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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • The Smithsonian is coming to Plant City!

    For a while now, I've seen these signs and statues while driving around Downtown Plant City.  Have you seen them?

    Whenever I saw them, I couldn't help but think about the FOX tv show Bones where the main characters work at the Smithsonian Institute solving crimes.  A quick stop by the Plant City Photo Archives cleared up any idea of seeing tv stars!

     

    The Journey Stories is part of the Smithsonian Institute Museums on Main Street Traveling Exhibition.  Journey Stories tells the human story of the role of immigration, migration, and transportation in the development of America.  The Journey Stories will be on display starting Saturday, May 26 through Saturday, July 7, 2012.  Admission is free.  While you visit the Photo Archives office, you should take a stroll around downtown Plant City.

     

    There are eight life-size bronze sculptures from the Seward Johnson "Man on the Street" collection on loan from the Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, California located in the Union Station/McCall Park area in Downtown Plant City.  The sculptures will be around until end of July.  Many thanks go to all the people involved in bringing both exhibits to Plant City!

    Have you ever visited the Smithsonian Museum?

    When was the last time you visited a Museum?

     

  • Ego Girl Outfitter Give Away

    After working at the market for a year, I knew it was time to re-vamp our website.  Amazingly, we received a beautiful and professional brochure in the mail from a company called Fish Head Designs.  We were so impressed with the artwork that we contacted them right away.  Little did I know, Ericca Hope would later become one of my closest friends.

    Last fall, while working on her Master’s Degree, Ericca started sketching beautiful Marlins and Dolphins.   (If you’ve ever seen a dolphin fish, they are not that cute).  Her femininity came right through her drawing.

    Watching Ericca’s drawings go from sketches to actual wearable clothing has been amazing.  I even had the opportunity to participate in her photo shoot for her catalog!  Talk about full makeup and hair do makeover!  It was fun.

    EgoGirl clothing is so soft and comfortable.  Whether you are running errands or heading out on the boat, you’ll look fashionable and still be comfortable!  Talk about a win-win.

    Check out her clothing line at www.egogirl.com.  Then head over to Facebook and like her page to keep up with everything EgoGirl has to offer.  You can catch her collection at Fish Stock Festival May 25-28 in New Smyrna.  Can’t make any of those dates?  Then, come to our market on June 2 for a trunk show!  Wanna get your own EgoGirl shirt?  Leave a  comment here telling us where you would wear our Ego Girl clothing.  And remember to like Ego Girl on Facebook!  Winner will be chosen by random on Monday, May 28th.

  • Spinach stuffed chicken wrapped with Troyer Bacon

    It has been a while since the last time I tried making stuffed chicken breast.  In all honesty, I could never get the chicken breast flat enough to roll them up and keep them together while cooking.  It was always a complete gooey disaster.  After watching the cooking segment on Despierta America, I was inspired by their stuffed chicken breast recipe.  After you've taken all your frustrations out on the chicken breast, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.  If you have fresh oregano, even better.  Due to my lack of planning, I had to use dried oregano.   The original recipe had more ingredients like corn and cream cheese.  We are not big fans of cream cheese, so I sprinkled shredded mozzarella and chopped spinach for the stuffing.

    After stuffing the chicken breasts, you roll them up and use Troyer bacon like a ribbon around the chicken breast.  I used two slices for each chicken breast.  Make sure to oil your baking tray so the chicken doesn't stick to the tray.

    Into the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.  While the chicken was in the oven, it was time to make the sweet potatoes.  At our home, we often prepare sweet potato fries by baking them.  I decided to use our "potato bags" to cook up the sweet potatoes in the microwave.  They come out super fluffy in less than half the time it would take to bake them!

    They are really easy to use.  All you do is wash your potato or sweet potato, wrap it in a paper towel, put it inside the potato bag and in your microwave it goes.  Depending on your microwave and the size of the potato, they should be done in 5 - 10 minutes.  Have you seen them at our market?

    Thirty minutes later, dinner was ready.  I had some left over yellow rice, so a quick spinach salad with avocado, cucumber and grape tomatoes finished this meal.

    The thick sliced Peppered Troyer bacon was a great addition to the otherwise "boring" chicken breast.  If you are more adventurous you can try it with the Cajun Troyer Bacon.  In the show, they topped the chicken breasts with salsa.  Sadly, I forgot that step.  I think next time I make this dish I'll remember to use our Five Amigos Roasted Salsa.  What's your favorite bacon recipe?

     

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