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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Avon Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends – Minding My Mood

Discover All The Ways You Can Add Avon’s Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blend to Your Self Care Routine

Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends is a set of fragrance oils that will help to improve your wellbeing body, mind and soul. Made with premium ingredients the set comes with two separate oil blends. One to help you reenergize, the other to help calm you. You’re going to want to add these to your self-care routine.

Energize – Feel refreshed and focused with lively mandarin and stimulating ylang-ylang (an exotic floral derived from the tropical ylang-ylang tree).


Calm – Channel your tranquil inner bliss with comforting lavender and soothing star anise (a fragrant spice).

Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends

Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends
Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends photo from Avon

Why You’ll Love Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends
• Natural approach to self care
• Easy addition to your daily routine
• Hypoallergenic
• Dermatologist-tested

Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends
Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends

There Are 4 Ways To Use Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends
1. You can use Avon Essential Oil Blends as a personal fragrance. Apply it directly to your pulse points, such as wrists, neck, temples, base of skull and bottom of feet.
2. You can use it in your bath water. Just add a few drops to your warm bath.
3. You can use it to add fragrance to your unscented body lotion. Mix in a few drops before using.
4. You can use Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends in a room diffuser (10-20 drops should do it.).

Relaxing bath using Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends
Relaxing bath using Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blend photo from Avon

The Reviews Are In

At the time of this post, Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends has an amazing 4.5 out of 5 stars rating with comments left that included; smells great, and long lasting as well as, “I use the aromatherapy nightly in my diffuser as it gives a soothing calming effect as I either read, listen to my music or watch tv.” and “I used the calm aromatherapy on my knees before I get in bed at night. My sleep is so peaceful . I am really enjoying this product .Visit now to read all of the reviews.

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Avon x The Face Shop Facial Sheet Masks – The Solution for Firming, Smaller Pores, and Nourished Skin

Avon’s collaboration with The Face Shop brings luxurious Korean beauty facial sheet masks right to your front door. There are three types of single-use Solution masks… one for firming, one for pore care and another one for nourished skin. Each are sold separately. Read on to learn more about each one individually and to see how many stars out of 5 each one received in reviews at Avon online.

Avon x The Face Shop Sheet Mask

The Solution Firming Sheet Mask

Avon x The Face Shop firming sheet mask with collagen helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore firmness and radiance. At my online Avon store, this amazing mask received 4.7 out of 5 stars with reviewer comments that include, “My skin looks so beautiful, smooth and you could see the firmness! Love the feel of the fabric used for the mask and the serum is luxurious!

The Solution Firming Sheet Mask
Learn More and Order The Solution Firming Sheet Mask

Why You’ll Love The Solution Firming Sheet Mask
• Feels light as air
• Hugs face snugly and comfortably
• Semi-permeable to help skin absorb active ingredients
• Paraben-free

The Solution Pore Care Sheet Mask

Avon x The Face Shop pore care sheet mask with tannins helps reduce shine and visibly shrink pores. At my Avon eStore, these sheets received a 4.3 out of 5 stars with reviewers leaving comments including, “Awesome. They just need to make this body size so it can tighten the rest of me up. Whole face felt tight, not just pores.”

The Solution Pore Care Sheet Mask
Learn More and Buy The Solution Pore Care Sheet Mask

Why You’ll Love The Solution Pore Care Sheet Mask
• Feels light as air
• Hugs face snugly and comfortably
• Semi-permeable to help skin absorb active ingredients
• Paraben-free

The Solution Nourishing Sheet Mask

Avon x the Face Shop nourishing sheet mask with propolis extract helps restore healthy-looking vitality to tired skin. At my Avon eStore these excellent sheet masks received a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating with reviewers saying, “I absolutely love these. I am buying them right now for all the girls as a stocking stuffer for next Christmas. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and leave my skin hydrated like I haven’t seen in years.

The Solution Nourishing Sheet Mask
Learn More and Buy The Solution Nourishing Sheet Mask

Why You’ll Love The Solution Nourishing Sheet Mask
• Feels light as air
• Hugs face snugly and comfortably
• Semi-permeable to help skin absorb active ingredients
• Paraben-free

Avon x the Face Shop Sheet Masks
Which sheet mask do you need?

Sheet Masks = Self Care

Not only are facial sheet masks good for your skin, they’re also a good way for you to practice self care. After selecting the sheet mask that best matches your skin’s needs, apply it to your face, as directed on the package. Then, lie down, close your eyes and relax for ten to twenty minutes. Let your mind wander and release any stress you are feeling at the time.

I like to call my mask time, my me time.

Avon has several other sheet masks for your me time too!

Thanks for stopping by today! I wish you, and yours, a beautiful day,

Your online Avon lady, Robin S.

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