The sweetest art

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One of the sugar art displays on Princess Cruise. Our ship left the port of Fort Lauderdale at 5PM, will cruise for 7 days, and stop at ports of Princess Cays, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

I remember there were street artists would make this type of sugar arts when I was little (in Shanghai, China), often they were characters from ancient Chinese novels… Monkey King, Pig King, Sandy Monk, Skeleton Demon..

I remember I liked the Skeleton Demon the most, she was a charming, alluring, colorful woman with a devilish smile.

Hotel we stayed on South Beach

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We arrived at South Beach, Miami after 4 hours of driving from Tampa, going to stay here for a couple of nights before our 7 days Eastern Caribbean cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale . Hotels on South Beach are pricey. This one, Catalina which we stayed has a nice outdoor bar, the drinks they made were awesome and reasonably priced.
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The room was small but comfortable. The decor has quite character.

Homemade sausages Sichuan style

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My friend brought me two packs of Sichuan seasonings from China. One of the packs was spicy kind, I made 5 lbs of sausages with it. I cured the meat then air dried them in our lanai for about two weeks. Those sausages were tasty and super spicy!
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Started last July, I no longer buying pre-ground meat from stores. I bought ourselves a Waring Pro electric Meat Grinder. It grinders 5 lbs of meat within 2 minutes! The food I made from fresh ground meat tasted more tender, juicy. And I can choose whatever kinds of meat, cuts to grind. For this batch of Sichuan style sausage meat, I grinded pork shoulder and pork fat together then mixed well with seasonings.