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And so another week begins. It was an oddly busy weekend around Casa Bucior, a lot of random errands that weren’t super critical, but that had been on the “to-do” list for a while. You know, fun and exciting things like going to Home Depot to get a rake and LED bulbs for the light fixture in the kitchen. This close to the end of tax season I try to keep my schedule open since I never know when the bosses are going to be super productive and need me to come in for a few hours. Fortunately, my assistance was not required this particular weekend, so I got to enjoy my time off.
I did manage to have breakfast at one of my favorite brunch spots, Canopy Road, on Saturday as well as Sunday, and I noticed their spiffy new succulent wall. I’d love to do something like this in my dining room; herbs would be even better, but the lack of sunlight makes it less than ideal for most plants. I met this little cutie while I was out and about; she was heading to the puppy spa to get her nails done. She was very excited about going inside, but paused long enough to allow us to scratch her ears and tell her what a pretty girl she was. New socks that keep it real. One of the other things I managed to do this weekend was go to the Tallahassee Museum for a few hours. They have a new habitat for Asian Small Clawed Otters, which are crazy cute. Unfortunately, they refused to hold still long enough for me to get a picture, but I did get plenty of shots of spring time in Florida. This doe was taking some time out from the rest of her family; I am pretty sure she was hoping to be first for lunch. It was only like 10:30, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her. Wearing my awesome new socks with my awesome cats. You can’t see it, but I actually have a third cat draped over my shoulder.Once again lusting after the gorgeous flowers at Trader Joe’s and lamenting my lack of green thumbs. I am just now realizing how much of my weekend included pants and me wishing I was better at gardening. Clearly a productive use of my time off, right?
Alas, this weekend was not a three day weekend for me, but I did get to spend plenty of time with some of my favorite people, so it was still a pretty great weekend. Since we only had Ben and Karen here for two days, the bulk of our time was spent hanging out and visiting with my other brother in law and his wife at their place. We did manage to make it out for brunch both days and take a walk around Cascades Park located downtown.
Saturday morning we went to one of my all time favorite local spots, a vegan place called Sweet Pea Cafe. They had my favorite green tea sugar cookies and my new favorite cookie, red bean filled green tea sugar cookies. I wanted to get a few extra to go, but they were sold out. We actually made it up and out of the house pretty early on Sunday, so after grabbing breakfast at Canopy Road Cafe (another local favorite), we made our way to Cascade. The early hour meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Cascade has a cool kids area, so Karen and I spent some time squishing around barefoot in the sand. The boys decided to keep their shoes on, but they did join in when it came to playing with the old school water pump and jumping around on the play logs. Since the park is located downtown, one side runs up against the railroad tracks. We did get to see an empty freight train later on in our visit, but I forgot to take a picture, distracted by the elaborate tags is boasted. It may be illegal, but I think graffiti artists are doing them a favor by sprucing up the old cars. Even though we’d already had breakfast we decided to stop in at The Edison for a drink (and key lime pie). The restaurant is housed in an old building that used to be owned by the electric company, and the owners have given a playful nod to its origins when it comes to decor.
Like I said, it was a really great weekend and far too short. Hopefully we’ll all be seeing each other in Chicago later this year. It’ll be my first trip to the Windy City, and there is already a mile long list of all the places I want to see.
Category: About Me
It was a bitter sweet weekend. There was quite a bit of outing and abouting, but it was all tainted by the fact that my mom was heading back to NC on Monday. Friday night my mom and I ran some errands, grabbed ice cream, and wandered around a used book store I discovered a few weeks ago. I had no intention of buying anything, but I’d picked up two books within five minutes of entering the shop. Poor Oliver was greatly disturbed by the fact that we spent the bulk of our weekend hours away from the house. Even worse when we were home we were working on other things and not giving him the attention he feels he so rightly deserves. The picture above pretty much sums it up. Andy trying to get some work done on his laptop, Oliver in his lap, but with sad face because he wants the whole lap and mean daddy won’t put the evil laptop away. My mom just HAD to get the pumpkin spice pancakes when we went out for breakfast. Not only were the pancakes pumpkin spice flavor, the whipped cream was as well, and the plate was sprinkled with Pumpkin Spice Oreos and garnished with a candy corn pumpkin. I got queasy just looking at the plate. She was a happy camper though. We managed to squeeze in a decent amount of cooking/baking in between trips and errands. There was slow cooker apple butter, apple plum cake, toffee chip brownies, and homemade bread. We also broke my apple peeler/slicer so I’ll be doing things the old fashioned way until I get it replaced. Our biggest event this weekend was going to the Corn Maze at Aunt Louise’s Farm (full post on that later). It was a first for my mother and myself, and we had an absolute blast. There was also a giant corn pit, plenty of farm animals, homemade jams and jellies for sale and cornbread waffles which were pretty great.
