St Augustine, Florida, 2017

St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


Every Friday when I send out my weekly newsletter, I include a few updates on what is going on in the Ann’s Entitled Life household. However, I am unsure how long I will be keeping those old newsletters, and this blog is supposed to be my diary, so I like to give a bit of a round-up on occasion on what is going on in our lives so I can look back 10 years and reminisce.

This year, we are once again at our condo in the St. Augustine area snowbirding. We’ve owned the condo for four years now, and Hubby is getting happy feet. We are probably going to list it in April, and see if it sells. If it doesn’t… well, we come back next year.

This is on top of still looking for a new home back in Western New York. That has been more difficult than we had hoped it would be. We know what we want, where we want it, and it becoming more apparent as time goes by that that home may not exist. (We will not build as our personalities are not made for the trials of building a home.) Also, the market back home is much hotter than down here in Florida, and the supply back home where we want to live are extremely tight. Not certain I want to overpay for a house with a view and then spend big-bucks renovating to make it liveable.

However, with a bit of luck, we could be selling two places this year and buying one in 2017. Thank goodness Hubby unloaded one of his rental properties last year and is considering unloading more this year. I can forsee a lot of real estate transactions in our future, or none… ah the real estate waiting game. Good times.

St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


Anyhoooooo…. getting back to our time in St Augustine in 2017.

The weather has been outstanding. Not just good, but phenomenal. Oh sure we had a few days with highs in the 60s (that is amazing!! In a normal January we’d have been happy with that for most of the month’s highs nevermind lows for daytime high temperatures!), some rainy weekends and a tornado warning one day (ok, that was scary), but for the most part we’ve had lovely 70s and 80s with a fair amount of sun.

St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


Max and I have made it our mission to go to the beach and walk in the (low tide) waves a few days a week. He is groomed on Fridays this year, so I take that into account. We had set up physical therapy for him in Jacksonville on Thursdays mainly for the water treadmill. Come to find out that the treadmill there was flat, no incline. Well, we can get the same results on the beach here, so I take him down on Monday (he’s already looking a little grubby after the weekend) and Wednesday for a good mile+ walk on the sand, and through the water.

Since traveling to Jacksonville and spending the day made no sense for PT after we nixed that water treadmill, we have a physical therapist come to the condo on Thursdays to give Max the rest of his therapy exercises and a laser treatment (for pain management). The PT vet said he is doing extremely well and she does feel the beach walks are helping him.

Mr. Max lowered his Prednisone dose this past Sunday, so the beach may also be necessary to deal with an increase in energy!

St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


These photos show some of the damage from Hurricane Matthew last October. When we arrived in January, there was a dumpster in every driveway on A1A (not kidding). The Vilano Beach Pier was undergoing some repairs (since finished) and our condo building still had repairs being made in the basement (storage lockers). Two blocks with older homes and trailer homes seem to be toast. Considering all that will be going on in Vilano beach the next two years, I expect some pretty pricey housing to go up on those blocks.

There was one house on A1A that was on pylons for years. They had trucked in more sand for support two years ago and were working on the house for what seemed like forever. THAT house looks beautiful now. The rest of them? Well, you see in the photos above the damage done by the hurricane to some of the beach homes.

There is sand on the opposite side of the street on A1A too. If you had not been down here before the hurricane hit, you wouldn’t think anything of it. To me, it is odd to see. I followed along on twitter when Hurricane Matthew hit, and then the clean-up afterward. A1A here was covered in debris and sand, and the trucks came down the road and basically plowed everything out of the way before they reopened the bridge to people and traffic.

I did post Hubby and Sonny-boy’s ocean fishing experience here: Offshore Ocean Fishing – From Ocean to Table.

Hubby has been heading into Jacksonville once a week for shooting lessons. He’s getting quite proficient, and brings home is targets for me to “admire” more often than not.

St Augustine, Florida. Life in Vilano beach, early 2017. Photos of A1A, Vilano beach; white sand, strong waves, and sunshine. Taken 3 and 4 months after Hurricane Matthew.


For myself, I have been doing nothing. And enjoying every second I have been doing it! Publix has a B1G1 wine sale every week, and I found two new wines to put into my rotation: Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (we went back twice to get this one… omg good!) and Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.

Hubby and I enjoy a “date day” every Tuesday. We go out, explore and/or shop, have lunch, etc. (We have a puppy sitter stop in so Max is not alone for too long.) Every Friday when Max goes to the groomer, Hubby and I have a good 4-5 hours to ourselves again too. We have hit all the resteraunts in the area we have enjoyed previously, and will not be off to new restaurants starting this Friday!

That is all that has been going on with use these early days of 2017. What is new with you and your family?


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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.





Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Looking for a terrific bacon cookies recipe? Like chocolate chip cookies? Like bacon? Then I bet you and your family will enjoy these delicious bacon chocolate chip cookies. The bacon adds a bit of salt to compliment the sweet. For some reason, bacon and chocolate just go together well (two of my favorite foods, whoohoo!!).

Note: make sure you cook the bacon well so it is nice and crispy to add to your dough.

