St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

  We rolled down I-95 past St. Augustine, Florida, on Thursday about twelve noon and found our campground just south of there off SR 207. I had picked it out of the Passport America directory and was curious to see how the description jibed with the actual place. As you might expect, things always look better on paper than they do in person. However, in this case, some of the sites were paved and level, a big plus for me. Unfortunately, no one was in the office when we arrived, and still not there when we returned from lunch and the outlet malls up the road at five-fifteen that evening. So, the next morning at eight-thirty I walked over to find that someone was actually in. Turns out the site I had picked was reserved for someone else arriving Friday evening...

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Real Men Cook – Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Real Men Cook – Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Recently, it was my turn to cook dinner. I don’t mind, and – truth be told – I enjoy it. It’s creative and you can nearly always eat the results. Whenever Harris-Teeter puts their frozen shrimp on sale, we load up. Since their deal is usually ‘buy two two-pound bags and get three free’ – we end up with a buttload of shrimp. So, I’m always on the lookout for shrimp recipes. You can’t just boil ’em every time. So it was that I ran across a Food Network recipe called Cajun Shrimp and Rice. Checking over the ingredient list, of which there are just ten, I decided it was doable. And that I wouldn’t have to pick up a bunch of obscure ingredients at the store which always end up going bad in the refrigerator...

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Real Men Can Cook – An Easy Dessert

Real Men Can Cook – An Easy Dessert

Quite often, I’ll see a Food Network post on Facebook which will send me off looking at various recipes.  That happened yesterday when I saw a dessert post which led me to another site which led to another… I wound up looking at a very simple dessert called Lemon Cream Cheese Pie.  Desserts are naturally guilt-inducing, especially since I managed to lose some thirty pounds last year and have put some effort into keeping it off, so I try to find ways to lower the carb count.  With this recipe, I could substitute with some lower-sugar ingredients and still keep it delicious.  Herewith follows the slightly modified recipe (based on a Cooks.com item): Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Pre-made graham cracker crust (higher in sugar) OR Combine 1 1/2 C of crushed...

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Celebrity Equinox Pictures

Celebrity Equinox Pictures

 

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Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

  We arrived at Sint Maarten (that’s the Dutch spelling for their side of the island) shortly after dawn under clear skies. Since our tour wasn’t scheduled until 10:30, we could take our time about breakfast. As I was waiting for Ellen to get ready, I wandered out on our veranda and noticed a barge pushed by tug boats inching up to our aft starboard side.   It looked industrial with a small crane in the middle of an otherwise flat and unremarkable deck, but there was nothing about it to suggest what it was there for. It was soon tied up to the ship, and I made a mental note to stop at Guest Relations to inquire about it. Curiosity, nothing more. After breakfast, I stopped at the main desk on deck three and asked the young lady what the barge...

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Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Visitors to Barbados are cautioned not to wear any clothing with a camouflage pattern. I remembered this from last year but never received a good explanation for it other than that it is just not allowed there. Our tour took us on a small bus from the rather industrial looking dock area out into the countryside. Navigating Bridgetown proper was a traffic-clogged process, and the very narrow lanes added to the slow pace. Our tour guide/driver kept up a running dialogue throughout, offering interesting information about Barbados and its history. He also pointed out that Barbados was the only place where a McDonalds fast food store had opened and not prospered, lasting only a year before closing. There is now a used car lot on the site. KFC, however, is thriving,...

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