Fun At The Beach

Fun At The BeachFun At The Beach on a Sunday is rare for us. There are always way to many people. During the “high season” it is crowed with people that are on vacation from other countries. During the “Low season” the beaches are crowed with the people of Mexico that plan their vacations at this time. They come from Guadalajara and as far away as Mexico City. They have worked long and hard during the “tourist season” and now it’s their turn for fun on the beach. The hotels and restaurants have lower prices during the low season, which is smart because they fill up with locals.

We went on Sunday this time because we were taking a nephew and his wife for lunch and this is the only day they had available. Where we took them the restaurant serves a nice coconut shrimp which is a favorite of my wife and myself. One of our guests enjoyed the Fun At The Beachcoconut shrimp while the other opted for fresh filet of red snapper.  We had fun at the beach even if it was crowded.

It’s a good thing because a couple of days later and it is raining. Fun At The BeachIt started last night with lighting and thunder about 9 p.m. and isn’t scheduled to stop for another 24 hours. It is hard rain on and off so a lot of the streets are flooded. It’s a good day to stay home and enjoy time with each other and work on our hobbies..I am making a leather hat band for one of my hats and my wife makes purses using the pop-tops from soda and beer cans. No, I don’t drink all that soda and beer, we have a group of people that collect them for her. It takes up to 1200 of them for one purse.

Fun At The BeachWhile I am here I wanted to let my retired seniors know that I will be starting a series later this week about how to add to your retirement income on-line. It will be two to three articles a week for about three weeks. It is ideas and information about making a little pocket-money but the sky is the limit depending on what you do with the information. I hope to see comments after each article about how you are using the information. I can then share that with other retired seniors that are following along.

For our friends that are into healthy foods, we have a series about Growing Your own Salads available on our other website. You can find them at:    So jump over there and see if it is something you might like to do. We grow our own fresh salads because in Mexico you do not want to cook indoors during the afternoon hours. We have found growing our own salads to be a fun hobby and a nice lunch when we are at home.

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bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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How to Cook Wild Caught Salmon

  1. How To Cook Wild Caught SalmonHow To CookWild Caught Salmon depends on how the salmon has been prepared. Filets will cook much faster than salmon steaks. You want to choose Your Salmon Recipe By Its Preparation Method. I might pan sear a filet whereas I would start thinking grilling a Salmon Steak, perhaps on a hardwood plank.

Salmon is one of the tastiest fish to come from the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Indeed, you can also find salmon in the Great Lakes of Michigan as well as several other kinds of lakes all around the world. This global presence means that you can find a wild caught salmon almost anywhere in the world. With all that wild caught fresh salmon available, I would never buy a farm raised fish.

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Spending Time In The Sun For Your Health

                                   Spending time in the sun for your health Spending Time In the Sun For Your Health

Living here in Puerto Vallarta, all year does allow me to be in the sun almost daily. Of course I had to learn to wear a hat or baseball style cap once I got here. I really hated wearing anything

on my head, having worn a chefs hat most of the day for 40 years. However  when some friends moved here from Tucson, Arizona they helped change my mind. They pointed out that about 80 to 85 percent of senior citizens that move to sunny Arizona, have eye problems because they do not protect them from the sun. A good pair of sun blocking eye glasses will do the trick as well as the hat. I would need prescription sun glasses so for now, my little $15 cap is doing the job. Continue reading

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The Rainy Season In Puerto Vallarta

thunder stormsThe Rainy Season In Puerto Vallarta

As July winds down and we get ready for the month of August, it is the rainy season here in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico. That means lighting shows, thunder and heavy rain almost every night for the next few weeks. It does not rule out rain during the day as well. However, the rain storms during the day are usually not nearly as heavy. It also means the humidity will be somewhere between 75 and 100 percent most days from mid-morning until very late in the day. With temperatures reaching the 90’s on most days, that is not a good combination. Continue reading

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Visiting Wisconsin

Visiting Wisconsin

Picture taken on the fox river in Wisconsin

We have been visiting Wisconsin this past 10 days which left little time to write a blog post. It was a quick trip to see our new grand daughter. We arrived on the 5th and she was born on the 7th. Because we all knew that she was being born with health issues we all wanted to be there when she arrived. Although she does have the issues, she is a fighter and is doing better than expected at this time. She entered the world at 4 pounds 18 inches so she is a cute little girl. I can’t share a picture because I failed to ask permission from my daughter and we are now back in Mexico. We hope to be returning in a couple of months when we will be able to visit more. However, we have two grand daughters in Texas and they are both expecting in November so that is high on our list of places to visit this year….who said retirement life would be dull. Continue reading

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Best Banana Bread Recipe

Best Banana Bread RecipeWe consider this to The Best Banana Bread Recipe but I am sure there are those that have their own recipes that would disagree with me. That’s fair. There are a great number of Banana Bread recipes out there. The object is to take one and make it your own.

