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Thursday, November 10, 2011


The bestselling new book, "Old Destin Through the eyes of a Child" by Capt. Ben Marler is offered as the ideal Christmas gift for those who love reminiscing. Adventurous "Bennie" will tell you all about life in Destin in the good old days when the town was omitted from road maps. Seemingly only the Air Force, the hardy fishermen, and the superabundant fish knew about the place that so many treasure today. $16.00 with over 100+ photos, 250 pgs. Profits from book sales go to the Old Destin Fund which provides assistance to families who are hurting. Give a gift of nostalgia for the Yuletide this year, especially to the veterans and active duty military who long to be home for Christmas..

This book is available online at , Destin Walgreens, the Destin Fishing and History Museum, Bayview RV Campground, Mary's Kitchen and Magnolia Grill in Ft. Walton, Barnes and Nobles, Books a Million, and A Kindle edition will be forthcoming by Christmas.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Caroline Grace Crowley Raises the Bar on Viking Idol Competition

(Ft. Walton Beach) Thursday night, Caroline Grace Crowley, 16, knocked them dead in the Viking Idol competition in the grand finale of the show. As contestant #20, she received acclaim from the judges, who told her that she "single-handedly raised the bar" in this competition even as they handed her 4th place the next day, disappointing friends.

Wearing an olive green satin halter top with tight black legging and over the knee boots, she gave an over the top performance to Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Her sultry voice was flawless, and choreography and stage presence show quality all the way.

When the Emcee asked what was her passion, and what she wanted to do when she went into the big world, she demurely said, "Music. Very much so." "Music. Awesome," he concurred.

She definitely puts her big heart, soul and petite self into her singing, which continues to improve. The question really is, where will it take her next?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On the Eastern Wings of a Dream

The lovely Eastern Airlines Stewardess placed a set of plastic wings in my hand. I looked up from the replica pin to her smile and out and down to her turquoise mini uniform and white go-go boots. My 12 year-old psyche absorbed the adventurous dream that was surely shared. In the 1970s, the jet airliners flew over our docks and I let my spirit catch a ride, tracing their stream of white mist until I couldn't see them anymore. Magazines boasted ads of stewardesses and their gleaming silver necked birds, and, oh, the places they'd go! Hawaii! Japan! Mexico! Even in my Archie comic books you could send for career and academy information, though I never did. My grandmother Betty whipped up a copy of the short tunic uniform, and a matching floppy hat, to proudly wear with my pin on the way from Ft. Lauderdale to home. This time, the stewardesses, I'm sure, got a big kick out of their imitator.
I've flown 3 times nationally and 3 times internationally in my lifetime, but never as a Stewardess. But, I ordered a kiddie pin of Delta on Ebay, and they have no age restriction so, you never know!

Real Pan Am Stewardesses

Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Essential Heiress tm: Model Over Miami, a new book coming soon

The Essential Heiress tm: Model Over Miami, a new book coming soon

Model Over Miami, a new book coming soon

Betty Cook was discovered after her sister entered her in a beauty contest at 16. She won and was crowned Miss Dixie Queen and was immediately offered modeling jobs. The next year, hosts changed the name of the pageant to Miss Miami Beach. Her prize was a year's worth of dance lessons. A cover girl in magazines and newspapers, she appeared in a two piece swimsuit in the second issue of Life Magazine, knew Oleg Cassini personally, was once asked out by a Kennedy, and modeled well into her forties. One of the most glamorously photographed models of her era, she screen tested for the movie, Dancing Lady playing the part of Joan Crawford. The President of Eastern Airlines chose her to represent the carrier by riding in a NYC parade at Christmas in a white swimsuit to promote flights to Miami as a warm winter vacation mecca. She was the "cats meow" if ever there was one and helped put Miami Beach on stage for the world to see, under the light of the beautiful Miami Beach moon.

-From Model Over Miami, by Athena Marler Creamer, Heiress Arts Publishers

Trailer from the new ABC Show PAN AM

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OLD DESTIN Through the Eyes of a Child, by Capt. Ben Marler

ISBN-10: 1461098556 ISBN-13: 978-1461098553 From the From the Publisher:

Cut off from mass communications with the rest of the world with nothing but a bridge and not a single telephone or electric light, Destin managed to grow from a remote paradise to a resort area which attracts millions of visitors from all around the world.

Back when some of Florida's fishing boats were handmade and built in captain's back yards, their primitive engines pieced together from automobile motors, the plentiful schools of fish "fathomed out" and snared in seines. Fishing grounds then could be found by nothing more than dead reckoning, timed by a wind up watch, a compass, and the clouds and shore trees. A quiet life began in this particular spot, long the Civil War. But, in 1934, Destin was building a bridge, future WWII pilots were in training, and less than a handful of hardworking fishermen were feeding multitudes of civilians from a tiny fishing village known as Destin. Life was not easy, but it was satisfying and adventurous.
One of Destin's foremost and memorable captains, a fish-catcher and evangelist, opens his families most cherished albums to share pages from Destin's history in the previous century, with photos dating back to 1900.

