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A word from the editor... Pets can add great fun to enjoying your outdoor living spaces, and I just discovered some that only need to be fed — a sweet nectar, no less. Hummingbirds. When I was in Denver, Colorado, two years ago covering a photo shoot for Archadeck Outdoor Living, one of the home exteriors we photographed had an exquisitely diverse backyard. As you entered it from the front of the house there was a long, winding faerie garden (tiny gnome villages and all) along the left approach leading to a stone grotto with a Zen-like gurgling water feature. On the right side in the rear of the yard there was a massive deck and outdoor living room, complete with a majestic fireplace, a Green Egg®, a travertine L-shaped bar, a chef’s outdoor kitchen, dining table and chairs and two outdoor sofas that faced each other. Along the left edge of this outdoor living space was an exterior header beam with suspended red and clear glass hummingbird feeders hanging from it. And the humminbirds came in droves much to my delight as I was supervising the shoot — for it was the very first time I was able to enjoy their playful beauty close up.
Recently my family moved our residence South a bit and had the rear of our new home professionally landscaped to wrap our rounded patio. In the process of doing that I noticed that many of our neighbors had hummingbird feeders, so I thought it was worth a shot to follow suit. I went to Lowe’s® and bought a double-pronged black iron Shepherd’s Hook and a colorful hanging pot of seasonal flowers — with those small, red trumpet blossoms hummingbirds are so attracted to, and a clear glass and red hummingbird feeder from Target® which was placed on the opposite hook. Today is Tuesday. We placed this new installation outdoors two days ago on Sunday — and there has been several hummingbirds drinking and fluttering about during daylight (and twilight) hours ever since. It just so happened that on Sunday afternoon two of my grandchilden were present after the installation. We all stood indoors looking out the glass patio door squealing with delight. Welcome to my world of Loving Outdoor Living. Enjoy,
Larry Spada Editor
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3 If you don't mind pricier hotel rates, arrive in the Big Apple in the early fall when average high temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s. If you book your vacation in November, you could pounce on some sweet hotel deals. But steer clear of the city around Thanksgiving, when visitors flood NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you decide to see the parade in person – and don’t want to deal with possible inclement weather – book a room at the JW Marriott Essex House New York Hotel and enjoy it with all the creature comforts .
New York Film Festival (September-October) Haunted Halloween Carnival (October) New York City Marathon (November) Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (November)
ÂŒ Times Square New Years Eve (December) Â? Westminster Kennel Club Show (February)
From Rockefeller Center's massive tree to the dressed-up windows along Fifth Avenue, there's nothing quite like Christmas in New York. The hotel prices are pretty awe-inspiring too, and by that, we mean they're skyscraper high. Skip the holidays and visit in late January or February: You'll have to endure temperatures in the 20s and 30s, but you're sure to save on a hotel. The good news is that street vendors will be selling hats, scarves and gloves all over town should you need them.
Spring ushers in warmer weather – high average temperatures range from the upper 40s in March to the upper 60s in May. This is another beautiful time in New York, but make sure to pack some rain boots and an umbrella. Showers are very common, but the cherry blossom blooms all over town make it well worth it.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (March) Easter Parade (April) Burt's Bees Earth Day (April) Ninth Avenue International Food Festival (May)
The hottest season in New York, summertime is also a hugely popular time to visit, especially among families whose kids are out of school. Hotel prices remain pretty steady, but the humidity gets increasingly heavy. Wear some cool clothes for sticky days that skim 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
JUNE - AUGUST
Belmont Stakes (June) NYC Pride March (June) Shakespeare in the Park (June) Metropolitan Opera in the Parks (June–July) July Fourth (July) New York International Fringe Festival (August) 11
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BROADWAY Broadway theater attendance is at an all-time high, primarily due to spectacular shows and riveting performances. If you’re looking for entertaining family fare, here are our picks. And if you don’t purchase tickets in advance, try the discounted ticket booth at Time Square – TKTS.
The Lion King
Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, THE LION KING has become the most successful musical in history. It currently plays 8 times a week at the Minskoff Theatre, in the heart of Times Square. Filled with imaginative larger-than-life puppetry costumes, the production is breathtaking.
Heralded as the “Best of the Year” and “The Surprise Hit of the Season,” enjoy the wonders that pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention, as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.”
