I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Home Away From Home

First, I want to thank you all for stopping by! I meant to do it in my last post, but you know how absent minded I can be. Sorry, but I think it's getting worse lol. Old age I guess :)

Hubby and I have been talking about having a motor home for a few years. We always try to find a room with a kitchenette at the beach, so a motor home is perfect for us. We actually thought we wanted a Class C, but after looking at them, and the lack of space, we ended up getting a Class A Coach. It's not brand new, but is in great shape, with low miles. There's room for us, and our 3 fur kids! Which is one of the  reasons we got it :)





Can ya tell I took these from Hubby's Facebook? LOL

It's 34 ft long, not too big, not too small.

Sometimes we have an amazing view of the ocean! This is just a little way above Flagler, in Beverly Beach. 


This is a really nice spot in Crystal River. It's 4 miles to the beach from here. We will be using the canal that runs through the park to take us to the bay for scalloping this summer. We've reserved our spot for the entire season (for the weekends). We are so excited! 


Of course, men LOVE gadgets, so hubby bought this fancy navigation, full color back up camera (besides the black & white it came with) radio, CD/DVD player. And whatever else it does. Oh yeah! It's blue tooth and plays our iPods and iPhones. Our son in law came over and installed it. 

You know I had to put my personal beachy touch to it to make it really feel like home!

This comforter covered in coral and shells makes me very happy! And it's white! Which means when we have the fur kids with us, we keep the bedroom door closed to keep them off the bed. A set of Egyptian cotton sheets make us feel right at home :)
I've already done away with the black pillows. They had some red on the other side. They did not make me happy. I'm looking for accent pillows, and I'm still looking for something to hang in the big blank space over the bed. Finding these will make me happy, too :)

I've hung some starfish, and put some shells and things on little shelves, but I'll have to show you the rest of the inside after I take more pictures. Hubby is getting ready to lay some cool wood looking flooring. It's what they are using in motor homes these days, and we do so hate carpet. It's on order and should be here any day. I know he's excited to play with that and get it done! I'm pretty excited to see it, too!



Friday, May 2, 2014

One Proud Momma


I am so sorry to leave ya'll hanging! It has been very busy around here!

My middle daughter Laci had her 30th birthday on the 30th :) I'm feeling quite old now lol


She wanted an ice cream cake, and this is it. It was really good! 


You only turn 30 once, and it's an opportunity to go all out with a full blown birthday party! 

The very next day, my baby girl Shae, graduated from UCF with her bachelors degree!!!

So very proud of this girl! She did it all on her own! WTG Shae!!!! xoxo



This was the day she introduced us to her boyfriend, at lunch before the graduation ceremony.


We like him! Aren't they cute?!?!

Hubby has more pics on his phone, like the one of both of us with her. I somehow didn't get one. That's ok I'll steal it later from his Facebook :P

So now that the important things are over and done with, I am free to blog away!

One of the first things on my crafting agenda is making new cushions for my wicker furniture. I ordered them last year, they were on back order so long that Home Depot cancelled the order :( which leaves me to taking mine apart, and making a pattern to make my own damn cushions! It may take awhile, but I'm determined. Even if I've never done this before. Wish me luck!

I'll see you soon with updates of some kind....you never know what I could be getting myself into lol!

Happy weekend!!!
XO

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Breaking the Block

don't think it's a big secret that I've had severe Bloggers Block. I'm wanting to break that block! I miss my blog, and I miss you guys. 

I've had a lot going on with my health, and because of that I've been eating much healthier. It has really made a difference in how I feel :)
Poached eggs on fresh baby spinach. This is to die for! 

Egg Beaters, crimini mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach. YUM! 

Sockeye Salmon, asperagus oven roasted with garlic & olive oil, and acorn squash :P

Another version of my egg beater scramble but with more mushrooms. 

Now I wish I had more pics of foods I've made! 
I really blew it Easter weekend. I even had dessert. TWICE IN ONE DAY :(
Ah well, I'm back to saying no to processed foods, and sometimes you NEED a piece of pie! Or TWO! 

