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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Summer Vacation July 30 - August 13, 2012

    Every year the market closes for two weeks in August.  This year, summer vacation will be starting July 30 through August 13th.  We'll reopen on August 14th.  Usually during this time, repairs and improvements are made to the market.

    The most fun I've had at the market has been on the last day before vacation.  You'd think my favorite day would be the first day of Strawberry Shortcake.  Yes, that's fun too, but if you've never been to our market on that last Sunday, then I highly recommend you stop by.  If you've been to our market, then you know our prices are pretty low.  On the Sunday before vacation, the prices get even lower.  As the day goes by, the prices continue to drop.  It's just a lot of fun to keep lowering the prices.  It brings a smile to everyone because no one believes how low everything is priced.

    It's also fun because our customers always tell us how they are going to miss us.  They always say how they don't know what they'll do during those two weeks.  Its a great compliment to us to keep doing what we are doing and strive to do better.  So, thank you for being our loyal customers.  We couldn't do it without you!

  • July Fitness

    So far July has been a pretty good month for running.  This month I've run at least twice to now four times per week.  :)  If you are wondering, I didn't run the Kiwanis Midnight Race on 4th of July.  I really wanted to do the 10K and I just didn't feel ready.

    During this month, I've also tried to incorporate other activities like lower body and  yoga classes at our local YMCA.  You know that feeling you get after working out muscles you don't normally?  The "I'm going to be sore tomorrow" feeling?  Yep, I was sore, and it felt good.    Last week I decided to try yoga instead.  I always forget how much I enjoy going to yoga.  After a yoga class I always feel refreshed and ready for anything.  It's just rejuvenating.

    The next event I'm looking forward to is GLOW Yoga by Lululemon on July 27th.  I've heard great things about the free yoga classes at Lululemon and at the Curtis Hixon Park.  So this should be fun.  Thanks to this lady, I'm signing up to do the Hooters 2 Hooters 10k on September 16th.  It seems like such a fun run starting at the Original Hooters location in Clearwater.  Having a race to look forward to is always a great way to keep me in track with my running.

    How's your summer fitness plan going?

    Are you trying any new sports/races/classes?

  • Crock Pot Asian Pork and Asparagus

    How many times have you come home wishing dinner was ready?  Using the crock pot is a great way to have an awesome meal waiting for you when you get home.  I’ll have to say that we joke about cooking meals in the crock pot.  I have about a 50% chance of having a meal turn out great or not so great.  Luckily, even when it has turned not so great it was still edible.  My biggest problem was either the meat was too dry or not flavorful enough.

    I came across this Asian Pork crockpot recipe while browsing "Holly Would If She Could" blog.  Right away I knew I had to try it. The recipe had two of my favorite ingredients: pork and soy sauce.  The recipe itself was pretty easy.  I followed her suggestions for alternative ingredients.  I used peanut butter instead of almond butter.  I used tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.  I was skeptical at the amount of liquid in the crockpot, but decided to follow the instructions.  Good thing too, because it turned out perfect.  I would not change a thing.  The pork came out very juicy and perfectly seasoned.

    For a side dish, I pan seared asparagus with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic and salt and pepper.  After cutting about an inch off the bottom of each stalk, I put them in the pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.  Sprinkle salt and pepper, add the minced garlic and squeeze half of a lemon.  Place the other half of the lemon face down in the pan while the asparagus cooks.  I like my asparagus crispy, so I keep an eye on it until it turns bright green.  If you like yours tender, then leave it in the pan longer.  Just remember that asparagus will continue to cook for a few minutes after it has been removed from the heat.


    Was your favorite way to prepare pork?

    Is asparagus allowed in your house?

    How often do you use your crockpot?


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