The Florida Life

I spent five days last week in Florida visiting my parents. I was really wanting to be able to share my pregnancy with them in a way I just couldn't do by texting pictures or talking on the phone. The looks on their faces when they saw me and my bump for the first time at the airport were confirmation that I was correct. 

The weather was perfect; warm and not too humid. We spent most days in the pool, my super-fit Mom swimming laps as I lay floating like a pregnant sloth.  


An outstanding dinner made by my Mom my first night home. These marinated and grilled vegetables were amazing. I can't wait to make them at home and will share the recipe soon. 

grilled vegetables

On Sunday, we took our traditional trip down to Sarasota for crab legs, a stroll around St. Armand's circle, complete with the mandatory Kilwin's Chocolate stop for ice cream cones. 

crab legs
Mar Vista

To top off the perfect day, we watched the sunset on Lido Beach. It is the one on which we spent countless family beach weekend trips while I was growing up. Just being on that sugar sand is like a recalibration for my soul. When I'm giving birth, I think this shall be my happy place to think on. I can't wait to take my little guy here so he can dip his sweet little toes in the same waters and we can make some new beach memories. 

Lido beach 23 weeks
Lido beach sunset

- Tara

Scenes from Memorial Day Weekend

Hope you are having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  Here are a few scenes from mine. We have been doing some work around the house getting the baby's room ready, but there will definitely be plenty of this happening...

Mia snooze

Prep work for Cowboy Caviar to take to a friend's house. Over the last few years, this has been one of my go-to appetizers to take to a summer party. It's healthy, quick to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser. Plus, I just love the colors, so summery and bright! I will be sharing the recipe in a post soon. 

Cowboy caviar prep

Hostess gifts I put together for my friend's sweet girls, Bella and Gigi.

Hostess gifts

This nectarine and blueberry pie is to die for and the perfect summer dessert, especially when it's served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Nectarine and blueberry pie

I hope that you are having a relaxing weekend as well. I'd love to hear about your favorite summer recipes!

- Tara