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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

I hate to admit it, but it’s looking like one of those blog slackalackin kind of weeks. :((( I’ll blame it on my insanely busy photo session schedule these past few days while I’ve been home in Naples. This is busy season for photographers, ya’ll!

And I LOVE it!!!

It’s crazy being back in the U.S. for a second time in just a few months, but I am one lucky gal with some amazing photography clients who I surely can’t disappoint! I flew in for some killer photo sessions with some of the best and sweetest families around! Plus, it makes it super easy to leave the Caribbean paradise we’ve come to known and love when this is what I get to come home to…

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More gorgeous paradise! Oh, and a few other fun little luxuries (I use that term loosely) like flush toilets, Starbucks drive-thrus, and raging fast wifi. ;))

And bagels, and Publix, and an in-home washer/dryer. You get the picture.

It’s nice.

It does feel slightly odd to fly away for a week’s worth of hard (yet awesome) work in Naples (I worked all day every day while home) to then fly back to the Caribbean for my full-time vacation life. Total opposite of what most folks do. So that’s pretty nice, let’s not lie.

Meanwhile, Jereme’s been keeping the boat afloat in Puerto Rico wrapping up a few final boat projects so we can get moving shortly after I return. He’s installed a new faucet/shower combo in the head, replaced our broken coolant hose on the engine, and a few other odds and ends.

And, of course, someone had to keep Oliver company. Right?!

I’ll be on a flight back to Puerto Rico tonight and I cannot wait to see my boys! Happy Tuesday!

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

Marilyn GossOctober 21, 2014 - 1:34 pm

I do hope you are planning to write & publish a book on this part of your’s and your boy’s journey in life! With lots of pictures of course!!!

Photo Friday: 5 Phone Photography Tips + Tricks

Hi guys! It’s friiiiiiiiday.

Okay, so I know I talked about my favorite iphone photo apps awhile back, but what about techniques for taking a killer smartphone photo? You know, simple tips and tricks. Those sure do help too!!!

Smartphone photography, iPhoneography, mobile photography or whatever you want to call it, it’s clear that taking photos with a phone has become a thing. And if you own a smartphone made in the last year or so, chances are it has a pretty damn good camera on it, so why not take a fab photo? Right? Right!

(All of the photos in this post were taken on one of our iPhones, obviously.)

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Here are my five favorite tips + tricks…

1. Quantity = quality. 

Take lots of photos and don’t worry about the duds. Jereme hates this tip because I inevitably clog up his phone’s camera roll with lots of “test” shots. Lol. ;))

It’s pretty much always the case that for every great shot I get, I have at least 10 or more duds. Don’t let this put you off. Photography is about experimenting with different angles, lighting, textures and letting your imagination run free. Even the world’s elite don’t get 10 out of 10 photos the way they want them every time. It’s about persevering, keeping a sharp eye and having fun.

2. Composition is key.

Simply put, composition is the way that elements are arranged in an image. This might sound boring, but learning the basics is the tried and true way. There are plenty of resources out there for this, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

We all know how tempting it might be to put whatever you’re shooting right in the center of the frame. Unfortunately, this results in rather static, boring photos. One of the ways to fix this is to use the rule of thirds, where you split the image up into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and try to place your subject on one of these imaginary lines or intersections. Don’t be a slave to the rule of thirds, just get your subject off-center for more interesting shot. Also try to simplify the composition. As a general rule, simple images tend to be more appealing than complicated ones. And finally, change up your orientation. When an image contains a lot of horizontal lines, use a horizontal orientation. When it contains strong vertical lines, use a vertical orientation. Easy peasy.

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3. Take your time.

Smartphone photos on Instagram, Facebook, etc. get a bad reputation for being terrible because well, 99% of them are, in fact, pretty awful. Crappy lighting, blurry, horrible shadows, you name it. One of the biggest reasons for this is that those photos were not taken as photographs. Sound weird? Let me explain. Those photos were only as a means of sharing a moment – a snapshot in time. People aren’t thinking about capturing a photograph…they’re thinking about how cool that thing that happened in front of them is. And probably how fast they can get it posted online. If you want to truly improve your photography skills, you have to first and foremost start treating your smartphone more like a camera and less like a phone.

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4. Never zoom.

