Fruit and Flowers: My Two Favorite Things At Pike’s Place Market

Head toward the waterfront from almost any downtown Seattle street and before long, you’ll see it!  The iconic Pike’s Place Market!  This large farmer’s market is world renown, especially for it’s fish mongers who throw the latest purchase across the displays much to the crowd’s delight.  Pike’s Place Market is large and filled with everything from handcrafted soaps, fresh honey and jams to meats and cheeses, and so much more. It’s a shopper’s delight and the kitschy arcade themed vendor stalls make it even more fun to explore.  My two favorite things here were the fruit stands and flower displays!  Continue Reading


A Behind-The-Scenes Look At A Cruise Ship Galley

Have you ever put much thought into what all goes in to feeding everyone on a cruise ship for a week?  These ships are essentially floating cities and are responsible for feeding several thousand people multiple meals per day, for days on end.  As you can imagine, this is no easy feat.  Food must be purchased, stored, prepared, and served under stringent guidelines in minimal space.  We have always been curious and impressed about this aspect of cruising and were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes look at a cruise ship galley!

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The Perfect Mountain Town For A Weekend Getaway

Nestled high in the Colorado mountains and located just to the west of Rocky Mountain National Park is Estes Park.  Small mountain towns all tend to be very similar – buildings no more than three floors high, old fashion candy shops on main street, upscale dining options, and relatively expensive hotels.  I’ve visited plenty of these little spots in my life and I even lived in one for a while, and they really are all very similar in their appeal.  Continue Reading