ll Cibo é L'essenza Della Vita....

"The rooms that you use on a daily basis are the rooms people will always want to sit in, because they have soul." --Bunny Williams


"If you want to live forever and ever, drink wine and eat maccheroni." ~~~Sicilian Proverb

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Isn't that the most beautiful place setting EVER??? Excuse me while I show off a bit. This is what my extremely talented and wonderful daughter MADE me for Mother's Day. That's right- she made it! Isn't she amazing??? She did all of this in school in Ceramics class. It was very difficult to photograph

This is the plate- the colors are beautiful and she even textured the center of the sunflower

This is one side of the cup- an adorable bee and a butterfly

this is the other side- a crackled dragonfly! I love it!

and a sweet little bowl with 4 different butterflies. I am so very proud of her!

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.She never existed before.The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

I am of the firm belief that it does indeed take a village to raise a child. I want to express my thanks and gratefulness to all the wonderful friends, aunts, grandmothers that have helped me and Ray along the journey of parenthood. During all the times I felt (and still feel) so ill-prepared for this most difficult job, you've helped given me the strength and wisdom I needed.

My greatest blessings:

This is the family that is in my kitchen and my heart. They are my reason for living, cooking, and laughing. They've been so supportive of this blog ( they're now campaigning for a cookbook- they need to start cleaning their rooms before that happens!) and are my biggest cheerleaders. 


Robert and my daughter-in-love, Shaun

Christopher and Nicholas


Timothy (yes, he's a goof!)

Dylan- our first grandbaby

Jakob- our second grand angel

"there is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one"

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Joyce Brothers

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

- Thomas Szasz  

There is no friendship, no love,
like that of the parent for the child.
Henry Ward Beecher

Have a wonderful Sunday and a blessed Happy Mother's Day full of love, laughter and family

We'll be back tomorrow night with something delicious to share. Tonight is Grandma Grace's birthday- Happy Birthday Mom!- and we're off to eat cake!

As Always,

Buon Alimenti, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. You are truly blessed! Have a very Happy Mother's day!

  2. I completely agree with Kathy Sorro - you are truly blessed - what a wonderful family!!

    Bravo to Allie for making such a lovely gift; one that you'll no doubt cherish your entire lifetime!

    Happy Mother's Day!!!


  3. Allie,
    You are so very talented! That is a gorgeous place setting. What great attention to detail! I love the sun flowers and especially the dragonfly!!

    Happy Mother's Day to you, too! This is a beautiful post and you have a very beautiful family!!

  4. Pattie, Your children are so handsome and beautiful. Your daughter in law is gorgeous and your little grandbaby is absolutely beautiful! You must be so, so proud! are one talented young lady! Your ceramics project is nothing short of amazing! I feel so happy for your Mom because I know how proud she must be. I noticed the dishes first thing, before reading any of this beautiful post and was thinking those are some really cool pieces and that I loved the sunflower. Wow, you could be a professional ceramicist...if you really enjoy it as much as it looks like you do you should read up on Clarice Cliff.

    Ok, I've spent enough time...super sweet, touching post ladies.

    Happy Mothers Day to another MOM(Mother Of Many),


  5. To Allie- glad you inherited some of your mom's talents- but remember that your dad has a few of his own- I love that place setting
    Pattie- we are both blessed with such wonderful children and grandchildren-- May we find the riches in them that seem to have eluded us in the monetary way :)
    love to you both- Kathy
    PS- hope you get to relax tomorrow- I will!

  6. Wow, Pattie... I love the set that Allie made for you! How lovely! And what a wonderful post. I enjoyed every photograph and every word. Thank you for sharing this with us, and Happy Mother's Day!


    Sheila :-)

  7. What a charming post. You have a beautiful family! And that pottery is awesome.
    Happy Mother's Day! ~ Sarah

  8. What a beautiful family you have! Happy Mother's Day to you!! xxoo

  9. What a lovely family you have!!

    You are so blessed! Happy Moyther's day to you! Yeah!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your photos of your beautiful family. You are truly blessed.

    Happy Mother's Day to you, Pattie.

  11. Beautiful, Pattie! Happy Mother's Day!!

  12. Your dishes are absolutely stunning. I love them, and what a special loving gift that she made them. Your family is gorgeous and you are truly blessed. I hope you have a very Blessed Mother's Day. Hugs, Marty

  13. It was so nice to meet your family, Pattie. Allie's gift to you is a measure of her talent and her caring. I hope you have a special Mother's Day. Blessings...Mary

  14. Happy Mother's Day to you! You have a beautiful family. I hope you have a lovely day.

  15. That set of sunflower dishes are just beautiful! Way to go Allie! All of your pictures are so wonderful. True blessing each and every one of them!

    I hope you have a terrific Mother's Day Pattie!

  16. A Happy Mothers Day to all the special women in your life and to you of course, the heart of the home.

  17. PS, Forgot to mention with all the beautiful, sweet faces... the pottery Allie made for you is beautiful and from the heart. These are the best gifts ever!!!!!

  18. I don't think I could put that pottery set out of sight! It is beautiful. Sunflowers are my favorite summer flower. Happy MOM's Day!

  19. What a lovely gift from your daughter! It's beautiful! and way much more meaningful since she made it with her own hands!

  20. I don't know how I missed this post, but I'm glad I found it! What a sweet and thougtful gift. Not only is it beautiful in it's own right, but it is so thoughtful and perfect.

    - The Tablescaper


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