Aunt Catfish’s on the River ala Art Smith

We took some time out from packing up the resort to scout out some of the neighboring beach cities and when we spotted Aunt Catfish’s on the River in Port Orange, we knew we had to stop there for lunch.

We asked to be seated on the porch (inside they were serving a brunch buffet) but we were able to order off the regular menu. Looking for something reasonably healthy, I was dismayed to notice that everything cane with a hush puppy and their “famous” cinnamon roll.

I don’t usually eat cinnamon rolls unless they’ve come highly recommended and I had determined I would ignore it when it came with my sautéed shrimp and cucumber/tomato salad. But as soon as I saw it I knew I would have to taste it.

OMG (I also try to avoid that, too, but trust me – it was definitely OMG-worthy)!! The most amazing cinnamon roll ever!! We’ve since learned you can get boxes in different sizes to go and that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

The hush puppy was special, too, with a crusty outside and soft flavorful with a hint of sweetness inside – they can sometimes be a bit bland. Best hush puppy ever and I go back to Biloxi, Mississippi in the 1980s for my first hush puppy.

Rich had the Catfish with grits lunch and we both had a Bloody Mary, creating our own brunch. We’ll definitely be back – perhaps after church? I’m already thinking about the Fried Green Tomato BLT.

This is the old Florida experience Chef Art Smith is going for at Homecomin’ at Disney Springs, which is a favorite of ours, but at about a third of the cost and a whole lot closer to home, we might just stick to the real deal.

We’ve Got Paint

This will be the last after work visit to the house because when Daylight Savings Time ends next week, it will be too dark.

This week’s progress is paint inside and out. The house is really taking shape and the Craftsman details can be spotted. The shutters and fascia are what’s left to be done on the outside.

The next milestone for the inside are cabinets on Tuesday.

Craftsman Front

Rear Garage

Happy August 1st

Now that it’s August, it feels as if things are starting to move forward. We’ve been “on the road” for 12 weeks now, if you can call not really being settled in your own home being “on the road.” It certainly feels like it when many boxes are in storage and we have to do without whatever is in them until our house is built and we can finally settle in.

One difficulty is that we’re not living in the town where our house will be so instead of settling in here for 5 or 6 months and then upsetting everything and resettling in, we’re trying to “act as if” we already live there, going to church and hanging out in our new town. This, along with our frequent trips to Disney, keep us very busy. I’m still recovering from last week’s trip to the Magic Kingdom, always a difficult park to get to when it’s hot, crowded, and you’re offsite.

On Sunday after church, we noticed the ground had broken on our lot (see previous post). We’re hoping this means that we’ll meet with the construction manager soon and really get things rolling. August seems to hint at that and why it’s very exciting to see. Just seeing some activity this past week gave us a big boost.

On Saturday, we finally made it back to the Shrine in Orlando near Disney, always a boost. We really feel at home there. Following our visit, we did our usual post-Shrine tradition of lunch at Chevy’s. Orlando feels very much like California (the Shrine grounds, especially feel like San Diego with the type of palm trees and pond), and we’re feeling more at home here than ever before.