Capt. Ben seats us around his knees like grandchildren to retell the stories, impressions, descriptions of a small boy's life in Destin, Florida, its' only boy born there in 1938.
Part Tom Sawyer, Part Leave it To Beaver, with a touch of Old Glory and reverence for God, Old Destin Through the Eyes of a Child will be a certain welcome addition to museums and school libraries as well as to those armchair historians who can't get enough of Florida's rich history.
You’ll almost smell the kerosene and sea grasses, and will wish you could go back in time to experience Old Destin.
Even if you were there.

-Heiress Arts Publishers, Destin, Florida

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Todd Allen "Mr. Panama City Beach" performs Elvis Show weekly at The Breakers

The great Elvis impersonator Todd Allen Herendeen and his beautiful blonde wife, Angel, go to our church now at The Oasis Worship Center on Front Beach Road in Panama City (the site of the old Ocean Opry). He recently sang "How Great Thou Art" for the service, but somehow we missed it by not being in church that day. So, here's a Valentine's Day-Month idea for my husband and go hear him perform at the "All Todd" show on Panama City Beach at GULF WORLD MARINE PARK on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.!
His wife told me that he performs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at THE BREAKERS. The link to his special website is and I'm posting a gadget on this blog so that you can look up performance schedules.

I can't help falling in love, with the idea Elvis is Still Alive

(This post originally appeared on February 10, 2010)
Elvis turned 75 last month. Happy Birthday! I was a newborn baby in 1959 when he entered the army and went to Paris. My parents and I rode in my dad's camoflaged jeep in Tallahassee at Florida State University, and he also had shiny black hair in a pompadour style, so, to me Elvis was like my 20 year old Dad. Our trailer's black and white tv set often showed his movies.
Visiting Graceland last year, I felt that he was not in the grave, and neither was anyone else, I remember sensing in the Memorial Garden by his pool. It was hard to believe that such beautiful and talented people lived in Graceland. Like a time capsule, Priscilla's portrait with Lisa Marie in the dining room next to a mirror, had me comparing my face with her perfect doll-like one. I could picture her living there, but couldn't exactly imagine her slaving away in the carpeted kitchen.
Elvis was a heartbreaker. Yet, I believe that he always was in love with Priscilla. In my opinion, a true wife is the bearer of a man's children, and is the first woman behind the man. He never remarried, though he came close, it was not to be.
Now this is just me, but I believe he is still alive. There is so much doubletalking from even his closest Christian friends who would find lying abhorrent. "He's with us (in spirit)." "He's no longer with us (emphasis on "us"). They insist that when we get to heaven, we'll see Elvis there. (And when is when? Eventually.)
Age, but not time, hides him now. For the past 8 years, I have become interested in his latter life. That his tongue was supposedly bitten half off in death may have been a cover to allow him to keep singing in blissful obscurity.
I've watched interviews with Priscilla. She lets things slip, like "Elvis loves (not loved) football." Linda smiles broadly with the words, "He's dead." And Ginger was the last to see him "alive," but even she was not the last to be with him. Joe Esposito said he knew "That boy" (again, the ambiguity. Which boy?) is dead.
If you had asked me, "Are you an Elvis fan?" I honestly would have said no, not really. If I don't consider myself a fan, then why is Elvis' bathroom my desktop background? Why did my husband and I stay up til 4:00 a.m. watching films about Elvis? Then how is it we have been to Graceland and Sun Records (where I insisted Keith record a demo of Love Me Tender)? I must have been curious in my 20's...I remember reading the book Is Elvis Alive in 1978, and Elvis & Me, Me & Elvis, and read "Orion" when it first came out in 1978 and tracked it like a hound-dog to find rare copies online. Internet documentaries from as far away as Australia, and assertions that Elvis is living in Scottsdale Arizona consume me. I've scanned "Search Inside this Book" features on Elvis books on Amazon (3,000 exist) and let my mind compare the documentaries and interviews to the point they haunt my dreams. To make things more exciting, my husband somehow by freak accident, met J. D. Summral before his death, Charlie Hodge, and sang with Larry Decker in Daytona Beach... Keith and I rode in a pink cadillac and we slid into Elvis' favorite corner booth in his favorite pork barbecue restaurant in Memphis. We boarded the 747 Lisa Marie and "not touched" anything. Bought souvenir mugs for my parents and an army change tray for Dad that I hoped would remind him of his own days at Suwannee. I slowly toured Graceland, peering over velvet ropes, sardined with other fans, leaning against the green shag carpeted walls in the basement stairwall. Guards everywhere were saying don't touch, so I just leaned...
I've stood dry-eyed at his grave, and spent the night with my husband in the Heartbreak Hotel. We amused onlookers doing tango under the porte cochere of the hotel to piped in Elvis music. I still have the beautiful floral round guest soap at my pillow. But, I never was "in love" with Elvis, though I'm sure I could have been. But common sense and reality, to protect my heart from getting infatuated with the man, I don't go there. But now that I'm married to a Southern boy turned man from a small Florida farm town who sings and talks like Elvis, and since he's a fan, too, I've changed my tune. We're fools who rush in because we can't help falling in love. //

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Athena's Moussaka (Greek Eggplant Casserole)

Athena's Moussaka (Eggplant Casserole) (Recipe from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation in Atlanta, GA from a Greek Festival in the 1980s.)

