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    Flora was the only place where I found a white peacock tree topper for our Christmas tree and a beautiful sequined owl that sits on a shelf looking spectacular.

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    We have always had good service, info and products when dealing with Flora and we especially like Emil. In addition to plants, etc we purchased our dining room table there 12 years ago...I love it today as much as I did then. A few years ago i spent a long time in island Asia looking for a simple glass pitcher...only had plastic. Over to Flora for something else and what do you know....a glass pitcher called to me!! Good price also! My best friend visits us every year (well not 2020) and her only request other than beach every day is 'a trip to Flora'. As to Christmas display....yup.....they have moved to a new level the past couple of years....lol!
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    They really missed an opportunity on Caribbean Life, with all the garden hose shopping
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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    25m of hose is like 75 ft. I have a lot of dirty comments swimming in my head.






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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    25m of hose is like 75 ft. I have a lot of dirty comments swimming in my head.
    Heh. Like "ten foot poles"...

    "I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole..."
    "If you had a ten foot pole, they'd definitely want to touch YOU..."

    Ba-dum-bump! GOOD NIGHT, ARUBA!!!
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    To quote Andrea, feel free to scroll by....

    Adventures in Bread

    I've previously mentioned my pandemic-induced obsession with making bread. I needed something to occupy my brain back in Canada or I was going to lose my kaka. So... I bought a book, Ken Forkish's "Flour Water Salt Yeast" and took a run at it. It was slow going at the beginning. There are so many variables that can cause a "fail". At one point in the book, he suggests keeping a bread diary so you can determine what worked and what didn't and look back. I thought he was insane. Then i started writing. Boy, I'm glad I did... I can now pretty much tell how to adjust to accommodate for changed variables.

    You know what's a big variable? Aruba. The heat, the humidity, the air conditioning, the water temp, the equipment and ingredient availability, the trying-to-describe-00 flour- to-someone-in-Papiamento-only-to-realize-they're-Colombian-and-have-to-start-over-with-Sesame-Street-Spanish.

    "Hola, senor!" <<does grinding action to demonstrate flour milliing, horrifies Colombian warehouse worker>>

    But I kept trying and experimenting and started to nail the basics. Thank god for ASD Aruba - they had ALL the right equipment and a lot of helpful staff that I didn't have to grind my hips at.

    The other day/night/day (it's a process), I made an "80% Biga White Bread" and it turned out pretty damn good. The Spouse even claimed "you don't need butter on this bread!" and proceeded to slather on a stick:

    Two Canadians Don't Walk Into A Bar...-biga1-jpgTwo Canadians Don't Walk Into A Bar...-biga2-jpgTwo Canadians Don't Walk Into A Bar...-biga3-jpgTwo Canadians Don't Walk Into A Bar...-biga4-jpg

    The friends who talk wine to death are now intimidated by my bread language "biga" "levain" "crumb" "pre-ferment" etc.

    And that, my friends, is my daily trip report post. Andrea: begin the peeing.

    Let the Keto junta begin.
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    Looks delicious
    For me, I prefer good bread to wine!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    25m of hose is like 75 ft. I have a lot of dirty comments swimming in my head.
    More on the lines of "hose envy".

    The bigger the car, the smaller the
    So the longer the hose






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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    More on the lines of "hose envy".

    The bigger the car, the smaller the
    So the longer the hose
    ...the dirtier the garden.

    Let's dance, sister.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I prefer good bread to wine!!
    Okay... let's not get crazy here.
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    Did somebody mention cocktails?

    The Aruba 29 (yes, we named it)

    3 parts quality tequila (learn to love yourself)
    1 part Cointreau (NOT Triple Sec - yeesh... life is too short)
    2 parts fresh lime juice
    2 packets of Splenda (because you're healthy and you know it)
    A disturbing amount of ice (Oy! The heat!)
    1 can of La Croix Orange (in desperate times, use the lime flavoured)

    Put first five ingredients in a shaker and shake until the exterior of the shaker feels cold.

    Pour into a thermal container to maximize length-of-coldness in the pool. Pour a little extra for yourself as your spouse was too lazy to make them. Top up with La Croix and stir. Add more ice.

    If it's your second or third round, be careful not to trip going from the house to the pool. Also, have a floatie handy for your drunk arse. Safety first, kids!

    You're welcome.

    Drink responsibly... Tracey....
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