Nut Butter Rehab

 

Some might say I have a problem……. I didn’t have a drop of nut butter for 2 whole months while I was in Italy (except for a tiny jar of their version of PB <– not the same). Then I came back home to America, and this is what happened! I can’t say I’m ashamed, I’m actually really excited to have nut butter back in my life. Let the recipes and fun begin!

 

I’ll be back later this week with some recipes, time to get settled back into ‘real life’.

Miss you all! โค

Finishing up

Piazza D Popalo

 

It is officially my last week in Rome. It’s crazy how these 7 weeks have flown! Anyway… I started my morning with a run to Villa Borghese. My roommate and I have been planning this run since we got here. It is a very pretty park that is very runner friendly, but it happens to be about 3 miles away from where we live. So we decided our last weekend we would make the run there and around the park and back. It ended up being about 7 miles, not too shabby ๐Ÿ™‚

The park is gorgeous, so obviously we stopped to take pictures along the way!

 

 

 

It was HOT!!!

 

I was starving by the time I got back so I began to work on eating my food stash…I did a super good job today at getting rid of some things on my shelf!ย  I dug right into a bowl of cereal with some peanut butter and a banana. So quickly that I forgot to photograph it.

All gone! I find the title of the cereal entertaining

This is Italy's version of Organic PB... It is really weird and I'm not a huge fan, I'm not going to lie. But I was desperate for PB come week 4!

 

I hung around the apartment all morning doing some work. We had 3 assignments due this week before we all head out on Friday, so Sunday turned into work day. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Around 2 I got really hungry for some lunch.

 

Lettuce, Rice crackers, tomato, bell pepper, and lentils. Topped with balsamic vinegar

 

After lunch a friend and I headed out to walk around town a bit, I get so antsy sitting inside on a beautiful day! It was really hot and since we were both so over doing homework, we decided to stop and get an ice cream bar for a snack ๐Ÿ™‚ I seriously fell in love with this ice cream bar. The chocolate was phenomenal and the ice cream sooooo creamy! It was the perfect sweet treat!

 

These are delicious!

 

The rest of the afternoon was filled with more homework and a skype sesh with my parents! I had to wish my father a Happy Father’s day! I am truly so blessed to have a father like him! He has been there through it all for me and supported me 100% of the way! Love you Dad!

 

After a while I was hungry again, running really ramps up my appetite!!! So I decided to cook an early dinner. I decided to continue the trend of using up things and decided to finish my pasta off along with a thick slice of bread!

 

Pasta w/ roasted tomato and pepper, provolone cheese, and scrambled egg for protein!

 

I finished the night off with one of these

 

I have a few foodie photos to share with you as well:

Roasted eggplant, broccoli, and lentils with a big ole slice of bread!

 

We went out to dinner last night.. I had pasta with artichokes and squid with olive oil herb sauce!

 

Great snack! Bread with peach jam and some cheese!

 

I’m not sure I’ll have too much time to blogย  this week with packing and finishing up my time here, but I’ll be sure to check in if I have time! I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day and Weekend!

I will be back to blogging recipes soon!!! I can’t wait to get into a kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Picture Heavy Travels

Welp! I’m finally back from traveling around Italy for a week! It was an incredible experience! Northern Italy is absolutely breath taking, I love it, I want to go back sometime in the future! You should plan your trip NOW!

Now that our travels are over, I only have one more week left in Rome until I am state-side again! Has it really been 6 weeks already?! I have to say though, as much as I have enjoyed my time here I am ready to head home. I miss my family, my friends, the boy, and the abundance ofย  ‘conveniences’ in America. Take public restrooms for example. O and my beloved peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, and various other food stuffs I have had to live without while drooling over everyone elses blog photos.

But part of living in another country is experiencing their culture and I have done just that! Especially in the past week with all of my travels. I feel the easiest way is to break down the highlights in photos, because lets be real you don’t want to see all 400 photos I have taken in the past week of every mountain, meal, beach, and tasting that came across my path.

