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December 31st, 2014

Happy New Year!! Hello 2015, Delaware Beaches, You are Looking Good for 2015!!

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It was early New Year’s Eve in Rehoboth Beach.  The Boardwalk was quiet and it was 29 degrees…brrrr!!  Downtown Rehoboth Beach was so clean and ready for those revelers that would be celebrating the beginning of a New Year.

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“Genuine success comes only to those who are ready for it.  So, never step back and always have courage to accept new challenges.”

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I wish you a Very Happy New Year!!

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My hope is that it brings to all of us peace and health.

Resolutions?  I always start the New Year with wanting to lose weight, be a better person, and a better friend.

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I stayed home with my children.  I love Shrimp Creole based on Chef Paul Prudhomme’s recipe on New Year’s Eve.  I make it my own, though.  The step by step recipe can be found on AboutMyBeaches.  Just click on the month of January, 2013 and scroll down to the 29th.  It is an easy recipe that most can be made ahead of time.  Add a spinach salad and you really have a beautiful meal.

Michael decided that his strawberries were blog worthy.  Here they are!!

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Can’t wait to see what will be going on…..AboutMyBeaches!!

December 29th, 2014

Shell We Bounce, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Delaware, Inflatable Bounce House Center, Parent’s Night Out Babysitting? Oh, Yes!, Birthday Parties? Definitely! Indoor fun at the Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware!

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What I could have given to find a place like Shell We Bounce when my kids were young!! Shell We Bounce is fairly new to the area but parents have found it quickly.  It is a family owned business.  Located at 20699 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey in the stretch known to locals as the “forgotten mile”.  Plenty of parking available year-round.

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Telephone:  302-727-5416.  Website?  http://www.shellwebounce.com.  Find them on Facebook.

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I had to meet Stuart and his son, Max….Max was having some playing time today.  Damp and cooler temperatures….kids are out of school!!  At the counter, everyone that comes in has to sign a waiver…painless to do.  Already plenty of parents were on site.  Some sitting, and watching and others interacting much more.  Shell We Bounce has plenty of staff available to see that everyone is safe.

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Hungry?  Snacks for the family and coffee, as well.

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This Holiday week, they are open every day.  New Year’s Eve until 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day.  For more information, please visit http://www.shellwebounce.com/hours-of-operation/.  The pricing is reasonable for so much fun.  1 hour of bouncing; $8.50, 2 hours of bouncing; $12.50, and 3 hours of delightful bouncing; $16.50.  Toddler Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until Noon with reduced price plus a free snack!!

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The area called Zoo Animals Inflatable are for toddlers……recognize the red head toddler having a great time, while his mother watches?  A local!!

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I remember when I first moved to Bethany Beach so many years ago.  At first not knowing anyone.  But, it was only when I had my children and went out to take them to enjoy what was then available at the time, that I started to meet those friends in the same position and we have been friends forever.  As I looked at these parents today, it brought memories.

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Climbing Walls, an Obstacle Course, and a Double Slide….all age appropriate.

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The Double Slide!!

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Plenty of areas to have a Birthday Party.

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Please remember that this is not a drop-off for childcare.  The only time that drop offs are allowed is when there is an organized event or a Parent’s Night Out.  The place has great lighting, fun colors….and the kids are having fun!!

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Happy New Year’s!!  Talk to you later.

December 28th, 2014

Whiskey Beach, Gordons Pond, Activities, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches….Warmer Temperatures, Stress Free Holidays at The Beach, Southern Delaware

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Hard to imagine that another year is gone.  If you are spending the Holidays at the Delaware Beaches then this week-end was awesome!!  Warmer temperatures brought visitors and residents to walk, shop, and dine.

Too much eating brought my son, Michael, and I to Whiskey Beach and Gordons Pond.  He told me I had to be more transparent when I mention about a “little” walk.  Walking 5 miles was not going to be on his agenda on Saturday.  He wanted to be on the beach.

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On a beautiful day in Rehoboth Beach you can go north, past the Boardwalk, follow the road all the way to the Park.  You can park anywhere at this time of the year.  You have 2 choices.  You can follow the trail on Gordons Pond, which is so scenic and will connect you with Lewes.  Take some water with you.  Biking, walking, jogging, that’s what most people do.  Camera ready, as well.

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We decided to go on Whiskey Beach.  To tell you the truth just the sound of the ocean, the gentle breezes, and the solitude of the beach made me realize how lucky I am to live here.

The WWII Towers always standing guard.  Never get tired of looking at them.

