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Key Lime Pie

Origins of Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Despite the dessert’s immediate name recognition, there’s certainly no shortage of theories surrounding the origin of Key Lime Pie, or its ingredients.

No one can pinpoint when lime pie first showed up in the Keys. Developed by early Bahamian settlers, Key lime pie appears to have been around for more than 100 years. Debating the history, though, is child’s play compared to the arguments that can erupt over the mechanics of the pie. Opinions differ on whether it should contain eggs or even if it should be baked—and that’s just for the filling!

You could probably incite a riot discussing Key lime pie’s topping and crust. Should the topping be made of whipped cream or meringue? Does it call for a graham cracker crust or a pastry crust?

Key Lime Pie Basics

Key West locals—“conchs,” as they’re called—do adhere to a few universals for Key lime pie. First, Key lime pie is never green, but rather a natural creamy yellow. it’s always made with small, round key limes, not the large Persian limes found in grocery stores. And any Key lime pie worth its weight—and taste—is made with sweetened condensed milk. Never milk. That is because milk was unavailable in the Florida Keys until the 1930s with the opening of the overseas highway when tank trunks carrying ice could get to the region. And after much debate the Key Lime Pie was made Florida’s official pie in 2006.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Beat eggs and egg whites at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Gradually add juice, rind, and milk to egg mixture, beating until well-blended. Spoon mixture into crust, and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until almost set (the center will not be firm but will set up as it chills). Cool pie on a wire rack. Cover loosely, and chill 4 hours. Spread whipped topping evenly over filling. Enjoy!

2018 Naples Yard and Garden Show

Naples Garden show

Save the Date: October 20th and 21st

2018 Naples Yard and Garden Show

Naples Garden Show

The 2018 Naples Yard and Garden Show will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 21st from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Collier County Museum at the Government Center grounds at 3331 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34112.


We are looking forward to this year’s show, since due to Hurricane Irma it was cancelled and so missed last year.  This year’s show features over 20 vendors offering a wonderful collection of plants and other garden related items that will absolutely please you. The Collier County Museum at the Government Center grounds,  will be a beautiful and functional venue for October 2018.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fee is $5.00 payable in cash, Children 12 & under are free.

For more information click here


Naples Pelican Bay Mystique

Mystique at Pelican Bay

Naples, Florida, October 6, 2018

What has 20 stories and dreamy Gulf views? The answer is Mystique at Pelican Bay. Mystique is the under construction, Gulf-front, luxury high-rise, located in the middle of Pelican Bay. The building has topped out, and is selling out.

Mystique is a 20 story tower, with 72 residences.  Four of the residences are penthouses. All condos have private elevator lobby entrances. Mystique’s owners will also enjoy 2 beachfront restaurants, fitness and activity centers, tennis, golf, swimming, biking and walking/jogging amenities.

Mystique is the future of Pelican Bay. The concrete and steel construction, high impact windows, and backup electric power, create an oasis of comfort and security. The condos have fiber-optics technology with high-speed internet, HD-TV, and 24×7 security with concierge. Standard are high-end appliances, fixtures and private charging stations for electric vehicles. A private resort-style pool, tennis courts, and fitness center are available to the active owners.

Mystique locally pioneers offering for sale, subject to availability, separate mini-residences on the lower levels.  The mini-residences are designed to accommodate an owner’s support staff. This would include a butler, maid or assistant. This unique feature allows those who have achieved an affluent life-style the ability to enjoy their Mystique investment indefinitely into the future.

Updated information and tours of the sales center are available by calling 239-449-8484 and emailing Mike@BeachToTee.com.

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