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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

An Island Story... 
Jun. 12, 2009 4:18 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010 8:58 am
Good Day! Many have asked how I grew up in Indiana and found myself in the Caribbean...I ALWAYS hated the weather in Indiana...went to college in Chicago and swore I'd live on an island someday and never ever be cold again. I didn't really think that one could do it without being retired or a millionaire, otherwise I would have been here years earlier! While in Chicago, I finished college (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and worked as a photo archivist for a national men's magazine. One day, from my 14th floor office over looking Lake Michigan (wrapped in a sweater in August because it was so air-conditioned) I looked at the lake and the sailboats and decided I wanted to be down there rather than up here. Shortly after I decided to move south and found myself in New Orleans. Five years bartending on Bourbon Street quickly passed! A summer came when my best friend and I were both single and looking at the end of our lease...both being Pisces we shared the similar high hopes- big dreams -water fantasy. We decided to move to an island. After lots of research, St. Thomas seemed the logical choice...technically US, so no work issues, etc. A week before the move she meets a guy. THE GUY. She says, I am not moving. So I came by myself- knowing no one, no job, no apartment. I am happy to tell you 7 years later, everything worked out as it should. She married the guy and they now have 2 beautiful girls, and I found  my husband here. Would I have met him had I come here with her? Who is to say. We were married almost 5 years ago, and it has truly been blessed.
Anway- today is split pea soup in the crockpot for $6.31!
Have a great day everyone!
Jun. 12, 2009 4:55 pm
That's a neat story!!!.. I've only been to two Islands, Catalina and Hawaii... Everything is so expensive since it has to be shipped in but I can see why you would want to live on one. The beauty and solitude alone could sway me to want to stay there!.. Please write a blog about St. Thomas so the rest of us can dream about moving there! :)
Jun. 12, 2009 8:08 pm
Good for you! Way to follow your heart. St. Thomas is one of my favorite places. I love the Ritz there and going to the Love Shack. I'm a pisces too and I understand your need to be near the water.
Jun. 13, 2009 7:03 am
So dreams do come true!! I love to sail! I agree with Traci B...please write a blog and make the rest of us daydream. I'd love to see what the 'typical day' living on an island is like.
Jun. 13, 2009 7:12 am
I just nosed through your pics...awesome sailboat! And the galley is the red. I had a 27' Balboa...keyword had. Sold it about 5 yrs ago because the lake was boring me and getting overpopulated by motorboats. Lately i've just been 'jonesing' to sail!
Jun. 13, 2009 8:25 am
goog lord that is a fairy tale. like they say, the most interesting stories are the real ones
Jun. 13, 2009 8:57 am
I love hearing stories like this. I'm a firm believer that you are given choices in life. The road you choose is not usually right or wrong just has a different ending.
Jun. 14, 2009 7:56 pm
Very cool story. I have stumbled across your profile several times and wondered how you ended up living on a boat in the Virgin Islands. Sounds like an amazing life. Thank you for sharing with us! :)
Jun. 14, 2009 9:02 pm
That does it, I'm moving. Any boats around you that may be moored and for rent?
Jun. 16, 2009 4:45 am
Avon, I know a lot of people that would like to rent out their boats...however, most of the marina's are really limiting live-aboards (we are grandfathered in where we are), and as far as mooring or anchoring, the government has really limited areas as well. It's a huge issue here among the boating community.
Jul. 17, 2009 10:37 pm
Your story brings tears of joy to my eyes and many others. I wound up living on a boat in the bvi several years ago. Terminally ill, I'd chosen to go peacefully and privately. Met many wonderful locals and a persistent, cute, fella who, I thought, crewed/lived on a boat. Turns out 1)he was the owner, 2)a fellow physician,3)also terminally ill. Short story: incredible journey--married in Paris, adventures cooking even if the food would not stay down, and, somehow I was the one who survived. Now live a quiet, pleasant, land-locked life. Mentoring and tutoring kids in math/science is easy once they understand food is the ultimate combination of math/science/art. Sharing their joy and glee is priceless. Love to cook and experiment. Stumbled across this site by accident. Life is a dance you learn as you go. I am honored to see snapshots of yours and look forward to what lies ahead. Thanks for sharing with us all! ((hugs))
Jan. 11, 2010 8:58 am
What a lovely story! I just found your blog. I make jewelry too. Do you have a website for the jewelry?
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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