Pensacola, Florida Vacation – May 30, 2012


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Friends:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Eliana built a sand castle.

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I lazed in the calm waters on a raft.

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After playing on the beach, we headed inside where Kid Chef Eliana cooked her famed pastalaya for the house guests and residents.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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I loved her ballet jumps that look like she is leaping right out of the picture!! Such joy!

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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.

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Eliana is so photogenic. I kept taking tons of pictures of her!

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It was a great Mommy Daughter Day. We ended with seeing the movie, Men in Black 3.

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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.

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We spent hours on the nearly deserted Perdido Key shore playing in the shallow waters of the sand bar and beach combing for shells.

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Eliana and I love collecting sea shells. Eliana said this one was perfect.

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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. 🙂

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I got a little sun but wore SPF 110! LOL

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We ended the day catching the sunset at a local Perdido Key restaurant called Sunset Grille. The view was AMAZING. Love that sunset!

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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.

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Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne