Ryan and I have loved every minute here in Sarasota.
With nighttime beach walks with views like this, how could you not!?
The only bad part about coming to Sarasota and walking along Siesta Key beach is that I immediately slip into vacation mode and want to stay here and relax for a good week.
Ryan’s mom even prepared my favorite meal for dinner. I call this meal my “birthday dinner” because it’s the dinner I request on my birthday.
My birthday dinner always includes lots of shellfish and crab legs and that’s just what we enjoyed yesterday.
She also made creamed corn using a recipe from the fantastic Paula Deen that I basically wanted to bathe in because it was so good!
And her watermelon salad is one I hope to recreate at home… as soon as we have a home.
Watermelon + Arugula + Feta cheese + Olive Oil + Salt
No meal at my mother in law’s house is complete without dessert!
Bring on the cheesecake!
This cheesecake was delicious and the crust had a hint of cinnamon flavor in it which was a nice touch.
After dinner we all went for a long walk along the beach.
The timing of our walk ended up being perfect because right as we were about to turn to walk back to our car, the sun slipped under the horizon.
And yes, that sailboat really did cross in front of the sun at that exact moment. It was gorgeous.
We rounded out the evening with ice cream and more cheesecake when we arrived home (okay, so Ryan and I were the only ones who had ice cream). It really feels like we’re on vacation! I hope I can snap out of vacation mode and into productive reality tomorrow!
Paige @ Running Around Normal says
Siesta Key beach is my favorite beach ever!!! What an amazing last picture of the sunset:)
Allison @ Happy Tales says
Wow, sounds like a weekend of perfection!!! Especially with that sailboat/sunset… unreal!
Marcee .... ILLINOIS .... (very hot here!) says
Wow. Lots & lots of WOWS! Too gorgeous for words.
Food is sensational also. Especially that yummy watermelon salad, corn & dessert! I have never tried the seafood. Maybe one day.
Hey Julie …. the house w/that fab pool/glass dome roof ….. is a keeper! Go for that place. You and Mr. R will love it. Very cool. Hope it will be an easy-go for you to move into that home. Maybe purchase eventually!!! There are soooo many houses available these days. In Florida too. Right?
Best of Julie. Love your posts!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
I want some crab legs now 😉
kate @ pomelo sunshine says
That meal looks great, definitely a birthday kind of meal. I have to try that creamed corn!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
Looks like an awesome visit, Julie! And that dinner looks delicious!! 🙂
I’m drooling. Amazing food, gorgeous views, and good company — sounds like you had a great weekend!
My own beloved is in the kitchen making me his fantastic pasta with mussels in white wine sauce.
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Jenny @ loveeatrun says
Those pictures at the beach are amazing!! So beautiful!
And watermelon and feta salad is my favorite summer salad!! Yum!!!
The sunsets are incredible! And all that shellfish…ahhh definitely some of my faves! Healthy AND delish! Perfect!
What a pretty view!
That sunset is amazing, no wonder you feel like your on vacation.
Haloumi also goes well with watermelon 🙂
Love Sarasota! My grandfather lives in Bradenton and we would always go to Siesta Key to relax or see a concert at the Van Wezel. 🙂
Jessica @ Bay Bay Bites says
Yum! I want to go to your MIL’s for dinner!
Wow, that is SO beautiful
How could you not be in vacation mode? Gorgeous!
Wow- that sailboat/sunset picture is truly gorgeous- great shot!