Treasure Coast of Florida

storm approaching treasure coast

While visitors often plan a trip to the beach with thoughts of seashell hunting, there is bigger treasure occasionally found on the beaches in Vero Beach, Florida. After a big storm passes during hurricane season, remnants from shipwrecked Spanish galleons are sometimes washed ashore along the Treasure Coast of Florida. On July 24th, 1715, a […]

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Beet, Orange And Arugula Salad

beet orange and arugula salad

Roasted beets marinated in a honey citrus vinaigrette are served with sweet juicy oranges, creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios on a bed of arugula. This easy to make, Moroccan inspired, vibrant colored salad makes a delicious first course, side salad or a light and healthy main course. This contrasting burgundy red and orange colored […]

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Fully Vaccinated, Am I Ready To Travel

Florida tropical white sand beach

Over a year ago, travel was put on hold around the world due to COVID-19. After months in lockdown, many people are now fully vaccinated and travel restrictions are starting to ease. If you’re vaccinated, will you feel comfortable going ahead with anticipated vacation plans that you had to cancel last year? It’s been over […]

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Linguine With Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes And Capers

linguine with shrimp, tomatoes and capers

What could be better than a quick weeknight dinner of shrimp and pasta that can be cooked and on your table in less than 30 minutes. Called Linguine con Gamberi in Italian, shrimp are sautéed in olive oil with fresh cherry tomatoes and capers and then tossed with linguine pasta. My husband and I love […]

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A Maine Summer Getaway

maine cottage

Maine is the perfect destination for a summer getaway and is known for its small vacation homes called camps, cabins or cottages. They are where you can spend an idyllic summer and enjoy a feeling of simpler times, or as the Maine slogan states, “the way life should be.” As I celebrate 10 years of […]

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Panko And Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

panko and almond crusted chicken tenders

Whether feeding a crowd or serving dinner for two, adults as well as children will love these double breaded crispy chicken tenders made with Japanese Panko and almond flour that seals in all their natural juices. One bite of these crunchy, flavorful chicken tenders will have you going back for more. Breaded chicken cutlets or […]

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A Simple Sauté Of Wild Mushrooms With Pasta

wild mushrooms

A mix of wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, oyster, morels, shiitake and cremini with their different textures, flavors and colors are delicious when simply sautéed with butter, wine and fresh thyme. When sautéed and tossed with pasta and cheese, they make for an amazingly simple but special evening meal. There are so many ways to […]

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A Few Moments In Paris

the Louvre

Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Romantics like myself dream of spending a few moments in Paris with the one we love, strolling hand in hand along the Seine, admiring the beautiful architecture and then enjoying a meal at a quaint French bistro. As I write this, […]

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Mandarin Orange Chicken

mandarin orange chicken

Mandarin Orange Chicken is a quick and easy weeknight Asian inspired dinner. Chicken is stir-fried with a slightly spicy, sweet and savory mandarin orange sauce then sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Instead of ordering takeout from your local Chinese fast food restaurant, try this lighter and healthier version of Orange Chicken. If you like the […]

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Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden And Home

Monet's Garden

“I need flowers, always flowers, even flowers to pick… so that I can paint them on rainy days” Claude monet To better appreciate Claude Monet’s paintings, visit his home and famous gardens in Giverny, a small village 50 miles northwest of Paris, in Normandy, France. I dreamed of seeing his beautiful gardens for years and […]

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