A Tour of the Vatican Museums – Part 2

We were about to enter the first wing of the Vatican Museums, called the “Museo Chiaramonti.” I wasn’t prepared for the beautiful sites inside the museum that would greet me that day. The Vatican Museums house some of the world’s most priceless treasures, 70,000 sculptures and paintings in all, spanning more than 3,000 years of

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Dinner at Beeswing

Beeswing is a true gem. If I could choose one brunch spot in Portland as my favorite, Beeswing would be it. What a pleasant surprise it was when I found out that they also started serving dinner five days a week. The restaurant, which is located in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland, opened at

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Violet Gin Fizz Cocktail

The Violet Gin Fizz is a very romantic cocktail that will definitely make you swoon, which is why I’m planning on serving them at my viewing party of the Royal Wedding this weekend. This cocktail is a heady mixture of violet liqueur, violet syrup, raspberry syrup, tart lemon juice, gin, heavy cream, and an egg

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Violet Lemon Loaf Cake

I love looking out my kitchen window this time of year and seeing the violet flowers blooming in my garden. These tiny flowers invoke very special memories for me. When I was a little girl I would pick tiny little bouquets of violet flowers and give them to my mom to be put in small

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