a great cup of joe

I wouldn’t go so far as to say we are coffee snobs…we just happen to love a great cup of java. And the process of making it is as important as the first sip. Not unlike how we tackle a great G & T! When we are on vacation, there’s often a picture of a cappuccino among the scenic shots.

We are both pretty partial to our Freiling french presses. I also have an Aeropress and single cup drip/pour over. They make a slightly different cup for different times of the day.

We just heard about a cool new travel coffee set called Dripkit described as Great Coffee Made Easy that we’ll be trying out on our next trip.

And we’re just as particular about our mugs.IMG_7811



caramelized citrus dessert

Caramelized citrus is a quick and easy dessert that makes you forget it’s still winter!

And if there is any left over, it’s delicious for breakfast and tastes like being in Greece.

Here’s the recipe from the NYTimes:

Spoon a cup of full-fat greek yogurt onto a platter or large bowl.

Peel and slice thickly 3-4 sweet citrus fruits.

Place the fruit on top of the yogurt and put the mixture in the refrigerator.

Make a caramel using 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 1/2 cup water. Let the mixture come to a boil slowly without stirring, then lower the heat and let cook for 5-6 minutes.

I found the instructions for the caramel pretty vague…next time I make it I will skip the caramel step and just pour honey or maple syrup over the fruit!

Pour the caramel over the fruit & yogurt mixture. Eat right away or put it in the frig for an hour before serving.

Simple, colourful and delicious!


chicken pot pie

What do you do after a warm week in the Caribbean, when you arrive home to snow shoveling and realize winter is still sticking around? Make pot pie.

I haven’t cooked for a week, and didn’t feel much like starting just yet. But then I remembered I had frozen some roast chicken and a little ball of pastry. And a few root vegetables that didn’t have time to go bad while I was away. Here’s how it went.

I sautéed onions, carrots, potato and sweet potato in a little butter for a few minutes.


Added in some flour, then chicken stock. Simmered for a few minutes until it thickened. Flavoured with a little white wine, cream, salt, pepper and dried thyme. Dropped the shredded chicken in.


Rolled out the pastry. And baked in 375 F oven for 40 minutes. It was the perfect post-vacation dinner on a snowy, cold night.


I roughly followed this easy chicken pot pie recipe.



friday favourite – traveling with my sister

We are off again! We seem to enjoy traveling together because we keep doing it.


There’s our bi-annual wellness week at Rancho la Puerta and hiking in Cinque Terre,


fondue in Switzerland and cafes in Venice,


lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard and Prince Edward Island. And lots of laughs, cocktails and various styles of glasses and hair along the way. We are heading to Nevis for a week and will be off the grid but we will let you know the highlights in an upcoming blog. And we are talking about where to next…the Shetland Islands and Norway keep appearing on our radar screen…we’ll let you know!




everyday oatmeal

We haven’t talked about oatmeal for awhile. We wrote about overnight oats in this post. And recently, I’ve been going back to cooked oats at breakfast as a nice change from my usual butter slathered toast from my favourite local bakery.

In 10 minutes, you could have this…


A serving for one goes like this…

Heat 2/3 cup water in small saucepan. When boiling, add 1/3 cup large flaked oats, a handful of roasted, unsalted almonds, diced up apple pieces and a dollop of maple syrup. Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes on the lowest heat, uncovered. Stir occasionally. Top with yogurt, warm milk or just devour.


friday favourite – 2018 travel reading list

I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.


  1. A book that takes place in the country of your origin
  2. A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
  3. A book with a type of food in the title
  4. A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
  5. A book that takes place in your hometown
  6. A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
  7. A book recommended by a friend
  8. A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
  9. A book with an animal in the title
  10. A book with a type of plant in the title
  11. A book set in the future
  12. A book set in your favorite country or region
  13. A book that is an adventure story
  14. A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
  15. A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
  16. A book with a silly title
  17. A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
  18. A book from a genre you don’t typically read
  19. A book with a purple cover
  20. A book published in 2018
  21. A book that is also a movie
  22. A guidebook
  23. A book that is written by or is about a famous person
  24. A book that inspires you to make a change

Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!



costa rican coffee

Before boarding our small ship for a week off the coast of Costa Rica, we found a coffee plantation tour that we could just squeeze in during our one free morning.

Britt Coffee has a small plantation at their roasting facility that was about 45 minutes from our hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. The hotel arranged a taxi for us, we paid for the tour and lunch and we were on our way.

The tour was very entertaining with two hosts who must have a background in theatre! Throughout the plantation there were coffee stations so by the end of the tour we had tasted most of their blends, and had a caffeine buzz!



IMG_1159I wanted to buy some coffee but didn’t really want to carry it with me all week on a boat. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who thought this way since they made it very easy to ship coffee home. I placed my order, it arrived last night and this morning I ground my Costa Rican beans and drank my coffee watching the snow fall!