Month: August 2016

Cinnamon Rolls [A Sweet Start to your Day]

Ingredients: 1 1/2 all-purpose flour 1/2 cup almonds 1/4c Oats 2T Coconut Sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1pkg yeast 1/3 cup organic milk, heated 1 apple, shredded (about 1/2 cup) 1 egg 2T Butter (room temperature, good quality, unsalted and don’t use margarine!) Filling: 2T Butter, melted ¼ cup Brown Sugar mixed with 1 ½ Tbsp Cinnamon Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp Vanilla ½ tsp Orange Zest 2 Tbsp milk (more if needed) This recipe has a lot of steps but is surprisingly simple to make. NOTE: you must allow 60-90 minutes to let the dough rise. Cook’s...

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Taking to the Waters & Mud: The Healing Spa

The spa. Relaxation. Taking to the waters. Healing – mind, body and soul. No matter what your excuse is for time at the spa, most would agree they leave with feelings of rejuvenation. We feel “healed.” Whatever ails us magically melts away with each breath, each sound, and each aroma that greets you the moment you walk through the doors. Some say the healing properties are all in the mind and have very little to do with the waters or mud or other treatments provided at the spa. This may be true; however, is there anything wrong with feeling...

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Napoli Tuna Boats

These little sandwiches are perfect for a light lunch or al fresco dining. Inspired by the sea of Napoli (Naples) and the light Mediterranean sunshine, a puff pastry is used as a delicious little “boat” to hold your fish. As a shortcut, you can use any small roll; however, these puffs are light, simple to make, and they bake into a natural no-fuss shell so you can easily wow your friends with your culinary genius! Directions: For the rolls: *Preheat oven to 400°F In a saucepan, combine the water and butter. Cook on medium heat until the butter is...

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Traveling Under a Tuscan Sun [Florence]

On our way to Florence, we encountered a picturesque landscape. Tuscany is an incredible blend of vineyards, olive trees, and sunflower fields stretched out on a hilly landscape. Thanks to the arrival of foreigners – mainly wealthy Brits and Americans – abandoned barns have been brought back to life, and converted to retiree homes. In recent years, Tuscany has enjoyed great media attention also thanks to books such as Under the Tuscan Sun. As a direct consequence, property prices have shot up tremendously. Today, foreigners who cannot afford Tuscany are moving to Puglia, another fantastic and up and coming...

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