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Den Mother

Kathy Wakile talks about her RV experience and the end of Cookie Gate.

Hurricane Irene came fast and furious, and we did all we could to get out of Dodge! But seriously, what on earth were we thinking? Were we all so desperate to be in one another’s company that we all lost our minds? We left our kids and our homes, all for a, um, good time? OK, yeah, we’ll go with that. Right. Talk about a road trip!

When we finally arrived at Camping World, we were like kids in a candy store. For me, all at once I felt like I was getting to be part of The Brady Bunch goes to the Grand Canyon. (Well sort of.) I always wanted to do that as I watched them when I was growing up. It was clear that some of us did not have a clue as to what we were even looking for, however it did set the tone for some fun and hopefully good times in the days ahead.

Our RVs were really fantastic, and aside from having to figure out what I was going to do about Rich’s, um, wardrobe malfunction (AWKWARD!), we made due with our comfortable but tight living arrangements, and in no time at all we were settled in. Greg and Vito were great company, but I must admit that I felt like the den mother!

Everyone we met at our first campsite was so warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure to hear their stories about all of the adventures they have taken in their RVs. Don’t let these campers fools you -- they are definitely seasoned travelers. I really admired the fact that they didn’t care about any fancy resort or huge accommodations. Their focus was the beauty of the great outdoors. They really know about the simple pleasure of enjoying one another’s company around a campfire and feasting on their daily catch. Half Moon Bay was a spectacular sight to wake up to each morning, even though it was much chillier than anyone had expected.

I was looking forward to finding out what Chris Laurita had planned in the days ahead. It was so much fun, so stick around to see the Jersey boys become Beach Boys and try their hand at surfing.
I was so happy that Teresa came in to share her feelings with me about what she thought I said to her when Rich and I went to show our support at her book signing. I have to admit though, I was starting to second guess myself and feel bad. I couldn’t remember if I said they were my mom’s recipes. I just couldn’t remember. I certainly didn’t want to fight with her over cookies. Thankfully after watching this week’s episode I’m happy to see that my memory did in fact serve me correctly. I’m glad we are all in agreement that I never said the word “recipe.”

My mom always shared her recipes with all of her sister-in-laws. That’s what families do; that’s what I do. I’m always on the phone with my friends and family playing recipe swap. In celebration of putting this silliness of Cookie Gate to rest, I went through some of my mom’s recipes and I’m happy to send this one out to everyone. After all, family recipes are for everyone to share and enjoy. Below is a picture of my mom’s sprinkle cookie recipe.


I just love the way she spells all the ingredients. Like a true Italian, she spells the way the words are spoken. She’s so cute. Since my mom always cooked for her large family of seven and for everyone else that would pop in, this recipe makes a very large batch. You can easily cut the recipe in half if you like. I hope you enjoy it. If anyone needs a translation, the recipe will be up on my website and my public Facebook page very soon. Please tweet me your feedback and photos of your own beautiful cookie creations so we can all swap. So far our trip is getting off to a great start I hope you enjoy the rest of the good times along with us. Follow me down the yellow brick road. Ha! Ha! Or on Twitter @KathyWakile and Facebook.

Lots of Love,
xoxo Kathy

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Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo


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