Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fair Sails and Gentle Breezes Mandalay!

If you know Larry and I well, you know how we loved the experience of the Windjammer sailing ships.  We were lucky enough to have gone on the Yankee Clipper last year (June 2007), just prior to the company beginning to cancel their cruises, leaving passengers stranded, and finally - the company's demise.  Between Larry and I, we spent about 25 weeks on these lovely ships.  Such a sad thing for those who loved the casual, fun atmosphere on these beautiful sailing ships, as well as the wonderful crew that were like family and worked so very hard!

The Mandalay, a gorgeous 236 ft long, 3 masted tall ship, is in the process of making the Panama Canal transit on her way to her final destination - the Galapagos Islands.  She was auctioned off from the bankrupt company Windjammer, and purchased by Angermeyer Cruises.  This lucky lady will have an extreme makeover, and hopefully will have a good life cruising the Galapagos Islands.  She was built in 1923 for E.F. Hutton.  Each of these ships have such history!

 So, Mandalay - as you leave Panama, where you have been for almost a year, we will always remember the wonderful times we enjoyed with you and your sister ships.  Please teach the new owners and passengers about hermit crab races, jumping off the top deck into the "pool", the PBLT Party, and Swizzle Time.  As you sail into the sunset of your new home, know that many hearts and souls will be on the back deck enjoying the wonderful sunsets and watching for the green flash!

Look very closely and you can see what looks like a ghost ship - Mandalay under partial sail. Isn't she beautiful! Fair Sails and Gentle Breezes Mandalay!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Grilled Spicy Tuna - a hint of sunshine means time for a BBQ!

Well, about half way through our day, when the fog cleared, the sun made a guest appearance. Although it was relatively brief, at least the rain stayed away! I decided it was time for a BBQ... I found this wonderful recipe from my very favorite website - Kalyn's Kitchen.

Grilled Tuna Steaks (one per person)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic (I used much more!)
1 tsp fish rub or seafood seasoning
1 tsp hot pepper flakes (I used more of this too)

Mix marinade ingredients. Put tuna into zip loc bag, marinate for 1-3 hours - no longer! Oil grill with olive oil. Preheat grill to high. Drain marinade and grill fish. We like ours medium rare, so grilled 4 minutes per side. It was perfect!

The taste was moist, and spicy. I highly recommend it! We had a simple salad, and some cheesy zucchini with it. Very yummy dinner (and healthy too).  Thanks Kalyn!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Baggallini Anyone?

If you are in the market for a nice organized bag, purse, or piece of luggage - check out Baggallini!  The company was started in 1995 by two veteran flight attendants who recognized the need for functional tote bags, but fashionable as well.

I purchased their Expandable Tote for our upcoming trip.  So, instead of carrying my day pack, I will have a stylish tote which will be perfect for cosmetics, jewelry, travel documents and my book.  There are pockets for a water bottle, sunglasses, and your book on the outside.  I love the organizational elements woven into each bag or purse style, as well as their light weight!  Hmm - you can tell that women designed and made these.

This company has wonderful colors as well - many fabric and color choices to choose from.  They even have introduced a new eco-line of products where 100% of the outside fabric used to make the bags used to be PET plastic bottles!  Way to help Mother Earth Baggallini!

Check them out! For my Juneau friends - Foodland Super Drug has a few left... not in the pretty colors though.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Packing Test.... the bundle method - does it work?

Patty's 22" Carry-On

Well, yesterday was packing day for our trip.  I had the brainstorm of an idea that we should carry-on.  Trying to carry-on for a cruise is next to impossible!  I started with my well put together list, assembled all of the clothing, and followed the directions of STEP BY STEP PACKING LIGHT METHOD exactly.  Their site not only has step by step directions, but diagrams to assist visualizing what they want you to do.  Very helpful!

By the time I got everything carefully layed out in/on my suitcase in the proper order - it looked immense!  Larry told me there was no way everything was going to fit.  He shook his head, made fun of me (some comment about when pigs fly) and actually went downstairs to get the large rolling duffel.  Well, we continued following the directions, folding this layer on top of that layer, forming bundles within this huge heap of clothing.  At that point, I agreed with Larry - it couldn't possibly fit.  However, the directions said to not give up hope, to keep going, to trust them.  So, we did.  Lo and behold - everything did fit and when the bundling process was complete, the suitcase closed with no problem!  Actually a bit of room to spare... Totally amazing!