A refreshingly, unique tale inspired by The Wizard of Oz. The story centers on Elphaba, the misunderstood, smart, and fiery girl of emerald-green skin who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the beautiful, blonde, popular girl who grows up to become Glinda the Good Witch of the South.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. 13
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Free-thinking commercial architects can only spend so many hours holed up inside an office, diligently piloting their CAD software, meeting with clients and consulting with engineers. At some point, more than likely in mid-life, perhaps on a construction site, the call of the wild can become too loud to ignore any more. Unless their spouses rein them in, architects have been known to suddenly eschew the confines of indoor environments and fall prey to the lure of the great outdoors. Thatâ€™s exactly what happened to Al Cappello â€“ and his spouse Donna became his biggest life-change instigator. Al had always loved outdoor living aboard a bicycle, and the couple was more than ready to reinvent themselves professionally. rists, or adventu o td u o e m ing ec o it take to b r biking, hik What would eir shared passion fo ture? e th ven and combin with a new business g and campin
At some point, an intriguing idea literally flew in their heads. A young man was dating Al and Donna’s daughter but was not married to her, earning him the family nickname of sin-in-law instead of son-in-law. The boyfriend piloted his own plane when the young couple visited her parents. They landed at a private airport three miles from Al and Donna’s house, but 30 miles away from their business. For the Cappellos, a visit from the kids could mean a 60-mile trip from work to the airport to the house and back to work. But what if they could store folding bikes in the plane and simply ride them to the house and make themselves at home? Al first bought two folding bikes on Craig’s List, got hooked, kept buying better ones, and ended up with a collection of more than a dozen folding bikes in the garage. Donna said something had to give.
Donna, Al and Rosie Capello
THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME Parting with all those bikes was easier said than done. Al had been obsessed with bicycles since he was a boy growing up in Buffalo. Having a bike for transportation afforded the freedom to ride along the Niagara River in search of outdoor adventures and to the city dump to search of overlooked treasures. He never outgrew the passion, and by 1987, he and his colleague Jeff Looker were both commuting about 12 miles to work at the architectural firm they founded together. As the stress of long and intense days as an architect mounted, Al relaxed by surfing the web to find old bikes to restore. When Donna insisted that Al sell a few of the bicycles in his garage collection at an annual bike fair in Tucson, he quickly sold seven of them in two hours. Rumor has it that Jeff was the one who suggested that they open a shop to sell folding and small wheel bikes and turn passion into profit. The avid bike pedal-ers soon became bike peddlers. 16
The Cappellos’ Tempe, Ariz. store, PortaPedal Bike, now specializes in bicycles designed for commuters and savvy travelers who want a comfortable ride that can also collapse to fit in a plane or car, on a train or bus, or even under your desk at work. PortaPedal carries a half dozen different brands and styles, with 16-inch wheels, low frames with high seats and sturdy handlebars. For ease of transport, they only weight about 25 pounds. They even have a series of speeds and gear choices.
PRESTO CHANGE-O When arriving at a desired destination, a rider just jumps off the bike, releases a bolt to flip the front wheel to the back and collapse the seat and handlebars. The bike becomes a small rectangle, unrecognizable as a mode of transportation. If you don’t have your own private plane, you can stick yours in a satchel and carry it through airport security and stow it in the plane’s overhead compartment. PortaPedal Bike’s customers are over the moon about all the ways in which the bikes enhance their travels. The Cappellos enjoy all the stories and photos of people and their bikes in beautiful places like Hawaii and Thailand.
In addition to an intense passion about their products, Al and Donna attribute their success to taking time, as architects do, to carefully designing the shop and website so it is always logical, sequential and clear. But, truth be told, as Al says, “You don’t have to sell small wheel bikes, all you have to do is demonstrate and explain them. People can immediately experience firsthand that exercise, adventure and outdoor living are always better when you’re on an awesome bike that can go anywhere you do.”
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Puerto Rico There’s no need for a passport to visit Puerto Rico, but you’ll be able to enjoy a tropical, exotic island just the same. From a beach that glows in the dark, the pink sands of Isla Verde, outstanding diving and snorkeling to delicious cuisine, salsa dancing the night away and waking up with incredible Puerto Rican coffee, there are many reasons to travel here. You’ll also find lots of small independent hotels that are very budget friendly, like the Villa Montana Beach Resort, a full-service hideaway on the sea, located just a few miles from the airport with rates that start as low as $130 midweek. The Copamarina Beach Resort in Guanica is an oceanfront resort stretching across 20 acres of lush tropical gardens offering seclusion and upscale amenities starting at under $150 per night. 18
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bados is more affordable than ever, thanks to JetBlue’s e from Boston. Flights are under $400 roundtrip after the from the east coast, and reasonable resort rates can be ng Bouganvillea Beach Resort, a Mediterranean-style uth coast. All rooms have either a kitchen or kitchenette, o save on meals, or guests can dine at one of two eateries It also boasts a fitness center, spa, kids’ club and water e winter months do attract more visitors, the island is rarely
The Bahamas are not only just a hop, skip and a jump from Florida, but hotels here start at around $100 a night. Considering the flights run as little as $300 roundtrip from the east coast and about $500 from the west, it’s easy to put together a fairly affordable trip to the islands and their wonderfully warm surrounding waters where you can indulge in fun activities like swimming, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and a myriad of other water sports. Chez Pierre on Long Island features doubles starting at $130 a night with its six bungalows that are spread across a wide crescent beach, each with a screened porch that overlooks the water. Bikes, a catamaran and kayaks are all available and no charge.
