We learned how to make pierogi this Christmas!

Every year for Christmas, my Nana Helen (mother of my mother) makes pierogies. My mom's side of the family is Polish/Ukrainian, and while we dabble only very lightly in Eastern European holiday tradition, pierogies and sour cream are staples at all family events (along with cabbage rolls and borscht, but pierogies are the undeniable fan…

Advertisements

A Trip to the Algarve – Kevin’s backyard

The moment I told Kevin I'd booked my flight, he went into trip planning mode. Two weeks was a lot of time to fill, but it got booked up fairly quickly. We considered and rejected visiting the North & Porto (too far), some additional castles (I rolled my ankle), another historical town (Heather got sick), and a…

Life with a garden in Alte

The garden at Avo Olimpia's house in Alte is not just for lemon trees and orange trees. It's also a place for herbs and flowers. Many, many flowers. In particular, roses. When I was growing up, my grandparents had a truly incredible rose garden. I frequently remember walking through the garden with my grandparents, examining…

Final thoughts and photos from my lovely trip to Canterbury

My week in Canterbury was one of the most unique and special trips I've ever been on. I don't think that I'd spent so much uninterrupted 'grandparent time' since I was a kid, and as a kid I rarely saw the adults being anything other than a caretaker/entertainer for me.Having this one-on-one time was really the best, because…