Cocktails and a New Card Game

Good Morning from sometimes sunny Florida! I was joking with my mom the other day that if Florida ever goes through a drought, all it needs to do is call me and I will bring the rain 😉 With that being said, I am taking full advantage of the days that I can be outside and on those rainy days, I keep my eyes on the prize of our nightly 5:30 Happy Hour. If you ask me, a margarita is kind of like sunshine in a glass.

After Dan gets done with work for the day, we typically have some time to relax before dinner. One of my first nights here, we bought a deck of cards at the hotel before realizing that beyond Blackjack, we knew the rules to approximately zero two person card games. So, we created our own. Before revealing the game and its rules, I do have to warn you, playing it can cause a scene and you may (read: will) begin to yell answers in public. I do however recognize that not everyone is as passionate about card games as we are.

The game is simple, as I have a limited attention span when it comes to rules and regulations. Each suit is assigned a category. For example –
Hearts – Actors
Diamonds – NFL Teams
Clubs – Reality TV Shows
Spades – Fast Food Restaurants
The deck sits face down and cards are flipped one at a time. If the card is a Diamond, the first person to say an NFL team keeps that card and at the end of the game, the player with the most cards wins!

Reader Question – What’s your favorite card game? We would love to add some fun ones to our lineup!

Happy Hours, Birthdays, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, and S’mores

Note to self and to all of you, order one menu item at happy hour, not all of them. Buying all of them, specifically the fried mac & cheese bites, can result in nothing positive. 12+ hours later, my stomach is still mad at me. Setting aside the over-consumption of unhealthy food, Happy Hour was the perfect way to relax and celebrate the weekend.


 Moving on, it is my sister’s birthday today! I am looking forward to obnoxiously singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her on face time. My sister is 5 years older than me and I have spent the last 26 years admiring her. I am so grateful to have Ali as my built in best friend!


I have been craving banana bread for weeks. Dan was working late on Thursday, and I decided no better way to spend the evening than by making a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread and watching chick flicks with my mom.


And of course, I had to share a picture of one of my favorite special occasion desserts, a chocolate covered s’more. As if the graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow combination isn’t reason enough to love s’mores, they are also a summertime must-have. Just ask the boys in ‘The Sandlot.’



Reader Questions: Are there certain foods that make you think of summertime? What are your plans for the weekend?