WELCOME & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am beyond thrilled to be writing my first post on my brand new blog!   I had another blog over the past few years, but decided I needed my own website and here I am!

I’d like to start off by telling all of you a little about myself.  My name is Gianna and I live in New Jersey.  I have been married to my husband, Joe for 10 years.   We have 2 little girls, Olivia age 8 and Ava age 5.  They keep us very busy!  Olivia swims competitively for our local YMCA from September-June and swims for our town pool all summer.   She really loves swimming and we love to watch her!  I think watching her swim is one of my favorite things.  EVER!  She also dances (hip hop) and plays soccer.  Ava is our little dancer/gymnast.  She switches between both…which is just her personality.  Very free-spirited and fun loving!  Watching her dance (ballet and tap)  and do gymnastics is another one of my favorite things!  She also plays basketball.   We have a 10 year old Toy Fox Terrier named Muggsy Bogues (after the smallest NBA player) who weighs in at a whooping 5.5 pounds and we have 2 guinea pigs (I’m not a fan of them).  Sparkles and Sparrow (Named after Capt. Jack) are 2 year old sisters.  And finally 2 fish tanks that Joe keeps up with.  So that’s my family…an you’ll learn a whole lot about us thru this blog!  Especially about our favorites (and least favorite) foods, family traditions, and about our extended 3/4 Italian, 1/4 Irish families.   I’m the 100% Italian (the better side) whereas Joe is 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Irish, but I think he has some German or something sprinkled in too!

Here we are!!!

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I LOVE to cook!  I LOVE to bake!  I LOVE to Entertain in my own home!  And I LOVE to party plan!   Which is what this website is dedicated to….cooking, baking, entertaining!  So if you enjoy these things…or if you are looking for new recipes or new traditions to bring to your own family..you’ve come to the right place!  And I’m glad you are here!  Every so often I may post about other things…but mostly FOOD!!!    I LOVE FOOD!!!!

Other things I love…the beach (especially Lavallette, NJ), summer, avocados, playing dodgeball (yes, I REALLY play in a dodgeball  league), Dave Matthews, Disney World, running/working out, Johnny Depp, flip flops, bread & butter, my bed, flavored vodka, bacon, UGGS and all of my family and friends!

In 2013 I lost my Mom to breast cancer.   She was the one who really taught me everything I know about cooking, baking and entertaining.   So this website is dedicated to her.   It wasn’t a great year for my family and I, but our strength is what holds us together.  I am hoping for a very happy, healthy 2014 for my family and yours.

Ok enough about me….for now, let’s get cooking!!!

WELCOME AND HAPPY 2014!!!!

~gianna~

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