Friday, May 30, 2014

The Galapagos Adventure!

The cruise Director greets us with “Good Morning, Good Morning” over the ships intercom system; and so the day begins on the Celebrity Xpedition in the Galapagos Islands.

This adventure has been planned for over two years, and finally we arrive in Quito, Ecuador on May 2nd, 2014. Note to travelers, your passport must be valid for six, yes 6 months in order to travel to Ecuador. I have traveled for years and somehow missed this Very important fact, and yes my best buddy and travel agent Betty did inform me when we booked the trip but somehow I missed it…. The important thing is that my hubby and I were able to renew our passports and off we went on the most incredible adventure.

I will be posting pictures this weekend, however in order to get you started please follow these links for Travel-Monkey and begin your photographic journey to the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy these links, Kongo is a fabulous photographer and writer! Cheers! Kary

Journey to the Center of the World | Travel Monkey






Sunday, May 25, 2014

What's on the Grill; Scallops, Chicken, Bratwurst

 “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain

 On this Memorial Day weekend let us remember those who have fallen for our country and our military who continue to stand on the wall to protect the United States of America.

“I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.” -Bill Cosby

If Hamburgers or Hot Dogs don’t appeal to you this Memorial Day weekend here are several recipes that I am sure will please your palate.

Just cook something! Cheers! Kary

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Great Music, The Man From Ravcon & Chili on a cold winter day


 In many parts of the US it is cold outside and we could all use a little warming up and some great music always makes for a better day. 

Awhile ago we were in our favorite record store in Charlotte, NC and became friends with one of the employees Mike Brown, or in the world of prog/surf/rock/pop/spaghetti western music, he is known as The Man From Ravcon.

Mike played in a Charlotte band for many years called The Ravelers but for the last few years he has been writing, recording and producing his own tunes as The Man From Ravcon.  Mike not only writes all the music but he plays all the instruments on every song and recently released his sixth album, Skyscraper.

My hubby Doug and I are always on the hunt for great music so when we discover something new and exciting we love to share, just click on any of the following links, enjoy the ride and don’t forget to buy….. (link for sampling all six releases and buying)

The Chili is simmering accompanied by the cool sounds from the The Man From Ravcon.
 Cheers! Kary

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sandy Shuman Jewelry - Nature inspired designs made from the heart….urban, earthy, bohemian, and eclectic

Today is  “Shop Local Saturday” and a perfect day to jump back into blogging and introduce to you a  Whimsically Artistic Jewelry Designer, Sandy Shuman .

Sandy’s shop is not a local brick and mortar store however several months ago Sandy launched her on-line small business .

Please stop in, take a look and  shop around!  

Sandy Shuman Jewelry -  Nature inspired designs made from the heart….urban, earthy, bohemian, and eclectic.  

My new favorite bracelet designed and created by my sister-in-law Sandy Shuman is a joy to behold with rustic blue/green turquoise joined together by artisan silver heart toggle.
I just love all the pieces in her collection!  

If you are shopping for unique one of a kind jewelry I have the shop for you!   

Just click on the link, Sandy has imagination, style and I just love her presentation of every piece of jewelry! 

Every piece of jewelry is a unique creation designed by Sandy.  Here are just a few…. 

Looking for a symbol of independence Steer Your Own Course Necklace by SandyShumanJewelry on Etsy 

Wear a little reminder of the sea with the

Enjoy the experience, you are just one click away! 

Cheers! Kary

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Avon Breast Cancer Walk- FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

Please join me in our battle against Breast Cancer, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!
I am walking for my Mom, Mother-in-law, All who have won the battle, for those still fighting and all of our loved ones that we have lost. I will be walking in the two day (24/14 miles) Avon Breast Cancer walk in Oct. Charlotte, NC. I am still working to reach my fund raising goal and every dollar counts! I Would love your support, please click on my link to donate today!
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Donate Today

Every dollar counts in the fight against Breast Cancer and your donation will make a difference. Please click on the link to donate. Thanks for your support! Hugs, Kar

$5, 10, 15, 20..... Whatever you can afford!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Flowers, Chocolates & Family, Happy Mothers Day!

The door bell rings and I can hear what sounds like a delivery truck pulling away to the next stop.

I open the front door and there sits a large box, which I pick up with a smile on my face and a wonderful feeling of anticipation.

As I open the box the smell of fresh cut flowers feels my senses and there is also a brown box filled with chocolates!

The flowers and chocolates have been sent to me from the best kids in the world for Mothers Day. The only thing that would be better would be to spend the day with them.

We will all get together soon and every day our family spends together is a celebration and this year my hubby Doug and I will be spending the day with his Mom, which is always filled with laughs, love and fun.

Happy Mothers Day to all! Make every day Mothers Day!

One of the great pleasures in life is to open the front door and find
that your children have sent you flowers.

Thank you Bren, Brad, Jake, Nate & Tinks!
Bren- you are the best mom ever!

Cheers! Hugs, Kar

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Kentucky Derby Time Y'all!

For 139 years on the first Saturday of May, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky has been
the site to sip Mint Juleps, show-off your finest hat and watch the ponies run in the Kentucky Derby. 

When hosting a Derby party I usually serve pork rib sandwiches, homemade slaw and a variety of appetizers for the guest to snack on.

If you are looking for traditional Derby favorites check out Chef Nick Sundberg’s recipes: Mint Julep, Kentucky Hot Brown, Bread Pudding with Bourbon and many other traditional recipes which will set the mood for cheering on the ponies.

Here is Chef Nick Sunberg’s recipe for Mint Julep:

¼ cup fresh spearmint leaves
2 cups water, heated
2 cups sugar
A bucket of cracked ice and 32 ounces of bourbon 

In a large pitcher mix together the water and sugar. Add the crushed/cracked ice, pour in
the bourbon and stir in the mint leaves.

Oh and sip slowly….  

Pork rib recipe posted January 5, 2011, just add barbeque sauce, sandwich rolls and you have great pork sandwiches.

Slow Cooker

1 lb boneless pork ribs (ribs with the bone work just as well and add more flavor)

Defrost if frozen

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup of water

1 tsp powder garlic

1 tsp powder onion

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

1 apple peeled and sliced in quarters or ¼ cup of orange, apple or pineapple juice

 Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and add the pork ribs.

Add a tablespoon of Worcestershire to the water, mix and pour over the ribs

Season with the garlic, onion, thyme and oregano

Add the sliced apples to the pot

Cook on low for 8 hours, until the ribs are fork tender (cooking time can vary by crock pot, check your instructions for your slow cooker)

The sliced apple will cook down and add a sweet wonderful flavor to the ribs.