Thursday, May 31, 2012

Raye's Travel Bucket List

There are SO many places I'd love to see.  Here are a few - more to come as I learn and read!  As I travel and check destinations off my list, I'll post about them.


  • Florida
    • St. Augustine
    • Orlando
    • Tampa
    • Ft. Lauderdale
    • Key West
    • Miami
    • Tallahassee
    • Gulf Coast
  • Pennsylvania
    • Lancaster area
    • Philadelphia
  • Washington, D.C.
  •  California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Grand Canyon
  • Mackinac Island
  • Niagra Falls
  • New Orleans
  • Colorado
    • Colorado Springs
    • Denver
    • Glenwood Springs
    • Manitou Springs



  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia


  • London
  • English Countryside
  • Wales
  • Ireland
  • Scotland 
  • France
    • Paris
    • Brittany
    • Provence
  • Italy
    • Venice
    • Florence
    • Parma
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Norway


  • Sydney
  • New Zealand

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Commitment... And Everything That Goes With It

Photo Credit: Chicoine Photography & Design
Anniversaries inspire reflection for me.  I sit and reflect on the many blessings in my life and I think about how different my life would have been if I had not married M.  He is truly my perfect counterpart and I could not have asked for a better husband. 

Commitment is a common theme in books, videos and song lyrics - whether it's securing commitment, seeking commitment, or the breach of commitment - it's everywhere!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Travel Tips: Eating Well on the Road

On the road in Puerto Rico (last summer's wicked awesome vacation)
It's almost time for vacation! Hurray!  Those of you who know me understand my obsession with seeing new places.  I have a REALLY long bucket list that includes seeing hundreds of places.  It's the traveling TO the destination I'm not so crazy about.

Right now I'm getting ready to hit the road... well, flying first, then driving (more about that later).  This year, I am determined to eat well while traveling and not spend a boatload of money on airport food. I'm reminded of a Jerry Seinfeld bit I heard once about stores in airports not knowing what the rest of the world charges... but he tells it better (as I'm SURE you can imagine). :-)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Basic Oatmeal Pancakes

Saturday is usually the Hubby's day to sleep in. He enjoys lounging around until 10 a.m. or so. As a result, by the time he showers and is ready to eat something, it's usually closer to lunch-time than breakfast. Making pancakes together on Saturday mornings is something we really look forward to. We have many pancake recipe variations, but Basic Oatmeal Pancakes are the Hubby's favorite.

Confession: He's better at it than I am. In fact, he may or may not have the recipe memorized.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Food Philosophy

As I begin this blog, I've given a lot of thought to why I do what I do and the journey I've taken to get where I am, nutritionally speaking. There is SO much hype online these days about what is and isn't healthy and it gets really old sometimes! At the beginning, I felt like I would just grasp one concept and begin to apply it, then read in yet another article or yet another blog that I was doing it all wrong. I felt so discouraged! But more than anything, I want to raise a healthy family and that has given me the motivation to continue.
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