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Travel to a New Blog Community

Monday, November 1st, 2010

You’re invited, starting Wednesday, to a new blog where people can encourage each other and have some fun while they “get off the couch.”

My new book, Hiking for the Couch Potato: A Guide for the Exercise-Challenged is debuting and you’re invited to take a look at the new website —-

Do you have a great recipe that’s easy or suitable to take on the trail?  Please submit it to the “Recipe” section.

Found a great hike that you want to recommend?  Submit that, too.

We’ll ask people to become a member so we don’t have those spammers who try to take advantage of everyone and fill their inboxes. (I’ve had more than my share of those.)

Also, if you’d like to purchase a book, you have the option of linking to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to purchase an ebook or buying a soft cover book , which will be very secure.  All of this will launch later this week, so we hope you’ll come back and become a regular.   (Also, see, which has word of my book’s debut and first book signing.)

I hope to have fun and motivate everyone to be a healthier person!

Back to you soon!

Travel – or Hike?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I know I promised to tell more about shopping in Scottsdale – and I will get to that next week.

But, I’m ready to share a new project I’m about to launch-

Drum roll, please.

Da- da- da- dum- da- dah!

Very soon you’ll be able to see my book: Hiking for the Couch Potato: A Guide for the Exercise-Challenged

In about three weeks, the book will be available as both as an e-book and a printed book.

A light-hearted guide that encourages people to get off the couch and go hiking, Hiking for the Couch Potato has everything from advice on hiking gear to recipes to an “Ode to Frozen Green Peas.”

It even talks about how to meet that significant other!

So, be on the lookout for the book – soon to be available at an e-store and on my new (not available yet) web site.

Suitable for gift giving! (And the web site will be a community where people can share their hiking experiences, recipes, and encourage each other!)

Looking forward to sharing Hiking for the Couch Potato with you!  Everyone likes potatoes!

PS Please let me know your reactions to my book!  I’ll autograph any book personally for someone who orders it through this travel blog.

Travel to the Greenest Greens and Other Goodies: Farmer’s Markets in Oregon (Friday Favorites) & RECIPE

Friday, October 9th, 2009

We love farmer’s markets! The joy of finding produce so fresh that it just came out of the ground that very day is a major rush for people with a black thumb (those who cannot grow things well) like me.


Friday Favorite: Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach, Oregon & RECIPE

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Wander into the funky, eccentric, artfully scattered and humorous décor of Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach and you’ll find some chuckles and great food.

Why is Sue cranky? After all, she has a successful restaurant in its third year and is going national with her clam chowder, Caesar dressing and crab cakes. (more…)

Planked Salmon and Other Oregon Delights & Recipe

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Oregon is a state of mind.  Everywhere we went when we visited years ago, we found ourselves trying to figure out how we could live in that particular locale.

I love the ocean; my husband loves the mountains.  Oregon has both ocean and mountains plus waterfalls, hiking, and scenery that truly makes you want to stay.  So, Oregon has absolutely charmed us.  The Convention and Visitors Bureaus would be proud of us!

Haystack Rock with friend, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock with friend, Cannon Beach, Oregon


Santa Fe – A Trip to the Old Southwest

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Next on our recipe week tour of the USA is Santa Fe -

Red adobe and old world charm make Santa Fe the city you envision when you think of the old Southwest.  Artists find the area inspiring and most visitors will, too.  There are shops galore, history around every corner and artists displaying their wares, even on the street. (more…)

Jammin’ and enjoyin’ – A New Orleans Trip

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Traveling to New Orleans is a treat. The sights, the food and the people make the “Big Easy” an irresistible destination for families and adults. Mardi Gras, well known for its festivities, is not the only time it is fun to be in New Orleans.


French Quarter street scene, early in the day

French Quarter street scene, early in the day

Although, I’ve been to New Orleans twice, I haven’t seen everything yet. But, even though I’ve been there, any visit is not complete until you visit the French Quarter, which is the quintessential place where everything comes together. There is music, excess, great food and amazing architecture. (more…)

Annapolis Travel Tips and a RECIPE

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Continuing our full week of recipes, we head to Annapolis in the Mid Atlantic US —

Even if you don’t play football, or even care about the game,  you have probably heard of the annual Army-Navy football game, an intense rivalry that goes back to 1890.  It might be even more intense as the location of the United States Naval Academy is actually founded on the site of an Army fort in 1845!

