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2013 Gets Me Every Time


Goodbye 2013. You were good to us. You gave us lots of snow.

You gave us a chance to get together & remember a wonderful man.


You gave me a clearer vision.


You gave us burgers. (And a grill to cook them on.)


You gave us tiny DIY upgrades.


And huge DIY upgrades.


You gave us a bigger world view.

HomeTour_GMET_1And an even bigger reason to hurry home.

Now on to just as great adventures in all sizes. Come at me, 2014.


Around Here Gets Me Every Time












Happy Monday! And a Merry Christmas to everyone. Yes. It’s still Christmas in this house. (We keep our tree up until the Epiphany so, if you don’t and you’re having withdrawals, just swing by.) Our holiday has consisted of a lot of what yours probably has: fireplaces, drinks, food, sleep and, of course, cookies. The Mr. and I still have a few days off this week so we’ll be doing more of the same. Maybe, minus the cookies. And plus all the laundry.

Need a gluten-free cookie fix? I can recommend following these recipes: Chocolate Truffles | Homemade Milano Cookies | Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Giving Thanks Gets Me Every Time

We have so much to be thankful for today and everyday. More than can be expressed in words. Here’s hoping your holiday (or just another Thursday) was wonderful. And here’s a few snapshots from ours.

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From the top: our dining room starting to feel like a dining room | a beautiful centerpiece | place card holders (in the shop soon!) | gluten-free chocolate chip cookies | our chain of thankfulness | the bird | carving together & some autumnal flowers

Going Gluten Free In Rome Gets Me Every Time


The first thing everyone asked me when I told them I was going to Rome was, “What are you going to eat?” Being gluten-free in a land of pasta, pizza and bread doesn’t sound like the dream vacation, but actually, it isn’t a problem at all. Eating gluten-free in Rome is easy. Here’s how I managed. Note, before I left, I printed out this Italian gluten-free card and showed it everywhere we went, just to ensure I was all set.

When we landed, we went straight to our (gluten-free) B&B (more on that in a minute) and got a recommendation for a nearby place to grab lunch—I needed that pizza (above). We headed to La Mimosa down the street where our waiter actually ordered for us. Gluten-free pizza for me, pasta for Mr. GMET.


For a minute though, back to our B&B—My Guest Roma. WiFi, clean rooms and a gluten-free continental breakfast to boot. The gluten-free breakfast was extra, but a regular breakfast was included. Our host, Stefano, provided us with a list of gluten-free restaurants across the city as well.

But, since we filled up on breakfast most days, we rarely ate a full meal until dinner. Our second day, for instance, before our trip to Ostia Antica, we stopped at a local shop and bought some picnic provisions—plenty to hold us over until dinner.

And was the wait for dinner ever worth it. We went to Franco’s, which was near our hotel. From the moment we walked in until we left, they treated us like family. It started with the olives.


It continued when we ordered a caprese salad.


And with the Mr’s pasta—and the bowl full of cheese they brought to the table with it.


And my risotto scampi.


We ate it all. Every last bite. And then. Dessert.

Rome_Risotto1Tartufo. Gelato. Whatever you want to call it. We were so full we had to split one order.


When they brought dessert over they also included a whole bottle of limoncello and two chilled glasses. After an entire bottle of wine, we were up for no more than a few sips. RomeDinner3The next night we went to this great place, Ristorante Boccondivino, on the end of a winding street in between the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. (That was our marathon day.)
We both ordered pasta. And they were both delicious. The Mr. tried mine and said so. Obviously I didn’t have his, but I trust his pasta expertise.Rome_GFPasta2

Can you tell whose is whose? If you can’t why should I?


After dinner we wandered around the corner and found this gelato place, Grom. We’re pretty sure it’s a chain, but we’re even more sure that they are gluten-free to the max.


Our gelato may look similar, but mine was scooped from a container underneath the other. And with a separate spoon. That is kept in a separate container. My bowl and spoon came from a separate container as well. And, it was delicious. Win-win-win.


The next day, we decided to eat dinner at the same place we ate lunch the first day. I had pasta, he had pizza. Both were great. Our waiter—the same man from Day 1—did try to order for us again, but we made sure we had some say in it all.


For our last day in Rome, we both went light on breakfast. Since we had an easy-going itinerary, we knew we had time for two meals. We stumbled back over to the area around St. Peter’s to eat at La Fiorentina. I had the pasta, above. Mr. GMET had the lasagna—and he raved about it. This was on the pricier side to sit in the restaurant, but when in Rome! If you’re in the neighborhood, they also have a small takeaway cafe with lower prices.