Ugh, zooming on a smartphone = immediately ruining your photos. Might as well just drop your phone in the toilet while you’re at it. Unlike a regular camera which will likely have a lens, the zoom function on your smartphone is digital. Using it can often result in poor quality, blurry images that are too pixelated to see clearly. A better solution is to go ahead and take the image without zooming and then crop it later to get your desired zoomed effect, thus preserving the quality.

Which leads me to my last tip…

5. Edit that sucker.

Oh, hey! This is where my favorite smartphone photo apps come in handy! What what. Crop, brighten, saturate, sharpen, add a filter, etc. Check out my favs >>here.<<

Bonus tip…when you have nothing but total cuteness consuming your frame, you don’t really have to worry about much else. ;)) Okay, just kidding, but I had to throw in a marshmallow-fluffball-Oliver phone pic or two, just cause.

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*I’ve started a regular “PHOTO FRIDAY” series on the blog. You can find all of my photography series posts >> here.

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

terry frazierOctober 20, 2014 - 2:36 am

I enjoy your photographic tips. We will making ready our boat over the next several months to do our first cruise south. We are from the Chesapeake Bay and can’t wait to winter in the warm latitudes. I have a question for you regarding your photography. I have always been in education, and earlier on in my career, I used to do freelance photography, and would sometimes pick up a yearbook or so, and do large parties, etc. That was all done with film, and I processed everything in my own darkroom/studio in my basement. Well those days are gone, and in thinking about wanting to post my exploits in a blog, I would be interested in your comments on equipment. I know you’ve chosen a 35mm digital, and was wondering if you have had experience with something more portable. I just don’t want to worry about losing it overboard, or lugging around a large frame piece of equipment. However, I still want some flexibility, am comfortable with creating shots with selective depth of field, iso changes, and others. I’m trying to avoid the extra weight to lug around, or not having it when the right moment presents itself.

Love your blog, and am positively thrilled your little guy made it through the tick sickness. We’ll be traveling with two small guys also, Maltese, 7-8 lbs.

Terry

Errrr leaky what?

Ehrlichiosis (Err-leak-ee-oh-sis).

^^That^^ is what we’ve been dealing with around here for the past several weeks.

Oliver contracted a very unfortunate case of this tick-borne blood parasite while we were docked in Puerto Rico.

How it all went down.

We knew something was up when Oliver began experiencing the following symptoms — zero appetite, lethargy, and high fever. He literally did not want to move. Let alone go outside for a potty break. After a day or two of the first two symptoms, I realized Oliver was also beginning to feel unusually warm, so I immediately took his temperature and called our vet back in Naples after the thermometer reached an alarming 104.1 (normal temps for dogs are around 101). I was told to get Oliver to a local veterinary clinic asap.

So I did.

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^^that sad poodle face just breaks my heart.^^

Unfortunately, this was at the same time Jereme was away in Las Vegas, so I just did what I had to do.

I grabbed Oliver off the v-berth bed where he hadn’t really moved for a few days and carried him to the car (we were so SO lucky to still have a rental car at the time), drove to a random vet’s office in downtown Cabo Rojo, and carried him into the clinic without an appointment hoping they would be willing to see him (it was almost closing time when we walked in).

It’s weird how as you travel from island to island you begin to make mental notes of various things you just may need down the road. Like a vet. Because here in Puerto Rico (like many of the islands we’ve visited thus far) it can be surprisingly difficult to locate critical info like this online. It’s oftentimes much easier to get a personal recommendation by speaking to the locals. In our case, it was late in the day, none of our usual local marina friends were around, and I knew I had seen a vet in passing a week or two prior. 

The Cabo Rojo Veterinary Clinic was amazing. I cannot say enough about how wonderful they were to us.

Oliver was seen almost immediately (even with a waiting room full of patients). After an examination and conversation regarding Oliver’s symptoms, Dr. Pagan quickly surmised it was most likely Oliver was suffering from the dreaded Ehrlichia parasite (what we have now learned is such a common occurrence here in the tropics). After running a complete blood count (CBC) and antibody test right in the office, the doctor’s suspicions were confirmed.

Erchlichiosis indeed. (More on the disease below.)

