Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Do you want to know if you’re ready to retire?  Of course you do.  Do you want to spend the time figuring it out?   Probably not.  It’s hard, right?   I might think “there’s your sign. . . . ” but instead I’m going to say THIS IS YOUR QUIZ!!  Seriously, where else can you answer a few questions and figure out what you need to do for the rest of your life?  (Oh, if only life were so…

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Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

We have had at least one son in college for the past ten years.  All three of our sons went to the same university. It’s been fun – living college life vicariously – and it’s been worrisome and even frightening sometimes.  We survived and thankfully they did too.  Our job is to raise our sons and prepare them for a life on their own. College has always been part of that plan.  We aren’t done. (Like you’re ever really done…

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Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

My sons are adults.  They are wonderful, smart, successful adults and I adore them. They have their own lives and thankfully still include us in their lives.   I do wonder sometimes, however,  how much we should still be trying to influence their lives.   Do they want our advice?  Do my “suggestions” sound like a nagging mom?  Should we share our experiences or let them make their own mistakes? Hopefully we are doing a little of each – it’s…

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Sleep Late! And Still Serve The Best Breakfast Ever!

Sleep Late! And Still Serve The Best Breakfast Ever!

I’m not a morning person.  I recognize that I’m missing out on beautiful sunrises and jump-starting my day.  I appreciate both, but  I guess I’m willing to give that up for a little more shut-eye.  I only see the sun rise if I’m awake to drive someone to the airport or to help the guys get ready to go fishing.  I’m more of a sunset girl. Knowing that about myself, I’m all over any breakfast or brunch foods prepared ahead of time…

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The Original – Birthday – Key Lime Pie

The Original – Birthday – Key Lime Pie

My husband and middle son recently informed me that they liked the “old key lime pie” better than the one I’ve made recently  (and that I included on a blog – http://www.tropicallifefoodandfun.com/key-lime-pie-a-sliver-or-a-slice/.  Since we always have a key lime pie for my husband’s birthday celebration, I made one today.  It’s the same basic recipe that every key lime juice bottle lists, with one addition. Oh – and it’s better with fresh-squeezes key lime juice! Here’s the recipe: 9″ baked pie crust,…

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My Retirement Scorecard

My Retirement Scorecard

We spend our lives trying accomplish something.  We study in school to get good grades so we can accomplish academic goals.  We work hard at our jobs so we can accomplish career success.  We make plans, save money and invest so we can accomplish financial security.  We encourage our children to carry out their goals and dreams.  Our lives center on accomplishments. Goals and plans make up the blueprint of our lives and we are proud of those results.  We have…

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Fresh Fish with Key Lime Butter Sauce

Fresh Fish with Key Lime Butter Sauce

This is the fish recipe you’ve been waiting for!  The question I hear the most is. . .   “Do you have a good recipe for fish?”  Here is a GREAT recipe for fish!  This works well for most whitefish:  hogfish, grouper, yellowtail snapper, mahi  – and is delicious with conch, too.  My guys caught mahi yesterday – fresh fish with this delicious sauce is a real treat!   Don’t forget the topping of tomatoes, scallions, Parmesan cheese and parsley….

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One of Life’s Simple Pleasures

One of Life’s Simple Pleasures

I love the month of May. My birthday is in May and I LOVE my birthday. As a kid, I even loved when it is.  It doesn’t compete with Christmas (I always felt so sorry for the December birthdays who had to share their special day with Christmas) and school is still in session. Summer birthdays missed out on the fun.  No one had a summer party and as a result,  there was almost no birthday acknowledgement from anyone other than your…

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We kicked CABLE to the curb. . . . And it was easy!

We kicked CABLE to the curb. . . . And it was easy!

Our romance with our internet and tv provider started out wonderfully!  We paid less than $100 a month for internet & tv and they cheerfully threw in a premium channel or two just to make US happy.  Imagine them wanting us happy!  (Of course we found out later these promotions would silently expire and our bill would increase exponentially).  We had a few hiccups (as does any relationship) when they had to come out for connection problems.  But it was…

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