I’ve got two kids with wildly different tastes… One loves meat and the other is a vegetarian. Of course, the meat lover also generally craves junk food, while my daughter likes everything simple and unadultered… she even eats salad without dressing.
Since it was just the four of us for dinner, I made this amazing Macaroni and Cheese recipe that I first tried a couple of weeks ago. I’m always trying to sneak veggies into my son’s diet, and since it’s fall and there’s a plethora of squash available now, I thought this would be a good choice.
It’s rare to cook something that pleases both kids, but this has been a huge hit in my household. I did put bacon on only half the recipe since the girl would have revolted if she found that on her plate. I also used a combo of cheddar and smoked gouda, but I imagine any cheese combo would be delicious.
Served up with some sauteed garlic and spinach, and D and I had a couple of glasses of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, too. It was a perfect fall meal.
No progress on our lot since last week. Our builder spent this week surfing in Nicaragua. He’s back tonight, so I’m hoping for lots of changes in the days to come.
Our lot has been cleared and leveled. There is an area in the back that remained untouched with the hopes of keeping that live oak. The plan is to build a retaining wall with some steps, leading to a small patio under the canopy of the tree.
I love the look of concrete, especially with all the low maintenance plantings. No grass + little water = a big thumbs up!!!
D and I actually agree that a firepit would be pretty nifty.
As would a water feature…
It was a beautiful morning to take a walk at Anastasia State Park - just a bit of humidity with a peaceful sea breeze. The kids were listening to music on the phones and trailing several paces behind me so I could enjoy a little solitude.
I needed this reminder of why we choose to live in Florida, home of regressive political policies. I’ve felt so much frustration and anger this week, particularly toward my district and our representative, Ron DeSantis, one of the 30 House Republicans who are willing to do whatever it takes to defund the ACA.
We are on day five of the government shutdown, with no end in sight. After watching the real estate gains in this county and all the new construction in the area, I have real concerns about these Republicans who are so hell-bent on destroying the economic growth our country has made.
If you are interested in supporting those who have be negatively impacted by the government shutdown and/or also fear the economic impact of what happens if the US defaults on its debt in the coming weeks, I encourage you to contact your representative and let your voice be heard.
We start out our week with a Sunday dinner. I think it comes from the years we spent in the Upper Midwest with no family within 1000 miles. Now that we are back in Florida, it’s ever so nice to get together once a week to catch up.
I tend to try new recipes on Sundays. Unlike during the work week, I usually have the afternoon free to prep and cook. We aren’t big meat eaters, but that changes on the weekend, too. My son craves meat and since my sister is a vegetarian, I think her boyfriend appreciates it, too.
This week, I tried the Slow Cooker Roast Beef Po’ Boys recipe from The Kitchn. Having cooked vegetarian for a number of years, I’m still a little convinced I might kill someone via undercooked and bacteria-laden meat. I can rest assured with a recipe like this, knowing that it after you braise the beef, you still cook it for several more hours in the crock-pot. It was filling and delicious (and still tasted tender and good today).
Inspired by the terrific Carrot-Ginger Soup that we had at The Ice Plant, I decided to try this recipe for the vegetarians in our family. Lots of chopping (half-way through my prep, I wondered why I didn’t bust out with the food processor), but it cooked up pretty quick. A quick turn in the blender, and it was on the table within the hour!
Despite the wet weather, our lot started getting cleared last week. Since there had been a house long ago on this lot, there wasn’t too much to do. Only two trees needed to be removed, as well as a mass of foliage in the corner. Now it looks like a big dirt pile. This week the lot will be leveled.
The best thing is that we rent the house across the street. We can watch all the activity from our front window.
Here we go! After a ton of delays (thank you, low appraisal, among other pain in the ass events), we finally closed on our lot about a week and a half ago. Funny to think that when we started this process, we thought construction would start in mid-July, and now it’s the end of September.
The bank has given our builder one year to get our house constructed, and he thinks it will take about that long. We are so ready to get this done!
This is one of the volunteer lilies that have been blooming on our lot. It makes me wonder what else we might uncover as the builder excavates. We know that there was a house there at one point, gone long before we moved into our rental across the street three years ago. Some neighbors have described it as a “creepy Hobbit house” that was built into the side of the ancient sand dune. All that is left is a half a dozen bricks and an old cistern.
There is a long history to this neighborhood, as evidenced by the Spanish well and chimney that are located a block away. The quarry that was used to gather the coquina for the construction of Castillo de San Marcos is just down the street. This area was probably the home for the quarry-workers.
There’s a story about the couple around the corner, who uncovered human remains when building their house in the 1970s, but not wanting to involve the city in a time-consuming excavation, just quietly continued their work on their house. Another friend found pieces of painted porcelain when constructing his driveway. The city archeologist said the town is littered with those, and directed him to a website. There he found the exact matches to his fragments, and learned they were 18th century British china. Now they are on display in his home.
As a history nerd, I hope we find some artifacts as our house is being constructed. In reality, knowing that another house stood there in the past century, it’s highly unlikely that we will find anything from our town’s long history. And I suppose that’s one reason why I want to document the construction of our home… to leave a record for it’s future inhabitants.
To raise awareness about ocean pollution, the Surfrider Foundation is using surfing shots filled with plastic debris.
Did you know that almost 90% of all material floating in the ocean is plastic, and every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of the stuff?