Join the Party – Fl Strawberry Festival

Yes, you still have time to Join the Party at the Florida Strawberry Festival this weekend! This year, the Florida Strawberry Festival is celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary. In this age of “throw away” cellphones, its nice to know some traditions still exist.

Happy 80th Birthday to the Florida Strawberry Festival!

Happy 80th Birthday to the Florida Strawberry Festival!

Our first stop when going to the Strawberry Festival is to see the Parkesdale Farms booth. It’s always so beautifully done and this year was no exception. This beautiful 3-tier cake adorned with 80 candles was the centerpiece of the booth. And we can’t forget the strawberry throne!

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After saying our goodbyes, we always head to the midway. But before going on any rides, we make a stop at the Gyro vendor right outside the Arthur Boring building. Two gyros, please, light on the sauce.

 

This year, the girls are fearless! They are now big fans of the Zipper and wanted to ride even crazier ones. Me? I’ll stick with the Ferris Wheel.

 

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After riding a few rides, it was time for dessert. You CAN’T miss the Amish donuts. They have two stands at the Festival. The one on the west side only offers their donuts. The one on the east side has donuts and pretzels. Just be ready to hold a gigantic hot donut on your hand. As you can see, we shared ours.

Don't miss the Amish donuts at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Don’t miss the Amish donuts at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Have you been to the Festival yet?

What’s your favorite part?

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Cranberry Recipes

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to share some cranberry recipes. If you’ve never cooked with fresh cranberries you are in for a treat. That’s right, cranberries aren’t just for juice. They are a versatile, fun and festive ingredient that’s packed with antioxidants and fiber. And they are only 25 calories for half a cup! So, don’t you think it’s about time you take a fresh look at those cranberries!

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Today’s blogger cranberry recipe comes from Denise at RunDMT. She’s found a use for your leftover cranberry sauce. Denise is a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run. In her spare time, she founded Tampa Bay Bloggers. If you don’t have a cranberry sauce recipe, don’t worry. Just check out Lane’s Tequila Jalapeno Cranberry recipe.

Here are some other fun cranberry recipes to try:

Frozen cranberry dessert by the eco chic

Cranberry orange glazed green beens by cupcakes and kale chips

Cranberry orange breakfast buns by smitten kitchen

Cranberry orange granola by the messy baker

And yes, we have fresh cranberries available at the market now. Remember, we’ll be closing around 3 pm on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We’ll be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving but will reopen Friday normal hours (9am to 6 pm). Enjoy!

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Baked Acorn Squash

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If you are like me, you wait till it gets a little bit cooler to start using your oven, but when this time comes around, I get so excited about squash I don’t mind heating up the kitchen. How about you? Not only is acorn squash a great source of Folate and Vitamins  (B-6, C and A), squash is full of the antioxidant beta carotene .

Today’s blogger fall recipe comes from Krayl Funch from An Appealing Plan. You can follow her on Facebook, twitter and instagram. Krayl just released her brand new book, which you can check out here.

In the meantime, here are some other awesome squash recipes for you to try!

Acorn Squash Mash with Honey by Orangespoken

Butternut Squash Lasagna by Iowa Girl Eats

Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash by Family Foodie

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa by Digital Running

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