November 8th– 11th, we stayed at Vero Beach Kamp, site #213. It is a Good Sams Park, $54.90 was the cost per night. There is a cabin for rent as well as a cottage, a tent area and approximately 150 back in full service sites. The amenities include heated pool, playground, rec hall, horseshoes, dog walk, wi-fi, fish cleaning station, propane, and recycling bins near the dumpsters. We were told by another resident that there is also a trash pickup service but that wasn’t on the flyer or Website. If it works like other parks you just have to have your bagged garbage out by the curb and they will pick it up. There are men’s & women’s bathhouses and the laundry area is not in an enclosed area like all the other ones we have seen prior. Each bathhouse has 4 bathroom stalls and then 3 separate locking shower stalls with doors. There are 4 top loading washers that cost $2.50 if doing a light soil load, $2.75 for medium soil & $3 for heavy soil. There are 4 front loading washing machines, $2.75 is the cost for a load. There are 8 large capacity dryers and it is 25 cents for 4 minutes.
We decided to go out to lunch and picked Mo-Bay Grill based on a Yelp recommendation and because my husband loves seafood. Chad decided on the Jerk Grouper special, cost of $30.99. He didn’t know this at the time he ordered or he would have chosen something else. He believed it was on special because of the price like the lunch specials but come to find out it is “special” because the way it was served is not a typical menu item. Chad also had a sweet tea to drink which was $3.50 with free refills. It wasn’t as strong as he normally likes it but said it was good. I chose the Fried Shrimp lunch special, cost was $12.99, it came with 2 sides of my choosing and chose the cucumber salad & fries. The Indian River is located right across the street.
For dinner we decided to eat in. Chad made one of our favorite salads though we used mixed greens instead of romaine. I am his sous chef most of the time since he enjoys cooking more than I do. I am also usually the dishwasher. He feels it is a fair trade since dishes are not his favorite.
It rained most of the morning on Saturday, Nov. 9th so Chad decided to pre-make our dinner. See the recipe that follows. He used a spicy andouille sausage because that is all that Publix had and unfortunately it was too spicy for me but he enjoyed it. We were at Walmart getting items needed for a project, Chad elaborated on the small project in a separate blog, and decided to grab some of their yummy fresh garlic bread to go with the soup.
- Creole Tomato Soup
- Subtle seasonings and chunks of smoky sausage make this easy soup taste long-simmered. Serve it with pieces of warm cornbread.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil (we use EVOO)
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup finely chopped celery
- ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced (we used pre-minced garlic from a jar, usually about 3x as much as it calls for))
- 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (14 oz) can lower sodium chicken broth (we use water & bouillon)
- 1 tsp dried thyme (I usually do Herbs de Provence instead)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (7 oz) link pre-cooked andouille sausage, finely chopped (1 ½ cups)
- 3 tbsp half & half or heavy cream if desired (usually uses heavy cream)
- Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Cook onion, celery, bell pepper & garlic 5 to 7 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently.
- Add tomatoes, broth, thyme, cayenne pepper & bay leaf, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
- Add sausage; cook 1 minute or until heated through. Remove from heat; remove & discard bay leaf. Stir in half & half (do not let mixture boil).
- Makes 4 (1 ½ cup servings)
When the rain finally stopped and prior to going to Walmart, we went for a walk at Round Island Riverside Park. We had the chance to see 2 dolphins.
Chad found a New & Used Book Store, Vero Beach Book Center, which had one of the books on his list.
Sunday we attended Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. We always enjoy the children’s story and today was no exception. The story was called The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. The sermon was given by Rev. Kenneth Gordon Hurto and it was titled “Of Memes & Genes: A Balcony View of Human Nature and our Times”. At the beginning of the sermon he shared a video about The Charter for Compassion. He shared a quote by Brene Brown, “Compassion is not a virtue – it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have – it’s something we choose to practice.”
He spoke about the 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism – Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. These principles don’t just pertain to members of the UU fellowship, they can be applied in our every day lives. We can do so by 1) Get Out of Your Echo Chamber, 2) Know your beliefs are not YOU, 3) Manage reactivity, 4) Craft sympathetic relationship and finally 5) Go past anger, listen for FEAR.
He suggested that we ask ourselves these questions before we speak with someone we might not agree with– Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?
He suggested that our motto as a country be “Make America Kind Again”.
After the service we enjoyed talking with members and visitors during coffee hour. One thing we thought was nice is that they encouraged us visitors or those attending for the first time to use a red coffee mug. This made it easy to spot us and we were warmly greeted by other visitors as well as members of the fellowship.
After the service we got lunch at Panera Bread, my first time eating at the restaurant chain. I chose the Fuji apple salad with chicken, Chad chose the turkey chili and we both chose to have a side of French bread.
We ran a few errands since there were places right there such as our bank, the grocery store and TJ Maxx for Chad found a couple of nice shirts to replace the one that got ruined a while back at the laundromat and another since some of his t-shirts are just wearing out.
For dinner I made us White Wine Coq Au Vin. We decided to half the recipe so we didn’t end up with a bunch of leftovers. Mine didn’t turn out anything like the picture since I choose to chop the carrots and celery into smaller pieces. Accidentally forgot to cut the flour mixture in half so it had a very thick sauce more like for a pot pie. My husband said it was fine and just enjoyed coming home to dinner being ready after he had been out on the river kayaking that afternoon.
We got to see the sunrise in the morning before leaving to our next destination.