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Sand Art

Before I begin this post I’d like to issue a disclaimer for my readers to the north.

Disclaimer: this post references 80-degree weather in November but is in no way intended to be a gloat, brag or the like. I braved enough winters in the Midwest to be empathetic during this time. Please accept my apologies for the unseasonably cold spike. Should you consider a trip to visit because of the following photos, I will not deter you. Seriously though. Come see us!

Do you remember when you were little and you would convince your mom, dad or aunt who happened to live in California to spend ridiculous amounts of money on colored sand art you would take home and display proudly next to the rock collection on your shelf?

I do.

And perhaps that’s the reason I took more than 20 photos this weekend of sand. But not just any sand. Sand art sand. The kind of sand art that takes 3 full days and a wee bit of elmer’s glue to complete. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

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Sand not your thing? Well if you come visit me I will treat you to a bag of the best mini donuts you’ve ever tasted. Sorry Illinois State Fair. Siesta Key mini donuts have just taken the lead for best donuts to be eaten in full sun while counting how many people you see without their shirts on.

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Stay warm, Midwest!

Summer Chicken Salad

Is it too early for me to mock the weather in Florida? It pains me to do it especially considering the winter we just came from in Chicago, but I can’t help but laugh at these people when they deliver the news every morning.

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Traffic is a hoot. Yes there’s violence but on a completely different level. Don’t get me started on the local morning show. But the weather. Lord does it get me laughing.

I giggle at the TV, as a chipper weather girl comes on every morning and delivers a 7-day forecast identical to the 5 days prior plus or minus a few percentages of humidity.

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Bright and sunny with a high of 88 today folks! It’s another beautiful day out there!

Don’t get me wrong it’s awesome to know you can walk outside sans coat, boots, hat and gloves no matter the hour, but where’s the variety? Coming from the Midwest we killed for this kind of weather. Ok, maybe that’s not the analogy I am going for but the bottom line is we relished in 88 and sunny because we rarely saw it. 88 and sunny. Are you kidding me?

Get the sprinkler out hunny! I hope the Ice Deli is open because we are totally going there after we grill everything in our fridge! We’ve only got 24 hours to enjoy this before it rains, storms or snows.

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And the radio meteorologists aren’t much better. I’m just cruising along trying to avoid anyone who should no longer have their license and all of a sudden a deep authoritative voice comes on and says,

‘Now, the official suncoast forecast’

Here I am expecting a tornado (water spout) warning, flood watch or at least an excessive heat advisory, but nope. Each and every day this intro is followed by the following:

Sunshine for the remainder of today with a low of 68. The temperature is currently 88 under clear skies.

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Now I realize we’ve only been here the better part of a month and there will be plenty of weather changes over the course of the year, but you should have seen them last weekend when we had a ‘cold front’ come through.

‘Good morning. Sunny and 88 for most of the week until the a cold front comes through on Thursday. Things will really cool down as our high on Friday will only reach 84. Still sunny though!’

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Cold front? It was 92 by noon that day. Meanwhile my friends in Chicago are sending me pictures of snow. Snow! In May! And this lady is warning of a cold front that is nothing like any cold front I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to be a Midwest transplant in Florida in May. I still catch myself putting on layers to walk the dog only to sweat more than the fur covered mountain dog himself. And I can’t help but laugh at the way these newscasters report on delightful weather.

It’s been beautiful out. So while my Midwest family is still deciding whether it’s safe to pack away their coats, I’ve been jumping straight into summer recipes.

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Summer Chicken Salad

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 3 TBL greek yogurt
  • 2 TBL spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 C chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/2 C chopped celery
  • 1/4 C chopped red onion
  • 1/4 C chopped apple (can substitute grapes or craisins)
  • 2 TBL chopped green onion
  • lemon juice
  • cilantro, chopped
  • salt, pepper

Cook chicken breast according to your preference. I did a salt brine on mine for 30 minutes and then grilled them. You can bake or boil as well. Once chicken is cooked, shred into pieces and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Fold chopped vegetables, chicken and apple into dressing. Add chopped cilantro and almonds before serving.

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Stay cool out there, folks!

 

5 things I’ve learned about Florida

It’s Monday. At least I think it is. I honestly have no concept of days of the week anymore. I just opened 4 cabinet doors in at attempt to remember where I put our water glasses after staring at the spices for at least 30 seconds, completely confused as to why they were in my water glass cabinet. This whole concept of abundant cabinet space is still new to me.

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This morning I spent 45 minutes trying to locate my house keys only to realize they were in the pocket of my workout vest. Apparently I felt it necessary to put on a light vest to walk the dog on Saturday morning when the early morning temperature said 59 degrees. This whole concept of walking outside without a coat on is still new to me. Thinking I need a vest when it’s 59 degrees is also new to me and brings me to my first observation:

  1. Humidity hates me. Yes, summers in central Illinois and Chicago should have given me some tolerance for humid climates, but one can only prepare so much. Dad and I arrived ahead of a big storm here in Florida last week so the humidity was pretty high. Not only did I completely overdress on multiple occasions, but my hair began its growth to exponential volume. I know it’s doesn’t look huge here, but this was only day 3. I can assure you that it’s expanding as you read this. Ladies, if you are looking for a new volumizing product, look no further than my extra bedroom here at the new house. I’ll fix you up real good.
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  2. Water Spouts and Tornadoes are basically the same thing. And here I thought water spouts were just those things you tried to push your friend’s inner-tube over at Knight’s Action Park so they would flip over and get their hair wet? Dad and I had just left the beach at Siesta Key on Friday to head to the airport when I got a text from Matt asking if we were safe.
    siesta key storm, water spout, tornado, florida weather, I thought it was just his way of pouting because we were on the beach and he was at work, but apparently he was legitimately concerned. My bad. Yes I suppose it was a little windy, but I did not see any swirling of clouds while we were there. Murphy’s luck typically works in our favor and I guess this was no exception. Dad got to see the beach and flew out about an hour under sunny skies. My luck ran out a little without him as I drove through the storm on the way back home, but I was fortunate to just have to deal with heavy rain.
  3. Sundays are best spent at the beach. I’ve always been one to get my errands out-of-the-way on Saturday mornings, but yesterday solidified the fact that Sundays are probably going to be less than productive for us. We are less than 15 miles from what the signs say is the “#1 beach in the U.S. of A” so I have a feeling we will be spending a lot of time there. Come visit us. We’ll need an excuse to go people watch.
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  4. Dog parks here have grass. One of the main things we looked for in finding a house down here was either a large backyard or a dog park within walking distance. Kudos to Matt for finding a nearly brand new house with both. After living the cement life for the first year or so, Finn can hardly handle the life of luxury Florida is giving him. Not only does our park have grass but it has tubes to run through, fences to jump over and poles to weave in between. Or in Finn’s case, large objects to run into and trip over while chasing toys. We’ve been spending most of our time in the park, mostly out of my fear that he will get eaten by an alligator if he spends too much time in our backyard.
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  5. Eastern time rocks. I’m sure I’ll regret this statement in a month or so, but for now I’m absolutely loving the fact that we are 1 hour ahead of most of our family and friends. Not only do I get to justify sleeping in until 7:00 because it’s only 6:00 in Illinois, but I feel like I’m ahead of the game all day because I have an hour head-start compared to what I use to have. Just think about the possibilities. First one to wish someone a happy birthday, a chance to realize tickets for your favorite band go on sale that day and watching the Today Show in real-time. Groundbreaking stuff here, folks.
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    Now I just have to remember the time difference when I call to wish my nephew congratulations on his first communion like 4 hours too early.

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