Banana bread is a sweet-tasting bread which is cooked into loaves made from mashed bananas. It is a quick bread that utilizes baking soda to help it rise or acts a leavening agent for the bread. Many cooks like to make variations in their banana bread recipe by adding nuts or raisins or other ingredients. It is a simple recipe that does not need complex ingredients and does not even need an electric beater if you do not have one.

Banana bread was popularized in mid 1900’s when baking soda was also popularized. In some Asian countries, banana bread is a regular food and can also be served as an alternative to white bread.

We have about  a dozen banana trees in our backyard so making banana bread is a natural way to use up some of the bananas that we are always blessed with..of course with that many bananas getting ripe at the same time, I am baking banana bread to give away to the people living near us and to family. In Mexico everyone shares whatever they have, so in return others are always giving us from their crops. Things such as avocados from the people living across the street. Our avocado tree will be producing soon so then I will be sharing those recipes soon.

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Best Banana Bread Recipe
Cuisine: International
Recipe type: Breads
  • 1 cup butter for shortening
  • 5 over-ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 free range chicken eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Mexican vanilla
  1. Combine shortening, bananas and sugar.
  2. Slowly add eggs, one at a time and beat well.
  3. Sift baking soda, flour and salt together.
  4. Alternately add the other dry ingredients along with the buttermilk to the batter mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla and nuts and mix the banana bread mixture well.
  6. You will need two greased loaf pans for the entire banana bread recipe mixture.
  7. Do not fill to the top since the banana bread recipe will rise, you might like to give at least an inch space from the rim of the loaf pans.
  8. Bake the mixture for seventy to eighty minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean from the bread.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a baking rack

Banana bread is a nutritious alternative to white bread and can also be made with wheat bread or whole grain. There are many variations to the traditional banana bread but the more effective banana bread recipe calls for overripe bananas. If you do not use overripe bananas, the tendency is that the top of the banana bread loaf will remain moist and you will have a hard time distinguishing if it is already done or not.

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bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Salt Block Cooking

 Salt Block CookingThis is a book review which is something that I don’t do all that often. It is about Salt Block Cooking, with 70 Recipes for Grilling and Chilling. You can get started cooking in an area your friends have probable never heard about. But first, read the review in case this is not for you.

At this point most of you know that I  have a love affair with food, I rarely stumble across a cooking concept that is entirely foreign to me. This is not to say that I have personally tried every cooking technique or idea out there – not by a long shot. However, I do have a pretty good grasp on current trends and classic cooking methods.

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Spiced Watermelon Margarita

Spiced Watermelon MargaritaIt is watermelon season here in Mexico so lets make a Spiced Watermelon Margarita. Actually it seems to me that it is always watermelon season here in Mexico. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see a pickup parked along side the road selling watermelons.

You can use other fruits in place of the watermelon as the seasons change in your area. Of course, in the name or research you will always want to make a small batch to try before you offer this to friends. Perhaps on movie night you could make a pitcher and then find something on netflix and enjoy.

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Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade

Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass LemonadeNow that summer is really here let’s make some Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade. You will be getting this post on a day when my wife and I will be spending most of our day in airports or on airplanes. We are flying to Wisconsin to visit our family for a couple of weeks. Don’t tell my wife but I am already looking forward to the trip back to our home in Mexico. I love to visit the family but I don’t care for the travel part of it as much as I once did.

Homemade lemonade is such a great summertime treat. It’s delicious, refreshing and so easy to make. With just a couple of ingredients, you can be serving up this “Gourmet” Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade and treat your friends and family to a healthy summer drink.

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Why Not Retire To Mexico

Retire To MexicoLet’s spend a little while talking about life here. Why Not Retire To Mexico, well here are a couple of reasons. If you are thinking about moving here I will also share why you might want to Retire here but that will be another article. Both articles will be general information because like everything there are two sides to every story.

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