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On our way back from Key West… we decided to stop in to The Breaker Hotel in West Palm Beach and have some lunch. It was a perfect idea, because we got there around 2pm (even with the time change!)

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

We toured the historic hotel and really enjoyed the ceilings in the event rooms. Each room had a different theme and eccentric design. It’s amazing these works of art were done in the early 1900’s. 

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

Of course while we were touring we took some pictures of the ocean front view as boats crossed the landscape. To continue the ocean front theme, we had a window view during our lunch.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

They had something new, raspberry lemonade, which I thought was really good. I’m sure it had more sugar in it than I would have liked.

Lunch included a Green Salad and some Fried Zucchini… when I saw that on the menu it reminded me of the Fried Zucchini I had at Carrabba’s and wanted to taste the difference. It was just as good.

Just after 8pm tonight we made it home to a breezy night in Palm Coast. I still had my shorts on from Key West and was freezing while we were unloading the car.  I warmed up and managed to make a quick dinner of Fresh Vegetable Salad while we watched 2 & a Half Men.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

3Green Onions

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion

Garlic Powder

Directions: Wash and chop up the vegetables in a bowl. Mix Olive Oil, Vinegar and seasonings in with vegetables and serve. 

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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For dinner, I made Mike’s son Roasted Potatoes and Onions with some Paprika, Parsley and other Seasonings. I have to say, it was really good for no other dinner preparations. I thought I’d pour some Olive Oil into a Sauté Pan and threw in the cut up Potatoes with their skin still on. I did the Potatoes first, because it takes them longer to cook. Then I added the Onions. But the Potatoes were falling apart and kind of burning to the bottom of the pan. So I turned down the heat and added some more Olive Oil and then I added the Seasonings and let the Onions cook. 

Potatoes & Onions:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Potatoes

1 Medium Yellow Onion

3Tbls. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Parsley

1/4 Cup Paprika

1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut Potatoes into 1/4-inch cubes then slice Onions into thin slices. Heat Olive Oil in Sauté Pan and add Potatoes, sliced Onions, then seasonings. Let ingredients soften and meld together. 

While I was making the Potatoes and Onions, I decided to have the left over Fresh Vegetable Salad I made the night before. I also had some Whole Grain Rigatoni from the day before. BUT much to my surprise, the Fresh Vegetable Salad didn’t keep very well. The Vinegar in it became too overpowering, making it too sour and tart to eat. So I had some of the Potatoes & Onions.

For dessert, I drank some Carrot Juice with a couple more pieces of Danish! I can’t believe it… just because this food is in the house I feel I need to eat it. This is not right!!!!!   

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