Dandelion Donuts – Step Up Tallahassee

Good morning readers! Do you like donuts? Do you like supporting local businesses? Do you live in/near Tallahassee? If so, I am about to make your day. Allow me to introduce you to Dandelion Donuts! They’re vegan, they’re organic, they’re delivered in a wonderful eco-friendly modified bicycle, and most importantly, they are INSANELY delicious. They had a launch party for their Indiegogo fundraiser this past Saturday at Sweet Pea Cafe, and Andy and I had to stop by and try things out.

Strawberry Basil! These were Andy’s favorites by far, and I have to admit that I love how they were delightfully pink without any artificial coloring.  The Summer Herb was my runner up favorite. It was perfectly tart and a tiny bit herbaceous. I could eat these all summer long! Double Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs! Me with my favorite, the Maple Facon. I don’t know how I have lived this long and never tried coconut bacon. It’s perfectly crispy and exactly what this donut needs to contrast that rich maple glaze.

To find out more about Dandelion Donuts and to support this local venture, check out their fundraiser Indiegogo page, and to receive updates on progress and availability be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, people. This week has had an jarringly jerky feel to it. Walk. Run. Stop. Run. Stop. Run. Walk. We started out in vacation mode in St. Augustine, then it was back to the office to play catch up and to make final travel plans for our Chicago trip next week. So much going on, a flurry that makes your head spin, and then a few hours of uneasy quiet while you wait for the next deluge to hit. As I write this, I have half a dozen search windows open looking for something to do this weekend. There is plenty of prep work to be done, but in my current mood, I’ll be climbing the walls if I don’t find a way to feel like I am moving, doing, accomplishing. We’ll see, I have some tentative plans for tomorrow that will keep me out of the house for a bit. Poor Andy is ready to bask in some peace and quiet with a few mindless hours of video games thrown in. We react to stress in opposite ways, and it has been one of the things I’ve had to be mindful of during our marriage. As much as we love spending time together, we realize it’s important for us to find time and space to do our own things. That’s the wisdom of almost six years of marriage talking. Not even a decade in, and here I am dispensing advice 😛

In the last year or so I have found myself forgoing my previous earring staple, the chandelier earring, in favor of more minimal options. These ear pins by Kat Kim are absolutely stunning. Dramatic but simple, and I’d love to get my hands on a few pairs.

I’ve always dreamed of having my own personalized fragrance, but it seemed to be a fairly pricey undertaking. I recently saw this post featuring Scent Trunk, and I am seriously considering giving them a try. I mean, for less than $20? Yes, please!

If there was a recipe book entitled “Food on Boards”, you can bet that it would be on my bookshelf. Okay in reality, it would be stacked on my coffee table, but you get the idea. I love the idea of communal plates for parties and entertaining since it’s a great way to get people to interact, and this Ultimate Caprese Salad Board is right on point.

I have been all about the rose embroidery trend you see popping up all over the place. I already bought a cute sundress, but I could probably get away with wearing this cute little number to the office with the right accessories.

Shout out to my fellow chubby girls: 32 Things Only Ladies With A Little Chubby Stomach Will Understand.

If you’re feeling a bit ambitious for regarding breakfast this weekend, allow me to suggest this Lavender Brioche French Toast. Then invite me over, I really want to try it, but I really don’t feel like making a loaf of bread just so I can. Just text me; I’ll bring mimosas.

 

Image from here.


Les Petite Pleasures – St. Augustine Beach

“You would like this French patisserie, Les Petite Pleasures. So many yummies.” This is the text I got from my Aunt Ingrid that started this little adventure. A little back story: Ingrid, as I just stated, is my aunt. She is a year younger than me, long story, and since we lived in the same town, we saw a fair bit of one another growing up. While we’re very different people -she is quite glamorous and owns her own company while I spend a great deal of time inadvertently covered in flour and my favorite makeup product is iridescent cheek shimmer-, we both appreciate good food and the thrill of discovering a hidden local gem. So I completely believed her when she said I’d enjoy the patisserie. When we all met up for dinner again later that day (family reunion beach trip), she gave me the run down, and we decided to meet up there for breakfast the following morning.

I was not expecting this place to be as cute as it was. Even though gentrification is alive and well in this tourist town, thing tend to be….well…a bit gimmicky. Les Petite Pleasures was charming with a delightful vintage flair. I had the best time walking around and peering into their display cases and checking out their wall part. Not to mention that odd, but cute take on jelly fish over the register.

