Tuscan Bean Soup With Pasta, Fennel And Sausage

Tuscan bean soup with pasta, fennel and sausage is a fabulous meal that’s perfect for busy weeknight. Enjoyed with crusty bread and perhaps a glass of wine, this quick and budget friendly recipe is reminiscent of a dish you might find in a Tuscan village kitchen. After a hectic day, why not enjoy a comforting, […]

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Welcome Aboard The Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Dock In Willemstad

Follow me aboard the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Splendor for one of its inaugural season voyages. My husband and I booked this 14 day Caribbean cruise over a year ago, and after Covid restrictions eased, we finally sailed on this small luxury ship. The fabulous crew, food and weather couldn’t have been better. What made this […]

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An Unexpected Diagnosis

I’ve been asked “have you given up writing” as I haven’t shared a post since the new year. I will continue but took a break from the blogging world to take the time to adjust to receiving an unexpected diagnosis. Let me start at the beginning and let you know how I’m doing now. After […]

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Good Health And Prosperity In The New Year

new year

Millions of people around the world eat pork on the first day of the year hoping that it will bring a healthy and prosperous year. After the years 2020 and 2021, I believe we need a large serving of this delicious meat for an abundance of health in the New Year. “Good health and prosperity […]

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Wishing You Peace And Joy This Christmas

silent night

I wish you a joyous Merry Christmas with your family and friends May you have a holiday filled with peace, health and happiness Warmest wishes Karen, Back Road Journal

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Pumpkin Ravioli alla Norcina

Norcia butcher shop

Pumpkin ravioli tossed in a savory sausage cream sauce and topped with Pecorino cheese is a dish that will transport you to the Umbrian region of Italy. For centuries the town of Norcia, in the mountains of southeastern Umbria has been famous for its pork, black truffles, sausage and salumi. Pasta alla Norcina is a […]

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Sugar Cookies Decorated With Royal Icing

ultimate sugar cookie

Sugar cookies decorated with royal icing, colored sugars or other edible decorations make a wonderful addition to your holiday cookie platter. Consider packaging them in pretty gift bags and passing them out at your next gathering of family and friends, I believe they will enjoy these fun homemade cookies. If you are baking cookies for […]

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Thanksgiving Wish

bountiful still life

As we gather around the dinner table. hopefully this year with family and friends, it is the perfect time to reflect upon the past year and consider what we are gratefulĀ for, No matter where you will be on Thanksgiving, I hope you will enjoy the day and be grateful for the friends and family thatĀ enrich […]

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Corn Casserole For The Holidays

traditional corn casserole

During the holiday season, thousands of families will be serving a traditional corn casserole as a side dish. Sometimes called corn pudding, it goes well with your Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, a delicious baked Christmas ham or with holiday leftovers for a comforting meal after a busy day. I’m sure we have all […]

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Austria, A Traveler’s Dream Destination

Zell Am See Austria

Austria, one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, is a traveler’s dream destination. It’s a mixture of sophisticated historic cities, grand palaces, museums, and a vibrant cultural scene, and picturesque villages with onion domed churches in peaceful alpine valleys surrounded by crystal clear lakes and snowcapped mountains. Austria is a charming blend of vibrant cities filled […]

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