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Hello and thank you for visiting Grace’s Sweet Life/La Mia Vita Dolce.
My name is Grace Massa Langlois, and I live in London, Ontario, Canada with my two teenaged children. My daughter, Liana (my artist) and my son, Matthew (my athlete). My parents are both Italian but oddly enough I was born in a small mining town in Belgium. I come from a very large, close knit Italian family where the kitchen is the heart of the home.
I decided to create La Mia Vita Dolce because my children have told me time and time again “you need to do something about this obsession of yours” and they are absolutely right but for one point, I don’t look at it as an obsession but rather a passion for everything food, from sweet to savoury, and everything in between.
If you took a snapshot of my life 7 years ago it would be completely different. I worked in the automobile industry and my career as a Financial Services Manager kept me very busy, working 15 hour days and caring for 2 small children and keeping my house neat as a pin (definitely my obsession) didn’t leave much time for creating in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong my passion for creating delicious dishes has always been there but I didn’t have the time I do today. My life seemed to change over night. I suffered an injury that keeps me from returning to my other passion, my career, and a year after my injury, my husband passed suddenly. It has been one of the most difficult journeys in my life and more importantly my children’s lives. I never thought in a million years that my life would take such a drastic turn in direction. Trying to find my new place in the world and recreating who I am and what I am about has been scary at times but it has forced me to appreciate all the many blessings I do have. My children, my family, my friends and so much love and support. I found I had all this time on my hands as my children grew older and more independent that I could now turn to my passion for everything food. I’d like to say that my journey began gradually but that’s not what happened, almost over night I started watching every food program available, I started purchasing all these cookbooks, I couldn’t pass a magazine stand without purchasing Bon Appetit, Gourmet or any other food publication. I have outfitted my kitchen with everything from cookware to every kitchen gadget known to mankind. I have tried so many recipes and learned so many new techniques. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey!
La Mia Vita Dolce is my way of sharing my love for food, my life in and out of the kitchen and all that I have learned along the way and all that I will learn in the future. I am looking forward to creating new friendships. It is such a wonderful time we live in, to be able to connect with people all around the world.
I am not much of a photographer, so my talented daughter, Liana, will be taking all the photographs for La Mia Vita Dolce. I have decided to take some photography classes, I am so excited. I have always enjoyed snapping pictures and learning to take it to a new level will be a lot of fun. I am so looking forward to spending this quality time with my daughter.
Please join me in my journey and I welcome any feedback and comments you may want to share.