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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Scottish Salmon with Herbed Potatoes

“Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk” That’s Scottish for “Good things come in small packages”. You’ll know why if you make this recipe. Today, we’re having herbed salmon and potatoes for dinner.  The Pelican Fish Market in Fort Pierce…

Bonsai and Butterflies: A Visit to Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Want to see some beautiful flowers?  Heathcote Botanical Gardens is a ‘must see’ when you visit the Treasure Coast. We decided we needed to see what all the fuss was about and weren’t disappointed.  Let’s go on a garden tour! I expected the traditional…

Crazy, Rainy Dog Days

Looks like it’s going to be a rainy day today! That’s OK.  I have to take Chula to the vet. For the past 2 days I’ve noticed little drops of blood on the floor when she sits down.   She’s acting quieter than…

A Trip Back in History

Do you like learning about history? When I was younger, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the past.  I was so busy educating myself, raising children and working that I probably just didn’t have the intellectual energy to dwell on it much.  But that&#8217…

Oh Buoy! 12A Buoy Restaurant Review

If you’re a ‘Local’ anywhere in St. Lucie County, you know about 12A Buoy.   It’s a place where the food speaks for itself. It’s certainly not a ‘fancy’ restaurant.  There’s no valet parking, plush menus or upholstered chairs…

Sweet Potato Broccoli Curry

I never realized how simple curry is to make yourself from scratch. When we lived in Michigan, there was a Trader Joes in nearby Ann Arbor.  I’d spend the $4 to get a small jar, mix in some chicken, make some rice and we’d have quick…

Broccoli, Spinach, Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Carrot, Orange, Strawberry, Kiwi Juice

I always used to think I was ‘doing my body good’ when I drank a big bottle of juice. I fed my kids bottled apple juice constantly when they were little, thinking it was so much better for them than water. As it turns out, water would have…

In Search of a Beautiful Sunset

We live on the east coast of Florida. That means great views of sunrises over the Atlantic, but if you want to see a great sunset over water, you have to get more creative. My husband Rob is always in search of beautiful scenery to photograph.  Lately, he has been…

A Walk in Savannas Preserve State Park

Sugar and Chula brighten up this morning when I ask them, “Do you want to go for a walk in the woods?” That’s doggie speak for, “Do you want to get a ride in the car, then have an amazing adventure?”  Sugar yips happily…

Compost for the Garden

I’ve got a confession to make:  I love gadgets. That love for gadgets has even made it to the garden.  I have an automatic composter. I planted my first vegetable garden in 1988, the spring after we moved into our very first house.   The house itself wasn&#8217…

Boondocking in Myakka State Forest

  Our backyard view–Wilderness as far as the eye can see! Now that our irrigation system is working, we can  leave the house without our vegetable garden wilting away in the sunshine and heat.  Why not take a trip in the camper? We’ve wanted to head…

Watering the Garden

40 quarts of water. That’s what it takes to keep my garden’s thirsty tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, beans, herbs and lemon happy each day.  I have a hose, but most days I make 20 trips out to the pool deck carrying my 2-quart…

March 15, 2016 Garden Update

Ideal growing conditions create amazing gardens.   When we lived in Michigan, I REALLY worked hard to get my garden started every year.  Each year I tried to make it better.  Raised beds–Check.  Black plastic–Check.  Irrigation system–Check.  Great compost–Check.  Tall deer fence&#8211…

Cruisin’ the Indian River

The Atlantic coast of Florida is protected by a series of long, narrow barrier islands.  (Map of Fort Pierce Inlet, showing access bridges to North and South Hutchinson Islands) North and South Hutchinson Islands are located east of Fort Pierce, Florida.  We visit them frequently because they offer so much…

A Hearty Breakfast

“Eat a hearty breakfast” That’s the advice you see on so many books, web sites, videos.  But interpret the word ‘hearty’ for me…. This is the ‘Decadent-Decadent’ Bananas Foster French Toast at the Berry Fresh Cafe.  Take a gander at…