Fresh Dill Butter

What do you do when you have an entire bunch of fresh organic dill weed delivered to your door step?  Make dill butter of course!!!  Just use one pound unsalted butter, flake sea salt, and fresh dill then blend with mixer and place into four 4-ounce mason jars.  

P.S. It makes a great hostess gift!  Do an assortment of flavors to hand out for Christmas!

~ Angela O'

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Autumn in the Cape

Visiting Cape Cod in Autumn is one of the most beautiful and joyful things ever.  John and I were so blessed to have an October 2016 getaway where we refreshed our minds and brought in new thoughts.  The welcome mat was definitely rolled out as we met so many wonderful locals and were graced with businesses accommodated dietary allergies.  Of course, we had to see Boston too so you will be treated with a few of those moments as well.

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Luke's Lobster
Boston, MA

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Gluten Free Lobster Roll & Gluten Free Clam Chowder
Luke's Lobster
Boston, MA

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Fun rock formations
Outside of Boston, MA heading to the Cape

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Parkside Market
Falmouth, MA

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Gluten Free Farmhouse Sandwich & Fresh Cut Fries
Parkside Market
Falmouth, MA

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Parkside Market
Falmouth, MA

 

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Downtown
Falmouth, MA

Another delicious Falmouth, MA restaurant to check out is La Cucina Sul Mare on 237 Main Street.  Tina, our server was so accommodating and pleasant to talk to.

 

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Nantucket Book-Folding
anne2059@comcast.net to order
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket Whales at Sunny Wood Designs
facebook.com/sunnywooddesigns to order
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket Whales at Sunny Wood Designs
sunnybwood@gmail.com to order
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Angela O'
Brant Point Lighthouse
Nantucket, MA

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John O'
Brant Point Lighthouse
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

 

 

 

movie belongs here!!!

 

 

 

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Cisco Brewers
Nantucket, MA

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Cisco Brewers
Nantucket, MA

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Angela O' & John O'
Cisco Brewers
Nantucket, MA

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John O'
Cisco Brewers
Nantucket, MA

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Angela O'
Cisco Brewers
Nantucket, MA

Welcome to Bartlett Farms in Nantucket.  Think of Whole Foods but stationed on a legitimate farm where you come to shop and eat!  

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Bartlett Farms
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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In the Pink
A Lilly Pulitzer Shop
Nantucket, MA

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In the Pink
A Lilly Pulitzer Jeep!
Nantucket, MA

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Ralph Lauren
Nantucket, MA

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Ralph Lauren
Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket, MA

 

 

 

 

movie belongs here!!!

 

 

Fresh Squeezed OJ machine at Whole Foods
Hyannis, MA

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Pickle Jar Kitchen
Falmouth, MA

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Pickle Jar Kitchen
Falmouth, MA

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Brussel Sprout & Bacon Hash
Pickle Jar Kitchen
Falmouth, MA

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Tailgating at Gilette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Tailgating at Gilette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Awesome Ugly Sweater!
 (Unfortunately, I didn't make it back before the store closed)
Patriot's Place
Foxboro, MA

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The O's
Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Card Trick (we were the ribbon)
Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

Hit up the MV Tours and Transport for a great 3 hour tour around the island.  Reasonably priced, shared small group tours.  Rated top on Trip Advisor.
 www.mvislandtours.com

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Menemsha Fish Market
Menemsha, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Gluten Free Lobster Mac & Cheese
Menemsha Fish Market
Menemsha, MA
Martha's Vineyard

orders at www.menemshafishmarket.com

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Chilmark, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Gay Head Cliffs
Aquinnah, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Vineyard Vines
Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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In the Pink
A Lilly Pulitzer Jeep!
Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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In the Pink
A Lilly Pulitzer Jeep!
Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern & Company's grassy knoll
Vineyard Haven(Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard
 

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The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA
Martha's Vineyard

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the pedestrian crossing signs
Vineyard Haven, MA
Martha's Vineyard

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Hey sometimes you just gotta get a power nap!
Even if it's on the ferry.

