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Dinner for six, no fuss and it looked really easy - 04/30/11 02:41 PM
We have friends over every year the night before they go home for the summer. Last night the menu was: Tortolinni with garlic and butter Pepperoni with crisps and assiago cheese Mushrooms stuffed with soft cheese Ham salad cups
Tomato, basil and onion salad with balsamic vinegar Brined and Grilled Pork Chops Mashed potatoes Roasted Green Beans
Sharp cheddar and grapes Chocolates My husban grilled the chops, eveything else was done ahead of time. It was very tasty, looked effortless and I didn't break a sweat. (3 comments)
Florida Keys major crime is down 6.6 percent in 2010 - 04/30/11 02:00 PM
So what is the crime like in the Keys? Let it be known that we are 106 miles long. There was a decrease of 31% in forcible sex offenses, 38% decrease in aggravated assaults, 3% decrease in burglary, 6.5% decrease in larceny and a 23% decrease in motor vehicle theft. What were the "bad boy" numbers? There were 5 murders, up from 2 the year before and 19 robberies, up from 11 the year before. So, pay attention to what is going on around you, lock your house and vehicles, and have a great time in the fabulous Florida Keys. (0 comments)
I Pad users, I need your help! - 04/30/11 01:47 PM
I am considering the Ipad 2 and have a couple of questions. Since we already have Iphones and 2 data plans, the last thing I want to do is add additional expense because vanity says I have to have an Ipad. Well, not JUST vanity. I understand they are supposed to be really great professional tools. I have two questions, 1. Are they really that useful? 2. Can I connect my Iphone to the Ipad2 for internet access without incurring any additional charges? I have an unlimited data plan with my Iphone. 3. Are their enough hot spots so that you (3 comments)
Tanner FOUND a forever home! - 04/30/11 01:41 PM
The sweet gentleman who we had the privilege of fostering has found a forever home. We were sad to see him go because he was such a superior cat. I hope his new family enjoys him as much as we did. I made sure that Caring for Cats knew that should anything go wrong in his new home, he always can come back to us. We miss you Tanner! We wish you a Puuurfect life. (1 comments)
Downside to AR being down. People with WAAY to much time. - 04/25/11 08:37 PM
I have noticed quite a few blog posts this evening with lots and lots of words. I guess the fact that AR was down gave a lot of people an opportunity to ramp up their Google Juice and write 500 words or more.Good for YOU! I would like to believe that I, as a fellow Active Rainer, had the time to read all the words. Thank you to all of you AR'ers that made your points pithy and quickly. I, and I believe many others, really appreciate it. Is this all because I usually post in the morning? Are we more (7 comments)
Lower Keys Real Estate Sales April 10 through April 16, 2011 - 04/24/11 09:16 AM
It is time to get off the fence and let me find you your piece of Paradise. Call me today, be moved in by Memorial Day! Sales in the Keys were 100% of last years sales for the same week. There were 8 Real Estate Closings between Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Big Coppit Key and Key Haven. The highest priced sale was Key Haven at 159 Key Haven Rd, selling for $975,000. The lowest priced sale was 701 Spanish Main, lot 298 for $108K. The average price was right around $400,000. I can help you find the (1 comments)
Marathon in the Fabulous Florida Keys has 5 sales for the Week April 10-16 2011 - 04/24/11 09:07 AM
1360 122nd St Ocean sold for $448,000 (list price was $399K) 11600 1ST Ave Unit 46 sold for $479500 400 62nd St sold for $215,000 1505 Sombrero Blvd Unit 205 sold for $223,000 542 42st St sold for $51,000. <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark /> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp /> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables /> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx /> <w:Word11KerningPairs /> <w:CachedColBalance /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math" /> <m:brkBin m:val="before" /> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--" /> <m:smallFrac m:val="off" /> (0 comments)
Upper Middle Keys Real Estate Sales April 10-16, 2011 - 04/24/11 09:00 AM
There were 3 Real Estate sales in the Upper Middle Keys April 10-16, 2011 5027 Sunset Village Drive on Duck Key sold for $340,000 2000 Coco Plum Drive unit C059 sold for $130,000 711 10th St in Key Colony Beach sold for $550,000. It is time to get off the fence and let me find you your piece of Paradise. Call me today, be moved in by Memorial Day!
