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Archive for February, 2012



Carnival in Tavira!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Isn’t Carnival in Rio?!  Not in a million years did I expect to experience it in a small seaside town in southern Portugal.  Yet here I was, following costumed children down the cobblestone streets of Tavira:  fairy princesses, flamenco dancers, pirates and clowns all coming out of every street and alley, funneling into the town […]

Cupcakes & Cocktails

Monday, February 13, 2012
Chocolate Martini cocktail

It’s no secret that chocolate is one of my addictions.  Something about it warms my soul, especially on a chilly winter night.  I’ll always try any new recipe that includes chocolate, including cocktails.  So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are a few recipes for the kid and grown-up in you.  Enjoy! Frosted Chocolate-Buttermilk Cupcakes […]

Spiral Crazy

Friday, February 3, 2012
Pink rose

Updating my portfolios means wading through thousands of photos on hard drives, but while I was searching, I started to notice a lot of spiral images in my collection.  Okay, I admit I have an obsession with spirals.  They’re all over my house, too numerous to count:  on my dishes, flatware, mirrors, jewelry, artwork.  I […]