We started down South in the beginning of the week:

The volcanic ash town of Pompeii was our first stop

We moved on to Paestum, for some beach time and relaxation

Then headed to a mozzarella cheese factory, to see how it is made

We watched them braid it

and then we got to taste it! The mozzarella was good, but the ricotta was the best I've ever had. I wanted to buy a ton a cook with it, so badly!

We also go to watch them smoke mozzarella and then enjoy it moments after ๐Ÿ™‚

Our next journey landed us back in Rome for a cooking class with an Italian-American woman. It was a whole day affair, and lots of fun with lots of great food!

Caprese salad

Penne w/ tomatoes and zucchini

Linguine with basil, tomato sauce, and tuna

Chicken

Panna cotta with berries

The next morning we headed North:

First stop Pienza:

It was the cutest town!

Lots of foodie shops ๐Ÿ™‚

Then we headed to a near by farm and did a tasting

Wild boar sausage, this stuff is delicious!

Unsalted tuscan bread is much preferred to traditional bread with salt

Wine was always in abundance on this trip!

 

We stayed at an old monastery in the Tuscan hills

 

I ate the most delicious chickpea and tomato soup, you can look for a replica of this when I return home!

 

I discovered my love for panzanella salad, this seems like it may be a summer staple ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Next we headed to Florence!

 

 

 

Delicious ' poor mans soup' it has stale bread, beans, spinach, celery, and onion in it!

 

Tomato version

 

Next we headed to Parma and Modena to see parmesan cheese be made and to see a place where they make original balsamic vinegar

 

We sampled some cheese, that was the highlight of those two days ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Then we parted ways with out professors and headed to Cinque Terre and Venice on our own!

 

The hike in Cinque was awesome!

 

The views were BEAUTIFUL!

 

And the fresh seasfood, delicious!

 

Love Venice Alley ways!

 

So pretty!

 

And…. those are just the highlights! It was a wonderful trip!

 

There isn’t too much going on during my last week in Rome except finishing up some assignments and seeing some last minute things! I have LOTS to catch up on, on everyone elses blogs!

 

 

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. ” – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

Travel Time!

Eating some good food!

 

Drinking some good wine

 

and enjoying the Italian countryside!

 

Just thought I’d let you all wonderful people know I will be traveling all week to Pienza, Florence, Modena, Parma, Cinque Terre, and Venice. I am not taking my computer, so we will have LOTS to catch up on when I return! Have a wonderful week!

 

What was the longest you went without a computer?

Another weekend in Rome

Parents and I at the Vatican

 

My parents returned to Rome this weekend after traveling all around Italy this week! It was so nice to have them back! This weekend wasn’t as jam packed as last (you can read part 1 & part 2). However, there were some awesome awesome meals and quality time with the parents!!

 

We started out Friday at the famous market in Campo de Fiori

Lemoncello

 

Pasta

 

 

dried tomatoes

 

Then headed to the Jewish Ghetto for some coffee and lunch

 

Caprese salad

 

Rice balls... these were delicious!

 

Best place for coffee, in my opinion

 

I enjoyed a cafe machiato'

 

The rest of the day allowed for some walking around and seeing a few sights, before I had to call it quits and head to a get together with my class. The early evening consisted of some wine and chocolate tasting as well as discussion on our next class that starts this week. We will be traveling to Pompei, Paestum, Florence, Modena, and a few other small towns in the next week trying and talking about the various cuisines of Italy. Needless to say I am pumped! It is going to be a wonderful week!

 

After the get together, I headed over to my parents hotel to meet them for a late dinner. We were dining well tonight at a restaurant called Mirabelle. It is a rooftop restaurant at a hotel with outstanding food and wine! A dinner I had been looking forward to all week long!

 

Th view

 

The company

 

Dinner started with delicious small bites

 

Bite size pizzas and quiches

 

And great bread!

