Winter Solstice; Find Your Sun

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December 21, 2013 marks the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere. Here, just outside of Chicago it’s gray. The sky…. and the dingy snow pushed aside by plow and shovel. Gray. There is a chill in the air as we wait for a cold front to decide if the sky will deliver freezing rain or snow, and just a few minutes more than 9 hours of daylight. (sunrise 7:16, sunset 4:25)

But since I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal, I’m happy to realize the days will start to get longer now too. Before you know it, it will be summer.

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Allspice – Take Me To The Islands

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Jorie:

I love island spices!

Originally posted on The Life of Spice:

In gathering ingredients for a recipe this morning, I grabbed the ground allspice only to find I had not even opened it yet. As I peeled the foil seal from the top of the container the concentrated release of spicy air wafted right up my nose and took me… to the the islands.

I love cooking with allspice in bakery and desserts as I am today… but most favorite and what immediately comes to mind when I smell it is jerk chicken.

(excuse me while I wipe the drool from the corner of my mouth.)

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Pucks and Palm Trees

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Pucks… and palm trees.

Today is the first day of Fall.  I woke up to a brisk 46F here in Chicagoland. (That’s just a mere 14 degrees above freezing in case you needed the math done.) So, why am I excited about it…? Because it’s just a short NINE more days until the official start of pro hockey.  Chicago Blackhawks Hockey. Woohoo!

……and how do you jump from cold, icy hockey to tropical heat and palm trees, you ask? Good times with Hockey fans. That’s how.

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The Wonder of Sea Things

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The Wonder of Sea Things

Like offerings at a palm alter, remnants of sea life that have washed ashore hug the base of each tree in a perfect decorative way. Salty and sandy and sun baked,  they were placed there by the owner of this Cayman Island rental villa to be explored and admired just as much as they are for decoration. The color and textures really captured my interest. My macro lens begged me to look closer at the intricate details. Amazing!  Take a look….  Read the rest of this entry

Grand Cayman: An Island to Love

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Grand Cayman: An Island to Love

You must get to the Cayman Islands. We easily chose to go back for our fifth visit to this great Caribbean destination for a handful of reasons. Coming up I’ll share some of our favorite things about Cayman… the beaches, the sites, the great people and more.

For now, enjoy a few images to put you in a Cayman Island state of mind. Read the rest of this entry