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?

Baking Amish

We’re still down in Nokomis and I’m still loving my morning runs on the Legacy Trail. It’s even nicer when my sister-in-law comes along as she did on Wednesday.  This morning when I approached my 2nd mile, I saw a rabbit and an otter! It was crazy.

We’ve been having all kinds of fun down here. On Tuesday after running, mom and I went over to the beach and picked up some shells for my landscaping. I also found a ton of shark’s teeth.

shells for milesfeet in the sand
On Tuesday night we finally got the chance to go to Curry Creek Café and I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this place. Besides Left Coast Seafood Co, Curry Creek Café is one of the best choices of restaurants in the area. The food is out of this world. We had a party of 7 and not one person was even the tiniest bit disappointed.

me, lynne and mom

My Mom, me and my Sister-in-law getting ready to go to Curry Creek Cafe, yum.

The food is a mix of Indonesian and American with a lot of seafood.  They do close early so if you go, be aware they close at 8pm through the week and at 9pm on weekends but definitely check it out.

On Wednesday the guys decided to go fishing and it’s really a shame that you can’t keep a 41” snook because that is exactly what MacGyver caught! He was beyond excited. I am pretty sure I have never in my life seen him smile like that.
All of the ladies in the house, (including me, my sister-in-law, my mom, and my mother-in-law), opted out of fishing and instead we decided to visit an Amish community. So we went to the first place one would think of when you think of an Amish community, Sarasota, Florida, because where else?

PinecraftNestled right in the heart of Sarasota at the corner of Bahia Vista and Beneva is a little place called Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community of about 3,000. I’m not kidding, trust me, it’s there.

amish community
First, we went to the gift store where we bought a few little things, and then we went over to Yoder’s restaurant and it was great. We had a sneaking suspicion that it would be good when we saw a line out the door and we were right. Oh, and our waitress was awesome.

Pinecraft waitress
After lunch we headed on over to the Amish gift store and I may have spent a few paychecks but it was totally worth it. They even have a bakery and we bought a peanut butter cream pie and believe it or not, sherbet fudge that was out of this World.  The Amish and Mennonite’s are excellent baker’s.  I could have stayed there and ate pies, fudge, cinnamon rolls and desserts for days!

Pinecraft giftshopPinecraft chairs

We hung out in Pinecraft for several hours but we had one more stop to make before heading home.

I took everyone down to see “Unconditional Surrender” which is one of my favorite things in Sarasota and I think it was one of the main highlights of the day.

"Unconditional Surrender"And I think I’ll go ahead and end here for today. I’ve got a ton of other things to tell you about but I’ll save a few for tomorrow and the weekend.  Here’s hoping there’s another 42″ snook out there!

Do you run when you go on vacation?