Better late than never! I would wax poetic about my love for smalltown Florida, but I’m still halfway stuck in a turkey coma. Instead, enjoy some pictures from the McIntosh Fall Festival! McIntosh is one of my favorite places in Florida. Its quiet and charming and I could envision myself living there one day. It reminds me a it of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls except with more Spanish moss and less snow.
So many wreaths, so little time
These appealed to my cat lady tendencies, but I refrained from buying any.
The coolest snow cone cart around
I couldn't resist. Next year I'm bringing my Italian Greyhound dressed as Little Lord Fauntleroy
My friend Julie's dream house. It used to be the McIntosh Hotel when the town had a railroad!
My dream house. If I lived there, everything would be amazing.
A vintage necklace I bought at the festival! I’m still in love with it a month later.
As mentioned before, I have an ongoing love affair with Uppercrust bakery in Gainesville. Every time I head to that part of town, I am drawn to Uppercrust like there’s some kind of creme-filled magnet pulling me towards it. This visit was particularly wonderful because they finally have started baking their amazing chocolate bread again!
A thick slice of chocolate with chocolate bread with peanut butter is better than most things in life. And that’s exactly what I had for a pre-dinner snack on Friday night…just because I could. Chocolate bread and apple cider out of a flamingo mug.
Later that night, my friends and I carved pumpkins! My poor pumpkin ended up looking a little janky due to a mustache malfunction, but in the end it wasn’t too awful.
Although my pumpkin was so pretty I felt a little guilty carving it. I knew that whatever I attempted with my limited art skills would be a disservice to my cute little pumpkin. However, we carved our pumpkins, large and small, and toasted pumpkin seeds while watching Hocus Pocus and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Toasted pumpkin seeds fresh out of the oven
I was already feeling the Halloween spirit before Friday night, but now I am going to doubly enjoy what’s left of October!
The finished pumpkins! Mine is the one with the strange bat-shaped mouth.
(Fellow Gator fans: the FSU pumpkin was later thrown off the balcony to a slimy, messy death by someone as my friends and I were leaving. I felt a bit sad about that, FSU carving aside).
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.
When I think of Florida in the summertime, I think of afternoon summer rainstorms, Little House on the Prairie (a staple of my TV summer viewing growing up), and key lime pie.
Who doesn’t love key lime pie? No one, that’s who. People who don’t at least semi-enjoy the satisfying tartness of key lime pie probably also hate things like Youtube videos of kittens with the hiccups. Completely soul-less.
Anyway, I digress. This summer, my mother and I noticed the Publix bakery was getting all fancy on us. Certain Publixes in town decided to shake things up and introduced the strawberry key lime pie. It was simply a key lime pie with a little strawberry sauce on top, but it looked amazing and we’d never had it before.
We had to have it. So on my half-birthday we decided we should celebrate and buy one to try (yes that is totally a legitimate reason to buy key lime pie). Yes, I’m 21 (1/2!) and I still think celebrating half birthdays is awesome. I blame it on being a January baby in Florida. I never got to have a cool pool party birthday okay? Clearly scarred for life.
…Anyway. It was crazy delicious. Now I need to try as many variations of good ol’ key lime pie as I can find.