Panama Few people put Panama on their list of places to travel during the winter, but it not only offers an ideal destination for warm weather and sunshine but accommodations that run only around $40 a night. It will cost you a bit more to get there due to the lesser demand, but unlike high-traffic destinations such as Cancun, once you get there it’s not only a lot more economical, it’s less likely to be overrun with tourists. Bocas del Toro, situated on the northwestern Caribbean coast, is an archipelago of nine tropical islands where you’ll find some of the best scuba diving and surf breaks in the country. The orange-tiled roofs and Spanish colonial architecture of old town Panama City offer a striking contrast to the skyscraper skyline across the bay, and in Casco Viejo, after dark music pours onto the street from every alley and corner. By day, you’ll find this area ideal for sipping coffee at Plaza Bolivar, browsing the markets and watching the sun set from just above Plaza Francia. 19
Catalina Island, California If you want to go snorkeling or diving without flying all the way to the Caribbean or another tropical locale, Catalina Island is a great option for a more affordable vacation. Located about 20 miles off the Southern California coast, you can enjoy swimming through the clear waters that are filled with a diverse array of marine life. Lover’s Cove has been ranked among the top ten best spots in the world for snorkeling with sea stars, octopi, Garibaldi fish, eels and anemones just a few of the creatures you’re likely to encounter. The Hermosa Hotel makes an ideal place to base your stay with incredibly reasonable rates during the winter months.
Montego Bay While much of the Caribbean is expensive in the winter, Montego Bay in Jamaica is one of the few reasonably priced places to visit during high season, from about mid-January through early April. While the flight will set you back about $500, accommodations can be as low as $30 a night. You’ll also find several high quality all-inclusive options that offer a very good value. The Iberostar Rose Hall Beach is an upbeat, all-you-can-drink mega resort that crushes its competition with better food, liquor, service and activities (including free scuba tours), for less. No matter where you stay in Montego Bay, in addition to relaxing on the sand, you’ll find plenty of water sports and other activities to keep you busy.
Mexico has long been known as an a escaping the chill of winter, and in Tu or as little, to do as you like. This seas Yucatan peninsula is famous for its pi beaches with giant sea turtles that ro as being the site of pre-Columbian M temples and castillos dating back to t centuries. Admission to the cliff-huggi $5. While some of the area’s most fa $500 a night, there are plenty of mo too, including Freedom Paradise, a b a secluded stretch of white sandy bea the sand and the sea and start as low night in an all-inclusive plan that inclu domestic beverages, theme shows, a
The Florida Keys A string of tropical islands connected by US Highway 1 that stretch about 120 miles off the stateâ€™s southern tip, offer a variety of affordable winter vacation destination options. Key West is popular with partiers as well as those who love beautiful beaches and sunsets, art galleries and water sports. Parrot Key Hotel & Resort offers a great value in a recently revamped destination resort that feels like an oldfashioned beach community, complete with picket fences and porches, but if resorts and hotels in Key West are a bit too pricey for your tastes, consider staying on one of the Keys farther north like Marathon or Islamorada, which tend to be cheaper. Lime Tree Bay Resort is known as one of the best affordably-priced resorts in the Keys.
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Seville, Spain Costa del Sol, Seville and Barcelona all make fantastic winter destinations since the weather is quite a bit warmer than most of the rest of Europe. The more favorable exchange rates this winter make it even more affordable too. Costa del Sol in the winter enjoys average temperatures in the lower 70s. At popular resorts like Marbella, you can enjoy soaking up the sunshine on one of 24 beautiful beaches, sipping cocktails in the elegant marina and indulging in retail therapy in the trendy boutiques. In Barcelona, take a stroll around the dramatic Gothic quarter and visit the magnificent cathedral, or walk down Las Ramblas, the cityâ€™s main strip to watch street performers, dine on numerous tapas eateries and check out La Boqueria, one of the best markets in Europe. 21
Cartagena, Colombia January is when Colombia, home to sandy beaches, vast rainforests, beautiful snowcapped mountains, fantastic coffee and charming colonial cities, gets its very best weather with average high temperatures at 85 degrees, and average lows of 75. It’s sunny and warm but not too hot, and, it’s far cheaper than any other spot in the Caribbean. If you’re concerned about Colombia being a risky country to visit, that’s no longer the case – in fact, you’re more likely to be eaten by a shark in Australia than to be kidnapped in Bogota, Colombia’s capital city. Cartagena, a city on the northern coast facing the Caribbean, features impressive mangroves, powdery beaches and brilliant coral reefs along with a historic old town surrounded by the city wall.
