Viennese Coffee Cake–A is for Austria

I have decided to take you on a brief trip down memory lane to Austria after this text exchange with my two sisters last week: N – I must admit, I really do miss not having taken a real vacation this year… Ah, well, maybe next year. L –  We keep looking at the Viking cruise …

Mango Pineapple Hammock Island Salsa

  A few weeks ago I put this teaser photo on our Hammock Homemade Facebook Group page.  Of course, the chips were particularly intriguing for their cheerful colors.  However, it was the mango pineapple salsa that I had just created that was my inspiration. I used to whip up fresh salsas when we were in …

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No Pectin Pepper Jelly by Demand

You need pectin to set jellies and jams. It just doesn’t have to come out of a packet. During these days, we especially don’t need to be running to the supermarket for that one additional item, especially one that isn’t essential. At least it isn’t essential in packet form. Serrano peppers, apples, and citrus fruits …

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Come Cruise with me to Greece and Italy

Every cruise has to begin somewhere. Ours departed from Civitavecchia, the port of Rome Italy. It is located appoximately 40 minutes from the Fiumicino Airport, by car. Civitavecchia I have always said to friends and relatives that there is nothing wrong with Italy. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but you name it: coffee, ice-cream, …