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    Utah’s Mighty Five

    Visiting Utah’s “Mighty Five” with the gorgeous green valleys and gorges of Zion, the delicate pink, white and orange hued spires of Bryce Canyon, the ancient rock formations and petroglyphs of Capitol Reef, the awe inspiring other worldly red rock formations of Arches and the miles and miles of carved earth at Canyonlands was one of the most unique and rugged trips ever experienced. Each park deserves a minimum of three days to explore, but can be shortened if time doesn’t permit. We allowed ourselves two weeks to explore all five of these parks which included driving time and a short stay in Vegas coming and going. I have highlighted…

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    January Snow

    January snow softly falls Covering the ground winter calls Snow piling up, lovely and white Behold the beauty, a wonderful sight Cold and wet as it touches my tongue Fondly reflecting of when I was young Sledding down hills slick and fast Better hurry because the snow won’t last A short blessing that will soon melt away Fickle it leaves us to return another day My Gracie

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    Maui Beaches

    If you love the beach and would like to experience unique beaches that offer colorful sand, warm blue waves, secret snorkeling spots with abundant sea turtles, or beaches close to resorts and restaurants where you can slip in for a cocktail or a bite to eat, then you will love Maui Hawaii. Maui has many beautiful public beaches to explore and I have listed a few standouts below with descriptions and insider tips for planning your next escape! First up is Polo Beach and Wailea Beach located in South Maui. Both of these beaches front beautiful resorts like the Fairmont Kea Lani, The Four Seasons, The Grand Wailea Beach Resort…

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    December Book Review

    Paris Through A Fashion Eye by Megan Hess One of my favorite gifts for Christmas this year was the book “Paris Through A Fashion Eye” by Megan Hess. I wasn’t familiar with Megan until I read this book but I am now a fan and follow her on Instagram. This book is a keeper, one that will age gracefully on your bookshelf and is a delight to read and peruse its beautifully embossed pages. Megan Hess’ illustrations throughout the book are stunning! As you hold the book and leaf through the pages you come to realize that this is a one-of-a-kind book chock full of glorious images of Paris fashion…

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    Bayeux France

    Bayeux France is a delightful village in Normandy. It is surrounded by beautiful coastline and a sad but rich military history. Bayeux is a short three hour drive north from Paris and as you drive out of the city, the landscape changes dramatically to lovely farmland and rolling green hills dotted with French country homes built with centuries old weathered brick and stone. Bayeux is centrally located and a great jumping off point for those wishing to tour the many WWII sites situated within minutes of the town center. One of the best tour companies is Overlord Tours, their guides are extremely knowledgeable and the tour is comprehensive and never…

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    Wreaths of Remembrance

    I humbly volunteered my time today to honor our veterans by laying wreaths at the Baltimore National Cemetery one of the many cemeteries participating in the Wreaths Across America annual event.  I was thankful to have been part of the event this year.  It was a rainy day here in Baltimore, but that didn’t dampen our spirits as we gathered together for the ceremony and to ultimately lay wreaths at the headstones of 5,800 soldiers graves. Wreaths Across America strives to  REMEMBER Our Fallen U.S. Veterans HONOR Those who serve  TEACH Your children the value of freedom Wreaths of remembrance this December day Giving something back in a most special…

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    Singing the Ballad of Curtis Loew

    Friends for a lifetime and into eternity My best friend and confidant fitting together perfectly Many secrets unknown to everyone but you You bring color to my life, a wonderful vibrant hue The melodies and notes harmonized long ago Our voices in unison singing the Ballad of Curtis Loew   Hanging out on that brown velvet couch just you, me, US In our temporary comfort zone, pondering, reflecting, a certain snugness Dancing in your room or at the kitchen table tapping our fingers Oh, when I think back to the music we made and how it still lingers The melodies and notes harmonized long ago Our voices in unison singing…

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    Old Red Velvet Cake Recipe

    Old recipes are like gold and should be cherished.  This is one of those recipes and it came from my good friend Julie’s grandmother.  Mrs. Mauck lives in Virginia and is in her nineties.  She bakes this cake each December for Julie’s birthday.  I was fortunate enough to try this delicious cake made by Mrs. Mauck throughout the years and now I have the recipe!  This old red velvet cake is iced using a traditional method of boiled flour and milk which makes it unique and delicious.  In my opinion it tastes better than many of the current red velvet cakes that are iced with cream cheese or a standard…

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    Lentil & Pomegranate Salad

    This festive salad would be a wonderful addition to any holiday table this season.  The recipe came from Nevine Gargour a lady I worked with and she made this salad for an office holiday potluck party.  I immediately fell in love with it and now it has become a favorite of mine to serve for the holidays.  Not only does it look beautiful but it tastes amazing.  It is tart yet sweet and has a little kick from the jalapeno pepper.  The salad has Mediterranean or North African influences in its flavor profile.  I have included the full recipe below. You will need the following ingredients: 1 cup of lentils. …