Grandmom , Nona , Mimi or Nanny , it doesn't matter what name they call you ~being a grandparent is a very special feeling ... I was a young mom .. had my son at 20 and my daughter when I was 24 .. during that time I didn't know much myself and it is amazing to me that I now have two wonderful grown children .. I always felt kids should come with an instruction manual but no .. life is it's own teacher and so I learned as I went .. now comes the good part ~I am a grandmother to 5 beautiful boys !
I treasure every moment with them , teaching them to cook ~ we make gnocchi.. teaching them to bake ~ we make cookies ! and also just sitting down and reading to them ,trying to give them a sense of family and friends.
This past Christmas I was given a wonderful gift by the two young ladies , Peggy & Megan ,who help me with my cooking classes..... they gave me STREGA NONA. The Story of Strega Nona & Big Anthony has become a favorite with my grandsons .. I read it to them every day ! It is a heartwarming story of an Italian grandmom witch who lives in Calabria .The story focus on FAMIGLIA (family) ,MANGIA ( eating ) AMICI ,( friends )PAZIENZE, ( patience) CELEBRAZIONE (celebrations)& AMORE ( love )~ All of my favorite things !
Strega Nona says " A magical life begins with family " ~" Eating together brings joy"~ "Remember your friends and they will remember you "~"Patience is not always easy "~"Always share your love and it will bring you a magical life " and this is my favorite "The most important celebration is life itself "
We are often swept away with a busy life but we can all learn something ..even from a children's book !So listen to Strega Nona .. make time for family and friends .. eating wonderful food .. celebrate life little pleasures and remember to have patience !!! You too can bring magic to your life !
I am an optimistic and happy person.. I would rather see life as exciting and challenging and enjoy every minute than dwell on the negative .. I love to cook and have my family around .. big family dinners and celebrations are always held in my home.. I have a huge table 10 feet long ..filled with food and family.. I have learned many of my mom's old recipes and try to recreate many of the dishes I grew up with .. I am teaching my grandsons to cook .. they love it! I have a wonderful,happy, loving relationship with my husband. He supports me in everything I do and is my biggest fan and taste tester.. he loves all things Italian too!
I love to cook, write, eat and laugh .. I wrote a cookbook in 2004.. the title? LIVE,LAUGH,COOK! what else!