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for Busy People! And sharing our life adventures along the way!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! This year we tried several new recipes for Thanksgiving that I will be sharing. We also ventured into making a deep-fried turkey with a deep fryer that can be used within the house. The day before the turkey was injected with a butter and garlic marinade and an Italian seasoning rub was added. Thanksgiving morning the turkey was deep-fried and came out great! My current cooking project is making a turkey stock to turn into a turkey veggie soup!

Today I am sharing a wonderful cranberry bread that we served for Thanksgiving and am planning on making it again for Christmas. It is an easy healthy recipe blending together different flavors for a holiday bread that is not sweet but isn’t sour either. And it makes two-loaves that warms up nicely in the oven or microwave. It can be enjoyed on its own, with butter, jelly, or other fun topping!!


Dry Ingredients
1 ½ cups Flour
1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 ¼ cups Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
⅛ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Baking soda

Wet Ingredients
¾ cup Fat-Free Milk
½ cup Maple Syrup
⅓ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Egg Whites
1 Egg

Filling
2 cups Fresh Cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup Chopped Pecans, toasted

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; prepare two 8×4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients. Then stir the wet ingredients into the large bowl that contains the dry ingredients. Once well mixed, stir in the cranberries and pecans. Divide evenly between the two pans.

Bake about 50-minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10-minutes on a cooling rack. Then loosen sides of the bread using a knife or spatula to remove from the loaf pans to fully cool. Once cooled, wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator or counter top where it is not too hot.

We just returned home from a wonderful trip to Newport, Rhode Island. It was our first time at this location, and we were overwhelmed by the splendor of the Gilded Age mansions and all that there is to do in Newport. Definitely an area that we could go back multiple times and still have new adventures to enjoy!

We stayed at the beautiful Victorian B&B Sarah Kendall built in 1871. We enjoyed our stay with Bryan and Fran. The day started with an amazing breakfast. There was always a warm dish plus fresh bagels and muffins from Bryan’s bakery. Plus an assortment of fresh fruit, juices, yogurt and hard boiled eggs. In the afternoon were wonderful chocolate chip cookies, fresh fruit, plus a Keurig with coffee and teas. In the evening, on the porch, was a cooler with pop, water, and beer. They definitely spoiled us and I highly recommend them. Plus the B&B is a few minutes walk from the visitor center and all the action!


We started with a 90-minute Trolley Tour to gain an appreciation of the area and then the RIPTA was our transportation to and from the mansions. At $6 a day per person it was an easy way to enjoy the area – bus 67 became our best friend. The bus drivers were friendly and helpful with finding your location. Walking was our second mode of transportation. Over the few days we were there, we walked about 30-miles! Newport’s visitor center was a daily stop for our bus pass and information. They were friendly and helpful!


There are many ways to get around Newport!


The Gilded Age Mansions are just overwhelming with both their beauty and stories surrounding those who owned them. They are seem more like an art museum with the craftsmanship, architecture, paintings, and pure beauty. Luckily the Preservation Society of Newport County owns 11 of them restoring them to their prior beauty. Unfortunately there was a time in our history when these mansion were considered “white elephants” with no value to society and they were being demolished. How anyone could demolish such beautiful architecture is beyond me.

We enjoyed The Elms, the Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Marble House, and Rosecliff. The wealthy were small business owners since they had large staffs to take care of their homes and grounds. There was so much to see that it was overwhelming and for as much as we viewed – we also missed. The Elms had a secret garden that we walked by but completely missed because we were intrigued by their European Beech trees.

The food was awesome. The first night we went to Jo’s Bistro and enjoyed their weekly special. For $20.95, I enjoyed a glass of wine, a wonderful salad, and Bourbon Glazed, pan-seared Salmon. Everything was excellent including the service! If you are in Newport, be sure to visit them! We did not have reservations; however if it is peak tourist season, you can make reservations.

The The Black Pearl had a wonderful outdoor and indoor dining. We went there for lunch and I had an awesome roasted turkey sandwich with cranberry and herb mayo. Plus a wonderful side of red roasted potato salad. We went there once for dinner and I had a roasted, BBQ chicken. I would recommend their outdoor patio for lunch but not dinner. The menu was far too limited. For dinner, try their indoor restaurant.

The Seafood Shack had a yummy cold and warm lobster roll. It was an outdoor shack where only cash is accepted.

The Red Parrot is a three-floor restaurant with a large menu. I had a Coco Loco Coconut Shrimp Wrap and a Coconut Mahi Mahi with a seafood stuffing that was awesome!! I also heard the Lobster Stuffed New York Strip steak is to dream about once you leave.

Mamma Luisa was recommended but we did not have the time to make reservations. But there is always next time!

