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message in a bottleWhile vacationing in Cape Cod, Theresa, played by Robin Wright, finds a mysterious, intriguing love letter in a bottle in the sand, addressed from Garret to Catherine. Fascinated by it, she uncovers more letters and eventually tracks down the man who wrote them. Garret, played by Kevin Costner, lives quietly on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He’s the strong, silent type of guy. The kind who keeps his emotions private. Theresa finds out the story behind the letters and, little by little, she falls in love with him.

He’s shattered by his wife’s untimely death and cannot forgive her for leaving. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when he finally makes peace with her brother after years of blame. Neither man says much, but the emotions are there and once they’ve finished their conversation, each has let the other know it’s okay. Paul Newman plays his father, Dodge. Another of my favorites is the emotional scene is when he talks about his son.

This is a beautiful movie with wonderful acting. Beautiful scenery, emotional music, wonderful acting. I adore the kind of characters Kevin Costner always plays. Robin Wright and Paul Newman were perfect in their roles. Make sure you have plenty of tissues. If you need a good cry, this is one to watch.

Lobster Tailslobster tail

 I’ve never cooked lobster before, but it is just about my favorite seafood and seems so simple I just might get brave enough to try it sometime.

If the lobster tails are frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead, as this takes 8 to 10 hours. Uncooked tails have a mottled appearance with a green-blue-brown cast. To cook four 8-ounce tails, bring 6 cups water to boiling in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the lobster tails. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes or until shells turn bright red and the meat is tender when poked with a fork. For larger or smaller tails, adjust the cooking time as needed. Drain in a colander

To serve, place one lobster tail, shell side down, on each plate. You can use kitchen scissors to cut each tail lengthwise through the meat for easier eating. Serve with butter for dipping.