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Painted Dubai – Travel Tuesdays

Painted Dubai by Cathy Arkle | She Paused 4 Thought

The first time I saw pictures of Dubai, I thought they were altered with Photoshop. When I arrived in Dubai, I felt like I walked right into a movie set on the backlot of Universal Studios. Everything around me looked surreal. I wasn’t sure if I had time traveled to the past or the future, soon it became clear, I was in both.

In capturing the essence of this bizarre place, I took a few painted liberties with my photos to show the diversity, beauty & craziness of this intriguing city.

Dubai | Cathy Arkle | She Paused 4 Thought

I stood in awe looking across a man-made lake bordered by high-rise buildings sprouting like weeds out of the desert. Continue Reading →

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Sugar Pies in Perouges, France

Sugar Pies in Perouges | She Paused 4 Thought

I love taking a step back in time, especially when it is to the Middles Ages. So when I arrived in Pérouges, a well-preserved medieval walled town, I was enchanted.

Perouges | She Paused 4 Thought

This fascinating and historical cobblestone town is perched on a hill overlooking the Ain River valley 19 miles north of Lyon, France. Continue Reading →

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How to Party like its Stardate 2016.08.08 – Star Trek at the Hollywood Bowl

Shrimp Lemon Risotto Stack | She Paused 4 Thought

My favorite part of living in Los Angeles is being able to go to the Hollywood Bowl. Live music under the stars with great food and friends is something I look forward to all year. I cook for days preparing for a four-hour picnic extravaganza.

When we purchased tickets to Star Trek night at the Bowl, I assumed it would be full of wildly dressed Starfleet officers and aliens. I have never considered myself a Trekkie, but I take great joy in creating a themed party.

Star Trek at Hollywood Bowl | She Paused 4 Thought

Turns out we were on our own, in our silliness. We were applauded, photographed and caused heads to turn and eyes to roll all evening. I haven’t had this much attention since I was in my 20’s. Thank you Gene Roddenberry, JJ Abrams & Hollywood Bowl.

Here is how our portable picnic of galactic glam all came together. Continue Reading →

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Heavenly Blueberry Pie & a Tribute to my Father

Blueberry-Pie

“Farming is simply gambling with dirt”, or so says Mark Twain and most farmers. So to hear a bet placed in my childhood farming household was common. The conversation went like this; Dad: “If I’m right, you have to bake me a home-made blueberry pie”. Mom: “If I am right, you have to take me on a trip around the world”.

Unfortunately, dad would end up with a blueberry crisp (a crime for a pie-lover) and mom would end up with a trip somewhere in the world, not around it. The job of making blueberry pie fell to me; I happily obliged, and through making pies I grew to love them. Thanks, Dad. Continue Reading →

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Fresh Grape Mocktail

Fresh Grape Mocktail | She Paused 4 Thought

Making grape juice is not something I ever aspired to do, but now that I have, I can’t believe how simple it is. The reward is a fresh and naturally sweet juice with a tart note, making it a delightful base for a cocktail.

I don’t like overly sweet drinks, so I play up the tart side of grapes by pairing the juice with club soda, lime and a couple dashes of bitters. If you like sweeter drinks leave the bitters out. Continue Reading →

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