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  • The Daytona 500

    The Daytona 500

    The Daytona 500

    Guest Post: Vicky Akins

    I don’t understand the love of racing. I watch it on TV and this is what I see: Go very fast, turn left and repeat. I just don’t get it. But because my husband is a HUGE fan, and a very thoughtful young man, who is a friend of our son’s bought him and 5 of his friends Daytona 500 tickets, we found ourselves on our way to Daytona Beach, Florida. This was my husband’s fantasy trip while I was certain it was going to be my nightmare.

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  • Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn

    Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn

    Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn shatters the illusion that all hotels look alike. The Madonna Inn’s humble beginnings started in 1958.with only 12 rooms but quickly expanded. Sitting on 2200 acres, the architecture and construction encompassed all the natural resources found on the property including the rocks, some of which weigh in excess of 200 tons each.
    Now boasting 110 rooms, individually designed and decorated so that each is unique, you can opt for a different experience each time you stay. Throughout the inn you’’ll find etched, leaded windows & glass work all custom made as well as custom crafted wood carvings. The hand carved balustrade in the dining room was originally from Hearst castle and the 28-foot gold tree fixture that sits in the main dining room is made of excess electrical conduit from building projects and left over copper remnants.

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  • In search of the elusive San Francisco treat

    In search of the elusive San Francisco treat

    While we came to the city by the bay in search of the elusive San Francisco treat, “Rice or Roni” we found so much more! We stayed at the Five Star Four Seasons San Francisco is located in the Yerba Buena cultural district in downtown San Francisco, two blocks from Union Square, the Financial District, the Moscone Convention Center and the Museum of Modern Art. A welcome sight after a long drive of the coast. Sometimes our journey uncovers something really special. Luxury and comfort aside, this hotels beauty goes beyond skin deep and has a big & caring heart.

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  • Homemade Apple Pie #recipe

    Homemade Apple Pie #recipe

    What better way to celebrate National Pie Day than with a BIG slice of Homemade Apple Pie! This recipe is the love child of Vicky Akins, who for years has taken these sweet offerings to the employees of her local pharmacy, bank and other offices enough times that THEY now remind her when it’s time to start baking.  A true testament to a good flaky pie crust!  The Best Evah pie crust recipe 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt [...]

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  • Meet Vicky Akins, We’re #Nuts About her!

    Meet Vicky Akins, We’re #Nuts About her!

    Meet Vicky Akins, We’re #nuts about her! This week’s #NUTS Guest Therapist is Vicky Akins. Vicky’s been part of the #NUTS conversation since it began a little over two years ago. With her quick wit and amazing sense of humor Vicky is always the life of the #Nuts twitter party! She’s a frequent contributor of #Nuts topics and questions where her creativity takes center stage!

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  • Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    While on our trip up the Pacific Coast Highway, we joined our friend Vicky Akins in a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to check one more thing off our Bucket List.

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  • It’s never too late to pursue your dreams

    It’s never too late to pursue your dreams

    Diane Julian doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love music. She began writing songs in her 20′s and dreams of writing and singing professionally became her passion.  But like a lot of us, her life took another direction when she fell in love, married and started a family. Although her music was put on the back burner, it was never forgotten as she dedicated her time to raising her children. When tragedy struck a few years ago and she [...]

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  • Anderson’s Famous Pea Soup ~ Good Ole Kitschy Road Trip Fun

    Anderson’s Famous Pea Soup ~ Good Ole Kitschy Road Trip Fun

    One of the great things about social media is that no matter where we travel, our online pals give us great tips about what to see and do.   That’s why, when they told us about a place in Buellton, California, called Pea Soup Andersen’s, we just had to stop and see what all the fuss was about.

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  • MidLife Road Trip at the Royal Wedding

    MidLife Road Trip at the Royal Wedding

    DISCLAIMER: We didn’t actually attend the Royal Wedding. But if we had, we like to imagine that it might have gone something like this. Kate and William LOVED the Midlife Road Trip stickers that we gave them for a wedding gift and had them placed on the Royal Wedding Carriage  A Very thankful Kate posing with the Midlife Road Trip Logo

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  • Chicken Divan (Or as we call it, Chicken Divine)

    Chicken Divan (Or as we call it, Chicken Divine)

    My first experience with Chicken Divan was when a friend talked me into trying it.  We were having lunch in a restaurant that specialized in a variety of crepe dishes, so my encounter was not the usual presentation.  I was intrigued but still skeptical when my dish arrived, but I had to confess it did look and smell amazing.  Light golden crepes, lightly drizzled with the same creamy Mornay sauce that spilled from the ends, revealed juicy grilled chicken breast [...]

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  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs – the @writerchick47 Betty Crocker adaptation

    Sweet & Sour Meatballs – the @writerchick47 Betty Crocker adaptation

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