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Nourishment Lately – Florida

Florida is what nourished me for twelve wonderful days at the end of February.

I almost didn’t take my camera, but I surely am glad that I did. Even if it’s only so that I can look back on these photos and again feel the peace and happiness that I did during this trip.

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{The first two photos I took on vacation, the first night. The view from our room.}

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{second morning}

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{my people}

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{second night sunset}

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{third morning sunrise}

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Florida Keys

{Key West}

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{lunch on Sunset Key}

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{sunset celebration at Mallory Square}

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{this one taken by Sokol}

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Lexington

Just a little
light,
that’s all I need,
just
a little sunlight
from you
and I promise
I
will grow.

-Tyler Knott Gregson, via Pinterest

2015. Two posts in two months. And neither a food post. I have four drafts just sitting, waiting for attention, but they just aren’t right. They are not what I want say or show or put out into the world. I keep reminding myself that 2014 was a slow start, too. The inspiration will flow. The sun will shine. Just wait for it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you a few photos from our recent trip to Kentucky to visit great friends, Amanda and Abe. I’ve been wanting to do this trip for a long time, and the stars finally aligned for Greg and I to make the drive down, for what was my inaugural trip to the Bluegrass state.

We did many amazing things – toured an impressive distillery, stopped by a notable horse racing track, visited a special winery (the very winery where Amanda and Abe got engaged over two years ago!), had many scrumptious eats and drinks, relaxed, talked, and generally just enjoyed spending time with friends. I don’t have much to share visually and I am kind of regretful of that. I have only a few photos from the hike we took + a couple from the winery. {Note to self – when debating whether or not to take your camera, take it}. Winter in the woods of Kentucky doesn’t look much different from winter in the woods of Pennsylvania – gray, brown and truthfully, aesthetically dull + flat. You must hunt for the color, for the beauty. It’s there though, and I did try to capture it on our hike. Also, thank you to Amanda + Abe for being such wonderful hosts – we can’t wait to visit again!

Here’s to inspiration + sunlight. In real life and in blog life. Not rushing, but hoping that they’re just around the bend.

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DC: The Last of Day Two + Day Three

The time has finally come. This will be my last post chronicling my family’s trip to Washington, D.C. over a month ago! While I enjoy looking back at the photos, I would say that the time has come to wrap up the DC posts. To see my previous posts, click herehere, here and here.

The end of day two  was spent walking to Georgetown. It was quite the trek, but worth it, in my opinion. The sights were lovely, especially with the sun setting along our walk. We passed George Washington University and the Watergate Hotel.

We stopped at a boardwalk area, right along the water, where people were enjoying the sunset at outdoors bars, despite it being slightly chilly. That area was beautiful, as you will see in the photos. There were several boats on the water and the sun was too picturesque. Greg and I talk about going back to that part of Georgetown this summer, sitting outside for some food and drink while enjoying the weather.

In Georgetown, as I talked about before, we made a stop at Baked and Wired for some sweet treats. We then walked up and down the streets, taking in the busy nightlife. The streets were packed the night we were there, but that did not stop us from enjoying our time there. Just after dark, the group decided to be done for the day. We hopped on a bus and then a metro line to make our way back for pizza then games and beer at the hotel.

Day three was our final day. We spent it in Old Town Alexandria. We also stayed in Alexandria, but a much newer part. Old Town is just charming. It is beautiful. I could have spent days there. The cutest shops, desirable restaurants and bars and again, a waterfront area. This is another place Greg and I would like to make it back to, soon.

We visited the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The Torpedo Factory was in fact a torpedo factory during World War I. Now, it is home to artists galleries and workshops. It is open to the public and also has a little cafe in it. We spent a fair amount of time there, and Greg and I feel that we could spend an entire day browsing all of the beautiful artwork. Definitely a must-see in Alexandria if you are in to unique, authentically made artwork.

We ate lunch at The Fish Market where I had crab stuffed avocados (yum!) and “The Port City Po Boy.” It was an open faced po’ boy sandwich with fried oysters, shrimp and crawfish. In complete honesty, I would not order the sandwich again. The seafood was too fried for my taste and I would have liked more veggie toppings. Overall, however, I would go back to The Fish Market in a second! Great atmosphere, and other than my choice for me, great food!

