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Building a Business for the Entire Family

Parents are responsible for the education of their children. Many parents want their children to enjoy success in life when they get older and so they make sure they receive a good education and have the ability to get a job when they are an adult. One route that many parents take is sending their children to college and then they will be qualified to get a job. Another option is to build a business that the entire family can benefit from. Building a business does not mean that the children do not need education. It simply means that in addition to giving your children a good education, you will also build a business that they can benefit from in the future.

When deciding on the kind of business that will benefit your family now and in the future, a couple of factors need to be taken into consideration. First, if there is a need that can be filled in the local area, you may want to base your business on this. Second, you want to take into consideration your personal experience and the experience of your spouse. There are a variety of businesses that can be started by individuals who do not have much experience.

One option would be to open a bakery. Of course, individuals in the family could go to school for this, but that is not always necessary. Starting a bakery is relatively inexpensive. In addition to needing a place where the bakery can be located, there is only a small amount of equipment and tools that are necessary to get the business going. Ovens, display cases, tables with food service casters, and other basic items are needed. A bakery is a great way to not only build a business that can benefit your family now and in the future, but it is an opportunity for the family to spend more time together while at work and at home.

In addition to providing your family now with a source of income and giving your children the ability to earn an income when they are adults, building a business is also an asset. At some time in the future, you may decide to sell the business or your children may decide to do so.

Being open to new ideas and being a little bit creative can help you make sure you give your children a rounded education and provide them with a solid foundation on which to build their future.

A Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe

One of my favorite desserts to eat al fresco on a hot summer night…limoncello, summer heat em to all seem to go together.. besides gives me an excuse to reminisce about my time in Amalfi and the sweet  lemons of Amalfi!

Limoncello Tiramisu 


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from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

Place following ingredients in bowl and mix till well blended

8 ozs Mascarpone

3 tablespoons limoncello

3 egg yolks

2 tblsps powdered sugar

Bath for Ladyfingers-Mix the following and place in separate soup dish or bowl.

For the limoncello cream-6 teaspoons limoncello

peel of one lemon

juice of one lemon

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoons of water

25 ladyfingers

Soak ladyfingers one at a time in the bath. Place one layer of ladyfingers in square cake pan, then top with one half of cream mixture. Repeat with ladyfingers and top with remaining cream. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve with strawberries or berries in season.

For more recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


Also look for the 2 newest books in  The Basic Art of …series for easy,delicious recipes

The Basic Art of Coffee

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The Basic Art of Cocktails

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A Cool Cafe Granita Recipe…

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A hot summer day strolling through Rome and nothing is more refreshing than a caffe granita or iced coffee..and when I am not in Rome…I make my own caffe granita wherever I call’s my favorite recipe from

The Basic Art of…. Coffee



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Caffe Granita

1 cup spring water

3 tblsps sugar

1 vanilla bean

1 1/2 cups of espresso coffee


Place water, sugar and vanilla bean in pan and bring to a boil. remove from heat and remove vanilla bean. Pour liquid  in ice cube tray and let freeze. When frozen place in ice crusher to make crushed ice. Place crushed ice in small glasses and pour hot espresso over this. Serve topped with whipped cream.


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book…The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


Tintoretto..the cocktail..the artist…

Paying homage to one of the last great  Renaissance painters, known as Tintoretto (real name Jacopo Robusti) a refreshing cocktail from the newly released book The Basic Art of Cocktails


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A simple cocktail known as ….

1/2 cup Prosecco Spumante (or a Spumante)
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
Divide Spumante evenly between 2 champagne glasses. Top each
glass with pomegranate juice evenly divided among two glasses.
Don’t stir- two colors of each liquid will provide two different colors
or layers.

And for more recipes, also get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


A Berry Yogurt Sorbet….

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Summer picnics and eating al fresco are my favorite summer activities..this year my 5 month old pup shares our summer picnics  and I love to include foods that she can also have..for July 4th our red, white and blue frozen sorbetwas refreshing and is one that everyone- adults, kids, and my pup could it is..


Sweetie Bear Slushie

1 cup frozen blueberries,

1 cup frozen strawberries

, 1 cup frozen raspberries,

1/2 banana frozen,

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.

