Getting Outside to Recharge
As Ashley and Chris shared on the cover, spending time outside can be restorative and makes us feel happier and healthier. Moreover, it’s just plain fun. You don’t have to go on a three-day raft trip to reap some of nature’s benefits, either. Just a small amount of time outdoors can clear your mind and boost your mood, and it has been shown to reduce blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. Nearby, we have access to many beautiful natural areas, including preserved swamplands, rivers, and the ocean. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge , for example, allows you to connect to the Everglades — an ecosystem unique to Florida that contains a plethora of wildlife. In addition to walking and hiking in the refuge, you can canoe and boat in designated areas. It’s a truly unique place.
paddleboarding, this can be a fun, interactive way to experience the outdoors. A morning kayak trip may be just the peaceful restart you need. Boynton Beach is one of the many great areas where you can do this, and you can enjoy a meal and shopping experience after your water playtime. Riverbend Park has nearly 10 miles of trails, and it’s a beautiful area for biking or hiking. Get in touch with nature as you connect with an aspect of Palm Beach history. The Second Seminole War took place in this very park, and features of it pay tribute to this moment in Florida’s history. If you’re feeling stressed, try heading outside. Whether you take a walk around the block or enjoy a morning on the water, chances are you’ll feel more at ease and better prepared to handle life’s challenging moments after a dose of nature. Go on, spend some time outdoors!
How about a day on the water trying out a new activity? If you’ve never tried kayaking or stand-up
have a LAUGH
Cacio e Pepe
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 oz pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini
3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided
1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste
1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan cheese and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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