Fair Trade Finds

Two years ago I was introduced to the non-profit company SERRV International. They have been around since 1949 when they aimed to help WWII refugees. The focus evolved from helping refugees to working with impoverished people throughout the world. Their mission is to promote ethical trade with developing countries in an effort to help farmers … More Fair Trade Finds

What Feeds My Soul

Wide open spaces oceans fields mountains rivers lakes storm clouds sunrises sunsets colored skies wildflowers forests gardens gentle breezes palm trees soft sand colorful birds butterflies and fish cute animals tall grasses waterfalls beach dunes cliffs and canyons. I will choose nature and its landscapes and wonders anytime over a show a concert a fancy restaurant a … More What Feeds My Soul

São Miguel Island

A nature-lover’s paradise, mystical, mountainous, volcanic, blessed with wild beaches, ocean cliffs, thermal springs, rolling green pastures and many, many happy cows. This is the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands referred to as Europe’s Hawaii. The islands are in the Atlantic Ocean about 2.5 hours from the European Continent, and about 4.5 hours from … More São Miguel Island

Job Title Rebrand

How important is it to have a title that accurately reflects your duties and responsibilities? This one may turn into a bit of a rambler. I’m not sure. But let’s see where it goes. Well here I am. I’m not fifty yet. But it’s approaching. My 25th wedding anniversary is next week. I’m a mother … More Job Title Rebrand

Kiss Cookie Cups

Remember the thumbprint cookies with jelly from back in the day? I loved those when we made them in Home Economics class in grade school (for younger readers – we used to learn all kinds of homemaking things in Home Ec classes back in the 80s). Years later I tweaked the recipe by swapping a … More Kiss Cookie Cups

Elegance

I re-post this here from Aleteia so that it is shared and so that I have it to refer back to. The perspective of these four fashion icons on what makes a woman truly stand out is affirming and inspirational to me personally as I hope it will be for you. Several fashion icons, among … More Elegance

Best Ever Chili

This is the best chili recipe ever, IMHO! Easy to put together into a nice heavy pot and it simmers for two hours without much fuss other than an occasional stir. Okay I know two hours may seem daunting to some, but before you decide to forget about it…just think about how much is it … More Best Ever Chili