As teachers, we have Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break. Thanksgiving and Winter Break are usually hectic and not very relaxing with family functions, cooking and baking, gift buying, gift returning, etc. But Spring Break… oh Spring Break is the sweet one, especially in Winter Park. It’s the time of the Winter Park Art Festival, the Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale, St. Patrick’s Day… and just barely beach weather. It’s been particularly cold this Spring Break with a random storm on Tuesday (hello hail!)
I’m still working on the Appalachian Baby Blanket, I’m about done with 2 balls of yarn now. My goal is to finish it by July, which will be a year since I started it. Yikes.
My top 3 favorite restaurants in the area are (in no particular order):
-Pizza Bruno (Their pizza dough is vegan and they have a Marinara pie that I literally crave weekly. Their dough and sauce are THAT good that you don’t even need cheese. The capers and garlic add plenty of flavor.)
-Domu (Lots of vegetarian appetizers and vegan ramens I dream about.)
Luckily they all have fabulous vegan options. I ate at all three before going vegan and can continue to without missing anything. Reyes just added vegan tacos to their menu that are delightful and their chips and salsa ($3!?) with the 3 salsas are my all-time favorite chips and salsa.
The cold snap in Florida over the past few months pretty much killed everything I had outside. I neglected to bring them inside because I have 2 curious kittens that will munch on anything. It seemed like we were finally out of the woods so a trip to Renniger’s in Mt. Dora was necessary to replenish what I lost. The man with the overgrown little greenhouse in the back never disappoints. His prices are insane and he knows everything about all his plants. He gives great care tips and sells a mysterious ziplock bag of fertilizer that you can “put on anything.” I scored an amazing (and tall) Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig tree for $15. That alone was worth the drive.
Florida Cactus Inc.
Florida Cactus Inc.
I’m a teacher so I can never get to Florida Cactus Inc. except when it’s a break or holiday, because of their hours. I was able to restock my succulent collection this President’s Day.
I bought this kit from Appalachian Baby Design at Four Purls over a year ago and finally cast this on. I found that when I did the K4B, I was adding stitches and couldn’t figure out why. I started over and found this alternative technique to the K4B stitch which has worked out much better for me. I also added stitch markers in every 10 stitches to help me quickly keep track that my stitch count is correct. LOVE this yarn!
The weather has been outstanding lately and I found this amazing spot in my backyard under the orange tree for a blanket and knitting/painting/writing/reading/just laying. Also attended to Camellia Show at Mead Gardens and have been knitting everything COTTON. I love COTTON YARN!
Last week, I thought I saw a picture on Instagram of this place but forgot what it was called and where it was. I drove up and down Park Ave looking for it and couldn’t find it. I tried googling it but was searching “General Store” and came up with nothing. I gave up and thought maybe I imagined it or something but then my cousin texted me about it and told me where it actually was. It’s right down from Luma next to Colonial Drugs. I can’t remember what the building used to be. It’s so cool, it’s almost too cool for Winter Park, but is Winter Park becoming dare-I-say ‘that’ cool? It has everything we love right now; cacti, neutral colors, ridiculously high priced leather goods, canvas, clogs, and tiny wooden bowls. Oh and coffee. The cold brew was delicious, very strong. I only tasted it since I’m off coffee right now and my cold brew heart belongs to Gratitude Coffee.
I visited for the first time Central Florida’s biggest yarn shop, Four Purls this week in Winter Haven. It was quite a drive from Winter Park (ughhh I4) but it didn’t disappoint. Winter Haven looks like something out of a movie with its un-touched vintage McDonald’s, but I digress.
They carried an ample amount of the trendy stuff; Knit Collage, Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Cascade and even Loopy Mango. I left with a kit to make the sweetest, softest organic cotton baby blanket. I’m not sure if the truck still comes to Winter Park, but they do ship for free. It was a long drive that I’m not sure I could make again, but the experience was a delight.