Contents for Patty:
4 pair of shoes (yes 4!)
Undies and socks
2 capris
3 shorts
3 skirts
3 dresses (one of them a long formal dress)
3 bathing suits
1 sarong
8 shirts

After being reenergized with success, we tried Larry's bag and clothing.  His bag is a little smaller, and a bit oddly shaped.  The task here was even more difficult - we had to pack a suit and a man's pair of dress shoes!  Could it be done as carry-on?

Again, we followed the directions exactly, making our basic bundle.  Once that was complete, the suit went on the top forming its own bundle.  It worked and we are packed for nine days, including clothing for a cruise using only carry-ons!  Woo-hoo...
Larry's 21" Carry-On

Contents for Larry:
2 pair of shoes
Undies and socks
2 shorts
8 shirts
2 swimming trunks
1 pair of workout clothes for Patty
1 suit
1 small steamer (just in case there are wrinkles)
1 medium size duffel rolled up to bring back souvineers

I'm impressed!  We both will carry a small daypack with toiletries, cruise documents, reading materials, camera, etc.  If you too want to try this amazing "bundle method" of packing, visit the Packing Light website.  You will be amazed - I know we were!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Carrying off the art of one carry-on!

I just found an article written in 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle.  In it, the writer gives tips and a variety of reason why carry-on is the way to go.  His reasons seem all the more appropriate in today's times of airline restrictions and fees.

General thoughts & tips:

The amount of items you think you need is directly related to the size of your luggage.  Get a smaller bag, and you'll make do with fewer things.

There is really no difference between packing for a week and packing for a month.  (Boy, I'm having a hard time with this idea...)

Carry-on allowances vary by airline.  A bag measuring 9 by 14 by 22 inches fits the most restrictive rules.  You are also allowed one "personal item", such as a day pack.

Some international carriers are getting more rigorous about enforcing carry-on weight limits of around 15 pounds - so be careful.  I saw some carriers make customers put their carry-on bags on the scale.  Luckily - they did not do that with mine!

If you think something "might" come in handy, leave it at home.  If you know you can't live without it - bring it.

Make a sensible packing list and stick to it!  Resist those last minute urges to toss in an extra sweater.

Pay close attention to matching clothing.  Make sure every top can be worn with every bottom!

Limit yourself to one pair of shoes.  (Oh-oh.  I cannot do this!)

Don't worry if you needed that extra sweater.  You can buy it there!

After you return from your trip, examine each garment and decide if you could have done without it.  If so, leave it off your packing list next time!  Keep your old packing list (complete with notes and comments) for your next trip.  It will make life much simpler than starting from scratch!

Now for a little airline travel humor...
The Captain asks all the passengers to chip in a little for gas!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I knew the sun was still there!  We in Juneau have not seen the sunshine for weeks.  Instead, we have been seeing a lot of the "liquid sunshine" as Juneau residents like to say.  It is time to mow the lawn and work in the flowerbeds - the question is will the sun stay out long enough to dry things out a bit?  What you can't see from this picture are the dark clouds from the south - blowing our direction!  We need three hours of sunshine to do our yard chores.  The race is on...

Well - it is 1:17 - the sunshine is gone, clouds are here - but so far the rain is holding off.  The yardwork is almost done :)  Thanks for sending "dry weather" thoughts our way!

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Weekend Project...

Packing for a cruise is a daunting task in this day and age of airline baggage charges and fees.  I've been searching the internet for packing lists, and my goodness to pack everything on the lists I have found you truly would need a trunk.  You know, like the old steamer trunks they used when going on the Titanic...  HUGE!

So, I've refined my search for a good way to pack everything I need in ONE BAG that can be carried on the airplane.  I found a website that talks about the PackingLight Packing Method.  They claim you can get an incredible amount of clothing into a 22inch main bag.  A second tote or pack will hold the necessities other than garments (such as toiletries, reading material and assorted odds and ends).  Hmm - looks interesting!  The website does say that cruises make traveling light difficult because of the need for formal attire.  Well, with our little four night cruise, we only need one night worth of formal clothing.  So, this weekend we will test the PACKING LIGHT PACKING METHOD.