Sales in the Keys were 100% of last years sales for the same week. (0 comments)
This weeks Real Estate sales in Islamorada, the fabulous Florida Keys April 10-16 - 04/24/11 08:54 AM
There were 4 Real Estate closings in Islamorada for the week of April 10 through April 16, 2011. Of these 4 the highest priced closing was $607,000 for 132 Plantation Shores Drive. The lowest priced sale was $325,000 for 844977 Overseas Highway. The average price was just about $475,000. Sales in the Keys were 100% of last years sales for the same week. Come on people, it is time to call me and find your piece of Paradise. My number is 305-394-3400. (1 comments)
Sales in Key Largo, in the fabulous florida Keys April 10-16 2011 - 04/24/11 08:49 AM
There were 8 Real Estate closings in Key Largo for the week of April 10 through April 16, 2011. Of these 8 the highest priced closing was $1,825,000 for 200 Ellis Drive. The lowest priced sale was $$195,000 for 721 Garden State Lane. The average price was just under $200,000. Sales in the Keys were 100% of last years sales for the same week. Come on people, it is time to call me and find your piece of Paradise. My number is 305-394-3400.
What to do with unwanted Easter candy - 04/24/11 08:38 AM
What do you do when someone gives you Easter Candy with a pure heart and you are on a diet? Well, you don't say "I can't eat that stuff". Here are some suggestions: 1. Provide the giver with a kiss or hug depending on the relationship 2. Follow this with a heart felt "Thank you" 3. Donate it later to someone who can eat it without gaining an ounce 4. Find a small child and have a big heart and give it to the child. 5. Put it in the freezer for another day. 6. EAT it and get on the (4 comments)
Laaaammmbbbbb. Happy Easter! (or Hoppy Easter). How do you do your lamb? - 04/24/11 08:28 AM
I am a pretty good cook. I make lamb, but I don't eat lamb. That is not quite true, I have forced myself to have a bite or two at a dinner party. The funniest is when a friend was having us over for my 55th birthday and announced she was making lamb. I would have eaten it. Luckily, other people that were invited spoke up and said THEY wouldn't eat it. Whew, that let me off the hook because the hostess changed the menu for an elderly person. But back to cooking lamb. I have done it in a slow (0 comments)
"Season" is almost over, now what do I do in the Fabulous Florida Keys??? - 04/24/11 08:17 AM
Things you can do this week in the Fabulous Florida Keys. In Key West, go to Ripleys Believe it or Not. In Islamorada, watch the sunset from Marker 88 or Morada Bay restaurants Throughout the Keys, dive for Lionfish and cook them for dinner Rent a boat and go to lunch Get acupuncture Buy a plant, keep it alive Join a fitness center!
What do you do when Active Rain breaks down? - 04/24/11 08:08 AM
Wow, a day without Rain was rather daunting. I kept going back and going back. I guess I should explain that I keep several windows of Active Rain open at one time. If there is a post I want to read more thoroughly, I leave it open, if there is a contest I want to enter, I leave it open. If there is a post with a video I don't have time to watch, your guessed it! OPEN! Not only could I not access anything I had open, I couldn't post comments or do any blog posting. I was distraught, not (7 comments)
Wii Fitness Plus Zen Meditation and ME! (Should be for you too!) - 04/24/11 07:52 AM
Wii Fitness Plus Zen Meditation is one of the most helpful things I have come across for focusing. I am getting so much more done that I ever did before because of this silly 3 minutes sitting on the Wii balance board. If you have to exercise, isn't sitting on your butt the best kind? My system is simple, I spend 10-20 minutes with the WII free run and the treadmill, often listening to motivational CD's. (This week is Anthony Robbins). I also spend some quiet time reflecting on the day ahead. After my treadmill workout and my 10 minutes of (3 comments)
Duck and Grassy Key Real Estate Sales April 3 through April 9 - 04/17/11 02:18 PM
There were 3 real estate sales closed on Duck and Grassy Keys from April 3 through April 9 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The lowest sale price was $138,250 for 243 Orange Ave and the highest was $713,400. for 302 Pine Tree St, a canal front single family home with dockage. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and call me for the best Realtor in the Keys! (3 comments)
Lower Keys Real Estate Sales April 3 through April 9 - 04/17/11 02:15 PM
There were 10 real estate sales closed in the lower Keys from April 3 through April 9 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. This includes Big Pine, Little Torch, Ramrod, Summerland, Cudjoe, Big Coppitt and Stock Island Keys The lowest sale price was $167K 55 Boca Chica Rd on Big Coppit and the highest was $2,750,000. for 23069 Redfish Lane, single family home with dockage. The medium price was just over $300K. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and (0 comments)
Marathon Real Estate Sales April 3 through April 9 - 04/17/11 02:09 PM
There were 2 real estate sales closed in Marathon from April 3 through April 9 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Marathon extends from Mile Marker 47ish south to Mile Marker 62ish. The lowest sale price was $70K for 19 Sombrero Blvd and the highest was $299,900,000. for 8052 Bonita Dr. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and call me for the best service in the Keys! (0 comments)