The vet was very open and honest with me about the illness, treatment, costs, recovery, etc. And even worse, Oliver’s blood counts (platelets to be exact) were SO extremely low on his initial CBC that he was on the verge of something much more critical and it is a blessing we brought him in when we did.

After that first visit, the vet sent us home with three medications — Doxycycline, Prednisone, and Famotidine (all three in pill form) with firm instructions to do whatever I could to get Oliver to eat (the meds are strong and harsh on an empty tummy) and then take all three pills immediately that evening, and to call her first thing in the morning with an update on his condition.

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On our way back to the marina after leaving the vet’s office that evening, Oliver and I stopped in at Walgreens for what I thought would be the best thing to get a dog who hadn’t eaten in days to eat. …Baby food!

Years ago, I remember my mom using baby food to get one of our sick cats back on the road to recovery after a horrible illness. It worked like a charm, so I figured I’d give it a try with Oliver.

I carried sad, depressed, sickly little Oliver through Walgreens like a baby (because hell, I wasn’t leaving him alone in the hot car now or ever) and we purchased a few jars of turkey and chicken baby food. Let me just tell ya, I got quite the questionable looks on that little shopping spree. ;))

As soon as we were back at the marina, I spoon-fed Oliver a jar of turkey baby food — his first meal in days. I was thrilled he was willing and honestly very interested in the pureed meat. Soon after, I began what would be a daily chore for the next 45 days (twice a day for the first few days) of popping pills down Oliver’s throat.

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^^the last of our Doxycycline pill stash.^^

Within six hours of the first set of pills, I saw a vast improvement in Oliver!!! His fever dropped to a normal level and he finally wanted to go outside. The next two days were spent tending to Oliver. Mostly finding things we wanted to eat — plain cooked chicken and scrambled eggs were hits, along with more of the baby food we picked up at Walgreens. I loved on him like crazy and tried not to freak out by the idea of ticks on board…of which we would find plenty of those gross critters over the next several days and weeks. Brown dog ticks are dis.gus.ting. But more on that below.

We headed back to the vet two days after our first visit for another round of blood work where we saw a jump in Oliver’s platelet count (thank god!), but still some other low levels that we needed to watch, and a bit of weight loss too. We continued the rounds of pill popping and headed back to the vet (once again) three days later for our third round of blood work. The girls in the office were becoming good friends at this point. ;))

One of the hardest parts of Oliver’s treatment + recovery (at the beginning) was watching his reaction to Prednisone, a cortico steroid. Oliver drank water like it was going out of style, had the appetite of a competitive hot dog eating champion, had to “go” pretty much every hour on the hour, experienced extremely heavy labored breathing, and panted like crazy around the clock. The persistent heavy breathing and panting are what really caused us concern! We worried our heads off throughout this “roid rage,” if you will. Luckily, the vet eased my worries every time I phoned in with concern about these side effects.

At Oliver’s third vet visit, we saw most of his levels reach the preferred mid-range area (not too high or too low), he gained a whopping 1.6 pounds, his spirits were much higher, and the vet was content that Oliver was, in fact, on the road to recovery. She sent us home with a month’s worth of Doxycycline (the main antibiotic to treat Ehrlichia) and instructions to come back in a few weeks for more blood work.

After two more subsequent visits to the vet (that would be a total of 5 visits for those of you keeping score) and an extra prescription of liquid iron for a low-ish red blood cell count after his third trip to the doctor, we are just now finally feeling like Oliver is once again totally healthy. At his most recent appointment, his blood levels were all in check and completely normal. We will, however, continue to monitor Oliver’s every move for at least a few more months until we are downright convinced he has fully recovered.

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^^finally feeling like his cute self again!^^

More on the disease.

While most people have heard of lyme disease caused from a deer tick bite, not as many know about Ehrlichiosis.

Ehrlichiosis is transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected tick. The brown dog tick is the main carrier of the Ehrlichia organism in nature. Although people can get ehrlichiosis, dogs do not transmit the bacteria to humans; rather, ticks pass on the ehrlichia organism. Jereme nor I ever found a tick on ourselves. Thank.you.god.

We had never heard of Ehrlichiosis prior to Oliver’s diagnosis. And hell, I had only ever seen one tick prior to this in my entire lifetime.

The thing with Ehrlichiosis is even if your dog does not have any symptoms, he or she could easily be infected. The acute stage of the disease causes very mild symptoms that are often undetected and can last for one to three weeks. The subclinical stage, which does not cause any symptoms, can last up to five years. Symptoms often wax and wane in the final chronic stage. Ehrlichia is prevalent throughout the Caribbean (with cases occurring also in every state of U.S.). The importance of early testing cannot be stressed enough; dogs do not act like they are in the terminal stage of the disease until their final hour.

Treatment for Ehrlichiosis usually involves a three to four week cycle of antibiotics, typically doxycycline or tetracycline. In Oliver’s case, we opted for a more aggressive six-week treatment.

I wish we had known about this (very common) tick borne disease earlier in our travels. I’m sure we would have taken Oliver to the vet immediately when we found that first tick or the first day he stopped eating. Ehrlichiosis presents such subtle symptoms that can go unnoticed or can easily be attributed to another disease, stress, anxiety, minor illness, or even aging.

Ehrlichiosis is a serious condition that can prove to be fatal or have long-term effects on your dog’s health if left untreated. If you discover a tick on your pet’s body or if you suspect that he may be suffering from this disease for any other reason, take him to a vet immediately.

If you or anyone you know is traveling with dogs, please share this information with them. You can find out more about Ehrlichiosis by visiting the CDC here.

Dealing with the tick infestation.

Right before Oliver began to get sick, we spotted our first tick on him. Oh crap!!!!!! :((((((((

Although Oliver has been treated on the regular with a preventative (topical in the past few months) flea and tick medication, it somehow did not stop him from becoming host to several blood-sucking brown dog ticks. Prior to Frontline, Oliver had been on Comfortis, a prescription strength treatment. However, he refused to take those pills on his own and would routinely vomit them back up after we administered them the hard way. Which is why we switched to the topical variety.

We know now that there really isn’t anything on the market (if you read the fine print) that is 100% effective. Our Puerto Rican vet has informed us that the topical variety of Frontline no longer prevents ticks. It’s basically completely ineffective. 

Jereme spotted that first tick while I was still away in Florida (back in August), so I ran to our vet in Naples to pick up a new prescription strength treatment. As soon as I returned, we started Oliver on NexGuard, the latest and greatest, prescription strength oral treatment to hit the market and one that comes in a meaty chewable form (like Heartguard). After a few weeks on NexGuard, it appears to be working. Halle-freaking-luyah.

And even though Oliver’s new treatment is actively killing old ticks and preventing new ones from taking up shop on his little body, we spent a few weeks right off the bat waging an insane war on those disgusting little critters that were hanging around Oliver AND the boat.

Hello bag-o-ticks…

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^^That^^ little specimen of varying sizes of brown dog ticks is what we found on the boat. I know, disgusting. I hate even showing this on the blog, but that’s life and I’m hopeful that sharing our story will maybe help someone in the future.

We laundered every single piece of fabric that resides on our boat. I literally must’ve done 400 loads of laundry even including things like Oliver’s stash of dog toys (which, btw, I really would’ve loved to see anyone at the marina open the washer/dryer to find a load of dog toys getting laundered. lol). We also cleaned and vacuumed every inch of the boat, every surface, every crevice, and tried our hardest to rid the boat and Oliver of this little tick problem we unfortunately found ourselves face to face with here in Puerto Rico.

But even after cleaning every nook and cranny on the boat (and holy hell are there a TON of them), we were still not totally convinced that we had won the war. I mean, there could be freaking tick eggs lying around the boat! So we called in for some stronger reinforcements. An exterminator spent about 3+ hours on board one afternoon scouring and spraying the boat with the “real chemicals” to rid us of any lingering critters.

Since doing all of ^^that^^ and waiting for everything to kick in, I am happy to report that we have not found any ticks in weeks. On the dog OR on the boat. Phew! Because those first few weeks were NOT fun.

In addition to ridding the boat of any lingering loser ticks, we are also no longer allowing Oliver past the gate to our specific row of concrete docks here at the marina (TMI – he is pooping and peeing on the concrete so he has less chance of picking up any fresh ticks from the dirt/grass/other dogs/whatever as it appears we are in full blown “tick season” around here). And we brush Oliver’s fur after each dock potty break to catch any potential stowaways that may have hopped on for a free ride. We have also given him multiple groomings since the Ehrlichiosis diagnosis to help us visually spot any stowaways and also to make it much harder for those ticks to grab on to Oliver’s fur.

