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1. Grace’s teeth are coming in strong and unfortunately are keeping her up at crazy hours of the night (just when I thought we were past that stage) Just another reminder that she’s growing so fast!!!

2. She’s so strong and ready for the olympics (I was behind/under her the whole time)

3. My lunch date pondering how we’re going to tackle this new year.  13 years later and he still gives me butterflies

4. Can’t stop wearing my Christmas present…  ALDO wonser riding boots (of course now they’re on sale. ugh!!)

5. Morning time with PAPA melts my heart.  She’s his mini-me

6. Our view from top of Chimney Rock  after a 45 minute hike.

7. Our mischievous schnauzer Bauer

8. She’s on point with her nap schedule even if we’re at the store

9. It’s always sunny in South FL!!

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Florida family blog travels to Saint Augustine

On our way back from from NC we made a quick stop by St. Augustine, FL. We only had a few hours to visit the city and thought the best way to get around was by using the guided trolly tour.  From the Fountain of Youth to the Castillo de San Marcos, it all felt like stepping into a history book. The Spanish architecture brought back a lot of memories from our trip to La Isla del Encanto!

what to do in saint augustine florida

Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

what to do in saint augustine florida

Trolly view of Grace United Methodist Church

what to do in saint augustine florida
what to do in saint augustine florida

what to do in saint augustine florida

We thought about taking a sip from the fountain but the trolly would’t stop for that.

what to do in saint augustine florida

Magnolia Avenue- this picture does not do it justice… but it’s one of the most photographed streets in the US!

what to do in saint augustine florida

Mision Nombre de Dios- The great cross

what to do in saint augustine florida

what to do in saint augustine florida

Down St. George street

what to do in saint augustine florida

what to do in saint augustine florida

She was the happiest trolly rider I’ve ever seen!

what to do in saint augustine florida

For my friends who fear getting around with a little one- the baby bjorn is our best friend! We feel safe having her close to us and it saves you from having to pull around a bulky stroller!

what to do in saint augustine florida

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{on our plate} nyc roasted almonds

easy roasted almond recipe

On our trip to NYC a few years ago, one of the things I enjoyed the most was going to Central Park, stopping by a street vendor and walking through the park with a hand full of roasted almonds.  Since then, I’ve attempted to find a home-made version for these sweet morsels of roasted goodness.  Thanks to Pinterest,  I found an easy roasted almond recipe that has revolutionized our lives.  The best part about this treat is that they’re made in a crock pot which limits your oven use and slowly fills your home with the lovely aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar.  I’ve tweaked the original recipe and found that this is what works for our crockpot and taste buds!

easy roasted almond recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups of sugar

1 1/2 Cups of brown sugar

3 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1/8 tsp. Salt

2 Egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla

5 Cups of raw almonds

1/4 Cup of water

Directions

Turn the crock pot on high (aside- my crackpot heats up very slowly but once it’s on high it stays really hot) Mix the white and brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and set aside.  In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. After they’re frothy whisk in the vanilla.  Add the almonds and completely coat them with the egg white.  Then add the cinnamon mixture to the egg mixture and toss the almonds. (Cooking time varies depending on your crockpot and it’s cooking temperature) Add cooking spray to the pot and add the almonds.  Cook with the lid on on high for 2 hours and stir them every 20-25 minutes.  Turn the temperature to low, add the water and cook for another hour with the lid off.  Continue to stir them every 20 minutes. Line a baking sheet or kitchen counter with parchment paper and spread the almond mixture to cool.  Store them in a zip bag in the refrigerator. It took about an hour for the almonds to cool completely.  Enjoy!!

 

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Florida Family Travels to North Carolina’s Chimney Rock

During our winter family vacation, this florida family took a drive up to Lake Lure, NC and spent a few days bundled up in the mountains far away from the hustle and bustle of South FL.  On one of our adventure filled days, we visited Chimney Rock State Park and since driving up the mountain is not adventurous enough for us, we decided to hike to the top!   We took the Four Seasons Trail up the mountain and although  the picture on the park website shows a little boy staring at a great big rock, it was quite the hike (not to mention 37 degree weather, windchill and a strapped on sleeping baby).  No regrets! The view was well worth the climb!

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

Florida Family a Travels to North Carolina's Chimney Rock

The top two were taken on our way to the mountain

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