This method is based on the "bundle" method.  The bundle method will utilize every inch of your suitcase, and leave your clothing wrinkle free!  Does it sound too good to be true?  Here are the basic rules for the bundle method:
1.  Zipper and button every garment so they hold their shape.
2.  Lay the pants out along the length of the suitcase.  Lay shorts on top.
3.  Lay skirts, dresses & tops out along the width of the bag.
4.  Alternate the direction of the pants and tops as you place each garment in the bag.

There is a step by step guide with written directions and diagrams to follow.  So, if you are going on a trip - you might give this a try.  Here is the website for complete information.  PackingLight Packing Method    Wish me luck!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dolphins and People...

During our upcoming trip, one of the excursions we have signed up for is to swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau.  I was lucky enough to do this one other time, while in Hawaii at a conference.  Another principal and I decided to splurge on this fabulous experience.  It was so much fun that when our time was up - we didn't want to leave the dolphin pool!  So, Larry and I are going to experience these marvelous creatures again - this time in the Bahamas.

I read an article about dolphins recently.  They are truly amazing creatures!  Do you know how dolphins help people:
*DOLPHIN CALLS ARE GOOD FOR HUMAN FETUSES... according to scientists in Peru, dolphin's ultrasonic emissions benefit unborn children by stimulating brain activity while the fetus is developing.  Dolphins have been trained to swim close to pregnant women and emit their calls.  In Spanish speaking countries, this practice is known as dolphin therapy (delfinoteprepia).

*SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS APPEARS TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR MILD TO MODERATE DEPRESSION.  According to research from the U.K., people with mild to moderate depression after encounters with dolphins had lower cortisol levels and higher endorphin levels after their encounters.  This suggests that patients with mild or moderate depression, using drugs or conventional psychotherapy may not be necessary when treatment with animals are used.

*DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN HELPING PEOPLE WITH AUTISM, SPINAL CORD INJURY, RETT SYNDROME, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, CEREBRAL PALSY, ADHD & MANY OTHER DISABILITIES.  According to the Dolphin Therapy page prepared at Texas Woman's University, dolphin assisted therapy actually dates back to the 1950's and the work of Dr. Lilly who studied the effects of dolphins on individual with disabilities.  Researchers now attribute the diminishing of anxiety and depression, enhanced learning in handicapped children and pain relief to dolphin echolocation.  One program in Miami, Dolphin Human Therapy, has served children from 39 states and 54 countries.  They provide a full-time, individualized dolphin-assisted rehabilitation program for special needs children and adults from all over the country.  This company uses dolphins to motivate disabled kids to work on a variety of skills.  For every task a child masters, he/she gets to pet, stroke or swim with one of five dolphins and a therapist in an enclosed lagoon.  Their research shows that 50% of the children maintain or improve their skills after being in the program, although it is important to return yearly for follow-up.  They see three factors as important to the program's success:  the skill and experience of the staff who are teaching the children with special needs; the parents' motivation and dedication to follow-up; and the dolphins - who are the key motivators!

Dolphins are amazing creatures - and I can't wait to experience their magic again!  I am so excited...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Do we feel lucky??

When you travel to the Caribbean in the summer, you always have to think about hurricane season.  Well, normally our luck isn't always the best... since Larry was lucky enough to win this Bahama Cruise, a thought popped into my head.  Wouldn't it be ironic if once we got to Florida for the cruise a hurricane were to hit and forced us to cancel our vacation?  A friend of mine went to Miami on her honeymoon, and they experienced a hurricane - so I know it can happen!

This led me to look into hurricanes in the Bahamas.  I found that in 137 years, the Bahamas have been touched by either a hurricane or a tropical storm 46 times.  The last time they experienced this weather was in 2007, with a tropical storm.  They are affected on an average of every 2.98 years.  They have direct hurricane hits once every 11.42 years.  The last direct hit was in 2001, so our trip should be safe!

Think good weather thoughts during our Bahama trip in the middle of hurricane season!  I'm hoping for warmth, and sunshine - not gale force winds, flooding, and pouring rain...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


This delightful whimsical movie is based on the 17th longest running production in Broadway history - Mamma Mia!  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the Greek island paradise that they visited 20 years ago.  New York businessman Sam (Pierce Brosnan), London banker Harry (Colin Firth) and globetrotting adventurer Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) appear on this beautiful small island, and the fun begins.  The music of ABBA - Dancing Queen, I Have a Dream, Take a Chance on Me, are woven into this hilarious tale.

