Cooking with Nonna – Sicilian Rice Balls Recipe Review

We’re getting over a crazy week here at my house and so today I decided that I needed a little extra self care. As an Avon Independent Sales Rep, self care is usually about pampering myself with lotions and potions and facial masks but when I need EXTRA self-care it means… comfort food. So, I turned to a cookbook I bought at Amazon a while ago, Cooking with Nonna, Celebrate Food & Family with over 100 Classic Recipes From Italian Grandmothers by Rossella Rago. My Grandma Margie used to make rice balls and I was too young to get the recipe from her before we lost her but I remember watching her make them and I really loved eating them. Honestly, Nonna’s Sicilian Rice Balls recipe is what made me decide to buy this cookbook in the first place and I’m so glad I did because not only are the rice balls delicious but there are lots of other great recipes in it too!

Please note the links provided in this post will take you to Amazon where you can purchase the cookbook. I’m affiliated with Amazon which means if you purchase the book after clicking on a link from my site, I will earn a small royalty.

Here’s a photo of my cookbook.

cooking with Nonna cookbook
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The rice balls are easy to make, once you get the hang of pressing the rice into balls, and they taste amazing!

Here’s a photo of the recipe in the cookbook.

rice balls from Cooking with Nonna

I followed the recipe exactly except that I don’t fry in my new home so I baked them in the oven with a little olive oil drizzled over them instead, and to me, they taste just as good as if they were fried.

I’ve made them before, several times, and my family loves them.

Here’s a photo of some of mine. I almost forgot to take the picture because we were too busy eating them. 🙂

rice balls
The lighting on this photo doesn’t do the rice balls any justice!

I think they have a little bit of magic in them too but I suppose it could have just been a coincidence that my sister who was named for my Grandma, called me today while I was in the middle of preparing them.

Could the magic just be in the grandmother’s love that pours out of the recipes in Cooking with Nonna? I don’t know but if you need some just-as-good-as-grandma-used-to-make rice balls, this cookbook won’t disappoint. And call your sister! Or brother. Or parents. Or whoever else makes you feel good because connecting with your-favorite-people is another great way to provide yourself with some much needed self care.

Thank you for visiting today!

If you decide to grab a copy of this cookbook, stop back and let me know what you think!

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Wishing You a Beautiful New Year!

It’s New Year’s Eve. Time to reflect on the passing of 2020 and look forward to the coming year. Have you made any resolutions for 2021?

When the clock strikes twelve tonight, and we say good-bye to one of the worst years any of us has ever witnessed, I stopped short of making any resolutions for the new year. Instead, I’ve challenged myself to do a little better. Try a little harder. Work a little smarter and not beat myself up if I fall behind on anything.

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At my age, Thirty-Twice, I know better than to make New Year promises that don’t get kept. I’ve started years with resolutions such as; I’m going to lose weight this year, or even as hard as this is to believe now… back in the day… I even made resolutions to gain weight. I was going to write my novel, learn to speak French, keep my home spotlessly clean, plant a huge garden, join a gym and work out every day, eat nothing but healthy foods, and other fanciful notions that quickly fell to the wayside.

This year, instead of resolving to do anything in particular, I’m simply going to challenge myself to take baby steps towards the big goals I’d like to achieve… things I’d like to accomplish not just in the next year… but in my lifetime.

  • Eat less sugar.
  • Walk more.
  • Drink more water.
  • Spend more time outdoors smelling the roses.
  • Write a little each day.

Like I said above, I want to try a little harder, work a little smarter, and just do my best… to do a little better… at nothing specific. And if I feel like stuffing my mouth with Dove Milk Chocolate Truffles once in a while, I won’t beat myself up about it!

Here’s wishing you and yours a beautiful New Year filled with hope, happiness, and good health!

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Avon Monthly Beauty Sweepstakes – December 2020

One of the things that I love about AVON is their monthly beauty sweepstakes.

If you weren’t aware, every month AVON holds a Sweepstakes contest where someone in the USA wins a big bundle of AVON products which is always worth a couple of hundred dollars plus! This month’s prizes are valued at an amazing $263.00.

This month, December 2020, the AVON beauty sweepstakes is called, Winter Glamour. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC who are 18 years-old and over.

When you enter, in addition to the box that states you are over 18, be sure to check the box that says, Sign me up for emails with special offers, new product information and more from your Representative ROBIN SVEDI. That way you’ll never miss out on any of AVON’s upcoming coupon codes and other special offers.

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AVON Winter Glamour Sweepstakes prizes.

You can see all of the terrific things you can win. Some of the items are personal favorites of mine. I love the iconic Golden light-up Christmas tree and both the Elastine hair serum and that Frosted Currant candle smell Ah-mazing! Not to mention all that gorgeous Paris-inspired makeup. Oh lala!

Here’s the sweepstakes description from AVON:

Shine this season with sparkling jewelry, light-up decor, and shimmering iconic AVON faves.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, including authorized independent Avon sales representatives, 18 and older. Sweepstakes ends 11:59 p.m. ET 12/31/20. Void where prohibited. Click here for Official Rules

Thanks for visiting today! If you’re entering the AVON sweepstakes, I hope you win and if you do, please come back here and tell us all about it!

Robin, your online AVON lady.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As I celebrate my first Thanksgiving as an AVON independent sales representative, I’d just like to say thank you for supporting my new business to everyone who has visited this blog, my friends, new and old, and my family who follow my Facebook page, my group members, my Pinterest followers, my Instagram friends, and everyone who visits me on Twitter and to all of my customers who’ve trusted me with their orders.

I appreciate each and every one of you and I’m grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Robin, your online AVON lady.

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