But don’t expect to see the famous game on campus, as only two of the first four games were ever played in Annapolis.  Today the majority are played in Philadelphia (half way between Annapolis and West Point …). 

But Annapolis, Maryland is more than just a military school for officers.  This is a city founded in 1649 that saw the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson pounding the pavement, as this was once the Capital of the United States (for one year).  It is possible to see the original homes of four of the Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. (more…)

Recipe Week – Traveling Around the US

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Since some of our readers visit us from (a terrific site that I’ve been on for 10 years!) , I thought it was time to offer some regional recipes as we tell about our travels around the USA.

We’ll start on the East Coast and hit some major cuisines as we move around the country.

Today, we’ll revisit adventures in New England.  Up and down New England, the food and the scenery are exceptional. The cuisine stems from resourceful use of the available fruits of the ocean and the stony earth.  The cold winters and very hot and humid summers contribute to the Yankee character – a determination and clever use of what is available.


Boiled Lobster

One of the easiest recipes to prepare is fresh lobster.  Purchase a live lobster from a market or – better yet – a lobster fisherman, take it home and cook it for six to 10 minutes in boiling water.  Once it turns bright red, it is done. 

Depending on your taste and how intrepid you are, you can find edible lobster meat in every part of the lobster.  I have been in a fancy restaurant where they offered to pull out the meat for me.  Since I had seen them remove only the tail meat, I refused their offer and had a lot more lobster for my dinner.  

You can pull out or suck out the meat from the various parts.  You might want to avoid the “somali” – some greenish innards, but some people eat that, too. Dipping the results of your efforts in warm lemon butter is a treat you never forget.

When I was a child, we visited friends in Massachusetts who covered their kitchen table with newspapers. Everyone was offered two lobsters to enjoy!  That was one of the most informal and festive dinners I’ve ever shared.  We were messy, but the camaraderie we shared was terrific!

Maine Lighthouse

Maine Lighthouse

If you’re visiting in Maine, some of the seaside restaurants have daily deliveries and let diners choose their dinner from a tank. 

Portuguese heritage reflected in food

Cape Cod, the curved extension of Massachusetts, has Portuguese heritage that is reflected in some of the cuisine.

At the very tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown is a restaurant, the Lobster Pot, that served a Portuguese Kale soup/stew that I’ve never forgotten.  I reconstructed the recipe so anyone can make it at home.


Portuguese Kale Soup

1 – 1 LB. sausage – whatever variety you prefer

1 bunch of kale – or cabbage – if kale isn’t available in your market, shredded in small pieces

1 onion or several scallion, chopped

6-8 cups of beef and or chicken bouillon

1 large potato – red-skinned preferred – cut in small cubes

1 cup of red beans, kidney beans preferred

salt and pepper to taste

1.    Cut the sausage in thin rounds and brown it in a large pot on a medium flame, turning the rounds so both sides get browned.

2.    Add the chopped onion, cook for a couple of minutes.

3.    Add the potato cubes, bouillon and kale and reduce the flame to medium low.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

4.    Cover the pot and let cook until the potatoes are tender – at least 20-30 minutes.

5.    Serve in a bowl with some crusty bread on the side and ENJOY!

Serves 4-6 people, depending on how hungry they are.

Invitation – and Call for Travel Stories – and Recipe

Friday, June 26th, 2009

When I launched Travel Tips and Adventures about three months ago, I knew I would have lots of adventures and travels to share. I still do.

But, I would like to hear from other people who have destinations they think are worth sharing.

Please, send your experiences as attachments or in the body (English only please) to the comments section.

I will credit you as a Guest Columnist if you have written something that is entertaining and I can verify the information. (I also reserve the right to edit the piece for appropriate language, grammar, spelling and punctuation. I was an English teacher once upon a time.) 300-500 words is about the right length. (more…)