The Best of Arizona

Arizona is a very diverse state, climate and region wise. Most of us when we think Arizona, we think heat, desert, dry air. What we do not think is snow, cold, blizzards. My family and I visited Arizona in February and we encountered all these phenomenal conditions. Let me start by explaining how we do extended vacations. Occasionally we decide to go to an area that we probably will not return to for a second visit. Therefore, we will extend the trip for a longer period and we will stay a few days in each region to try to absorb as much of the culture and life as possible.

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Berry Pancakes

These berry pancakes are packed with chunks of juicy strawberries and delightful blueberries in every bite and so light and fluffy you’ll think you’re eating cake. What a great way to start the morning!

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Adventures of the Gorge

This weekend trip is ideal for the nature lover and the thrill seeker. Offering whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing, rappelling,  kayaking, and endless trails that are suited for all levels of hikers. Be sure to stop at a visitors center and ask about the trails before taking off. Some can be quite extensive winding down, down, down. Others will have you hugging a narrow trail along a steep cliff with no guardrails. At the bottom, however, is where you will find the forgotten coal mines.  Just remember what goes down must come up!

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Jerk Chicken

Jamaican jerk chicken, full of fiery heat with warm flavors and a dash of sweet, serve it with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and grilled pineapple to complete the deliciousness of this meal.

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Why I love to Garden!

I came across a t-shirt the other day that read, “I love gardening from my head tomatoes,” and I laughed. It’s funny because it’s true. I love every aspect of gardening. I’ve never stopped to analyze the whys of it until that t-shirt. Gardening, according to Wikipedia, is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. That may be true but for me, gardening is so much more.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

I know not everyone is a fan of fruit in their salad, but if you are this is a fresh summer salad with a unique twist: Watermelon Feta Salad. The watermelon and candied pecans give it a touch of sweet while the radishes and dressing serve up a pinch of heat.

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Pesto

Basil is a fast-growing herb that thrives in heat. It’s important to keep basil cut back. It will begin to flower and turn to seed quickly if you do not stay on top of it. If it wasn’t so darn good I wouldn’t bother with it, but alas it is one of my favorite herbs.

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