I’ve never seen branches, pom poms, and jellyfish all in the same display, but I don’t hate it.

While we were working through our breakfast croissants and crepes, we could hear the chef in the back singing along to french pop music, which made the whole experience that much more authentic 🙂

The pastry case called to me, loudly and the entire time I was there, but alas it was not to be. We were stuffed from breakfast, and since we weren’t going to be heading straight home, we didn’t want to chance our pastry melting in the horrendous Florida heat. Next time we’ll make sure we can stock up.

Great food, fun ambiance, and getting to share it with people you love. I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Sometimes I Am Okay with Waking Up Early

The view from my bedroom window is looking a little plain today, guys. Sure, the sun rises in Tallahassee just like it does in Crescent Beach – I mean, there is a sun, and it does the whole “going-up-y rise-y” thing -, but it’s just not the same. Do you know how I definitively know it isn’t the same? Because I don’t have any desire to pour my hot mess of a self out of bed at ten till five to go on a sunrise walk. Oh yeah, I totally did that on vaca. I did it twice, but I went back to bed the second time because my husband was all “we have a long drive today, and I don’t feel like swimming”, pffffft. Why didn’t I go by myself you ask? Because I’ve seen Jaws and I am 708% convinced that if I ever decide to go swimming in the ocean by myself, I will die a horrible B movie death, and all that will remain is a sparkle flip flop and a tuft of pink hair.

That’s right, there were rays! Glorious insta-worthy pink rays.

You can’t see it very well, but this board walk goes over the protected dunes, and you know what lives in those? Adorable brown bunnies and gopher tortoises that like eating left over strawberry tops.

Like a beautiful beach post card.

If you take a look in the right lower corner of the photo above, you can see sea turtle tracks. Below is the close up of the flipper marks. Turtle went up into the dunes and then back down. We didn’t get too close since there was the possibility that eggs were laid and we didn’t want to do anything that could compromise the nest.

Real life is stupid; I don’t want to be responsible. I want to be back at the beach. Stupid Tuesday, stupid.


Im a Happy Happy Fat Kid

I’ve been in this town long enough to know about all of the great local places to find sweet treats, and I enjoy sharing my finds with pretty much anyone remotely interested. Consequently sometimes people assume that my delight in local means that I must also have a disdain for chains. Not true; well, not entirely true. I respect quality, and while I do try to help support local businesses, if it’s after hours or a day that there shop is closed? You better believe my chubby butt isn’t going to let that get in my way.

Recently, a new chain called Nothing Bundt Cakes opened up near a couple of the restaurants Andy and I frequent. Unfortunately for Andy, I found out it was open while I was out a dinner with a friend, and she and I hit it up before parting ways. Don’t feel too bad for him, though; I, of course, softened the blow of my betrayal by bringing him a mini cinnamon bundt.

This shop is undeniably cute; I mean, it is pretty much tailor made for baby showers. They have nine different flavors of cake all topped with their signature cream cheese “frosting” and are available in a couple different sizes.

I thought it was pretty cool that they had a tiered option (see above) it was something I hadn’t really considered with bundt cakes.

In addition to cakes, this shop also offers cute party supplies and kitchen items. I had a brief, but very real moment when I saw the Kate Spade display where I wanted to just throw my credit card at the cashier and buy ALL the things. Things I don’t even need, but I love Kate Spade so much and those lemons were just like  this gorgeous pair of wedges she had last year (which legit almost bought). Ultimately, I decided I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of lemon print wedges; stupid practicality, stupid.

Yes, my husband is in a tank top. It pains me, but he was on the tail end of a skin allergy flare and was doing his best to keep cool. This did not keep me from mocking him, though. I also gave him his bundt cake first, so the cats would swarm him and I could eat in peace.

Not entirely effective as you can see. Stanley figured out my game and might have gotten the teeniest bit of frosting from mommy. He ended up with most of it on his nose which led to me having to chase him down and wipe it off. I live a charmed life.

If you’re interested, three flavors have been tried so far; the double chocolate, cinnamon and pecan bundt cakes all get a big thumbs up from us. Be prepared though; it took me two sittings to make it through mine, those things are rich!