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HEIMO IS BACK!

You may already know my passion for a tv docu-series called “The last alaskans” since I wrote in the past months another article on this topic. The second season is now here and I’m so happy about it! Right now there’s up to 3rd episode and I felt so good to see everyone again chasing their dream of freedom that I had to write my impression on it!

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This series started for nearly everyone with a change in location moving to their oldest cabins. They all returned to the old houses where they spent so many years growing as a family with bittersweet memories of the childhood of their kids. It was emotional right from the start and this season I can see that even the editing is different including more landscapes footage and flashback on the memories of all the families. I guess a lot of people wanted to know more of their past and how they could survive in such a difficult land with small children so there’s a lot more informations on this kind of things.

Heimo Korth and his family is finally all reunited together after so many years in the Alaskan wilderness to build a new cabin on the site near their most loved cabin where the girls grew up and their first baby girl died drowning in the river. The family is really beautiful and you can feel their love for each other. I guess that being together in such a place with no cellphones, pc and other kinds of disturbance can bound people to have deep conversations and a real knowledge of their characters (well even when I was a child myself 20 years ago it was like this). I simply love Heimo and Edna as they seem the most positive, good and genuine people I ever seen in a tv show. Love them to death!

Bob Harte is back after a bad last season when he didn’t succeed in hunting for the meat required for his winter needs, a bear ate all of his stocked provisions and he got involved even in a plane incident that had him return home to his daughter Talisia before the end of the season. Well, this time he’s back with his sweet daughter and ex wife! His faithful dog Ruger is as always his best companion but since he trained him so well and he saw how protective of Talisia he is, he thought of giving him to her so when his daughter returned to Fairbanks after a couple weeks she flew back with the dog leaving Bob all alone. After that his ex wife surprised everyone with her announcement of going to visit him in the cabin. She didn’t want to leave him all alone in the woods. I’m happy to see them sharing these moments because I could feel that he always wanted their return, since when he talked during the first season about his family his eyes were full of tears. He’s currently really sick but wanted to go nevertheless of his conditions in his oldest cabin. His daughter is back there after 20 years and he’s so happy about it that I can feel it too. This season he seems opening up much more in terms of feelings and I like the way he speaks more.

The Selden couple who is thinking of growing the family and the Lewis’ with their 3 adorable daughters are equally working on their upcoming winter. The selden’s hunted succesfully a moose and so they are starting with the right foot since they have more than enough meat for their entire season till spring. The Lewis’ are fixing their oldest cabin to fit the girls in a new room and as they work on it they are reminiscing the memories of their childhood. Simply lovely!

I am waiting every week for the next episode and I will not miss one! And you? What do you think of this series? Do you like to see this kind of documentaries about wild nature and surviving? I will write about the Brown’s family of “Bush people”too soon, so stay tuned.

Kisses

 

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THE LAST ALASKANS – WONDERFUL DOCU-SERIES

I’m completely smitten by a docu-series that’s been aired this spring on DMAX (one of my favourite channels). THE LAST ALASKANS was a real surprise for me, too intrigued by the landscapes and won by the curiosity of knowing the lifestyle of the people who live in the “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” a far away and uninhabited area in northern Alaska.

I’ve been all my life an avid documentary passionate and this kind of program is just too good to be true. The characters, their lives and memories, the amazing landscapes and the simple life they conduct are extremely extravagant from every point of view. They are happy to live there and sad when they have to go back to the city, their feelings are depicted really well.

To live a life always in search for food, no commodities, no tv, no internet and cellphones must be really hard. They sew their own gloves and snow boots with the fur of the hunted animals. They don’t have the possibility to go to the supermarket if they need something. In all the months they live in such isolation from the rest of the world they need to be always ready for unexpeted events and work hard to have the basic necessities.

Hunting caribou, dealing with bears, paying attention to the width of the ice, no sun for months since they are above the arctic polar circle… I think this is an amazing series that goes in-depth of the lives of these extravagant people called “last Alaskans”. The lasts who can live in this territory because in 1980 the government decided to stop any further human settlements in the area and so the ones who had previosly the rights to built cabins are only 7 and dislocated on hundreds of miles away from each other.

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Heimo and Hedna, definitely my favourite couple ever! They are so sweet and had four daughters that grew up in their cabins. Same as Bob they lived in this difficult territory for about 40 years. Their memories are so clear and emotionally painful that I really feel close to them. I really love Heimo, he seems a really great person!

