Trade Winds Soothe the Soul

Perched on the edge of a blue lagoon along the Coconut Coast sits the Kauai Beach Hostel where accommodations are a little different. Bamboo doors may divide sleeping quarters and open-air communal gathering spots encourage free expression. Just beyond the bike trail in a grove of coconut palms, the ground dips enough to receive a small cluster of young bohemians. Easily recognized by their folksy clothing, beaded jewelry, long hair, and external spontaneity, the word “hippie” comes to mind. The guys often toss a hacky sac into the air or walk a tight rope stretched between two tree trunks like a balance beam. The gals may sometimes sit cross-legged on the ground in transcendental fashion facing the sea. At first glance it appears as though the feminine curve of a back seems naked and bare. A second look confirms it. Dark straight hair spills over each shoulder falling forward as this gypsy time-traveler engages the group in lively conversation. From time to time a puff of smoke is seen floating on the breeze carrying a distinct aroma slightly familiar. Clasped hands are joined in love. Radiant sunbeams pour through swaying palm fronds as heads roll back and laughter fills the air. Life is good on this peaceful tropical island where trade winds soothe the soul. 

🌞 The Sunshine of My Life 🌞 “Sunshine Bloggers Award!”

It has finally stopped raining in Indiana, so this award is perfect! Sunshine is bright, vibrant, warm, uplifting, and rejuvenating to the mind as well as the body. I simply could not survive without it. That’s why I have Lina of Lin’s Recipes to thank for nominating me for this cheerful award. Any time you wish to brighten your day, please check out her blog at for the “Fiction in the Kitchen” segment. She charms the reader a chapter at a time.

•Thank the person who nominated you.

• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
• Nominate a few other bloggers.
• Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
• Notify the bloggers on their blog.
• Put the award button on your blog.
My Answers:
The recipe that challenges you the most? 🍓 At this point, I would have to say Pizza. I have been working on a crust that is thin, crunchy, flavorful, and can hold the toppings without getting soggy. I’m getting there.

Favourite clothing line? 🍓 It’s a toss up between Ralph Lauren and Jones New York. Both are classics that work as staples in my wardrobe.

Favourite restaurant? 🍓 The Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas. Romantic!

Your favourite book and why it is? 🍓 One of my favorites is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s a coming-of-age story about love, loss, perseverance, strength, and hope.

The song that keeps running inside your head, of late? 🍓 Fields of Gold by Sting.

My Nominees Are:


My Questions:
What is your favorite dessert?

What is the most unusual main dish you have eaten?

What is your “comfort” food?

If there were no consequences, what would you eat every single day?

Do you like to eat leftovers?