A couple weeks ago I came across a fabulous brand of candles called Arabella. The company was started by two sisters creating a niche in the organic soy candle industry. I purchased the Arabella and Sky scents. I absolutely love the Arabella scent. The scent can be smelled in the room without the candle being lit. my home features an open floor plan where my kitchen, dining, and living room are all open to each other. I can smell the candle from one corner to the next. It also has a very long burn time. I still have at least half the candle left and I have left it on hours at time over a 3-4 week period. I used it a couple times as lotion since I had it lit and felt my hands a little dry. It was great as moisturizer too. I haven't tried the Sky scent yet since I want to finish the other first, but it smells very good to and I am sure I will see similar results. The candles can be purchased online at Arabella-Candles.com.
South florida is most known for its sunny beaches and South Beach nightclub scene...but take a little drive south away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and you will find lots of really cool places to visit that are fun for the whole family. Some make great date locations.
Knauss Berry Farm
Nestled over a few acres in Homestead, FL, Knuass Berry Farm is a cool place for a day trip with the family. You can pick your own strawberries and tomatoes while they are in season. They also sell fresh baked good such as cinnamon rolls, raisin bread, and a delicious pecan pie. For refreshments they sell fresh made fruit smoothies.
Schnebly Redland's Winery
I LOVE Schnebly's, although I may be a bit biased as I held my wedding ceremony and reception here. Their coral waterfalls and tiki huts are the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. During the day visitors can enjoy picnics and wine tasting. Their wines are made from fruit instead of grapes. My favorites are the Lychee and Avovino. They also brew their own craft beers which are quite tasty. They have their regular Friday Night at the winery with a DJ and live band. Its a great time and ambiance. Both young...and not so young... dance to the tunes of the different themed performers. It was hard to pick just one picture from Schenebly's so I included a few of the grounds, and my wedding day.
Located on S Dixie Highway and SW 224 Street, this is a cool little Bahamian meets 1950 charm. Its nice to go on a breezy afternoon and walk around the little mom & pop shops, have a smoothie at the Latin Corner Bar, or lunch at on the vintage inspired restaurants. There are often raccoons running around. Streets are lined with trees providing nice shade.
The Deering Estate is a beautiful Mansion in Palmetto Bay, FL. Once owned by Charles Deering, a connoisseur and art patron. The estate is a creative studio for artists, hosting events throughout the year benefiting the arts. The also hold movie nights, picnic in the park, festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year. Visit their we site for more information and events calendar.
One of my favorite dishes at Thai restaurants is their fried ice cream. I got so excited when I found this recipe on OvertimeCook.com. Follow the instructions below and check out their site for more great recipes.
Easy Late Night Apple Crisp
As most of you may already realize...sweets are my biggest weakness. This recipe was so delicious. Thanks to Barefeet in the Kitchen for posting this great recipe.
Yield: 2 servings
2/3 cup Nature Valley Oats 'N Honey Protein Granola
1 medium gala apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a shallow 4" dish. Place the granola in the blender and pulse until fine crumbs. Place the apple slices in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the crumbs and the sugar. Toss with your hands to coat.
Pour the remaining crumbs into a small bowl. Add the butter and stir together with a fork, just until combined. Lightly press half the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared dish. Arrange the apple slices over them and then sprinkle with the rest of the buttery crumbs.
Bake for 25 minutes, until the apples are soft and bubbling and the top crust has browned. Let cool a few minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Been to a Renaissance Festival yet? A must for visitors and tourists alike! The annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach is a fun filled event with a medievil theme. Visitors can enjoy themed event days such as Swashbucklers & Sirens. Learn about history in an interactive way with their Living History Encampments featuring experts in various aspects of renaissance life, arts, and crafts.. See how our ancestors lived during the medieval period. Performers and visitors alike dress in costumes of the period. Activities include live battle reenactments, a fencing school for knights, and a village apothecary.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Pillows
These looked way too delicious to pass up. Found it on Artzy Creations, It totally delicious and not to hard to make. I added a little whipped cream topping.
I love simple recipes because I often find myself getting home later than expected and to whip something up real quick. I also hate fast food, and am big on flavor. After finding this recipe on RasaMalaysia.com its one of my favorites. Check them out for other great recipes.
Serves 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes
1 boneless & skinless chicken breast, about 10 oz., cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons oil
5 slices peeled ginger
1/4 onion, cut into small square pieces
1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon rice wine, optional
1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
3/4 teaspoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine, optional
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
Salt to taste
This is my go to recipe when I want to impress. Its is SOOOO delicious. I a partial to anything with braised short ribs. I visited a restaurant and had a similar dish, but it was very pricey. I was determined to find a recipe and make my own. Do not forgo the gremolata! Its a time consuming recipe so be sure you are free for an afternoon, but its so worth it. Thanks to The Peas are Hollow for such a delicious recipe.