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Hello friends, as we face down a new work week, I am still thinking about this past weekend. As a belated Mother’s Day gift, my mom and I made an overnight trip down to Ybor City to visit with my Aunt and Uncle and stopped at Weeki Wachee Springs on the way back to meet the mermaids.
I was able to get Friday off from work, so we woke up a little later than normal, loaded the car, and then hit the road. In honor of meeting the mermaids, we made Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes and decorated them with shimmery white chocolate mermaid tales to bring to my Aunt and Uncle. We arrived around 2pm, spent some time playing with my fur-cousin Rosie, and then had an early dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant. I’ve been to their St. Augustine location before, but the one in Ybor is the original and I’d never managed to go even though I grew up only an hour away. After a bit of shopping, we checked into our AirBnB tiny house, which is my favorite tiny house I’ve stayed in to date, and called it an evening. The next morning we were up bright an early to grab breakfast at the Tropicana – my mom always has to have Cuban toast, a deviled crab, and a cafe con leche from them every time she is in town – and hit the Saturday Market right across the street.
We were lucky enough to see plenty of the famous Ybor Chickens; they are protected by the city, and this time of year there are plenty of little chicks to be seen foraging with their parents and running around in the bushes. The roosters are very keen to make their presence known; they strut around crowing to make sure nobody forgets who these spaces really belong to. This guy was following me around the market. I think he liked my hair. On our way out of town, we stopped at La Segunda Central Bakery to stock up on loaves of Cuban bread and pastries for the road. You guys know while I love baked goods, I can be a bit of a snob, but everything I have ever tried from these guys has been incredible. My only complaint is that they’re so far away from Tallahassee. If you’re ever in Ybor, do yourself a favor and put this place on your list of things to see.
After seeing the mermaids (more on that later) and having one last meal with my Aunt and Uncle, we headed back to Tallahassee and spent Sunday running errands and trying to rest up a bit. A fantastic weekend, and it was over far too soon. I am already trying to get Andy to agree to a longer trip later on this year. Maybe in the late fall when things have cooled down a bit. I managed to make it through our adventure without a sunburn, but Florida has only started to get into her summer swing.
Wow, I am having a hard time believing that not only is November more than half over, Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Originally, we were hoping this weekend would be a little more about resting up and getting ready for our trip to NC, but it ended up being a little more on the side of spending time with friends with a few errands thrown in.
One thing I managed to get done, that was long over due, was dying my hair. To keep the color nice and vibrant, I bleach my light brown roots to blond every other month. It’s actually been more like two months since the last time, and while things looked “fine”, it wasn’t the vibrant color I’ve come to love. It took me a couple of hours, but I managed to not only bleach my roots but freshen up the pink, with two rounds of air drying thrown in to minimize the damage. Things look much better now, but that bit where my hair was blond was really odd for me. I kept looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out if I hated it or loved it… jury is still out. I also received this little surprise in the mail on Saturday. I was a little confused, but I thought my mother-in law had just sent me a some supplies to freshen up my garden come spring. However upon closer inspection, this was what Amazon sent me instead of the nose stud I’d ordered. Tiny to be sure, but lacking the sterling silver filigree and the opal I was expecting. Customer service was thoroughly confused by the mix up and ultimately decided to issue a refund and told me to keep the seeds – they didn’t want them either. Sunday morning Andy caught a little bit of manly down time while I headed out to Basic Bitch Brunch with some friends. We wore our paid and blanket scarves ironically, but were literally out-basic’ed by another group within five minutes of entering the restaurant. There was a bit of laughter and the decision that we’d all just have to try harder next time. If you’re in the Tallahassee area, I whole-heartedly recommend Table 23 for brunch; the food was great, our waiter was fantastic, and the bar staff happily mixed up a round of virgin mimosas and poinsettias for those of us who couldn’t drink. One of the nicest large group dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. If you do decide to try it out, I recommend starting with either the sticky buns or the house made biscuits. The were so good they were divided up and gone before I could get my camera out. Sunday ended as it often does, with me making cupcakes in the kitchen after dinner. The only difference was that these were going to work with me instead of Andy. We had our holiday luncheon on Monday and I signed up to bring Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting. I think they turned out pretty well; I’ll have to write the recipe down next time so I can share it with you guys.
Tonight I am hoping to finish up what trip packing is left over from the weekend. We are driving as far as Savannah Wednesday night, and I’d like to get to the city in time to do dinner in the historic district and maybe the teeniest bit of walking around. That means I’ll have to have the car packed and ready to head out as soon as I leave the office at 2. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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 🙂