Hello from the Jersey Shore! Enjoying the last month of summer with my family. Hope you are all enjoying yours!
I wish you got to see more of the family photo shoot for Fabulicious -- it was a looooong day, and you’re only seeing the very end when everyone was wiped out. We cooked every dish and took every single picture, even the cover shot, all in one day. I not only had my four girls, but also my parents, my in-laws, Joe, and me to get pretty, make sure they all had the right clothes (we had five outfit changes!), make sure the food looked great, the house looked great... And my house was stuffed with people -- not just the entire photographer’s team, but Bravo filming it as well! And Gia had a gymnastics competition, so she had to leave early, so we had to get all her shots in first. You know the stress of trying to get a good Christmas picture with all ten people in your family looking great? Multiply that by 10,000!
But you can see from the beautiful photos in the book that they all turned out great! (If you don't have the book, you can go to Amazon and click on the cover and see a lot of the pics. And we did enjoy making pasta and eating the goodies while we took the pictures. It was a little chaotic, but now I have such a wonderful, permanent memory to treasure.
I am glad you got to see the cover shot with three generations of Gorgas/Giudices: my mom, me, and Gia. It means so much to me to be able to share our family recipes with you. And it means even more when you send me your stories about cooking together with your kids and your parents. Fabulicious is in bookstores everywhere, on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and even at Costco.
It was cool to see the finished studio in Joey and Melissa’s basement. My brother is amazing to do that for Melissa. While I wish she’d gone about getting a singing career a different way, and you are watching this all as I was just learning about it, that was eight months ago. Today, I do really wish both of them the best. Congratulations on your song!
The rest of the episode was all about young women: Victoria, Lauren, and Ashley. They are all lovely girls, and I adore them all!
I love that Victoria said she’s a black belt. She wasn’t kidding, she really is. Girls should know how to defend themselves. Joe’s also a black belt, and he takes our girls to Tae Kwan Do classes and they practice in our garage. Audriana doesn’t go to class yet, but she can kick the bag! She keeps up with her sisters. I can’t believe she’s going to be two next month!
It was hard to watch the scenes between Jacqueline and Ashlee. Every time I’ve ever seen Ashlee, she’s always been a total sweetheart. Please try not to judge either of them. You have no idea what anyone else is going through unless you’re living in their house with them. And we all don’t, so I’m just going to wish them both the best.
Great meeting you all this week! I’m so excited for my appearance at D’Lites on Long Island, because I am obsessed with ice cream. You don’t want to know how much I have in my freezer right now. Check my website at www.teresagiudice.com for more appearances -- I’m coming to Virginia and South Carolina soon, as well as more stops in Jersey and New York. And follow me on Twitter (@Teresa_Giudice) and Facebook. I love, love, love to talk with you all!