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October 24, 2016

Stone Crab season

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Have you ever tasted stone crab? Stone crab is a delicacy found in the Gulf Coast of Florida. Stone crab is a sustainable food source. When you harvest a claw it will grow it back by the next Stone crab season. Stone crab season starts on October 15th and it ends on May 15th. You are only allowed to take the claw if it is over 2 3/4 inches. You measure it from the tip of the claw to what looks like the elbow. You can tell Stone crab apart from other crabs because of it’s distinctive look. Here is a picture of a Stone crab.

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How you get the claw of a Stone crab.
I use tongs to get the crab out of the trap. Once you have a good grip on the crab with the tongs you take gardening shears and cut of one of the claws. You can use your hands but if you use your hands you can take meat out of their thorax and then there is a 30% chance that they will die. Also, you can take both claws but then you leave the crab defenseless and it won’t be able to eat.If you put their claw towards their eyes they can’t move the claw. If you get pinched by a Stone crab, it really hurts, I advise you to put on thick gloves if it is your first time and don’t get pinched.

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With the fish head in the picture I caught 10 stone crab. The smellier the better. If you want to catch blue crab chicken bones and a little meat is perfect. I use fish heads for my bait.Here is a picture of the Stone Crab claws that I caught.

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March 5, 2016

Egg in the nest

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An egg in the nest is a egg surrounded in toast.Turn on your stove burner to medium! Then make sure you put a little pat of butter on your skillet! You will tear a circle shaped hole in the bread and put it on the skillet. Then crack your egg into the hole. Wait 1-2 minutes before flipping your egg in the nest. Wait another 1-2 minutes before placing the egg in the nest on your plate! Then to make your egg in the nest spectacular, sprinkle 1/8 of a teaspoon of sea salt on it! Also, on the middle piece I would suggest jelly to flavor the toast! Below are the ingredients that you will need to make one egg in the nest. Enjoy!

Butter
Bread
1 large egg
1/8 tsp of sea salt
Jelly (if you want)

March 5, 2016

Fablehaven

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If you are looking for a thrilling, adventurous and scary book you have found your dream book! Fablehaven is a book about Kendra and Seth! Their parents are going on a cruise and they will be staying at their grandparents house when they go on the cruise! Kendra and Seth are still children but the world is still at risk of ending! Soon you will find out the mysterious creatures of Fablehaven! Can they save the world? Go to your nearest bookstore or library now and get Fablehaven by Bradon Mull to find out what will happen!

P.s. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! The book is much more thrilling than the cover.

Fablehaven!

September 7, 2015

The Island Series by Gordan Korman

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The Island Series

The Island Series


Have you ever read the Island series?
I highly recommend this excellent adventure series by Gordan Korman!

Click here to see my video review on the Island series

August 28, 2015

Fun things to do in Hawaii

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One of my favorite things I did in Hawaii was riding Dolphins at Sea Life Park. My sister and I got to do the Royal Dolphin Swim! We were in the chilly water with the Dolphins for about an hour. On of my favorite tricks was when the dolphins put their mouths on my feet and pushed me out of the water….it was very thrilling! I also had dolphin kisses and a double dorsal fin ride. If you are in Hawaii, I highly suggest a visit to sealife park for a royal dolphin adventure!

December 14, 2014

cinnamon rolls

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This is how you make a big batch of homemade cinnamon rolls! This recipe come from my Great-Grandmother and is perfect for breakfast Christmas morning. I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe:
2 cups of warm water in a big bowl

Sprinkle two packs of yeast on water
I Used this rapid rising yeast:
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Sit a few minutes till frothy and yeast dissolved

Add 1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup veg oil

2 tsp salt

Mix well with a spoon

Add 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour and mix till smooth

Mixture will be sticky when finished mixing

When Finnish mixing let dough rise to double in size

Roll out on a flat floured surface.

Spread 1 stick of fully melted butter on top

Spread 1 lb box of light brown sugar, cinnamon, golden raisins and pecans

Then start on one end and roll up the dough

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Cut in one inch thick rolls and place in buttered pans

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Let cinnamon rolls rise and double in size again.

Bake at 400° till golden brown and yummy looking about 15 to 20 minutes.

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September 21, 2014

Loggerhead sea turtles are ready to hatch on my beach!

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Sea turtles are fascinating creatures! We have lots of sea turtle nests here on our beach that are just about ready to hatch! I’m very excited and check our nests everyday to look for signs of hatchlings.
There are seven types of sea turtles still living….
They are The Green sea turtle, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Flatback, Loggerhead, Kemp Ridley and Olive Ridley. Here on the west cost of Florida we normally have Loggerhead sea turtles but sometimes we have Kemp Ridley sea turtles hatch!!!
Sea turtles can live from 50 to 80 years old.
Sea turtles lay around 100 eggs in a nest and only one out of 1,000 makes it to be a adult!

Loggerhead seaturtle tracks

Loggerhead seaturtle tracks


After the mom sea turtle lays her eggs, it takes about 60 days before they are ready to hatch.

Here is a picture of baby sea turtles hatching!!!

Hatching Sea turtles

Hatching Sea turtles

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Baby loggerhead just hatched from egg and ready for release

Baby loggerhead just hatched from egg and ready for release

Adult loggerhead sea turtle

Adult loggerhead sea turtle

Digging up a nest 3 days after live hatchlings emerged

Digging up a nest 3 days after live hatchlings emerged

Baby sea turtles that did not survive

Baby sea turtles that did not survive

Eggs in the nest that did not hatch

Eggs in the nest that did not hatch

Posted in: Animals!, Uncategorized
September 6, 2014

Florida Sunshine State Books

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Sunshine state books.

“Eight class pets +one squirrel \ one dog=chaos” By Vivian Vande Velde

This is a short 68 page book about a dog chasing a squirrel!

It all started when the squirrel saw a owl chasing him!

The squirrel then ran into the principal’s dog and got trapped in the school for one whole night!

I highly recommend this book if you have a dog, cat or you like animals!

I hope you enjoy the book!

August 3, 2014

The Great Smoky Mountains

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The great Smoky mountains is a superb place to find wildlife!!!
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My favorite place in the Smoky Mountains was Cade’s Cove!
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There I found lots of wildlife including deer,snakes,bears and even blue tailed skinks!!! The deer we found were young juvenile bucks with velvet antlers.

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This is a cool fact about blue tailed skinks:
When a predator try’s to eat them, the predator is attracted to the blue tail and goes for the blue tail and the blue tail breaks off! Most times the tail grows back the color of their skin but some times it will grow back pink!!!!

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Black bears can run up to 35 miles an hour!
They can weigh up to 400 pounds!!!
Even though their name is black bears they can still be different colors! They can be cinnamon colored and some times not often they can be white!!!
Black bears stay with their mother for two years!

July 23, 2014

Hummingbirds!

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If you want to see cute humming birds then you should get a hummingbird feeder!
To attract the hummingbirds, fill it with suger water or you can buy special hummingbird nectar at the store!!!
Then it will take a few days for them to discover it!
In the right season (spring and summer) you will see a ton! Once they find it they will not leave it alone until all the nectar is gone!!!

Cool Fact: Did you know the Ruby Red Throated Hummingbird weigh less than a nickel?? Their favorite color is red, so a brightly colored feeder will attract more hummingbirds!!!

Here is a picture of a Ruby Red Throated hummingbird at my feeder. image

This is the hummingbird feeder that our hummingbirds seem to like (and it even comes with free nectar!)

Here are the nectar refills in case you attract lots of hungry hummingbirds like we do!