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Friday, February 22, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 2.22.19

Hello all, and happy Friday from insane, record breaking heat, Florida. Seriously, it's so hot here right now.  Not much to report this week, I've mostly just been doing yard work and running and enjoying this heat wave, although it is Florida, it could be like this for the next 9 months. This weekend we are going down to Punta Gorda to visit some family and explore that area some more. Everyone have a great weekend, and see you next week!

First thing up on the list is the Etsy shop that I started this week.  Right now I am just selling bulk shells, hopefully eventually I will get some crafts on there too.  If you need any shells for crafts, decorations or just to display, I'm your woman. And yes I will ship to Canada.



Thursday was National Love Your Pet Day and how could you not love these three faces?  


I went out shelling a couple days this week, it was low tide first thing in the morning, not only did I get an epic sunrise and a great shell haul but I found my first Florida shark tooth!


On Saturday, we went to Crooked Thumb Brewing in Safety Harbor, for their limited Girl Scout Cookie Beer release.  Their Girl Scout beers were all delicious (especially the Lemon Vanilla Gold Ale that tastes just like a Savannah Smile!) And there were actual Girl Scouts there selling cookies.... smart, catch the drunk people. 


How cute are these little plant stakes from the Target Dollar Spot?  


I finally bought myself a cute tea box.  This has been on my "list" for a few years, and I saw this one on Zulily and thought I may as well just get it.  And I love it!  

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 2.15.19

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day filled with romance and love (or nothing if you don't celebrate it).  It has been a busy week, which I don't usually say because we never go out in the week, but we actually did stuff! We are going to take it a little easier this weekend; do some yard work, hang out with Smudge and the bunnies etc.  Anyway, here is a recap from the week.


A couple weeks ago Josh came home and said a vendor want to take us to a hockey game.  Turns out, it was he Lightning vs. Flames game that I had been bugging Josh for months to take me to.  We got Chase clubs seats, with more free food and drink than I have ever seen before.  Nacho bar, salad bar, sundae bar, raw and sushi bar, chicken wing bar... the list goes on.  The seats were awesome too, sadly the Flames played terribly and lost. Oh, and yes, that is former Blue Jay, Jose Batista that I walked by 5 times and finally snapped a long distance picture of.  He was enjoying the free food as well.


Obviously, Tuesday was Valentine's Day and we went to Packard's Steakhouse at Innisbrook (the PGA course by our house) and it was so good.  We both got their Valentine menu with soup and salad, surf and turf and a delicious dessert and chocolate covered strawberries to take home.  I also got a heater so I can have a warm bathroom to take my baths in!


Saturday was the Rays Fanfest at the Trop.  We got to meet some players, tour the dugout and clubhouse and all last years merchandise was $5 so we loaded up on shirts and hats. It was a really cool event with lots of games and music and beer.


This morning I went for a walk, to to the Great Backyard bird Count, and I really lucked out.  I saw a ton of birds and also came across a couple of my rare favorites, the Roseate Spoonbill.  they were in a swamp with some Ibis so I couldn't get close enough to get very good pictures but it was super exciting to see them, and I didn't get eaten by and gators or snakes so thats a bonus.


I also went out to John Chesnut Park for a walk and as always, saw all the wildlife.  A Limpkin doing yoga, mama gator (she's hardly ever out), some tiny baby gators and a Guilline bird (I'm fascinated with these birds and the crazy noises they make).


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

*Recipe* Keto Big Mac in a Bowl

I had been craving a Big Mac so bad, for like a month, it killed me to drive by any of the 23 McDonalds near my house.  I even got Josh craving one as well.  We go to McDonalds maybe twice a year, once for breakfast and once for a Shamrock Shake.  So, I figured it can't be that hard to make something Big Mac adjacent right? Well, I was right.  I was quite shocked at how great this turned out, especially considering it contains cabbage.


Ingredients
  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (I added some raw onion as well on my bowl before serving)
  • 2 cups thinly shredded lettuce
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 20 hamburger pickle chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


Special Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 4 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions 
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground beef.  When almost cooked through, add the onion and com until beef is cooked and onion is translucent. Drain the grease, salt and pepper to taste and set aside. 

  • While beef and onions are cooking, add all ingredients for special sauce into a bowl and combine. 

  • In skillet, add some olive oil and the shredded cabbage.  Saute until the cabbage is slightly softened, salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Divide the cabbage between 4 bowls and top each with round beef. 

  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese, lettuce (raw onion if desired) and pickle chips (you can add more of whatever if you want).
  • Drizzle special sauce over big Mac bowl and enjoy! 

