Happy Easter! I can’t believe we just finished Easter weekend! Spring has flown by and now summer is peaking around the corner. Florida days are becoming increasingly hotter, which makes me even more happy to have finally caved in & rejoined a gym, so I don’t have to even think about exercising in the heat! I decided to join Lifestyles last month on their passport membership, so I can work out at all of their locations. Which means when I’m up in Tampa with my sweeti we can go to his gym, and when I’m back home in Sarasota I can hit up my gym. Also they have quite of variety of locations which I really like. The Lifestyles by my house even has a pool!
This weekend I spent some quality time with my family, celebrating the holiday. Easter Day was full of food, drinks, and a gang full of people surrounding the television watching the Masters… while I busied myself helping grandma in the kitchen. I was in charge of desserts, so I spent most of Saturday evening in the kitchen baking. I made a homemade vanilla lemon cake with lemon curd filling, topped with lemon coconut frosting for Easter dinner & Grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration! I also whipped up a few batches of Happy Herbivore Carrot Cake Cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting. Everything turned out so delicious! The cake itself was a special request and was not vegan (I used this recipe here in case you are interested.)
This weekend my man came into town to visit and celebrate Easter with my family. We spent our afternoon in downtown Sarasota, eating yummy food, hitting up happy hours, and enjoying an impromptu visit at the local science museum GWiz.
First stop was a local hotspot that serves delicious microbrews and yummy eats using local and fresh ingredients. I had a veggie wrap with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, leafy greens, carrots, and shaved fennel and beets. The fennel and beets added a hint of sweetness and made a perfect combination. (Not to self: must buy fennel next time I go to the farmer’s market!) Full Sail IPA is one of my absolute favorites. It’s made in Oregon and has a nutty and hoppy flavor without being too overbearing.
A little fun at the science museum. I’ve been a science nerd for as long as I can remember. I think I hit the jackpot because not only does my man have a science nerd side to him, he’s also a high school biology and chemistry teacher, so I love to pick his brain! Ha, no pun intended…
Playing with felt organs. hehe. We never did find the spleen (sigh).
After the science museum we walked around a local park and sat and watched the sunset over the bay. It was a beautiful weekend, with perfect weather and surrounded with loved ones!
~ Peace, Love & Veggies xo