December 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Zuber Homestead, an Amana Getaway

If you are looking for a picturesque, quiet getaway think Zubers and think Amana Colonies. The first week in December we visited the colonies for the Prelude to Christmas event and were lucky enough to book a room at Zubers Homestead Hotel. Located in the town of Homestead, one of the seven Amana Villages, Zubers […]

Windmill House Amana Colonies

Every winter we are drawn back to the beauty of the Amana Colonies. The first weekend of December finds us celebrating Prelude to Christmas along with many others that have made this their annual or every other year holiday tradition. The streets of Amana are lined with picturesque buildings that represent one of America’s longest-lived […]

Carl Sandburg's Remembrance Rock

For years I have seen the signs for Carl Sandburg’s birth place. A Historic Site, this December when on our way to the Amana Colonies, I prevailed upon my husband to make a stop. I was amazed at how much there is to see at this site. The birthplace home itself is just a three-room […]

Sherry Stoppelbein and the Hot Shot Bakery n' Cafe - Photo  by Rose Hammitt

St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the US and right in the midst of some of the marvelous historic sites sits Sherry Stoppelbein’s Hot Shot Bakery n Café. Rose Hammitt and I made a quick tour of St. Augustine before heading home from our Jacksonville Beach Florida trip. Rose was thrilled to visit […]

Dining at ZETA in Jacksonville Beach- Photo by Rose Hammitt

Sunny the Manager at ZETA took a minute to say hey and pose with me before my friend Rose and I headed out for our next adventure. We loved the environment of ZETA’s with a band playing great music in the background called Sax in the City, we dined on white garlic pizza and tried […]


<I After having the pleasure of eating Chef Aaron’s food at both the Casa Marina Hotel and Zetas, the restaurant he runs along with Mark Vandeloo, I was thrilled to have a minute to sit down and find out how this dynamic chef holds it all together. Mark Vandeloo and Chef Aaron Webb have teamed […]

GYO Green's, Helga Tan Fellows offers up organic greens through aquaponics

What is more exciting than someone passionate about what they do? Helga Tan Fellows started up GYO Green this past July. GYO Green shares on their website how they go about growing organic greens in an enclosed sustainable system. “GyoGreens uses a sustainable farming method which combines traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals – in our […]

The Kingsley Plantation,of Fort George Island and the amazing Anna Kingsley

The Kingsley Plantation is filled with a unique perspective of plantation history. We hear about slavery and plantation life in many plantation visits, but this was the first plantation I have ever been to where a slave became a land owner and a family while not rallying against slavery, tried to encourage better treatment of […]