All and all it was a really good weekend. We are all a little worn out, but we regret nothing 🙂
This weekend recap is coming to you day later than I intended, but in my defense, this is my mom’s last week in town, and we are trying to fit in a lot in our last few days together. Our weekend kicked off with trip to Thomasville, GA. My mom, my friend Lexie, and I decided we needed to start our Saturday with brunch at Liam’s, one of my mother’s and my all time favorite brunch spots. Their menu is locally inspired and constantly changing, and even after all this time, it never disappoints.
My mom is a huge fan of their famous house coffee beverage, the “Rude Awakening”: three shots of espresso, two tablespoons of sugar, and quite a bit of deliciously steamed milk. As you can see, it makes her very happy 🙂 I also got to try Masa pancakes, which was a first for me, and I have to say it was pretty great. I could absolutely see myself whipping these up at home, maybe with a little home made honey butter.From there, we walked around downtown for a bit. We visited our favorite shops, enjoyed the Autumn decor, and tried to pretend that it wasn’t still crazy hot outside. Some day I will live in a place that isn’t 90 degrees in the “Fall”. How great is this ceiling?! I would love to have something like this in my house someday. Perhaps when I make a lot more money and have purchased that townhouse in Savannah I’ve been dreaming of? We grabbed some Italian sodas for the drive home; I went with Blackberry and my friend Lexie opted for a Caramel Cream soda that she called “life changing”. Yeah, we worked in brunch on Sunday, too. This time at Kool Beanz here in Tallahassee. It was awesome, and I regret nothing. How was your weekend?
Well, it was quite a busy weekend. My friend Stefanie was in town, and since she needed to promote her kids yoga teacher training coming up (you can register here *wink wink*), we decided to hit up some of the different Saturday morning markets that take place in town every weekend.
Amidst all my friend-supporting, I discovered this delightful stall: 221B Baker’s Treat. Their mystery-themed goods include Sherlock Scones, Dr. Watson’s Brownies, and Ms. Hudson’s Cookies. Even better, they have both vegan and gluten free treats. We chatted up the baker and her husband and discovered that along with themed offerings, the baked goods use locally sourced ingredients, and the flavors are dictated by seasonal offerings. I am planning on dragging Andy back to stock up on more scones the next chance I get. After the downtown market, we hit the Market Square farmers market; it’s much smaller so it was more of an in and out kind of thing. Probably not a bad thing, considering I noticed some flowering plants that would look great in my front yard… We took a break and grabbed brunch at Sweet Pea Cafe. So much amazing vegan food, so little time. They even had the Green Tea Sugar cookies that I love; I bought two to take home for later. It was so good we even went back on Sunday before she had to head home. We did another round of flyer hand-outs around Lake Ella and then met up with our friend Lexy, grabbed ice cream, and spent the next couple of hours catching up and thoroughly enjoying our girl time. Unfortunately the sundae below was not mine, mine was considerably less picturesque, but equally delicious. Sunday was mostly dedicated to Andy and I running errands, but we did manage to grab brunch (at the aforementioned Sweet Pea Cafe) with Stefanie and my adorable corgi niece Ruby. She loves me quite a bit, but the last time she was in town Andy gave her ear scratches and brushed her for THREE HOURS while we watched movies. Needless to say, I have been replaced as her favorite human who isn’t her mom 🙂