Family, holidays, Opinion, Uncategorized, writing

Thanksgiving in All Seasons

The quiet of the Vltava River in the fall For us, like for many, 2021 has been an extraordinarily difficult year. There were times when it seemed that for as life-altering as 2020 was, 2021 somehow managed to top it in terms of the challenges that we faced. It didn't help that as we ushered… Continue reading Thanksgiving in All Seasons

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The Cranky Camper’s Guide to Air Travel… sort of

Sami and her animal friends heading out of town The American holiday travel season is upon us, and it’s looking to be a busy one. According to NPR and other news outlets, travel in the United States has been steadily on the upswing as people are feeling more confident thanks to the Covid19 vaccines, and… Continue reading The Cranky Camper’s Guide to Air Travel… sort of

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Christmastime is probably my favorite time of year. Everything from the bright and festive decorations to spending time with good friends and family bring a sense of home and happiness during the season. But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the myriad of holiday treats that are oh-so-delicious. The Haasienda kitchen is… Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Christmas Greetings 2020

Merry Christmas from Owen and Penelope While Christmas present for us looks quite different from bright memories of Christmases past, there is still much to be thankful for even in the midst of what has been for us a difficult holiday season. I acknowledge that we are not alone; this year has brought for many… Continue reading Christmas Greetings 2020

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Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich

With apologies to Mary Berry. The pandemic has brought much binging of The Great British Baking Show (as well as many other shows) and a slightly slower pace of life. With that, we have been spending more time in the kitchen, and have practiced a bit more creativity when planning meals and baking treats. The… Continue reading Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich