A story of love, friendship and courage..

I saw this story floating around on Facebook and am I ever so grateful I clicked on it. This beautiful story pulled my heart strings and had me in tears.

Gerdi McKenna’s friends not only told her how much they loved her, they showed her. Click play to witness the beauty of love, friendship and courage.

Coffee + Dessert + Besalu = BLISS

Strolling through the village of Besalu, Catalonia, Spain. I stumbled on a small cafe serving up bold coffee and divine deserts. The barista spent a few moments answering my questions about the cafe, the village and just everyday life in Besalu before recommending the coffee of the day and the fresh decadent dessert. The coffee was so smooth and nutty. Al Gra was worth the stop during my walk.

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Highlights from my walk.

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Change….. Fly

Your past may be the reason you use to act that way, don’t let it be the excuse for you to stay that way! Decide today to fly!

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Mardi Gras Hash Stanley’s New Orleans

Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter in the Historic Jackson Square you will find Stanley’s -the first restaurant to open following Hurricane Katrina. So not only does this gem sit on historic territory it has made history itself.

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You can get to Stanley’s via streetcar, car, ferry or ladder.

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Riding the ferry or streetcar in New Orleans adds an extra perk to anywhere you’re headed. I opted for a ride on the water before our highly anticipated mouth watering brunch.

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The menu has a few hash options; I was a little adventurous and created my own hash from items on the menu. Our server and I decided to call my selection the “Mardi Gras Hash”. The hash included potatoes, green onions, Cajun seasonings, fried oysters, eggs and soft-shelled crab. The crab was soft and tender with the right amount of seasoning and the oysters were just how I love them –hard on the outside with a moist center, same as the potatoes –Perfecto!

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The huge serving was delicious! It was a Mardi Gras Mambo of flavors in my mouth!

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In addition to coffee and mimosas we all ended up getting the same thing as we enjoyed the view that included street vendors, tourist, locals and even a parade.

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This is definitely one hash I could wake up to every morning. I don’t think I would have ever ordered a dish with this combination had it not been for Hashcapades. I’m ready for more. If you are in New Orleans it’s worth heading over to Stanley’s. Ask for the “Mardi Gras Hash.”

Gods beauty in the form of Shannon & Limerick, Ireland

Four leaf clovers, Irish men and Gods beauty! I didn’t need to wait until St. Patricks day to get “lucky”, I hopped on a flight with my dear friend Sylvia and 7 hours later Gods beauty was within my reach… This was one of the most amazing places I’ve traveled, pure natural beauty.

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      Hello Ireland!!!

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I had the pleasure at lodging at the beautiful Absolute Hotel. The canal and neighboring views of rustic buildings were a bonus in this modern gem.

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The staff were very friendly and professional, they arranged a driver for us who by the way was amazing and knew the history and facts in which he shared plenty.

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The most break taking part of the tour was the Cliffs of Moher. Pulling up this to historic masterpiece without knowing  the outcome one would think they were driving up to a former medieval site prepared to tour castles or something of that nature.

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In route to the cliff we ran into some ladies from Georgia.

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It’s a little walk from the parking lot, but oh the blessing you get after walking a mile up stairs and hills.

The Cliffs of Moher!!!!!! Such a beauty!!! I did not want to leave.

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After our breathtaking tour we headed to the Locke Bar and Oyster to have a traditional Irish dinner.

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I enjoyed the Fillet of Hake with lemon butter sauce and chive mash.

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I tried other local favorites sent to the table from locals, I was busy entertaining and be thankful I didn’t get any pictures but everything was delicious.

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I left full and satisfied.

I enjoyed my time in Ireland and as I type this post I’m planning a retreat in my head to get back. It’s a perfect location to go and gather your thoughts, regroup and just bask in Gods beauty.

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Love

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We are born with a lifelong thirst for love. Our hearts desperately need it like our lungs near oxygen. Love changes our motivation for living. Relationships become meaningful with it. No life is successful without it.

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Gourmet Fried Chicken Meal

Fried Chicken stuffed with  Mustard & Collard Greens &  Mac & Cheese

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I had a blast preparing this and the family had a bigger blast devouring this meal.