Roseland Cottage 

 I visited one of New England’s National Historic Landmark: Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut. This Gothic-Revival style summer home was for Henry and Lucy Bowen and their family built in 1846.

It includes massive, picturesque landscapes and gardens, detailed wall coverings, heavily patterned carpets and one of the oldest living bowling alleys.



massive entry way


the common room
original newspaper that Bowen was publisher
the formal dining room


A painting of Lucy Bowen’s grandfather in the dining room

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Recipe: How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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I am going to do something different today for my blog and share a simple, easy smoothie recipe that I love to make on a daily basis.

I love sweets. I probably have one of the biggest sweet tooths ever. Every time I go to the gas station and I am in line waiting to pay, my eyes instantly stare at all the candy at the desk. I know in my mind that I should not grab one, but my heart just whispers “Candice, its’ just one candy bar.” Ugh. So there it goes. I buy, yet, another, candy bar and toss it among my ever-growing large stash in my purse.

It’s a horrible addiction and just recently in the past few months I have been trying to ween myself off of eating too much sugar. My mom is super healthy and she always makes all sorts of green juices and nutritional smoothies to start off her day. It definitely has inspired me to do the same, so I’m going to share with you what I make to satisfy my sweet cravings, but also not feel guilty.

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 Your gonna need a handful of frozen strawberries and one large banana.

a.) First, your gonna take your frozen strawberries and toss them into your blender of choice (I use a NutriBullet) and then, take your peeled, chopped frozen banana and toss that in as well.

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b.) Next, your gonna add a cup of your milk of your choice (you can even substitute greek yogurt instead of using milk.. it tastes really good!)

c.) Lastly, your gonna blend all the ingredients together on blast until it becomes a creamy consistency (It will look very thick and whipped-like). If your using a small device like a NutriBullet, you can easily just sip the smoothie in the provided cups that come with it. If you don’t have it, you can use a spoon and just scoop it all out. It’s super thick and you can just eat it like yogurt or ice cream! And whatever you don’t finish you can store it in the fridge or freezer (freezer is better and it makes it last longer).

See? Super easy and it tastes amazing. Although this is such an icy treat and the weather is getting cold for the fall season, it is still a great delicacy to have that is super healthy and meets the requirements of the food group.

 

bon-appetit

 

JAMROCK.

“This is where I grew up,” my mom says with a smile  as we rode through the parishes of Trelawny, Jamaica.

Trelawny is a parish in Cornwall County in northwest Jamaica. It is bordered by the parishes of Saint Ann in the east, Saint James in the west, and Saint Elizabeth and Manchester in the south.

We are on a small, tight tour bus with ten other people (including my sister) as we sit firmly in our seats while the bus rocks back and forth on a high, steep bumpy road. As the bus goes faster, you can even hear the leaves of the palm trees scraping the windows.

I was excited. This was my second time going back to Jamaica in twenty years. I feel like I missed out on so many things there; although I am not a native. Physically being there surrounded by the people, the music, the food, and even trying their native tongue made me feel like I was part of their society.

My mom laughs as she remembers old roads she used to walk on while staring out the window and smiles as she sees the school children walking in their colorful, well pressed uniforms. “The girls always wear bows and ribbons in their hair,” she says in patois, the country’s native dialect.


I take in all the sights and sounds while we ride through Manchester and Montego Bay. There are so many cuts and corners that you could easily take a step forward and be in another town within seconds. The weather is humid, but the cool, balmy breeze made me feel like I was in paradise.


As we finally reach the town of Negril, we go to a cafe in the area and bought gifts at the gift shop, drank coconuts and enjoyed the beautiful view.


I couldn’t stop taking pictures. The frustrating part of the picture-taking process was that I couldn’t pack the sunshine and spirit back home! Taking pictures doesn’t do this place justice, but I tried the best I could to capture the essence of Jamaica.


 

As the day came to an end, the thunder started to roll and dark clouds blanketed the sky. I was in a hurry to get back on the bus in fear of getting drenched.

 

I am happy that I got to see Jamaica again thanks to sailing on The Royal Carribean cruise line. Since my last visit, seeing it now as an adult, I have a much greater appreciation of my time spent there and learning the culture. I definitely want to visit again in the future and explore more of what this beautiful country has to offer.

                             One love.