Tanti auguri a me…happy birthday to me! 40…quaranta…a really big number. Thank goodness my birthday month started with drowning my sorrows in a big old Bloody Mary complete with all the fixin’s and a Brunch of Eggs Benedict whipped up from scratch. Not to mention a whole gang of lovely old friends that joined me…from near and far. If you have not already guessed…I was Stateside for a quick indulgence of Thanksgiving and Birthday fun all wrapped up together, with a side of German Chocolate cake!

to all of you who celebrated with me, who stick by me and support me daily, and who continue to check in with me. Today I celebrate all of you…what a blessed girl I am! I know I mention it often, but I am so appreciative to have friends and family that make me feel as if I am next door instead of 5,000 miles away.

Oooo…I can’t wait to get my second celebration started in Italia

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