My Little Town in Northern Italy

The weather has been perfect around here lately. I love walking around this little town, especially now that I can leave my coat at home and just wear a cardigan!

This is the view from my bedroom window. I love the mountains–living at the foot of the Alps has its perks!

This is one of the main roads in my town. Look at how small the “sidewalk” is! By Italy’s standards, this road is actually pretty big.

Every Italian town is built around a cathedral–if you’re ever in Italy, just follow the signs reading “centro” to find the center of the town. Ours is very simple! There is a line of benches right next to the church where I always see the locals eating gelato.

The clouds were perfect that day!

Grandmother's Rings

Over the last few years my mathernal grandmother has been giving me some of her most meaningful jewelry and it’s very special to me. When I started high school she gave me her high school ring, when I started college she gave me her college bracelet, and when I got married last year she gave me her wedding ring.

Luckily I am the only one in my family with limbs small enough for her jewelry to fit, but we also have similar tastes! I’ve heard that I’m a lot like she was at my age, and I don’t at all find that hard to believe.

My grandmother went to the same high school I did, graduating 59 years before me. Most of my family has gone to the same school. I wore this ring all throughout high school. The school colors are blue and white, but the ring is adorned with her (and my) birthstone–Ruby.  I wasn’t interested in any of the class rings that were for sale when I was in high school, but I think my grandmother’s is beautiful and of my taste, so it worked perfectly as a third-generation class ring.

Her ring on the left, mine on the right
When I got married my husband was deployed and we hadn’t even thought of rings. My grandmother lent me hers and I loved it so much that when we got around to buying our own I wanted mine to be similar. After a couple months with the ring she assured me she would like to keep it. My grandfather is no longer alive, and I feel so honored that she gave me something of so much sentimental value.

I am a very sentimental person also and can definitely be trusted to care after these things! I don’t wear much jewelry unless it has a special meaning to me, and family heirlooms are used often when given to me.

I bought these pearls in Okinawa, Japan when I was 16. They are two separate necklaces that can be twisted together–one pink strand, and one white strand.

In the Wabe Revamping

Some of you may have noticed there’s been a bit of a lull at In the Wabe over the last few weeks. Honestly, I have been a bit upset over the way it’s panning out–it’s turning out a lot different than my original idea. So I am going to be revamping!

There will be a few changes here, and In the Wabe is going to become a bit more of a personal blog. I’m keeping all the recipes, but I will be posting some personal entries in between the food posts. I’m hoping this will make my blog more interesting and more enjoyable for all of you!

Do you want to see how excited I am about this?


These are my very first jumping photos! I realize the second photo looks a bit like I’m sitting on the back of the couch, but I swear I was mid-jump!

This is what my living room looks like without a maniac jumping on the furniture:

17 Dec

I wore a similar outfit a few months ago: the same dress with the brooch attacked with red tights. It was a good transition to spring, but this one is perfect for early winter.

I love mustard yellow and this scarf was such a great purchase! I bought it in Salzburg, Austria.


I think I looked like a 1920s detective that day! This hat is proving to be a staple of my wardrobe this year–I’ve worn it nearly every day for two weeks! And I like how touch I look in these photos, haha.

Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Gap
Tights: Gap
Oxfords: Payless? I don’t remember.
Coat: Gap
Scarf: H&M
Brooch: Given to me by my grandmother
Cloche: Urban Outfitters

My first anniversary

Joseph and I got married December 17, 2007; that means we recently celebrated our first anniversary!
We were married while he was in the midst of a deployment in Iraq, so he wasn’t present at the ceremony. I was excited we were getting married but at the same time a bit sad that he could be with me for another few months, so I tried to find a dress with similarities to a classic wedding dress that could still function as a normal dress. A friend pointed me in the direct of a dress Anthropologie was selling and it was perfect!

Joseph’s father and step-mother, me, my father, mother, and sister on my wedding day

For our first anniversary I decided wearing the dress again would be perfect. I will never not think of it as my “wedding dress,” but I’d love an opportunity to wear it again. This was the first time he was able to see me in the dress, and it made our day very special.

I love the subtle reminiscence to a wedding dress. I wore it with a strand of pearls I bought while I was in high school in Okinawa, Japan and shoes from Target that catch the light well and match perfectly.

Joseph dressed up as well!

Joseph made me a delicious six-course meal! He is a much better cook than I am, and everything from the presentation to the taste was beyond amazing. I took no pictures since it was night-time and flash would ruin the photos.

First course: Herbed Crepes with Smoked Salmon and Radishes, with a Light Lemon-Kissed Cream Cheese Filling with Dill and Chives.
Second course: Lobster Tail, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad with a Lemon-Shallot Dressing and Fresh Spinach Leaves Kissed With Sea Salt
Third course: Cast-Iron Seared Filet Mignon with Charred Onion Rings and Cucumbers, with a Slowly Reduced Balsamic-Burgundy Wine Sauce with Whole Shallots
Fourth course: Slow-Roasted and Caramelized Whole Plum Tomatoes With Coarse Sugar and Fresh Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
Fifth course: Carrot-Garlic Puree and Celery Root-Garlic Puree
Sixth course: Tiramisu Affogato: A Deconstructed Tiramisu – Equal Parts of Coffee Ice Cream and Vanilla Ice Cream, with Italian Walnut-Almond Ladyfingers Coarsely Crumbled Over, Hot Espresso Poured On Top, and a Dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream, and Grazed with Freshly Grated Bittersweet Chocolate

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