Place all in food processor, serve with mint leaves


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

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Private Tours of Rome, Italy

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Travelers today have so many travel options to choose from. but private tours are one of the best ways to get a truly personal experience in the destination of your choice. You will also be able to discover local points of attraction and travel around like a local for the day!

If you have ever thought about visiting the Eternal City- Rome, Italy, or even if you have been there already, give yourself, and loved ones the personal gift of a private tour on your next visit and you will begin to see Rome as the locals do.

Take private tours of Rome

The city is filled with so much to discover that you may want to do a private tour there more than once with so many places to visit.

Did you know that the ancient Romans invented the multi-course banquets as we know them today. So after experiencing the sights and sounds of the city don’t forget to experience a well deserved taste of the city as well. There are many delicious street foods you can find while walking. In the winter time, nothing beats a hot paper cone filled with freshly roasted chestnuts, sold on the street. In the summer time of the year, a cone of home made gelato is a delicious way to wind down after a hectic day. You can also get a taste of the original iced coffee topped with real cream at many of the coffee bars in town.

Andt when you are back home you may want to share your photos around the kitchen table with a taste of Rome- Bruschetta alla Romana- the same bruschetta served in some restaurants in Rome as an antipasto.

Bruschetta alla Romana

*1 loaf of crusty Italain bread- cut into thick slices

*4 cloves of garlic

*7 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded

*1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

*salt to taste

*1 fresh bunch of basil-chopped

Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and broil on both sides till golden or place on grill. Arrange bread slices on a plate and brush top with olive oil, rub each slice with peeled garlic cloves. Place chopped tomatoes in bowl, add in remaining olive oil and pinch of salt, chopped basil. Toss and top each slice with tomato mixture and serve



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Make Your Own Pup Treats

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Keep your dog healthy by feeding it all natural, make your own pup treats. Sweetie pup loves my chicken chewies..she has come to know these as ‘Chewy Louies’..just one mention of the name ‘Chewy Louies” and she will stop in her tracks and sit, give me her paw, roll over, whatever she can think of….Easy to make and edible for humans also, but truly a pup snack.


Cut a slightly frozen chicken breast into diagonal slices. Place on a cookie sheet that has been slightly coated with olive oil and bake in an oven that has ben preheated to 200 degrees for 2 hours. You can flavor with cumin, fresh parsley. Let cool and feed to your pet, always supervise eating and be sure to provide plenty of water!


Perfect Summer Products….

Here are some products to help make your summer carefree and summer’s  meant to be:

CedarLane Natural Foods to make those  lazy Sunday brunches a reality with their egg white omelette entrees. All you need to do is pop them in the oven or microwave. I tried all 4 flavors and loved them all, but my favorite is the spinach and mushroom! Check out all the flavors and ingredient info here


Alkaline 88 Bottled Water  is the best way to quench your thirst and become more than hydrated with eclectrolytes and it achieves its’ 8.8 ph level through a chemical free scientific  process, the world’s healthiest water. I keep with me before, after and during my workouts but I also take  a bottle with me when hiking, on the beach, going on long  walks with my puppy and anytime I need a pick me up!


Blueberries and Robert Frost..

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What a way to spend a warm (almost) summer, sunny day..reading Blueberries by Robert Frost (one of my favorite poems) and baking a blueberry cake with fresh blueberries (of course)..


Blueberry Torta

2/3 cup Sugar

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Butter

2 eggs

2/3 cup Milk

1 + 1/2 cup flour

8 ounces of  fresh blueberries

*1 tsp baking powder

*grated peel of one fresh lemon

*grated peel of one fresh orange

*1 tsp pure vanilla extract

*powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Beat eggs with sugar till frothy and well blended. Place butter in a double boiler and melt, then place in the milk a spoonful at a time while whisking with wire whisk. In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder,  add into mixture a little at a time all the while stirring in with wire whisk. Add in peel of lemon and orange. Blend well and remove from double boiler. Let dough sit and cool for 1 hour.

Wash and dry  blueberries and add half of blueberries to the dough.

Butter an 8” cake pan and place in mixture. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven, when cool sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


For more recipes…Get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition



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