Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Great Responsible Travel Advisor!

Love to travel but don’t have the time or patience to sift through thousands of travel websites? My friend, Robert, is a travel consultant, writer and traveler and would love to help plan your next vacation. I used his services last year when planning a trip to Puerto Rico. He was really helpful in getting us to our destination as eco-friendly as possible and for the best value for our money. Visit his website, theTRAVELER, for details and client testimonials as well as destination information and travel tips.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thank you Gluten-Free Goddess!!!!!

I was just browsing around for new gluten free recipes and came across this amazing blog!! The blog is Gluten-Free Goddess and as you may have guessed, its all about living a gluten free life!  Karina Allrich is the wonderful woman behind this site.  Check it out if you are GF too, I promise you will love her recipes! :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all Dads out there!

For my son and I, Happy Father's Day to the best husband and father in the world!!!! Cliff is our hero and an exceptional man.

For Father's Day this year we decided to go to Lake Champlain and spend the day there!

We had such a great time!

Cliff, thank you so much for this wonderful life you have given our son and I, we love you so much!!!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gluten Free Stuffed Peppers

Cliff and I got invited to a cookout the other day and I was asked to bring a dish to pass around dinner.  As you may know, I am on a gluten free diet as I have Celiac Disease and because of this, I was nervous about preparing a dish for people who aren't gluten free.  Anyway, I stumbled upon this recipe and decided to cook it for Cliff and our son before I brought it to the cookout.  Absolutely delicious!!!! :) 

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 6 if you follow this list)

-1 lb ground beef                                   -1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
-1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice     -1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 cup water                                          -1/4 teaspoon onion powder
-6 green bell peppers                              -Salt and Pepper to taste
-2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce            -1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Prep Time= 20 minutes  Cook Time=1 hour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook 20 minutes. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned.
  3. Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.)
  4. In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning in a bowl, and pour over the stuffed peppers.
  5. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, basting with sauce every 15 minutes, until the peppers are tender.

Really easy to put together and it tastes great!  Great reviews from the cookout so I decided to share it here with you all!

Enjoy :)


Friday, May 3, 2013

Gluten-Free Pizza!

Hi all!

I just wanted to hop on here real quick and send out this recipe I tried that was a huge hit around our house!!  It is so delicious!!!

Fresh Mozzarella Brussels Sprout Pizza

A unique take on a healthy pizza! This is a must try recipe, especially if you like Brussels sprouts.Fresh Mozzarella Brussels Sprout Pizza (Gluten-Free)Ingredients:
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 large Roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 cups fresh Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 gluten-free pizza crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large skillet over medium flame, heat olive oil and garlic; cook for 2 minutes.  Add tomato, onion and Brussels sprouts.  Cook for 10-15 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are soft. 

Transfer mixture to a food processor; pulse until smooth.

Spread gluten-free crust on a flat surface; add fresh mozzarella, followed by Brussels sprouts mixture. Sprinkle with pine nuts.  Line the outside crust with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Place pizza onto a pizza stone or baking sheet; bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Top with chili powder.


-Tiff and Cliff

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rhode Island!!!

We decided to go for an early spring getaway to Rhode Island this March.  We wanted to make the most of our extended weekend there so we jam packed our days with lots of fun and interesting excursions.  Tiffany would agree with me that there’s plenty for solo travelers, couples, and families to do.  From pristine beaches to delicious seafood restaurants, you’re going to love Bristol and Providence.

From where to stay to where to dine, you’ll find this guide helpful when deciding which places to go and what types of things to do, see, and experience while in the New England state.

Bristol Offers a Peaceful Atmosphere Complete with a Seaside Symphony

Bristol is perfect for people wanting to get away from the noise of the city.  The quiet downtown area is great for walking and sightseeing and the sea-filled air makes it impossible to want to do anything but spend the day outdoors.  Nearby Colt State Park with its Narragansett Bay is symphonic.  You’ll be at peace listening to the sounds of the ocean.  Lay out a beach blanket, read a book, or take a nap.  The waves lapping at the shore will be enough to lull you into deep relaxation.  Tiff was snoring within 10 minutes :P (Hopefully she misses this comment)

Here are some additional places that you’ll want to put on your list when visiting Bristol:

•Historic Wood Street
•Bristol Harbor Inn
•Sakonnet and Greenvale Vineyards
•Aidan's Irish Pub                                                                        
•Jacky’s Galaxie & Sushi Bar

Providence Caters to a Younger, Hipper Crowd with Its Cafes, Storefronts, and University...So needless to say, Tiff and I fit right in....

Like with most college towns, Providence is abuzz with energy.  Prospective students wanting to experience the city will find the Brown University area especially attractive.  Heck, I wish I could go back to college and go there.  Get your fill of cafes, bakeries, and funky shops.  You’ll find everything you need in the way of souvenirs and good eats in this exciting Rhode Island city.

You’ll want to check these places out in Providence as well:

•Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design
•Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park
•Annie Brownell House
Waterfire Providence - Impressive and exciting! Must see!
•New Rivers
•CafĂ© Nuovo

A weekend trip to Rhode Island in the spring is ideal for people of all ages.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveler wanting to explore the beauty of New England or a family looking for a fun getaway.  You’ll find everything that makes you happy in Rhode Island.  From seaside accommodations to rich cultural experiences, Bristol and Providence are two New England cities worth visiting this year.

This was a great little getaway to start out the turn of the nice weather!

-Cliff and Tiff

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sunshine State!

As many argue that winter in Florida is the best weather in the United States, and many travelers come to experience relief from cold winters elsewhere, I would have to agree from my previous trips down and the fact that Vermont is nice and chilly these days, let me tell you!  However, travelers to Florida will need to prepare for some of the unique elements of winter in the Sunshine State. Here are a few tips for travelers to consider.

1) Prepare for All Weather

Weather in Florida tends to be unpredictable, and winter in Florida is especially difficult to project ahead of time. While temperatures rarely drop below 40 degrees in Florida even during winter, it is not uncommon for the temperature to reach into the 80s during cold months. Because of this, travelers will want to ensure that they are prepared for weather conditions that can change rapidly. Fortunately, winter weather in Florida is fairly pleasant, but travelers will want to be ready for a wide range of temperatures.  I think this advice would apply more for the January/ early February time frame as we went in late February and the weather was an average of about 80 for us and its only going up!!!  But it’s better to be safe than sorry!

2) Plan Ahead

Florida's population changes dramatically depending on the season.  In winter, Florida becomes home to many people from the Midwest and the Northeast.  Because of this, travelers to Florida want to make their reservations ahead of time just to be safe.  It should be noted, however, that Florida's infrastructure is ready for this influx of visitors and temporary residents, so travelers should not be too concerned about bad traffic and difficulty in making reservations, especially if you travel to a tourist area like Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.!

3) Spend Some Time at the Beach

While the water may be a bit too cold for swimming, you will want to spend at least a bit of time at the beach while visiting Florida. The beach can be a great place to spend an afternoon or evening, and many of Florida's best restaurants and tourist locations are located near the coast. In addition, those on the east coast of Florida may wish to explore the barrier islands, which is home to some of the most interesting locations in the state. Fortunately, all locations in Florida are relatively close to the beach so all travelers can at least make a day trip and spent some time watching the waves.

Those who have been to Florida in the winter understand its appeal, and those who have never been to the Sunshine State may wish to visit in winter. With a bit of preparation, travelers can ensure that their winter trips to Florida will be enjoyable and memorable.  Great trip to make to get some sun in the winter!
P.S. for you eco-friendly comrades out there, there is a South Florida Chapter of the USGBC. 

Get your Green on!

-Cliff and Tiff