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10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Looking for something to do with the kids here in the Tampa Bay area? Here are my picks for the 10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay. Is your favorite thing to do with kids missing from my list? Be sure to email me so I can get it added!

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Welcome to Tampa! We are spoiled here in Tampa Bay, we have lots of fun and diverse things to do for families to enjoy. So, if you are wondering what to do with the kids today, I have you covered! Here are the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens/Adventure Island

We are huge Busch Gardens fans. Busch Gardens has some of the world’s best roller coasters, lots of animals to see, family-friends performances and they have different events going on all year. Adventure Island is right across the street from Busch Gardens and is the water park to cool down in when temperatures heat up in Tampa.

Tampa Theatre

A piece of history! Originally built in 1926, this is a true Tampa landmark. Show the kids what a theatre experience used to be like, with a few modern upgrades of course. The Tampa Theatre has different events throughout the year as well, and of course, has movies!

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an 8-acre public park located along the Hillsborough river in downtown Tampa. It’s a great place to meet and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront, and the kids will have fun splashing through the water installations in the park.

MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry is a great way to explore and have fun out of the heat! They also have events, summer camps and movies. It is a scientific playground with over 100 hands-on activities! And admission prices are great, adults are $12.95 and kids are as low as FREE. Free entry is definitely an important consideration for me when I’m thinking about the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.

George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa Tarpons

While this ball field is outside, catching a game here is so much fun! The prices are WAY lower than other stadiums, parking is fairly easy, and if you get there early, the players are almost always out to give autographs or give kiddos a ball.

Glazer Children’s Museum

Glazer Children’s Museum is Tampa’s interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. My kiddos are now a bit old for this one (ages 14 and 11), but they had a blast here when they were younger!

The Florida Aquarium

This is another fabulous Tampa attraction that is mostly inside! You can enjoy the water views, sharks and fish without being at the beach 😉 There is an outdoor play space to enjoy as well.

Does the risk of sunburn impact your choices for the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

Treehoppers

We have been here several times, and always have a hoppin good time! It’s like a jungle gym through trees! There are several obstacles and they are all rated easiest to hardest, so there is something for everyone. Plus, you can really challenge yourself if you want. It is VERY shaded, but it is all OUTDOORS so take that into account when planning your trip. Personally, we usually try to avoid visiting during the hottest summer months.

Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk offers a plethora of activities, things to see and do. Walk the Riverwalk and watch for dolphins and manatees, stop at Armature Works and listen to some live music, jump on some Water Bikes, go kayaking and explore. There are so many things for families to do on the Tampa Riverwalk.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Who doesn’t love going to the zoo? And ZooTampa even has a few rides, a water ride and a Splash area to help you and the kids cool off. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to more than 1300 animals and is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings.

Oh and of course – you can head to the beach!  We are surrounded by water here in Tampa Bay and the home to the #1 beach in America!  And if you do head to the beach, don’t forget your Sun Protection Hats.

Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

What do you consider to be the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay? Are your choices on this list? If not, be sure to email them to me so I can check them out, and get them added!

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

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What Is A Prebiotic?

Do you take prebiotics? What is a prebiotic? Find out how a prebiotic can help aid your digestion and help you be a happier YOU. While this post is sponsored by Moms Meet, all opinions are my own.

Prebiotics

What Is A Prebiotic?

Have you heard of prebiotics? No, I didn’t say a probiotic. A PREbiotic. If you are like me, you may be just learning about prebiotics and their benefits to overall health, but they have been around for a long time. In fact, they are in foods such as onions and asparagus, so they have been a LONG time. Prebiotics work with the probiotics (they are actually the food for the probiotic bacteria) so prebiotics and probiotics work together to help promote overall health.

Prebiotics don’t contain bacteria, like a probiotics do, they are fuel to help bacteria grow. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber and act as food for human microflora.

So why take a prebiotic?

An unbalanced gut microbiome can lead to bloating, digestive discomfort, and irregular bowel movements. Prebiotics improves gut microbiome health, and when you are feeling healthy, you are happier, right? So, I would say that prebiotics also promote overall happiness 🙂

I have been taking Country Life Gut Connection Energy Balance. I like it because it not only improves gut microbiome health (meaning it helps keep my happy digestive tract on track) but it also helps support clear energy. And who doesn’t need a bit more energy?

What is a prebiotic

Why Country Life?

Country Life believes that good health is an important part of treating yourself well. With over 40 years of expertise in providing wellness, Country Life’s vitamins, minerals, and specialty supplements have been helping you stay happy and healthy since 1971.

Why Gut Connection by Country Life?

  • Gut Connection by Country Life is a scientifically formulated range of supplements that connects the gut to individual health issues that matter.
  • Gut Connection by Country Life contains an innovative, whole food fermentate prebiotic that feeds the existing probiotics in your gut and helps maintain its lining.
  • This whole food fermentate prebiotic is balanced with clinically researched ingredients for your overall health.

Why take Prebiotics

You can take Gut Connection Prebiotics alone or with your favorite probiotic.

Where to buy Gut Connection by Country Life:

Sprouts, The Vitamin Shoppe, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, and Amazon, and will be coming soon to other natural health food stores. To find Gut Connection by Country Life in your area, visit countrylifevitamins.com/where-to-buy for the full list of locations.

