If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

    Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.  

    “In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”

    The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.

    He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.

    From top to bottom: 

    Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke €(herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).

    Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.

    Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.

    Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.

    The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.

    Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).

    Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).

    Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).

    Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).

    Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.

    (via sweetsongsoflove)

  1. Looks pretty natural to me! #miniovaloffice

  2. Six dollars worth of change.

    So, we’ve been living together in our new rental house for about a month now and I’ve found that combining my style with my husband’s lack of style is harder than I thought. It’s not that I really think I’m that girly in my taste, I just don’t want every piece of furniture I own to be the same color!

    So anyway, we made a Sunday morning trip to Ikea two weeks ago and bought this little coffee table: 

    VITTSJÖ Coffee table IKEA The table top in tempered glass is stain resistant and easy to clean.

    It was a great price and it was about the size we needed in our living room so my husband was sold. There was no changing his mind or trying to convince him we should wait a while and think about it. 

    So, when we got it set up in the house, this is how it looked: (Please excuse crappy iPhone pics!)

    The more I looked at it, the more it bothered me. It started to remind me of some furniture that belonged to a lady I knew as a kid who lived in a small trailer. (Not that there’s anything wrong with trailer life, that’s just not the vibe I’m going for in our house.)

    So then I started thinking about spray painting it so it would look more like the brass furniture that I long to have but can’t afford. It turns out that a lot of other people had the same idea with this exact coffee table! Here is my favorite tutorial. 

    So yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and bought my all time favorite gold spray paint, Krylon Premium Metallic 18K Gold Plate. (I used over 6 different gold spray paints throughout all my wedding DIY’s so when I say it’s my fave, I know what I’m talking about!) 

    It took about 2 coats and one last dusting coat this morning and I had a 6 dollar transformation of that ugly coffee table in no time! 

    I left the bottom “wooden” part on the table instead of removing it because I’m pretty sure the two flat surfaces was my husband’s favorite part. 

    Overall, I think it was a definitely and quick, easy and cost effective way to improve the feel of our living room. The coffee table has a lighter, more delicate feel in the room now which makes me much happier!

  3. The Grocery Bill Challenge

    So, last month, I spent a lot of money at the grocery store to feed my husband and me. I spent what we’ve agreed on as our food budget but it still seems a little absurd. I know I can do better while still providing us delicious and healthy meals. So, I decided I’d like to do a little challenge for the month of May to help me evaluate some of my spending/cooking habits and to help save some of that money and spend it on other, (more fun?) things. 

    So, my goal for the month of May is to decrease our total grocery spending by 30%. Last month, I spent about $60 dollars a person per week to feed us not counting one date night a week and my husband’s work related eating out. I thought I could start by decreasing my budget $10 dollars a person per week and ramp it down from there to make it a real challenge


    I did some research, read some articles and websites that were created during the recession and decided to compile all that information into one simple challenge with new tactics/goals for each week of the month. 

    One really great resource I found was a blog by Sandra Reynolds. Her goal is to feed her family of 4 on $120 a week. She has a lot of great resources and tips, and I highly recommend checking out her blog or book if you’re interested in this sort of lifestyle! 

    Let me know if you decide to try this challenge or a similar one! I’ll keep y’all updated on my progress and failures!

  4. I have a big box in my back yard that I was using to spray paint something on and so far I’ve caught 4 cats I’ve never seen before climbing in to check it out…

  5. A kind reminder from a lady in my life who I respect and love deeply.

  6. How I’m spending my day, taking apart chairs to be re-finished! Also, I love my workshop. 

  7. I’m so tired of job and internship searches and coming up with more respectful ways to say, “I’m the bomb! Hire me!”

    I’d rather just peruse the internet.

  8. I have a sequin dress problem…too bad they’re all out of my price range! #brokegirlprobs #sequins #gold #fancydress #picstitch

  9. How’s a girl supposed to work when there’s so much wedding planning and house planning to be done?!? #isweariworkhard #researchscientist #weddingplanning #aintnobodygottimefordat #houseplanning

  10. My “me time” this weekend has resulted in the realization that, I have a paper problem. #oldbooks #newbooks #redbooks #bluebooks

  11. Got some beautiful earrings to wear with my wedding dress! #greenonyx #maxxinista