Parrots squawking while perched on the shoulders of a local. The sweet smell of smooth Key Lime pie evident around every corner. The bright, vivid colors of the hammocks and stores and pubs that line the streets. The sensational feeling on your shoulders from the warm breeze blowing off the Gulf Coast…or is that the Atlantic Ocean? You slowly take in all the excitement that is Key West, Florida. Located on the southernmost tip of the United States and 90 miles from Cuba, this island is conveniently surrounded by both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading “Colorful Livin’ in Key West Florida: Part One”
As much as I love the heat of the summer, fall has now arrived, and I am extremely delighted for the next few months. No longer will that mean walking outside into searing humidity and heat. The days will be cool and crisp and the signs of the upcoming holidays will soon show. Images of being clad in plaid, sitting at bonfires, and hosting marathon movie nights pop into my head.
Since the temperature is still at a steady 85 degrees, I thought I would try to bring some “fall atmosphere” into my kitchen this morning. With that in mind, I whipped up a quick bowl of some good old-fashioned oatmeal with fresh apples and spices. And though I may be uncomfortably hot when I try to wear a long sleeve flannel outside, this recipe hits the right spot in terms of feeling like it’s actually fall (even though there are just a few more days until it is officially fall).
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