Brandied Peaches

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This afternoon, I was craving a sweet treat but wanted something healthy to offset the daily gelatos and cornetti we enjoyed while in Italy. I decided on rough cut peaches baked in the oven with a touch of brandy and finished off with a drizzle of balsamic reduction and some freshly picked mint. The result was a delicious blend of sweet and tart which satisfied my craving without a ton of calories.

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Italy Part I: Sicily

photo 1 (5)~My new obsession: Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento~

We’ve just returned from a month long trip to Italy where we visited friends and family. Its been quite a while since I’ve been able to take a substantial trip and it was a treat to be able to extend it just a bit longer since we were having such an incredible time. I’ve certainly adapted to the slower pace and overall sense of calm we experienced during our stay. To say I’m feeling relaxed and rejuvenated is an understatement. Waking up to a delicious cornetto and cappuccino every morning and enjoying long afternoons on the barren September beaches of Italy was something I was so happy to experience together with my fiancé. We did quite a bit of traveling throughout Sicily and Rome and then enjoyed some downtime in Calabria during our last week. These are just some of my favorite shots from our Sicily. The rest will follow shortly. I hope you enjoy.

photo 2~My favorite part of the day: Sunsets on the beach~

photo 3~restaurant on the beach~photo 1 (1)~empty beach at dusk~CAM01881~Natural Fanghi/Mineral Mud Baths~photo 4 (2)~multi-colored tiles lining each step~unnamed (1)~I swear all Italian grafitti is about deep thoughts or love <3~214435578~farm fresh, warm ricotta cheese. yum.~photo 2 (3)~how Italians do street art~photo (3)~street in sicily~photo (1)~small port along selinunte~photo 4 (3)~Outdoor vegetable market in Palermo~photo (2)~outdoor fish market in Palermo~photo 1 (3)~the streets of Palermo~photo 2 (5)~the inside of a small church in Palermo~photo~one of the many “vistas” or beautiful views in Sicily~photo 4 (4)~evenings on the beach~photo 2 (6)~grocery store in edice~photo 3 (6)~freshly baked cookies going into the display case~photo 5 (1)~a rainbow in taormina~photo 1 (4)~arch and lantern in taormina~photo 2 (7)~one of many beautiful balconies in taormina~