I saw this very FUN movie on Sunday.  If you want to go out and laugh, laugh, laugh - this is the movie for you  Definitely, a perfect GIRLS DAY OUT kind of movie...  So, if you are in the mood for escapism and fun, go see MAMMA MIA!  I guarantee you will leave the theatre smiling.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Coco Cay - a private island for the day...

In the middle of the Bahamas' bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay.  With its white-sand beaches and beautiful surroundings, CocoCay is full of adventure and outdoor fun.  This is reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this paradise has aquatic facilities, nature trails, and many comfie nooks and crannies to sit back and relax with a refreshing tropical drink.

There are many optional activities for the day, however we have chosen a relaxing one which I like to call "floating".  So, I'll be taking an easy read novel, and getting on my mat.  CocoCay sounds wonderful - a place where my biggest worry will be keeping my novel dry!

If you want more activity than our calming floating day, there are kayaks, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and the largest aqua park in the Caribbean called Caylana's Castle Cove!  This will be a true beach day to be sure.  

Don't forget the sunscreen...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Will Key West have the key to solve our "not enough time" problem?

Key West is another city we will visit on this cruise.  It sounds as if there are many activities that would be wonderful to experience.  However, since we are on a ship - we stay only one day.  As, our short stay will force us to leave some of the "must do's" from our list.

I have learned a bit about Key West, trying to be ready for our one day in this wonderful city.  Key West is actually closer to Cuba (98 miles away) than it is Miami (129 miles away), which was surprising to learn.  Before the Overseas Highway was built to Key West (1938), it was actually an Overseas Railway.  The Overseas Railway (built in 1912) was destroyed during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

Numerous artists and writers have passed through Key West, but the two most associated with the island are Ernest Hemmingway and Tennessee Williams.  The Hemmingway House is a popular tourist destination, complete with tours.  The six or seven toed polydactyl cats, that still live on the property today, descended from Hemmingway's original pet, "Snowball".

Tennessee Williams became a regular visitor to Key West in 1941, and is said to have written the first draft of A Streetcar Named Desire while staying on the island in 1947 at the La Concha Hotel.  Williams bought a home in Key West in 1949, and listed Key West as his primary residence until his death in the 1980's.  Unlike Hemmingway's home, Williams home is a modest bungalow.

After careful research, here is what I have on our "to do" list...  How can we fit it all in?  We have signed up for a half day snorkel trip already - then we need to fit all this in to the morning, before 12:45?  Oh my... I'm tired already!
Conch Train Tour
Hemmingway House/Museum
Butterfly House Tour
Visit the Southern most point in the US (buoy)
Fort Taylor
Mel Fisher Museum
Mallory Square Show at sunset
Blond Giraffe - have frozen key lime pie on a stick dipped in chocolate
Duval Street Bar Crawl - Sloppy Joes; Hogs Breath Inn; Ricks; Irish Kevins; Margaritaville
Fast Buck Freddy's - explore all of the rooms
Best Key Lime Pie Quest - taste them from Heaven; Kermit's; Key West Keylime Pie Factory (Kermits seems to be most popular)

Restaurants Recommended:
Kelly's (Yes, Kelly McGillis from Top Gun)
Santiagos Bodega (tapas)
El Siboney (Cuban)

Key West fans - please let me know what I am missing from my list!  So much to do... too little time...  If you have been to Key West, please post a comment about your favorite activities to help us prioritize our list...  Wish us luck!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bahamas... here we come!

So, if I am going to the Bahamas, I guess it is time I learn something about it!  The main tourism website for the area brags that they have the "clearest water in the world", so I am anxious to test their claim (with my limited knowledge of the world's waters...).  Could it be clearer than the water in the British Virgin Islands or the Tobago Cays?  I am anxious to check this claim out for myself!

After learning a bit about the Bahamas, here is a fun little quiz to test your knowledge!  Do the quiz first, then scroll down to the next post to check your answers and "grade" your test.  (Sounds like a teacher doesn't it?)  Good luck!