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Whiskey Beach has a colorful past.  It has been said that during Pohibition in the 1920’s, this beach was a rendezvous for rumrunners.  Isolated and out of the way.

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Others say that it was an ideal place for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles during and after WWII to gather and party without being bothered.

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It is a great place to unwind and breathe that salt air.

Or, to walk off your Christmas dinner…from Hickman’s Meat Market located at 19730 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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Talk to you later….

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December 23rd, 2014

The Bake Shoppe, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Cookies, Sticky Buns, Pastries, Breads, Cakes, Pies, Cupcakes, Donuts, Babkas, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Located for the past 14 years on the Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware…222 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-226-0176.  Owners are John and Joyce Michalek.  This is a go to bakery if you are spending time in Rehoboth Beach.  There are just a few full fledge bakeries in Rehoboth and to be honest they are all great, but yesterday my stop was at The Bake Shoppe getting a few Christmas goodies for my accountant.  The bakery is small and cozy.  You can sit and have a coffee enjoying some of their delicious baked goods.  A breakfast sandwich?  They serve those too at The Bake Shoppe.

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It is a local’s hangout with plenty of residents stopping by early in the morning.  The Bake Shoppe is open year-round.  On Christmas Eve they will be opening until 3 p.m.

Bakeries are happy places; the aroma of cookies, cakes, breads, pies, always bringing out childhood memories.  At this time of the year look what I found at The Bake Shoppe on The Avenue.

Christmas baking is colorful and plentiful.

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The Rehoboth Bake Shoppe is the home of the Babka.  These are traditional, delicate, “cakes” traditionally made in Western Russia and Eastern Poland.  Some are filled with fruit, cheese or chocolate.  Always can be found at the bakery.

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Sticky buns and muffins.  Great with coffee.

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All homemade, pies and pastries for the Holidays!!

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Cupcakes!!  Always a good choice.

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Breads and don’t forget the jams!!

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Note:  The Bake Shoppe bakes custom cakes for any occasion.

Merry, Merry!!

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December 22nd, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Stress Free Holidays, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Staying Local, Shopping Local, Dining Local

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A short post!!  Early this a.m. I went to Downtown Rehoboth Beach and the town looked totally at peace.  You have been here during the Summer, right?  And during the Second Season, right?  So look at those photos above.  Looking north and looking south….this mile-long boardwalk is taking a well-deserved rest.  Don’t get me wrong there will be plenty of visitors celebrating the Holidays at the Beach.  It is a great time of the year.

This Boardwalk provides tourists and residents opportunities for walking, jogging and cycling just steps away from the ocean.  And, check Santa’s House….the cutest on the East Coast with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Bandstand is located at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk….you will also find the gorgeous Christmas Tree, and the Veterans Park.

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“The sound of the sea helps me get back to me.”  author unknown

That’s my post!!

December 21st, 2014

Destination? Delray Beach, Florida, The Holidays, Collado’s Market, Snowflaking?, Snowbirding?, South Florida, Palm Beach County

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Over the years Delray Beach, Florida, has been a destination for my family.  I might add that I visited Delray not only in the winter but throughout the year.  Easy to get to from the Mid-Atlantic States.  What first appealed to us was the fact that Delray Beach has unobstructed beaches.  The water is crystal clear and the beach…..oh, soooo wide!!

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You can tell my mind is wondering to warm places as winter begins today, Sunday, December 21st.  It’s cold but I am not tired of it yet.

Delray Beach is quaint and charm.  It is known as the Village by the Sea.  It is not a manmade town, it always was there waiting for all of us to discover it.  For many years it stayed dormant but not anymore.  It is diverse, and it does have it all…great weather, shops, restaurants, artists, entertainment and history.

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Delray can celebrate the holidays like no other town in South Florida.  The 100 ft. Christmas Tree can be seen for miles.  And, even the seagrape trees get decorated.

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Out with the old and in with the new…..I still remember Santa’s House.  The new one more modern to fit the times.

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Santa will be visiting today from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Delray might be quiet early in the a.m. but give it time as people start strolling, jogging, and power walking ready for a day in town.

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Collado’s Market is located at 3416 S. Federal Highway in Delray Beach.  Tel. 561-276-1866.  They are open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  It is a family owned market, and they do cater.

Driving south from Linton Blvd. on Federal they are 1.4 miles on the right just after Lindell Blvd. and Walgreens.  And, if you are heading north on Federal they are 2 miles north of Yamato.  Make a left turn just before Lindell Blvd.  New super market have opened in Delray Beach, but Collado’s Market has that personal attention, and quick in and out access.