Boracay, Philippines If you’re looking for affordable prices, the sun without the crowds and access to all sorts of amenities, you might be surprised to find that Boracay Island in the Philippines offers all of that and more. While it’s no longer considered a hidden gem, this small island with gorgeous sugar white beaches still doesn't draw massive crowds. By going after the holidays, from mid-January through the end of February, even the busiest beach on the island is likely to have only some scattered sunbathers and swimmers. You can also enjoy horse riding on the sand, diving, snorkeling, cliff diving and parasailing, or join an exploration trip to a remote cove with a turquoise water-filled lagoon. While there are no super cheap places to stay, mid-range Baracay hotels (some as low as $70 a night), tend to offer a great value with nearly all accommodations located just steps away from the beach. Plus, things like food, drinks, excursions and massages tend to be very reasonably priced. 22
Chiang Mai, Thailand While the touristy beach areas in the southern region of Thailand like Krabi and Phuket are pricey, by heading north on the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, you’ll not only enjoy a more authentic experience, but cheap accommodations as well as the chance to enjoy the area’s magnificent mountains, vibrant hill tribes and a more relaxed vibe. In fact, Chiang Mai may be the best winter travel value around. The weather is ideal, with warm sunny days and mild nights, while rustic but clean, comfortable and private rooms can be had for under $10 a night. This historic former capital is also home to many temples, and you can enjoy cheap multi-trips to nearby forests and other temples too.
Venice, Italy As temperatures in Venice during the winter aren’t exactly warm, that means that by bundling up you can enjoy this romantic city without the crowds. In fact, locals say that it’s actually even prettier with a dusting of snow. Plus, as this is the low season, airfare and hotel rates are the lowest they’ll be all year. If you’re looking for more excitement, plan to arrive between January 23 and February 9, when the Carnevale di Venezia festival, one of the most famous carnivals in Europe, takes place. Going out of season also means you’ll benefit from shorter lines while having a better opportunity to experience the “authentic” Venice that most high season visitors miss. The thick mist that often settles atop the canals also makes for especially beautiful, atmospheric photos, though you may not be able to get that perfect view from the top of St. Mark’s Basilica. You can still enjoy the gondolas – they run year-round and when it’s chilly out the gondoliers will provide you with blankets. 23
Where do they sleep? By Barbara Ann Dewitt
Hummingbirds are cold-blooded, so they sleep at night when the temperatures drop. They need that warm weather to get their blood rushing and their wings beating. And many of the flowers that they feed on are open during the daytime. When the sun drops, they find a tree or hang onto a branch and they go into a torpor (their state of lethargy and rest), where their temperature drops, and they conserve their energy just before the sun goes down. The hummingbirds then enjoy a feeding frenzy to store up enough nutrition in themselves to make it through the night in the cold temperatures.
And sometimes you’ll find hummingbirds on a branch that are upside down and they're hanging on, having loosened their grip a little bit while still in their torpor waiting for the temperatures to rise in the morning to get their blood rushing, their wings beating, for the sun to come out and the flowers to open. As this happens, they start feeding again. Hummingbirds have two major feeding times — one is in the morning, and then they rest — and then in the afternoon when the temperatures level off, they will feed again, before perching and sleeping. Occasionally people find hummingbirds hanging from a tree still gripping the branch thinking they may be dead or too cold, and they’ll bring them into their home to revive them. But again, this is when they are in their torpor state. Then in the morning, when the weather gets warmer, they’ll start flapping their wings ready to take on the new day and start feeding again.
Barbara Ann Dewitt is a national wildlife steward and master gardener who has specialized in butterflies and birds since 1979. She travels the world lecturing on these beautiful creatures. Dewitt is co-chair of a committee for The Broward County Audubon Society, which fosters conservation through local, regional, national and global environmental advocacy and activities throughout South Florida. She is also the vice president of the Broward County Butterfly Chapter, who coordinates the butterfly counts for the county.
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• For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together vinegar, sour cream, sugar, parsley, salt, garlic, and dry mustard until combined. Whisk in the olive oil; set dressing aside.
tablespoons red wine vinegar cup sour cream tablespoons sugar teaspoons snipped fresh parsley teaspoon salt cloves garlic, minced teaspoon dry mustard teaspoon olive oil 5 ounce package fresh baby spinach (5 cups) 10 inches flour tortillas slices mozzarella cheese, torn in half ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced slices bacon, crisp cooked and drained cup thinly sliced red onion hard-cooked eggs, sliced
• Divide spinach among flour tortillas. Top with cheese, mushrooms, bacon, red onion, and sliced eggs. Drizzle with dressing. • Roll up tortillas. If necessary, secure with toothpicks. If desired, wrap in waxed paper and cut in half to serve.
Chili-Orange Short Ribs
4 - 5 pounds beef short ribs 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 medium leeks, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths 6 cloves garlic, sliced 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1 star anise, broken 1 dried chile de arbol pepper 1/2 cup dry sherry or beef broth 4 2-inch strips orange peel 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Clementines or tangerines, peeled and sectioned
• Place ribs on a broiler pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 10 minutes or until browned. • Place leeks in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Place ribs on leeks. Add garlic, ginger, star anise, and dried chile pepper. In a medium bowl combine sherry, orange peel, orange juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Pour over ribs in cooker. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 11 to 12 hours or on highheat setting for 5-1/2 to 6 hours. • Using a slotted spoon or sieve, transfer ribs to platter; cover to keep warm. Strain cooking liquid; discard solids. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Sprinkle ribs with cilantro. Serve cooking liquid with ribs for dipping. Serve ribs with clementines.
Corn and Zucchini Pan Soufflé Ingredients 5 eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sliced green onions 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2/3 cup milk 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces) Dash cayenne pepper Dash ground nutmeg 2 cups fresh corn kernels 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese 1 recipe Tomato Relish ¼ 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)
Directions • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart shallow round (10-inch diameter) with butter; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat whites and 1/2 teaspoon salt until stiff peaks form; set aside. • Place yolks in bowl; beat lightly. Set aside. In medium saucepan cook and stir onions in butter 1 minute. Stir in flour. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir about half the mixture into yolks. Return all to saucepan. Stir in cheddar, cayenne, and nutmeg until cheese melts. Remove from heat. • Add about 1/2 cup of the egg whites to the sauce to lighten. Gently fold white-sauce mixture into remaining whites. Fold in corn and zucchini. Spoon into dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake uncovered, 22 to 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with Tomato Relish and, if desired, Parmesan shavings. 31
Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds beef flank steak 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt or salt 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 recipe Green Chile Pesto, recipe at right »
Directions • Score both sides of steak by making diagonal cuts in a diamond pattern. In small bowl combine chili powder, salt, espresso powder, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper. Sprinkle over steak; rub in. • Coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot; add steak. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 12 to 14 minutes for medium-rare (145 degrees F) or 14 to 16 minutes for medium (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through. Transfer to cutting board. Cover loosely with foil; keep warm while preparing Green Chile Pesto.
Green Chile Pesto Ingredients 2 medium Anaheim or poblano chile peppers 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (1 ounce) 2 tablespoons pine nuts 2 cloves garlic 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Salt Ground black pepper 1/3 cup olive oil
Directions • Cut Anaheim peppers in half lengthwise; remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Coarsely chop peppers. In a food processor combine chopped peppers, cilantro, cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Cover and process until mixture is finely chopped. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. With processor running, add oil in a steady stream through feed tube to form a coarse paste.
• To serve, thinly slice steak against grain. Pass Green Chile Pesto. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Makes 8 servings. 32
Fettuccine Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Veggies
Ingredients 8 ounces dried fettuccine 1/2 cup dried tomatoes (not oil-packed), chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 ounces fresh asparagus spears, trimmed 4 ounces fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets 8 fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
Directions • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding dried tomatoes the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and return to saucepan; keep warm. • Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and mushrooms. Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables from skillet; set aside. • In same skillet melt remaining butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Gently stir in pasta and vegetables. Stir in additional milk to reach desired consistency. Sprinkle with lemon peel and additional shredded Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 (1-1/2 cup) servings.
Lemon Butter Ingredients 3 tablespoons softened butter 3 tablespoons minced lemongrass 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt Pepper Crushed red pepper
Directions In bowl combine softened butter; minced lemongrass; cilantro; lemon juice; and salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.
Lemon Butter Flank Steak Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds beef flank steak 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 recipe Lemon Butter (follows) 4 cups shredded Napa cabbage 1 cup fresh bean sprouts 2 green onions, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces
• Place steak in a shallow dish. Add cilantro, half of the olive oil, the lemon peel and juice, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and the red pepper. Turn steak to coat. Cover; chill 30 minutes to 1-1/2 hours. • Meanwhile, prepare Lemon Butter; set aside. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet heat remaining oil over medium heat. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Cook steak 15 minutes or to desired doneness, turning once. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. • Add vegetables to skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve steak with vegetables and Lemon Butter. Makes 4 servings. LovingOutdoorLiving.com
32 3/4-inch-thick slices rustic baguette-style sourdough bread (16 oz.) 6 tablespoons olive oil Salt and ground black pepper 1 cup Lindsay Pimientao-Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives, sliced 1/2 cup Lindsay Greek Kalamata Pitted Olives, chopped 1/2 cup dried tart cherries, snipped 1/4 cup bottled whole hot cherry peppers, seeded and chopped 1 large shallot, quartered and thinly sliced 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 6 ounces goat cheese (chevre) 2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 32 pieces 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Directions • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place baguette slices on a very large baking sheet. Brush slices with 4 tablespoons of the oil, then season lightly with salt and black pepper. Toast bread on middle rack of oven about 5 minutes, until crisp and light brown, turning once. Remove from oven; set aside. • For olive-cherry tapenade, in a medium bowl stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, olives, cherries, peppers, shallot, basil, lime peel, and lime juice. • Spread goat cheese on toast slices. Top with prosciutto and olive-cherry tapenade; sprinkle with snipped chives.
Pan-Seared Shrimp Salad with Mango-Lime Dressing
24 medium fresh or frozen shrimp 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon Old Bay® seasoning 1 tablespoon bottled cocktail sauce 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 medium mango, halved, seeded, peeled, and cut up 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds 1 8 ounce package Fresh Express 5 Lettuce Mix or Lettuce Trio 1 cup pecan halves and/or chopped pecans, toasted 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
• Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Place a large resealable plastic bag in a shallow dish. For marinade, combine olive oil, lemon juice, Old Bay® seasoning, cocktail sauce, and garlic powder in plastic bag, then add shrimp. Seal; turn bag to coat shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. • For dressing, in a blender or food processor combine mango, honey, water, lime juice, vinegar, and poppy seeds. Cover; blend or process until smooth. Divide greens among 4 serving plates. Top with pecans and onion rings. • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer shrimp and marinade to skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Spoon shrimp over greens. Drizzle with dressing.
