January 5, 2009

Tough Day

Filed under: Keegan — laurenwenker @ 2:11 pm

After 45 minutes in his jumperoo…



January 2, 2009


Filed under: Food — laurenwenker @ 9:01 pm

I tried a new wine this evening. I liked it very much… so much that I did a bit of research to find it. The white wine is not sold down here in Southern Italy. It came from Northern Italy— the region of Piedmont. Low and behold, you can have it shipped from distributors in the States. Funny, I am in Italy and can’t get it, but you can! I thought I would share the info for any wine enthusiasts who might be interested.

Gavi di Gavi, Villa Sparina – 2007   wine1


The dry wine is soft and fruity, with apple, cream and honey character. Medium-bodied, with bright, citrusy acidity. Medium finish, with lemon skin and straw flavors. The grape is a white variety grown throughout much of Italy, but most widely known for the lovely wines it produces in Piedmont’s Gavi DOCG.

The 750 ml. bottle can cost up to $30. I found it on sale for $16 at this website: http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=42209 

I also found it for $18 at this website: http://www.samswine.com/Villa%20Sparina%20Gavi%20di%20Gavi%202007/10073915,default,pd.html?cgid=WINE&utm_source=Vinquire&utm_medium=WineFeed&utm_term=winebottle&utm_campaign=base

Another tip— any wine store will usually special order requests for you if you order several bottles.

Cin cin!

January 1, 2009

White Chip Brownie Cookies

Filed under: Food — laurenwenker @ 1:36 pm

A couple requests have been made for my brownie cookies. This is a super easy recipe. They are a bit rich, so have a glass of milk standing by!


1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 bag (12 oz.) white chocolate chips

6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 Tsp. baking powder

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat semi-sweet chips and butter for 2 minutes. Stir with spatula and heat for another 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Mix in baking powder and then flour. With a spatula, gently stir in the white chips.

Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough in to a log (you will make 2 of these). The dough will be very soft, so use the plastic wrap to hold in a log shape. Wrap it tightly. Put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 375. Unwrap dough. With a sharp knife cut into slices (I kind of mold my slices into a circle). Place slices apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet (or a greased sheet). Bake 13 to 15 minutes. A shiny crust will form on top and the center will still be gooey looking. Cool cookies on a rack.

December 28, 2008

Lindsey’s last day

Filed under: Family,Italy,Keegan — laurenwenker @ 2:14 pm

Here are some pictures from lunch and shopping yesterday.


December 25, 2008

Buon Natale

Filed under: Keegan — laurenwenker @ 7:40 pm

Twas the Night Before Christmas…



Christmas Day…


Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful gifts! Keegan had a wonderful 1st Christmas. Josh, Keegan and I wish everyone a great day!

December 24, 2008

Keegan’s Baptism

Filed under: Keegan — laurenwenker @ 9:20 am

Keegan’s Baptism was on Monday, 22DEC. When we arrived at the chapel he was happy and excited. Shortly after we put his outfit on he knew that something was about to happen… the tears began to flow. He cried the ENTIRE ceremony… which is so unlike him. He was not too happy to be on display and have water and oil poured on his head. As soon as the ceremony was over…smiles. Oh well.

After the ceremony we had what seemed like 20 courses at our favorite restaurant, La Taverna dei Sapori.










December 17, 2008

Like a weed

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenwenker @ 3:48 pm

I had to rush to the store in a scramble yesterday… Keegan was busting out of his 3 month clothing. My 10 week old baby…in 6 month clothes!! Low and behold, after trying on his new outfits, I give him 1 to 3 weeks before having to rotate the drawers up to 9 month clothes.   Seriously?????

December 15, 2008

Giada’s Baptism

Filed under: Italy,Keegan — laurenwenker @ 12:46 pm

We attended Giada’s Baptism… I was able to snap a couple of pictures before she got upset. Keegan remained very serious through the ceremony as he watched. Afterward we enjoyed pranza at La Taverna.





December 13, 2008

Keegan’s 1st train ride

Filed under: Italy,Keegan — laurenwenker @ 8:50 pm

We ventured out today on the first non-rainy day in over a week to visit downtown Napoli. It did end up raining in the late afternoon, but we were able to take advantage of the weather long enough to shop around and eat a late lunch at a famous pizzeria, Brandi. Keegan took his first ride on the metro… he seemed to enjoy it!






December 10, 2008

Keegan the disco elf

Filed under: Keegan — laurenwenker @ 2:34 pm



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