Friday Fun: Something new for inspiration’s sake.

I have hated Jeremiah’s Italian Ice for many, many years, yet I’d never tried it before. Terrible, I know. And I hated that establishment for petty, stupid reasons that have nothing to with the place at all! So for this Fun Friday, as a way of letting go of the past and because it was really hot and sounded awesome, I took Jho there as a fun after-school surprise. And it was delicious. I loved it.

Years ago I opened Trio Gelato and Desserts with my best friend. We made the most delicious gelato (Italian Ice CREAM) in town. Around the same time Jeremiah’s Italian ICE opened. They are not the same product, but no one knows the difference and, for the next three years, all I did was explain to people that we do not make gelati (swirls of soft serve ice cream and  italian ice), we make gelato (artisan Italian ice cream). I also watched as people waited in long lines around the corner for Jeremiah’s Ice while our poor little under-funded shop sat quietly hidden down the hallway of a dead strip mall. I know they are in little way comparable. We were a wholesale, not retail business. Our products are completely different. But I just had this weird snobby competitiveness that kept me from enjoying gelati. Until now!

It was almost too refreshing. We faced the terrible brain freeze bravely and were rewarded with many delicious dripping bites of blueberry and mango creamy goodness. I had serious nostalgia remembering that my very favorite popsicle as a kid were the ones with the ice cream in the middle. Now I just wish the place weren’t so close to my son’s school because now I will want it every day.

The swirls and pretty colors also reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try out this awesome crocheting technique I just pinned on Pinterest!

Find the tutorial for this technique here.

It seems like the perfect way to crochet a zebra without annoying jogs in color between stripes when crocheting in the round. I will be trying it out soon! Doesn’t it look just like Jho’s blueberry Italian Ice? Goes to show, inspiration is everywhere if we just keep our eyes open! Are you feeling  a little low on inspiration lately? If so, check out this little free online inspiration class with my favorite blogger, Alisa Burke. While you’re at it, you could be like me and read her every blog post in one night.  I seriously want to be her when I “grow up.” I hope to take her online watercolor class at some point and if you’re into sewing, you must check out her sewing book! It looks like it would be so amazing and freeing! Here’s a link to her inspiration class.

This weekend in Central Florida looks to be beautiful and a bit hot….the perfect weather for a trip to Jeremiah’s Ice. Go have one! I recommend the mango, though I intend to try Citrus next time (also my favorite sorbet flavor when I used to be the one running the ice cream machine 🙂

I finished my Fun Friday outing early this week as the kick-off to a Southwest Florida weekend with my Mom. We just went to a wonderful place, the new Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON for short! Cute, right?) Movies, splash pads, and a giant Easter Egg hunt are planned, as well. I’ve already found other inspirational things to share with you, but it will have to wait. Like Alisa Burke recommends…sometimes you just need to get out from behind your computer!

Happy inspiration-hunting this weekend!

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