Summer Sunsets

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Enjoying the sunset is one of the best things about summer in my opinion. The cool breeze at night, watching the gorgeous colors change and enjoying something tasty to eat? Why not! Watching sunsets is thought to have many health benefits beyond just a pleasant night out. Like many other aspects of being “in nature” it improves your emotional /mental health, concern for others, and increases your satisfaction with life. It allows you to slow down and really enjoy the moments in life. Many scientists believe it to be a form a meditation and have shown that it can actually […]

Coleslaw with Apple Vinaigrette

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When trying to decide what to make for this month’s post, I was very much drawn to the salad section of Catherine’s blog… probably because it’s been 90+ degrees here in New England for what feels like forever.  Needless to say, I had no desire to turn the oven on, and I think many readers out there would agree! So which salad did I choose? I’m glad you asked. The Coleslaw with apple vinaigrette! Coleslaw is typically very heavy because it’s smothered in mayonnaise, so when I saw that Catherine made hers with vinaigrette I was intrigued! And she also […]

Classic Summer Barbecue

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Contrary to popular belief, the method of barbecuing was not created by Americans.  Anthropologists believe about 1 million years ago Homo erectus began cooking meat.  The origin of the word “barbecue” is a little uncertain as well, but conventional wisdom suggests Spanish explorer Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, commonly known as “Oviedo”, used the word “barbecoa” in 1526 in a Spanish dictionary to describe how the natives in the Caribbean and what is now Florida would cook their food using a wooden rack over the ground.  According to Oviedo, “barbecoa” originated from the Taino dialect of the Arawak American […]

Breakfast on the deck? Heck yea!

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Welcome to August! This Month we decided to talk about all things picnics! Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy those nice long sunny days. Picnics don’t have to be just in the afternoon or just in parks either. We are going to talk about having picnics at all times of the day and at many different places. We’ll provide some great easy recipes as well as tips and tricks. So get creative and get outside! This week I’m going to talk about making breakfast on the deck, aug 10th will be the classic summer barbeque, aug […]