Holy Zeppole!

This past weekend America celebrated its greenest holiday (though some would argue Earth Day deserves that title). While these verdant festivities were originally a chance to recognize Ireland and its patron saint in all his glory, today it's (almost) exclusively about wearing and consuming green items. Which is all good and well--green in my favorite color, after all. But really, I have to hand it to the Italians this time. Because just two days after Saint Patrick's Day, Italy ignites in celebration of a different patron ...

Of Tests and Tortilla Chips

There aren't often weeks I absolutely dread; there aren't many Mondays I simply can't bring myself to face. I'm generally more of an up 'n at 'em kind of girl than one who tests her efficiency by pushing the snooze button just one more time. But when this Monday rolled around, all I wanted to do was shut the early-rising sun out of  my east-facing bedroom, pull the comforter tightly around every inch of my body, and fall back to dreamland for the rest of the day. Read: ...