Joys of July

Just can’t believe that July is almost over! The girls start school on August 12th and 14th, dates which coincide with their ages, -though that soon will change, since they are having birthdays this fall-. Frankly, I want school to start. Not for the girls, who are holding to their vacation time as fast as…

Thanksgiving with a Mediterranean Flair

My husband and I, we are adopted Americans, both born in Mediterranean countries. We have adopted many American customs, we consider ourselves Americans, after over 20 years of living here, and 18 years of marriage this November. This Thanksgiving, we celebrated it with our friends and neighbors. We prepared everything the same Thursday. Easy going…

Caffeine or non Caffeine

My husband has suffered a challenge to his health twice, and caffeine, though not the only culprit, has been a major offender. Finally, this year, he’s decided to quit having caffeine, but he did not want to give up the coffee experience somehow. While in Madrid, my mom introduced us to soluble cereals, that come…

Art, anyone?

I’m enjoying reading from my art book small collection. I’ve bought several books through the years, primarily for the pictures, to enjoy the art with my daughters, but since last year, I’m rediscovering the pleasure of reading the actual text. I’ve been lucky so far. Last year I read a wonderful pocket size book on…

My reads in pictures

I listened to Murder on the Orient Express, -a book I had read already, for my first time with the crew at Close Reads. The first podcast was released last Saturday, and they’ll have four more, two more on the book, and two devoted to questions and answers and to discussing specially the new movie.…

Unleavened Bread

A few weeks ago, I baked unleavened bread just because. I followed this recipe here  with some changes. We loved it, but it was too buttery, more like shortbread (which I love) than unleavened bread. Last week I baked it again, and I made some changes. I love the way it turned out. I prefer it…

Weddings

There’s a beautiful family at church with four children, three young adults, and a high school senior, and two of the young adults are getting married this November and December, the only young man, and the middle young woman. We already went to both the brides showers, but I also wanted to make a little…

Prayer Box

Yesterday we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 10th birthday party. It was full of fun and laughter. The girls who came were all so much fun. A friend of mine, a best friend, who came to the birthday, styled the girls’ hair, and we painted their nails too. My birthday girl gave a pedicure to three of…

I saw yellow flowers on green grass,

I saw yellow flowers on green grass,    and the story of a failed lasagna Inspired by Celeste, and while waiting for our next nature outing, I decided to investigate our church loan and our own backyard weeds.   Last week, we plucked some of this one called  Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule L. It’s an edible…

Chili

When I first came to Texas, it was for 3 months, and I lived with Mexican friends, and their talk about CHILI was so confusing. “Chile” (chilli) was a confusing term. There are chiles, or peppers, and chile is a powder, a spice, but there are bottles of chile, and many people put some on…

Goodbye 2015

Some titles I plan to dive in this 2016 (The black book is Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress/Holy War. We’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress and Christiana, but I may read Holy War this year.) I’m spamming you all with pictures of my downstairs, but this is the final outlook. A friend came yesterday to help me out with…

Our Christmas in Malta

This Christmas is different. We are not home. We are in Malta, enjoying my mom in law’s cooking, like this ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese. The Lion Brand tea cup is my favorite. I drink hot water in it. If we were at home, we’d be baking, crafting, reading our Christmas picture books, seeing…