So after all of ^^that^^ nonsense, I think it is safe to say we have officially WON THE WAR! :))))))))))))

For anyone wondering, all of ^^this^^ is the main reason we haven’t moved the boat any further along the Puerto Rico coastline than Puerto Real in the past few weeks. We wanted to stay close to the vet we have come to know and love until we were definitely out of the woods with Oliver’s condition.

Side note, throughout this whole ordeal, Jereme kept asking if I’d rather have a tick infestation or a cockroach one? Lol. Like one is better than the other somehow. Sheesh. And as much as I HATE cockroaches (like worse than anything on this planet), I would let them crawl all over me if it meant Oliver wouldn’t have gotten so ill.

Although this should go without saying, I feel the need to say it anyway…we are by no means board certified veterinarians or infectious disease experts, and are only sharing our experience to inform others. Please consult your veterinarian for advice/questions/recommendations. 

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

DeborahOctober 16, 2014 - 11:54 am

So glad Oliver is feeling better!! (And looking adorable)

Thank you for sharing so much information, I hadn’t heard of erhlichiosis before and will be sure to keep Kai on a prescription tick med–and be on the look out for ticks and those symptoms. I just added meaty baby food to our provisions list as well.

Wishing you happy (and healthy) sailing ahead for you guys!

Deborah (s/v Wrightaway)

Barb LienhardOctober 16, 2014 - 4:03 pm

So glad to hear Oliver is doing better. Thanks for the information, even though we don’t have a pet onboard. Our son’s girlfriend has Lyme and the co-infection Bartonella and I wouldn’t wish that on anytime. Glad to hear you caught this in time. And we be more vigilant to check for ticks too. And glad to hear you escaped Gonzalo too.

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffOctober 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

We are so glad all worked out in the end. We think you could do a coffee table book on cute little ole Oliver.

We particularly like the pic of him hanging over the side of the dingy on the previous post.

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Lori WatersOctober 17, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Oh no! Poor Oliver! I can’t imagine how depleted he must have been feeling before you finally found out what was wrong with him! He seems like such a trooper, an adorable one for that matter :-)
Here’s hoping you never have to deal with another flea/tick infestation, they really do suck! We get a lot of fleas out here in Miami Beach so I’m constantly having to do loads of laundry and flea treatments on my shepherd and kitties!

Melody s/v VacilandoOctober 17, 2014 - 7:35 pm

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! As a fellow dog owner and dog lover, I’m so glad Oliver is ok, and I had never heard of this disease before. We’ve used Comfortis in the past (good for fleas, not for ticks), Frontline (waste of money – doesn’t help with either on Jet), and now on Tri-Fexis, similar to Comfortis, but it has heartworm prevention, too, but again, not good on ticks. I’m going to try the NexGuard next time!

LeighOctober 18, 2014 - 3:03 am

Wow! Poor Oliver! Glad he’s on the mend!

Sunsets + Spotted Rays.

(Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)

It was nothing but spotted eagle rays and one helluva spectacular golden sunset the other evening as we dinghied around the Puerto Real neighborhood we’ve called home this hurricane season.

Since we finally got that darn dinghy leak patched, it was time to take our rusty girl out for a spin! And low and behold as soon as we splashed the dinghy, hoisted the outboard motor into place, and pull-started the engine, would you believe she purred like a kitten on the very first try? Me neither! ;)) But she did!

So out we went! Cruising along the mangrove-covered shoreline over glassy water where you can easily see the seagrass lined ocean bottom is my favorite kind of dinghy excursion. It was one of those days where the typical afternoon thunderstorm had just rolled through leaving a major calm “after” the storm type effect. The perfect conditions for spotting tons of starfish and sea life!

