Kid Chef Eliana and I decided to take a working vacation in Pensacola, Florida to finish the revisions to her upcoming cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, which is being published by Pelican Publishing in Spring 2013.
We stayed at a bed and breakfast that is a beach mansion on a private bay in Pensacola. It is an amazing place! The first picture you see is a view from our bedroom window. We had a balcony right off our room and our own en suite bathroom. I booked it through Airbnb.
After shopping for food for Eliana to cook for her cookbook work, we decided to hit the small, private stretch of beach behind the three story manor.
Eliana built a sand castle.
I lazed in the calm waters on a raft.
After playing on the beach, we headed inside where Kid Chef Eliana cooked her famed pastalaya for the house guests and residents.
She also made bouille, a Cajun custard. Although it didn’t come out perfect (it was too liquid-y), it tasted delicious. Some of us went back for seconds!
The next day, we spent most of the day working on her book. From 11am to 4pm, we had our noses to the grindstone. I emailed the manuscript to our editor right on time! The book was due May 31, 2012. As a reward, I took Eliana to Pensacola Beach that evening to catch some beach play and the sunset.
It was a beautiful day at the beach despite the threat of rain. Eliana had a ball playing in the sand and dancing on the water’s edge.
I loved her ballet jumps that look like she is leaping right out of the picture!! Such joy!
It started sprinkling and the beach cleared. I brought my umbrella so Eliana and I decided to walk Pensacola Pier. It was so pretty looking upon the deserted beach from the vantage point of the pier.
Eliana is so photogenic. I kept taking tons of pictures of her!
It was a great Mommy Daughter Day. We ended with seeing the movie, Men in Black 3.
The next day was a complete play day. I suggested that we go to Perdido Key State Park. It was a great decision. The weather was picture perfect and the waves were calm.
We spent hours on the nearly deserted Perdido Key shore playing in the shallow waters of the sand bar and beach combing for shells.
Eliana and I love collecting sea shells. Eliana said this one was perfect.
With the help of another little girl, Eliana build a gigantic sand castle. We added an artistic touch by lining the castle bridge with sea shells. 🙂
I got a little sun but wore SPF 110! LOL
We ended the day catching the sunset at a local Perdido Key restaurant called Sunset Grille. The view was AMAZING. Love that sunset!
It was such a lovely mini vacay. I love the reward of fun memories after a stretch of hard work. Eliana deserved to have a great time. Since we both love the beach, it was the perfect getaway for both of us.
Until next time…