Lion's Paw Seashells

I Love Lion's Paw Seashells. I think they are amazing. The shape, the colors, how wonderful beach nature is it's beyond imagination. Every time I find one of these awesome shells at the beach, it's like a gift from the sea!

I'll be back hoping for more cool finds, some days it's a bag full of treasures and some days it's just a beautiful walk on the beach.

Baby Sea Turtles In Florida

Baby sea turtles in Florida are so important there are local rules and laws to help these tiny, determined beautiful little turtles survive. Sea turtle nests are protected with barricades and tape marking out the area beach goers should stay away from so the baby eggs can survive without being disturbed. Lights out on the beach at night so sea turtles aren't frightened and disoriented when it's time to lay their eggs. Even the residents who live in houses on the beach are respectful about not using glaring lights at night that reflect through their windows.

The love and respect for sea turtles is a beautiful thing that unites people no matter their differences in politics, financial status, genders and careers. Everyone unites to care about the little sea turtles and try to help protect them.

I was lucky enough to be there when baby sea turtles celebrated their just born birthday and declared their independence on July 4th making their way determined and awesome to their new home in the sea.

Freshest Fish Cakes From The Sea

It's kind of crazy to me that I'm cooking up food that...... we catch ourselves! I wasn't catching fish then frying it up for dinner when I was living up North busy raising a family, a full time job and firefighting day and night. In fact that never even occurred to me. Firefighter kitchen cooking was by the bulk because everyone was eating and you never knew who would be there. Family cooking was planned both big dinners and whip them up quick dinners.

 Florida Fishing On The Beach Fish Cake Recipes

With all the prep I've done and all the cooking I've done, I never caught my own fish, fresh filleted it and then actually cooked and eaten it. It's kind of fun. And definitely very different. I love the part where you spend the day at the beach. Some of us fishing, some sea shell adventuring and of course, some playing in the waves.  This really was a simple home made fish cake recipe - you don't have to catch the fish yourself for this to work great on any fish from crab and shrimp to whiting and flounder
Check it out here: Easiest Fish Cake Recipe With Home Made Cole Slaw

Living in Florida recipes go something like this:


1. Go Spend The Day On The Beach And Catch Fish

2. Fillet All The Fish (OK my son in law fillets all the fish - no way I'm doing that)

3. Cook The Fish - This is where I can contribute if I don't know a recipe I'm great at making them up pictured below my famous easiest ever low calorie, low carb, high protein Fish Cakes and below that simple fried fish fillets perfect for lunch, dinner or fish frys

 Fish Cake Recipe Bonfire Designs Easy

4. Eat The Fish With Family and Friends (Don't forget to talk about the big one that got away wink, wink) And Enjoy The Evening Relaxed and Informal Don't Forget To Grab A Beer And Watch The Sunset

5. Next Beach Day - Start All Over Again!

Advice For Anyone Moving To Florida

Here's some starter advice for anyone moving to Florida - lots of stuff we learned after we did move here. Lots of differences from living up North? Absolutely and yes, I would say all of these are true. 
Lots of spirit here in Florida and lots of straight talking fun in the Sunshine State.

Florida The Sunshine State Great Advice

1. If you don't like the weather in Florida, wait 15 minutes, it will change

2. If you do run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

3. Remember: "Y'all" is singular. "All y'all" is plural. "All y'all's" is plural possessive.

4. Get used to the phrase "It's not the heat, it's the humidity". And the collateral phrase "You call this hot? Wait'll August."

5. Don't tell us how you did it up there. Nobody cares.

6. If you think it's too hot, don't worry. It'll cool down-in December.

7. A Mercedes-Benz is not a status symbol, a Jeep, Chevy, Dodge, or Ford is.

8. If someone says they're "fixin" to do something, that doesn't mean anything's broken.

9. The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but the availability of shade.

10. The coldest spot in all of Florida any time of year is Publix. Don't forget to bring your shopping sweater.

11. BBQ is a food group. It does NOT mean grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors.

12. Yes, weddings, funerals, and divorces must take into account for Gators,Canes or Noles Football games. 

13. Do not tell Floridians you hate snakes, gators or sharks. They were here first apparently and don't deserve your hate. 

14. DO NOT honk your horn at us to be obnoxious, we will sit there until we die.

15. We pull over and stop for emergency vehicles to pass. 

16. We pull over for funeral processions, turn our music off and men remove hats or caps. Some people put their hand over their heart.

17. "Bless your Heart" is a nice way of saying you're an idiot.

18. Did I mention absolutely every body of water in Florida is assumed to have at least one alligator and/or crocodile just waiting for you to visit.

19. Did I mention If you don't like the weather in Florida, wait 15 minutes, it will change!

Map Of Florida The Sunshine State

Florida Sea Otter Visitors

Florida is like no place else I've ever lived. Unpredictable weather. Crazy heat and rainstorms. Magnificent sunrise and sunsets. Beaches that are the freedom path of the heart and mind. Crazy visits from animals, some we like to see and some not so much. While we love nature and animals I really do not welcome any visits from snakes or alligators. Not a fan of armadillos and moles. As long as they don't enter my space, I don't evict them from theirs sort of live and let live.

We do however love the bunny rabbits especially the baby bunnies that stop by and munch on some of our pretty lawn. We have been thrilled to see herons and cranes strolling by. Seeing the occasional bobcat and baby bobcats stroll by has been thrilling to be honest. And some days you get lucky and the sea otters stop by to visit on their way from lake to river.

Fun and unpredictable. We are very careful to respect their environment and just get to wave hello and goodbye. You never know what will happen next in Florida.

Forever In My Heart

We miss you already sweet Smokey cat although it's only been a few hours. We will miss you forever MoMo girl but you will live forever in our hearts and memories. I will see your adorable face and little pink nose in every window and every ray of sunshine.

Beautiful loving strong and independent Smokey kitten to Smokey cat. Filled with shared memories of two loving human sisters born and growing up with her, two furbaby brothers that jumped on her and played with her and shared Mom's bed with her. And of course her BFF Bella her chihuahua sister. The whole crew meeting up in Mom's bedroom to share your nightly treats and happy good nights.

We had to let you go today because none of the above was life for you any more. We tried every medicine. We waited and helped you and cuddled you and petted you with love and fed you the treats you love so very much. But you couldn't walk any more. You couldn't jump on your favorite couches or get on the bed with Mom any more. We lifted you up with love so you could still lay in the sun on your favorite couch pillow looking out the window while you dreamed of drinking your water from the bathroom sink and knew your treats would be there for you every night.

We miss you already sweet Smokey cat although it's only been a few hours. We will miss you forever MoMo girl but you will live forever in our hearts and memories. I will see your adorable face and little pink nose in every window and every ray of sunshine. Go and be in peace forever and know that you are loved as much you loved us.

Hi From The Beach

Hi from the beach always a welcome no matter the weather, you are welcome to visit. You may have to bundle up in winter jackets, shed everything but your bathing suit or find some beach gear inbetween. Quick dry pants, shorts and tops are awesome for the beach especially for those days when you aren't really going to just sunbathe or swim in the waves.

Beaches are waiting for you come fishing, shelling and walking. The power of the ocean, waves, sun, wind and sand will do what they will and it's you that needs to be prepared!

Hi From The Beach Greetings

No matter how many times I go to the beach, no matter which beaches I go to, it's always that first glimpse of the sea that welcomes me the most. Suddenly the sun, clouds, waves, noise, smells and sounds all blend together to wrap you in it's world.

Welcome To The Beach

The only thing that's hard about the beach welcome, is when it's time to leave. I hate to say goodbye but always ready for my next welcome to the beach adventure.

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