Italy! I have been obsessed with Italy for most of my life. So, when the Big Man and I were offered plane tickets any where we wanted as my graduation present three years ago, I only had to look at him, and he knew where we were going.
It was a fabulous two weeks of breath-taking sites and fabulous food. The food, the food, the food.
Actually when we went, I had been off of gluten for a year. But, like a lot of people, I decided that I was going to eat it when I was in Italy. I mean, not eat pizza and pasta? Are you kidding me? Well, after doing that for about a week, I had stomach cramps so horrible that I lost almost an entire day in the hotel room. (Nowadays, that would happen to me in about a 4 hours after eating just the tiniest amount.)
So, I spent the rest of my trip gluten-free. And, it was so worth it. I ended up eating much better tasting food by making sure to avoid the pizza and pasta. (It actually gets kind of boring when that’s all you eat.)
But, one thing I got to try that was totally gluten-free was limoncello. At a few different restaurants, after we finished our meal, the waiter would magically appear with two little glasses filled with a mysterious yellow liqueur. Hmmmmmmmmmm.
Guess we’ll drink it!
Oh, yum, yum, yum! Limoncello! If you like lemons at all, you will love limoncello, if you don’t love it already.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that this holiday season I wanted to do homemade gifts. (Oh, who am I kidding? Every holiday season I do homemade gifts. Or at least consumable. I just like homemade better.)
Well, I wanted to do something a little different from my normal cookies and fudge. Although, I am doing that, too.
So, I found a fabulous homemade limoncello recipe to try. If you want to try it yourself, it has to sit around and gather the lemon smell/taste for quite a while (like 80-90 days), so you have to start now.
I smelled mine the other day (It’s been going for about a month.) and oh my goodness, it smells amazing. I can’t wait until it’s done.
It is so easy to do, except for the waiting part. You just need a bunch of organic lemons (you don’t want the pesticide taste since you are using the peels) and cheap vodka. Oh yeah, and a very large glass jar. I couldn’t find any in my real world, so I had to order them online. I had to get 4, since they wouldn’t ship them one at a time, but I use the others for my flours. The place I ordered my gallon glass jars is here.
And, along those lines, I have a few more things I am making as gifts that might inspire you. I have just started homemade vanilla from a recipe that my friend Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily posted last year. I think this is going to be a good one. Check it out. It is really easy and a great present for anyone you know who cooks/bakes.
If beauty products are more your style, I am also thinking of trying body scrub from a recipe that my friend Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom posted a couple of months ago. It looks easy and will be much appreciated by certain people I know.
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™