giovedì 31 maggio 2012

A little sweet dog for help earthquake people

A little help from my Etsy Shop CuteBabyToys..
I have my brother in Emilia Romagna, Modena. He says it's a hell to live with the earth that trembles, you loose all your security.  
I hope that this hell will end soon.  
I hope that people return to their home. 
I hope that children can forget those terrible days.
I hope that my little dog is bought soon, to help give aid to these poor people.

If you want to buy this little sweet dog, and help earthquake people, please go on the shop EtsyItaliaTeam for charity. Thank you.

martedì 29 maggio 2012

EIT for charity: northern Italy earthquake

Photo by Guiccio @fogscientist

In the second half of May, northern Italy was hit by a series of earthquakes of considerable magnitude.

The most affected area is the region of Emilia Romagna, between Modena and Ferrara, where many monuments, schools, public buildings and even factories have collapsed, leading to today, May 31, to these numbers of casualties: at least 24 people killed, about 350 people injured, about 14000 evacuee, without considering the incalculable damage to the historical, artistic and cultural heritage.

The earthquakes and the collapses go on as the number of displaced people increases: just when people were going to return to their homes after days in the tents, there has been another earthquake (May 29), that caused new victims and the collapse of buildings already damaged from the previous one and also a lot of fear, especially for those who had at last spent their first night at home. The nightmare never seems to end.

The EtsyItaliaTeam wants to contribute by donating the beautiful creations of its members for sale in its charity shop. The proceeds will be donated to region of Emilia Romagna that can use them where necessary to help.
We are also considering other organizations and depending on the proceeds we will donate for other projects.
If you are an EtsyItalia team member and you want to donate an item for the charity shop, just follow these instructions.

Update: May 30 - 27 sold items, near 300€ revenue to donate (net of Etsy and PayPal taxes).
Update: May 31 - 42 sold items, 450€ revenue to donate (net of Etsy and PayPal taxes).

We thank every crafter and artist who donated their works with such generosity, every person who bought from the EIT shop and every and each kind soul who's spreading the word about this. Grazie! :)

Past found-rising:
- Five Land's Flood (Oct 2011- Feb 2012)
- GECA Onlus (2011 Jul-Sep)

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lunedì 28 maggio 2012

Waldorf dolls phylosophy

Waldorf-inspired dolls made ​​entirely by hand with organic fabrics (cotton and wool) of high quality. Soft, warm and simple facial expression to leave more freedom to the imagination, these dolls represent, according to Steiner, the emotions of those who play with them. An handmade doll is an object that helps the child to the harmonious development of his imagination and his growth.

Bambole di ispirazione Waldorf realizzate completamente a mano con tessuti naturali (cotone e lana) di alta qualità. Morbide, calde e con i tratti del viso semplici per lasciare maggiore libertà all’immaginazione, le bambole di lana e stoffa rappresentano, secondo Steiner, le emozioni di chi le esegue. Una bambola fatta a mano è un oggetto che aiuta il bambino nello sviluppo armonioso della sua fantasia e della sua crescita.

mercoledì 16 maggio 2012

I love cooking - A little recipe of my land

Tuscan Cantuccini

They are almond biscuits, the most typical dessert of traditional Tuscan cuisine
especially coupled with Vin Santo.

Today I cooked these cookies .. I love to cookand I want to share with you this recipe.. As I write this postthe scent fills the kitchen and the memories flood the mind ..
"But at the same instant when the liquid in which they mixed the crumbs of the cakecaught my palate, I was startledattracted by something extraordinary was happening inside meA delicious pleasure had invaded medetached from any notion of his causeSuddenly he had become indifferent to the vicissitudes of life, harmless its disastersits brevity illusoryacting in the same way of lovefilling me with a precious essenceor ratherthat essence was not in meI was THAT 'essence. I had ceased now to feel mediocre, contingent, mortalFrom where he could reach me a joy so powerfulI felt it was linked to the flavor of tea and cake, but surpassed him infinitelyshould not share hisnature. Where was he fromI drink a second mouthful, in which I find nothing more than the firsta third that gives me a little 'less than the secondIt 's time to stop methe virtueof the filter appears to decreaseIt's clear that the truth I seek is not there, but in me.Proust
A wonderful recipe, fragrant worth trying ..


300g of flour
200g of sugar
2 eggs and 1 yolk
1 teaspoon baking powder
200g almonds with skins
a little of grated peel of orange and lemon
1 tablespoon of brandy or rum
1 pinch of salt

Toast the almonds in the oven at 160 ° for 5 minutes.
(Check visually to prevent burning).
Remove from the oven and chop the almonds.

Whisk the eggs and egg yolk with sugar.
Add a pinch of grated lemon peel and orange and a tablespoon of brandy.
Add a pinch of salt.
Add the toasted almonds.
Add 200g of sifted flour and a teaspoon of baking powder.
Knead the doughIt will be very moist and sticky.

At this pointdivide the dough in 3 parts and with the remaining flour
try to form 3 loaves and place them on how they pan with baking paper.

Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutesuntil the surface is lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let them cool a bitotherwise you not will be able to cut them.
Cut the dough balls slightly askew trying to obtain a thickness of about 2cm.

Put them on the baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and turn them on the other side and bake again for another 5 minutes.

And here they areready to be enjoyed with a wonderful Vin Santo.

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