Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015... and time for a change

I don't even know if anyone is reading my blog anymore. If you are then let me first say that I'm sorry for not posting like I used to back in the day. Motherhood of 3 has kicked my tail!

With that said, I think I need to rebrand myself. This blog started as a way to keep in touch with my family back home but now that I have become a mom and have settled into a somewhat Italian lifestyle, I want to show what my life is like now... A not so Italian mom.  All of the content from My Sweet Monkey will transfer over to the new blog and as soon as I'm ready.. I'll reveal.

In the meantime, I'm still all about Instagram!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chocolate Kisses


Happy World Nutella Day!!! 

I just whipped up a batch of chocolate kisses and I may have found my new favorite go-to treat. 

These are super simple and quick. I found this recipe in a Nutella cookbook that I bought years ago. After the first batch I took a minute or two off the baking time and they came out better but it's all up to you and your oven. 

Enjoy! 


Baci al cioccolato (Chocolate kisses)


cookies:
120 g sugar
15g cocoa powder 
100g flour
3 eggs

filling: 
Nutella

garnish: 
powdered  sugar 



Beat the eggs and sugar until well mixed. Add the flour and cocoa. 

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper a drop small spoonful of batter. (they will spread a lot)

Bake at 190c/375f for 8-10 minutes. 
Let cool. Take cookie and spread a spoonful of Nutella top with a second cookie. Place on a plate and sprinkle powdered sugar. 


I may not blog much.. but I'm all over Instagram! 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Snack time: Monkey milk

Living in Italy has taught me alot. One thing I learned is that if you do snack time  "right", it WILL NOT ruin your kids appetite for dinner. 

I say "right" because Italians (at least mine) believe in having a good, healthy and sometimes a sweet snack. 



I found a Nutella banana shake on pinterest and while it looked good, I knew I had to tweak it. My girls don't care for yogurt based smoothies and forget about Almond milk... it's so expensive! 

I don't measure ingredients so you'll just have to do that yourself! 

ps..The girls decided to call it Monkey milk. 

Ingredients:

milk
2 bananas
oatmeal
2 heaping spoons of Nutella


Blend (in blender of course) and enjoy!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On the menu: Sunday lunch

Sundays are the days that I try to go easy unless it's a holiday. Since we have 3hr church services, I don't want to spend longer than I have to preparing for food.

Today we had Spinacine and veggies. I love Spinacine because I buy it already prepared. Just heat and serve. It's a breaded chicken patty with spinach. It's delicious and my girls love it.  I chose zucchini and carrots since they're quick to cook. 


On the menu: Dinner for June 26


Today we had a few errands to do so we had already planned to order pizza for dinner. 

This is a rare occasion as eating out can add up. The good thing is that a basic pizza can cost you only 5€! {obviously, it depends on location and what kind of pizzeria it is}

In Italy, pizza is NOT shared like back home. Everyone has their own and it's about the size of a medium pizza. The trick to eating it al... skip the crust. 

The girls shared a Pizza Margherita {cheese pizza) while Carlo and I opted lighter versions. We love pizza with fresh cherry tomatoes and arugula. It's a great option during the summer.