Archive | December, 2012

2012: For Antonina Year In Review

31 Dec

While I’m taking a break, the stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.  I thought it had some interesting tidbits, especially while the recipes are on hiatus.  Who knew my little idea would be such a hit?!?

An excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

And, as always: Mangia!

A Brief Break

19 Dec

For Antonina HQ is preparing a big move from the land of palm trees and sunshine.  And in a flurry of activity and a frenzy of packing, I tucked T’s cookbook away for hauling halfway across the country.  So I don’t have access to her recipes for a short while, silly me.

Pink Sky

In the meantime, enjoy this bon voyage shot I snapped of spectacular Southern California in full-on glorious mode.  And indulge me while I write about something other than food today.

I don’t pretend to know a lot about a lot of things, but I do know this: take a minute every single night, before you fall asleep, to reflect and give thanks for the simple pleasures that you have in this life; for the experiences that you’ve enjoyed, the friends that you’ve made and the people that support you.  Take a few calculated risks every once in a while and try something that scares you if it will improve your surroundings, energy and outlook.

And have a safe, happy, fun and food-filled holiday season.  Now THAT’S a recipe for success!  Mangia!