1.  The Bahamas are made up of 500 islands.  True or False
2.  The Bahamas have the fifth longest barrier reef.  True or False
3.  75% of the world's coral is found in the Bahamas.  True or False
4.  The Bahamas were "THE" place to go during prohibition.  True or False
5.  Pirates frequented the Bahamas in the early 1700's.  True or False
6.  The Bahamas are under French rule.  True or False
7.  If you are an American, you must have a passport to visit the Bahamas.  True or False
8.  May through October constitutes the rainy season in the Bahamas.  True or False
9.  The legal tender is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.  True or False
10.  U.S. dollars are accepted throughout the islands.  True or False.

So, take your test, and scroll down to grade it.  Have fun!  I know I would not have done well before learning about the Bahamas.  Good luck...

Oh, do you want to do some peaking before you answer the questions?  Click on the word BAHAMAS to find some information...

Answers to the BAHAMA QUIZ... No peaking!!

I hope you had fun trying the quiz for today.  I made this quiz up from the information that I learned about the Bahamas getting ready for our upcoming trip.  Wow - I did not know much at all about this area of our world.   And, I just started researching the area!  Our ship is only in the Bahamas for a couple days - it sounds like you could spend a LONG TIME checking out that area - so much to do, so much to see!

Well, here are the answers to the quiz...  How did you do?

1.  F; it is made up of 700 islands
2.  F;  it has the 3rd longest barrier reef
3.  F;  14.5% of the world's coral is found here
4.  T; it was quite the party spot during prohibition
5.  T;  many famous pirates enjoyed hiding here just waiting for heavy, loaded ships to pass by in the shipping lane
6.  F;  Bahamas are part of the British Commonwealth and gained their independence in 1973
7.  T; Americans must have a passport to visit
8.  T;  The Bahamas average about 7.5 inches of rain a month during the rainy season.
9.  F;  The Bahamian Dollar is the legal tender in the Bahamas.
10.  T;  U.S. dollars are accepted throughout the islands.

Friday, July 18, 2008


I found some cute luggage tags at one of our local stores.  One is the title of this post, "I LIVE FOR VACATION"; the other is "GET ME TO THE BEACH!"  Of course, I had to buy them for our upcoming trip to the Bahamas.  How appropriate...

This trip is one that "Lucky" Larry won last year with a Seattle's Best Coffee contest.  His prize included $1500 of Columbia clothing, round trip air to Miami, and this four night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruiseline to the Bahamas.  He is truly lucky!  The best thing I've ever won was a garden hose - not very exciting to be sure.

So, we leave in a couple weeks for our "free" trip - the last hurrah before I go back to work.  We will visit Miami - starting the trip by staying in South Beach for a night.  Once on the ship, we visit Nassau, Coco Cay (little private Royal Caribbean island), and Key West.  Having never been to Florida before, I know this will be a fun trip!  It will end with two nights in an area called Sunny Isle before we return to Juneau.  Can't wait...  the trip countdown has begun!  Here we go again, looking for SOMEWHERE IN THE SUN!  (It is pouring rain in Juneau today...)  15 days and counting until sunshine and warmth...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yummy and healthy dinner!

Last night we tried a new recipe off of Kalyn's Kitchen website (see link below).  I didn't have quite all of the ingredients, so modified it a bit.  It was delicious!  So, for all of you who are wanting to eat healthy, or my fellow South Beach dieters, I recommend this recipe to try!  It is now one of our favorites and we WILL be making it again.

Grilled Lime and Chipotle Pork Chops
(makes 8 servings)
Recipe adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

8 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick  (can pound to make them the correct thickness)
1/2 cup mayo (I used light)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp dried cilantro
1 Tbsp minced garlic (I used the pre-chopped garlic)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground Chipotle pepper (I used crushed red pepper)
1 tsp. ground cumin (I forgot to add this!)

Trim fat from pork chops.  Arrange pork chops in a large ziploc bag.  Pour in marinade.  Marinate 6 hours or longer.  To cook, spray grill with olive oil spray, preheat to medium high.  Grill pork chops about 8 minutes per side.  Use your instant read thermometer to make sure it is done (but don't let it overcook or they will dry out).  Very tasty!  Serve with salad and veggie.   A nice healthy dinner...  enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Sad First...