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Samuel Adams Brewery
Boston, MA

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Samuel Adams Brewery
Boston, MA

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Samuel Adams Brewery
Boston, MA

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Harvard University
Anneberg Hall
Cambridge, MA

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on the subway
Boston, MA

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Boston, MA

 

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The Lady and her Squirrels at Boston Common park

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Where everybody knows your name.
Boston, MA

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Autumn Decorations of Beacon Hill homes
Boston, MA

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Acorn St. at Beacon Hill
Boston, MA

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Acorn St. at Beacon Hill
Boston, MA

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Acorn St. at Beacon Hill
Boston, MA

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Quidditch Tournament at Boston Common
Boston, MA

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Giacomo's Ristorante
The number one restaurant in Boston, MA

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Giacomo's Ristorante
The number one restaurant in Boston, MA

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Giacomo's Ristorante
The number one restaurant in Boston, MA

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Giacomo's Ristorante
The number one restaurant in Boston, MA

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Notable pastries: lobster tails and gluten free black & white Othello cookies
Mike's Pastry
Boston, MA

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Lobster Tails
Mike's Pastry
Boston, MA

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Modern Pastry
Boston, MA

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Ricotta Pie, Cannoli, Gluten Free Cannoli
Best Cannoli in Town!
Modern Pastry
Boston, MA

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Beachside Village
Falmouth, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Chew
Sandwich, MA

 

 

 

Home of the best hot apple cider ever!!!!
Cafe Chew
Sandwich, MA

 

 

 

goat cheese omelet, fresh potatoes, homemade cranberry pecan bread
Cafe Chew
Sandwich, MA

 

 

 

Old King's Highway
Cape Cod, MA

 

 

 

Old King's Highway
Cape Cod, MA

 

 

 

Old King's Highway
Cape Cod, MA

 

Cape Cod Potato Chips
Hyannis, MA

 

 

Cape Cod Potato Chips
Hyannis, MA

 

Cape Cod Potato Chips
Hyannis, MA

 

 

Cape Cod Potato Chips
Hyannis, MA

 

 

Nauset Lighthouse
(The lighthouse on the Cape Cod Potato Chip bags)
Eastham, MA

 

 

Angela O' with her favorite chip company bag

Nauset Lighthouse
Eastham, MA

 

Happy Camper
Provincetown, MA

 

 

 

The Canteen
Provincetown, MA

 

 

 

Happy Camper
Provincetown, MA

 

 

Pie in the Sky
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Pie in the Sky
Woods Hole, MA
*A MUST VISIT PLACE*

 

 

 

Pie in the Sky
Woods Hole, MA
*A MUST VISIT PLACE*

Pie in the Sky bakery and cafe makes it all from scratch!  Including gluten free bread, gluten free popovers, and gluten free apple walnut cookies!  YUM!!!

 

 

Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Woods Hole, MA

 

Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

 

Harbor Seals at the Aquarium
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Harbor Seals at the Aquarium
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Walk to The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Walk to The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Walk to The Knob
Woods Hole, MA

 

 

 

Noquochoke Orchards
A family owned orchard for more than 100 years
Westport, MA

 

 

 

Private tour of Noquochoke Orchards
A family owned orchard for more than 100 years
Westport, MA

 

 

 

Farm Stand of Noquochoke Orchards
A family owned orchard for more than 100 years
Westport, MA

 

 

 

Noquochoke Orchards
A family owned orchard for more than 100 years
Westport, MA

 

 

 

Nobska Lighthouse
Falmouth, MA

 

 

 

Nobska Lighthouse
Falmouth, MA

 

 

 

 

 

Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA
***A MUST VISIT PLACE***

 

 

 

Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA
***A MUST VISIT PLACE***

 

 

 

