MYSTIC, CT


There are so many things to do in Mystic, CT. If you're flying in, it's about a 54 minute drive from the Hartford Bradley Airport.


Mystic is an old Whaling town with the Mystic Seaport Museum-the nation's leading maritime museum founded in 1929, the Charles W. Morgan, the only existing seaworthy wooden whaleship left, the Mystic Aquarium-which features 2 white Beluga whales, a pretty seaside town and what most people know Mystic for is the movie 'Mystic Pizza' with Julia Roberts.


My experience with Mystic was a Whaling Ship Adventure on the Atlantic Ocean for 3 days-unfortunately, the ship had no stabilizers and I spent the 3 days throwing up in the head (though I did lose a lot of weight on that trip). But I had fun and I enjoy going back to Mystic over and over again, but only during the warm weather. It sure does get cold there during the winter.



One of the things, since there is not a lot of traveling going on right now is to add some lifestyle ideas. My friend, Peggy Hasselbalch has lots of parties in her home and she has so many creative ideas. This was her BumbleBee Party. Complete with handmade HoneyCombs and honey for everyone to take home.



Didn't she too a wonderful job? So creative.












Low-Carb Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza-Stuffed Peppers-Another thing that I can add to this blog, while traveling ideas are limited, are recipes that I've been trying.


I don't normally eat stuffed peppers, green peppers are too acidic for me. But I do like sweet red peppers, so I thought I'd like this and I do! Each pepper is about 3 carbs, so if you're on the Keto diet or a low carb diet, this works for you. Also, the original recipe, I tried called for 3 large red peppers, mine were only medium sized, so I would recommend 4 since I had leftover stuffing mix at the end.


Ingredients:

19.5 oz Italian sausage, uncooked

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp. minced garlic

14 oz. jar pizza sauce (I used a sugar free sauce)

2 tsp. dried oregano

3 large red peppers, cut in half lengthwise and stem and seeds removed

3 oz. pepperoni

2 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 375F/!90C. Spray a 9"x13" casserole dish. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and squeeze sausage out of the casings and add to the pan, breaking apart with your fingers as you add it. Cook until sausage is nicely browned, breaking apart as it cooks. While the sausage cooks, cut 12 pepperoni slices in halves and the rest into fourths. When sausage is nicely browned, push it to the side of the pan and add the onions and garlic. Turn the heat to medium and cook onions and garlic 2-3 minutes. Add the sauce and the dried oregano, turn heat to low, and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Turn off heat, let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then add the chopped pepperoni and 2 cups of the grated Mozzarella, stirring gently, so it's well-mixed with the sausage mixture. Fill each pepper with the pizza-stuffing mixture, packing it in so all the stuffing is used. It's easiest to hold the pepper in your hand over the pan while you fill and then add it to the baking dish. Bake peppers 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and add a generous pinch of grated cheese and 4 pepperoni halves to the top of each pepper. Put back in the oven and bake 25 minutes more, or until the cheese is nicely browned, peppers are cooked and the stuffing mixture is bubbling hot. Serve hot.


I live alone, so I took the leftovers, wrapped each half pepper in foil and then placed in a freezer bag and placed in the freezer for future dining.



The Marlboro Auto Rally Safari Race held in Nairobi, Kenya-I'm dating myself here, but one year I was fortunate enough to be part of this adventure. I was dating a world class photographer and he had me hired on by a European Car Magazine as one of their photographers. We raced around Kenya after the cars to get the best possible photo shots, getting covered in mud, bitten by bugs and having the very best time you could ever have. At night, we would go back to the very glamourous Nairobi Hilton and drink ourselves silly. And occasionally, when there would be a break in the racing, we would drive over the Nairobi National Wildlife Park. On the last night there at the Hilton, we all had a salad or a turkey club and wouldn't you know, the next day, we all got dysentery-what an ending.



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I hope you have enjoyed today's blog. Now it's off to the pool for me. Keep well.


Valerie Brown


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