21st Century Salmon Patties

21st Century Salmon Patties

Inspired by my grandma’s original recipe Makes 12 patties. Last week I came across and old shoe box stuffed with recipes, lovingly clipped, filed and penned by my mom, my grandmother, friends and neighbors of my youth.  Carefully examining each one was a wonderful walk down memory lane.  I especially cherished seeing their handwriting, which … Continue reading

Not Impossible Pineapple Pie

Not Impossible Pineapple Pie

Inspired by my grandma’s original recipe. This recipe is dead simple.  It can hardly be considered cooking.  Yet the result of so little effort is a delicious crowd pleaser owing to its rich taste and light texture.  I can vouch that it tastes as good today as it did decades ago. Ingredients 8 oz. cream … Continue reading

Portugal – 6 Captivating Towns & Cities

Portugal – 6 Captivating Towns & Cities

Beware of Portugal.  She will steal your breath with her beauty, captivate your mind with her melodic language, seduce your heart with sumptuous food and wine, while perched innocently on the sea ever scanning the westward horizon.  Perhaps it was that very view into the vast unknown that first drew her master navigators into the … Continue reading

4 Day in the Land of Fire & Ice – Iceland

4 Day in the Land of Fire & Ice – Iceland

WOW.  True it’s the name of the Icelandic airline, offering wonderfully inexpensive passage from North America to Europe.  It’s also the first word that came to mind when driving toward Reykjavik.  Iceland’s volcanic landscape appears lunar, other-worldly.  It’s oddly beautiful.  Because all flights are routed through Reykjavik, WOW allows you to book a free stop-over … Continue reading

3 Days Around the Scottish Borders

3 Days Around the Scottish Borders

One of my main objectives in Scotland, wanting to absorb the history of the Middle Ages, was staying in a castle.  There is an abundance of castles turned hotels in Scotland, but I needed to find one that would allow a small service-dog, which is why I chose Cringletie House Hotel.  Technically a baronial home, … Continue reading

3 Days in ‘Auld Reekie’ – Edinburgh, Scotland

3 Days in ‘Auld Reekie’ – Edinburgh, Scotland

With the US dollar stronger against the British pound than it’s been in a long while, it was a good time for Americans to visit the United Kingdom.  Scots are extraordinarily friendly, even helpful, making it all the easier to fall in love with Scotland.  Although they speak English, incline your ear to listen carefully, … Continue reading

HFHI Women Build 2017 Paraguay – Farewell

HFHI Women Build 2017 Paraguay – Farewell

You may not think five days of manual labor goes by as quickly as it did for our team of 16 Global Village volunteers, at least if you aren’t used to digging ditches, back-filling foundations and mixing concrete by hand.  Let me assure you, not one of us does any of these things as our … Continue reading