Well since I’m behind in blogging I’ll just give you all an update! This week I’m loving…
Gorgeous Florida fall weather. It seriously can’t be beat. Fall weather doesn’t really hit us until November, so the cool nights and breezy fall days have just started creeping in… and I love it! An excuse to wear cute sweaters? Yes please!
Year-round fresh produce! My dad always complains during this time of year when the Minnesota Farmer’s Markets shut down and he has to hit up the grocery stores for his over-priced and imported produce. I guess I’m lucky that Florida has growing seasons all year round!
The kale is especially plentiful this time of year, and we get another strawberry season here in Florida in early December. I scored a huge case of curly purple and green kale last week for juicing. This was my first time juicing purple kale! It turned everything a really pretty shade of purple.
Purple Drank = 1 small head purple kale, 1 cucumber, 1 yellow pepper, 2 gala apples, 4 stalks of celery. YUM! :)
Last weekend I ventured downtown to check out the annual Sarasota Chalk Festival which attracts artists from all over the country to feature their work.
I also loved this one with the cheetah mama and cub. Such detail! Most artists drew based on a photograph or previous drawing. My date and I guessed that they sectioned off their designated space into grids and focused on one grid at a time. Each artist had their own unique style and ability, and I was blown away by the talent that was showcased.
This weekend I spent some time catching up with old friends at my girlfriend’s baby shower! I asked if I could bring a dish to help out and was told anything “mini” to go with the theme of the party. Mini cupcakes anyone?
Happy Herbivore’s carrot cake cupcakes with a homemade chocolate hazelnut frosting. (For the cupcakes I cut the sugar amount in half and doubled the amount of carrot–still plenty sweet!) A tip for taking cupcakes to a party: frost them at the party! I put the frosting in a big ziplock plastic baggie and then cut off the tip to turn it into a piping bag. The piping job may not have been perfect but it sure beat risking them possibly getting ruined on the drive over.
Cutest lil pregnant chica I’ve ever seen! I had entirely too much fun looking at baby clothes and toys while picking out her gift. She’s headed back to Colorado now to finish out her pregnancy while working a crazy demanding job as a medical resident. I don’t envy her for that!
I’m also loving that fact that fall semester is almost over! Three more weeks until finals. :) Happy girl.
What are you loving this week?