May in Bloom

I already miss May.

I’m back at my desk in Tampa, a/c on overdrive, staring down a pile of mail. Let’s go through all my phone pics and procrastinate, shall we?Greetings from a Big Pine key deer. The best noses!
Mom with a big starfish. We saw so many awesome things while we snorkeled. I swam through the middle of a school of massive tarpon. It was like being surrounded by ghosts.  
I was so excited about this helmet conch, which I thought was unoccupied until a big hermit crab reached his claws out. clawsSpeaking of claws, the guys found lots of stone crabs. Even mom got pinched this time. She was only re-measuring a claw before we put it on ice, but it still had some snap left in it! dinnercooksMy sous chefs caramelizing Vidalia onions. This next one can’t be trusted though…
key deerI should note that was a first attempt at a Balinese recipe called ikan goreng nyat-nyat using fresh turmeric and galangal. The flavor was great but we need more practice. rat snakeThis beautiful red rat snake lives under the stairs and makes an appearance at happy hour.
royal plus poincianaThe poincianas were burning bright by the time we left.nurse sharkNurse sharks check out our daily catch.sharkHanging out under the fish cleaning table. 
clouds on water911 cakeToby got a special birthday cake.bpkBike rides to Blue Hole, the largest freshwater lake in the Florida Keys:blue holegreen heronGreen herons build their nests in mangrove branches over the water.iguanaIguanas skitter all over the place.gatorIt’s so clear you can see the alligators’ entire bodies in the water, not just their eyeballs above the hole gatorAnd tarpon!We made it to Key West a couple times. orchid houseThis house is for sale. Orchids included, I assume?vwI make my mom pose even though she hates having her picture taken like I do.
flamingo crossing ice creamFlamingo Crossing, my favorite ice cream on the planet. You know I’m on a guanábana kick and this flavor did not disappoint. Mango, key lime, coconut, guava, and cinnamon are our family favorites. key westkey westThanks for escaping with me. I’m working on some recipes and mango season is right around the corner, so I hope you’ll stop by again soon. xo

6 Comments May in Bloom

  1. Misti May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hah that University of Big Pine shirt—I had to look it up, what a fun backstory! Wish I could order online!

    That rat snake, what a fun house friend!

    And sign me up for that house for sale! *searches purse for 3 million dollars*

    1. suwanneerose May 31, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Glad you appreciate that shirt. It cracks me up.
      I hope the rat snake sticks around. It was very content watching us cook out there.
      Please let me know if you find that cash!

  2. bt May 31, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I’m already missing May, too! Summer is now in full swing. I had such an awesome time spending a week in The Keys with everyone. Can’t wait til next time. Cheers!

    1. suwanneerose May 31, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for catching all those claws! I’m always impressed with your shellfish consumption. Staggering! Time to switch gears and eat a lot of mangos, but October can’t come soon enough.

  3. Julie June 30, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Incredibly beautiful photos! I somehow missed this post!

    1. suwanneerose June 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks, Julie! 🙂

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