Despite going rounds with my autoimmune stuff, I have a great life! I've been lounging around my own little Paradise Cove we're creating. I love my home :) 

I have a new craft room! My youngest daughter (my derby girl) moved into her own place, so her room has been transformed! 



I love, love, love, my purple craft room!!!

Laci came over and made some vinyl wall art for me with her Silouette Cameo!

And she made some cute nail art vinyl stickers for me! 

All sea and beach related of course ;)

We took a trip recently and saw SNOW! 

But that's another post ;)

And we bought a motor home...so we can take our fur kids with us everywhere.


But that's another post, too! 

I'm so glad it's spring, and I'm so looking forward to some beach and shelling time! 

Is it spring for you? 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cranberry Cravings

Hello! Greetings from Paradise :)

I know I have been away for a while (like a month!) but we'll discuss that another time.

Today I want to share my recent adventure at Epcot®, and another Evening with Ocean Spray®!
I was invited to an exclusive event, where I sampled some amazing food made with cranberries. Cranberry sauces, cranberry dips, glazes, chutneys, in everything from entrees, to side dishes, and desserts. Wow! The chefs at Epcot ® went all out for this one!


Everything was so very delicious!

Kobe Beef and Craisin Vegetable Fried Rice

Craisin Glazed Pork Belly with White Cheddar Grits
Cranberry & Sea Salt Cured Wild Salmon with Maple Sugar Crystals
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Craisin Ketchup








Two of the cranberry growers! Todd May & Peter Beaton

I have mentioned before what a big fan of cranberries I am :) I love the juice straight with nothing added, and the sparkling cranberry is very refreshing too.

Did you know the cranberry is a super fruit? It sure is! They are loaded with antioxidants. Just 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, or 8oz of juice provide 1/4 of your daily fruit needs! Besides that, they are just dang good! And now Ocean Spray® makes Trail Mix, too!

I usually just eat Craisins® right out of the bag, or make my signature Cranberry Cookies. (My kids STILL ask for these, even though they are adults.) I came up with this recipe shortly after Craisins® debuted in the early 90's, because to tell the truth I'm not a fan of chocolate chip cookies. Gasp! I know, weird, huh? I'll share my recipe with you soon, as well as everything that's been going on around here. I have so much to tell you! A couple of years ago I stumbled onto a recipe for Cranberry Cheesecake Bars, and they really are to die for! I'll share that with you too! You can find many recipes at OceanSpray.com , and become a member of the cranberry club. I did! You can share your cranberry recipes with them too, on the website, their Pinterest, and Facebook, and Instagram. You can click on those and it will take you right to it :)

I really love the fact that many Ocean Spray growers are family, and have been doing this and passing it down for generations. Ocean Spray is one big happy family of 700 growers!


If you get a chance to go to Epcot® during the Food and Wine Festival this year, you too can eat your way around the world, and drink your way around it too! My daughter did just that, starting her day with a Scotch Flight, which was 3 shots of Scotch. She said the 18 year Scotch was the smoothest. I've never tried Scotch, and won't get the chance to, unfortunately. (Darn Lupus!) She also had the Tequila Flight (3 shots of Tequila's) and various other alcohol based concoctions. Her fave food at the Festival is always the grilled
Greek cheese. She always gets this, and Friday she had it twice! I've been trying to pick a favorite, but I ate so many good things it's really hard to choose. I do have a way now to get my son Kyle to eat cooked spinach! Spanakopita!!!! Phyllo is on my grocery list :)

We didn't get to visit The Land this time (where the amazing greenhouses of Epcot® are) but we did get in to see The Sea, and Nemo and Friends. I got to ride in a seashell!!!!! I could live in that building. There are huge tanks, and small tanks, everything from coral growing, to many baby clown fish, seahorse, starfish, manatees, dolphin and rays, I even saw a shark. There's an elevator in the building for us disabled folks, too.


You've just got to go and see for yourself!

There's so much to see and do! And TASTE!




Make sure you check out the cranberry bog!
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