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Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • Four Days 'till Dunedin Triathlon

    One of the things I look forward to during our “off season” time is our two days off.  Our Strawberry season goes from October to April when we are open seven days a week.  When April comes around, you better believe it we are ready for a break!  Having those two days off gives us time to slow down and enjoy our family.   It also gives us the opportunity to pursue personal goals and learn more about Tampa Bay.  For the past two years, I’ve made sure to take our girls to a different beach during the summer months.  Growing up in Puerto Rico, I would spend almost every weekend at the beach.  Most of my childhood memories in Puerto Rico bring me back to the southwestern coast, Cabo Rojo.  I want our kids to have those memories too.

     

    Something else I enjoy doing in the summer is running.  Yes, I know it gets really hot.  I have to make sure I get my run in early in the morning or late at night.  When you work 7 days a week for seven months out of the year, the heat does not seem like such a deterrent. Back in 2005, I entered a Sprint Triathlon.  It was my first attempt at being an “athlete”.  The Sprint Triathlon was a ¼ mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.  I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings, riding my bike to the beach, going for a swim as the sun was coming up, and then heading home on my bike.  I remember feeling such serenity and fulfillment by completing these “bike-swim-bike” training sessions.

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    Fast-forward a few years, we move to Plant City.  After having baby #2, I got back to running.  But that triathlon bug was still bothering me.  Every year since moving to Plant City I would check out the Dunedin Triathlon.  And every year, I would say to myself “Next Year”.  Guess what, next year is this year.

     If You Are Receiving This Email You Are Safely Registered For The 9th Annual Dunedin Triathlon on Sunday June 10, 2012!
    Only 18 Spaces Remain So Forward To A Friend If They Are Thinking They Are Safe To Wait!
    YIKES

    I can honestly say I feel ready to complete another Sprint Triathlon.  Yes, I probably did not train for the swimming portion as much as I should have.  But, I have put in my time at the YMCA spinning class and running loops around Walden Lake.  Yes, I’m nervous.  But I’m also excited.

     

    Have you ever completed or thought about doing a triathlon?

  • Pork Stir Fry

    If you follow us on Facebook, then you saw the beautiful red, yellow and orange sweet peppers we had recently on sale.  Those little peppers are so versatile.  I often just grab one or two as a snack while I'm at the market.

    After posting the picture, I realized we haven't eaten stir fry at home in a while.  I cut up a couple of red and yellow peppers and half of one green bell pepper for the stir fry.  A small purple onion was added to the pan with Olive Oil for a few minutes until fragrant.  Then the peppers were added for about 3 minutes.

    For this stir fry, I sliced pork chops into bite size pieces and added them to the pan with the onions and peppers.  My favorite mix of ingredients for stir fry includes: Mirin, Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce.  I used about 1/4 cup each and a sprinkle of salt on the meat.

    First add the Mirin and the Soy Sauce.  Save the Oyster sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking so it coats the meat.

     

    We topped our pork stir fry with crushed red pepper for an extra little kick.  I know avocados are not very "oriental", but this is what happens when you grow up eating avocados with almost every meal.  :)

  • Meatless Thursdays - Breaded eggplant, green beans and couscous

    Last night's menu came together as we were about to close the market and I remembered nothing was defrosting at home.  Eggplant to the rescue!  I grabbed a couple of eggplants to cook for dinner.  My youngest daughter grabbed a couple of green beans.  My challenge for the night was to make edible fresh green beans.

    Eggplant is easy.  Cut the eggplant into thin slices, pass through an eggwash (beaten egg), then bread with your breading of choice.  I prefer to fry our breaded eggplant in a cast iron pan for about 3 minutes on each side.

    Here comes the challenge.  This was my first time preparing fresh green beans.  Growing up we've always had canned green beans, so cooking fresh green beans has always seemed unnecessary.  Boy was I wrong!  Best thing was Zoe ate them.  I'm always fighting with her to eat her green beans.  Turns out, she likes fresh green beans like the ones her pre-K teacher makes!  Thanks, Mrs. Cannon!

    For the couscous, I just followed the instructions on the package.  Boil 2 cups of water, add 1 tablespoon of butter, then add couscous and let it stand for 5 minutes.  Easiest side dish ever.  I added lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and grape tomatoes.

    I'm thinking next time I cook eggplant, I'll try our Whistle Stop breading mixture instead.

    Have you tried our Whistle Stop batter mix?

    Do you have Meatless Dinners for your family?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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