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.
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.
My coffee situation drastically changed this week, hopefully permanently. After the whole caffeine overdose scare, I went off coffee cold turkey then eventually promised I would have just 1 (one!) just one “cup” per day. This ended up being an iced Americano from Starbucks every morning before work that got boring real quick.
Decided to finally try the Gratitude Coffee truck that parks at a flower shop on the corner of Formosa and Par from 7am to 3:30pm during the week. I’ve only ever had the cold brew with cream, sugar, and a tad of vanilla and it. is. magical. I dream of it before I go to bed and the whole experience gives my whole day a positive vibe. It’s the smoothest, more flavorful coffee I’ve ever had. It’s really quite different than others and I’m so thankful that it’s so close to my work.
Took a break from the very useful, yet very boring-to-knit cotton dishtowels and cranked out this adorable kid’s hat in like, an hour. It’s the Knit Collage Gypsy Garden yarn I got at the Four Purls yarn truck a few weeks back using Purl Bee’s Fun Kid’s Hat pattern. The only modification I made was knitting it on size 15 circular needles rather than the instructed size 17 dpns. It worked out fine, with a very small ball of yarn leftover. I still need to add a pom pom, still contemplating the color.