My Treasure and Rock-Hounding Adventures

Some of you might not know, but I have a great passion for geology and I’m an amateur gemologist!   I’ve traveled to five countries and many states for digs. I’ve collected rare gems on mountaintops while it snowed on us, crawled in dark caves with headlamps to find...

My Magical Mouse

Many years ago, I had a little mouse painted in my kitchen.  Inspired by the sweet, helpful mice in the story of Cinderella, I found a local artist who laid on his stomach for nearly two days, painting this sweet little image.  For me, it is a reminder of the...

My Portuguese Heritage (and Favorite Recipe!)

I’m full Portuguese, with all my family coming from the Azores islands. We recently made a trip to the Azores islands with our family to explore our great great great grandparents homestead and meet relatives. I’ll be sharing more recipes for you to follow in...