It's not officially summer but it sure feels like it here in the Sunshine State! I've settled into a bit of a routine, taking my walks before sunrise to avoid the heat, by 9 am it's brutal out there! I love waking up early and enjoying the beach before anyone else arrives; just me and the birds.
After walking I come home, have coffee with my hunny, and do my chores. Breakfast is roasted potatoes and a pile of kale..
Lunch is often oven fries with a salad or leftovers from the night before. Yesterday's taters were accompanied by a few slices of roasted squash, extra from the dinner I was preparing (see below).
Then comes errands if needed, and a return to the beach in the afternoon, around 3-ish, when the breeze is picking up. I'll take another little stroll or just sit and read or people-watch. To keep hydrated, I whipped up my first batch of Sassy Water, have you all tried it yet? I don't follow the diet, but find the beverage very refreshing!
Once again, I find myself cooking cool weather recipes despite the warm weather outside. What's up with that? I guess no matter what the temps outside, I am attracted to the same types of food: hot, spicy & comforting! Slowcooker dishes are my favorite since I can do all of the prep work in the morning while the house is cool and the sun is shining brightly through my kitchen window.
Last night I combined a couple of recipes I found around the 'net and, using what I had on hand, came up with this delicious chili.
I think I'm settling into this new beachside lifestyle, am ridiculously happy and feel incredibly blessed.
Have a wonderful day,