Return to Amish

I woke up Monday morning feeling much better than I have in quite some time.  I’m still not 100% but I felt really good, and I mean really good.  For that reason, I decided to go for a run.  I ran 4 miles and then I ran over the bridge and caught a glimpse of MacGyver fishing and so I took a break and I walked a bit.

I finished with 6 miles total but I walked a lot of the last two.  It didn’t matter.  I loved every minute of that time this morning.  I needed it and it helped me keep a smile on my face that lasted all day.


I am normally not this happy in the kitchen, no really, I’m not.

When I got back to the house I finished up a bit of work and then MacGyver’s parents came over.  While MacGyver and dad went fishing the Mom’s and I took the three dogs for a walk.  They demanded it actually.


Is it time? IS IT TIME???  It better be time for a walk lady!

And then we decided to head to Sarasota to visit one of our favorite places, Pinecraft. You may not know about Pinecraft, I didn’t know about it until last year and I’ve lived in Florida for almost 30 years!  I guess it’s sort of a well-kept secret but I’ve written about Pinecraft before.

It’s an Amish and Mennonite community located right in the heart of Sarasota.  Recently I discovered a little blog about the small village and I love looking at all the pictures and reading about the happenings but it doesn’t compare to a little visit mostly because of the bakery and the restaurant.

amish lady in pinecraft

I can’t help but be fascinated by the people who live there but I’m in awe of them as well.  They are truly wonderful people.  The bakery, the deli, the restaurants, they’re all amazing.  We visited one of our favorite restaurants on Monday, Yoder’s.  Check out this cobb salad…

Cobb Salad

Uh, YUM!

It was amazing but then so was the fruit bread.

fruit bread

We also visited the craft stores and of course we purchased a few gifts because well, that’s how we do.  In my defense, it’s hard not to buy gifts, they actually put handmade bows on the little bags in this store so they practically force you into buying things.

gift bag

Seriously, every woman needs a gift bag like this.

As we were leaving I saw a bumper sticker that I think I might need…

bumper sticker

Totally unrelated to Pinecraft but very cool none the less.

If you ever visit Sarasota, put this quaint little town on your bucket list.  It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair but 3 or 4 hours will allow you to visit a good portion of it and you’ll be glad you did.  Try the peanut butter pie too, it’s worth the splurge.  (If you can stop at one piece, I never can…)

Later in the day the guys returned from fishing and they had a pretty awesome day as well.  After catching 18 of these beauties, they kept the 4 largest legal ones.


MacGyver is the fishing boss!

I think I might have to go fishing before we go home, but first, I’m going to run again.

Have you ever visited an Amish or Mennonite community?
Have you ever caught or eaten a redfish?

2 thoughts on “Return to Amish

  1. damn you. ALL that glorious fish!. Macgyver is magical.

    im gonna find you both when the zombies or communists take over.

    He hunts too???…..hahahahhaaaa

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