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Minimalist Morning Routine in St. Croix

Minimalist Morning Routine

By popular request, I bring you today’s video on our minimalist morning routine.  I love the morning time, especially since our move to our little island since we naturally wake with the sun as light pours into all of our open windows and we can luxuriate in all that mother nature has to offer.  We try our best to stick to a natural rhythm and sleep cycle and begin most mornings with warm lemon water which I’ve found to be such a cleansing ritual that I actually look forward to the time when I can sit, sip, and plan the day.

As you can see in the video, we’re pretty obsessed with our little girl, Nala.  Most of our off time in general is dedicated to playing with her.  It’s really easy to when she’s such a well behaved puppy.  The vet places her at around 5 months old and in the first week she was with us, she learned how to sit and lay down.  Recently, she’s coming around to stay and “drop it!”  She loves to cuddle and because this is the first dog I’ve ever had, I’m not sure if it’s normal, but she especially likes to be cuddled like a baby.  As in flipped on her back and cradled in the crook of your arm as she gazes oh so lovingly up at you.  Can’t.not.love.her.  Can you believe somebody dumped her in the rainforest to fend for herself?!

I digress.  To be honest, when you guys started asking for a morning routine video, it was so out of my element that I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  Shortly after filming the breakfast shot, I realized that I would just capture our normal, typical routine.  No frilly fuss or fancy this and that.  Just us.  I hope you enjoy.  I know that I was digging the opportunity to film something different and J actually found it interesting to play back our time spent together from a different angle.  It also made me appreciate our new home that much more.  There’s not a day I wake up that I don’t feel a gush of gratitude for our blessings.  Thanks for the request and keep them coming!

St. Croix Tropical Fruit Farm

We recently spent time at our friends farm helping out with their 4.5 acre fruit farm.  It’s a treasure trove filled landscape that holds lush greenery and abundant, fruit bearing trees that whenever I’m collecting all that’s already fallen to the ground, I feel like I’m on an easter egg hunt as a child all over again.  This is particularly true when I’m hiding out in one of the many fruit tree canopies {you’ll see in the video} where I feel like I’m encompassed in my very own little universe.  It’s pretty magical stuff.  They have all sorts of fruit like 15 varieties of mango, several different kinds of avocado, sopadilla, sugar {custard} apple, coconut, bananas, pomelo, egg fruit, passion fruit, star apple, jack fruit, star fruit and so much more.  Really, too much to mention or even go over in my video but I tried.

Today, I show you some of my favorites from the farm and open them up for you to see as I try my best to describe what each one tastes like.  Each fruit is special and has a distinctive flavor and texture with something different to offer.  Some, I had never even heard of before I’d moved to St. Croix.  Egg fruit is very new to me and I’ve been delighted since my first bite.  Its flesh is very similar to an egg yolk {hence its moniker}, and has a rich mouthfeel with a taste akin to pumpkin-sweet potato-chestnut.  Side note: did you see some of the mango that are as big as my head?!

I’m just sad to report that mango season is coming to an end and though I’ve been enjoying mango every which way possible, I still don’t feel like I’ve had my fill yet!  Many mornings have begun with my green smoothies with mango as its fruity, creamy base but it also performs nicely in savory applications like in my mango salsa for grilled mahi tacos.  I’m always so very happy when we enjoy those.  I may be biased, but St. Croix boasts some of the best mango and mahi.  I’ve also been dehydrating them and sprinkling it with a bit of chili powder for a different take.  And gone are the days when we had to purchase mixers for all the free flowing rum on our little rock.  J declares frozen rum-mangos to be the very best.

In any event, I’m so happy I could share some of the fresh local fruit that St. Croix has to offer with you.  In 5 short months, I already feel so much pride for our new home and have happily luxuriated in its bounty.

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