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A few weeks ago, at Bethany Beach Books, I was piling up books to purchase. One of the staff members looked through my choices and asked if I had ever read Chanel Cleeton’s books. I had not, so at her suggestion, The Last Train to Key West and Next Year in Havana went in the pile. Both books are historical novels and love stories – easy, fast-moving reads, but you come away understanding more about important periods of history and political movements. The Last Train to Key West, by Chanel Cleeton Reading The Last Train to Key West at the end of August was unexpectedly timely, since the book takes place during the massively destructive hurricane that hit Key West over Labor Day weekend in 1935. Three women cross paths before, during and after the hurricane – a pregnant waitress in an abusive marriage, a young Cuban woman on her…

Horses and horse sports are a traditional and integral part of life in Maryland. We have so many ways to enjoy them – horseback riding, polo, flat track racing, pony races, steeplechasing and timber races – and it’s a great way to get outdoors. Even just a weekend riding around horse country, enjoying the beautiful countryside views of pastures, and fields of hay and grain, is a treat. I often say that so many people spend thousands of dollars to travel to Ireland or England for the scenery, and they actually have it 20 minutes away in any direction outside I695. The women involved in the horse world of Maryland are down to earth, hardworking, energetic, practical, warm, and funny. They share two traits – a no-nonsense streak, that they definitely need to be able to work around 1200-pound animals with quirky minds of their own. And an unconditional, undying…

Off to the beach and our project this week has been to find some new dinner recipes to cook for 7 adults and 2 kids. As much as we like to dine out, the restaurants are really busy this year, and it’s hard on little kids to have a long wait for dinner. So cooking in, and trying to make it as easy as possible! The requirements are: Fancy enough for adults to enjoy (must go well with wine!), basic enough in flavors for the little kidsMinimal prep time, preferably some prep in the morning, and a short cooking time after the beachEasy to find ingredients and basic cooking pans and utensils (who knows what the local stores and the rental house have)Minimal, easy and quick clean up We subscribe to the Charm City Cook newsletter and always find great tips and news from Amy Langrehr. So when Amy suggested…

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