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Weekend Away

by Meghann on February 15, 2009

Good Sunday Evening Lovelies!

Sorry I have been out of touch this weekend. I was on a wonderful secluded Island that lacked free wi-fi. so I threw my internet addiction to the wind and just enjoyed my weekend away. πŸ™‚ … well actually I secretly read and check my e-mail on Derek’s Iphone, but we’ll just forget about that. πŸ˜‰

We left beautiful bright and sunny Tampa yesterday morning and headed to Palm Island, to spend the day and night at Derek’s Grandfather’s Beach Bungalow with his family.

Along the way I split the Gingerbread Heart Caitlin had given me with Derek in the car.


It was scrumptious!

Palm Island is a teeny tiny Island I had never heard of before Friday. Its south of Sarasota and you need to take a barge from the mainland to get to the island.


The barge was named Katie B.! Just like someone else I know….hehe


Once settled in at the beach house I was beyond starving and ready for lunch.


I made a Turkey Sandwich with Honey Mustard, Tomato and Lettuce.


With Fruit Salad on the side.


And still in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I had a lunch dessert of Godiva Dark Chocolate. πŸ™‚


Unfortunately by the time we made it to the Island, the beautiful weather we had left in Tampa had disappeared and it was cloudy and cool. We still enjoyed the beautiful beach, it just wasn’t the sunny, bikini adventure I had planned. Oh well. It was still fun to explore the secluded Island.



It was also fun to be able to drive around in one of these.


Kind of bummed I never got a chance to drive it (*hint, hint.. I want to drive the golf cart next time πŸ˜‰

After some exploring I snacked on some Cilantro Lime Tortillas with Salsa


Then enjoyed a nice long nap. πŸ™‚

I was woken in time to watch the beautiful Sunset.



I could have sat on the beach all evening watching the sunset.. too bad in actually it doesn’t take the sun very long to disappear behind the horizon.



My Valentine’s Dinner was the perfect Beach side fare.


A big juicy Burger with Tomato Slices and Cooked Spinach.

Enjoyed with another favorite beachside pass time.


A Strawberry Daiquiri. (Haven’t had one of these in years!)

There was also a hand full of Peanut MnMs that escaped the camera. πŸ˜‰

After a long day I seriously passed out at 9:30! You put me in front of the TV with the lights out, I pass out, what can I say? πŸ™‚

This morning I rose with the sun and took of on a wonderful misty run around the Island. I ran on mainly gravel roads and on the sandy beach, so it made for a slow, but tough glorious 5 mile run. I felt like I had the Island all to myself that early, it was perfect!

After a nice shower I had a big plate of fruit topped with a spoonful of Honey Bunches of Oats with two homemade Blueberry Muffins for breakfast.


We hit the road back to reality early and I enjoyed another piece of my Godiva Chocolate on the road.


I’m really loving my chocolate and am so sad there are only 2 pieces left! πŸ™

I had plans to meet the wonderful Jenna for lunch at Greenwise today. Unfortunately I got terribly lost (apparently Tampa is not my friend) and ended up 30 minutes late (Sorry Jenna!) But it was still great to see her for the short amount of time and to get to explore where she spends her days.

I was really impressed by Greenwise, but obviously the best part of the store is the amazing bakery with selections of breads Jenna bakes up each and every day.

I purchased a loaf of her Oatmeal Bread and a Pretzel she featured on her blog a couple of days ago.


I sampled the pretzel in the store and had to go back for more. It was the best pretzel I had ever had. SOOOOO good!! I bought the pretzel has a Thank You gift to Caitlin and he husband for watching Abbie this weekend. I hope they enjoy eating it as much as I enjoyed sampling it in the store.

For lunch I went with what I was craving and ordered a pizza.


On Jenna’s suggestion I ordered the Small Pizza with Bruschetta Sauce, Goat Cheese, Mixed Veggies and Rotisserie Chicken. Wow this pizza was good! I ate half of it and enjoyed every bite. πŸ™‚

I also had a mix of Salad on the side with a yummy Thai Peanut Dressing Jenna raved about.


It was really nice to catch up with Jenna (even if it was a quick one) and I can’t wait to see her again in two weeks.

When i finally made it home after the 2 hour drive and picking Abbie up, I was hungry again. I immediately dug into a piece of Jenna’s Oatmeal Bread, which I slathered in Cashew Butter and Strawberries.


OMG this bread is GREAT! Its nice and dense and sweet with a touch of honey. This bread is going to make some killer french toast this week!!

Dinner was quick and easy and full of lots of yummy veggies!


I pan seared some Tuna, I coated with Pepper, Blackened Seasonings, and Sesame Seeds.


I had a craving for veggies so I threw some Acorn Squash, Apple, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Mushrooms in a pan and roasted them in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes. They were great!


It was a great spicy meal that filled me right up.

I had 1/2 cup of Praline Carmel Crunch FroYo for dessert with Blueberries.


Now I am exhausted and am going to catch up on life. I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentines Weekend!!! See you tomorrow! πŸ™‚

1 caitlin February 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

hahah i totally ate the whole pretzel and didnt share it.

2 Angel February 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Looks like a great weekend away!!!

3 VeggieGirl February 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm

SOOOOO envious of the beach weather!! And of Jenna’s pretzels πŸ™‚

4 Lindsay February 15, 2009 at 7:40 pm

WOW – what a great trip! i’m really wishing that it was summer here now after seeing the beach & the sunset!

5 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) February 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I just read Caitlin’s comment and laughed. πŸ™‚ What a fabulous Valentine’s Day! I was reading your earlier posts and complained to Ross that he’s my HUSBAND and I’ve never gotten Godiva from him! What crap. πŸ˜‰ Glad you had fun this weekend, it looked amazing!

6 cleanveggiex3 February 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm

everything looks great – especially the fruit!!
awesome trip

7 Meg February 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

What a fabulous Valentine’s weekend!

8 carolinebee February 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

What a cute little island getaway! That’s so funny, we have a similar island, that is like, an hour boat ride…called Catalina, and it’s all cute shops and restaurants and really hilly and nature-y πŸ˜€ Complete with golf carts too! The godiva chocolate looks so amazing, now that is legit chocolate…although i’m not above dove or hershey’s around here!

9 Erin February 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

What a great weekend! Looks incredibly fun. Totally jealous of your beach-y Valentine’s, since I had snow instead!

10 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

WHat a fun weekend! I used to spend my summers at Palm Island. There used to be shark’s teeth everywhere and I used to search the beach for them. Glad you had fun in my beloved Tampa!!

11 mel February 15, 2009 at 7:58 pm

oh wow!! Looks so fun! That boy is a keeper! Adorable and a sweetie!! enjoy your night Meghann

12 glidingcalm February 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm

oh my gosh., everything about that weekend looks amazing……..A BEACH?! so jealous…and omg your food!!! esp. that pizza and bread! you had me siting hear drooling. THIS POST WAS SO DELICIOUS!

welcome home!!

p.s. DEREK LOOKS EXACTLY like someone I know (well) . kind of creepy!

13 Victoria February 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Wow. That looks like such a gorgeous island! I’m glad you had so much fun!

14 Maggie February 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Your pictures are SO VIBRANT today! Did you do something different?

15 Erica February 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Hi Hi! I missed you πŸ™‚ Looks like you had a WONDERFUL weekend with great eats. I think my fav part of your eats was the strawberry daq! Those are soooooo good- been way too long since I last had one. Beautiful pics on the beach- you look super cute! Get some rest and enjoy your time with your pup πŸ˜‰

16 Melissa S. February 15, 2009 at 8:27 pm

what a great two days!!!! it looks like you had such a great time for vday…i’m super jealous!

and love the after breakfast chocolates; those freak’n rock my socks. πŸ˜‰

17 Deirdre February 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

OMG! I went to Palm Island as a child. We used to vacation there every spring break. Thanks for putting up the pics. It brought up good memories. It looks like you had fun!

18 Sharon February 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Oh my gosh, what a tasty and fun time!!!!

19 Sarah W. February 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

sounds like you had a great weekend getaway!

mmm on that pretzel!!

20 Mica February 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm

What a fun trip. I’m totally jealous that you live near the beach. (Ugh, curse the Midwest!) It looks like you had a great V-day, and you look totally adorable on the beach!

21 Matt February 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

OMG I want one of those pretzels! And some of that oatmeal bread! And that pizza. Haha. Sounds like a fun and delicious weekend!

22 Amy February 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Amazing valentines day weekend! What a great way to spend the holiday. Your food looks amazingly delicious, as well! Is that potato bread I spy in your lunch? It looks familiarly golden πŸ™‚

23 Sarah February 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm

you spent the day and night at a beach bungalow???? seriously, how did you get so lucky!

and yummmmmm your seared tuna and roasted veggie combo tonight is glorious. such a gourmet meal for “quick and easy”!

24 ksgoodeats February 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Everything looks so fun! LOVE your peach top – very cute!

25 Brandi February 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

what a fun weekend! That island looks really cool

26 Emily February 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm

looks like you had a great valentines weekend! I wish I could have gone to the beach!

27 Olga February 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

the pictures are beautiful. And that oatmeal bread looks AMAZING! I’m glad you had an awesome time =]

28 Derek February 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

well, of course, the only way you’ll get to drive the golf cart is if we go to Palm Island again =)

29 Bridget February 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Wow that place looks like heaven to me right now!! I want SUMMER!!! I’m so happy you had a great Valentines Day πŸ™‚
Jealous that you got some of Jenna’s bread and preztels!!

30 raspberryrunner February 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

what an awesome pizza! actually, everything looks so good! tuna steaks are one of my favorite foods….i haven’t had one in a while! yours look delish, especially crusted with those sesame seeds, wow!

31 Shelby February 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Love the sandwich lunch, it’s so colorful!!!!

And that oatmeal bread sounds so delicious. I’m very jealous =)

32 HangryPants February 16, 2009 at 1:39 am

The pictures are so pretty. It makes me want a Florida vacation very much!

I love your bread, pretzel and pizza. My kind of eats. πŸ˜€

33 Sarah February 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

Fun!!! I love the prominence of chocolate. I will be sad to see it go.

Derek is cute, even if he doesn’t let you drive!

34 Andrea (Off Her Cork) February 16, 2009 at 8:18 am

What a fabbo weekend!! Love the sunset pictures and how amazing to be able to run around the island with the sunrise. πŸ˜€

35 Allison February 16, 2009 at 8:44 am

What an amazing weekend! I can’t get over how beautiful the water looks in your pictures! πŸ™‚ I think I’m finished living in Ohio – Florida’s just fine with me πŸ˜›

36 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 16, 2009 at 10:23 am


37 Melissa P. February 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

That boy is cute and obviously very thoughtful! You should date him… He, he…

38 biz319 February 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I would love that pretzel – yum!!

39 Brittany February 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

So cool that you got to check out Greenwise and eat one of Jenna’s pretzels. Glad you had a great weekend.

40 AshleyP February 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm

AHHH!!! My family has a place on Palm Island! It’s my fav place in the world.

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