Flock of Spoonbills at Mosquito Lagoon

Check out this amazing flock of Roseate Spoonbills (along with Ibises, Great White Egrets, and Blue Herons) feeding at Mosquito Lagoon in Titusville, Fl.  We were leaving the preserve after a bike ride and passed this commotion just at the right moment.

To see ONE is amazing. To see a whole flock of hot pink feathers gathered in one place is, in a word, SPECTACULAR.

Live conch at the beach

The winds were strong last night as we took an evening stroll on the beach. We saw several kite surfers “catching air” and were able to collect lots of cool treasures that the surf had washed up shore. One treasure we found, however, was still alive! 

Check out this conch’s alien-like googly eyes.  😀

A Lesson on How to Fly

​If you think running is just another way to burn calories, then you’ve either never really tried it or just never really understood it. 

The act of running teaches you that pain is temporary but victory is infinite and that all those limitations you’ve placed on yourself were WRONG. It makes you one of the privileged few who gets to witness and ENJOY sunrises and sunsets regularly; it makes you cognizant of your surroundings and appreciative of nature. It helps you create friendships and strengthens the ones you already have. It simultaneously winds up your battery AND burns off a little bit of the crazy lurking inside of you. It takes you places you never thought you could go, both physically and emotionally. 

If you don’t believe that humans can FLY, then you’ve never really run. 

Coconut Pie on a whim

coconut pie

Lots of experimentation went on in my kitchen last weekend… and this is the delicious result!  The filling of this pie is just about as addictive as the inside of a Mounds or Almond Joy and the recipe couldn’t be easier, either.  I think it tastes best a tad bit warm from the oven with a dollop of whipped cream. (Imagine drizzling it with chocolate and sprinkling toasted almonds on top!)

Ingredients:

deep, pre-made graham cracker pie crust

3 egg yolks

1 can of evaporated milk (14 oz)

1 cup of evaporated milk

1 tsp coconut extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Blend all ingredients for the filling and pour into graham cracker crust

Bake for 30-35 minutes until light golden and firm to the touch.

Serve with whipped cream.

 

Watch “Roseate Spoonbill” on YouTube

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Nature-Nerd Alert!!!! Saw this beautiful pink Roseate Spoonbill having dinner in a pond near my house and HAD to stop and capture it! They are so rare on South Florida’s east coast, especially outside of the Everglades.

I may have made a crazy u-turn and broken a few sprinkler heads to illegally park, but it was worth it!

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