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Close Knit Decked out with Lights
12/06/2010, Palm Coast

Picture of close knit decked out with Christamas lights.

12/07/2010 | Kiley
This looks great!

I've got to bust the decorations out here on dry land!
12/07/2010 | Pete & Pokey
She looks even better in person glittering away over there. And thanks for the fabulous chili. The parade was a ball.
Boat Parade
12/06/2010, Palm Coast Florida

Boat Parade

Last night we had a blast aboard m/v PRIM. The boat was outlined with blue lights and a multicoloued christmas tree anchored to the bow. Eleven of us enjoyed appetizers and fun while being part of the Palm Coast lighted boat parade. Some boats were like the Griswolds on water, bet theur generators were humming. Th parade took around three hours as we headed north on the Intercoastal then turned south. Many of the lovely homes we passed had quite obviously planned their own parties with parade watching. One home had about 150 people on the lawn waving us on. Pete blew the horn(the loudest horn we have ever heard!!!) and cheers could be heard. Some gatherings had waterside bon fires, music and lights. On board we could see the stream of coloured lights from boats forward and aft in a line. It was really quite something to see and be a part of. I had prepared a large bowl of chilli for all to enjoy after Pete did a superb job docking us in the dark. The three dogs seemed to enjoy the festivities as well, althou Blackie and Red were not keen to don their santa hats for a Kodak moment. Bridget and I did our best to show Christmas spirit. Al enjoyed helming Prim to give Pete a break to socialize with his guests. Pete and Pokey sure have the ideal celebration style boat, thanks for hosting such a fun evening.
Al - Yes I got to helm Prim a 44' DeFever in the dark, lets say that if I was alone, running the ICW at night would not be my idea of fun, there were a few places where there were no homes or lights to indicate where the banks of the ICW were, without using a high powered light, BUT it was a blast, Thanks Pete.

How I Put in My Saturday Morning.
Jennifer - Warmer
12/04/2010, Palm Coast Florida

While having a tea break yesterday Al said he wished we had some cookies. I thought of what I might have on board to make something for dunking. I Googled a biscotti recipe and knew I had the ingredients. I took butter out to soften and after coffee this am I made cranberry/lemon biscotti. I removed the grate from the stove for cooling them. Its all about improvising. My occupational therapist would be proud of me . In between the baking I finished the third doggie hat for the members of the daxie 500 to wear in the parade to night.

12/04/2010 | osprey
Hi Jen, After reading your last few blogs I wanted to let you know that I, for one, am still enjoying reading your blog as you continue to discover and enjoy the delights of living aboard. We are firmly landlocked in central Maine this winter (and it is snowing!) so reading about the cruising life is just what I need. Enjoy the parade of boats and say Hi! to P & P from Osprey!
Homey Kitchen

Just had to post the vase with flowers and the Amaryllis on steroids.

Resting for the big night

Bridget donning a hat while resting for tonights festivities.

Galley Updates
Jennifer - Cold
12/04/2010, Palm Coast Florida

Galley Updates

Al built, painted and installed my new spice holder. It is very crisp looking and exceptionally functional. I have been really cooking up a storm since being back and it is so nice to have these spices at my fingertips to choose from rather than unloading stuff to see what I have. A similar rack is being put together for the other side of my preparation area. We have ordered 12 volt lighting for over my prep area as well. I love to cook and all these additions make creating interesting and nutritious meals so much easier.

Al is a little unsure of creating a better space for me as I'm on a bit of a rant for healthier cooking and eating. This week he was a good sport about the meatless shepherds pie I made. Red meat is a big source of cholesterol. My body makes an overabundance all on its own and taking 2 different daily medications struggle to keep my levels in a safe range. So. I'm trying to eat less red meat. The meat in the shepherds pies was replaced with lentils. It actually was quite tasty, next time i'd cook them less for more of a ground beef-like texture. The recipe was from Kiley's house mate Karina. Thanks Karina. The upside of lentils is they require no refrigeration, are easily stored and usually available, and very inexpensive.

12/03/2010 | Kiley
Lots of great updates!

I am looking forward to getting a tree in the next week and getting things a little more festive around here!

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