• Cooking with Lucas

    Today Trisha (visiting from Anchorage, Alaska) and I went to a great cooking class taught by Lucas. We learned how to make from scratch chestnut pasta with butternut squash & pancetta, creamy porcini risotto made with marscopone, gorganzola and truffle cheese. We finshed the meal with wine poached pears. Here is some of the photos of this fun cooking class. Recipes can be found at http://www.cookingwithlucas.com

  • Halloween 2014

    What a way to celebrate Halloween this year! My girlfriend Trisha is here visiting for two weeks and so far we are having a blast. Halloween night we went to a local bar / Restaurant called The Big. Two bands were playing and it was packed with those in the Halloween spirit. Here is some of the fun we had.

  • Oatmeal Pumpkin spiced cookies with Chocolate Chips

    Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 dozen cookies 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups quick-cooking oats 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups miniature chocolate chips Directions 1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2.Beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. 3.Mix flour, oats, pumpkin spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; stir…

  • Homemade Mac & Cheese

    Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 servings 1 box (about 8 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni or another type of fun pasta 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated smoked Mozzarella cheese Pinch of cayenne pepper 1/2 tablespoon garlic 1/2 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 ground mustard 1/2 smoked papika 3 cups milk 1/4 cup butter 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1.Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain. 2.In a large pot , melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring…

  • The Traveling Young’s have been nominated for Liebster Award!

    Hello Readers! Well this is a very special post! And it’s a little bit delayed but between the back to back visitors and Italian classes I’ve been insanely busy. However The Traveling Young’s has been nominated for a Liebster Award! This award is given to new bloggers to help you discover new blogs that you might not have known about! It gives new bloggers a chance to have their blog highlighted. Happy Reading! The rules for the award are as follows: Thank the blogger who gave it to you. Answer the eleven questions they ask you. Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers. Ask those eleven bloggers eleven questions.…

  • 30 minute away oasis

    I was lucky enough to go with my neighbor and some of her friends for a Spa day. This by far is the best place I have ever been to for a spa day. About 30 minutes from where I live there is a place called Quisisana which is a luxury hotel and spa. However on their webpage they refer (English translation) to it as a hotel & Beauty Farm. Farm or not I was happy to graze all day while taking the occasional cat nap on the lounge chairs. We were truly blessed with a late fall as it was in the upper 70’s in mid October. There is…

  • Chocolate Festival

    Last weekend there was a chocolate festival that really was every women’s dream come true. No need to visit Willy Wonka, Charlie or Charlene can be satisfied with the sweet goods being sold. You can get chocolate in all forms. Here are some pictures of the delectable pieces of art work. I ended up spending over €20 on about 2 pounds of chocolate.

  • Tour Of Volcar Spa

    For those of my friends and family who are really into fashion this was a treat of a visit. Volcar is where they make the material and knits for famous designers. This family run business is all about teaching young apprentices how to “learn the art of knitwear”. Just some of the large designers they produce materials for are Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Chloe, Dior, Donna Karen, and Pucci are just to name a few. I took some pictures, but am not able to show any of the made knits as the factory was working on current season fashions. The best part about this place is they have a…

  • 30 things I’ve learned so far living in Italy

    Now that I’ve been in Italy awhile, I thought I’d take a moment to share a few things I have learned. 1. “Pepperoni” means “bell pepper” in Italian. So if you order a pepperoni pizza, you will get bell pepper pizza. 2. Italian’s usually eat cake or sweet things for breakfast. They are also very slim. I have only seen a handful of overweight people since I’ve been here. And this is not what I expected moving to somewhere where there’s so much pasta! 3. It’s easier to be a smaller dog, as you get to picked up and walked everywhere. 4. REPOSO– still not used to this. From about…

  • Slacking and lack of internet

    Well it has been quite sometime since I have posted. To be honest I had back to back visitors and sporadic internet. It has been a struggle and now I am just trying to get back into the swing of posting more things. I promise to do better! I have been strong armed by some of my fellow new friends here to submit some of my photos to be used in an upcoming event. It is possible that the photos I have submitted will win a place in the posters and printables for this convention. I will be posting more here soon, but in the meantime here are the photos…