Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last post for 2011

Happy New Year everybody!

I am just squeezing in the last blog post for 2011! I have been frantically cleaning the flat as we are expecting four guests for dinner tonight. We got back from our Christmas trip in Italy yesterday. It was my first Christmas in Italy and it really was great! I have tons of food pictures!  It was interesting as everyone in Italy had very different meals for their Christmas lunch or dinner. Next year I am going to ask all of Francesco's friends to take pictures for me :) The meals were so varied and they have about 5 courses!

We had so much to eat! I put on 1kg just from the Christmas lunch!

The pulling of the crackers
I carried a box of 12 crackers in our luggage, from London. They do not have Christmas crackers in Italy and no one had seen them before.

We had lots of starters, then homemade pasta in a cheese sauce, rabbit, guinea fowl, many cheeses and panettone. I was close to popping.

The antipasto

Homemade bigoli

Rabbit, guinea fowl and potatoes with aubergines and artichokes

2kg Panetonne
Francesco's parents gave us one of these to bring back to London. We had to carry it by hand. Luckily we didnt have any trouble on the plane with our 2 big rucksacks and slightly overweight luggage and a big panettone. We had to leave some things behind in Italy, was impossible to carry everything.

We will open the panettone tonight for desert.

Chatting with my sister on my iPad

Chatted to Naomi after all the food on my new shiny iPad that Francesco got me for Christmas. Every year, I usually spend Christmas at home. This was the first time I was not at home for Christmas with my parents and Naomi. I missed eating with my sister, it has become such a tradition for us to stuff our faces every Christmas. We will have to have a little belated Christmas dinner. :)

Opening presents

These were made to match Francesco's parent's sofa

Lupi and Pilu pillows

So tonight we will have a seafood feast - stuffed mushrooms, oysters, clams, scallops and lobster tails. Lets hope all goes well!

There is so much more I want to write but I have to get ready and finish preparing the flat.

I will end with just saying that I have had an amazing and eventful 2011. I quite my job in Amsterdam after 5.5 years and began SukiSuki as a proper business venture. It has been one hell of a roller-coaster for both me and Francesco. It has been 7 months and I am slowly, but surely, finding my way.  Francesco has been so supportive and has managed pretty well so far at putting up with all my craziness :)

It has not been easy but it has been  a fantastic experience! And I hope my SukiSuki journey will continue and be a success. I am enjoying meeting new people and SukiSuki seem to be receiving positive attention. There are 494 SukiSuki fans on the fb page! It is very exciting every time I get a new fan. I am hoping I can reach 500 before the end of today. It is so close! It is very easy to get greedy with the fans. I always want more! Many thanks to all my fans!

There are a million SukiSuki things I want to do. Everyday goes by so fast there is not enough time to do everything. But the first thing I will do next year is my website! I have been so fussy with what I want, I am waiting for the perfect website to pop into my head and still, 7 months later I still have no proper website. So for next year, my biggest priority is the SukiSuki website! :)

I  will also have to do more with Stuff Me Silly next year, my food blog. It has been neglected. I will be combining my love for food and SukiSuki somehow! :)

This is my old blog:

And here is my fb page

I hope 2012 will be a very creative, fun and exciting year!

See you all Next Year!

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