Mini Italian Lesson #7 (Recipe: Refrigerator Cookies)

So, it has been a long time since I posted one of these. I’m way behind.

For this Italian lesson we learned about comparative adjectives.

La mia casa e bella. = My house is beautiful.

La mia casa e piu bella della tua casa. = My house is more beautiful than your house.

[That is the actual example she used in class.]

Venezia e piu bella. = Venice is more beautiful.

Il Duomo di Milano e meno vecchio. = The duomo in Milan is less old.

The rule?

piu di : more than

meno di : less than

Another note from class–cities are always in the feminine form. With cities you use the preposition “a“. With countries or states you use the preposition “in”.

We also learned the second conjugation of verbs in this class.  These are verbs that end in “ere”. For example, vedere (to see), vendere (to sell), scrivere (to write), leggere (to read), prendere (to take), vincere (to win), perdere (to lose), correre (to run), and credere (to believe).

An example conjugation:

io vedo

tu vedi

lui/lei vede

noi vediamo

voi vedete

loro vedono

So many endings! It has been awhile since I took Latin and had to remember endings like this!

A common expression we also learned: Non so. = I don’t know.

And I for sure don’t know a lot of Italian!

We also learned the seasons!

estate = summer

inverno = winter

primavera = spring

autumno = autumn

And then you have confusing words like perche.

Perche? = Why?

perche = because

Whew! That was a lot! Now that we aren’t planning on going to Italy in 2016, I have a little more time to learn Italian! (Let’s be realistic, I will likely just push it off again until it’s a few months before we head out. Haha.) But there is your Italian lesson for the day!

And here are some cute pups!

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Quote of the Day:

“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.” -JD Houston

So, I was out of town last weekend (Yes, again. Yes, I always seem to be out of town.). While I was gone, two friends came over several times a day to check in on the girls. I wanted to leave them a little sweet treat to snack on when they came over, and I had this recipe for Refrigerator Cookies that I had never tried, so I gave it a whirl. They weren’t my favorite. They may be better dipped in coffee. They seem like a coffee-esque cookie, but I don’t drink coffee. Anyway, you may be a fan with your morning coffee.

Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator Cookies


– 1 cup packed brown sugar

– 1 cup butter or margarine — softened

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 1 egg

– 3 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/3 cup chopped nuts


– Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.

– Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in nuts.

– Shape dough into rectangle, 10 × 3 inches. Wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

– Heat oven to 375º. Cut rectangle into 1/8-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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