Category Archives: Bob Wilson Photos

Bob’s Amazing Margarita

Refreshing, icey cold, sweet-sour Margaritas are the perfect summer drink. My husband Bob Wilson has perfected a recipe that is sure to be a pleaser. Please note this recipe only serves one but who can stop there? Continue reading

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Don’t you love when you find a dish that is a surprise? I would have never thought to grill Romaine lettuce however I was served this as the prelude to a delicious meal at the Venice Café and immediately had to figure out a way to duplicate it. Continue reading

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About Me.

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Sunshine, Art, Gardens, and Hopes

It is easy to be optimistic in a place that has beautiful sunny weather every day. Summer in Florida is hot but our proximity to the ocean mitigates the temperatures with an ocean breeze. While we are busy with our new business and a growing clientale list, we still have plenty of time for adventures and for enjoying life. Lately this has meant attending some community events and gardening.
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81 White Birch Lane, Deer Isle, ME – Beautiful House has been SOLD!

Enjoy the majestic beauty of an island in Maine! Vacation or live nestled in the woods and be prepared to be inspired. Many artists and writers live on Deer Isle. Kayak, boat, fish, birdwatch, hike, garden. Enjoy nature and get back to life the way it is supposed to be. Cook with the huge gourmet kitchen. Share good times with friends and family.
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New Endeavors In Nokomis

I keep being asked how I like retirement in Florida. I wouldn’t know. We are busier than ever Want something done? Give it to a busy person! I have taken on the entertaining and challenging task of spearheading a 40th year reunion of my high school class. At the same time we are busy exploring this unique area. Continue reading

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SOLD! Large Shorefront 3 bedroom/2 bath Home on 4+ Acres in Maine

Only $389,900! Are you looking for a bright and airy recently built modern contemporary house with an open floor plan? This amazingly well thought out year-round home on enchanted Deer Isle sits on 4+ acres with over 360 feet of shore and offers a commanding view of the cove. There is a 8′ wide wraparound deck which looks out toward the 4.2 acres of virgin spruce, fir, and white birch forest, and 360 feet of shorefront on Conary Cove’s tidal swimming cove – perfect for kayaking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, clamming, birdwatching, and roasting marshmallows at the firepit. Eat famous Maine lobsters and a Maine blueberry pie on your deck and watch the herons, eagles, and other wildlife. Be inspired to paint or sculpt or write. This house provides it all.
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Honoring Family Traditions and Holidays – Scalloped (aka Au Gratin) Potatoes

Once we built the house our immediate family had a tradition of coming up to Maine for Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. As you’ve no doubt discerned, we love to eat foods from many cultures and our festivities weren’t always accompanied by the “turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas” type offerings. In fact we typically would serve lobster and steak for Thanksgiving in Maine. But no matter how we digressed from the all American offerings, I think my family would have boycotted the meals if I didn’t have scalloped potatoes on the menu. Continue reading

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In the Mood for Baking? Try Apple Banana Walnut Bread

I always have a bowl of fruit on my dining table. Last night I noticed a couple of bananas and apples were getting over ripe. That gave me the idea to do a bit of baking after church today. I’m not much into sweet breads with the exception of Apple Banana Walnut Bread. I made two loaves – one for us and the other for a neighbor who has been friendly. What better way to get to know someone than to knock on their door with a freshly made sweet bread in hand?

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The BEST Grilled Salmon

This is the best grilled salmon recipe I’ve ever had. Even people who don’t like fish love it served this way. This is a very easy recipe but it does take some advance planning so that you have time to marinade the salmon for at least an hour. It can be marinated longer if you wish, but I find it you marinade it for over two hours the salmon is too sweet. Continue reading

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Beautiful White Birch Cottage on Conary Cove – Sold

Remarkable, airy and bright 3 bedroom/2 bath home surrounded by tall trees and wildlife on Conary Cove near Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. From the deck enjoy the view of this lovely Cove and its beautiful surroundings. Live or vacation in luxury for an affordable price!
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Real Men Do Eat Chorizo Quiche (at least in Florida)

We’ve finally settled into Nokomis, Florida and I am inspired to cook again. This evening I decided to mix a couple of cultures – French and Mexican – and created a Chorizo Quiche for dinner. The spicy chorizo blends perfectly with the egg and cheese. Continue reading

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Seafood Newburg (Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp or All Three)

Want a rich and creamy yet super easy recipe for seafood? This one is absolutely delicious! It can be served in a puff pastry (traditional) or with rice, fettuccine or mashed potatoes. I recently made it with leftover lobster (one of the joys of living on Deer Isle, Maine) and shrimp but don’t let this limit you. It’s great with one of the seafoods (lobster, shrimp or scallops) or any mixture therein. Continue reading

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Maine is More Than Spruce, Granite and Sea

Maine being a state of contrasts between the soaring conifers and the diminutive Lady Slipper orchid overwhelms visitors. People who are new to the state gravitate toward the largeness – the vast oceans, the daunting pink granite boulders, the never ending forests. Awe inspiring yes but natives know that the tastiest, most poignant treasures are actually the overlooked. Continue reading

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Albondigas No Te Dije? (Meatballs didn’t I tell you?)

Albondigas tapas are little bite-sized meatballs. I serve them in a tomato sauce and accompany them with a hot crusty loaf of bread. Albondigas arent’ difficult to make however there are a few steps. You can make and freeze the meatballs cooked or uncooked for later. They are terrific the first day but even better the second.
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The Big Top and Culture in Sarasota

Since early April Bob and I have been in Sarasota County, exploring job and investment opportunities and looking for a place to live. It hasn’t been total drudgery by any means. We are the kind of people who follow Mary Poppins’ advice and have “a spoonful of honey to make the medicine go down” and in this case it has consisted of mornings and evenings at the beach, walks through parks, attending the Unitarian Universalist Church, and in general visiting various areas of Sarasota. We’ve probably eaten out more than is good for our physique and our cholesterol numbers but we have offset this with daily laps in the pool, walks along the shore, and swimming in the ocean. We finally visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum Estate located on 66 acres of Sarasota bayfront property which is actually home to four attractions and several gardens. Continue reading

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Kamakaze Caterpillars and Pelican Alley

On Mother’s Day we walked through the Oscar Scherer State Park near Osprey and later went out for a bite to eat at Pelican Alley on the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice. Continue reading

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Slipping into History at Spanish Point Museum

Historical sites provide the opportunity to slip into the lives of those who have come before us. Spanish Point Museum and Preserve overlooks Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, just south of Sarasota. Touted as a 30 acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum, it was the first place in Sarasota to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a delightful place to spend a few hours. Continue reading

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Everyday Cinco de Mayo in Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota was one of the reasons we chose to move to this area. It’s an approachable, walkable downtown where tourists and residents can safely stroll enjoying the multitude of opportunities to shop in the small stores, to dine in an ethnic restaurant, or to listen to music in a nightclub. There are special events, festivals, and parades all year round and each Saturday morning there is a Farmers’ Market. It’s a vital hub for this city of approximately 50,000 residents. Continue reading

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Art and Tea in Circus Town

I read that at its heart Sarasota is a circus town. This is evident everywhere in the town. The Ringling Brothers Circus would winter here and the fortunes of John Ringling have contributed to the surprising amount of culture one finds in such a relatively small city. I’ve always been attracted to artist colonies and it is one of the draws of this city. Yesterday was May Day and we decided to celebrate by visiting a creative arts community nestled in downtown Sarasota – Towles Court.

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