7.20.2017

How To Extend That Wonderful Vacation Feeling At Home


Yeah, well, I'm not going to lie...
  there can be some letdown after a big vacation when you 
 come home to bills, laundry and work.  
Here's what can help...


1.  Try making some of the best dishes you had on vacation.
Caponatina was served at practically every meal in Sicily either as a side dish or appetizer.

Alie's Eggplant Caponatina
•sauté one chopped onion in olive oil with 1/2 cup of pitted olives and 1/4 cup capers
•stir in one can chopped tomatoes

•grill one sliced eggplant and 2 peppers and 2 squashes.  
When cooked, chop and add to tomatoes and onions.

• add salt and pepper, two tablespoons sugar and  1/3 cup white wine vinegar

•mix, taste and garnish with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil
Serve warm or at room temperature.


Easy Orange, Fresh Fennel, Mint and Scallion Salad
We had this on a sailboat on the Mediterranean Sea.
It's the four ingredients mentioned in the title and just drizzle with honey.

2Enjoy something fun in your own town
(we went to museums in Paris...why not in SF?).
I subscribe to the SF Travel newsletter for great ideas like this...
Or take your lunch to the park or beach.

3.  Buy yourself some blooms or pick some 
from your garden.

I picked these from my sister, Teresa's back yard.

4.  Go through your vacation photos and pick a couple to frame
 I think Art.com is easy to use.  
I order their double thick mats.

5. After you are unpacked and the house is clean, 
turn on some music, give yourself permission
 to just relax with your feet up 
in your "home sweet home."

Thanks for visiting!



18 comments:

  1. All great suggestions! I love the work/life balance in Italy. A great example to live by. I come back a more relaxed person every time I go and live life to embrace events and people in my life in a more mindful way. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That is a great sentiment...I feel the same way.

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    1. I did it last year with beach scenes from Mexico. I just can't decide which photo from this year.

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  3. I wondered when that Mt. Etna of Laundry was going to erupt! In addition to wonderful food memories, I say have a few bottles from where we you were. Memories in a glass with the feet up. All good!

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    1. Hey! Very good point. We need to pick up some Sicilian wine!!!

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  4. My husband and I went to Sicily last October and loved it!! (We had lunch at Planeta too!) I loved the island and dream of going back. As I read this post, I realized I had everything I needed to make the caponatina so we had that for dinner tonight. Excellent recipe, thank you for sharing it. Took us right back to Sicily!

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    1. Oh I am so happy about that, Susan. That's how we felt when my daughter and son pitched in an made it together last weekend!

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  5. I love reading your posts! They are all so beautiful and inspiring.

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    1. This is Vallee, BTW -- not sure how to have my profile show up :)

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    2. YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT HOME FOR A STAY-CATION VALLEE!

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  6. So many great tips! I love the idea of fresh flowers and I try to cut hydrangeas every few days and bring inside. Happy Sunday, Mary Annn!

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  7. Awesome tips, and I am pinning to save that first recipe for later! Heading to the desert next weekend for rest and DIY! xox

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  8. Excellent ideas! I need to schedule a fabulous trip so I can return home to implement them!

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  9. I AM HEAR LOOKING FOR YOUR ADDRESS AND WONDERING WHY I DIDNOT GET THIS POST!I KNOW I HAVE SUBSCRIBED............SO FRUSTRATING!!!IT DIDNOT LAND IN MY INBOX!
    NOW TEXT ME YOUR SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
    XX

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    1. My daughter says she doesn't get my posts anymore either.... Feedburner problems. :( I asked her to resign up.

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  10. You may also want to consider feng shui for good luck but only if you believe in that practice. Aside from using common furniture such as sofas, chairs, and tables, you may also want to add other components inside your house. Home Awakening

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  11. So hard to get back to life after vacation but these are all great suggestions! Those recipes look good and I may try the easy one with orange:) One of these days I will get to Italy!

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