After a lot of walking, a quick stop for an Americano and some more walking, we checked out three restaurants in the Trastevere neighborhood before settling on Da i Sandri a Trastevere for dinner. The owner was very welcoming and we couldn’t resist their menu. For our last supper in Italy, we both went with the pizza. The gluten-free pizza came out on a green plate. And I got green-handled utensils. This was the sign that it was definitely gluten-free as the Mr’s came on a regular plate and he had regular utensils.


One of the things we couldn’t resist about Da i Sandri a Trastevere was their desserts… homemade daily and all gluten free. I couldn’t resist the soufflé.


We ordered some more wine while it baked and then Mr. GMET’s mousse was brought out at the same time.


So, the moral of the story, guys, is that it was super easy to eat gluten-free in Rome. The hardest part was waiting until the restaurants opened back up for dinner—they close between lunch and dinner, not reopening until 7 or 7:30.

Five Days in Rome Get Me Every Time


Five days was the perfect amount of time in Rome for Mr. GMET and I. We got our fill of art, religion, history and food, of course. I’m saving the latter for another day, it’s a post in itself. For now, a look at our itinerary for five days in Rome.


Day 1 begins with landing in Rome at 9 am after an overnight flight from the states. It took us a couple hours to navigate the airport, exchange some currency, buy train tickets and find our way to our B&B. Since we were exhausted, we knew that we had to charge forward.

Day 1:  Tour of Castel Sant’Angelo (above) | Stroll through Piazza del Popolo


Day 2 was a quick trip outside the city to explore some ruins. We picnicked in this theatre before heading back downtown. Once back in Rome, we checked out a few churches before finding another delicious dinner.

Day 2:  Ostia Antica (above) | Scala Sancta | Archbasilica of St. John Lateran


Day 3 was probably our busiest day in Rome. We hopped from destination to destination taking in the sights and sounds of this wonderful Italian city. We started the day at the Colosseum and worked our way all the way to the Spanish Steps. 

Day 3:  Colosseum (above) | Roman Forum (below) | Palatine Hill | Circus Maximus | Torre Argentina’s Cat Sanctuary | Pantheon | Trevi Fountain | Spanish Steps






Day 4 was all about the taking in the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Let me tell you, the area around St. Peter’s Square is a lot like Time Square—packed full of tourists, street vendors and knockoff handbags. The highlight of the day might have been the Sistine Chapel—but you can’t take photos, so you’ll have to look that one up.


Day 4:  Vatican Museum (above) | St. Peter’s Basilica (above)


By our last full day in Rome, we were starting to suffer from a little bit of “tour fatigue.” So, we decided to do less planning, just going with the flow and enjoying the last day of our Roman holiday.

Day 5:  Borghese Gallery (no photos allowed) | Capuchin Crypt (no photos allowed) | Stroll through Trastevere


That’s the high-level overview of how we spent five glorious days in Rome. We had one overcast day, but the weather cooperated beautifully—70s and sunny, mostly. I’m going to tell you all about the delicious food we ate very shortly, promise. For now, I’ll just think of those sunny, warm days.


A Little Rome-ing Gets Me Every Time


Hello again, world! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you. I just landed after a whirlwind week of five days and five nights in Rome. It was a week filled with perfect weather, perfect sights, perfect food and perfect company. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. And I promise to in the next few days. Just trying to get caught up on the time difference and get all those photos uploaded. You know. Sorry for the lapse in blogging of late. This has been a busier fall than I could have ever imagined.



Donating Gets Me Every Time


Back earlier in the year, say, oh, January, I mentioned that I wanted to get organized. Well. With a move, comes the opportunity to throw out, give away or donate all the things you can bear to part with. And we did just that.

Now, in this pile, I must tell you are more than 100 things. And this pile didn’t include any of the kitchen items—random mugs, bowls, an underused toaster oven—that we donated as well. While I planned to do a nice layout of all the things we gave away, I didn’t have time. So, here’s the basic rundown:

• Clothes that didn’t fit, weren’t worn any longer or we were just “over”
• Some random office folder and supplies that we didn’t need.
• A couple duffle bags, two cowboy hats and a small radio
• Four mugs, one bowl, that toaster oven and a no-longer-needed-might-be-possessed microwave

It felt so good to take a huge carload of “stuff” to the Goodwill. Maybe something we’ll do every year.