Key Largo Real Estate Sales April 3 through April 9 - 04/17/11 02:03 PM
There were 8 real estate sales closed in Key Largo from April 3 through April 9 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Key Largo extends from Mile Marker 91ish north to Mile Marker 126. The lowest sale price was $141,500K for a condo and the highest was $575K for 917 Jade Dr. a single family home with dockage. The medium price was just over $200K. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and call me for the best service in (0 comments)
Islamorada Real Estate Sales April 3 through April 9 - 04/17/11 01:59 PM
There were 3 real estate sales closed in Islamorada from April 3 through April 9 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Islamorada extends from Mile Marker 90ish south to Mile Marker 70ish. The lowest sale price was $154K for a condo and the highest was $1,282,000 for 171 Kahiki Dr a single family home with dockage. The third sale was for 122 Villabella Dr in Venetian Shore. Sale price was $1,040,000 This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and call (0 comments)
Tomorrow! Liars & Cheaters Golf Tournament at Keys Gate County Club - 04/16/11 02:51 PM
The annual Snapper's Liars & Cheaters Golf Tournament is being held at Keys Gate County Club in Homestead, FL on Saturday April 16, 2011. Check in is at 11:00 AM with a shot gun start at 12:00. It is a best ball scramble. Entry Fee is $100. which includes the round of golf, range balls, cart, beverages, lunch, awards banquet, goody bag and eligibility for great contests. As always, Captain Morgan will be a sponsor along with Budweiser and Best Buy. This event benefits Habitat for Humanity in the Upper Keys. For more info, call 305-852-5956 (0 comments)
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival - 04/16/11 02:31 PM
May 14th, 2011 is the Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival at Sombrero Beach, Marathon, in the fabulous Florida Keys. Team entry deadline is April 30th, 2011. There are two practice locations, Tarpon Creek Marina in the Marathon and Ibis Bay Waterfront Resort in Key West. Check it out at www.Battleinthe Bay.org and or call 305-766-1053.
SERIOUS BEACHIN' FUN! (0 comments)
Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament benefits Habitat for Humanity - 04/16/11 02:26 PM
May 6 & 7, 2011 is the Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament at the Catch 53 Bar and Grill on Key Colony Beach, in the fabulous Florida Keys. The cost is $175. per Angler. The mandatory Captains Meeting will be held on Friday May the 6th at Catch 53, located in the Holiday Inn at 6:00 PM, The awards banquet and ceremony will be at the Castaway's Restaurant on Saturday May 7 at 7:00 PM. Heaviest Dolphin (fish) levels have prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. For more info, call Cap Doug Mayer at 305-393-6376. (0 comments)
Keys GLEE to host and Earth Day finger food cook off - 04/16/11 02:18 PM
Earth Day in the Keys will be marked by a finger food cook off sponsored by Keys Glee (Green Living and energy education). Entries are to be delicious and nutritious and made with local ingredients. They must be "finger food" meaning you have to be able to eat them without utensils. Items are prepared in advance and delivered to the Bottle Cap Groove Lounge prior to the event at 5:00 Friday April 22, 2011. For more information, including how to register, how much to cook, who eats it, who does the judging etc, please call Bridget at 305-923-1994, and HAPPY EARTH (1 comments)
Last night was the Fur Ball! Make your plans for next year, this year was GREAT! - 04/16/11 02:06 PM
I admit, I didn't know what to expect. The event was the 2nd annual Fur Ball to be held at Holiday Isle's beach. The dress was Keys dressy casual, which meant anything from shorts to long sundress for ladies and shorts and a shirt (or even long pants) for men. Some ladies put on their long sundresses, I had on a skort and a blouse. There was dancing, but we did not partake. I thought there would only be a few of us. Tickets were $30 with a cash bar. What amazed me was how great the venue was. We had (3 comments)
Islamorada purrfect cat needs a forever home - 04/10/11 03:39 PM
Tanner needs a forever home. You can adopt him today if you have a loving home. He has been declawed in his front paws and knows how to use a cat door to go out to the screen patio. He is sweet and loving and LOVES to cuddle in a warm lap. Contact Caring for Cats for information on adopting Tanner or another purrfect kitty. (5 comments)
Tanner needs a Forever Home! - 04/10/11 03:25 PM
Tanner is a sweet neutered Male cat that has been declawed in his front paws. We are fostering him for about 6 more weeks. We hope to find him a forever home by then. He is very sweet and loving, likes to talk a bit and knows how to use a cat door. He is a great indoor cat because of the fact he was declawed. He loves to purr and like both men and women. He like everyone and is not shy. He is not a fraidy cat. He does not flinch at the garbage disposer or doorbell. He loves (0 comments)
Big Pine Real Estate sales March 26th to April 1, 2011 - 04/10/11 03:01 PM
There were 5 real estate sales closed in Big Pine Key from March 26 through April 1, 2011 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The lowest sale price was $160K and the highest was $399,000. The medium price was just over $200K. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off the fence and call me, the best Realtor in the Keys! (1 comments)
