Updates

Hi everyone,

I’ve so many new things to fill you all in on.

I can’t believe it’s almost been a whole year once I’ve written an entry.

So, let’s play catch up.

We have been quite busy the first half of 2017 with the catering company. We were able to build our clientele and people were able to discover how great a Chef that my husband Marco truly is.

He’s ( Marco) is a man of many talents. He never went to school to be a Chef. He learned everything from his mamma and so his dishes are authentic and traditional Italian. Something a school couldn’t teach.

On October 18th, 2017, Marco was rushed to Kaiser via ambulance due to severe abdominal pain, so bad he couldn’t walk.

The doctors told us he had diverticulitis. After spending 2 days in the hospital with high fevers ( 104) heart rate in the 140’s, the doctors decided to do another cat scan on October 20th and told us that he either have the emergency surgery or he’ll die. Marco had diverticulitis preferiate sigmud colon.. laymen terms he had a hole in his colon, his body was going into sepsis shock and as the nurses kept giving him meds to help him go to the bathroom, all along he was going inside of himself. He spent 5 days in icu and 8 in the grounds floor.

On October 28th he was discharged. My role became Caregiver.. I had many roles, caregiver, mamma, wife, daughter and friend. I’m still trying to find balance and at least one hour of me time a day. Very difficult.

On November 7th, Marco went back to kaiser for a check up only to discover an hour later that he’d be admitted to stay over night and needed another emergency surgery as his stoma went back inside abdomen.

What should have lasted 82 minutes lasted instead 240 minutes due to the scar tissue from the sepsis. He spent another 9 days in the hospital.

A very good friend of ours set up a go fundhttps://www.gofundme.com/chef-marcos-road-to-recovery me account to help us with medical expenses and bills.

The interesting thing about life is you honestly never know what’s going to happen next.

We were supposed to move into our new home on October 20th, there was no possibility of doing that with Marco being deathly ill.

Friday he’ll have his check up with the surgeon who operated on him and we are anxiously waiting to see what he’ll think. Marco has lost over 50 pounds in since October 20th.

And in the midst of all of this I became a Senegence/LipSense distributor and its probably one of the few things that has kept me sane.

Counting my inventory, organizing parties, sharing what such great products we have.. ect.. would help ease or keep my mind at bay.

If you’re interested in LipSense leave me a comment below.

Here are some photo of our journey.

1. Luca and I went to visit Marco on October 19th

2. October 20th day of Surgery.

3. October 20th after surgery

4. October 22nd visit with Marco

5. Doing rounds with Luke.

6 -7. Luca James And I took a break and went on the Jelly Belly tour.

8. Finally a family again but not for long.. November 6th

9. Escorting marco to his hospital room for surgery #2.

10. Hanging out

11. Ready as he could be

12. November 8th after surgery

13-16 family visits

17-20 a family trip out.

Xoxo

Emily

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Castagnole al cioccolato 

Now, that the Carnevale has officially started in Venice today, I decided to share with you all a recipe for Castagnole al Ciccolato.

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Inspired in Veneto 2016

Ciao a tutti

Ok, it is real!

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Salsa di pomodoro with Vittorio

A couple days ago, I had a “date” with Vittorio yet again. This time he showed me how he makes Salsa di Pomodoro also known as Tomato sauce or even Marinara sauce.

There are so many different variations as to how to make the classic tomato sauce, and perhaps it varies from family to family or region to region.  Continue reading

Storia e Colori

Some of you may have heard about Molinetto della Croda a couple years ago when the big storm had hit that destroyed the land and killed many people. I believe thats when it became internationally known.

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Carnival 2015 in Venice… Carnevale 2015 in Venezia

I adore all of the festivals throughout the year in Italy.. One of my favorites of all times is the Carnevale which is held in Venice. Living 30 minutes away from the city of water is wonderful;however, this year I wasn’t able to make it..
 
I can’t imagine being in Venice with up to 100.000 people walking around, while I would be pushing my 19 month old around. No way could it be possible. Besides, i am not a fan of big crowds, I am very claustrophobic person.
 
BUT
 
 
A dear friend of mine did go to Venice and she took amazingly beautiful photos that I want to share with you.
 
Her name is Antonella Loschi and she is NOT a professional photographer but you couldn’t tell that by looking over her photos! She has a way with her camera. I am a BIG fan of her work.
 
“Photography is my passion, and I like taking pictures of Treviso which is my hometown and of Venice, which is a world apart and where I go as often as I can”
 
When she isn’t taking photos, she is teaching French at a hotel and restaurant vocational school.
 
Antonella was kind enough to let me show you all her photographs of the Carnival. So, thank you so much Antonella.
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Attention to detail

Attention to detail

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Deep in thought

Deep in thought

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Such gorgeous photographs! Which one is your favorite?

So hard to choose, I know. I love them all..

All of the photos above were taken by Antonella Loschi. If you would like to contact her click here!

Xoxoxo

Ps ~ If you went to the Carnival this year in Venice, please feel free to share your photos in the comment section. I would love to see them.