Yesterday was a sad first for me.  My gas guzzling SUV was telling me it needed a drink, so I went to the gas station as I have done many times in m life.  This was the first time that I have filled my tank since our return from Grenada.  Oh my goodness - the pump shut off at $100 and the tank was "ALMOST" full.  So, paying $100 to almost fill my tank is a first (and unfortunately, won't be the last).

Hopefully these cartoons will make you laugh (instead of cry) next time you visit the pump!

Good luck everyone!  I'm not looking forward to winter when we have to use heating oil to heat our home...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flowers... "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson

One of the things I love when vacationing in the Caribbean is the beauty of the flowers.  Their color is so vivid;  they are always bright and cheery.  Who wouldn't be bright and cheery living in paradise!

Juneau is another place of beauty which also has gorgeous flowers that grow wild and are fabulous.  Their season may be very short, but the beauty of Juneau is quite amazing.  Everywhere you look is like a picture postcard with awesome and wonderful sights.

So, here is a photo comparison of flowers... same beauty, different locations!  Temperate rainforest to tropical rainforest...  Which flower belongs to which location?  Can you tell??  

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nutmeg Anyone??

On our Grenada trip, we visited a spice estate and a nutmeg station for the first time.  I have never seen so much nutmeg!  Bags and bags and bags of nutmeg... as you can see from the picture.  It made me wonder about nutmeg - as the only place I've ever seen it growing is in Grenada.

I've learned that nutmeg is primarily grown in Indonesia, as well as some locations in the Caribbean (especially Grenada).  We all know about using nutmeg in cooking, but it is also used for its essential oils, which are placed in a variety of products (Ie: tooth paste and cough syrup).  The nutmeg trade was dominated by the Dutch back in the 17th century.  When the English took temporary control of the Dutch Banda Islands, the Dutch transplanted nutmeg trees to their own holdings elsewhere - notably Zanzibar and Grenada.  So, that is the Reader's Digest version of how Grenada ended up with so much nutmeg!

Go buy some whole nutmeg from the store, and give this delicious dessert a try during the hot months of summer!  I guarantee you will love it...
NUTMEG ICE CREAM - a delicious dessert I experienced in Grenada
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. freshly grated nutmeg - about 1 whole nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
In pan, bring milk and cream just to a boil.  Whisk together eggs, sugar, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.  Whisk 1/2 cup of the milk mixture into the egg mixture.  Whisk the egg mixture into the remaining milk mixture.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until 175 on a candy thermometer.  Transfer the custard to a metal bowl and set it in a larger bowl of ice and cold water.  Stir until the custard has completely cooled.  Freeze the custard in your ice cream machine according to directions.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Thinking of Chocolate!

Since I posted my favorite healthy brownie recipe today (see at bottom of page - try it, you'll like it), I thought I would post one of my pictures of cocoa on the tree in Grenada!  If I did not know this was chocolate, I would never be able to guess.  Would you? 

Grenada has the most amazing chocolate company - Grenada Chocolate Factory.  They have won awards for their wonderful dark chocolate (from bean to chocolate bar).  You can actually watch a short 8 minute video on You Tube about this tiny company in Grenada that makes THE most delicious chocolate.  It is called Radical Chocolate by Eti Peleg.  So, sit back, grab some dark chocolate to nibble and see how your chocolate bar came to be!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Abby (The Princess)

Well, while I was working hard on a blog today, Larry ended up buying Abby many things from the holistic dog food store here in Juneau.  Abby's treat for the day was a bone called a Himalayan Dog Chew (an Everest-sized treat)!  It comes from an ancient recipe from the people of Nepal made with traditional methods with Yak or Cow milk.  Abby gave it a taste test - and was quite pleased with the flavor!  She devoured it within the day.    If you are interested, just google it to check it out.  Princess Abby gives it five stars!

My first post on my first blog...

Well, I'm not exactly sure how this blog will work out!  This is my attempt to stay in touch with friends and family.  As we all know, life is busy and it is hard to stay connected.  So, here is my attempt to remain connected, no matter how far we are from each other.  We will see if it works!

My thoughts for this blog are to post the new happenings in our life, as well as favorite recipes and new adventures and travels.  I'll try to keep it interesting!  Someone once told me I need to write a book about my travels and adventures - this will have to suffice.  (Ha, ha)

So, please help me stay connected by posting on this blog, (of course there are e-mails or phone calls too).  Wish me luck in my new technological journey...