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Best Parades in the World and Where to Find Them

I love a parade! The beat of the drum from the marching bands, the elaborately costumed performers, the colorful floats, and little kids sitting on their father’s shoulders so they can see. Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, I always wanted to see one of the big parades in New York City. […]

Best Gifts for Mixologists: Unique Home Bar Gifts

The clink of ice in a glass, the swish of booze in a cocktail shaker, do you know someone who loves those sounds? Maybe they like to sample new drinks when they go out, and then try to recreate them at home. Maybe you know someone who has wondered, “how can I become a mixologist?” […]

What is the Best Gift for Road Trippers?

My husband and I love taking and planning road trips. It gives us a great feeling to get in our car and go. Subsequently, we love riding along listening to tunes and singing. And of course, we love getting out and visiting spots along the way. With a road trip, the traveling is as much […]

Anime Dinner Recipes: 5 Meals to Make Yourself

Like most teenagers, mine is into anime and Manga. And like most teenagers, mine spends a lot of time on the Internet. While this can be bad at times, this time he found an exciting prospect, a book by Diana Ault called Cook Anime. Diana researched many foods found in favorite anime series and put […]

Downtown Mount Dora: Live, Love, Explore

Do you like the feel of a small town, meandering through tree lined streets, finding hidden antique shops or a village market? If you answer “yes” then you will love downtown Mount Dora. This is the kind of place I picture an old fashioned 4th of July parade and picnic to take place. With Donnelly […]

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Vegetarian Easy Recipes: How to create tasty meals

I like to eat healthy, and as I get older I have been trying to stay away from eating too much meat. Needless to say, this has caused me to seek out tasty vegetarian easy recipes. I don’t want anything too complicated. Sometimes I find recipes that I don’t even understand what the ingredients are. […]

Epcot Disneyworld: Discover Future World, Then and Now

Epcot Disneyworld is by far my favorite theme park. It may not be where people go when they want thrill rides like Busch Gardens. It may not be the magical place of fairytales like Magic Kingdom. However, since I first visited in 1984, this park has sparked my imagination more than any other. Back then, […]

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Ravioli Recipes: How to make various fillings and more advanced pasta recipes

I decided to write this post as a follow up to Homemade Pastas which focused mainly on pasta making techniques. In that post I used a basic cheese filling for all of the pastas. I decided to write these additional ravioli recipes for those that want a bit more variety. I also included several add […]

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Scottsdale, Arizona Bold and Beautiful

Floating high above the earth, the only sound the roar of the fire heating the balloon. The wind through your hair as your horse takes off in a gallop along a dessert trail. The conviviality of new friendships formed while brewing and tasting wine. These are some of the things to do in Scottsdale. These […]

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Autumn Cocktails: How to Amaze Your Friends

Remember the scent of cinnamon wafting in the air. Taste that apple so juicy it drips down your chin with that first bite. Remember that creaminess of pumpkin pie in your mouth. These are some of our favorite parts of fall. Are you planning a fall gathering? Whether it’s Thanksgiving, a Halloween party, or an […]