Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ciao from Italy!!

Ciao dears!, 

        I'm still on vacation in Italy until the 17th.  I can't really blog much here because I don't always have internet connection and my laptop I usually use isn't getting internet.  I just wanted to share a couple pictures and say ciao!  I'll be sharing a lot more pictures when I get home.  

                                      Xoxo Gabriella

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July! Cake Pops!!

Ciao dears!,
        I made these cake pops for Memorial Day but they’re red, white, & blue, so they’re good for the 4th of July too!  I’ll be on a plane tomorrow (July 4th), so no fourth of July fun for me, lol. I’m going to Italy for 2 weeks on vacation! Yay!  I’m bringing my laptop, so I’ll try to blog if I can and find time.  I’ll be taking a lot of pictures (what else is new?!) and they’ll be on here eventually. Smile  We’re going to Calabria again to stay with family and also to Sicily.  (You can see my previous posts on my trip to Italy last year here and here!)
        Anyway, I used the recipe from this adorable blog called Bakerella (click for recipe!).  I just didn’t use a boxed cake mix (Never!!).  Instead I just used my favorite cake recipe, but you could use whatever method or flavor you prefer.  I used chocolate blue and mint white candy melts to coat the cake pops and then just sprinkled red, white and blue sprinkles!  These are so cute and fun to make.  You get to crumble up a cake, ha, which feels a little wrong but they turned out pretty awesome in the end. Smile  I found these 2 styrofoam pieces at a craft store and stuck them together (with wooden skewers, but you could use glue too).  Everyone seemed to love them, especially kids will adore these.  If it’s not to late, you could make these today for the 4th of July, or just any other day because they’re cute and yummy! 
Here’s the cake I made before and after crumbling…
Decorating Ingredients/Supplies:

Tada!  Aren’t they cute!?  I’ll have to try a more elaborate fun cake pop next time, because these were super fun and I saw a bunch of other cute ones on that website! Smile

Happy Independence Day/Fourth of July America!
                                                                          ♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Monday, July 2, 2012

Roses are Red…

Ciao dears,
        There’s only one outfit in today’s post, but there’s more coming soon. Smile  Inspired by my rose patterned skirt, I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes and poems involving roses (because I feel like it and I can…ha).  They’re so pretty and what girl doesn’t love roses!  The first time a guy ever gave me flowers, it was a red rose (which I totally saved and probably will forever…lol).  Once I started looking up some of my favorites that I could remember, I found so many more.  There are so many of them, I had trouble picking which to use.  I’m a total literature nerd, by the way, in case the fancy ancient poems and quotes didn’t give that away...ha. Winking smile 
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-Juliet, “Romeo & Juliet” William Shakespeare
My Pretty Rose Tree by William Blake
A flower was offered to me;
Such a flower as May never bore.
But I said I've a Pretty Rose-tree.
And I passed the sweet flower o'er.
Then I went to my Pretty Rose-tree:
To tend her by day and by night.
But my Rose turnd away with jealousy:
And her thorns were my only delight.
“Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and wild, but willing to draw blood in its defense.” –Mark Overby
“But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose.” –Ann Bronte


A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my
bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt
wi' the sun;
And I will
luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands
o' life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

“A relationship is like a rose, How long it lasts, no one knows. Love can erase an awful past, love can be yours, you'll see at last. To feel that love, it makes you sigh, To have it leave, you'd rather die. You hope you've found that special rose, 'cause you love and care for the one you chose.” –Rob Cella

A Little Budding Rose

By: Emily Bronte
It was a little budding rose,
Round like a fairy globe,
And shyly did its leaves unclose
Hid in their mossy robe,
But sweet was the slight and spicy smell
It breathed from its heart invisible.
The rose is blasted, withered, blighted,
Its root has felt a worm,
And like a heart beloved and slighted,
Failed, faded, shrunk its form.
Bud of beauty, bonnie flower,
I stole thee from thy natal bower.
I was the worm that withered thee,
Thy tears of dew all fell for me;
Leaf and stalk and rose are gone,
Exile earth they died upon.
Yes, that last breath of balmy scent
With alien breezes sadly blent!
Kisses! What do you think of my outfit? What about roses and the poems and quotes?  Do you have a favorite?
Skirt: Deb shop, Tank top: Fashion Bug, Shrug & Bracelet: Forever 21, Wedges: Payless
                                                                            Xoxo Gabriella