap

    Yes yes! Come to Italy! It does seem we have a lot in common; looking forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

  84. 03.10.2008

    Oh, that bruschetta looks absolutely delish! You host a wonderful Italian party! Happy UBP!

    Elaine’s last blog post..I Can’t Stop Watching This!

    Thanks Elaine, and thanks for stopping by!

  85. 03.11.2008

    Oh My….I love it!!!! I know it is fate….two Italian ladies have found me. (I have been begging my husband to let me spend a month in Italy….alone….I just want to eat good food….drink amazing wine and perhaps pick up a bit of Italian! (wish me luck!)

    Your party was great! I’m going to have to invite myself back to check out your recipes.

    Happy party hoppin!

    Hah, yes, now you *must* come. And tell hubby I said so πŸ˜‰ I think spending a month here just soaking things up is absolutely the best way to experience Italy–become a local, frequent the same markets, etc….you’ll love it! Best of luck, and do come back and see me πŸ™‚

  86. 03.11.2008

    I’ve always wanted to visit Italy. Your blog was my Italian moment tonight. πŸ™‚

    Hey anytime you need an Italy fix, I’m here! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  87. 03.11.2008

    Wow! Things sure sound exciting in Italy! =) Have a great week!

    Brandie’s last blog post..Yikes!

    Exciting, crazy, downright inexplicable…yup. We got it here πŸ˜‰

  88. 03.11.2008

    Great to meet you! I get your feed, and thank you for some great posts. Stop by some time, and say hi!

    This is a great party!

    Will be over to see you shortly! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  89. 03.11.2008


    Thank you so much for stopping by. Your story is up…it was fun to write. πŸ™‚

    I am really glad you stopped by because i am thoroughly in love with this site, and will be coming back often to read about your life in Italia. It is always wonderful to see different worlds. I never realized the first almond blossoms of the year were signifigant, or that poor policewomen would have to kill their feet in heels.

    And the food! Yum! Thank you again!

    Hey there! Well thank *you* for such a wonderful story and for coming on by! I look forward to getting to know you better…I’m subscribing now!

  90. 03.12.2008

    thanks for your visit to my blog party and for your very kind compliment. This is my first year to participate in the blog party.
    I am posting some of my other eggs I have painted this year until Easter. And will post other things also.

    Dixie’s last blog post..Welcome

    Ooh I’m so looking forward to more eggs! Thanks for stopping by Dixie πŸ™‚

  91. Italy huh? Now that’s awesome. I’ll put you on my bookmark list so that I can come back for more in-depth reading later.

    It was very nice to meet you!

    Quirky is a Compliment’s last blog post..3/11/07 Diez on whatever Tuesday is in Spanish

    Yes Quirky come back…and I agree with you that quirky *is* a compliment πŸ˜‰

  92. 03.12.2008

    How exciting that you’re in Italy! I’ll have to have a look around, it sounds so interesting!

    I’m just doing a bit of blog partying myself, so I’ll be sure to come back!

    Karen MEG’s last blog post..They did what they’re supposed to do … sort of

    Looking forward to seeing you around Karen πŸ™‚

  93. 03.12.2008

    I love your blog title – sounds like you’re just full of energy. I’m having a blast partying on with everyone, hopping from blog to blog. You’re making me hungry thinking of all the recipes I could come across here.

    Thanks for sharing & God Bless, HL

    (hopefully you don’t get this twice… as I tried to submit, and ended up with an error screen)

    Heather’s last blog post..Our Journey – Week 9

    Hah, some days I’m full of energy, yes…others…. πŸ˜‰

    Hope you enjoy your time here–lots of recipes to choose from!

  94. 03.12.2008

    Wow- that bruschetta is making me huunnngrry!

    Go blog party!!

    laura’s last blog post..Fried Rice with Tofu

    Thanks for stopping by Laura!

  95. 03.12.2008

    Hi from Palo Alto! Happy partying around the blogosphere, and hope you have time to drop my mine.

    bonggamom’s last blog post..I heart our new camera

    Thanks for stopping by Bonggamom! Always nice to see you πŸ™‚

  96. 03.12.2008

    I love bruschetta. Yumm. Thanks for the recipe, and for joining in the party. GLad to have met.

    Have fun!

    Terri H’s last blog post..Take a Deep Breath, Take a Deep Breath

    Thanks for stopping by Terri!

  97. i-Mommy

    LOVE your blog! I’ve subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

    Nice to *meet* you…now I’m off to do some more blog-hoppin’

    i-Mommy’s last blog post..Family Time – Giveaway!

    So happy you’ve come along i-Mommy! Look forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

  98. 03.13.2008

    Definitely bookmarked you! Maybe if I read enough it will be like I’m actually in Italy…which is actually one of my dreams…to live in Italy but with four kids, a husband and a dog, it might not be any time soon!

    Gina Conroy’s last blog post..Life’s a Three Ring Circus

    So happy to have you here Gina…with any luck, I can transport you with my words and photos πŸ™‚

  99. Ohhhh Italy. I bet the food is ole so yummy over there. Glad I found you through the blogging party πŸ™‚

    Jen @ One Moms World’s last blog post..By: Linda

    Well I’m pretty happy with the food πŸ˜‰ Thanks for coming by!

