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Florida Ice Storm 2018

Living in Florida my entire life, I’ve had only a handful of very cold weather experiences. It’s snowed here a few times, but nothing of consequence. We DO tend to have a few weeks of low temps (lows getting into the mid-low twenties), but it tends to warm up rather quickly.
This past week has been particularly cold, and last wednesday North Florida was transformed into a winter wonderland. We ended up only getting “frozen mix” rather than full blown snow, but I still loved the results.First off, I’ll let you know that I slipped on our porch steps as I was walking to the car to go to work. I still have a gigantic bruise on my back. Second, my car was completely frozen and one of my spiritual gifts is NOT de-icing a car. Third, I was terrified of driving on icy roads, but the roads ending up being fine and I only work 3 miles from our house anyway. So, my morning started off rocky and I didn’t have a chance to take in the ice-covered surroundings.
When I came home for lunch, I took the opportunity to walk around our yard and snap a few photos. Everything was so beautiful! And again, I know this may not be too impressive to someone in, say, Michigan… but to Floridians THIS IS AMAZING! Look how magical our yard was!Here’s hoping for another bout of really cold weather before it’s 95 degrees on the daily!

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

key lime ice cream 2Key Lime Pie is the quintessential Floridian dessert.  I, however, prefer ice cream to pie- thus I’m sharing Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with you today! I’ve made this recipe several times this summer, and it’s been a big hit!
Here’s what you need:

1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup bottled Key lime juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
Dash of salt
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
12 graham crackers (3 full sheets), coarsely crushed, divided
lime zest and wedges (optional)

ice creamIn a bowl, combine milk, lime juice, heavy cream, salt and sweetened condensed milk. Whisk and combine. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker (I use the Kitchenaid ice cream attachment) and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Stir graham crackers into ice cream. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container ( I just use a loaf pan), cover, and freeze until firm. Sprinkle each serving with a few graham crackers, lime zest, and wedges when you’re ready to eat! It’s soooo easy!

Anniversary Weekend

It’s so hard to believe that Ray and I have been married for 5 years. Some days it seems like we’ve been together forever and some days it feels like it hasn’t even been a year.
Below are some snapshot from our anniversary weekend getaway. We stayed in the sweetest air b&b in Palm Harbor, FL. We spent Saturday eating delicious Greek food, exploring the Tarpon Springs sponge docks, and talking about some of our goals for this year.IMG_6545IMG_6541IMG_6543We watched the sun set at Fred Howard State Park, and witnessed an awkward matchy-matchy family photo shoot in the wild! See below! IMG_6561IMG_6566IMG_6567IMG_6569Sunday morning we decided to drive across the state to Cocoa Beach. First, we made a stop in Ybor City to have lunch at The Columbia restaurant, my favorite! You can’t beat the 1905 salad and sangria! Neither Ray nor I had been to Cocoa beach since the 90’s, and well, it hasn’t changed much. The Space Coast is pretty high on the tacky scale, but that’s only more reason to love it! We stayed in Fawlty Towers hotel (named after the show and run by Brits) which looks like a castle and is painted various shades of pink and teal. Fortunately, we were really close to the beach. Unfortunately, we slept on the most uncomfortable bed on planet earth. We spent Sunday afternoon swimming in the ocean! IMG_6576We drove home Monday and made a quick pit stop at Disney Springs for lunch and a little shopping! It was a great weekend!

Big Talbot Island

drift wood 1On the same day we visited the Warhold exhibit, Ray, Drea (cousin extraordinaire), and I also made a stop at Big Talbot Island state park aka the driftwood forest. I’ve seen photos of Big Talbot Island beach for years, but didn’t realized until recently how close it is to my home.
Florida is such a strange and wonderful place!bti 4bti 2byi 3bti 1bti 6bti 8bti 5
bti 11bti 9bti 7 Having lived in Florida for 30 years, you could say I’m pretty familiar with the beach. Most of the beaches I frequent have white sands, warm water, and giant hotels dotting the shore line. Big Talbot Island couldn’t be more different! It’s an untouched, preserved piece of north Florida paradise. Big Talbot Island is beautiful and I highly suggest you make a visit to this crazy driftwood beach!

Megacon 2015 Part 2

If you haven’t read part 1, go read that first!
As I said yesterday, the costumes at Megacon this year were fantastic!! We took over 100 photos at the convention and picking the best ones to post proved VERY difficult.
Here are some great ones:IMG_0335 IMG_0331 IMG_0357IMG_0282IMG_0306 IMG_0326Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man were very well represented:IMG_0365 IMG_0314 IMG_0340Also, Dying-Gwen and Spider-Man.IMG_0358Deadpool was probably over-represented:IMG_0324IMG_0281IMG_0363IMG_0362 And now for my favorite costumes of the Convention:IMG_0280IMG_0356 IMG_0361 IMG_0298 IMG_0319 IMG_0368