Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Gone Girl", Book Club & Cabbage Chicken Salad

Our book club read Gone Girl for our November 2012 selection. I wrote this post last year and never got around to posting so in celebration of the Gone Girl Movie, opening this Friday October 3, 2014 I thought I would go ahead and post this.   

November 2012 book club was hosted by Rose, as always the house was festively dressed for the Thanksgiving holiday, radiating warmth. Rose usually hosts our November book club and since it usually falls after Thanksgiving Rose treats us with a Mexican feast, a nice change from all the turkey we have just consumed! 

Last year Thanksgiving fell during the last week of November so our book club was the week prior to the Turkey feasting. We were expecting Mexican and our Rose surprised us with a deliciously light and flavorful Asian Chicken Salad that delighted the taste buds!  

Kary's Broccoli Slaw with Chicken

This month was my selection, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn which we all thought was entertaining, which is not always the case. Some of our best conversations have been about books that not all of us cared for, the resulting discussions are exceptionally interesting and passionate. Several of our group read the books many months ago, so thanks to Rose and Katie for reminding of us of all the diabolical twists and turns involving Amy and Nick.  

We all agreed that this book was deliciously wicked and much of the discussion was about the author and what her background was. Some of the group believes that in order to write such a diabolical story, one would have to have experienced the situation at some level. However after reading Gillian’s short bio on her website it sounds like she has an amazing imagination, rather like Amazing Amy in her book.  

Every month we all look forward to gathering together, sharing a meal, lively conversation and most importantly the relationships that have deepened over the years. And this month the burning question for all of us was “How far you would go for revenge, and does your mind even think this way? 
Have you read the book? Are you going to see the movie? 

My book club buds; Anne, Elaine, Katie, Katy, Lynn, Rose and Rosemary, I love you ladies! See you next week at my house for book club.
Next week look for my next book club post "The Inventions of Wings" Sue Monk Kidd

 Cheers! Kary

Here’s my recipe for Broccoli Chicken Salad, similar to Asian Chicken Salad. I need to get Rose’s recipe for myself and to post.


• 1 packages of pre-shredded broccoli slaw (broccoli, carrots and red cabbage) or pre-shredded coleslaw or 1 small head of cabbage sliced

• 3 green onions diced

• 1 ½ to 2 cups of cooked chicken.

– 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces or purchase roasted chicken and dice into bite size pieces. Use left over chicken for salad, sandwiches or toss with pasta

• 1/4 cup of raw shelled sunflower seeds or sliced almonds, toasted

• 1 3 oz package of Top Ramen noodles, chicken flavor

– You can use other flavors, I just like the chicken

• Dressing:

– 1/4 cup of olive oil

– 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

– 1 teaspoon sugar or Steva

– 1 seasoning packet from the Top Ramen Noodles

Cooking Instructions:

• Rinse off the green onions, cut off the root and dice

• Rinse off the slaw in a colander and dry with a paper towel

• Cut the chicken into bite size pieces

• In a large bowl add slaw, diced green onions and chicken

• In a sauté pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil or non-stick cooking spray and toast the sunflower seeds on medium heat. Watch closely or the sunflower seeds will burn!

• In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sweetener and the Top Ramen seasoning packet

• Add the dressing to the large bowl and toss all ingredients

• Crumble the Top Ramen noodles (do not cook) and toss in the salad prior to serving for a crunchy salad

– You can refrigerate leftovers, the salad tastes great the next day even with the noodle soften from sitting over night in the salad

The salad is ready to serve at room temperature or chill.

 Do you have a favorite Cabbage/Asian Chicken Salad?
Cheers! Kary

Friday, September 26, 2014

Our Dolphin Tale 1 and 2 Adventure, Meeting Winter and Hope

 Dolphin Tail 2 opened last weekend and I couldn’t wait to revisit the wonderful world of
Winter and her friends at the Clearwater Aquarium,  where their mission is to Rescue, Rehab and Release.
I can’t believe it was over two years ago that my sissy Debbie, niece Molly and I loaded up the Mini Cooper and motored down to Clearwater, FL to meet Winter and friends.


Molly and I had been making plans for months, monitoring Winter on the Winter Cam, plotting and planning our great adventure.


Finally the day was here, early Monday morning in May 2012 we departed from my home in Charlotte NC, about a 400 mile journey, our first stop on our motoring adventure was St Augustine, FL where we spent several days at the beach home of our great friends Lynn and Paul.

We arrived just in time for an early dinner at the Beachcomber, which is one of our favorite local places to enjoy fresh seafood. Providing a casual atmosphere, nestled behind the beach dunes where you can relax on the deck, feel the ocean breeze on your face and the Atlantic Ocean is your backdrop.
Kary and Molly 2012
“St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied city in the United States and if you would to read about this delightful city I recommend that you visit Simply St. Augustine, a blog written by a local. Today I would like to focus on Winter and will write more about St. Augustine in another blog post.

 Next stop, a 250 mile drive from St. Augustine to Clearwater Florida, through a torrential rain storm,  fortunately  we arrived safely at the  Marriott Residences Inn, a two bedroom suite awaited us, which the girls loved and the location was convenient to all the attractions in Clearwater.

The next morning we were up early, really excited and ready to meet Winter!
Molly and the Boathouse 2012
The Clearwater Aquarium looks exactly as it does in the movies Dolphin Tale 1 and 2.  down to the houseboat docked right next to the Aquarium, Molly waiting for Rufus to drop in for a visit. This is truly an aquarium completely focused on Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release.

We finally arrived at Winters home (several U-Turns were involved) where Sissy Debbie and I surprised Molly girl with the Sea Life Safari where we encountered dolphins in the wild, seabirds and had a hands-on-experience on the gorgeous intra-coastal waters.  

One more surprise for Molly was the Encounter Behind The Scenes where we were able to see the tanks where the “patients” are rehabilitated, the hospital and our guide was really knowledgeable and explained how the program works.

Next stop was the Daily Presentations, and the Brighthouse Theater. Also available is the Boat and Kayak Tours and be sure to check out all Activities prior to your trip and reserve your tickets, we did and we were able to plan our day. Snacks, ice cream and beverages are available on-site or pack a cooler with Broccoli Slaw Salad with Chicken, fresh fruit and water, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches always a good choice and easy!
Winter playing 2012

Winter 2012
The absolute highlight of the day was meeting Winter, Molly had written a note for Winter and after the Animal Encounter Molly spoke with one of the trainers and showed her the note that she wrote to Winter. (We did not get the name of the trainer but I think I spotted her in the Dolphin Tale 2).

Molly showing her note to Winter
The trainer whispered to Molly for us follow her downstairs to the underwater viewing room, as Molly held her note up to the glass the trainer called Winter and Winter swam up to the glass, I swear she looked right at Molly and the note.

It was such a magical moment and there was a couple with their two children watching the entire encounter and the Father turned to us with tears in his eyes and said “this was the most amazing part of the day, Thank you for this”.

It was an incredible adventure for Molly, Debbie and I, also very educational. So make plans soon to  enjoy a day of Adventure that will warm your heart and touch your soul!

Have you met Winter or Hope yet? Have you seen Dolphin Tale 1 and 2?
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 Cheers!  Kary

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 more pictures, 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!