Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 4

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For chapter 4, we traveled to the Italian peninsula and then to China. It was so interesting to really stop and think about the fact that there was no Italy in 1850. The small states on the boot-shaped peninsula were either ruled by Italian princes or by Austria. Talk about a mess that needs to be cleaned up.

Gluten free pizza - Scharr crust

Gluten free pizza – Scharr crust, my toppings

Garibaldi came into the picture, as well as the Young Italy Society, which reminded me of the Young England Society who tried to assassinate Queen Victoria over in England about the same time. I feel good when I start to make connections of my own as we study. Continue reading »

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World Cup For Kids, Italy, Pasta Dish

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Well, well… Italy lost today. They do not qualify for the second round. It looks like we need more comfort food for our agony. So I thought I would share a pasta dish I make when we feel like pasta but no marinara sauce.

Caution: garlic ahead! If your children do not appreciate the taste of raw garlic, you might want to add the garlic bits only to your plate.  Continue reading »

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World Cup for Kids – Italy – A Pizza Recipe

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This is my second post in the World Cup for Kids Series. Be sure to visit that link for our blog community and our Pinterest Board.

Well, Italy lost today to Costa Rica (0-1). Sorry, guys! Why don’t we have some comfort food to help with the agony? Let’s make it a little healthy, too, so we don’t drown our sorrows in too much fat.

Spinach pizza

Spinach pizza (Source: Wikipedia)

Good news! We don’t even need to knead the dough. The bread machine can do that for us. Also, you can choose your own toppings. Continue reading »

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World Cup for Kids – Italy – Eros Ramazzotti

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Italy is not one of the 15 countries I have visited. But I have been there many times in the spirit as I listened to Italian music, watched Italian movies and ate pizza, pasta, gnocchi and pesto.

Speaking of Italian music, I have been an Eros Ramazzotti fan since 1986, when he won Sanremo (the most important music festival in Italy) with Adesso Tu.

Fifteen years later, while living in Stockholm, Sweden, I watched an interview with Eros on Swedish TV. They asked him what he thought was the secret behind his success. He said it was “la melodia italiana.” Translation: the Italian melody. Continue reading »

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