New & Old Friends

Hopefully Not the Last Lunch

This past week we had lots of friends visit TD!  Colleen and Julianne came from St. Louis for a few days, and the Nowatskys from New Jersey spent the day with us while making a bank shot on their way from Florence to Rome.

The highlight of the week was our lunch at the abbey in town.  We learned about this place from Andrea and Emanuele who are doing all the landscape work at TD.  They go there every day for lunch.  You don’t get to pick what you eat but they said they every meal they have been served was fantastico!  We all agreed!  Maybe an odd setting but it was a blast trying to communicate in Italian and English, telling stories, and waiting for the next great dish to arrive.

We finished off the day with hikes in the vineyard, up to the grotto, then a pizza party on the parcheggio, followed by Karaoke until midnight! We love when old and new friends gather at TD and are willing to go along with our crazy ideas of fun!  That’s what happens when you live in the middle of nowhere!


No Gas . . . No Problem

Soooo, we failed to keep an eye on the level of gas in our propane tank.  While in the middle of cooking dinner last night we ran out — vuoto!  The gas company only delivers to our area on Monday and Fridays.  While we waited for B to create a beautiful, warm and roaring fire tonight (thanks to a helpful tip from Carlo our plumber), BCup got nice and toasty in front of the electric space heater!  How many days until Friday?

Nicely done Love!

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Mo’ Betta Pasta

We gave in and bought a Kitchen Aid with the pasta attachment for the farm.  Last night’s homemade pasta was one that Ben Poremba had made for my parents back in STL . . . ravioli stuffed with peas and cheese.  We topped them with pancetta and a tiny bit of cream.  Wow!