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  • Pick your own strawberries

    ***Strawberry Season in Florida is Nov-April.  Upicks usually open in Mar-April. *******

    Would you like to pick your own strawberries?  If you are ready to spend a day with some succulent, juicy berries and you are not afraid of a little bit of dirt, then it's almost time to head on out to Hillsborough County and find out what a day of picking berries is all about.  We have quite a few farms available for u-picks here in the Plant City, Dover and Riverview Area.

    Parkesdale Farms Strawberry Fields Parkesdale Farms Strawberry Fields

    Spivey Farms

    pick your own strawberries Pick your own Strawberries at Spivey Farms in Plant City, FL

    Spivey Farms is located at 6101 County Road 39 South in Plant City, FL.  They're usually open for "you pick" in March from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Sundays.  Spivey Farms charges $1.00 for 2 quarts.  Please remember to bring cash and call them first to verify they are open.

     

    Shady Acres Farm

    Shady Acres Farm is located at 3420 Gallagher Rd, Dover FL.  They are now open and will stay open through mid April.

     

    If you are still looking for somewhere near you to go pick your own strawberries, follow this link for more information.

    Have you ever been "strawberry pickin''?

     

     

  • Strawberries for Valentine's Day

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's time to start thinking or at least "pinning" some ideas on how to incorporate strawberries.  Strawberries for Valentine's day are perfect.  Better than roses if you ask me.  ;)  They are a beautiful shade of red, almost shaped like a heart and sweet like candy, without the calories.  Now, I'm not against chocolate covered strawberries, don't get me wrong.  But why not get a little more creative this year!

    Heart shaped strawberry Perfect heart shaped strawberry!

    Pinning for Strawberries

    Have you heard of Pinterest? It's this wonderful collection of beautiful pictures "pinned" by individuals.    Whether you are into fashion, interior decorating, gardening, makeup, organization, cooking, you name it, it's all in Pinterest.  You can easily loose track of time while browsing all of their pictures. If you have some free time, check out and join our Pinterest page by clicking here.  And I seriously mean "free time", prepare to be glued to your computer for way longer than 15 minutes!

     

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    Almost weekly, I get emails from customers requesting our recipe for either the strawberry bread or strawberry cookies.  Sadly, I always reply that I can't because it is our "family secret".  Since I can't share those recipes, here are some of my favorite strawberry "pins".

    Strawberry Bliss

    Strawberry Pie

    Strawberry Meringue Cookies

    Strawberry Bruschetta

    Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

     

    But if any of these sound like to much work, let's face it sometimes we are too busy.  Just bring your sweetheart on by and enjoy a Strawberry Shortcake!

    Strawberries Strawberry Shortcake
    cookies made with strawberries Strawberry cookies

    How about some of our famous Strawberry Cookies for the kid's classmates?  And of course, you can't forget about our Strawberry Milkshakes!  As always, we have gift certificates available because who wouldn't like a little bit of red on Valentine's Day?

    Do you have special plans for Valentine's day?

    Are you "addicted" to Pinterest?

    Do you have a favorite Strawberry recipe?

     

  • Half Marathon Training IronGirl

    IronGirl-Athleta-ES-Full-Spot (1)

    On January 17, 2013, I passively set a goal to run the Iron Girl half marathon in Clearwater this April.  I say "passively" because December through April is our busy season at the market.  We work 6 days a week and our workday sometimes doesn't end when we leave the market.  Many nights I find myself discussing work at home too.  I decided this year would be different.  With my husband and family's support, I planned on running at least twice a week in preparation for the IronGirl half marathon.  Setting up a half marathon training schedule during our busiest part of the year would have to be flexible.

     

    January Training Schedule January Training Schedule

    It's funny how once you make up your mind to do something, all the pieces "magically" start falling together.  Before I knew it, a bunch of my blogger friends were also about to start their half marathon training for this event.  My approach to half marathon training is you have to be flexible.  It's okay to switch days.  There's no need to be so rigid to the point where working out is no longer fun.  As you can see, there were many changes in my training schedule in January.  Some days, I just didn't have it in me to go for a run/workout.  And that's ok because the following day/week I picked it back up.  Don't be discouraged.  I'm a firm believer that it is ok to miss a workout as long as you know you are going to make it up.

     

    Nike Kinect Training Fuel Print Assessment Nike Kinect Training Fuel Print Assessment

    Half way through the month of January, my husband surprised me with the Nike Kinect Training game for the Xbox.  In case you didn't know, I'm a big fan of the Nike "tracking gadgets".  My love of Nike+ began  several years ago with a first generation ipod and the Nike+ shoe insert.  Luckily, I got a new ipod this year for Christmas!  Yes, I wear my garmin when I run, which I love, don't get me wrong.  However, when it comes to analyzing my running progress I just love the Nike+ dashboard.  Having 3 years + of running data available at my fingertips allows me to see how far I've come.

     

    Nike Kinect Strength Training Nike Kinect Strength Training

    With the Nike Kinect Training game, I've been able to set up a strength training workout routine tailored just for me based on my fitness level.  I have to say I almost cried when I saw the results of my fitness test.  I really was not expecting to have such an awesome score.  By far the best thing about the Nike Kinect Training game is that I can do it right in my living room.  I just completed week 2 of the program and I must say it has been fun.  You have your choice to pick your training either male or female.  I picked Marie Purvis, a Nike Master Trainer, and the workouts have been intense.  If you don't have an Xbox, you can try the Nike Training Club app which is also very effective.

     

    Half Marathon Training for January Half Marathon Training Completed for January

    As for my half marathon training schedule, I will now be following the Nike Running Race Coach Half Marathon Training schedule with Coach Purvis.  It's a 12 week program with 2 to 3 days of runs, 3 workout days and 1 rest day.  As always, I'll be making my modifications.  My half marathon training schedule will probably be more like 3 days running, 2 workout days and 2 rest days.  The Nike Running Race Coach Facebook page also has a 5k, 10k and full marathon training available.  If you are interested in participating in the Iron Girl Clearwater 5 k or 1/2 marathon, you still have time to register!  Click here for a link to register and use code TBBLOGGERS13 for a 10% off discount before February 28th.  You can also follow Iron Girl on Facebook for more information!

     

    How do you keep motivated?

    Have you signed up for any races this year?

     

     

     

     

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