Thanks given

28 Nov

We all have a busy life nowadays… work, family, kids, friends, trying to snatch in between some hobbies. Sometime we forget to take a deep breath, relax and recharge our batteries. Usually weekends are what I need to do so, and the last one was no exception.

It started saturday afternoon with a books hunt for me and my daughter at our favourite bookshop

and we ended up – as usual – at a coffee shop where they serve a very taste rice-without-milk plate of warm biscuits

In Italy, all that Thanksgiving thing isn’t really appreciated (and with reasons, considering each country has its own festivities and traditions) but I started a few years ago a little celebration with our friends, you know, a simple dinner at home just to say “we have this friendship going on and we are grateful for that”….and beside, we all have things in our lifes to be thankful for…

This year, a friend took over the celebration, we got an invite for last saturday dinner. We met with other guests at a place in the city center for a little aperitif………..well, not so little….

and then we made it to our friends’ home

and this is what we brought them, to be used as a table centrepiece

Sorry I didn’t take any photo of the table, I was so busy chatting……….. but I managed to get photos of what we had for dinner! And please note that the yellow/orange were the colors in charge…..for the starters,

the pumpkins ravioli (gluten-free for me – thanks M.)

the turkey roast with honey and jam (a winner)-(from my friend A. album)

and the mixed salad

And this is the pears&chocolate cake my mom baked for us

After dinner we went upstairs to their little attic, and we talked the night away just enjoying each other company….well, the cozy couch, the fire, the meringues and panna cotta helped a little….

The next day, sunday afternoon….what to do? A couple of phone call and here we are, me and my friend E. with our daughters ( a killing mix where together…..and they are strongly determinated to go living in London….. the world’ll never know what hit it!!) on another books’ hunt in another bookshop where a sort of exhibition was held concerning a local designer

Too much culture, we needed a break……….at a literature-coffee shop! For a while we had the place almost for ourselves…..

before it was too late and the happy hour began…..

When the weekend was over, I got a moment to think about it all…………, friends, good food, a nice place to live….. I’m blessed in so many ways, why wait for a given day to give thanks?


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