Watching Le Tour

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This past weekend we enjoyed a ‘staycation’ here as the 2014 Tour de France began in Yorkshire, with police estimating some 2.5 million people lining the course.  This start has been heralded as one of the best openings EVER, by … Continue reading

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History of ‘Le Tour’

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In less than a week the first stage of the Tour de France will be ending in the town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom where I live.  And then will pass through again the next day during the second … Continue reading

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Portugal Perfect

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Since we’ve moved to the UK, it isn’t often that we see friends of ours from the States.  So when a mine friend told me that she and her sister were making a European stop over on their way back … Continue reading

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Jamie’s Money Saving Kebabs

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Kebabs sure are tasty, especially after a night out at the pub!  But their isn’t any fooling yourself, they aren’t very good for you.  Especially the ‘mystery-meat’ doner types.  The worst is when you walk by a kebab shop during … Continue reading

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2014 AP US History Exam Debrief

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Prior to moving to the UK I taught high school history for seven years.  Six of those year I taught AP US History, which was my favorite course when I was in high school and one of the reasons I … Continue reading

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FAILS!: Ranch Potato Crisps

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When Hubs walked through the door the other night after work, he called out that dinner smelled good.  He often enters the house this way (it’s either because I’m such a good cook… or it’s a self-preservation instinct to ensure future … Continue reading

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Lovely Lanzarote?

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Shortly after Easter, the Hubs and I headed for the beach.  We choose the island of Lanzarote; the most easterly of the Canary Islands, and the one closest to Africa.  We chose Lanzarote based on it’s historically warm temperatures for … Continue reading

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Stuffed French Toast

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I’ve made these to replace the french toast sticks I used to buy in supermarkets back in the States.  [It is also a really good way to use up stale bread!].  Since they are baked in the oven (I’m going to … Continue reading

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Golden Solden

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Last week we made our last trip of the 2013-2014 ski season to Solden, Austria.  While I was nervous about what the ski conditions would be like the last week of the official ‘winter season,’ I’m so glad we took … Continue reading

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Buena Barcelona

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Hot on the heals of my trip to Prague came my second Jet2 deal of the month to Barcelona.  This was a girls trip that I took with my friend Marianne.  For a few years now our husbands have gone … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Shepherd’s Pie

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  (And a three day late Pi Day!) I know many of you out there did your celebrating over the weekend, but here is a recipe to close out your festivities. As I thought about what to … Continue reading

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Prague Perfect

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Jet2holidays (which is already a fairly reasonably priced travel company) was running a special of £50 off per person (so basically £100 off) during early to mid February.  Never one to pass up a good deal, I booked two trips this … Continue reading

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Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Cups

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Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! Theodore Seuss Geisel was born 110 years ago today.  In honor of his birthday, and to celebrate children’s literacy, schools through out the United States will be celebrating with Read Across America when school resumes tomorrow. … Continue reading

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Tony the Tiger Bites

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I love the Olympics!  I could watch events all day.  And while that joy comes around every two years; I have to say that I’m particularly partial to the Winter Games, so that true joy really only comes every four … Continue reading

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Bavarian Ski Holiday

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Growing up in New England, it was fairly easy to find opportunities to learn how to ski.  Now, I didn’t start ski school right out of diapers, but we had Wednesday half days in elementary school; and for 4th & … Continue reading

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

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Do you know what they only thing better than chocolate is?  Warm Chocolate! (brownies fresh out of the oven, hot cocoa, hot fudge)  Are you still going to argue with me about this?  So with the approach of Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading

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Burns Night Brownies

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January 25th is Burn’s Night in Scotland, with many celebrations across the United Kingdom.  It is a night that celebrates the life and works of Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns; the mid to late-18th century Scottish poet.  Considered the national bard of … Continue reading

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FAIL!: Buffalo Chicken Flautas

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I’m starting a new section on the blog, it’s called FAILS!  It’s when a recipe that I was fairly confident would be tasty – so confident that I start the blog post before the dish is finished – turns out … Continue reading

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Life’s Still Not Filled With Gourmet Dinners

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If your a regular food blog reader (like me) it’s easy to get jealous.  Back in Virginia, when I taught full time, about once a month there would come a time (usually around 4pm – at work since 6am) when … Continue reading

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Breakfast Casserole

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Happy New Year!  I always loved celebrating the new year with a brunch.  There was a restaurant in Reston, VA that gave you a discount on New Year’s Day brunch if you came in your pajamas, but I was never … Continue reading

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Christmas in Rome

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While the month leading up to Christmas can feel like a whirlwind, time seems to slow down with Christmas’ arrival.  School is out, many adults are off work between Christmas and New Year’s; and in the UK, many local businesses … Continue reading

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Christmas Flapjack

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I bet all of you States-side were expecting a picture of pancakes!  Over here a flapjack is a very similar to a chewy granola bar.  They are commonly found under a cake stand at checkout in coffee houses or wrapped … Continue reading

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‘The Mill’ Revisited (or actually visited this time)

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A mill that was once rural countryside in Cheshire is now right next to the Manchester Airport (you literally take the airport exit to get there).  Here lies Quarry Bank Mill, which was the partial topic of one of my … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Copenhagen

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My cousin is studying in Copenhagen this fall semester, which makes her the geographically closest family we have until mid-December when her semester ends.  So as we started to make plans for Thanksgiving, we knew we had to visit her … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Pasty

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In a few days, many of you stateside will be inundated with Thanksgiving leftovers; whether you cooked the meal yourself or sent home with food from your hosts who want their fridge space back (you lucky ducks!).  I love Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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