1 large eggplant
salt as needed
4-5 T. cooking oil

Slice into 1/4 in. rounds, don't peel. Salt each round lightly and stack in colander with paper towel and weight for 3 hrs. to extract liquid. Rinse in cold water and dry with paper towels. Brown in oil on both sides-drain on paper towels.

Meat Filling

1 T. butter
1 diced large onion
1 clove garlic minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 c. tomato sauce
1 t. sugar
1 T. wine vinegar
3 T. red wine
1 bay leaf crumbled
1 T. parsley chopped
1/4 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

In large skillet, saute onion and garlic until golden, add meat and brown, breaking up with a fork. Pour off excess fat. Stir in liquids and seasonings. Simmer over low heat until liquid is absorbed.

Bechamel Sauce

1/4 c. butter
3 T flour
1 C. milk
1 C. heavy cream
1 t. salt
1/8 t. white pepper
dash nutmeg
2 eggs well beaten
Romano, grated for topping

Melt butter, still in flour, add milk and cream, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and smooth. Mix in seasonings. Add sauce to eggs, beating well. Return mixture to saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is very thick. Do not boil. Cool.
arrange half of eggplant over bottom of 9 x 12 in. baking dish, spread meat filling evenly over eggplant. Cover with remaining eggplant. Pour bechamel sauce evenly over top, sprinkle with Romano cheese. Bake in preheated 325 oven for 45 min. or until golden. Cool slightly before serving. Serves 8 to 12.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Athena's Perfect Greek Pastitsio

Athena's Perfect Greek Pastitsio

Saute a medium to large onion in 1 T. real salted butter. Add 1 lb. chuck hamburger and stir while browning. Drain fat well. Add 1- 16 oz. can tomatoes drained, and 1/2 6 oz. can. tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste, breaking tomatoes up with a spoon. Add a broken bayleaf, 1 tsp. cinnomin and 1 tsp. dried or 1 T. fresh basil and about 1/4 C. Parmesan cheese. Cook slowly 15 min. Taste and adjust. Should be savory and sweet.

Meanwhile make Rigatoni. Boil 9 minutes (al dente) in salted water. Drain well. Season and stir with 1 1/2 T. butter, lightly salt and pepper (white pepper preferred), 1 tsp. dried or 1 T. fresh chopped parsley, 5 dashes garlic powder or 3 dashes garlic salt, 1 T. extra virgin olive oil (preferably Pompeii) and 3 T. parmesan. Taste. Should be delicious even served by itself.

Layer 13 x 9 inch glass casserole with buttered rigatoni. Pour meat sauce over and spread evenly.

Make Bechamel sauce. In a large saucepan, melt 2 T. butter and 2 T. flour and stir for one minute. Add 1 qt. (4 C) whole milk and heat stirring. (If using fat free or skim milk, I have also used part fat free evaporated milk to add creaminess). In a small bowl, whisk 2 medium or 3 large eggs beaten with 2/3 c. of the hot milk mixture in a small bowl and then add back into pan and whisk. Let almost boil. Do not curdle by boiling. Remove from heat and season with 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper. Pour evenly over meat sauce from edge to edge of 13 x 9 in. pyrex casserole dish. Top evenly with bread crumbs (roll a dried piece of crusted white or whole wheat bread between your palms over the dish)whimsically arranged 4 long sprigs of fresh parsley with stems, and parmesan cheese. This makes an attractive topping as the crumbs brown. If you do not have bread crumbs you may use paprika.
Cover tightly with foil. Bake 350 oven covered 30 minutes, then uncovered another 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving in party rectangles. Makes about 8 servings.

Serve with Athena's Greek Salad (recipe to follow later), Greek bread and butter, and tall glasses of iced tea with lemon.//

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Once in a Blue Moon, A Little Star is Born

‎"Cry Me A River" cover performed by Caroline Crowley, January 13, 2011 at the Night Of Artiistic Expression at South Walton High School. Wearing all black and silouetted by a huge blue moon spotlight, Caroline mesmerized the audience with a powerful James Bond-like rendition of the popular jazz standard written for Ella Fitzgerald in the 1920s. The piece was set to the orchestra arrangement by Michael Buble. Caroline Crowley seems made for the caberet and torch singing. Watch out for this little lady. Important Note: Copyright is owned by
•Entity: Warner Chappell Content Type: Musical Composition

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