Trip to Saint Augustine

Our first visit to Saint Augustine

Our first trip to Saint Augustine was amazing! I would highly recommend to include this little city in your plans if you ever need a place to stop on a trip to Florida. Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States! When I say this town is amazing, I truly mean it; from the bright colored homes/buildings, the small shops, the beaches, the history, everything. I told my soon to be husband this would be a town I would love to retire in! (SO LONG AWAY) The picture above is Flagler college which is BEAUTIFUL.. I wish I went here for college after getting the chance to walk around and learn about the campus.

There are so many shops, old restaurants, places to go sight seeing, and much more here. I would highly recommend going to a beach bar for a bigger lunch/dinner instead of planning a meal in the town… whether it is The Conch House (view below) with a little bar on the water or Beaches that the whole outdoors is entirely on the intercoastal. I think this is a good ending spot to a long spent day in this amazing town.

The Conch House – sitting in the tiki huts for lunch.

I took my soon to be husband to Saint Augustine for a birthday exploration surprise (he is very into exploring new areas…). We got the chance to walk down Saint George Street which is a cobble stone pathway filled with people walking up and down, jumping into restaurants and little stores. One cool bar to go to is called Prohibition Kitchen; it has an amazing (HUGE) soft pretzel with beer cheese and some pretty cool drinks with live music daily. Another pretty cool place to go is called Sangrias, where they make their Sangria in front of you! I, of course, wanted to try something small at every little store which made our time walking this street a lot longer than we planned… but this is the reason we didn’t have a sit down meal because I was a little full from snacking all day!

Saint George Street – popping in for a Lime Mojito popsicle from The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.

Another place that we got to explore was the Castillo de San Marcos (picture below) – which is a fortress in Saint Augustine. The fort was not only so historic to even be near but it had amazing views of the city and the views of the water were just steps away. When we took the tour inside of the fort, it was $15 per person… it could of changed but I would highly recommend including this little stop before heading out since it is filled with rooms of historic information to read up on… and because it is a cool place to say you got to explore!

Lastly, we just took a trip down to the ocean since we were so close to it… I know some might pass this portion since the town has so many things to go explore over the beach but I will say the ocean here is SO PRETTY. The sand was so white and if you looked closely, you could find little shark teeth along the shore line! The beach was not really that crowded.. but we did also visit here in April so not the Summer months yet for the tourists. The water was so blue with the sun shining bright! I would HIGHLY recommend this town.

Let me know some cool places you have explored before… give me some ideas for our next exploration adventure!

Banana Bread

Quick Easy Banana Bread
  • Three to Four ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I reduced it to about 3/4 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt (I used Pink Himalayan Salt)

Alright – So this is what I did and it turned out AMAZING….

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the racks set on the middle option! I used a 4×8 inch loaf pan and buttered it before I started preparing the mixture!

In a big mixing bowl, I melted the butter first and then I added the ripe, unpeeled (OBVIOUSLY) bananas. I smashed up the bananas in the butter with a wooden spoon. I added the sugar, baking soda, and flour into the mixture. Then in a small dish, I beat the egg and vanilla together before adding it to the big mixing bowl. I threw a pinch of salt in (more than a pinch)… then mixed all the ingredients together until it was a “lumpy” wet mixture.

I poured the mixture into the loaf pan and threw it into the oven for an hourish… (I added 5 minutes after an hour) To check to see if it was done: I put a knife into the center to make sure when I pulled it out, it came out clean! Once it was done, I allowed the bread to FULLY cool until I removed it from pan.

To do next time: I feel like we always have left over Bananas that turn soft way too quick! So next time I try this recipe… I might include some chocolate chips, nuts, or maybe even some cinnamon!

How we have been munching on it: Honestly, this is very good just plain! But if you want to spice it up a bit, we really like warming it up in the microwave then throwing a scoop of Vanilla ice cream in it. Or even throwing some butter over it – so unhealthy I know.. but a great way to utilize your left over soft bananas!

Let me know what you guys would add, substitute, or even ways you would eat your old soft bananas!

My First Blog Post

Hi guys!

My name is Danielle and I am just a twenty six year old trying to share my life with all of you! I moved states away this year with my soon to be husband who I have been dating for seven years! So not only did we pick up and move to a whole other state but we got engaged, bought a home, and learned how to live with each other all within less than ONE YEAR. STRESSFUL but very rewarding for our relationship!

I decided to just start a little page to share my experiences in life as a twenty-six year old who has done more in the past year than I have my whole life! Man, will I tell you some days are a struggle without family or friends… But one of the best things is learning the little things in life that I never realized my parents, family, and friends taught me… cooking, cleaning, bills, relatinships, experiences… I could go on forever.

So mainly this page is for me to share things I learn on my own, experiences I share with my soon to be husband starting a new life of our own out here, maybe some recipes I have tried that we do and sometimes don’t like… and a lot more.

Stay tuned for more!