"The best rock", server Jamie
Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA

water street kitch and public house notable dishes: Pork Shank, Daily Bread served with fresh radish butter, Glazed Carrots, Crispy Pork Shoulder,  notable libations: village elder with vodka, old fashioned

 

 

Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA
***A MUST VISIT PLACE***

 

 

 

freshly made gluten free ice cream sandwich
Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA
***A MUST VISIT PLACE***

 

 

 

Water Street Kitchen & Public House
Woods Hole, MA
***A MUST VISIT PLACE***

 

 

 

Sunrise
Falmouth, MA

 

 

 

 

Sunrise
Falmouth, MA

 

 

 

Autumn Trees
Drive from Cape Cod to Boston, MA

 

 

 

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Fenway Farms in Fenway Park
Boston, MA

 

 

 

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Fenway Farms in Fenway Park
Boston, MA

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Corn Maze at the Farm

 

Welcome to Barton Hill Farms near Austin, Texas!  They have an amazing corn maze that goes through a layout change every year.  

This year the design was the Lonesome Dove.  

The crew puts a ton of hard work into the annual event and are quite ingenious with year to year changes.  Check them out! 

http://bartonhillfarms.com/

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Midwesteners will notice that the corn is missing as the farm chose to use a product with a stronger stalk! Sorghum! Texas has wild hogs that will plow right through the field!

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Did You Know? Frankincense for Stings

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Frankincense is the oil that should kept in your first aid kit!  It is the only thing known to relieve scorpion stings and is also an immediate relief for wasp stings.  Western medicine does not teach about essential oil use and most doctor trips for scorpion stings will end up with the medical professional google searching 'scorpion sting relief' in front of you in the exam room {personal experience}.  I believe there is a place for both western medicine and for natural medicine and that they should be combined to live life in a safe and meaningful way.  Quickly said...if you need to go to a doctor or hospital, then GO!

Scorpions are a regular sight in my Texas home and have been through all my Texas moves.  My husband has been stung in the neck while sitting on the coach eating lunch (going for the jugular!) and I have had a scorpion scratch my neck in bed while it was tumbling down from the ceiling to my blankets.  Yuck! I know.  In Texas, that nastiness is normal so as you can see my experience can be vouched for.  This past August, I was outdoors sitting quietly in our drive hand painting large sandwich board signs when a wasp decided that it was completely okay to sit down on my ear and lay his stinger down without my permission.  Thank goodness I was sipping wine as the initial shock could have been way worse.  Oh and thank goodness my friend Jennifer was helping paint as she provided moral support and the "oh-crap" crazy eye warning.  Naturally, I took some benadryl as I tend to always break out in hives the second anything stings me but the pain was horrendous and would not lift.  That's when I remembered the great Frankincense hiding away in my bathroom medicine cabinet.  Oh the relief was instantaneous.   Throughout the following 24 hours I dabbed straight frankincense oil directly on the sting sight for continuous relief.

Some individuals may choose to dilute the substance with coconut oil when using essential oil on a young child as not to give too strong of a dose for a little body.  It is always good to do your research and ask for assistance from a qualified adviser.  Just remember, coconut oil is a great substance for itch relief as well but frankincense is the only thing that will relieve the pain of a sting.  Makes you think back to the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Bethlehem.  😉

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Now let's get to the nitty gritty.  Keeping a good frankincense in the house can be costly...upwards of $100.  I do believe in a good pure essential oil company like doTERRA who can back the quality of their products up.  To connect with a great doTerra essential oil rep, visit my friend Brandi's website at

http://www.mydoterra.com/brandichristian/#/

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I also understand that not all families can afford to stock a hundred dollar first aid item in their cabinets.  In this case, I would recommend picking up a $10 bottle of NOW brand frankincense at your local grocer.  This will get the job done well enough if the affordability is an prime concern for you.

Take Care Y'all!

xoxo, Angela O'

Southern Summer


Me and B.
Savannah, GA

Kayak Cafe tacos with the best scratch lime garlic dressing
Savannah, GA

Beetnix: Warrior One Pitaya Bowl sub coconut for cacao
Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter: Mimosa Bondi Sunrise & Drip Brew
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter: The Daily Catch
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter: Eggs Benedict on Gluten Free Toast
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA

The Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA


Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

The Paris Market
Savannah, GA

The Paris Market
Savannah, GA

The Paris Market
Savannah, GA

The Paris Market
Savannah, GA

The Paris Market
Savannah, GA


The Paris Market
Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

South Carolina Peaches
Hardeeville, SC

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

SoHo South Cafe
Savannah, GA

SoHo South Cafe
Savannah, GA

SoHo South Cafe
Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Jones Street
Savannah, GA

Really enjoyed meeting Rosa at RMC Boutique! Shop her fabulous boutique at www.rmcboutique.com


Tybee Island, GA

The Walking Dead Cafe
Senoia, GA

Senoia, GA

"Woodbury, GA": Senoia, GA

"Woodbury, GA": Senoia, GA

"Woodbury, GA": Senoia, GA

Bella needing a road trip nap

B crusin' in the G-Wagen

New Orleans

New Orleans

Irene's Cuisine
New Orleans

Be sure to enjoy the Lemon Basil Vodka Martini at Irene's

Cafe Du Monde
New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans

Ms. Monteleone!
New Orleans






Lake Travis, Texas

Quack's Bakery in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Blanco, Texas

Blanco, Texas

Imagine Lavendar Farm: Fairy Homes
Blanco, Texas

Imagine Lavendar Farm: Fairy Homes
Blanco, Texas

Blanco, Texas

WPP: Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas








Mayfield Park
Austin, Texas

Mayfield Park
Austin, Texas



The Monument Cafe: Scratch Peach Jam

Cenote: Kale Scramble

Cenote: Eggs Benedict



Toby!



Easy Clean-up Watermelon

Summer is upon us and so are the sweet & juicy giant watermelons.  Enjoy this Independence Day weekend with a no mess watermelon service for your guests!  Simply provide a large clean workspace for the cutter, lay down one large cutting board, then spread out several large clean and unscented garbage bags above the cutting board and entire workspace.  Now cut the the watermelon in pieces, chunks or wedges.  Once done, roll up the garbage bags and toss. No juicy drips on your workspace.  

Tip: Keep your hands from getting slippery by wearing nitrile gloves while cutting the melon.

Happy Fourth of July!!!

~Angela O'

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Get Rid of Fruit Flies the Classy Way

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I've been doing this now for a couple years and realized I never shared this saavy tip.  I'd been plagued with fruit flies during the spring months in Austin and didn't know how to rid them.  Never had I experienced them before moving to Austin.  I'd read many stories about how fruit flies live in sinks, etc but never really cared as my only concern get rid of them.  A friend of mine told me that all I needed was to put apple cider vinegar in a bowl and cover it with aluminum foil poking holes through the top.  Well, the idea sounded doable but I liked things to look classy and I hated the idea of having a random bowl with sloppy aluminum foil sitting on my counter all the time.  So I went home and put together a plan of attack.  A couple of days later I had set up permanent fruit fly traps in my home.  Voila!

These classy little fruit fly traps make quite cute gifts during the spring and summer months, just gift them in pairs.  I set them up and leave them for an extended period of time but don't forget to check and refresh them regularly.

Materials Needed:

  • Glass Mason Jars, 4 oz preferred
  • Mason Jar Lids and Rings
  • One nail, 1/4 inch width is good
  • Hammer
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions:

follow the pictures and enjoy the captions

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Collect your supplies

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Hold the nail steady above the jar sealed tightly with lid

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Hammer the nail in to make a full hole and pull the nail out

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Just like this!

