Time to go home to Maryland. It’s with mixed feelings that we leave today. The weather is gorgeous, there is a pool in our backyard and we are going home to cold, rainy weather, with a vast stretch of marsh land and waterfront as our view. It is lovely and serene but we love it most in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.  We did miss a big snow and one month of Winter so we should count our blessings. Even our dog, Toby, seems a little sad and wanted to walk an extra time or two this morning. Wonder if he has any idea we have to get on a plane again?

So, we have eaten well, drank much, and lounged for too long. I feel like a stuffed Turkey! Both Joe (my husband), and I have decided we need to get back in control. Now that both of us are getting more “mature”, because I hate the word old unless it’s used to refer to relics and antiques, we are trying to be more health conscious. We don’t always stay on track but when the train derails we go back at it again. Exercise, is something else we lack so it’s time for us to use that gym membership we pay for, at least until we can go out and walk or bike again in reasonable weather.

Fish, chicken, lean cuts of beef, tons of vegies, legumes. All things both of us truly love, thank God. I will post our endeavors and of course our failings…..haha. I think it’s only fair. Let’s face it, human fraility is in us all! So check out my future recipes and of course any help in this area on your part is welcome.

See you when I get back to good old Maryland. Lots of stories and fun to share from the Land of Pleasant Living as it is so aptly referred to.

Bon Voyage



So it begins….. As I sit here at a dining room table in Aruba, wondering what made me start this blog it occurs to me that I am truly a foodie. My husband and I and some of our family rented a villa in Aruba for 3 weeks. It’s the first time we have been away for this length of time and I am a little homesick….silly I know but nonetheless I am.

I started writing a cookbook 8 years ago. I am committed to finishing that book and want to share my recipes, successes and failures with you. I’ve never done anything like this before but want to leave something behind for my children and family and friends. So forgive me, this will be a learning experience for me. I am always open to constructive criticism and appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Through the love of family and friends and my children I have learned that I love to cook. It hasn’t hurt that there are a multitude of cooking shows, cookbooks, and magazines that have helped me along the way.

The title, Around the Butcher Block, came about because of a butcher block island made from an old sewing machine stand that stood in my galley kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland. My kitchen was too small for a table but that butcher block saw many meals, heard many stories, and shared many good and bad times. If it could talk I am sure it would have plenty to say. So pull up a stool at my butcher block, have a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of wine and share my journey.


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