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Ray Lewis is a tough and hard working man who grew up, with his wife, his 3 daughters in this kind of wild environment. Originally from Michigan he decided to move to Alaska in search of an adventurous life. His family is amazing, his daughters are able to hunt and do all the things required to live in such a difficult area since they grew up there and now are teenagers. They have all such a close relationship, I really feel their love for each other.

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Bob, the toughness, 40 years of experience in the wilderness. This season he was at a considerably disadvantage because he broke his airplane, he couldn’t hunt any caribou (so no meat aka lipids for all the winter months) and a bear ate all his provisions so he decided to return to Fairbanks to be with his daughter waiting for next season.

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All the group, in the centre the Lewis family with their three daughters and dogs.

Hope to see more of this amazing series! I really love it, I feel so close to all of them… The musics, the magical landscapes, the great respect they have for nature is so special that it would be a shame to not see more. Good luck last Alaskans from an italian watcher!

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I’M BACK HOME

Hi and happy 2016 to all of you! After more than 3 weeks away I came home and this time I feel much more relaxed and content with my journey.

I travelled to Venice, to Trentino and Trentino Alto Adige and I got home in Milan at the end of the first week of January. 

I am happy with what I saw, with the tastes I tried and the landscapes I viewed. It was all like a dream and I am partly satisfied, the only thing is this itchy feeling of need to more travelling this upcoming spring. I got really the spirit of a traveller! And it’s really weird since I always felt like I would spend my whole life  in this small town of mine, never enjoying a real journey.

Back on topic: VENICE IS MAGNIFICENT! Really cold though, but one of the most beautiful places I ever been in my whole life! Truly a beautiful city of a special kind! 5 days flew away in a blow. Even so I enjoyed it to the fullest. We’ve gone to: Piazza S.Marco, Rialto’s bridge, Murano, Giudecca, the orthodox cemetery and the jewish district…

It would be too long to explain everything but I particularly liked the jewish district in which I felt some sort of connection and where I bought amazing kosher sweets. The orthodox cemetery where I found Stravinskij’s grave, Ezra Pound’s and is filled with princesses and old high rank people of the past. Murano is truly beautiful and is where I ate the most amazing spaghetti with clams! Too bad we couldn’t go to Burano due to our time schedule.

Here I am posting some of the photos I took while there:

I had a wonderful experience and I invite all of you interested in travelling through Italy to this known city to really feel the historic side of my country!  

I hope you like my pics. Bye  =^^=

 

 

26 ISN’T A PRETTY NUMBER

I’m officially 26 from yesterday… I’m kind of sad cause I am approaching 30 but at the same time I’m excited to add another year to my age…

26 is an even number and I hate even numbers… Ever since I can remember I always sported odd numbers. When I was a child I always told people my birthday was on the 7th instead of the 6th cause I hated the thought to be born at such a date… Well, right now I miss my 25 years! I loved to say: “I’m 25!” A quarter of a century, such a pretty number ♥

Yesterday I went to the lake and it was such a lovely day! I enjoyed some quality time with my friends swimming and playing. Honestly I couldn’t imagine  a better birthday party.

Bye, see you next time

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MISSING THE SEA + BIRTHDAY ANXIETY

I’ve been back from the sea for 3 days now and I already miss it so much… I had lots of fun and I felt really relaxed. I ate such good food too but it’s time to return to reality… this is cause tomorrow is my birthday.

Every year when this date approaches I get a bit anxious as I feel getting older. I mean, I’m not yet an old lady but sometimes I just feel my age and the responsibilities that comes with it.

I tend to value much more serenity and peacefulness over happiness as this last one is only transitory… I’m rational and not impulsive, I always think before doing something as I am scared of the consequences. This is why I feel like my age or even older and especially compared to all the teens out there.

Even so sometimes I just feel like a little girl, I like taking strolls and buy ice cream on the way, wearing cute and pretty outfits like a teenager… My appearance luckily makes me look like a 20 years old but… I would really like as time would stop at this age. I’m scared of getting older, seeing wrinkles on my face, loosing hopes and feeling the burden of my body as the age goes by.

I am going to the lake tomorrow, to one of my favourite places with a couple of our close friends. I will bring some pastries and we will just chill out in the nature. I wish tomorrow will be a peaceful day for all of us.