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Keep it up until you have a sufficient amount of holes

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It should look like this

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Pour in the apple cider vinegar to about half full; don't fill up!

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Like this!

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Look at those nasty buggers!

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Rust will happen on the inside.  That's okay.  You can reuse the rusty holed lid as many times as you wish when refilling the vinegar because it will evaporate and be full of bugs.  Just throw the lid away when you are ready to make a new lid.  You won't need to redo everything.

Purchase the 4 ounce mason jars and apple cider vinegar here!

~With Angela O'

Grab & Go Half Pint Steel Cut Oatmeal Cups

One of my favorite Grab & Go breakfasts is half pint steel cut oatmeal cups.  I make one or two batches each time, loading the half pint mason jars and stacking them in the fridge so that my husband and I can grab one before work or exercise! They are super easy and rewarding both when you are hungry and when someone at work comments on how cute/clever the cups are.

My preferential taste for steel cut oatmeal is Bob's Red Mill which can be found at Costco in large bags for a fraction of the leading grocery store cost and is naturally gluten free.  I also store those large bags in giant mason jars!!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup - Steel Cut Oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp - Salt
  • 2 cups - Water
  • Your Favorite Add-Ins!  Pecans, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Agave, Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, etc.
  • 4 - Half Pint Mason Jars (8 ounces), with lid and ring
  • 1 - Medium Sauce Pot, with fitted lid
  • 1 - Stirring Spoon
  • 1/4 cup - Dry Measuring Cup, empty and clean

Directions:

Make in the afternoon or evening, prior to the morning you want it.  Place 2 cups water in medium sauce pan and reach boil.  As soon as the water boils remove from heat and add the 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal and 1/4 tsp salt.  Quickly stir the mixture and immediately place lid on sauce pot.  Leave off of hot burner so it doesn't boil over.  Do not remove the lid again as this recipe requires the heat and steam to cook the oats!  Leave for 3 hours.  After 3 hours open the lid and stir the oatmeal.  You'll find it's complete.  Some people leave in the pot overnight and call it "overnight oatmeal" but I don't have time for that!  The whole point of having grab and go oatmeal is so that I don't have to fiddle with it in the morning before work.  Now for the fun part!  Take your empty 1/4 cup dry measuring cup and put two scoops of the oatmeal mixture in one half pint mason jar.  At this time you can choose to mix add-ins with the oatmeal inside the jar or you may wait to add them in before you eat the oatmeal.  Because I like my pecans crunchy I always add in my goodies just before consuming.  However, my husband likes brown sugar in his oatmeal so it is safe to add that in early.  Once you are done filling the jars, wipe the edges of the jar clean and seal with the lid and ring.  Place in your fridge until ready to consume.  One batch of this recipe will make 4 half cup servings of oatmeal.  I like to double my recipe so that 8 half cup servings (8 half pint mason jars) are an easy grab for the two of us.  When you are ready to eat your oatmeal take off the lid and ring and set aside, placing only the glass jar filled with oatmeal in the microwave.  Caution the sides of jar will be very hot! Microwave for thirty seconds to one minute maximum.  I find that the top of the jar where the lid screws on at tends to be cooler than the glass sides but to be safe just remove from microwave with towel.  Stir you oatmeal with a spoon.  Mix your add-ins!  Yummy!!

With Angela O'

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Autopiloting in a Tesla

February 26, 2016

Wow, today started out very interesting.  This morning at 9:35am I headed out to run a work errand that would take me into Austin's quaint Hyde Park to Antonelli's Cheese Shop.  My regular commute to most of Austin includes Farm to Market 2222 (a.k.a. FM 2222 a.k.a. RM 2222), one of the dangerous highways in Texas.  Regularly individuals are choose to drive with lack of control, using no particular care to pass pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles or other vehicles that share the roadway.

