Tropicana Field-St. Petersburg FL

We took our kids to their first ever baseball game in Tampa, FL this last weekend. Boy, did we have a blast. Between playing “I Spy” in the truck on the way down to surprised looked on the lady’s face at McD’s when L. ordered 10 sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits (for the the 5 of us) we all enjoyed a much needed vacation.

So our first stop before hitting the ball park was Ferg’s Sports Bar And of course, I had to order their Ahi Tuna Nachos. Don’t those look amazing! It was heaven for my taste buds. Not too spicy to where I was sweating, but just a good kick to let you know the wasabi was there. If you are looking for a great place to chill before the game, check them out. It’s two blocks from the park, and totally worth the stop.

Who doesn’t love sting rays? Tropicana Field has it’s own Sting Ray Tank where you can pet the sting rays while overlooking the field. Pretty awesome and totally family friendly.

Great view!

Tropicana Field is a completely enclosed stadium. Which, at the end of June in Southern Florida, is a blessing. We got there early enough to watch the Yankees in batting practice before the game. 

The view from our seats! For $40 per person, we were left field by the foul ball post. No blocks in our view and close enough to see all the action and still stay within our budget. (Look, Yankee players!)

Another great view from our seats.

That is real dirt out there. It was cool to watch them prep the field before the game.

Let’s play ball!

I have been to hockey games, football games, and baseball games. The atmosphere for a baseball game is like none other. They hold true to the saying that baseball is America’s Greatest Past time, and the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana Field sure to make it a family friendly event. The Yankee fans around us, and there were a ton of Yankee fans, were amazing and friendly. One group got the whole stadium to participate in the wave. Even though the Yankees lost that weekend game series, everyone was in good spirits. All our of kids loved it and me and the Mr. were happy to introduce them to the greatest game ever played.

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Fishing in the Dark

One of the perks of living this close to the Gulf is the abundance of fishing we get to do. We are horrible fisher people. We can’t catch anything really work keeping when we fish from the marina or piers, but the boys love it and I enjoy watching the sunset. So it’s a win-win for all of us.

One night we took my Grams out to the Panama City Marina so the men/boys could fish and we could get her out of the house. Miraculously, for Florida, it was not very humid and very nice. We didn’t die sitting outside for once. And the sunset made it worth it. If you look closely, those tiny little buildings is actually Panama City Beach. 

Okay, so this one does not include a sunset or even the Gulf, but dang I love these three. (This is Deerpoint Lake, still no luck fishing fresh water.)

Father’s Day weekend we took the family and Grams out to Mexico Beach Pier to do some fishing and relaxing. It was pretty busy that night, and Grams got to see a few little sharks up close and personal. We still didn’t catch anything worth keeping, even with all the junk we brought to fish. But any night with my crew is a night well spent.

We were even treated with a little visitor..Hello Mr. Sea Turtle.

 

And another beautiful Florida sunset. 

Sometimes the best memories are right outside your front door. You don’t need a lot of money or have to travel far if you know where to look. With a family of 5, we are always looking for free fun. Get outside, get some fresh air, and make some memories. Those are the ones they won’t forget.

Bubble Up Breakfast Bake

I love Sunday mornings. It’s the one day out of the week we all sit down to a family breakfast. Without fail, we always have a Sunday breakfast. So, I am challenged to find new recipes to cook for our family.

This Sunday we are having a simple breakfast casserole that takes minimal prep time but max flavor. This Bubble Up Breakfast Bake is so tasty and so easy to put together.

Ingredients:

1 package of breakfast sausage

1 jumbo container of refrigerator biscuits

6 eggs

1-1/2 cups of cheese

1 small can of diced chilies

1/4 cup of milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces. Layer the bottom of the pan.

Cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Top biscuits with sausage. Add cheese and green chilies.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over the sausage mix.

Cook for 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean. We topped ours with salsa. For a family of five (three of them are teenagers!) there was more than enough.

Enjoy your Sunday!!