Flowers. Chocolate. Jewelry.
February 14th is pretty straightforward for the men in our lives. As women who want to use Valentine’s Day to tell our partners how much they mean to us, the path is a little less clear. Generally speaking, men are a bit harder to shop for than women, but I say, save the stressful gift buying for birthdays and anniversaries. On this day, that is supposed to be a tribute to love but has instead become an overly-commercialized gold mine for retailers, why not give our significant others an experience that ties back to the reason we’re celebrating in the first place: Because we love them.
Here are a couple of simple ideas that are sure to help you deliver that message and have fun while you do:
I recently celebrated my 60th birthday with my family in Eilat, Israel. Family includes my husband, married children, grandchildren and the baby of our family, our 18 year old son. We flew to our vacation destination which meant that luggage was limited. I love to wear nice clothes and I am not a good packer, but this time I knew that HydroChic would be my staple this vacation and packed a few sets: a jacket, shirt, skirt and capri pants. I knew that these outfits would be great for all the activities on my vacation, and when I woke up each morning I put on a HydroChic outfit and was ready to go. My daughters-in-law were impressed but not surprised when they saw me in HydroChic because they know that I live in my HydroChic at our community pool, and over the years I have gotten each of them a HydroChic outfit so that they can enjoy too.
“Dying young isn’t cool either…” These words, though a bit harsh, were the words that our dermatologist berated my 13 year old daughter with this morning.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We’ve collected some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes so you don’t have to worry about what you’re cooking right before the holiday. It’s Thanksgiving cooking made easy. We hope you enjoy them just as much as we do!
- 1 (18 lb Turkey) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
- 2 Cups Kosher Salt
- ½ Cup Butter/Margarine melted
- 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Cup dry white wine
- Rub the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Place the bird in a large stock pot, and cover with cold water. Place in the refrigerator, and allow the turkey to soak in the salt and water mixture 12 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly rinse the turkey, and discard the brine mixture.
- Brush the turkey with 1/2 the melted butter/margarine. Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, 1 sprig of thyme, and the bay leaf. Scatter the remaining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the white wine.
- Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F. Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter. Allow the bird to stand about 30 minutes before carving.