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Gourmet platters, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and wraps.  Lunch or dinner entrees are always ready to go.  Specialty orders are welcomed…just give them a call.  Boar’s Head…gluten free!!

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In-house wine sommelier can direct you the a unique selection of imported organic wines.

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Fresh vegetables and always freshly squeezed orange juice!

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Have a great Stress Free Vacation!!

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December 18th, 2014

A Taste for Art of Southern Delaware, Fundraising, Children & Families First, Event, Savor, Shop, Enjoy, & Sip, Fall Fundraising at the Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Savoring the dishes prepared tableside by the area’s top restaurants, shopping beautiful works of art by local artists and artisans….just in time for the Holiday Season, enjoying the soothing sounds of live music, and sipping martinis, beer, and wine.

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All for a good cause.  The event was to benefit Children & Families First, an organization that has been in existence since 1884.  Focusing on children and families Children & Families First goes the full circle; from helping moms have healthy babies to supporting healthy aging for older adults….and everything in between.

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To know about them, and to give a much appreciated donations by the end of the year, please visit http://www.cffde.org.  They have locations in Wilmington, Dover, Seaford, and Georgetown.

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Two events happen every year in Southern Delaware.  The office located at 410 South Bedford Street in Georgetown, Delaware was in charge of putting the 2 events in Sussex County.  At the helm?  Marcie Urgo.  Tel. 302-856-2388.

In its fith year a Taste for Art of Southern Delaware is an event not to be missed.  It is a fun night!  This year’s event took place at Indy Hall at Independence, accessible to all Delaware Beaches and beyond.

It was a festive atmosphere with guests mingling as they sampled delicious tapas style presentations, shopping and listening to music.

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Thirteen local artists set up shop around the rooms, along with the restaurants.  Here are some photos.

Basket Whimsies by Mary Morton – Beautiful fabrics making a variety of items.

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Kevin Fleming – A Delaware native and international photographer.  http://www.kevinfleming.com.

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Magpie Design – One of a kind figues made from papier mache.  Peggie Gielis creates them and they were one of my favorites.  Visit her shop on http://www.etsy.com/shop/magpiedesignltd.

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I found at A Taste for Art one of my favorite toffees….Taylor’s Toffee is made in Selbyville, Delaware, a few miles of Fenwick Island on Rt. 54.  This is a family operation and it is so good.  Please visit http://www.taylorstoffee.com.

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And a Silent Auction for those that wanted the excitement of watching their bids for pretty nice things.

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It is almost the end of 2014, but a new year is just around the corner with many activities and events covering the Delmarva Peninsula…..when you see A Taste for Art of Southern Delaware….make sure you pencil it in.  It is usually in the Fall.  Don’t worry, I will let you know.

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Merry Christmas!!

December 9th, 2014

Poolside at The Breakers Palm Beach, Bungalows, The Reef, Florida, Luxury Resort, South Florida, Palm Beach County

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It is past midnight as I write this post.  I am wondering if my plane will be on time.  Southern Delaware is being hit with one of those Mid Atlantic n’or easters.  Nasty weather event!!

So I started thinking about that Bungalow at The Breakers Palm Beach….what a setting!   Warm breezes, swaying palm trees, personal service.  Visualization, that’s what I am doing.

The Breakers Palm Beach is located at One South County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480  Tel. 561-659-8488, or, 888-273-2537.  Website?  http://www.thebreakers.com

There are 4 pools at the Breakers Palm Beach for guests and club members.  They are all gorgeous.

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At poolside?  Yes, the beach by its side, as well, and two restaurants.  But Cindi and I were looking for Bungalow 15…The Reef.

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These bungalows are only for the hotel guests and club members, as well.  They are about 300 to 400 square feet.  Do you like to lounge?  Take in the scenery?  This is a real treat.

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Private patios, living room, refrigerator, flat screen t.v., bathroom, well appointed with spa necessities…..and food.  Some, not all have open sky showers….ours did.

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The idea is to relax, to just stay at the water’s edge and enjoy your well deserved vacation.

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Molly, our personal concierge, received us with fruits and a something to quench our thirst.

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So, the girls in the next Bungalow were having a nice time…then a delivery of red roses, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries….the giggles and the excitement of a birthday surprise by a significant other.  They told us at The Breakers that nothing is impossible to make your dreams come true at The Breakers Palm Beach!

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Still pouring…..and still dreaming….Have a Good One!!

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