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Sky Blue Sky

Promise this will be my photo-laden post, but I also went a little crazy selecting photos for this trip.  I mean, come on, I was there for a month – of course the photos piled up. I took so many photos that my host father Patrizio would laugh every time I took out a camera.

But can you blame me? Just look for yourself:

I was there during my birthday. And I’m glad I was!

You know what that is. Best ever – aside from the ones I made with my host mom.

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Here’s a quick post of some desserts I had while on the cruise. While there was, of course, a massive buffet, I had more fun going to the dine-in restaurants. This is mostly because it’s just so much fun to order 3-4 desserts off a menu and not have to worry about pricing!

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Outtamind (Outtasite)

WHEW! I have not updated in a long, long time! Please forgive me, I was actually very, very busy. Where did the summer go?

First! I had many finals, including a 20 page paper on Ulysses. Following this intense period, I went on a cruise with my boyfriend’s family! It was Norwegian Jewel – we sailed out of New York and traveled down to the Bahamas. It was my first time on a cruise & I enjoyed it a lot – very relaxing, and beautiful. Of course, there was also a butt-ton of food to be had. Like, sickeningly so.

I also got my old job back – and, of course, that took away more baking time from me!

Then, from June 30th to July 28th, I was in Italy, studying abroad. I stayed in the city of Verona with a host family. I had an incredible, gorgeous, relaxing and interesting time. I made a great friendship with my host parents – one that I know will last a long time, if not forever. I miss them a lot! But I am hoping to see them again someday. Overall, my time there was very moving and I took a lot back with me.

Anyway I plan to make a post today (maybe two) with photos of some things I ate and saw during my trips. But for now, here is a quick cake I put together for Steve’s parents, for their birthday:

It was a chocolate & banana cake, with peanut butter frosting.

Sadly I didn’t get such a nice photo of it. This was its final moments before consumption. RIP.


-Box of your favorite chocolate cake, or your favorite recipe

-3 overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease two round cake pans. After you’ve prepared your batter, mash the three bananas, and then mix them in to the batter. Divide evenly, and bake for around 30-35 minutes.

Peanut butter frosting:

One cup unsalted butter

One cup of all natural peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk

4 cups of confectioners sugar

Mix together peanut butter with butter, then add 2 cups of confectioners sugar. Mix in milk & vanilla extract, and then add the final 2 cups of confectioners sugar (I liked to alternate between the wet and the sugar).

I then decorated with a chocolate glaze and peanut butter cups. Hope this holds you over until I get some real recipes up in here!

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