There’s More than “ONE” Way to Become a Family…

As I sit on the beach and watch the families play in the surf,  I can’t help but notice how carefree they look, how much they enjoy their day just being together.  Of course, I don’t know any of their stories…but they each have one…and I want to share our’s  with you…I want to give you…

How to Plant Spring Blooming Flower Bulbs NOW!

I know for some of us, winter doesn’t show up too early, like here in Charleston, SC.   Living near the Southern Atlantic coast usually means we have mild temperatures during “wintertime”, with few days of freezing temperatures.   But for many, including our kids in the Midwest, winter can show up anytime from November…

Southern Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Southern Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 55 mins Total time 1 hour 10 mins   This truly Southern recipe has been in our family for decades, and is SIMPLY THE BEST!!! The Portuguese have a love of rice pudding in their culture, and this recipe has received the…

“Date Days” with Our Kids…

    I’ve enjoyed MOST every stage of watching our children grow up, but I think, the one I look forward to the most now, is the time I get to spend with each of my GROWN-UP children, just one-on-one.  Maybe it’s because our roles have shifted over the years, and time spent together seems…

“When It Is Dark Enough You Can See the Stars….”

I’ve always been a star-gazer…not the Hollywood star-gazer type, but the “stars of the heavens” star-gazer… Many times while in the Army, up and at work long before sunrise and long after sunset, I would gaze at those same stars, feeling comforted by their beauty and constancy in the sky.  I could always find Big…

Portuguese-Inspired Sangria

Portuguese-Inspired Sangria   Save Print This recipe is very similar to the BEST Sangria I tasted when visiting Portugal, hope you enjoy it too! Author: Miss Cheryl Recipe type: Alcohol drinks Cuisine: Portuguese Ingredients 8 ozs orange juice or pineapple-orange juice 1 can ginger-ale or 7 UP 1.5 ozs Triple Sec 1.5 ozs brandy of…

Chicken Bacon Pasta Recipe

Chicken Bacon Pasta   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 50 mins   I put together this meal pretty quickly to feed my hungry hubby and son, comforting and filling. You can add cooked or canned vegetables too for a more complete meal. Author: Alaina McLoud Recipe type: Chicken…

When Pregnancy Doesn’t Give You a Baby…

  When I was young and in love,  I didn’t give much thought to having a baby, I just knew it would be “the next step” when Mr. D and I were ready.  Finding out we were going to have a baby was an exciting time!  Pregnancy came easy to me, I was in the…

We’re having a BABY!!

Few phrases in the human languages can bring so many emotions to the surface so quickly…amazement, wonder, joy, fear. So it was, with Mr. D & me, after 3 years of marriage we felt “ready” for the parenting roller coaster. Did I mention that I still was in the Army? My monthly paycheck was a…

With ALL of Europe to see, Why FIRST See Portugal?!?

That’s a question that some have asked me…and there’s no one answer, but I’ll try! Our earth is full of such beauty, that for me, will take forever to explore properly. I look forward to it, for sure.…but honestly, I’m no longer a young woman and I know I have some limitations. Like… I have…

A Taste of Portugal!

I admit it, I LOVE food, I can’t really name an all time favorite, but I usually feel that if “it swims, I’ll eat it”… not in a literal sense, I have to have it cooked, no raw meat or seafood for this former microbiologist.  So of course, while in Portugal, I wanted to eat…