Author Archives: Karen

About Karen

While loving the wizardry of words, I also love to travel because of that present-moment sense that each day is a gift to unwrap that the experience of travel conveys so well. Other passions include hiking, gardening, photographing, movies and documentaries, reading, writing (I've finished my first novel .... and seeking an agent) and entering recipe contests. Michael and I are both fascinated with factory tours, literary landmarks, and seeking restaurants mentioned in novels - just to see if they exist. Our favorite restaurant we've found this way is the Nuevo Latino-style Yuca (www.yuca.com) in Miami.

Two Ingredient Goodness …. and a Step Back In Time

Those of us who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s remember, with fondness, the ubiquitous Icebox Cakes.   From what little information I’ve been able to find, Icebox cakes became popular in this country in the 20′s and 30′s … Continue reading

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Hurts So Good

When it comes to high-octane food, there’s nothing with more oomph than chile peppers from the Genus Capsicum. When you’re looking for a little extra sizzle for your vittles, these culinary gems offer a wide range of heat-enhancement options.  That heat … Continue reading

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Our Spiritual – and Spirited – Summer Thursday Nights at St. John’s

Despite the weather and the date on the calendar, summer for us doesn’t officially begin until the advent of St. John’s Summer Concert Series in Billings in early July.  This retirement and nursing home community has as its mission to … Continue reading

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Maybe the Best Margarita …… Ever?

For year and years, we pursued a noble quest, traipsing throughout our good lands, to find the best Margarita in the country.  Particularly, on our road trips down and back to the Everglades, we haunted bars and restaurants in pursuit … Continue reading

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Neon, Nectar, and a Guitar-Pickin’ Knight

This past Friday night, at the invitation of our No-Blood-Kin Cuzzin Al Cooper, we headed south to Red Lodge, Mt to spend an evening listening to this guitar-pickin’ knight – the revered Reverend Al – perform at Snow Creek Saloon. Now I’ve … Continue reading

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On a Roll ……… or how Making Some Dough Can, Sometimes, Change A Life

I’ve always been intrigued by bread.  To me, it’s total alchemy – to take the simplest and plainest of ingredients (flour, water, salt, and yeast), mix ‘em all together, and come up with something that’s so totally morphed and changed … Continue reading

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It Tastes Just Like Summer!

I am not a vodka fan (sorry, Barb).  It has no flavor, so I’ve just never been able to see the point.  I love a rich, layered, full-bodied cab or merlot, a festive margarita, a smokey Laphroaig Scotch (back in … Continue reading

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How We Went to Church on Saturday ….

….. or at least that’s what it felt like when Michael and I took a little road trip – about 45 miles to the north – to Molt, MT Saturday morning.   Here’s the view on the way to Molt (where … Continue reading

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Some Fun in the Winter Sun ….. and Moonlight, too

I’ll admit it – I’m challenged by winter in Montana.   It’s not so much the cold, as the fact that it’s dark for most of the day (or so it seems) and I just want to sit inside, next … Continue reading

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A Drive Up the Canyon …. and a Walk in the Woods

Fall has graced us here in Montana, and, for the first time in years, it’s been a leisurely process, with warm days and mild nights.  In fact, in mid-October, we even had some record highs, with temperatures in the 90′s. … Continue reading

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