Spring Break 2013!

Saturday, April 6, 2013
I came home for Spring Break and did nothing but eat, drink, and spend time with good family and friends. In other words, it was perfect!
Sono andata a casa per Spring Break per una settimana, e non ho fatto altro che mangiare, bere, e passare del tempo con mia familia ed amici. Era perfetto!

We opened some new parm to make cappelletti.
Abbiamo aperto del parmiggiano nuovo per i cappelletti.

My parents planted this beautiful hydrangea.
I miei genitori hanno piantato questa pianta bellissima.

My mom made these roasted mixed nuts that were quite tasty.
La mamma ha fatto queste noci che erano buonissime.

Mixed Nuts
4 cups of assorted nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, etc.)
Fresh rosemary
Fresh Sage
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
-- Cover with about 3 tbsp. of olive oil
-- Bake at 200 degrees for about 3 hours

I made a croissant rum french toast for Easter Brunch.
Io ho fatto questo french toast con il rum per brunch di Pasqua.

Croissant Rum French Toast
Combination of recipes from here and here
5 Croissants
3 Eggs
1/4 Cup of Rum
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
1 tbsp Vanilla
3 tbsp Sugar
-- In either an 8x8 pan or in a round pan, place the croissants so that they
cover the entire bottom. 
-- Combine/beat all of the ingredients together
-- Pour over the croissants
-- Using a small plate, press the plate down over the croissants so they 
remain submerged
-- Refrigerate for at least 30 min, no longer than 1 hour 
**I pulled them out of the fridge at 45 minutes and then left on the counter
until I was ready to cook, seemed to work
-- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
-- Remove from oven, sprinkle sugar on top and broil until sugar is bubbly
-- Serve with rum maple syrup (rum + maple syrup in microwave fro 25 seconds)

To drink with our brunch, I made mimosas.
Per bere con le croissant, ho fatto delle mimosa.

Easter Mimosas
Recipe from here
3 ounces Gin
Zest from 2 Lemons
Juice from 2 Lemons
Zest from 2 Clementines/Tangerines
Juice from 2 Clementines/Tangerines
Dry Champagne
-- Mix the zest with the sugar and set aside
-- Cut one of the lemons in half and use to rub around the rim of the champagne glasses
-- Dip the glasses in the sugar mixture and set aside
-- In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, juices, and honey and shake
-- Pour into the champagne glasses
-- Top with champagne

We made cappelletti, tortelli d'erbette, and my dad made Baba' au rum.
Abbiamo fatto i cappelletti, tortelli d'erbette, e il papa' ha fatto i baba' au rum.

Pretty Easter night.
Bella sera di Pasqua.

On Tuesday, I had to go to B&D's for Dollar Tuesday with Hannah.
Martedi' sono dovuta andare da B&D per prendere i hamburger per $1 con la Hannah.

After lunch, I went to NPS. NPS is this giant warehouse where they sell discounted items because they are used/fell off trucks/surplus/etc. In other words, it's the greatest place for a teacher to score awesome deals. I did in fact score some great things. I ended up with 26 new/slightly used books, a master pack of crayons, some grid paper, whiteboards, and erasers all for $75. It was great. Now, I just need a classroom to put it all in.......
Dopo pranzo, sono andata da NPS. NPS e' questo spaccio dove vendono un sacco di cose perche' sono cose che sono cadute dal camion. Essendo una maestra, e' perfetto perche' hanno un sacco di cose a molto buon mercato! Ho speso $75 e mi sono presa 26 libri, tantissimi pastelli, della carta a quadretti, delle gomme, e tante altre cose. Adesso, mi serve solo la classe in cui mettere tutte le miei cose..........

Pretty tulips outside our house.
Bei tulipani fuori da casa.

I made White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with white chocolate M&Ms.
Ho fatto dei biscotti con il cioccolato bianco e delle noci.

My mom made torta fritta.
La mamma ha fatto la torta fritta.

And Hannah came over to eat it :)
E la Hannah e' venuta a mangiarla. 

Leslie did an amazing job cutting off a ton of my hair! It hasn't been this short in a good 6 or 7 years. 
La Leslie mi ha tagliato i cappelli. Saranno 6 o 7 anni che non sono cosi' corti. 

And I got to play with her darling children. 
E poi ho giocato con i suoi bellissimi bambini. 

We went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory which allowed the gals to do some shopping. :)
Siamo andati fuori a mangiare alla Cheesecake Factory che c'ia lasciato fare anche un po' di shopping. :)

Io e la Chiara

Con la mamma


Love them

(My dad - "No, the wine bottle has to be in the picture!")

It was such a fun trip home and so much fun hanging out with the family. I did see Simone, but we didn't take any pics. But, I believe he is coming to visit me in a few weeks so yay! Now, my friend Amy is here and then it's back to work/reality on Monday. Love Spring Break! 
Era una vacanza perfetta a casa e mi sono divertita un sacco! Ho visto Simone, pero' non abbiamo fatto delle foto. Pero' mi verra' a trovare fra un paio di settmane allora va bene. Adesso, c'e' la mia amica Amy e poi torno al lavoro lunedi'. 
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