Cake and Memories

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

20 Years a SAHM!

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!

Land of My Heart

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

Cape May Christmas

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

Bath cleaning bliss!!

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!!

All Saints’ Day

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

Our Sweet Gunther

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