Kisses and happy birthday to all the people who has their one in these days. Bye ♥

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TRAVELLING WORRIES

Today I’m not gonna write about any particular topic, I’m just chatting as I would with an imaginary friend at the other side of the ocean. A talk like this is easier and I get to write down my own thoughts just to feel better.

I’m gonna travel a bit this summer. I’m exited and I longed so much for a change, even so right now I’m scared to find troublesome things on my journeys…

The past 4 months were really tiresome: the house renovation, family problems and anxiety were a melting pot of emotions too powerful to sustain on my shoulders. I think I deserve some travelling, even so I know it’s gonna be more tiring than rewarding since I’m gonna be a guest at someone elses’ house…

I am a really polite and generous person, I’m gonna say it because it’s the truth… So when I am a guest I usually do much more things in the house than what I normally do for myself. I get anxious and feel insecure if I sense others thinking I’m a bother, so I try all my best to be perfect in every way possible. But the stress just build up as days goes by and I worry so much that at some point I’m gonna burst out in screams and cries.

In my daily routine I am a perfectionist, sometimes I know I can exaggerate, even so I can’t stop myself. I strive for perfection, in myself, in the house, in others. But I’m really harsh on myself most of the time, since I see so many flaws I want to correct and overcome on my own…

I am insecure on so many things about myself: my body, my mind, my own life… Sometimes I hate myself for being so indecisive and a coward since it’s really hard for me to be sociable. 

I wish I could become stronger and to change in a positive way. This summer is gonna be a first step to improve myself. I need to shape up just enough to like myself more and they say that travelling makes you experienced. I think so too, so I will see the results in September.

I will leave on Thursday of this week and return the next one. I’m gonna go to a small town deep in the mountains and then in August to the sea (after so many years of longing). I would like to travel even more, maybe a weekend I could rent an apartment somewhere in a famous city like: Cremona, Venezia, Roma or Firenze… I want to see as many places as possible from now on. Wish to be able too.

Bye and see you again next week!

 

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CINNAMON-PUMPKIN SWEET RISOTTO

Hi ♥ Today is a cooking recipe!

I really enjoy a lot making risotto. It’s one of my favourite dishes! I find it really delicious and nutritious when done following the right method.

So, let’s prepare together a delicate cinnamon-pumpkin risotto!

Note that for the sweet flavour you need to use carrots broth (a common vegetable broth with carrots in it is not good enough) because the sweetness otherwise is gonna come only from the cinnamon and it may be less noticeable!

To prepare a broth is simple: just add in a large pot water for 3/4 of it and then add the vegetables you want: potatoes, carrots, onions… It’s the same with meat broth.

For this recipe is needed a broth with carrots, so you can prepare a broth with only carrots or, as I suggest, to add potatoes cause it’s gonna make the risotto richer.

The vegetables cooked in the broth are gonna be healthy and good for a salad: with oil, vinegar and salt you can make up a simple side dish. ♣

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INGREDIENTS:

– Onion (1/3 of a big onion or 1/2 if a medium size)

– Butter (2/3 large spoons)

– Rice (one full cup = 2 people depending of the rice)

– White Wine (a glass)

– Carrot and potatoes broth is sweet and is well matched with this recipe (chicken stock or vegetable broth if you don’t mind the flavour to be more salty)

– Pumpkin

– Cinnamon

– White pepper

– Grated parmesan cheese (as preferred)

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First rule: When you try to prepare a risotto, you can’t afford to look away during the process. If you have only 10 minutes before friends coming over for dinner you can’t make it in time. Risotto is a dish that requires at least 20-25 minutes and can take up even 40/45 minutes if you need to add some more ingredients that need to be previous cooked. (if you need to prepare the broth it goes up to 1 hour and half) Focus only on it please, cause it’s gonna waste your efforts and time if you just do it half heartedly! 

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Prepare the vegetables: Cut in small pieces the pumpkin and the onion. The smaller the pumpkin the better in my opinion, cause it’s gonna cook evenly with the rice.

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Different types of rice are meant to be used for different recipes. I used the Arborio cause it keeps the grains from swelling up too much and the risotto is easily sticky enough to enjoy it with the pumpink pieces.

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Melt the butter add the onion and when it’s gold enough add the pumpkin in cubes. Be sure to not let it stick to the pot!

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Add the rice when the pumpkin has been at least cooked for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the cubes. Pour a cup of white wine and let the alcohol dry out fully before adding the broth.