Unexpectedly, I had to slam on my brakes at the top of the steep hill of FM2222 due to a severe collision involving a dump truck that was not visible from where I was located.  Next thing I know a motorcycle flies into the opposite lane and a man is lying on the ground about 3 cars behind me.  After seeing others go to help the man and making a quick assessment of me being blocked in from all sides of the road I choose to make a U-turn (a safe, legitimate one as no cars are coming in the opposite direction) and then witness emergency services arriving and performing CPR on the man's chest.  Ugh.

Man! Sometimes you just need to start the weekend early so at 3 p.m. I hopped back onto FM2222 to head to Tesla Motors to follow through with an invitation from last November.  Again I pass another collision that was bad and again the traffic was backed up for a long time.  Thankfully, I was able to navigate around 2222 using back roads that most Austinites don't know about and those who do covet.  It wasn't until I drove the Tesla in autopilot mode on the busy highway I really understood the need for those smart technology vehicles to ease the craziness and road rage on our streets.  It seriously hit home today.

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Being in a car with an autopilot mode is certainly a dream but one that you cannot truly imagine or understand until you are behind the wheel without touching it in the middle of rush hour traffic on Mo-Pac.  It was truly surreal.  I did not have to control the car. The Tesla sped up to 65 miles an hour and slowed down and continued smoothly in stop and go traffic with cars on all sides of me.  It even switched lanes on it's own with just that tap of the turn signal.  Amazing.  I mean ridiculously amazing.  Of course, we have all read the articles and consumer reports on auto pilot methods and self driving cars but to think that you know what the hell the industry is talking about until you have done it is a complete bologna.  Once you have auto-piloted a car or experienced a self driving car behind the wheel yourself, you have connected with the vehicle on an entirely different level.  So today I cruised the streets of Austin in Tesla's AutoPilot.  It was amazing! Insane! Loveable!

I am a very particular person when it comes to vehicle seat design and it's functionality.  I must sit straight up and cannot have some funky object touching the lumbar region.  My steering wheel must be perfect, not too skinny where I'm gripping so tight that my knuckles hurt and not to fat that I don't feel in control.  Somehow, this car was perfect to me the moment I sat in it.  And it's adjusts to everyone.  

Tesla Model S 70D is considered the Car of the Century by some and I can certainly understand some of the points.  At 32 years old, I've been strongly considering an SUV for my next vehicle for a multitude of reasons that do include travel, children, and pets.  The Model S sedan rectifies the need for an SUV by safely securing seven passengers when adding rear facing seats to the sedans package.  Insane!!!

To end the ride, my Tesla for the day backed into the parking spot on its own.  Lord Have Mercy.

So the day ended fabulously, but to my satisfaction the gallery set me up to take the car home next week to enjoy it on my own terms.  XOXO, get yourself a Tesla!

~Angela O'

Video Credit Tesla Motors via YouTube

Travel Tic Tac Toe

Original DIY Tic Tac Toe travel game board from the 1990's

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I loved this DIY Tic Tac Toe traveling game so much as a child that I still have the original game that I made.  It's super easy to make for your child and even with your child that you may feel brave enough to have a large group of kiddos over to instruct.  Adult Child Group Fun!  a.k.a. birthday parties, project parties, rainy days, etc.  The best part... The game board and playing pieces are made out of felt so that when playing in the car, the pieces are not lost. So clever.

I think I was about 6 to 8 years old, so I believe it was my awesome Sunday School teacher Denise Kistner who instructed our class to make this project.  I don't want to leave out Connie Hester either...just in case it may have been her as she was another one of my awesome Sunday School teachers.  Kudos!

Make it yourself using the instructions below.

