Our year in pictures.

It's not been easy to come together and recall this past year. If we're honest, it's something we have been terrified of doing. Yet, as we sit here drinking coffee and daring ourselves to look back on 2017, we feel truly grateful for the good moments and that we have made it through. It goes without saying that we couldn't have done it without the love that we are surrounded by. And so, in thinking about those times we have smiled and those moments that have made us happy, we wanted to share our year in pictures with you, because while this year has been the most painful, heartbreaking year of our lives, we have an incredible family who have also made it a happy one, and that's not something we ever wish to take for granted. We wish you all nothing but love, happiness and the absolute best for 2018! Thank you so much for reading!

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!


We just wanted to take a few moments to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope more than anything that you all have a happy and safe holiday period, that's filled with love, laughter and family.

Pan Di Stelle Cheesecake,

We've talked on here a lot about our favourite Italian foods, cakes and produce, yet we feel there is one biscotti that we haven't quite done justice. That being Pan Di Stelle. Considering how much we absolutely adore this biscotti, we are quite shocked at ourselves. We first enjoyed this scrumptious treat when we visited our family in Praiano when we were thirteen. We went to see a lady who lived above our Auntie and she bought out a bag of these cookies for us to nibble on while she caught up, chatting with our Mum. It was love at first bite...seriously.

Book Review: Falling for Mr Wright by Robyn Neeley.

Release Date: 4th December 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Twitter: @RobynNeeley

I have to say a big thank you to Robyn Neeley for getting in touch and sending me this book. I had a feeling I would enjoy it and enjoy it I most certainly did! 

Book Review: Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain.

Release Date: 5th October 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Twitter: @Heidi_Swain

I have been chatting to Heidi Swain on Twitter for a little while and yet this is the first wonderful book of hers that I have read. With blog tours, reviews scheduled and a seemingly never ending TBR pile, I just hadn't had chance to pick one up. Alas, it's the holidays and when I saw this in Sainsburys I knew I had to grab it and that it would be perfect for snuggling up next to my Christmas tree with. Was I right or was I right?

Learning to cope.

The song itself says "It's the most wonderful time of the year" and for the majority of our lives we can say that this has rung true for us. We have been blessed with some magical Christmas's, enjoying the simplicity of our small family, cozy home and delicious feast. With each passing year we felt thankful for a Merry Christmas. We felt grateful to be surrounded by those we love, being gathered around the table, laughing and joking; mostly at Grandad wearing Christmas cracker hats in the most unique ways. Then laughing some more in the living room opening our gifts, not really bothered by what was in them, but getting more enjoyment out of Grandad guessing every present he received  before unwrapping it and Nanna crying when receiving a bag of nuts or a jumper...it's the little things that mean the most.

Book Review: I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk.

Release date: 7th September 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Twitter: @LindseyKelk

It has taken me a hot minute to write this book review and for that I am so so sorry. I have been a lot slower than Kelly recently in trying to keep up and catch up with reading and reviewing. Furthermore, Lindsey very kindly sent me this book over Summer, when I was very much struggling to want to do anything, so when I finally picked up the book and found that Angela was a welcome distraction, I think I disapeared into my own little world so much that putting my thoughts in to a review was a little tricky. 

Book Review: The Season For Love by M.W.Arnold.

Release Date: 16th December 2017
Publisher: PIP Publishing
Twitter: @Mick859

Thank you Rachel Gilbey for setting me up on M.W. Arnold's blog tour and for an advanced copy of The Season For Love. If you're an avid book reviewer and reader check out Rachel's Random Resources.

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Our Italian Connection.

For those of you who are regular readers of our blog you will most likely know about our love of Italy. We have shared many Italian recipes on here over the years and talked about our favourite Italian foods, places, people and memories. For those of you who are new to our blog, hello and welcome, and for those that may have missed a post or two and wondered why we talk about Italy so much, today we thought we would delve deeper into the reason behind our passion for Italy and chat about what connects us to this amazing country so strongly. This post is inspired by the beautiful @kellysdolcevita @mammaprada and @questadolcevita over on Instagram and their fabulous #DolceVitaBloggers

Festive Q & A with Rebecca Raisin and book review.

If you're looking for a fabulously festive read then look no further than Rebecca Raisins 'Winter at Cedarwood Lodge.' With it's new release just last Friday, that sees all the stories together in one pretty packaging, we thought we would delve into the archives of our blog and share our reviews from each story with you today! Not only that, but at the bottom of this post you will find a Christmassy Q&A with Rebecca herself! We hope you enjoy and happy Monday!