Sandbar Footsie Treatment

Here’s one of my favorite summertime spa treatments. This one was published in my first book, “Chin Deep in Bubbles” on page 58. An exfoliating, smoothing treatment for your feet: Combine 1/2 cup beach sand (or play sand), 1 Tablespoon sea salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a big basin. Put your feet in…

Appropriate woods for grilling

Adding wood to your coals before grilling can add depth and flavor to the meats you grill. We have been experimenting with grapevines and fresh herbs. Have fun with this and let me know what you find out 🙂 Here is a list of woods suitable for grilling and smoking: * ACACIA – these trees…

Trendy Little Lettuce Wraps

These little lettuce wraps are every bit as wonderful as the ones you can get at upscale Chinese restaurants. They make a perfect lunch, appetizer, or light dinner. 16 butter lettuce leaves 1 pound lean ground bison 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large, sweet Maui onion or Vidalia onion, chopped fine 2 cloves fresh garlic,…

Rose Petal Dream Bath

“This is la vie en rose…” ~ Edith Piaf It doesn’t get much easier than this! Just sprinkle fresh rose petals into your bath water before you bathe. Light some candles, sip wine or tea, nibble chocolates, and listen to relaxing music while looking at your favorite magazines. Instant spa! 🙂 Enjoy! ~Melissa

easy tandoori chicken on the grill

This is a delicious, easy and healthful Indian style meal that tastes fantastic paired with a gewurztraminer wine. Marinating chicken in yogurt for 24 hours makes the meat very tender and flavorful. I love to serve this with stuffed pattypan squash and seasoned cous cous. A dollop of Greek yogurt, along with a dab of…