Our time in Alexandria ended with a stop at Lavender Moon Cupcakery. The first thing that drew me to the place was the name. Love it. And the cupcakes did not disappoint. At Lavender Moon, I tried a strawberry cupcake and Meyer lemon lavender cupcake. The strawberry cupcake was my favorite. It reminded me of strawberries and cream. Another great cupcake spot in DC!

We were sad to leave DC, but we are excited for the next trip. There are so many things to do in the DC area, I could go a thousand times and never get sick of it!

Please enjoy, the last of the DC photos.

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DC Day Two: Eats

To read my other DC posts, click here, here and here

Last week I showed you what my family and I did on day two of our spring Washington, D.C. trip. Touring of the city, walking near and far to see the sights of DC. Today I’m showing you the eats.

Our plan was to eat a quick breakfast at the hotel and then to get lunch at the Founding Farmers restaurant that we had heard great things about. When we got there to eat, there was a one or two hour wait (I can’t remember which). We decided not to take up all of that time waiting for a restaurant (even though Founding Farmers looked awesome — I still want to try again next time!).

Turns out, I was not disappointed at all that our original plan hadn’t worked. We stumbled into a little cafe called Paul.Paul was so good. From the second I walked into it, I knew it was an excellent choice. In Paul, you are greeted with freshly made pastries, breads, sandwiches and desserts. Everything looked so appetizing!

It was a tough choice, but I went with smoked salmon on a fresh baked baguette. It was such a good choice! Unfortunately  the picture I took of it came out really blurry.

For dessert, I ordered a pistachio french macaron*. It was my first macaron ever, and I could not believe how much I loved it! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to have one, and it most certainly won’t be my last.

At the end of day two, we found ourselves in Georgetown, at Baked and Wired. Baked and Wired was out of this world. There were so many delicious looking sweet options, but if you read this post, you know I went with the cherry blossom cupcake. It was so good that I didn’t even save time for a picture. After my first bite, all hope of getting one was lost. I devoured that cupcake! So, so good.

Baked and Wired has a cool atmosphere. It is hip. Their tagline is “get baked.” There is a pink bike outside the shop and on the day we were there, a Charles Dickens quote written on a chalk board. If you are in Georgetown, I think Baked and Wired is the cupcake place you should be.

So, here they are. Photos from day two: the eats.

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*Do you know the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? I didn’t until I typed macaron and spell check told me it was wrong! Click here to read what the difference is.

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DC Day Two: Sights

To view my first two posts about my trip to DC, click here and here.

I hope you guys don’t get tired of me posting photos from DC. I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since I was there. As I was sorting through my photos, I see that I have at least two posts worth of photos yet to share.

Today I’m sharing photos from day number two. We woke up early as a group and ventured out into the city after a breakfast at our hotel. We stayed in beautiful part of Alexandria, VA.

In the city, we knew we wanted to visit the Holocaust Museum. We went there early to get tickets and while we waited for our time, Greg and I visited the Freer Gallery of Art . I didn’t take any photos inside, but if you’re ever in DC, it is definitely worth checking out.

The Holocaust Museum is an interesting experience. I would encourage everyone to see it once, but in my opinion, one time is enough. This was at least my third time there and I would be okay with not going again. The museum is extremely powerful and extremely disturbing. It’s a lot to take in. It’s well done.

We ate lunch at the cutest little place that we just sort of stumbled into, but I’m going to share our eats from day two in another post. Get ready!

The rest of our day was spent walking all over the city. We really covered some ground. We visited the White House, and then walked to the Washington Monument, war memorials, and Lincoln Memorial, taking photos all along the way. DC really is a beautiful place and I could not get enough of the views. It’s best to go when the weather is comfortable to be outside so that you can  walk everywhere and just take everything in.

From there we walked to Georgetown, but that’s getting its own post as well!

So, without further ado, here is DC Day Two: Sights:

{Where we stayed.}

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{Just into the city.}

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{Around the Holocaust Museum.}

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{Beautiful buildings.}

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{Recognizable places.}

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{Cherry blossoms.}

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{People and faces.}

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