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The felt pieces don't fall off when tipped over

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Write the kid's name and a message of your choice

Materials Needed:

  • Felt, 4 different colors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Foam Core Board
  • Glue
  • A Permanent Marker
  • Gallon Size Zipper Bag

Instructions:

  • Measure the foam core board to 8 inches by 8 inches and cut.
  • Write a message on the back on the side you have determined to be the back of the board.
  • Measure felt color #1 and cut with the pinking shears. Approximately 8 inches by 8 inches (make sure it's large enough to cover the board!).  Once cut, glue this to the foam board.  Gluing it now will allow it to have some time to set prior to adding the next layer.
  • Measure strips from felt color #2 and cut using the pinking shears. Approximately 1/2 inch by 8 inches.  Not too thick, not too thin.  If the fabric is cut with the pinking shear points lined up then the width may go a little over a half inch, that is okay.  Make 4 of these.
  • Measure rectangles from felt color #3 and cut using the pinking shears.  Aproximately 1 inch by 1 3/4 inch.  Again this is approximate, the main point to remember is to make sure the pieces are large enough for hands to pick up easily but small enough for them to fit inside the tic tac toe boxes. Make 5 of these and perhaps one back up if you'd like.
  • Measure circles from felt color #4 and cut using the pinking shears. Approximately 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch.  Again this is approximate, the main point to remember is to make sure the pieces are large enough for hands to pick up easily but small enough for them to fit inside the tic tac toe boxes.  Make 5 of these and perhaps one back up if you'd like.
  • Glue the measured strips that you cut from felt color #2 to the felt covered foam board, using the lattice style method.
  • Do NOT put your foam rectangles/circles on the foam board until you know the board has completely dried.  You wouldn't want to accidentally glue pieces to the board making them permanently unplayable, would you?
  • When complete, store in a zipper bag and keep it in the family car.

With Angela O'

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Make at least 5 pieces each shape

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BAG IT AND STICK IT! in the car

Our First Organic Farm Delivery

Earlier this week we received our very first community share agriculture (CSA) from Johnson's Backyard Garden.  I was so excited that this was happening that I couldn't wait to get home to look inside the box and started pulling items out in the backseat of my car.  Lame I know.  For those of you who do not know what CSA is I'll give you a brief overview of the goodness that goes on.  It is a local farming organization that grows organic produce and delivers the produce directly to your door or at a designated drop off location in your neighborhood each week.  Additionally, Johnson's Backyard Garden (JBG) visits Farmer's Markets for those individuals who have not setup a CSA membership and would like to supplement their conventional grocery store produce from time to time.  JBG started out as a small backyard garden here in Austin, Texas which was later transformed into a working garden and has been so successful that they now have a 20 acre farm and use regular volunteers each day to help get the produce picked, tagged, and boxed.  When JBG first introduced a community share agriculture program in 2006 they only supplied to 30 families and now they supply to over 1000 families in Austin.  That is amazing.  

Additionally, JBG has added more farms in other Texas cities to provide fresh local crops to Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.  They have relationships with individuals and restaurants and from what I can tell seem to be just a good and down to earth awesome group.  No pun intended but you must admit it is kinda cute.

So back to my CSA box!  I'd always pondered about having food delivered.  And... I've always been pretty skeptical about having full meals sent to my door step but then realized that produce was something that I could get behind.  I'm not gonna lie, I'll admit that I can be pretty cheap about some so called luxuries and was definitely not so sure about a weekly commitment.  Well, CSA ran one simple promotion for the New Year (a free bag of oranges) and I thought what the heck, let's try one 4-week commitment.  It was super easy and I was super thrilled that I could justify the ORGANIC produce in my grocery budget.  Just go to the website

www.jbgorganic.com

 and select CSA Membership.  Choose your box size, how often you'd like for that box to be delivered, and whether you'd like it delivered to your home, office or neighborhood stop.  There is a box for everyone.  JBG offers individually sized boxes which are good for one person and large boxes which provide enough produce for up to 6 people.  The boxes start at $21 per week and you have the option of adding on items like organic pasture raised eggs, coffee and various items like grapefruit.

Enough of the details, it's time to look at my box!

February 2, 2015 Small CSA Box

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