Foodie Friday: Sugar Apple

Two Beginning Caveats

First, if I thought I didn’t need a recipe for the last Foodie Friday, I certainly don’t for this post!  I’m not even MAKING anything – merely enjoying what already exists!  That said, because it is so very Bahamian, so very Better Life, and so very edible, I decided to include this as a Foodie Friday post. 🙂

Second, my hearty enthusiasm for Sugar Apple is hugely significant when taken in context . . . While I try to eat plenty fruit (and vegetables), I am not a natural lover of such things,… Continue reading

Introducing Kitty Cat

Ladies and Gentlemen . . .

Attention, Please!

I introduce to you . . .

Drum Roll, Please!

Our newest Family Member . . .


Kitty Cat!

I never thought of myself as a cat person. Ever.

I found them aloof and disdainful. Of course, I care about all animals, but cats were not for me. Errrr, or so I thought.

Wild Cats

Our little cay is home to a number of wild cats.  Thankfully, it is not crazily over-populated as in years past.  But there are some who roam around, living in the bush, stealing from… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Switchy Lemonade

Boy, there’s nothing like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day (and it still feels like summer here!)

And the BEST kind of lemonade, is actually more of a limemade.  Bahamian style.  Made from native limes (like key limes).  Around here, it’s called “Switchy.”  I’ve also seen it written online as “Switcher” or “Switcha.”  I haven’t been able to confirm the origins of the name, although locally I’ve heard that it’s called “switchy” as in “swiss tea.”

In any event, it’s GOOD and SIMPLE and FRESH. Bahamian style.  Better Life style.… Continue reading

Morning Glory

Good morning, Better Lifers!

Earlier this morning, I sat outside on my kitchen steps with a cup of coffee and gazed in appreciation at the start of another beautiful day.

Looking west over the sea, the clouds take on a pink hue reflecting the rising sun.  A very light breeze rustles in the trees.  The night’s moon remains full and high in the morning sky.  And to crown it all . . . arching over the papaya tress, a brilliant rainbow waves good morning.

Morning sea, Rainbow over papayas, and morning moon

Have a beautiful day!

End of Summer

At Long Last

Greetings, Better Lifers!  I hope you are well and that you’ve had wonderful Springs and Summers.  Many of you have children returning to school soon (today even!), and I hope they are excited about the new beginning.  I know I am.

As summer draws to a close, so does a busy period for me.  I am very much looking forward to “slow season” and catching up with myself, which includes catching up with you all and this blog.

One of the “rules” of blogging is not to apologize for absences.  However,… Continue reading

Ready for Regatta 2014!

‘Tis the season!  Race season, that is.  Sailboat racing, to be exact.  Bahamian sloop sailboats, to be really precise.

And we are ready!

Despite how busy it’s been, nothing takes priority over Regatta!  Numerous sailing regattas take place throughout the Bahamas and around the world.  However, in our area, “Regatta” in the shorthand means only one thing:  the national championship race, the National Family Island Regatta, held every April in George Town, Exuma, Bahamas.

For newcomers to this blog, or as a refresher, click here for a Regatta Primer and pictures.  (For… Continue reading

Missed My Own Birthday!

Dearest Better Lifers, hellooooooooooo!  I know I’ve been remiss about writing for quite some time.  But, it makes for pretty significant neglect when . . .

I missed my own Blog birthday!

February 23, 2014 marked 3 years since I returned to the island, and two years since this Better Life blog was born.  And I missed it.  Yup.

Last year, I celebrated with an Anniversary Roundup, followed by a giant Thank You, a reflection on how the blog came to be, and more – all in my anniversary/birthday week.  This… Continue reading

Happy (Brrrr) New Year!

Happy New Year, Better Lifers!

I hope each and every one of you had a lovely holiday season and are kicking off your 2014 well.  Or, as well as can be expected, since many of you are in the midst of, or just emerging from, a major deep freeze.

What an arctic storm!

I confess that I frequently forget how cold it is in other parts of the world.  I further confess that when I am reminded of it, I do not miss living in it!

As I’ve watched news coverage of this winter weather event, I’ve… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Bahamian Super-Snack, Vienna Sausage!

When I first thought to do a “Foodie Friday” series – albeit not every Friday, clearly – one particular dish came to mind.  However, this is not so much a meal as it is a snack.

Vienna Sausages.

Yep, vienna sausages!  Around here, it’s usually Libby’s brand, although Hormel is also sold in the stores I visit in the USA.  Now, in my world view, vienna sausages are hardly considered a delicacy, much less something one would boast about eating.  Until I moved to the island, I don’t think I’d probably eaten one of these since… Continue reading

Brotherly Love & Island Fun

Last month, my brother, Darin, came for a visit and stayed with us for two weeks.  What a lovely time!

Darin had not been to the island for several years – far too long.  Like many of us, he let Life get in the way, and – before he knew it – years had slipped by.  But, oh how sweet to be reminded how much he loves his island home!  Because he, too, grew up knowing and loving this special place.

Of course, the first thing that struck him as he flew above the Exuma… Continue reading

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