Black Water Rhythym and Blues, Elizabethtown, N.C.


A very enjoyable evening out on the town!!

Located at the Farmers Market Plaza in Elizabethtown, N.C. A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed an evening of live music, performed by Black Water Rhythym and Blues. The trombones, saxaphone, trumpet and vocalists were awesome, featuring covered music tracks.

A favorite of mine was the cover of Ed Sheerens “Thinking out Loud”, very soulful rendition and heart warming.  Those in attendance brought their own lawn chairs, making seating comfy and the venue dog s friendly, which is always a good idea.

The group will be performing other music in the park venues, including another in Elizabethtown, which makes me super excited!

13 months in Baden Wurtemburg


Whew!! 13 months here have really flown by and now it is time for the next chapter!! A review in photos of all the fun I have experienced living abroad here in Germany.

Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland


What a wonderful adventure–driving through Freiburg, Germany (where we stopped for a Cappuccino), we continued on the #5 interstate, through border control/inspection, and into Switzerland!! We were able to change countries in a matter of about 2 1/2 hours, which to my American mind, is just outstanding and so surprising.

I, with passport in tow, felt giddy to be going to Switzerland and was anticipating a stamp in my passport. Alas, it would not be possible as the border control did not have a stamp and only did visual checks. Bummer, alas that is the rule. The inspector said that passport stamps are usually only available via the airport.

I gawked as we drove thru Basel, Switzerland, which is 2 kilometers from the border, inside Switzerland. Remembering, albeit too late, that Switzerland is neutral and not part of the European Union, I did not think to convert Euros to Swiss Francs but I was in luck.

Upon arriving in Laufenburg, already having crossed the Rhine (Rhein) River, we pulled off in the Aldstadt (historic) district, which in part borders the Rhine. Opening the car door, the scents of a Swiss Spring filled the air with beauty and grace and the air smelled of sweet things verses grilled sausages (which is often an occurrence in Germany.) The Videos tell the rest of the story and how I was in multiple places at once (and we went further into Switzerland and shopped in Leistal.)

I can attest, Swiss crafted cheese and chocolate are absolutely amazing!!!

Karlsruhe Zoologisch Garten


An exciting Saturday afternoon together at the Zoo together, where even the Hippotamus eat Germain cuisine of potatoes and cabbage.

The zoo is much larger than what first meets the eye and it is beautifully laid out, including animals and venues from all continents of the world.

The Seels (also know as Sea Dogs in German) and the Hippopotamus (Known as the
“River Horse” when translated from German) were very active while the Elephants trumpeted at dinner time. A splash of a good time as the seels breached and barked in the water.

Mushroom Curried Tuna on Rice


Ingredients

1 can Tuna in oil

1 cup dry white rice

1 small head of broccoli

1 can sliced mushrooms, drained

2 cups water

1 jar of Uncle Bens creamy curry sauce

In a medium skillet, add tuna (w. Oil), mushrooms, and chopped broccoli stems, saute on low heat for 5 minutes, add jar of curry sauce, simmer on low for 10 minutes.

In a pot (or rice cooker), cook rice w. 2 cups of water.

Steam fresh broccoli florets with a pinch of salt.

Serve curry mix over rice and broccoli as a side. Serves 2 to 4

 

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People Watching on Kirche Platz


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 What an exciting and interesting afternoon-evening of people watching. So much variety and interactions galore–skipping children, a bicycle with a legit trailer, a skinned knee, an elderly man whistling down the cobble stones, a couple on a date (and enjoy Apfel Streudel) and so much more!! While enjoying the visual stimulation, my taste buds were delighted by Blood Orange infused teas and a snack on the very busy platz. What a beautiful day!!! 

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Simple Salads


Salami Salad

Tuna on Greens

Sometimes cooking and firing up the stove-oven isn’t an appealing option, tired or not.  Salads are simple, easy and convenient to make (and often inexpensive.)

 

The Salami salad:

1/2 Head Iceberg lettuce

Small jar of green olives (pit free)

2 slices of your favorite real cheese

green salad onions

2 slices of salami

Chopped everything up, mix together, and serve. Top with your favorite dressing.

Tuna on Greens Salad:

1 large bag of mixed greens

1 Roma tomato

1 can of tuna

1 small jar of green olives

Chop up the tomato, mix everything together, serve. Add favorite salad dressing. Garnish with carrot sticks.