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 … More Land of My Heart
I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions, but like many I have a tendency to reflect on my life as each year comes to a close. I try to identify certain aspects in myself that could use some attention. So on the eve of 2017 I am focusing on more positivity in the new … More Be a butterfly
Yes, you can do that, if it’s Salame de Chocolate that is! A simple and unique dessert that can be enjoyed any time, but for me I associate it with Christmas. Perhaps because it reminds me of fudge, though it is somewhat different or perhaps because for special holidays I like to bring in elements … More Salami for Dessert?
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
That’s the slogan for Tassot Apiaries, a family-run beekeeping business located at the aptly named Buzzing Acres Farms in Hunterdon County, NJ. The Tassots produce high quality, chemical free, raw honey and other bee products such as hand-made beeswax candles and soaps. Their products are sold at their honeybee farm as well as farmers’ markets, … More Turning Flowers Into Gold
I’ve always loved colorful Mediterranean pottery in general and Portuguese pottery in particular. There are many variations for typical Portuguese pottery, based on time period and region, but I pretty much admire them all. These are the things that make my eyes bug out and my heart skip a beat like a kid in a … More Portuguese Pottery
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!!
Okay first off, don’t be fooled by the word pancakes. These are not your typical American-style fluffy flapjacks! Those are great too but these are a denser and kind of custard-like oven-baked pancake. My husband is half German and this is really about the only thing I make in honor of that side of our … More German Pancakes
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