These directions state a handheld mixer, but there is no reason you cannot use a stand-up mixer. Just add the chocolate chips and bacon together and stir by hand (like you would for most other chocolate chip cookie recipes)/

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients:

• 1 lb Bacon, thick cut
• 1 ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
• ¾ cup Butter Flavored Crisco
• 2 TBSP Milk
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• ½ tsp Salt
• 1 tsp Baking Soda
• 1 Egg
• 2 cups All-purpose Flour
• 12 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (1 bag)

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Mise en Place:

• Frying Pan
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Spatula
• Handheld or Stand Mixer
• Baking Sheet

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Directions:

• Preheat oven to 375°.
• Cut bacon into 1″ slices and cook until nice and crispy. Put to side and allow to cool.
• With a hand held mixer, cream together light brown sugar and Crisco until light and fluffy.
• Add milk, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and egg. Mix for approximately 2 minutes, or until well blended.
• Add in flour a ½ cup at a time.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


• Add in cooked and cooled bacon and bagged chocolate chips; stir together by hand.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


• Place a tablespoon of cookie dough on a cookie sheet 1 inch apart. (You can place a silicone mat on the cookie sheet if you like.)

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


• Bake for approximately 8-9 minutes, or until slightly brown.
• Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before placing on cooling rack.
• Makes 38 Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb Bacon, thick cut
1 ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
¾ cup Butter Flavored Crisco
2 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 Egg
2 cups All-purpose Flour
12 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (1 bag)

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 375°.
• Cut bacon into 1″ slices and cook until nice and crispy. Put to side and allow to cool.
• With a hand held mixer, cream together light brown sugar and Crisco until light and fluffy.
• Add milk, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and egg. Mix for approximately 2 minutes, or until well blended.
• Add in flour a ½ cup at a time.
• Add in cooked and cooled bacon and bagged chocolate chips; stir together by hand.
• Place a tablespoon of cookie dough on a cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
• Bake for approximately 8-9 minutes, or until slightly brown.
• Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before placing on cooling rack.

• Makes 38 Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These bacon chocolate chip cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, these bacon cookies would make terrific bacon gifts, snack cookies, dessert cookies or lunchbox treats. If you like bacon, you will love this bacon chocolate chip cookies recipe.


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Sea Salt Scrub Recipe

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.





Sea Salt Scrub recipe

​Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.

A lot of people love to make their own body scrubs, and once you try it, you understand why. They are easy to make, you can customize them to fit your need or just your preference of scent, and they are much less expensive than buying them from those fancy bath stores, and have better, and less toxic ingredients.

Sugar scrubs are the most common form of DIY homemade scrubs, but this post is for a sea salt scrub recipe instead. It exfoliates in the same way the sugar scrub would, but the salts give your body minerals as well, and with the addition of the Jojoba Oil and essential oils added, your skin feels softer, and so much better afterward!

This blend of essential oils is to promote healthier looking skin. The frankincense, geranium, and grapefruit are all really good for you and help keep your body balanced, along with many other benefits, but they were chosen for this sea salt scrub recipe because they all are great for the skin. They will leave you feeling light and uplifted and your skin will thank you.

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


Sea Salt Scrub Recipe Ingredients:

• 8oz Glass jar with a lid  (the grapefruit oil can break down toxins in plastic, so steer clear of that.)
• 6 oz. Himalayan Sea Salt
• 2 to 3 oz. Regular Sea Salt (I buy the Morton’s brand)
½ cup Jojoba Oil
• 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
• 8 drops Geranium Essential Oil
• 8 drops Pure Grapefruit Essential Oil
 

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


Sea Salt Scrub Recipe Directions:

• In a mixing bowl, add in your pink salt first and remove any lumps (just squash them with your fingers).
• Add in the regular sea salt. It should be thinner in consistency and at all lumpy.
• Mix them together well.

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


• Add in the Jojoba oil.
• You want the jojoba to coat all of the salt but not have the salt be dripping wet. The jojoba oil is the ingredient that moisturizes your skin but you do not need a ton of it. If the salt is looking super wet, you added to much for the amount of salt. At first, the amount given in this recipe may seem like it will not be enough, but it does spread well all over.

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


• Add in the frankincense essential oil, the geranium essential oil, and the grapefruit essential oil. The grapefruit essential oil especially is a very thin and runny oil so count your drops out slowly and carefully.
• Mix those into your salts well.

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


• Add the mixture to a jar.

Sea Salt Scrub Recipe. Do you want healthier looking skin? This sea salt scrub recipe is a wonderful blend of Himalayan sea salt and essential oils that will exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin softer and younger looking.


If you are giving as a gift, you can add a cute ribbon or twine to the jar and a label for an added personal touch.

Note:  If your jar is larger than 8 oz. just use the ratio above for the salts and jojoba oil to make up the difference. It’s does not have to be exact, so do not stress out over it, and just add in a few extra drops of the essential oils.

​If you enjoy sugar scrubs, here are a few you may want to make:
Spearmint Sugar Scrub Cubes (mmmm Minty fresh!)
DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Cubes (so easy to make and so invigorating!)

​And, if you like Grapefruit Essential Oil you may be interested in these Top Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil.

Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor, and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using essential oils so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about essential oils.

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