Marathon in the Fabulous Florida Keys has 8 sales for the Week March 26th thru April 1 2011 - 04/10/11 02:56 PM
There were 8 real estate sales closed in Marathon from March 26 through April 1, 2011 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Marathon includes from Mile Marker 62 south to Mile Marker 47. The lowest sale price was $78K and the highest was $350K for a condo. The medium price was in the mid 200'sK. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your butt and call me for the best Realtor in the Keys! (0 comments)
Islamorada Real Estate Sales March 26- April 1, 2011 - 04/10/11 02:48 PM
There were 7 real estate sales closed in Islamorada from March 26 through April 1, 2011 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Islamorada extends from Mile Marker 90ish south to Mile Marker 70ish. The lowest sale price was $205K for a condo and the highest was $825,000. for 124 Gulfside Drive, a canal front single family home with dockage. The medium price was just over $300K. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off your derriere and call me for the best Realtor (0 comments)
Key Largo Sales March 26 to April 1, 2011 - 04/10/11 02:43 PM
There were 17 real estate sales closed in Key Largo from March 26 through April 1, 2011 as reported by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Key Largo extends from Mile Marker 107 south to Mile Marker 91. The lowest sale price was $65K for a mobile home on Oakwood Ave and the highest was $1,275,000. for 9 Bounty Lane, an open water single family home with bay view and dockage. The medium price was just under $300K. This is one more indicator that if you are considering purchasing in the Keys, it is time to get off (0 comments)
Don't forget the Fur Ball April 15, 2011 This Friday night! - 04/10/11 02:29 PM
Don't forget to get your tickets for the 2nd annual Fur Ball being held this Friday April 15, 2011. This event raises money for Caring 4 Cats, the Islamorada Cat saviors. Theirs is a no kill facility. The event begins at 6:00 PM at Holiday Isle Beach Resort, Mile Marker 84.5. Tickets are $30. per person or $300 per per table of 10. For more information and tickets, call 305-664-5575. Visit the Caring for Cats website at www.caring4cats.net.
Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament, April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011 Marathon, Florida Keys - 04/10/11 02:22 PM
Marathon is the Venue for the 2011 Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament, April 29, 30 and May 1 in the Fabulous Florida Keys. You can pre-register online at www.MarathonOffshoreTournament.com or by calling 305-289-0199. There are over $25,000 in cash and prizes with a $10,000. first place biggest Cow and Bull combined. This event is presented by Big Time Bain and Tackle (0 comments)
OK, we have had Woofstock, and the Fur Ball, now comes Woof n' Worship. - 04/07/11 02:22 PM
St James the Fisherman Church will offer a Woof n Worship service on Sunday April 10th, Mile Marker 87.5 bay side at noon. Well behaved owners and dogs are welcome to worship together. The service will be held outdoors and refreshments will follow. Each dog will receive a special blessing and a St Francis medal for their collar.
The Fest is scheduled for April 10th at the TIB Amphitheater in Founders Park ( I made a Freudian slip and typed "Flounders" park, some people think the Village is in trouble). The event will begin at 11:00 AM and continue to 9:00 PM. The music starts at 12:00. Tasty treats will be on sale by such local icons as Kaiyo Grill, Taster's Grill, Green Turtle, Barbecue Bob's (1 comments)
I love grocery sales. Some suggestion to make tasty and cheap. - 04/03/11 09:34 PM
I cook for two. On sale this week was Murray and David's corned beef, hamburger (3 lbs), whole chicken, mushrooms, pot roast and beef ribs (.99 lb) so here is what I made. I bought a large head of cabbage and 2 lbs of carrots. I had celery, onions and the like. I used the outside leaves of the head of cabbage for stuffed cabbage, the center of the cabbage went into the corned beef and cabbage and of course carrots and onions.The ground meat went inside the stuffed cabbage I pressure cooked the ribs with some broth I had in (1 comments)
How do YOU tell if the buyers are for real? - 04/03/11 10:47 AM
I have spent hours with people. Some I can tell are just kicking tires, others go back to a place twice and take measurements and talk about where they will put the washer and dryer. Neither of these couple bought, and it is not so much that I don't enjoy getting to know new people, and I don't mind seeing the inventory that is out there. What I have a problem dealing with is people wasting my time. Just tell me you are trying to decide between here and Naples or you will only buy if the perfect property is available (5 comments)
Today is the day for Island Fest and taste of Islamorada, the Florida Keys - 04/03/11 10:38 AM
If any one notice, the traffic yesterday was just about nil passing Founders Park, even though Island Fest was going on. You could actually get a good parking space at 12:45. I think everyone is waiting for today, just like I am. Today is not only Island Fest, but Taste of Islamorada, too. Taste of Islamorada showcases some of the best restaurants in the area. In years past, you purchased tickets at the ticket booth and used the tickets to purchase items. I don't know if they are still doing that or if you can by at each booth. I will (0 comments)
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