We had a really fun New Years Eve last night attending a swish do at Club Renaissance in Sun City Center, Florida. Steve and I danced the night away and boy was my head a little sore this morning!!
Thank you to everyone who has made our stay in Florida and enjoyable one. It’s been amazing to escape the wet, bleak conditions in England for a while. We look forward to our trip back to the UK, to hopefully make 2013 our best year yet! But for now, lounging by the pool today seems like a winner of an idea…..
Well, we’ve booked our tickets and the dates have been set. Steve and I are leaving the South West Coast shores of England to spend a few lovely weeks with Steve’s mum Gina and her husband Ken in Florida. How amazing! thank you Gina and Ken!
Gina has already booked us in to a few parties leading up to Christmas and a Masquerade Ball on New Years Eve! Very nice, thank you very much.
We hope to recharge our batteries as I have now been job hunting for nearly three months without any success. There must be someone in England that is looking for the best housekeeper and cook with the highest standards and manners in the world? Not so far! I have had a very disappointing experience looking for work since I arrived back here from Australia. If only I had have know the tough route this was going to take…….I would have snapped up Charlie Kimmin’s job in Pewsey straight away, even though it wasn’t ready to start for a few months. Charlie, if you read my blog in the next few weeks, I would still love your wonderful job if things don’t work out with the person you chose for the position.
We visited a friend in Sarasota last night and as expected, we had another amazing time. Lenny’s apartment is on the edge of Sarasota Bay, with views to die for….and his Margaritas aren’t bad either!
This man sure knows how to entertain first class! He made us the best Margaritas on this planet along with finger food of mature cheddar nachos with sensational authentic salsa, pate, pretzels and crisps.
We were then chauffeured off to Marina Jack across the road. This place to eat and drink has always been a special spot of mine. Marina Jack has spectacular views over the Marina, downtown, Sarasota bay, Big Pass and out to the Gulf of Mexico.
There was a band playing while we were there and I took a small film which I will post at a later date. Steve and I felt we were back in the ‘land of the living’ after a rather lengthy spell, cooped up in Sun City Center! Not long now though until we enter back into Australia…..you little beauty!
The weekend is approaching fast and we are in Florida, so it only seems fitting to do a Mexican dish (there are quite a few Mexicans in this area! so there is no shortage of fresh jalapenos/Serrano chilies/Habanero chilies or what ever level of chili one is into!) Steve will make Margaritas to complement our Mexican Feast!
Well, I touched my nose slightly after taking this shot and the burning affect has started! Just a warning….be careful handling Habanero Chilies….good idea to wash one’s hands after handling these fiery creatures!
CHICKEN FAJITAS (SERVES TWO)
1 chicken breast (6-8 oz) cut into strips
1 green pepper (capsicum) cut into strips
1 large onion cut in half, then into slices
Garlic cloves smashed lightly, then cut into slivers
Chili diced finely
Olive oil (about 1 tablesp)
Fresh chopped coriander
Flour Tortillas (warmed through), guacamole, sour cream, salsa and a little grated cheese will accompany our chicken fajitas, along with a cooling Margarita! Fantastico!
1. Using a large pan or wok (if we were in Australia we would be cooking this all on the flat plate of the BBQ.) add half the oil with the onions and peppers.
2. Stir this on a high heat for a few minutes, then move to one side of pan and add the remainder of oil and then the chicken strips.
3. Stir fry the chicken until a little golden brown.
4. Bring the onions and peppers back to the centre of the pan and stir with the chicken.
5. Add the chili and garlic and stir fry for a minute or two.
6. Add the chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime juice if you like, then transfer to a serving dish.
We will lay out a table where the chicken fajitas are in a serving dish, the tortillas will be warmed through and served on a plate. We’ll include the guacamole, salsa, sour cream and grated cheese for people to help themselves……oh and a wonderfully chilled Margarita! Salud!
The Renaissance Club at Sun City Center has Happy Hour each Tuesday and Thursday. We take full advantage of this , of course! We usually stay on for a bite to eat after a few drinks…..it’s a lot of fun!
America…..the land of the huge and massive! People….food…cars….you name it! These oranges are he biggest ones I have ever seen. I am told they will be very flavoursome and juicy even though they have a thick skin. Can’t wait to try one! Perhaps after a swim…….
This is not unusual, I am told, to see these beautiful birds passing the house here in Florida. They don’t seem to be too wary of human contact and I was able to take this shot yesterday without disturbing them too much. The White Egret is another beautiful looking bird that frequents these parts also. They are a sight to see when they are in large numbers.
Alligators can also be seen…..not too keen on these creatures I’m afraid, but apparently they are no where near as aggressive as their Australian cousin, the beastly Crocodile!
This is a winning spot, the beach bar at the Burleigh Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, situated in the fine location of Mowbray Park, right on the beach front in Burleigh Heads. Sit at one of the tables outside (you need to be quick as seating is limited) and breath in the wonderful sea air, sipping on an icy cold Carlton Draft beer, poured straight from the tap. Full TAB and Kino facilities available.
Cross the road and you’ll find a great spot for a cold beverage too at the Burleigh Heads Bowls Club. This is a pristine, well kept lawn bowls facility and loved by many of the locals for not only it’s fine greens but it’s club bistro and bar facilities too. An icy cold beer can be guaranteed here, no worries! It’s a wonderful outlook through the wall of glass out onto the greens.
This is a great spot to sit in air conditioned comfort on a hot afternoon, watching the action outside over a bite to eat and a drink or two. My father-in-law Ken would love this place. Ken is a keen bowler in Florida, USA. Ken’s recently been promoted to Skip which is brilliant. This makes him in charge of the team….so watch out team members if you play out of line! Ken loves this game and hopefully will visit this club in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, sometime in the future.