Thanks to Homemadeinterest.com for the recipe! 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 2.1.19




Happy Friday all! I'm back finally for a real FFF.  Since I've had a slow few weeks, I've included some faves from a couple weeks now.  Also, hello February (how is this possible?).  As you can see hove, today is Wear Red Day, a campaign to bring attention to the importance of women learning about the signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks.  Heart related issues are responsible for 1 in 3 women deaths every year, which is insane.  This is a cause near to my heart, and also one that I need to practice what I preach seeing as I do have several of the risk factors.  It is one more of those "pay attention to your body and don't be afraid to get it checked" situations for every man and woman out there.  Check out Go Red For Women for more info.


February 1st is also close to my heart because it is my baby brother, Jesse's birthday!  He turned 20 today, and it always amazes me that he has grown into such an awesome man.  Happy birthday! (picture from his 16th birthday party)


On Wednesday I got some awesome Groupon Microdermabrasion, from Cyn's Skin Care in Westchase.  I know I don't have terrible skin, but you would be amazed what a little microdermabrasion and tightening laser treatment can do!


Monday was nail day, and I got my Valentine's nails!  I think Valentine's is my favorite "nail holiday" because I love red and white.  So cute.


Thursday I went for my yearly visit to the Apollo Beach Manatee viewing Center at Big Bend Power Station.  Every winter the Manatees and many other marine life, come into the cove where the power plant emits warm water to survive the cold temperatures. There are always hundreds of manatees, Rays, fish, sharks, birds etc and it is quite the amazing sight to see.


I won a contest from Numi Tea and got this "sample pack" in the mail yesterday.  I am pretty impressed and can't wait to try them all! I also got a pair of custom VR goggles to watch a video about how tho sustainable tea is sourced and the people that pick it and process it.  Very cool.


Wel these are pretty much self explanatory.  I don't love Oreos in general but these are probably the best ones ever made.


We had a great new little sandwich shop open up about a 2 minute drive from us this week, so I had to go try it.  I was their very first customer and got this Club Sub to try.  It was delicious.  Rocky Mountain Subs specializes in Philly Cheese Steaks and also have a french dip that looks amazing.  Oh and homemade salads and desserts.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Teas I'm Loving Right Now

It's Friday y'all, but no Fab Friday Faves today (I seriously have not left the house all week so I don't have very many favorites).  Instead I thought I would share some of my favorite teas of the moment.  I'm still really into the warm, wintery teas (by the way the weather is in Florida, it will be cold enough for them for a couple more months!) most of these teas are available to order online or in your local stores, so give them a try, they are all delicious! 

David's Tea is probably my favorite tea company.  It is a Canadian company, but slowly stores are popping up in the US, mostly in the North.  Of course you can always order online, but it is so nice to  be able to smell and try the teas in person.  If you are traveling through Canada, Toronto airport has an awesome location (and it's really close to A&W!)  My favorite teas of their's right now are Candy Crush (a candy cane chocolate blend), Caramel Shortbread (I got a small pack of this for Christmas and really need to order more, I don't love Caramel but this is amazing). You really can't go wrong with anything at David's tea, I haven't met a flavor I didn't like.
Caramel Shortbread


Candy Crush

When I lived in the NYC area, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was one of my go to places for a hot drink while walking around the city.  Now every now and then, when I'm lucky I will run into one in an airport.  My go to was always their Winter Dream Latte and the Strawberry Green Tea latte. (also both really good iced).  I have made several orders over the years for these 2 teas, and have also bought their vanilla powder to make the lattes (of course they are never quite as good).  The teas on their own are so good though you don't need it.  The Strawberry Cream is a light refreshing green tea and the Winter Dreams is pretty much how it sounds, a dream of black tea with cinnamon and cloves. 


 Tiesta Tea is a pretty popular brand that in the US, you can get at a lot of grocery stores and Target.  I love a lot of their tea, but right now I am drinking this green tea that is so flavorful and tropical.  I try to have a cup of green tea every morning instead of another cup of coffee.  Their teas are marketed to help with certain things like this Slenderizer, Relaxer and Immunity.  You can also buy pre made bottles of their iced teas now as well and they are delicious!


Celestial Bengal Spice is my mom's favorite tea so I always have some kicking around and I love it before bed time.  It's a very spicy dark tea that instantly makes me feel relaxed and warm.  Its very similar to a Chai and is delicious with some milk too. 


Trader Joe's is obviously one of my favorite places to shop, and every now and then they bring out a new tea that I have to try.  Recently they came out with these two, Harvest blend (similar to the Bengal Spice) and Well rested (this tea is magic for making me sleepy).



Yogi Tea is another really popular brand with a ton of flavors, but I am loving this Green Tea Kombucha right now.  Nothing super special about it just a really good tasting green tea.


