Mini Italian Lesson #4 (Recipe: Shawn’s Beer Bread)

Italian class #4.  We started the class by conjugating the irregular verb avere which means “to have”. Our instructor (who is awesome) wants us to learn the three main irregular verbs before learning the “regular verbs”. If you were to look at the conjugation of this verb, you wouldn’t even think some of the conjugations belong to it–that’s how irregular it is:

io ho

tu hai

lui/lei ha

noi abbiamo

voi avete

loro hanno

I know!? Right!?

There are three uses of the verb avere:

1. to express possession:  Ho una bambola. (I have a doll.)

2. to express age: Giovanni ha 12 anni. (Giovanni is 12-years-old.)

3. to express sensations/feelings: Ho fame. (I am hungry.)

There are also idiomatic expressions using avere that don’t fit into the above three categories.  For instance:

– avere ragione = to be right.  Io ho ragione. (I am right.)

– avere torto = to be wrong. Paolo ha torto. (Paolo is wrong.)

– avere paura di = to be afraid of. Ho paura di perdere il volo. (I am afraid of missing the flight.)

“di” has the function of specifying which kind of need/fear/want.

Example: Noi abbiamo voglia di un bicchiere di vino rosso. (We are in the mood for a glass of red wine.)

We also learned about the interrogative form of verbs.  You have two options:

1. Move the subject from the beginning of the sentence to the end.

2. Don’t change the sentence at all.  Just change the in intonation of the sentence.

We also learned some more about numbers.  After the number 20, you combine the words to make numbers.

venti + uno = ventuno (Italians don’t like double vowels, so you drop the ‘i’ in venti.)

venti + due = ventidue

centoquarantacinque = 145

duemilaquindici = 2015

And those were most of the new concepts we learned in our 4th Italian class.  I know I have said this before, but I need to study more! Life is  just so busy!

The weekend of the 13th, A and I drove to Hilton Head for a wedding.  Ashley was my big sister in Chi Omega, and she had a beautiful wedding!  The weather was absolutely perfect, she was absolutely gorgeous, and the venue was absolutely fabulous!  I am so happy that she is so happy!  It was wonderful to see her and share such a special day with her.

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Oh. And I took A to one of my favorite restaurants in the area:  Truffles Cafe.  And we got my favorite dessert.  Oh. My. Goodness. The picture doesn’t do it justice.  Well, maybe it does.


Food for Thought: According to a survey of restaurant sales by the National Chicken Council, North Carolina Panthers fans order wings 26% more often than the average U.S. resident.

Running Tip: Compared with sedentary people, runners need a lot more protein. If you run an hour most days, you need about 0.6 gram of protein per pound of body weight, compared with .36 gram for couch potatoes. That means a 150-pound runner needs 90 grams of protein per day. As your mileage and intensity increase during training, your body uses protein to build new muscle fibers.

Quote of the Day:

“Fear is not gender-biased–everyone is afraid of something. It’s up to each person to identify their fear, push through their own journey, and climb out on the other side.” -Victor Cruz

It is about time I share with you Shawn’s Beer Bread recipe.  It’s delicious.  And super simple.  And did I mention delicious?  I made a loaf before my marathon this weekend.  It’s amazing.

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Shawn’s Beer Bread


– 3 cups bread flour

– 3 teaspoons baking powder

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1/3 cup sugar

– 12 ounce beer

– 1/2 stick butter, melted


– Preheat the oven to 375*. Grease all sides of a bread pan with cooking spray.

– Mix the first four ingredients together.  Add the 12 ounces of beer and mix.

– Pour the bread into the pan and smooth over the top.  Pour the melted butter over the top of the batter.

– Bake for 1 hour.

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