This final weekend at home has been filled with seasonal family outings, gourmet Italian dinners, and the slowly progressing ordeal of packing a year worth of belongings into three suitcases. I searched for the best way to pack and asked everyone for his or her wise words of wisdom. No one gave me a more straightforward answer than my former high school AP English teacher from Notre Dame High School (West Haven). She said, “You don’t.”
And with that gem of advice I went home and began prioritizing, labeling, and weeding through my belongings one by one until we came to this end result…
Thanks to a patient mother, a strategic brother, and a ton of faith! Now…I did cheat a little and opt to pay $60 for an additional suitcase, but whether I pay shipping to mail it via FedEx/UPS or pay at the airport it has to be sent! So, I decided to pay now and ensure that I have all my necessities.
As for the family outings, my mother, brother, and I went to a local orchard for lunch and some seasonal treats. Tis’ the season for Pumpkin Pie, FreshProduce, and Apple Cider Donuts!
I’m glad to share these moments with my family before heading off. It reminds me that amidst the stress and chaos there is still time for our annual traditions (another perk of not leaving until October). Not to mention, my mother has adhered to the Italian tradition of serving massive amounts of food. I think she feels the need to overstuff me for the coming year, as if there will be no food in England.
However, I’m not complaining! She has taught me everything I know about cooking, and continues to do so as I am getting ready to leave.
Two nights ago, the lesson was home made Chicken Soup! One meal I am glad to have in my arsenal of recipes while in England this winter. And today, I made meatballs and sauce with rigatoni for dinner. Which will also come in handy when I need a quality home cooked Italian dish!Homemade Soup Meatballs and Sauce
With the weekend coming to a close I am finalizing plans for my plane ride to Manchester on Tuesday. Until then, I’m going to enjoy every last minute I have with family and stuff myself with delicious food. When you hear from me next I will be across the pond beginning my adventures.