Twinings is a classic brand and you can never go wrong with it. Their green tea lemon has always been one of my go to favorites. 


Living in Florida, Sweet Tea is like a religion.  I don't like my Sweet Tea overly sweet so I love Southern Breeze Sweet Tea.   They have several different flavors, lightly pre-sweetened for really reasonable prices.  They have a great Instagram account too with lots of contests and deals.


I recently discovered a little tea shop just down the road in Dunedin. Flying Cloud has a huge selection of over 120 teas and so far I haven't tried one I didn't like. They also have a really cute little store filled with fun tea accessories and they do tea pairings and tea parties.  Here are 3 of my favorite winter teas.  They do ship or you could just ask me to go get some and send it. 


Does anyone have any tea recommendations for me? I'm always looking to try new ones! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 1.11.19

Happy Friday everyone!  Just a quick check in, since its been a few weeks since a FFF.  Not much new here to report, I've been taking down Christmas decorations, playing with the foster bunnies (see below), and trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays.  Josh has been quite sick with a cold for about a week now, he is on the mend after a trip to the doctor on Wednesday (he didn't have a choice, I was over the sleepless nights).  Everyone have a great weekend!  Its been a bit chilly here again but this weekend is going to be absolutely perfect weather and I can't wait to enjoy it!  Oh and I almost forgot, a very happy birthday tomorrow to my Auntie Lorri!


We all saw that I got new hair, if you are on my Facebook or Instagram, but I don't think I shared my new glasses! I wanted a new pair to wear so I stop wrecking my tiffany glasses, and just for a change.   They are so cute, and they are a big change.



These are our new foster bunnies, Thomas and Oreo from Tampa Bay House Rabbit Rescue.  They are unbelievably sweet and well trained AND as much as I adore them, they are looking for their forever home, together. They love snuggles and exploring and snacking!



Even though I am sure most of you have seen it, I have to post my hair because, it's awesome.



This is just my 2018 Top Nine from Instagram.  Some fun memories from the beach, Saskatchewan, the Caribbean Festival, free Mac lipstick, Smudge and ice cream with Josh.



This one is a double whammy... My awesome new hat from MotherTrucker Co..  And its super cool even if you don't get the Merle Haggard reference.  Also the New Cinnamon Shortbread latte from Starbucks is really good!



January nails, just some beautiful merlot and some gold sparkle.  Classic!



Here are a few of my favorite nature-y pictures from the last couple weeks.  Brooker Creek Preserve this morning, Honeymoon Island sunrise a few days ago along with my shell haul from that morning and 2 Red Shoulder hawks on the fence by the school across the street on a foggy morning.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

*Recipe* Bacon & Cheddar Grits Quiche

For Christmas this year, for just Josh and I, I decided to try something different for my Christmas morning breakfast.  Breakfast after opening presents is pretty much my favorite thing ever, so it always has to be something epic.  Normally I do Wivesaver Breakfast, but I thought I would switch it up.  I am a huge Quiche fan, I have tried Quiche in different countries, homemade, different fillings, crust, no crust and when I saw this one with baked grits as the crust, I HAD to try it.  Grits are one of both me and Josh's favorite breakfast foods (funny probably 7 years ago neither of us had tried them) so it was a no brainer.  Doing all the steps correctly takes a little time, and it is NOT light on the calories,  but so worth it... If I do say so myself, the best Quiche I've ever had.


Ingredients

  • 6 thick slices of bacon
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup uncooked stone ground grits
  • 2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion



Directions
Step 1
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat bacon in a skillet or in the oven until crispy. Drain and crumble. 
  • Transfer 2 tsp of bacon drippings to a saucepan.
Step 2
  • Bring drippings, milk and butter to a boil over medium heat.
  • Gradually stir in grits, 1tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper; whisking constantly, 15 minutes or until very thick.
  • Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Stir in 1 cup of cheese, let stand 10 minutes. 
  • Stir in 1 egg, spread into a 9 inch springform pan coated in cooking spray (I just used a ceramic pie plate).


Step 3
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until set and browned.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cup cheese over warm grits. spreading to edges.
  • Let stand 15 minutes. 

Step 4
  • Reduce oven temp to 325.
  • Combine half and half, cream, onions and remaining 5 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.
  • Pour over grits and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
  • Place pan on foil lined baking sheet.
Step 5
  • Bake at 325 for 1 hour 15 mins or until lightly browned and just set. 
  • Let stand 20 minutes.
  • Run a sharp knife around the edges of of Quiche and remove sides of pan or if using pie plate, just cut into pieces).
  • enjoy!
I forgot to mention that I only made half the recipe.  Half is enough for 3 people.  I also did all but step 4 and 5 Christmas Eve and the rest in the morning to save time.