Sunday, November 28, 2010

Coca-Cola Christmas: Arctic Beach Party

This is such a cute Christmas commercial!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon Dipping Sauce

This recipe would make a great appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast!


1 1/2 pounds pre-cooked shelled extra-large shrimp

Spicy Lemon Pepper Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt free
1 teaspoon lemon juice


In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk thoroughly. Pour into small serving bowl. Serve chilled shrimp with dipping sauce on the side.

Courtesy of Food Network

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How To Choose The Right Accessories For Your Beach Home

No matter whether you live in your beach home full time, visit it a few times a year, or stay there during a season, you want it to have a particular "vibe." The decor of a beach home ought to provide a relaxed, secure feeling that isn't overly formal yet speaks to elegance.

The extras, the accessories, can deliver exactly the feeling you need. A rustic baker's rack or a wire wine rack in exactly the right spot can offer the most ideal additional touch. On your deck or balcony, you can take pleasure in the sights and sounds of the beach by candlelight, and the ideal candle holder would enhance the experience.

You could add complimentary pieces to your beach house, once you have discovered the ideal look for your beach home. If you have that perfect wine rack, you can continue the theme with metalwork wall panels and a gorgeous fireplace screen. All of these decorations are open, airy and relaxed just as your time at the beach must be.

You will also have to pay attention to the small details in the bathrooms and the bedrooms also. From cabinets to towel hooks, you want your beach house to evoke a particular feeling of relaxed elegance. The key to getting that feeling is making sure you have the right accessories throughout.

Consider a gift bath set for the guest room. It is a lovely added touch, looks beautiful and is certain to make your guests happy. The right shower curtain or medicine chest in a bathroom could change the feeling of the room from one of utilitarianism to one of luxury and ease. After a day at the beach you need a place to rest and relax your tired muscles, wash away the sand and salt and have a moment of quiet.

Evoking a relaxing atmosphere which is reflective of your tastes and character could be challenging, but is well worth the effort. While filling a room with big pieces of furniture might look like the main challenge, don't forget the details. Tables, vases, wine racks, wall hangings, and other small details make all the difference when it comes to decor. When you choose carefully, the small accessories could bring pleasure for years.

Protect Our Beaches - Support Ocean Conservation

The protection of the ocean and the seas is an important effort that is being undertaken by many environmental groups. Ocean conservation is critical because the environment has been subjected to many centuries of man made pollution. The water ways of the earth have suffered as the human race has expanded.

Mankind relies on the ocean for much of its food but some people hunt ocean creatures not for food but for sport. Some believe that the creatures in the ocean should only be hunted for food and should not be killed simply because a so called sportsman wants a trophy fish. The oceans have been subjected to the whim of man for centuries.

There are many steps that people as individuals can take to help conserve the oceans and seas. People who scuba dive should learn scuba techniques that are in line with a healthy environment. For instance, scuba divers should not intentionally or unintentionally break coral reefs.

Many ocean creatures depend on the coral for food and protection. Once a coral reef is destroyed there is a good chance that it will not grow back. One of the biggest problems the ocean environment is facing is the deterioration of coral reefs.

The tuna industry uses large nets to catch the fish that makes up the industry's profits. But the nets catch more than tuna the nets also catch dolphins and other protected ocean life. The tuna fishing boat workers are supposed to check their nets and release any ocean creature that is not a tuna. But the tuna boats are in a hurry to make their profits and in many cases ocean life such as dolphins are processed with the tuna.

Offshore oil spills can destroy the marine environment because oil kills all ocean life. The world relies on oil and because there is a great amount of oil off the shore of many countries, the need for oil outweighs the risk of an oil spill. The fact is however, that one human error can lead to a ocean environmental disaster that will cause years of damage to the delicate ocean ecosystems.

Oil leaking from an oil rig in the ocean will destroy all life in the area of the spill. The oil that washes on shore will kill the ecosystems along the shore. The oil will kill marine life such as birds, dolphins, seals, and other life that will come into contact with the oil spill. There are many groups involved in ocean conservation that need the help and support of the public at large.