Cappuccino, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Making cappuccino!


1-1/2 cup Strongly Brewed Coffee
1 cup Skimmed Milk
1 tsp Sugar or Splenda


Put the sugar in the milk and thoroughly heat it in the microwave oven.
Pour the milk in a blender and blend till it develops a thick layer of froth. You can also use an electric whisk for this purpose.
Brew the coffee till it is strong, and fill only 3/4 of your cup with coffee. Pour in the frothy milk and sugar mixture.
Add in a pinch of cinnamon for a spicy flavor, or garnish the drink with some chocolate.

You have 2 cappuccinos ready to go! Freshly ground coffee can give your cappuccino a fresh and smooth flavor. If you want to add a delicious twist to your cappuccino, add 2-3 tablespoons of caramel or 2 tablespoons of chocolate, or both together, just before pouring in the frothy mixture.

A perfect way to stay warm this winter!



ice on cedar, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I have not yet felt inspired to blog about the new year yet, so I will leave you with a winter photo for now! Hope you all rang in the New Year in Peace!


gingerbread!, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! I hope your days are filled with good family friends and food!


I haven’t been inspired to write for a while…busy! Imagine that, life does have a way of keeping us from what we enjoy. Thanksgiving came and went and now Christmas is arriving in 19 days. Time to decorate the tree and do some baking! The photo above is of me and my older brother during circa 1964ish.


scary face, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Enjoy your day and your Hauntings…Boooooo


Pink and Green, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Wow, I happened to look back on a post this morning, only to find that I had missed the anniversary of my favorite place in the Cyber World…my blog. Five years has passed in no time. I have met some of the best cyber friends and fans during this time, and have actually met several of them in person during our travels. Thank you to all my readers for your support over the years!  🙂


Chichen Itza, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

September is almost gone once again. My favorite month. This year was no exception. I had not been able to see my husband since early June and had the opportunity to visit with him in Kentucky and we also traveled to San Juan Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. A great but tiring two weeks. The food, company, beaches, service and sights were far more than expected. We made new friends and spent time with old friends. One of the highlights was hiring a private driver, Felix and tour guide Luis to take us on a 12 hour adventure into the ancient Mayan history. Chichen Itza is a 5000 years old wonder and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A wonder of mathematics, astronomy and culture. The Mayan people are amazing and dedicated people with a rich and talented history.  The amazing stories of survival and beliefs told to us lit a fire for me to learn more. So as September winds down today I wonder what October will bring?  🙂

The Maya name “Chich’en Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This derives from chi’, meaning “mouth” or “edge”, and ch’en or ch’e’en, meaning “well.” Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula. One possible translation for Itza is “wizard (or enchantment) of the water.”[4]

The name is often represented as Chichén Itzá in Spanish and when translated into other languages from Spanish to show that both parts of the name are stressed on their final syllables. Other references prefer to employ a more rigorous orthography in which the word is written according to the Maya language, using Chich’en Itzá (pronounced IPA: [t?it?’en itsá?]). This form preserves the phonemic distinction between ch’ and ch, since the base word ch’e’en (which, however, does have a neutral tone vowel “e” in Maya and is not accented or stressed in Maya) begins with a glottalized affricate. The word “Itzá'” has a high rise final “a” that is followed by a glottal stop (indicated by the apostrophe).

There is evidence in the Chilam Balam books that there was another, earlier name for this city prior to the arrival of the Itza hegemony in northern Yucatán. This name is difficult to define because of the absence of a single standard of orthography, but it is represented variously as Uuc Yabnal,[5] Uuc Hab Nal,[6] or Uc Abnal.[7] While most sources agree the first word means seven, there is considerable debate as to the correct translation of the rest. Among the translations suggested are “Seven Bushes,” “Seven Great Houses,” or “Seven Lines of Abnal.”  ~ Wikipedia