 

I started with the Lobster panzanella salad and some champange ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Duck breast with orange and apple sauce, great change from typical Italian fare

 

Best Dessert I've ever eaten! Crispy pastry with cream and fresh berries!

 

Lots of good wine as well ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The next day I headed out for a quick 3 miler in a park and ended at my parents hotel for some breakfast and to get ready for the day. We were headed to the Vatican for a guided tour ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful pool I wanted to jump in after my run

 

St. Peters

 

Inside St. Peters

We ended the day and their trip with a wonderful dinner and some after dinner drinks!

 

Absolutely amazing restuarant go here if you come to Rome!

 

The famous Harry's Bar for some after dinner drinks!

 

It was wonderful to spend time with my parents in Rome, and I was sad to see them go. However this week of travel will be absolutely amazing! The once we get back we are only here for 1 1/2 more weeks. The time here has certainly been quick! I will be sure to update as much as possible this week on our travels and eats, but I am not sure how much internet access I will have.

 

Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

 

Potluck Dinners

The day started off with a wonderful run by the river, as usual. Though I am starting to get some pain in my ankle and quad, so I’m seeing a few days of rest from running in my near future in order to heal. The last thing I need before I even start training is an injury!

I came home and refueled with some Greek yogurt, apricots, and fig jam. Seriously a delicious combination!!!!

Then it was time for the market to prepare for a potluck we were having with the other nutrition girls! We decided to have a big get together for our Professor (who’s class ends Friday) because he is the one who put on the wine and cheese party for us!

The rest of the morning was dedicated to napping, reading, and catching up on blogs!! I am beat tired this week for some reason. I’ve decided that I need to start sleeping a little better and absolutely need to up my food intake which has been lagging since arriving in Rome due to a busy schedule, inability to find a grocery store for several days, and not knowing where to eat. I’ve also been enjoying all the fresh produce, but one cannot live simply off of fresh fruits and veggies. At least this girl can’t, I need some sustenance, some whole grains and protein!!!ย  However, we received our itinerary for our trips next week (we are leaving Rome for a week and traveling various other places for our Mediterranean diet class!!!!!) and we are going to be eating at some balling restaurants which I cannot wait for!!!!

I also decided it was time to pack in the protein, my muscles are hurting!!!! I bought eggs at the market and promptly returned home and made myself a delicious lunch!

Whole grain roll with avocado, tomato, egg, and salt and pepper!

The rest of the afternoon was filled with some snackage of trail mix, a bowl of cereal, and some fruit. All while attempting at writing a paper that really just resulted in hours of procrastination and a walk around Rome. Did anyone actually think it was possible to be 100% studious while studying abroad? I didn’t think so.ย  Then it was time to prepare for our potluck dinner! My friend and I offered to make a roasted veggie salad, which turned out beautifully! The other girls on our floor put together some melon wrapper in prosciutto and the girls upstairs put together various pasta salads and cheese spread…. I’ll let the pictures do the talking ๐Ÿ™‚

Salt, pepper, oregano, Rosemary, olive oil, and balsamic

We also added eggplant, which I failed to picture

Melon and Proscuito

Cheese ball

Various cheese and cracker plates

Delicious pasta salad

Lots of wine!

The spread

The company ๐Ÿ™‚

I ate this plate x2! Everything was amazing! Roasted veggies, pasta salad, panzanella salad, cheese, and the best bread I've ever eaten! I also had a plate of fruit on the side!

The boys (meaning the one boy in our program and the TA) made tiramisu! It was wonderful!

The rest of the evening was filled with great conversation and music! Nothing like listening to some Frank Sinatra in Italy ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a fun evening and made us all even more excited to travel, eat good food, and enjoy each others company!

Now back to that paper I’ve been procrastinating…. I’ve got 2 paragraphs and it is due tomorrow morning!

Have a wonderful and blessed day ๐Ÿ™‚