Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Pink Lemonade Margaritas Dorri's Way

1 (12 oz) can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 (12 oz) cans of cold water – (use the empty can)

1 (12 oz) can of vodka (sub tequila if u like that crap)
1/2 (6 oz) can of Grand Marnier

Ice cubes – (I like to use crushed ice)

1 lime cut into wedges
Salt to rim the glasses

1. Pour the (thawed) frozen lemonade concentrate into a pitcher, and fill the can with cold water.
2. Pour the water into the pitcher and repeat twice for a total of 3 cans of water.
3. Fill the can with vodka & pour into the pitcher.
4. Fill half of the can with Grand Marnier & pour in.
5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Or blend mixture with ice to make a frozen version.
6. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime wedge!
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Florida Day 44

Today was the best day ever "again"!! Perry and I drove back down south to the Big Cypress National Preserve this morning to kayak thru some of the beautiful Everglades. We paddled thru the swamp for 2 hours with our naturalist guide Warren from Jackson Adventure Tours. Wonderful sightseeing and learning about the ecology of the Glades. We paddled thru Mangrove lined waterways, grassland prairies and Cypress swamps all teeming with wildlife. Our guide left us about 3 miles into the Glades with very good directions of where to paddle and how to return. He recommended GPS oops haha. Well we made it back 3 hours later so we must have some sense of direction. When we were within sight of the bridge a very large male alligator 12 feet long, appeared seemingly from nowhere and was heading straight for my kayak. We locked eyes. I started back paddling at once so as not to collide with this great beast and bang..... Perry's kayak was pushing me forward. Not knowing the peril I was experiencing he was gazing about at the alligators by the shore and unknowingly bumped me! It was not funny. I was marginally panicking and alarmed. Warren had warned us to keep a few feet away and not to agitate them. The whites of his eyes were gleaming a mere 1 foot away from the front of the kayak. I finally managed to make clear to Per that there was a gigantic gator right in front of us and we swerved around his big menacing jaws.... snapping at the bow of our boats. Crisis averted we paddled under the bridge to the safety of the boat launch. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY, of course I would and I will. Eco rush love it!
Mr. Alligator is that really your best side?
Great Blue Heron gracefully  perched on the top of the tree
9 am smiling and ready for an adventure
Waz up Skippy? Did you know that alligators only eat like once a month? Lucky for us they had already ate in February!!
Baby alligators still have camouflaged skins, so cute and they purr like kittens, Perry  can replicate the sound exactly.... strange but true.
The grasslands, plenty of fish jumping and skipping over the water
Pretty pink flowers blooming in the grass lands
Perry paddling thru the mangrove tunnels
Mangrove tunnels, the trees close right in and spiders spin their webs across the water
Palm tree at the picnic spot I just had to try and climb. A sliver is all I got for my efforts!!! No coconuts!!
Fishing for the Herons is in abundance in here
Mangrove roots anchoring the tree and branching out. Shelter for minnows and wildlife
Bromeliads and air plants in abundance none of which I am going to bring home .... Nope not me I won't!
Female gator sunning her self
Young gator about 3 or 4 yrs old sunning on a branch very photogenic one... just mad for the camera!
A Florida Box turtle enjoying the sun as well on this fine day
Don't look at me.... female gator with babies
Baby gator swimming away from me as I am being a pain in his ass trying to lift him up with my paddle
Water liles all thru out the waterways but they close up in the heat of the day, should have taken their pics in the am when they were all open and smiling
 A snake I had the unfortunate luck to happen upon
Many of the bromeliads were in bloom and added a bright spot of color to the glades
Beautiful herons or something like that
Baby alligator lying in the sun at the back of his mother
Cypress and mangroves along the waterways
I think I may know this one a little too intimately.....Perry!!!!!!
Young alligator 
$500 fine for feeding alligators Perry so don't tip me over
The last alligator of the day.... 
We highly highly recommend taking a tour and then venturing off on your own for a few more hours of exploration. Wonderful day with my fiance.

Relax... Respect...Enjoy... the Florida Everglades... Dorri

Sunday, February 24, 2013

What I am Reading

Snare of Serpents - Victoria Holt

A fun historical romance/mystery. Another book to enjoy on the beach.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Friday, February 22, 2013

What I am Reading

Remember Me - Mary Higgins Clark
Loved it quite a page turner!

A killer turns a young family's dream holiday into an unfathomable nightmare....

Menley Nichols and her husband, Adam, a criminal attorney, rent a house on Cape Cod, in the hope of restoring their faltering marriage. The birth of their daughter, Hannah, has revitalized their relationship, but Menley has never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two-year-old son. The serenity of the Cape promises a new start.
In Remember House, an eighteenth-century landmark with a sinister past, strange incidents force Menley to relive the accident that killed her son, and she begins to fear for Hannah's safety. Then Adam takes on a client suspected of murder when his wealthy young bride of only three months drowns in a storm -- and the family is drawn into a rising tide of terror. A confrontation on a dark, rain-swept beach leads to a harrowing climax that only Mary Higgins Clark could have created.

