I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories
We’re just back from a five day road trip to the Brandywine Valley region and its surroundings. First off, our home away was a picture-perfect rebuilt stone barn/cottage set along a cornfield and reached by driving across a small stone bridge and past an old spring house. It was a peaceful and relaxing setting. Day … More Five Days in PA, MD & DE
My first time in Lake George NY was a fun four day getaway with my youngest son and my sister-in-law and her son. We had a blast river rafting, hiking, zip lining, and shopping, laughing and enjoying ourselves on Canada Street in Lake George Village. The Village is located on the southern end of Lake … More Memory Monday: Lake George NY
I can’t even believe it myself as I’m writing it. Wow how time flies! My oldest son will be twenty and my youngest is mid-way through his seventeenth year. I’ve been a stay at home mom for twenty years!!! I didn’t realize I’d be a homemaker this long, back when it all started. What a … More 20 Years a SAHM!
Portugal is the land of my earliest memories. As I wrote in Land of My Birth, at age 4 my parents fled Angola (a Portuguese colony at that time) with me and as many possessions as they could ship out to Portugal, my father’s homeland. Having departed so young, I don’t have much in the way … More Land of My Heart
Known as Exit 0 for its exit number off the Garden State Parkway, Cape May, NJ is a fantastic place for getting in the mood for Christmas. Hubby and I took the 3 hour drive and checked into the Congress Hall Hotel for a two night getaway. From the moment we walked in, it was … More Cape May Christmas
In the company of friends and family this past Sunday we enjoyed a beautiful autumn day visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty. From our various homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania we headed to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, one of the two boarding areas for ferries to the … More Ellis Island and Lady Liberty
At our house the hubby and I share in the cleaning duties. He’s responsible for the vacuuming and mopping of the kitchen floor, which is an expansive area that encompasses the mudroom and foyer, as well as cleaning our master bathroom and the hall bath used by our boys. He used to also vacuum the staircase and … More Bath cleaning bliss!!
This is a day with a rich history in the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates All Saints’ Day on November 1st as a holy day of obligation, which requires attendance at Mass. In many countries it is observed as a national holiday as well. It is a day to remember and … More All Saints’ Day
October is Adopt-A-Dog Month! In November 2014 we adopted a 4 month old puppy from a rescue shelter. We weren’t planning on getting a pet but one day I was shopping online at Overstock.com and noticed a tab at the top labeled “Pet Adoptions”. One thing led to another and after submitting an application and … More Our Sweet Gunther