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In the beginning!

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My husband suggested I start a blog because of all the food pictures I take when we go to restaurants and photos I take of food I prepare at home. It is mostly meals I prepare from other food bloggers so I will have to figure out how to link to their blog. I am a local guide on Google and constantly review and photograph restaurants and meals and places I’ve visited. So, I guess this is a place where all that can come together. I also decorate cakes, so I’ll throw some of those in here from time to time! Here we go!

Gourmet Lunch

So, we decided to go grab a bite in Sanford earlier this month. It was around 3pm, so it was a late lunch. We decided on the quaint Corner Cafe. Elegant gourmet food at a reasonable price and excellent service!

I had a 1/2 Cuban sandwich and loaded potato soup. No chunks of potato in this smooth creamy soup! The Cuban sandwich was perfectly pressed, though I’m not sure how a Cuban is really supposed to taste! It was a great sandwich!

My husband got Tomato Florentine soup with a corned beef sandwich. He said he enjoyed it too! After lunch, they give you a dessert shot. It was carrot cake this time! Unfortunately, I ate it before I remembered to snap a photo, but it was delightful!

After lunch, we went looking for cupcakes! We had been to a cupcake shop in downtown Sanford a while ago, but couldn’t quite remember where it was. Turns out, it was right behind The Corner Cafe! Maggie’s Delectable Desserts. They have a large selection of scrumptious homemade cupcakes and often have a gluten free option as well!

Obviously, the Orange one is Florida Sunshine Orange flavored and the green one is key lime. The cupcakes were both super yummy, but we both agreed that they could’ve used a little more flavoring. We’ll be going back though! It’s such a delightful place and the cupcake selection is outstanding!

My Favorite Place!

On Tuesday, 9/5 (can you believe it’s already September? Where has the year gone?) I visited my second home the Sweet Chalet! They are the SWEETEST people!

In May, one of my decorator friends at work said her boyfriend had been there and bought her a bunch of cake decorating supplies as a surprise, so I Googled “cake decorating supplies Sanford” and there was The Sweet Chalet Shoppe! Elated, I drove right there and proceeded to spend 2 hours there looking at absolutely EVERYTHING! They kept asking me if I was ready to check out and I said, “No. I’m still looking!” I had died and gone to decorator heaven!

By my second visit, the next week, they invited me to an event and said, “Well, you’re practically family!” I love to go almost weekly and visit and say hi and see the new fun decorating items!

This week when I dropped by, they showed me this and let me try a little on a cracker.

It is an absolutely delightful sweet creamy caramel sauce! Perfect for drizzling on cheesecake, ice cream, cake, fondue, or whatever else you can come up with! It comes straight from Brazil along with it’s sister, below.

Yes, an entire bucketfull! This is the same thing but thicker! Perfect for filling cakes, sandwich cookies, eclairs, and whatever else you can dream up! Who doesn’t like dulce de leche?

Anyone locally can just drive by and pick some up for your next decorating project, or go online or call and have some shipped to you! It is a delightfully decadent sweet!

Sorry, it’s taken me awhile to publish this. We’ve been preparing for hurricane Irma here in Central Florida. So far it’s not bad, but we sure are praying for those on the West side of Florida in her direct path!

Bake Chop

So, 2 weeks ago, Saturday 8/19, my husband and I decided to take my mother in law to Bakechop in DeLand, FL.

It is an exquisite locally sourced farm to table restaurant which will show up frequently on my blog. We love to go there for fabulous food!

This was one of the specials. The Sweet and Spicy burger. I got it without the bun. It had caramelized onions, smoked cheddar, hot cherry peppers, which I got on the side, and bacon! It was very yummy!! Sweet potato fries as my side. I’m sorry, I ate half before I remembered to take a picture! Oops!

My mother in law had the Nude Beach (love the creative names)! Beef meatballs, marinara, pecorino, over sauteed greens with 2 onion rings. She ate it all, remarking at how good it was and that she’d like to have it again!

And the sides! I can’t say enough about how yummy the sides are! Bottom left-watermelon salad, top-beets and goat cheese, bottom right-mushrooms and garlic. We love going to bake chop to see what seasonal sides they have next! Everything is so creative!

We never pass up the homemade desserts! This one was cheesecake with blueberries on top! Their cheesecake is awesome! Last time we went, it was lemon blueberry. It is so rich and creamy I wish I could lick the plate! ☺

Oh yes! Sweet potato ice cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

So, I got this inspiration from Rumbles Paleo Sweet Potato Ice Cream

It is a GREAT recipe! Believe it or not, it’s for breakfast! It is so yummy! The first time I made it, I followed her recipe except that I added balsamic vinegar when I roasted the potatoes. This time I steamed the sweet potatoes via the Alton Brown method. Though, I think the flavor is more intense roasting the sweet potatoes in the oven first.

I made a maple pecan crumble to go on top!

Here’s the photo. It kinda looks like a pile of mashed potatoes, but it’s not! It’s soft frozen with some cara-cara Orange vanilla balsamic vinegar and maple syrup drizzled on top. And yes, the pecans are that shiny!