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November 06, 2007



It's cold today in Ohio and I have to say I'm really missing Florida. Thanks for all the great pictures.


Oh my, that looks so warm and sunny -- it's cold and rainy here in NJ today, so thanks for the tour!


Yumm. I love the view, too!


The flan looks delicious!!! We have friends in Tampa and will probably be down there in February! I'll have to go back through your blog to look for things to visit :)) Your weather looks beautiful!


Cold and rainy in MA too and I am on my way to VT where it may SNOW tomorrow. Way too early for me. Anyway, thanks for the great tour and I never should have clicked on the menu I am starved. The flan looks to die for, it is one of my favorite desserts, sometimes I have it for my birthday instead of cake.
Visit me sometime.


Hi dear Kim.... thank you so much for your early visit to my blog... I'm honored!!

and talking about flans... I have a wonderful recipe for flan I will be soon posting in my "house in the roses", so please come by again soon...

Have a beautiful daisy day!!


Hold on! I'm coming to Florida! LOL Really! I am. We'll be visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Port St. Lucie in December. Now that your pictures have reminded me of the beautiful sky and oceans, I can't wait! I've never seen the Tampa side. Maybe we'll make it this time.

Sher's Creative Expressions

Thanks Kim for taking us along with you. We're expecting a little snow today here in Michigan, so it was nice to see "warmth" again.




What a beautiful place! Thanks for inviting me to come with you :)
God bless :)

jean @sweet nothings

Oh, my, what beautiful pictures! It seems ya'll had a great time. One of my FAVORITE desserts is Flan. Ummmmmm!


That dessert is making my mouth water......yummy yummy. Love all your photo's!!


Oh I just love flan and this looks just beautiful! Hope you have a great day :)


melissa @ the inspired room

Flan is one of my very favorite desserts! Flan and house tours? My kind of day!


Alison Gibbs

Sure sounds like a perfect day.
What a yummy dessert.


Yummy delights, both the dessert and the scenery. I loved the tour by the way, I felt as if I were walking with you seeing all the beautiful sights.


Goodness, don't ya just LOOOOVE Florida, Kim? Sure, it can get really hot but it's about as close to paradise as a person can get, I think. I've been living just "a stone's throw" from the Kenwood area you visited and the St. Petersburg Pier almost my entire life. We've boated many times in the waters right off this pier, since we live just minutes north of there. We've even docked our boat at The Pier to go in to eat and shop, which was lots of fun! Glad ya'll had a nice time visiting "sleepy St. Pete."


Look at that sky, what a beautiful day!! Bet you feel quite refreshed after a lovely day out!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

Beautiful photos! I am so glad you took me along with you! That flan looks yummy!!


We are getting our exercise with all this walking! I'm so glad you took me to the Pier. I enjoyed the walk and the gorgeous scenery. But most of all the food was a work of art! ~Adrienne~


How fun!!
I love flan. Thanks for sharing it with us.


I'm trying to do a little catch up this evening, Kim. Have a busy day tomorrow. I hope to have time tomorrow evening to take a closer look at the homes. Your lunch sounds wonderful. I think food always tastes better outdoors!

Great photos!


Fresh air, the sun and sea and a walk on the pier - a girl can really work up an appetite! Interesting to see your pier; our pier in Huntington Beach (just across the country from you - lol!) has loads of surfers surfing alongside. But there is a tasty old-fashioned cafe - Ruby's - at the end, with a great view of the open water, like yours.

Your photos are especially beautiful today, Kim!


Hooray! The Stranger on the Shore is back!

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What a fun day! Hey, can I have a bite of your dessert?

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Sounds like a magical day!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

More great pictures. My hubby would go crazy for that flan. It is his favorite dessert!


Beautiful indeed :)

The Decorated House

This was so much fun seeing the homes and your beautiful pictures of the Bay.

My Mom lived on Tampa Bay for many years. It was always a nice peaceful place to sit outside, just a few feet from their door.
But in all the years she lived there, I never went looking at houses in St. Pete.
So I really enjoyed your pictures.
Donna, O&X's


Dinner at the Columbia would be enough to make the day perfect for me.


Oh I love Columbia House. The food is yummy and the atmosphere is so nice.

I always love reading your blog ... thanks for sharing your expeditions with us.


YUM!!! I love love love flan!!! I make them really good too ;)
And I was reading the menu, some yummy Cuban food there. ;)
Thanks for sharing.

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