Jereme has seen spotted eagle rays in the bay several times while paddle boarding, but today was the first time I got up close and personal with these beauties. Luckily, we managed NOT to spook one cute ray with the dinghy and were actually able to casually approach for a closer look…and some photos! Even Oliver got in on the ray spotting, trying to sniff out these majestic sea creatures as we dinghied around. :)))

PS – Witnessing how excited Oliver still gets for said dinghy rides is another hilarious sight to see. Holy moly, it’s as if we fill the dinghy with bacon or something equally delicious. He gets SO excited for dinghy rides. That little guy must just love riding waves on the dink and checking out the sights as a good strong breeze blows his poodle curls back. Ahhh, the life of a boat dog.

Now, how the heck we went out for a leisurely sunset dinghy ride for no more than one hour yet I still managed to fire off approximately 405 photos on the big camera is beyond me. Wish I was joking. I must’ve gotten a little carried away when we spotted that ray because there were at least 50 photos (mostly duds) in the “ray series” of shots, and even more of the sunset view. Lol. It’s a serious problem I have. A holy-crap-I’m-gonna-need-another-external-hard-drive-stat kind of problem. ;))

Anyhoo, here are a few favs from the other day…

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^^love those last two of Oliver’s face when we plane the dinghy. Lol. he loves it!^^

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

JulieOctober 16, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I have no idea who you folks are, but I love your blog and your photos. Whenever an email of a blog post appears in my Inbox, I am happy to take a little vacation and read what you’ve been up to. I am 100% envious. Love the first pic in this post.

Tuesday Tell-Tales.

Ugh, what is with this late-season tropical activity? Hurricane Gonzalo is such a debbie downer. And as if dealing with an impending tropical storm/hurricane while *living on a boat* isn’t enough stress, this time it also included the added bonus of having to switch around flights, modify rental car reservations, and rearrange other scheduling back in Florida.

Who would’ve guessed that I’d be booked to leave on a flight departing Puerto Rico at pretty much the exact moment the storm was forecasted to be closest to the island?

Awesome timing. :((((((

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Luckily, the system that became a hurricane late yesterday ended up moving a good bit east of the island of Puerto Rico, making more direct impact with some of the northern Leeward islands. We are so beyond thankful that we managed to skirt this storm, but praying for those who may have been impacted.

Instead of focusing on ^^that^^ rather unfortunate turn of events, let’s talk something much more pleasant…food!

Make no mistake, I love all things food, cooking, kitchen, etc. And even though we live on a tiny boat with an even tinier galley kitchen, we still try and enjoy nice meals on the regular. :)))

Here’s what I’m currently L-O-V-I-N-G…

Toasted coconut. Period. I could seriously sit around all day eating it by the handfuls.

Oh and roast broccoli. Amazing. The only way I’ll make it these days. Cut up some broccoli and throw it on a baking sheet, drizzle it with evoo and some crushed up garlic, and roast it all at 400 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. So easy. Once it’s out of the oven zest a lemon over the top, sprinkle everything with salt, pepper, and grated parm. And serve. It’s like candy. Broccoli candy.

You wanna get fancy with ^^that^^ broccoli? Add toasted pine nuts. Boom! You’re welcome.

These pumpkin s’mores bars! OMG!

And this roasted garlic + onion jam is pretty much my new favorite condiment/topping ever. We’ve been especially loving it on grilled burgers with gorgonzola and avocado.

Speaking of avocados, they’re still making waves around here. Mostly on sandwiches as of late. My avocado/turkey/brie sandwiches were a big hit the other night.

Shish-kabobs have somehow found there way into our regular meal rotation and I love it! Grilled pineapple + peppers with whatever else you want to throw on a stick is like the perfect match made in heaven.

This Thai Chicken Pizza looks amazing and actually doable. Adding it to my to-do list right now.

Oh and last but certainly not least…these Mio liquid water enhancers are my new bff. Don’t tell anyone, but I am secretly trying to curb my horrible diet coke addiction. I know, about time.

Happy Tuesday! And here’s to no more hurricanes this season!!!

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DeborahOctober 16, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Ooof. Good luck with the Diet Coke weining. I swear the old-timely stuff with the actual “coke” couldn’t have been half as addicting as the current stuff. Kicking it is on on my “to do” list too. I don’t want to blow our cruising budget on soda! Seriously, good luck!! I am feeling your headaches.

By the way, I am so jealous that you can get your oven up to 400. That is awesome.

Deborah (s/v Wrightaway)