Visit Gulf County for some Winter Fun !!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Gulf County is located in Northwest Florida, Gulf County boasts 43 miles of natural shoreline. They are surrounded by water, there are no high-rises or busy highways, and there never will be. Gulf County has white-sand beaches facing westward into spectacular sunsets – on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay.  There are also beckoning bayous, unexpected wildlife encounters and the mysterious Dead Lakes. Don’t forget about the seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling. Learn more about this “no worry, no hurry” destination at Come visit GCFL!

Gulf County has two time zones, two stoplights, and spotty Wi-Fi.  However their beautiful beaches will truly let you unplug and connect with the most important thing – your loved ones.


Cape San Blas is known as the white sand peninsula that has amazing westward-facing beaches.  The sunsets are spectacular in this area. In fact, GCFL (Gulf County, Florida) is known as #championofsunsets.


Beaches in GCFL are also consistently ranked in the top ten US beaches to bring your pets on vacation!

How does GCFL make your life better in the Winter?

In GCFL every experience feels like a small-town adventure.

Around every corner in GCFL there is an easy adventure. Explore the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve and see over 20 different species of rare, protected plants – and an occasional alligator! Build a bonfire on the beach and gaze at a million stars. Fish off a pier or with a charter captain at the tip of the Cape. Then, learn how to cook your catch that night. Quietly kayak on the Dead Lakes and be amazed at what you’ll find around the next Cypress tree. Hike through St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and see pristine white sand dunes as tall as a house.

Every moment is a new discovery. Connect with nature and make new friends. During January through March, GCFL brings everyone together by hosting get-togethers big and small. Take a sunset cruise from Port St. Joe Marina with a handful of other nature lovers. Or, visit the GCFL Welcome Center for a cocktail-hour reception where you’ll meet other winter guests and make lifelong friends. The calendar of events is always changing so be sure to check out and see our small town hospitality in action!


Winter Fun Events in GCFL is an equal mix of peaceful solitude and friendly camaraderie. Memories aren’t always made from big, fancy productions. Instead, connect over the small, happy accidents. Be open to wonder. Explore GCFL.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole


Last Thanksgiving was a little weird for us as we didn’t go anywhere on the day of (last minute plans changed); so we had already had our meal a week before and didn’t exactly want to have more turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  However, how do you not spend Thanksgiving Day without having ANY Pumpkin Pie at all?  Therefore, this recipe filled that void for us!  :)  It’s SO delicious and the leftovers are JUST as good!  ENJOY


  • Loaf of French Bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1 c milk
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 plus 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/22 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp butter, cold and cut into small pieces


  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and place cut 1 inch cubed bread into bottom of dish.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs with a whisk; then add half and half, milk, pumpkin puree, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, and salt.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread pieces and gently press down on the bread making sure all the pieces are wet and soaked with mixture; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl combine the 1/4 cup brown sugar, white sugar, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg for the topping; stir well.
  • Mix in the butter pieces with the topping to create a crumbly mixture; sprinkle over top of the bread pieces.
  • Bake uncovered for about 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the middle is solid.
  • When serving, drizzle with maple syrup and top with walnuts and powdered sugar.


Link Up #58

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Guess what! Last week’s Link Up was our largest to DATE. Isn’t that exciting?! :)

Now is your chance to link up your favorite blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

If you are at all interested in co-hosting upcoming Link Ups, please contact me!

Now, let’s get to the Link Up!!

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Happy Turkey Day card design idea

Turkey Day card

Turkey Day card

I love this little guy!  Isn’t he adorable?!  Who wouldn’t want to receive this Turkey Day card?  SO cute!

I will 100% admit that it did take me a good bit to put this all together, once I got all of the pieces cut out.  LOL  However, I do this it was totally worth it!  :)  By the way, I named him Fred.  HA!  :)

Just a simple looking Turkey Day card to brighten someone’s day!  :)  SO Adorable!

Best Walking Clothes

Best Walking Clothes

Best walking clothes

The colder weather might be on its way, but that doesn’t mean you need to hide your walking boots in the back of your closet until spring! Winter walking gives you the chance to get up close to some of the most beautiful landscapes and fascinating wildlife that nature has to offer. And so long as you head out with all the right equipment, your walk doesn’t need to be any more challenging than a summer’s day stroll.

Head first

Start at the top! Even if the weather forecast’s looking good, you can lose a lot of heat through your head, so make sure to take a warm hat out with you. Look for something that will cover your ears and the nape of your neck – either a standard woolly hat or a balaclava should work out great.

Layering up

Dressing for a winter walk is all about getting the layers right and, even if you’re only heading out for an hour in the snow, it’s a great way to keep warm in icy weather. Look for a base layer (or underwear) made out of a material like polyester and a warm fleece sweater and trousers for your middle, or insulating, layer. Remember that it’s always better to be wearing something that’s too loose than too snug.

Keeping dry

Layers don’t get more important than the outer one! Look for a waterproof jacket that’s made out of a breathable material such as Goretex, with a full length zipper, a good hood and plenty of pockets for your compass and GPS. When it comes to your bottom half, look for waterproof walking trousers with a full zip, so they’re easy to get in and out of. Trousers made from breathable materials cost more, but if you’re going to be out all day, it’s definitely worth the investment.

Nothing’s worse than discovering that water’s leaked into your rucksack, so don’t forget to waterproof that, as well. Line the inside with a plastic shopping bag, and you’ll be all set to face up to anything that nature can throw at you.

Feet facts

You might already own a good pair of boots, but if you’re walking in the winter, you might need to find a stiffer pair, so you have a stable base in difficult conditions. Look for a pair with treads that can shift snow, and take a crampon if needed. Even the sturdiest pair of boots might still let in some water in tough conditions, so make sure you have a great pair of wool-rich socks on your feet, and some spares in your rucksack as well.

Once you’re all wrapped up and protected, hit the great outdoors and get walking.

Image by Martin Cathrae, used under the Creative Commons license.