  100. 03.13.2008

    what a great party! this is my first year, and oh my is this cool! my niece lived in rome for a semester last year and loved it. when i was a teenager, we went on a class trip from st. louis to france, germany and switzerland (with an afternoon passing in italy). i loved it and hope to go back some day! what a great site, and i checked through some of your recipes, yum! that bruschetta looks wonderful. i’m not a big tomato fan, but i do love bruschetta!
    thanks for visiting my site earlier, i will definitely be back!

    So good to have you here Amy! Lots of recipes here minus tomatoes, so I hope you’ll have a good look around πŸ™‚

  101. 03.13.2008

    Yes, I do remember you from last year’s blogging party! Your template is different, where as mine is the same! So I ‘m hoping to win a make-over . . I mean it is really due!
    As before I loved scrolling around and visiting Italy . . .I hope to make it real some day.
    But as you said
    MUCHO party hopping to do! I’ll be seeing you!
    Party on!

    Yes, your template is the same, but I love it, so that makes it OK…I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a makeover for you, though, since you want one so badly πŸ™‚ Hope you make it to Italy too–if so be sure to let me know!

  102. Jodie

    Oh how could I resist an invitation to visit Italy, especially when you have such great food on tap (I want to eat those egg plant balls now)! I’ve just skimmed your most recent posts as I have some massive strides to make to get to all the other blog party locations but I’m marking you for later in my RSS feed so expect to see me popping back.

    Jodie’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party 2008

    Thanks so much for stopping by and vowing to return Jodie; pleased to meet you πŸ™‚

  103. thanks so much for visiting my party. πŸ™‚ i’m glad i stopped in and got to learn a bit more about you. that brushcetta looks amazing.
    enjoy your time in italy. will you be there long?

    crunchy domestic goddess’s last blog post..20 minutes makes a better butter

    Nice to see you here CDG–as for my stay in Italy, looks pretty permanent from where I’m sitting πŸ™‚

  104. 03.13.2008

    Nice to meet a lucky expatriate!

    Tracee Sioux’s last blog post..True Price of Abercrombie

    Pleased to meet you too Tracee!

  105. 03.14.2008

    Pasta strikes, now that is serious. I long to visit Italy one day, but I shall enjoy vicariously through your writings.

    The Random Muse’s last blog post..Blog Party

    Pleased to have you along Random Muse πŸ™‚

  106. 03.14.2008

    Wow, what a great blog! I am another Michelle who is Italian. My dear cousin just put together our family tree, extending back many generations of Italians. I have a wonderful family history in Italy and the US. I love the recipes and pictures. Maybe I will post some of my recipes and pictures of my Italian family. We’ll see. But thanks for stopping by my party post. This has been a great way for me to find new blogs. I will be interested in reading yours often.

    Michelle’s last blog post..My apologies…

    Oh you should definitely post some of those things Michelle–great way to make sure they don’t get lost for one thing. Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope to see you more often πŸ™‚

  107. 03.14.2008

    What a fun blog!

    Happy blog partying.

    Reluctant Housewife’s last blog post..How NOT to play the violin

    Thanks for stopping by Reluctant Housewife!

  108. 03.14.2008

    Wow! Thanks for stopping by my blog and participating in the UBP! I have been reading Eat, Pray, Love & I have to admit that since reading the chapters on Italy, I have wanted to go there and eat myself into an oblivion…yum! I love food!

    Teri’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party

    Love Eat, Pray, Love Teri! Hope you’ll stick around and have a look at some recipes πŸ™‚

  109. 03.14.2008

    Hello!!! Super lovely to ‘meet’ you via the UBP!! Thank you for popping by and saying hi…you have a wonderful blog here, beautiful and so interesting! Italy…wow!! πŸ™‚ I’ll be back to visit, your recipes look so yummy!! Have a wonderful day!

    Kari’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party!!

    Nice to see you Kari! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

  110. Great Party! The food looks yummy! Thanks for visiting me and here’s your discount coupon code…


    Good for 15% off anything in our store! Feel free to share it with family, friends and your readers.


    Ooh thanks! Will definitely pass that along. Thanks for coming by!

  111. 03.14.2008

    hello! thanks for stopping by my party for my apron giveaways!! hope you had a fun week!

    Brassy Apple’s last blog post..Blog Party!!!! can you guess???

    It was a fabulous week! I still plan on visiting participants as time permits…over 1000 is just way too many to get to in just a week!

  112. 03.14.2008

    I’ve bookmarked your site to take a closer look. Scrolling through I saw lots of recipes—and I love trying new things.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    Candi’s last blog post..A Day at the Park….. (WW)

    So happy to hear it Candi!

  113. Kathleen Marie

    Wow! This looks amazing! So very yummy. So happy you stopped by my blog. I don’t think there is anyway I will make it to over 1000 partiers! Oh well!

    Hi there! I plan on making rounds little by little over the next few . . . months, I suppose! So many great blogs!

  114. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am definitely adding you to my favorites. I would love reading more about Italy. My grandmother came from Abruzzo to American many years ago. I think my grandfather was from Naples, I’ll have to ask my mom.

    Carol ~ I Throw Like A Girl’s last blog post..Saturday Stirrings ~ Fumi Salad

    Ooh, another with Italian heritage! I look forward to getting to know you better Carol πŸ™‚

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