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Landmann Ball of Fire Outdoor Fireplace At the time of publication, this little ball of fire (forgive the pun) has 312 reviews with four and a half stars. This Landmann Fire Pit showcases an unparalleled 360-degree unobstructed view of your fire lighting up your patio with a mystical ball of fire that appears to float in midair at night. Fire pit features all steel construction, pivoting full dome steel spark screen, extra-large handle, and a large, 30-inch firebowl. Sold by VMInnovations.com and retailing at $229.99, we found it on Google Express for $165.99.
The Original Pet Gazebo What canine friends wouldnâ€™t go bonkers with their very own outdoor oasis? Give your pet a safe and secure outdoor area of his own with the Advantek Pet Gazebo Outdoor Kennel. It has a low-profile design that will help protect your pet from the wind, sun and rain. It is equipped with a latching drop-down window that allows for easy access and feeding. It features durable, heavy-duty steel construction and comes with a reversible weather-resistant cover. It is also is highly portable, making it ideal for camping trips, vacations and more. Although designed for dogs, it can also be used for a wide variety of other pets. Online retails ranges from $149.05 to $179.35, but savvy shoppers can find it at Walmart for $129.00.
Florence 6 Piece Outdoor Wicker Patio Furniture Set Whatever your outdoor entertaining mood, youâ€™re sure to find a fit with this luxurious seating arrangement that comes in nine fabric colors. Manufactured by TKClassics, the Florence Collection creates a warm, inviting and durable seating area that compliments its surroundings with subtle grey and natural hues. With a combination of both flat and rounded polyethylene wicker there's a creation of a visible texture like no other. Its sturdy lightweight aluminum frames are hidden from view in order to allow the focus to be the striking wicker design. The modular design of the furniture enables you to quickly arrange and rearrange pieces to tailor it to any space you desire. Originally priced at $5,061.43, it is now available on Houzz for $3,441.78.
Yard Force Electric Leaf Mulcher
SunCalc the Sunlight Calculator You can now be a more accurate judge of how intense the sun's heat is at various times of the day by using the Luster Leaf SunCalc Sunlight Meter. This innovative device takes the practice of gardening to a higher level. This practical sunlight measuring tool can be especially helpful at the start of the growing season, but you can monitor it all season long. As it measures the amount of accumulated sunlight in a specific garden location, gardeners can accurately and easily measure the amount of sunlight in a specific growing location. The SunCalc calculator light meter makes it easy to put your plants where they want to be, designed to measure the amount of solar energy available during the growing season. Now at The Home Depot for $18.94.
If you love the change of seasons that autumn brings, but hate the cleanup, check out this powerful AC electric 13 Amp, 8000 RPM motor with adjustable settings for dry and wet leaves. You can shred 12 bags of leaves down to 1, reduce the number of bags you have to haul to the curb or recycling center saving you time, energy, and money. A no-tools quick-change line replacement gets the job done faster, using standard .095-in trimmer line. Now at Loweâ€™s for $119.98.
Smokenator Move over Arnold, the Smokenator is here. Now it’s easy to convert your kettle grill into a smoker with this innovative grill accessory. Rounded design tucks in along the kettle contours holding enough fuel for six hours of cooking. Water pan provides humidity, so foods don't dry out. It measures 20 inches wide by 6 inches deep by 6 inches high, is crafted of stainless steel and made if the USA. Now at Crate & Barrel for $69.95.
We want this. Now. This modern hanging chaise lounge chair is the most perfect tool for you to rest and relax in your garden, patio or yard. Its unique design with heavy-duty powdercoated metal frame, thick foam-filled polyester cushion and removable canopy umbrella provides you extreme leisure experience in comfort. Moreover, its modern and innovative appearance makes it a great addition to your outside living space. It's comfortable, beautiful, high quality with the best price. Now online at Houzz for $284.99 with free shipping.
Hanging Arc Stand Porch Swing Hammock Chair with Canopy
SunBriteTV 43" Veranda Outdoor 4K Ultra HD TV The Veranda Series of weatherproof televisions provide superior performance and durability over indoor televisions used in outdoor settings. Available in three screen sizes (43”, 55” and 65”), Veranda comes standard with a premium direct-lit 4K UHD screen. They are specially engineered for shaded outdoor areas, such as a covered, screened patio, garage, covered deck or porch. Up to 30% brighter than an indoor television - and rated CSA-safe for outdoor use - the Veranda Series is designed to withstand outside elements, temperatures (operational from 24 degrees F to 105 degrees F), humidity, rain and insects, while providing a top-quality viewing experience for your family and guests. Available online only, now through Abt.com for $1,499. 40
Solar Powered Bluetooth Patio Table Who knew patio furniture could be so smart? The Solar Powered Bluetooth Patio Table is an outdoor speaker, patio light and tabletop in one! At home on the deck or by the pool, this attractive table brings 12 watts of sound to the party, streaming straight from your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device. When the sun goes down, it provides a soft, warm glow for ambiance and personal safety. Best of all it never needs batteries, so you can place it anywhere. Compatible with all iPhones, iPads, Samsung Galaxies and all other Android devices. Item # 205920, now at The Sharper Image for $299.99.
