CAPPUCCINO TIME : Please join me for a cup of cappuccino and a teaspoon of Italian Wisdom

Buongiorno and Good Morning.

Happy Thanksgiving  and La Festa del Ringraziamento – which refers to a variety of religious holidays held throughout the year for patron saints.

I am taking a sip of my cappuccino and taking a sigh in pleasure. There is nothing like this blend : Espresso coffee topped with frothed hot milk or cream and for an extra dash of flavor, sprinkle it with cinnamon. I am savoring this moment of total quiet in the cottage.

In a little while I will be busy cooking a few dishes  to bring over to my step-daughter’s house who has graciously volunteered to host this year’s feast. I  will be surrounded by friends and family to celebrate this year’s blessings. And I am so grateful to have so much love around me. I know that there are so many people who don’t have what we take for granted. It saddens my heart to think of them, even though I’ve donated to every charity to help them. But my grief goes beyond the charitable food they can receive. There’s a hole in their lives, for whatever reason or circumstance, that brought them to this point. And right now I ask God to bless and provide for them not only today, but throughout the year. I pray they find peace and love, if not by their own family and friends, but by strangers they encounter on their journey. And I give thanks to all those who are able to  extend themselves to help them.  Today may be all about food, but it’s also food for the soul.

For some  Italian Americans it means the inclusion of special Italian recipes to accompany the traditional roast turkey, stuffing and  pumpkin pie on their table. Every family of Italian heritage has diffierent culinary traditions to celebrate the holiday. The dinner might include ravioli con la zucca (pumpkin ravioli) tacchinella alla melagrana (roast turkey basted with pomegranate sauce and served with a pomegranate and giblet gravy), sweet Italian turkey sausage and mozzarella stuffing, baked sweet potatoes with lime and ginger and even Italian cakes and pastries. My menu leans more toward my American side. It’s much easier. What else can I say?

But what matters most isn’t about menu choices or who will win the football game.  It’s a time for families to celebrate the season in a tradition that’s timeless.

So no matter what nationality you are, relish in this special moment with your family and friends. Don’t think about work or any other obligation. Don’t worry about your weight. Enjoy every morsel. Take your time eating; it’s good for the digestion. More important, rejoice in your blessings and give Thanks.

I know that I feel blessed this year.

My husband is doing better after suffering a heart attack a few months ago and I thank God every day that I still have him. My son and his wife are visiting from Raleigh and I am so thankful they are able to be here with us.. It’s hard for this Italian Momma not to have her children around her all the time.  And later today, we will  be with our extended family members and I am so grateful for them. My marriage to Dave gave me an added bonus of another daughter and two sons. Once again, my own daughter can not be with us. But I pray she is surrounded by friends who love and support her. And hopefully, next year she can occupy the empty chair that’s waiting for her.

For all of you, I wish you  God’s Blessings today and everyday.

Next time, you can bring dessert and share a little something about your life and family traditions.  Would love to hear from you.

Sending all of you Blessings from the Beach.