my night with the deer

Raspberry-filled Donuts and My Night With the Deer

As I sat there shaking, I might have cried. A lot.

Pastelaria Páscoa in Almada Portugal

Pastelaria Páscoa, My Favorite Pastry Shop In Portugal

When we left, we took a taste with us in the form of mil folhas, my favorite pastry from my favorite pastry shop in Portugal.

At the beach

Long Overdue Vacation in Portugal: Pictures and More Pictures

On our long overdue vacation to Portugal to visit family (it’s been four years!), we’ve kept busy trying to get in everything we’ve missed.

Ideas for Flying with Young Children

Get Ready to Fly! Ideas for Flying with Young Children

For this trip, we were taking only four children. Sound easy? Well, maybe so with this list of flying essentials.

I Almost Didn't Get Married in Gibraltar

I Almost Didn’t Get Married in Gibraltar

I’ve mentioned a few times how difficult it was to get married in Gibraltar, and some of you have asked about the story. Well, here’s the scoop!

get rid of the woodpeckers

I’m Hoping This Will Get Rid of the Woodpeckers

I have a woodpecker problem, to today I hung scare tape, a fake owl, and cleaned off the deck. So does it work?

How I got my child to flush in less than a day

How I Got My Child to Flush in Less Than a Day

Teaching Lisbon to flush was easy! Now I have more time to write.

How I got my child to stay in her own bed

How I Got My Child to Stay in Her Own Bed

Desperate for a little more sleep, I decided to do something about the fact that my five-year-old doesn’t stay in her own bed and wakes me up every single night at least three times.

Portuguese Mil Folhas

Portuguese Pastry Mil Folhas Part 2

I’ve posted about my foray in to making mil folhas, and it didn’t go so well. But I REALLY love these pastries, and I’ve never been a quitter. So I tried again.

My Adventure Making Portuguese Mil Folhas

My Adventure Making Portuguese Mil Folhas

My favorite pastries in the world are Portuguese mil folhas. After recently researching them for my novel, Hearts Never Lie, I decided to make these tasty pastries myself.