WORX Landroid M Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower
OMG. Have we become this lazy? Apparently, the answer is â€œYes.â€? The Landroid Lawn Mower is completely pre-programmed and ready to get to work after a quick setup. It uses an advanced intelligence algorithm to be extremely responsive while it operates across your lawn, and can handle many different grass types, heights, inclines, and thickness. After mowing, it rolls back to its charging pod, when it rains or is on low battery. It measures 22 inches deep by 15 inches wide by 9.5 inches high. Now on Google Express for $999.99.
9 Foot Deluxe Market Solar Powered LED Lighted Patio Umbrella This deluxe solar LED patio umbrella measures 9 ft. tall and provides plenty of shade on hot summer days. The canvas is 180G polyester so will stand up to the elements. It features easy crank operation with a tilt option, and a square solar panel at the top provides a glowing light that lasts 9-hours to 12-hours (No electricity needed). Manufactured with superior quality by Trademark Innovations. Nine colors to choose from, now at The Home Depot, for $79.99.
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While the face of retail continues to evolve with Internet shopping becoming an integral part of everyday life, enter LuLaRoe. This innovative clothier based in Corona, California, was founded by the husband and wife team of Deanne Brady and her husband Mark Stidham seven years ago.
A Whole New World of Simply Comfortable Clothing... Inside or Out.
Initially focusing on maxi skirts, LuLaRoe added other skirts and dresses in 2014, as it began designing its own custom fabrics. The company’s main products are now brightly-patterned leggings, shirts, skirts and dresses. What’s especially interesting is LuLaRoe releases 5,000 copies of any given pattern, and once a product has sold out it is generally not reissued — hence part of the exclusive appeal to this affordably priced collection of women’s clothing in virtually any size. Worth noting is the relaxed comfort of the clothing and flattering styles for every shape and size. Women’s’ fashions are up to 3XL. Fashions for children are 2T through Kids 14. And recently, a line of easy to wear men’s shirts have been introduced. LuLaRoe also offers exquisite Holiday, fun Seasonal Clothing and their annual Elegant Collection featuring shimmery fabrics, laces, velvets and glittery textures.
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Most Amazing Spa and Wellness Resorts in the U.S. Vacations come in all shapes and sizes – some fast-paced and others a little slower. If you always feel like you need a vacation when you get back from vacation, perhaps a spa and wellness resort is exactly what you need. These types of resorts cater to a range of budgets and offer spa packages, soothing treatments, allinclusive accommodations, classes, lectures, fitness facilities, and meals. Since there are so many luxurious health and fitness retreats scattered across the U.S., you probably don’t even need to travel far to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. These are some of the best spa and wellness resorts in the U.S. to escape the stresses of daily life and experience pure relaxation in a beautiful setting. by Alyssa Ochs
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1 La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta, California
You can find rare and decadent spa treatments at La Quinta Resort & Club in California, including body wraps with wine grapes, and massages with sacred stones. During your stay, you can play a game of golf or tennis, and check out one of the many swimming pools on site. There’s even a pet spa here, as well as a junior spa for families with kids. Take your pick between resort casitas, starlight casitas, executive suites, and hideaway suites.
Peaks Resort & Spa – Telluride, Colorado Tucked into the majestic Rocky Mountains, Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride offers plenty of relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty. Here you can hike, bike, fish, ski, golf, rock climb, and explore to your heart’s content. Then head back to the resort to take advantage of the amenities at this massive 42,000-square-foot spa, with a full-service salon, a multi-level fitness center, indoor water slide, tennis courts, and ski-in/ski-out privileges. This resort is dog-friendly and kid-friendly, so it’s a great destination for the whole family.
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– Fisher Island, Florida If you’re planning a trip to visit Miami’s South Beach, then Spa Internazionale at Fisher Island is one of the most beautiful and relaxing resorts you can find in the area. Take a seven-minute ferry ride across Biscayne Bay to reach this secluded island resort. Plenty of celebrities and political figures have frequented this resort over the years, and you very well could bump into someone famous during your morning jog. You can stay in a historic cottage, courtyard villa, or guest house suite during your visit. The most popular spa treatments here are massages, exfoliating body treatments, and facials. 49
Red Mountain Spa – St. George, Utah
Visit the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah if you’re a nature lover looking to get in shape and rejuvenate your mind. There are lots of outdoor destinations in the area of the spa. Make sure to check out Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Snow Canyon State Park while you’re in the area. You can indulge in some of the many treatment offerings and enjoy healthy, wholesome meals during you stay. This is also a petfriendly resort, so you won’t even have to leave your favorite four-legged friend at home.