The Cliff Walk provided wonderful views of the mansions and ocean. We were fortunate to view the Pierre Cardin collection at the Rosecliff mansion.

As I go through our pictures, I will share them – but honestly they will not do justice to this beautiful, historic area!!

Every year, a new area within Boldt’s Castle or outside is renovated. This year it was the Italians Gardens and a kitchen. We did not get a chance to see the kitchen but the Italian Gardens were just beautiful!! The new garden includes four marble statues, representing the four seasons, and a view of the shipping channel. The statues were found in the boat house, long forgotten and never installed. I do love gardens and Italian statues – such a nice step back into the past. The castle has been operated for 39 years by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, which estimated they have hosted more than 6.4 visitors and 1,200 weddings on Heart Island. Enjoy the gardens!!

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Today I am sharing pictures of Boldt’s Castle beautiful staircases and view from different floors that surround the staircase. The woodwork and craftsmanships is just beyond beautiful! At the end of the staircase is a beautiful painting of Louise. Also take a look at the ceiling view – it is awesome!

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We had a great time this summer at Thousands Island and our Uncle Sam’s boat tour to Boldt’s Castle. Over the past ten years a tremendous amount of money (collected from fees to tour the castle) to renovate it.
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Millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt built this castle as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise who died weeks before the work was completed. At the news of his wife’s death, George stopped all work on the castle. Over the years, the elements and vandals took a toll on this beautiful castle. Because Louise was never able to spend a night in this castle, as part of George’s will he indicates no one will ever spend a night in the castle. As such it will never be a hotel or resort. Both the inside of the Castle and the grounds are beautiful! It is a wonderful way to spend a day. Today I am sharing a few pictures of the grounds.

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While staying in Thousand Islands we always enjoy Uncle Sam’s 2 Nation 2 1/4 hour boat tour. It is the best way to appreciate the more than 1,000 Islands in this area. The Thousand Islands are both in the US and Canada. No passport is needed to enter Canadian waters as long as you do not anchor or dock anywhere. There are 1,864 Islands and you only get to see a small number of them. At the end of the tour you can get off the boat and spend time at Heart Island that contains the beautiful Boldt’s Castle. Pictures and stories will be shared about Boldt’s Castle in a future posting.

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The tour starts with getting a ticket and finding a good seat on the boat. We prefer to be on top to enjoy the fresh air of the St. Lawrence River. It is a clean river as there are fines if you throw anything in the water and fines if boats are going too fast. We were staying at Riveredge Resort and you can see our resort from the boat and during our tour.

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Below is a view of Riveredge Resort. That is where we stayed and our balcony faces the Uncle Sam boat tours. I shared views from our hotel room balcony in this posting.
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We were relaxed on the cruise! The days were sunny, hot and just perfect to be on the river.
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I love the Island that has a bridge crossing the US and Canada. The story goes if the owner gets mad at the country he is in, he just walks over the bridge to the other country. He just leaves the country! It is the shortest bridge between the US and Canada. Can you imagine owning it!
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My favorite Islands tend to be the small ones! This house has an interesting story. Boldt was extremely wealthy and part of the Gilded Age. He built this small house for his mother-in-law because there wasn’t room for her in the mansion. And it is rumored she was a sleep walker – could be dangerous on this little Island! Not sure how much of that is true, but it makes for a good story. To provide a perspective of the Island size, I included Boldt’s Boat House! Can you see the boat house in the below picture? It is to the right of the small house.
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Ok rumor about this house. A retired football player bought this house and asked his grandchildren what color to paint it. And they were little girls and wanted pink. So he has a pink house!
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This is the smallest Island. Notice the sign that say 15? That is the speed limit and if you are caught going above it there are stiff fines. To be considered an Island, three conditions must be met: 1) Above water level year round; 2) Have an area greater than 1 square foot; and 3) Support at least one living tree.

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I don’t have any information on the below houses – I just liked them!
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The 2 Nation Tour is a lot of fun with endless beauty!!
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We found a wonderful resort that we enjoy staying at during our time at the Thousands Islands. The Riveredge resort is right on the St. Lawrence River with awesome views from the rooms and dining! A wonderful site upon arriving at Alexandria Bay!

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A couple of turns and there is the resort!
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Our room overlooks the boats you see docked.
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Beautiful views from our hotel room overlooking the St. Lawrence Bay, Riveredge pool, tiki bar, and the Uncle Sam Boat tours. In the early morning we enjoyed watching the town slowly wake up!
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Our morning breakfast views was awesome! We also enjoyed a few lunches and dinners at Riveredge! Boldt Castle is visible in the below pictures and is a 10-minute boat ride.

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A few night time pictures!
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From our room’s balcony overlooking the pool and tiki bar.
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A view of Boldt Castle.
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Lastly, a few pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed at Riveredge.
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