Summer Breeze

Well, summer’s here in Florida! You’re probably thinking, isn’t it summer all year round in Florida. Not really…we have our hot months and our hotter months!crab cakes

Before the humidity hits I always like to find a breezy restaurant patio to take in the beauty of blue skies, warm sun, and great food. On one such occasion, I dined with a wonderful friend. As we caught up on each other’s lives, I couldn’t help but feel blessed and surrounded by beauty. The warmth of our conversation, along with an incredibly well presented lunch, was simply refreshing.
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You can create that same ambiance and warmth in your own backyard! Invite a friend for a light lunch on your patio, porch, or by the pool. Create an inviting table for two with your prettiest light linens and dishes. One of the best memories I have as a child is the smell and feel of my moms newly washed sheets, dried by a summer breeze. Bring back the memory by placing a sun dried fresh sheet over the table where you will be dining. Choose one that billows on the ground softly at your feet. Add a few candles and flowers from the garden and serve a light fare such as Crab Cakes, Caprese Salad, and freshly squeezed lemonade and you have created a warm, breezy summer escape right in your own backyard.

Crab or Salmon Cakes

2 cups fresh crab or salmon meat (can also find canned salmon on the grocery isle if needed)
1 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs or Italian breadcrumbs
2 scallions
1/2 cup light mayo
1 large egg
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 teas. fresh cracked pepper
1/4 cup canola oil

Mix crab cake filling together gently and form patties. Place patties in medium size pan with 1/4 cup of canola oil and saute until light brown and somewhat crispy. Serve with Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

2 large tomatoes
1 lb. Mozzerella Cheese
Fresh Basil Leaves
1 tbls.Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbls. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Alternate stacking tomatoe, mozzerella and basil and drizzle balsamic vinegar and oil over the stack. Delicious!

Settling In

IMG_0350Rest seems to be an old fashioned notion. The push to do more, be more, and get what you need is so strong, we often find ourselves missing important things. I remember my most anxious days; speeding to my next destination, listening to the radio and thinking about the next day or what was coming up on the weekend. All I could see where the traffic lights, cars, and a blur as I sped past life.

It was a warm inviting evening on the Space Coast, as my husband and I made our way back home. My eye caught the sight of 7-8 ducks sitting comfortably together. We stopped the truck and joined these precious creatures on the grass, and not one one of them moved from their spot. It was if to say “we’re settling into this beautiful night, tucked in a bed made by nature, while listening to the rythyms of a nearby fountain.” As I sat there, I began to reflect on how peaceful it all seemed. It’s only when we allow God to safely tuck us away from an anxious world, we can rest.

What will it take for you to “settle in” to this season and really enjoy the people, places and the things of your NOW life? A dear friend of mine will be 97 years old this year. She attributes her good health and rich life to this… contentment. Not expecting more, nor less, just being grateful for each full day.

Jer 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel it’s path, and you will find rest for your souls.”