Respect... Relax....Enjoy... Dorri

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sea Life is the Life for Me

Perry and I spent a wonderful relaxing day on the beach yesterday. The most amazing thing happened. Like most days we were in and out of the water looking for shells by the tide lines and in the waves. I had walked out in the water to my waist to rinse off sand and shells. To my wondering eyes 3 or 4 dolphins popped up about two feet from me and swam around for a couple minutes right there. I had a front row show it was incredible. I would love to re-experience that again. I totally had eye contact with a couple of them. Wow. Dolphins hold a special meaning to Per & I so this was a little magical treat for us, Perry was watching from the shore.

Feb 20/2013 We awoke early this morning to walk on the beach and check the shell situation out at first light. I guess we kinda got up a little too early as it was still black dark at 6:00 am!! Being the troopers we were we thought we would just wait out the sunrise. The weather was warm and the tide was fairly low. Here are pictures of some of the interesting creatures that we seen on our walk.
Cow Nose Sting Ray.... sadly gone to that big ocean in the sky
Horseshoe Crab we have seen some HUGE ones of these and the gulls love them
I can't find out what this was? It is soft tissue icky looking thing about 8" long
Hermit Crab in a cute little Tiger Eye shell..... I wanted the shell he wasn't giving it up
Sting Ray about 18" in diameter considerably smaller than the Cow Nose Ray
Cow Nose Ray are sometimes referred to as skates or stingrays, they are technically neither and belong to their own family of rays.
Leopard Crab also called the Calico Crab
A really pretty yellow Calico Scallop shell from this mornings foray

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... and rest in peace little sea creatures.... Dorri

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Since I have been on holidays vacationing at the beach my thoughts have been drawn to tropical drink mixes and lemonades. My personal favourite lemonade of all time is still a Long Island Ice Tea. PS Had one last night at TGIF!! yummy
Here is a bonus double drink Tuesday with two very refreshing cool drinks.

Tiffany Lemonade
Rim edge of glass with sugar. Pour 1 oz of peach Schnapps over ice. Fill glass with lemonade and add a drop of Blue Curacao and stir. Tie a tiny blue Tiffany ribbon to a clear plastic swizzle stick and place in the glass. Serve and enjoy.

Blue Raspberry Lemonade
Rim edge of glass with sugar. ( Drinks go down so smooth with a dash of sugar don't they?) Mix a packet of Ice Blue Raspberry lemonade with water. Fill the blender with ice. Add a 3 to 1 mix of the lemonade to UV Blue Vodka. Or if you so choose you can adjust the blend to your preferences.
Blend away, pour and enjoy!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... Lemonade 2 ways.... Dorri

Sunday, February 17, 2013

What I am Reading

Marley & Me - John Grogan
A poignant story about a family and their dog. From puppy to baby to more babies and their life in between with Marley. Everyone I know has seen the movie or read the book but alas I must have missed that boat. As an animal lover I found the the book charming. Happy and sad. An easy read. I liked it.
Slow Heat in Heaven - Sandra Brown
The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler left Heaven, Louisiana a broken hearted girl. A crisis caused her to return to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell. This book had me second guessing about a lot of the character's choices. I wasn't always sure who was a good guy or who was a snake. Very enjoyable.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... the steamy bayous of Louisiana..... Dorri

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lakehouse Drywall Update

While Perry and I are languishing on the tropical beaches of Florida the drywall is miraculously being installed. Thanks to mom and dad for keeping an eye on the project for us and calling with questions as they arise. Very much appreciated. Looks like the majority is hung and the mudding process may begin in a week. I am very happy to be gone during the sanding portion. By the end of March we are hoping to be up to our eyeballs in staining, varathaning and painting.

Kitchen is kinda messy. Ceiling drywall has to be removed as the ceiling is supposed to be t & g
Great Room looking west, book shelf tv unit in the alcove
Great room looking west 
Guest Room looking south love our ceiling
One of 3 dormers upstairs in the bonus room
Bonus room sewing end YAY!!! Facing south I am so excited to paint these walls
Well there you have it.... it is pretty exciting to see the house coming together this month. Closing in the open walls will really change the whole feel of the place and give us a great idea of the light. With all the windows the house is very bright even on a cloudy day. Paint colors have to be decided soon. I am thinking of using a pallet of taupes (on the gray end of the scale that was Ashley's pick), some warm greens (toward the yellow end of the spectrum) on the main floor, taupes and brown in the loft & master bedroom. MB bathroom off whites, taupe and aqua and the guest bedroom will have 2 icy aqua walls to go with the beach theme I have planned for that room. Think seashell, east coast nautical. The new laundry appliances are candy apple red so that room will be cheery as there is no window. The bonus room will have browns, driftwood tongue & groove and a beachy aqua color accent. I am getting myself so excited just writing this lol. But first we have a few more weeks left in sunny Florida to enjoy because when we arrive home there will still be mountains of snow and a FEW more cold days to survive. 

We bought an alligator welcome sign to remind us of our home away from home to set by the front door. Very ferocious haha about the size of the 2 year old one we held.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri