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Tarpon Springs, FL

Published August 14, 2011 by Cassie

I spent a fantastic day in Tarpon Springs on Friday! I always love going there because its not far from home, but it always feels like a mini vacation. I’ve heard some people refer to downtown Tarpon Springs as “Little Greece” before, and it does feel like that in a way! Some parts of it also feel like they’re in a time warp, stuck in the 1970s (but in the best way possible).

I wanted to write some sparklingly witty commentary to go along with the photos I took but honestly, I’m plum tired at the moment. I still want to post some photos, though, because if I put it off another day they’ll never get posted! I may edit in some oh-so-fascinating anecdotes later but for now, have some pictures:

So. Many. Sponges. They’re everywhere. They aren’t kidding when they say they’re the Sponge Capital of the world.

Sponges may outnumber people in this small town. But I love it.

I wasn’t kidding when I said the 1970s were all around.

The most amazing olive oil and goat’s milk soaps are sold here!

I love Florida.

Rainy Days and Mondays

Published August 8, 2011 by Cassie

When its summer, I actually love rainy days. Everything is a little greener after an afternoon shower. I love the smell of wet pavement, the way the sunlight is a little less scorching and a little more golden when it peaks out from the grey clouds. It reminds me of going to Busch Gardens with my mother when I was younger. We would often plan our Busch Gardens days around thunderstorms. There were never any lines for rides after one!

Anyway, to make a long story short: rain in the summer is awesome. Rain in the winter, not so much. Eugh, winter rain. Almost as bad as the dreaded Wintry Mix.

After today’s afternoon shower, I took a few pictures of some of the blooming plants in the backyard.



I love crepe myrtle trees!


I love heirloom tomatoes

Published August 7, 2011 by Cassie

I think its time to make this salad again.

Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. An easy and flavorful summer salad. The seasoned mozzarella was from the Fresh Market, aka the Second Best Grocery After Publix.

I know some people will argue Fresh Market > Publix but…let’s be real. Publix is fantastic. Their bakery is my life force. An existence without Publix would be bleak indeed, at least for me. I lived in North Carolina for two years and I’m sorry, Kroger + Harris Teeter just didn’t cut it. Although Harris Teeter is pretty damn nice, I will admit. It’s just no Publix.

I take my grocery stores very seriously. Clearly.