Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pursuit of New Places

Three Places to Visit in Winter Park

Today, Jason and I made a little trip over to Winter Park. There are so many adorable spots to see there, and I have a feeling we didn’t even scratch the surface.

The first place we stopped at was propagation.


Jason and I were fortunate enough to meet the owners, which were the only two people working. They were super friendly and made an excellent latte for me, and a flat white for Jason.


They serve Lineage coffee, which is a local roaster in Orlando. I am always happy to support local business.

Not only was the coffee fantastic, but the space was absolutely beautiful. The design was minimalistic, and had touches of vintage throughout. (Of course, I loved all of the gold accents.) Oh, and the natural light was GORGEOUS.



If you’re in the area, definitely stop by for a coffee. It is SO worth it.

Our Next Stop:

East End Market: Central Florida’s Food and Culture Hub


We were blown away  with this lovely market. What a great concept! East End Market included several businesses all under one roof, and all spectacular. IMG_4285

The outside garden was beautiful, and full of life. Porch Therapy does a wonderful job making the market look fresh. IMG_4304 IMG_4308 IMG_4309

Regrettably, I was too preoccupied with all of the great (and delicious) things inside, that I didn’t capture too many great photos of the market.

The businesses that the market included are :

Fatto in Casa

Houndstooth Sauce Company


(looked super cool, but they were booked for the day, so perhaps calling ahead is a good idea.)

La Femme du Fromage


(Which is where propagation got their supply of coffee from. Yum.)

Local Roots Farm

Olde Hearth Bread

(Holy Moly, fresh homemade pretzels…. and we just HAD to take home a loaf of fresh bread.)


Porch Therapy


(MUST try the carrot cake smoothie… it’s drool worthy.)


(has a surprisingly lovely selection for being in such a small space)

They also have an array of event coordinators, food catering, designers, and photographers.

IMG_2542(A picture of Skyebird)

Jason and I repeatedly said that we wished we had something like this in Tampa. I would be here every day! The local food, the fresh bread, sauces, juices, raw meals, locally roasted coffee, books, plant life.. it was breathtaking!

If I am ever in Winter Park again, I will be hanging out here.

They also have various cooking classes to offer, and they host other community events. I am so sad that I probably won’t ever make it to any of the events because of the distance, but how lovely for the Winter Park community.

This place is a definite must-see. Check out their site to see (better) photographs and for more information.

Our Next Stop:

IMG_4299I will have to say, this was the saddest part of our day. I have been waiting to stop into Rifle Paper. I love their products, and I have heard such wonderful things about their location in Winter Park. I was practically jumping up to the front door, and as I tried to pull it open, I realized it was locked. I just about cried! They are closed on Sundays! No! It couldn’t be! (But it was to be.) I peeked through the windows and promised I would be back.

It is still on my list of must-see places in Winter Park, because I still believe it is. Even though I haven’t ACTUALLY seen the inside. So what.

(I might be a little bitter still.)

For more things Rifle Paper related:

Winter Park was quaint and full of beautiful little spots, and if you’re ever finding yourself in the area, you’ve got to see these places!

(Oh, I also highly recommend BB Junction if you’re looking to grab some grub while you’re in town.)

Pursuit of Mama’s Recipe

IMG_2885Growing up, my mom’s red potatoes were always a favorite. This Christmas, my mom gave me a cookbook full of her recipes, and I have attempted to make some of them. Of course, the first I had to try to make was her red potatoes…. so delicious!

Since then, I have played with the recipe a little to tweak it exactly how I like it. I thought I would share this super simple, easy (and quick!) way to make potatoes.


-Preheat your oven to 425-

First, we start out with the potatoes (of course.)

I like to buy these little tiny mixed potatoes. (that way I don’t have to bother chopping them.) BUT if you want to, you can chop them up and then put them in a big mixing bowl.

There is debate on whether you actually need to poke holes in your potatoes so they don’t blow up in your oven and make a huge mess. I have made these potatoes with and without holes and neither one has made a difference here. If you don’t want to take a risk though, poke away.

IMG_2878I then drop a teaspoon of olive oil into the bowl, as well as a tablespoon of parsley. (These ingredients will vary to taste, and to portion sizes.)

Then (straying away from Mama’s Recipe) I like to add in a scoop of minced garlic. I’ll admit, I love garlic, and pretty much add it to everything I cook. So I thought, why not the potatoes? It gives them a great flavor!

I don’t add any salt to mine because we try to cut salt out as much as possible in our house, but if you love it, add it.


Then (I usually take my hands) mix all of the ingredients together to make sure that the potatoes are covered in the oil pretty well and the parsley is evenly distributed.

IMG_2883 IMG_2886Boom. Done. Easy. Throw them on a pan lined with tin foil, (this makes clean up time much faster) and put them in the oven for about 25 minutes.

Usually I make enough to share for dinner, and some to leave for the morning to add to a breakfast scramble (Yum!)

For dinner, these little babies can be added to a whole lot. Recently, I have loved pairing the potatoes with a little quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes, cooked spinach and broccoli, and garbanzo beans. Its a great (and healthy) little power bowl good for lunch or dinner.

Easy peazy recipe! Hope you Enjoy!

Oh, and thanks Mom!