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Priorities & Slow Season Sunsets

Where Have I Been?

In the last four months, I have published a paltry four blog posts.  Sigh.

Since the flurry of Regatta season, I have been dashing from one thing to the next, with a great deal of travel as well.  I touched on some of this in an earlier blog post, and I am delighted to report that all health issues are seemingly resolved, and my family and I are in great health and spirits.

Where Am I Now?

I am also delighted to report that I am happily home on the island and enjoying… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Smothered Fish

Welcome back to Foodie Friday!  Let’s get cooking . . . Bahamian style!

Today, we feature “smothered fish.”  As with most of my cooking, this is more of an approach than a strict recipe.  Our favorite version is with fish, but you could certainly use this with chicken or even over pasta.  Also, it lends itself to endless variations.  Since I took the photos for this blog post months ago (ummm, I got a little sidetracked), this recipe has evolved even further, which I’ll note as we go along.

So, let’s get started!

We usually… Continue reading

Home Sweet Island Home

I’m home!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one.  With what?  The usual “island busy” with homemaking, freelance writing, organizing summer kids’ program, social events, etc.  Plus, more travel than usual – some for family/health, some for fun.  And all of it contributing to the 7 pounds I packed on from my inability to resist the “bad” stuff on Stateside menus!  Sigh.  Not to mention my extreme absence from this beloved blog.

But I’m home now.  And oh so happy.

Yesterday was my first full day back after two weeks gone. … Continue reading

At Long Last

Greetings, Better Lifers! At long last, I post. My sincere apologies for my extended absence.

Today, I write.

I write because I’ve missed you all.

I write to overcome the increasingly difficult hurdle of writing after an absence and not knowing where to begin.

I write to reconnect with this blog that I enjoy so much.

So, What’s Up?

Rather than bore you with a laundry list of what has been taking my attention away from you all lately, I’ll share a few highlights. More than that, however, today’s blog post is about putting words into action. Choosing the Better… Continue reading

Regatta Recap

Well, dear readers, my apologies for such a delay in posting.  I returned from Regatta and promptly took ill – too much hugging and lots of people around in that busy week, I suppose!  It’s still got its clutches in me a bit, but I’m feeling mostly fine and going about business as usual.

I’ve also delayed because I just didn’t know what or how to write about this particular race series.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .

It certainly was the epoch of incredulity!

I won’t attempt to… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Tuna and Grits

Bahamian breakfasts love to feature fish. Boil fish, for example, is probably the most popular.  Another alternative, however, especially if fresh fish is unavailable, is tuna-and-grits.

While it may not sound like the loftiest of culinary fare, it is a frequent choice and even featured on restaurant menus. It’s also become a favorite of mine. One that I actually crave.

Until this week, however, I had never actually made it. It seemed simple enough. I make tuna salad with some frequency and that’s half the battle. I suspect it was the grits that seemed more daunting. While not uniquely… Continue reading

Regatta Prep: Setting the Mast

Greetings, Better Lifers! Regatta week is upon us now!

In our last post, we saw the Captain and crew readying the sailboat and launching her into the sea.  A few weeks after that occurred, it was time to set her skyscraping mast.

Helpful Mail Boat

As you may recall, the mail boat passes through our chain of islands every week or so, bringing everything AND the kitchen sink. To onload and offload particularly large or heavy items (e.g., trucks, small boats, heavy stacked pallets, etc.), the boat uses a large onboard crane.

One afternoon a few weeks ago,… Continue reading

Regatta Prep: Launching the Sailboat!

I’m so excited for Regatta!

(Roundup of background info here for those of you who may have missed it.)

Our local community sends two A-class sailboats to the race every year, both of them national champions several times over.  The boats are already moored securely in George Town, where the Regatta will take place.  Meanwhile, however, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into some of the preparation that goes into getting these boats ready.

Boat Building and Repair

I think these traditional Bahamian sloops are so beautiful – for their clean lines and sail-filled grace, as… Continue reading

Regatta Teaser

‘Tis the season! Regatta season! National championship sailing race coming up next week!

To tide you over – or to introduce this to newer readers – here are prior Regatta posts to whet your appetite. Regatta Fever is raging here!

This post (“Regatta Primer”) introduces you to Bahamian sloop racing and my enthusiasm. This post (“Regatta Photo Tour”) links you to 59 photos from the 2012 Regatta, via the blog’s Facebook page. I’m excited just looking at the pics again! This post (“Return from Regatta & Sailing Video”) shares a brief video clip of Beau and crew in action… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Lobster Alfredo

Old Habits

Mmmmmm, alfredo.

Creamy, cheesy, gooey, deliciousness.

In my former life, I rarely cooked. I was either working long hours and completely unmotivated to spend time cooking for myself. (Quickie guacamole and a bag of tortilla chips in front of the tv doesn’t count, does it?) Or, I was joining friends at innumerable restaurants. And, when confronted with a restaurant menu, it is virtually impossible for me – even today – to select the “healthy” items. No, I am drawn to the creamy, the cheesy, the saucy, the fried, the rich.

These days, I eat very healthfully. Beau is… Continue reading

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