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Pour the broth and then keep your rice moistened with it until fully cooked. Normally it requires 20 minutes to cook, the rice has to be soft for this kind of risotto.

At the end of the process add cinnamon to your taste and grated cheese. Add white pepper to taste.

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This dish is delicious and nutritious too. If you are gonna serve it to kids skip the wine or pour only half cup even though the alcohol is not anymore in the rice when fully cooked, so is safe.

I suggest to enjoy it for a quite and light dinner between friends with a salad on the side and some delicious entrée. This is gonna be a dish really appreciated! 

Hope you like it, bye and eat healthy for a healthy life!

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DIY ROSEMARY RINSE FOR VOLUMINOUS AND SHINY HAIR

Hi! It’s been some time from the last post. I accumulated a lot of things to write about cause my house is under renovation. I’ve been busy cleaning up and ordering around what I wanted to others 😉 The good news is that one of my two gardens is finally taking shape and becoming a “true garden” which for me is a place were not only flowers are meant to be. Fruits and scented plants are a must for every garden and without them I don’t feel like it’s complete.

But first things first: Today is Sunday and it’s 9 in the morning. One of my cats is near my pc sleeping and I finally have time to write about my DIY ROSEMARY RINSE!

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WHAT DO YOU NEED:

  • – Rosemary
  • Water

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My rosemary is growing up finely without any worries, for this DIY I cut some branches to make the rinse. The amount depends on how much water you use and the quantity you want to stock up. The more the merrier in this case it’s not appropriate. Even so if you like a strong scent or you used too much, no problems, just keep in mind that when it’s time to rinse you will use less of it, cause it’s really effective!

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Boil the water till you see this white foam appear and then let it boil a bit more. The rinse should be light green/brown. Wait till the oils contained in the rosemary are released and mixed in the water. It usually take half hour for the entire process. You don’t need to stir up anything, so you can relax and enjoy the scent coming from it.

Here is the result after removing the leaves of the rosemary. The water is a clear brown/green and smells great! Let it cool off a bit before pouring it in a container.

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I usually stock up my rinse in used plastic water bottles. It’s easier to pour the rinse on your head and good because I recycle too! Simple and really effective, this treatment is highly recommended for  hair without much shape and to treat dry ends too. The scent is awesome and as it is a rinse completely natural without artificial addings, it’s gonna make your hair soft and smell great!

HOW TO USE IT: Every time you wash your hair you need to squeeze out excess water from it, then you simply pour a cup of this rosemary rinse of your head… it’s done! Don’t rinse with water again! It has to stay and dry in your hair! Be sure to cover your ends too!

The first time may be weird to smell like rosemary but trust me, it’s gonna make your hair shine and smell like never on the market. I use only shampoo and this rinse now and my hair, after a cut in November and stopping coloring my hair since then, are soft and shiny without using any artificial conditioner. Trust me and try it out!

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Hope you like it! Hugs until next time!

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GARDENING TIME!

At the beginning of this week, spring finally came out from her long sleep. The days started to be sunny and warm and so I felt like doing some maintenance to my garden as I am the one in charge of it.

My garden is basically all green in color for all year around so when spring comes I buy colorful flowers and even plant seeds. This year I preferred to plant directly flowers and not growing them cause the weather last year was really bad and my seeds died one after another. Hoping this year spring and summer would be much much better, but feeling a bit anxious because of the weather I only bought grown plants.

Do you tend to your garden? Do you feel relaxed when staying in the nature? And most importantly: Do you feel some kind of accomplishment when you see plants growing fast and in beautiful shape? 

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The sage and rosemary are actually for cooking use and aromatherapy. I use them a lot in my recipes!

The flowers blossomed really well and the sage now is so beautiful because the leaves are all up and velvet soft.

Gardening is proved to be a good way to cure anxiety and preserve from stress accumulating. For instance is done outside under the sunlight and this is a good thing for your health as the Vitamin D in 10 minutes can be activated.

For who suffer of depression going outside and do gardening is a major part of the cure. Keep yourself outside as much as possible. Just sit down in a park or even put a chair in your garden just to look the world from another perspective.

And, this is one of my little tricks: even if you are a lazy person gardening can cure it! When you’ll think your flowers will all be withered cause you don’t water them everyday (basically for laziness), you will find yourself grabbing your watering can. Trust me! 

Bye and enjoy the outside! ^^

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