Top 15 beaches of a lifetime.

Some of you are sick of the long winter, some of you wish you could afford a beach vacation for spring break and some of us wish we lived on one of these beaches. Here is my list of must visit beaches of  a lifetime. They do not get named “Best Beach” multiple times for nothing. Some on the list may surprise you. Dream away!

(All photos from Google images )

Grace Bay Turks and Caicos

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Soneva Fushi Resort Maldives

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7 Mile Beach Cayman Islands

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Casuarina Beach Sri Lanka

Lizard Island Research Station

Tetiaroa French Polynesia

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Abaco Bahamas – Treasure Cay Beach

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Navagio Bay Greece

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Eagle Beach – Aruba

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Flamenco Beach – Puerto Rico

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Tulum Riviera Maya -Mexico

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Punta Cana -Dominican Republic

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Blue Hole – Jamaica

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Bora Bora

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OBC Cay – Belize

 

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Oahu – Hawaii

 

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Tell me which one is your favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920 Ritz Carlton Tea Room Pound Cake

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I http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/famous-ritz-carlton-hotel-1920s-tea-room.html

I Found this recipe on just a pinch .com with the above picture.I have been in search of a great pound cake recipe and i think this may finally be it. It was easy to make and very versatile when i wanted to add other ingredients to it.

Lemon Pound Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups sugar ( i think you could reduce this amount by 1/2 a cup  with no adverse consequences to the texture or taste)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature( for those of you who do not like shortening i myself used 1/2 cup butter instead)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Spray or butter and flour 3 small  loaf pans or one large Bundt pan.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.  Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.

Add dry ingredients in three additions to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low-speed just until blended after each addition. Mix in lemon juice and zest.

Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.  Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes.  Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely.

**DO NOT fill your pans to the top or the cake will overflow. Any leftover batter can be put in a buttered oven proof dish for a mini cake.

Instead of lemon i added 1/3 cup good raspberry Jam to make it raspberry pound cake

On another occasion I added  a teaspoon of Almond essence and a cup of dry fruits sifted in flour (cherries and raisins ) to make it a special rich tea fruit pound cake .the possibilities are endless. In place of Shortening i have substituted butter with no adverse results.

I was sceptical about the outcome of my version , but certainly was ecstatic with the taste and texture.My search is over. It had a lemony crispy top and was rich and light as a cloud. I got 3 loaf pans out of the recipe.

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Does blood become thinner and water become thicker?

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Do friends turn into better family?I believe that water will sometimes become thicker than blood.

I think that our chosen close friends do end up being closer than family. Family members come with history and baggage. A lifetime of living together breeds memories both good and bad, the bad being remembered for decades.Forgiveness is not easily given or received, because “oh they are family so no one needs to apologize”.We bring our childhood into adulthood most often and this is why family rivalries will last for years with no resolution.

Family does not get to know the adult you. They think they know you , but once people move away and evolve and get married and have families of their own  parents and siblings do not get to know you all over again.They assume you will stay the same child/sister/brother forever.This is living in denial. When time comes to look after aged parents, siblings have different views and coming to a harmonious decision is sometimes difficult.Holidays become a chore when you have to spend it going back home. How many people can say they go to a big family holiday and no heated argument ensued? Old stories come up, big siblings bully the little siblings and everyone at the table cannot wait to go home!

Family dynamics are too complicated and too dramatic to deal with aren’t they?

Parents will make you feel guilty, for not visiting or calling often or not being in touch or not giving enough funds.No one should make you feel guilty.Your best friends will not judge you , they will only see the good in you and be there as a sounding board and help you through your life.Your family will always have an opinion and you will get unsolicited advice all the time.

Society is such that we are much nicer to our best friends than to our siblings.With friends we are polite, forgiving, kind understanding and friends get the best of us. With friends there is no guilt, no ransom and no feeling of being indebted.

I have friends that are closer to me than some of my family members will ever be, they are in tune with who i have become and know me as i know myself in the present.If there is an argument, unlike family, it will never fester for years. It will be sorted our quickly and apologies made and easy forgiveness given and no mention of it made ever again.How easy is that?

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Take the poll and lets see how we feel.

 

 

 

 

The World of Dieting

 

 

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Did you stop to think about the many diets that exist in the world? Here are a few that  i learned more about while researching for my post. Let me know if you think of any more.

 

Edenic – Originally, historians believed that this vegan diet was followed by Adam and Eve in the Bible times

Fruitarian- Eating only fruits.

Flexitarian- Flexible way of eating , vegetables and sometimes meat.

Gluten free – No wheat products.

Halal- Followed by Muslims/Jews  around the world this diet consists of meats slain using religious traditions.

Hallelujah- Plant based food and used for weight loss.

Jain- followed mostly by people in the Indian Subcontinent.No meats, fish non violence to any living human organism.Only filtered water ( no destroying organisms in the water).No root vegetables as root vegetables when pulled up could disrupt organisms in the soil while doing so.

Kosher- Followed by Jews , based on clean and unclean animals and ways of slautering as deemed appropriate by a rabbi according to Jewish law.

Lacto Vegetarianism- Vegetarian diet that includes dairy products.

Kangatarian-Those who eat Kangaroo meat and think it an ethical choice to do so.

Macrobiotic- Grains , vegetables and no processed food.

Mediterranean-Mostly fruit, vegetables, grains , seafood, beans, healthy fats and occasional meats.

Omnivore- Anything and everything!

Paleo- Fruit, vegetable, nuts, lean meats, seafood, healthy fats.

Pescatarian- No meats , but fruit vegetables and seafood.

Paleolithic-based on foods our ancestors would have eaten in the paleolithic era.A period that lasted 2.5 million years .Mostly consist of protein,meat,non starchy vegetables,nuts. No grains ,legumes ,sugar or salt had been discovered and it was mainly hunters and gatherers finding the food.

Vegan-vegetables, no dairy,bee honey cheese, or anything produced by animals

Vegetarian –  Only vegetables and fruits