Pink Shrimp with Shells–C is for Captiva

Captiva Island is where pirate captain Jose Gaspar held his female prisoners for ransom or as his personal concubines.  Although legends say that traces of pirate treasure still remain along Florida’s shoreline and coastal waters, most visitors arrive for the beaches and seashell hunting.  Both Sanibel and Captiva Islands, just across the toll bridge from …

Viennese Coffee Cake–A is for Austria

I have decided to take you on a brief trip down memory lane to Austria after this text exchange with my two sisters last week: N – I must admit, I really do miss not having taken a real vacation this year… Ah, well, maybe next year. L –  We keep looking at the Viking cruise …

Mango Pineapple Hammock Island Salsa

  A few weeks ago I put this teaser photo on our Hammock Homemade Facebook Group page.  Of course, the chips were particularly intriguing for their cheerful colors.  However, it was the mango pineapple salsa that I had just created that was my inspiration. I used to whip up fresh salsas when we were in …

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Peanut Butter on Parade

  Is there such a thing as too much peanut butter? I had never thought so until the day when I was organizing our pantry.  While deciding to go healthy (and peanut butter is considered a good fat believe it or not) I had purchased the Costco portions of the Organic version. One of our …

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From Beer to Bacon

    Burlington, Vermont was our final much-anticipated destination on our 2-week road trip. We had started our journey, 10 days prior, with an aspiration to try every beer and brewery along the way.  It only took about 3 days to remember that in truth we only drink about 2 pints of beer a month!  …

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In the Land of Poutine

  I was first introduced to poutine not all that far from the Hammock, at The Black Sheep Restaurant, in Jacksonville.  It was recommended by my friend Deborah who had tried out many of the city’s dining establishments.   I, believe it or not, 3 years ago had never heard of The Black Sheep nor poutine.  …