Canyon Ranch Health Resort – Tucson Arizona Located in the desert of Tucson, Arizona, Canyon Ranch Health Resort is a long-time favorite retreat for celebrities and business executives. This resort is best known for its “life enhancement” and weight loss programs. You can join a wide variety of fitness classes, and attend wellbeing lectures. Canyon Ranch is also a great place to get in touch with nature through its primitive outdoor skills program that teaches survival techniques and wilderness strategies.
6 The Mayflower Grace – Washington, Connecticut
The Mayflower Grace is one of the most prestigious destination resorts in New England. Washington, Connecticut is a truly idyllic Northeastern town, and the resort is situated on 58 acres of beautiful natural landscape. There are just 30 rooms in this luxury hotel, as well as classic dining with seasonal menus at the elegant onsite restaurant, The Mayflower Dining Room, and custom-tailored spa treatments. Whether you’re looking to refresh your mind, soothe your skin, get into shape, or kick start your diet, America’s spas have a lot to offer. Although many of the available treatments are similar, the beautiful settings and natural landscapes couldn’t be more different. Isn’t it time you treated yourself to a little luxury? 51
â€“ White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia West Virginia might not be the first place you think of for a luxurious spa retreat, but the Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs is a truly beautiful place to stay and be pampered. You can play a game of golf, try your luck at the casino, indulge at the five-star mineral spa, and take advantage of a wide range of activities. Indoor activities include bunker tours, laser tag, shopping, and culinary demonstrations. And outdoor activities include off-road Jeeping, carriage rides, and whitewater rafting. This is also a popular destination for weddings and corporate events.
Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas Lake Austin spa is located on 19 acres of land in a beautiful landscape along the scenic lakefront. The facilities are cozy and stylish, and the resort offers classes for fitness, yoga, and meditation. There are many luxurious spa treatments to choose from, and many visitors choose to stay here because of the delicious cuisine. Stephanie Beaucamp is the Executive Chef at the Lake Austin Spa Resort and he serves up delicious and nutritious meals three times a day. Check the resort’s calendar of events to see what weekly programs are taking place during your visit. Vacation packages include three meals, unlimited fitness activities and classes, and a selection of luxurious spa treatments.
The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia If you like your luxury with a dose of Southern charm, head to Georgia’s The Cloister at Sea Island. Some of the most popular outdoor activities to do while staying here include horseback riding on the beach, kayaking, and bird watching. Go for a swim at the private pool or take advantage of the beach access and get your toes in the sand. It’s designed for couples looking for a romantic escape as well as for families traveling with children and pets.
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THE LOVE OF THE OPEN ROAD, FAST CARS & SPEED combine to make rallies but they are traditionally associated with men, however the launch of the Verve Rally is set to buck one of those trends. The Verve Rally is an all-gender friendly, luxurious and carbon neutral adventure, exploring bucket list destinations and is set to be an exciting addition to our social diary. The rallies take place in Summer and Autumn and take you to some of Europe’s finest locations. Heading south through France, Reims, Lyon Nice and Monte Carlo, followed by winding north to Lake Como, Lucerne, and the Alps. Quintessential motor and travel enthusiasts will revel in driving on gorgeous
roads, which include a famous stretch of the Black Forest and the Gotthard Pass. Nature lovers can immerse themselves in sunsets, lakes and vineyards on route. These nine-day events are not a challenge of speed or endurance. With the average driving time of four hours each day, punctuated by an elegant lunch of local delicacies. “Ververs” will be able to follow their own pace while sharing the experience and breath-taking scenery with other like-minded adventurers, whilst enjoying romantic dinners and exploring the city privately. Founded by London based serial entrepreneurs Marcus and Darshana, Verve is designed for an experience that titillates the senses. They were inspired to create a rally, which was focused on luxury lifestyle that attracted not just petrol heads but was equally attractive for the female traveler.
“Verve Rally is about celebrating life, the spirit of adventure and gratitude. It’s about enjoying the freedom of the open road, about embracing the summer and an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our land and revel in sensory experience, one city at a time.” – Darshana Ubl, the co-founder. Verve Rally is designed around the six elements to ensure a remarkable and memorable experience. It is around Earth: Enjoy the fresh produce of the soil whether it is through a vineyard or lavender fields; Fire: Light up the passion in your heart with magical sunsets and the summer sun; Air: Cool summer breeze and good vibes; Water: Lakes, sea and pool side relaxation; Metal: Precious and performance cars; Spirit: Adventure, Travel, Gratitude. Verve Rally aims to be a carbon neutral rally that offsets its carbon footprint by planting trees across the world through a partnership with Plant a Tree (PATT) Foundation and Treedom is committed to protecting the environment it enjoys. We need to “give back what we take” says Darshana. You may drive your luxury car or hire something special through Verve’s partnership with a prestigious car rental company and invest in memories that last a lifetime.
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