In Boston, Columbus Day (10/14) is a Holiday. October 14 is also my Birthday (Yeah!). So, my sister and I traveled to Oaks Bluff on Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy the long weekend. On this island, we ate lots of fresh savory seafood, looked at the boats in the harbor, and went window shopping on Circuit Street (the island’s Main Street). The tiny decorated cottages dotted the landscape with their Victorian age architecture. One evening, my sister and I waited patiently in line at “Back Door Donuts” to order Buttercrunch and Chocolate Donuts. This Bakery is well known on the island for its delicious pastries and evening donut distribution times. After a full (and chilly) weekend of eating and resting, I feel like I have gained a few pounds. Well, I can count on Dance and Exercise to get me back in shape…Peace
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Need a warm lift during the cool weather? Cut chunks of ginger and put into a pot. Fill the pot with water and bring the water to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes. The fragrant ginger will infuse your house. Choose your favorite mug. Place a green tea bag inside. Fill the cup with the ginger-infused water. Heartwarming.
Posted by Sharon Shakur, MA at 3:35 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I have always considered Boston to be a gem of history and culture. As my hometown, the city is my family retreat, a place to restore and begin fresh. My favorite nickname for Boston is “Beantown”. I have seen this city weather (literally) many storms. The tragedy at the Boston Marathon left me feeling dazed and dismayed. My family and I have been praying for all those who were so negatively impacted by the senseless actions that have transpired this week. I am deeply grateful to the law enforcement community for their heroic handling of these events. I pray for Peace as the people of Boston begin to sing, dance, and cheer again… Inspiring!
Posted by Sharon Shakur, MA at 4:07 PM
Friday, February 15, 2013
Got a tough bunch of collards? Make sure to rinse them well and remove the thick stems. Put the collards in the pot and cover them with water. Add your seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic). To tenderize, add a heaping tablespoon of vinegar (white or rice). Bring the greens to a boil and then turn down the heat to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. I let mine simmer at least 1 hour. The vinegar helps to make the greens nice and tender. Collard Greens are super healthy and rich in Vitamin A.
Posted by Sharon Shakur, MA at 3:22 PM