Do you take prebiotics?  What steps do you take to ensure a healthier gut?  Healthy living starts from the inside out!

I am not a doctor, so if you’re considering taking supplements, check with your doctor to be sure they’re right for you.

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How To Toast Pine Nuts

Toasting pine nuts is really easy to do and it brings so much more flavor to your recipes. Find out how to toast pine nuts and enjoy!

How to toast pine nuts

How To Toast Pine Nuts

Do you love pine nuts? While pine nuts are expensive, they are absolutely delicious. Toasted pine nuts are the perfect addition to (and in) hummus, a great way to heighten the flavors in pesto, a nutty addition to your cheese boards, a crunchy bite to your salads and so much more!

As an added bonus, it’s super easy to toast pine nuts at home. I am talking about less than 5 minutes folks…and the only things you need are a stove, a pan and pine nuts…You don’t toast pine nuts with olive or butter or anything, you simply add a single layer of pine nuts to a pan and cook them over medium heat until they start to turn golden brown. You will have to stir them pretty consistently, and since the toasting happens fairly quickly, I recommend staying at the stove while you are toasting anyway.

Easy toasted pine nuts

There are other ways to roast pine nuts, like in the microwave or oven, but using the stove top is the easiest (in my opinion) and it gives you the opportunity to watch the process the whole time to ensure you don’t burn them.

Toasted pine nuts

Why toast pine nuts? As with most nuts, toasting brings out more flavor. Pine nuts are high in oil, giving them an almost buttery texture, and once mixed with other ingredients, their flavor is more mild and sweet. Since toasting pine nuts is so easy to do, why not bring out more of that flavor?!

Now, here is How To Toast Pine Nuts, be sure to print and pin the simple recipe so that you can make them again and again!

How To Toast Pine Nuts

Toasting pine nuts is an easy way to add elevated flavor to so many dishes. See how to toast pine nuts at home.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Author: tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • Pine nuts

Instructions

  • Place single layer of pine nuts in a dry frying pan
  • Turn heat to medium-low and cook until fragrant and golden brown, stir frequently
  • When the are golden brown, transfer them to a plate to stop the cooking and prevent burning
  • Enjoy!

how to roast pine nuts

Did you know it was that easy to toast pine nuts? 

Toasted pine nuts

Toasted pine nuts (Toasted Pignolias) will last at least 6 months, if you can actually keep them around for that long 😉 Be sure to try add them to your salad recipes, like my Zucchini and Squash Salad.

Easiest Way to toast pine nuts

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Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Enjoy this easy to make Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing on your favorite salad or as a flavorful marinade. Fresh is best!

Easy Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

You guys know that I love making my own salad dressings, it’s so easy to do and it’s the perfect way to customize your flavors to what you are making. And again, it’s sooooo easy! I mean, why wouldn’t you make your own dressing?! Fresh is better than store bought, I promise. When I made my Zucchini and Squash Salad with toasted pine nuts I knew I needed a simple, yet flavorful dressing to bring out all the fresh flavors. This Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing is perfect. In fact, this Honey Mustard Vinaigrette would also make for a yummy marinade.

Best Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

To make your own Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, you need less than 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. In fact, you probably have all the ingredients for this Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing at home right now!

This is what you need to make this deliciously simple Honey Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, the juice from the lemon you just got zest from should be enough
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, I used Silver Spring Foods
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Then you just whisk everything together. Done. Yum. Feel free to season with salt and pepper if you think this salad dressing recipe needs it.

Best Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Now, here is my Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

This Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing is way better than anything you will buy in the store, plus it's easy to make!
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Condiment/Dressing
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice the juice from the lemon you just got zest from should be enough
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard I used Silver Spring Foods
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper if desired

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together
  • Enjoy on your favorite salad or as a marinade

 

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette as much as we do!

Do you ever make your own salad dressings?  What is your favorite dressing to make at home?

 

Easy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

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Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than with this Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake! Indulge in this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake deliciousness at home today. While this post is sponsored by Voortman Bakery, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Summer is here and that means it’s time for cool treats. You will notice that I don’t post a bunch of dessert recipes, and that’s simply because I love dessert a bit too much 😉 I have a serious sweet tooth, so if I am going to make dessert, it’s going to be epic or lower in fat. Today, I decided to go with epic. What better way to celebrate summer than with an over the top orange creamsicle milkshake?! Actually, I consider this work of art a FREAKSHAKE.

Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

You have seen these right? Freakshakes are all the rage right now, you can find them in restaurants, dessert shops, all over town! In fact, the last time I was in St. Augustine, we stood in line for 30 minutes (which was one of the smaller lines I have seen) so that the kids could get a Freakshake, this ice cream parlor ONLY serves these Freakshake Masterpieces! I will tell ya that it’s a lot cheaper and a lot more fun to make one of these babies at home, I mean who doesn’t want to get messy in the kitchen with ice cream, whipped cream and all sorts of fun toppings?!

Best Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

The first thing you need to make your Freakshake is a glass, I recommend one with a handle so that when you go to pick it up you don’t make your hands a sticky mess. Because these babies are messy, you are going to have ice cream and topping goodness dripping down the side. Now if you are thinking, why the heck would I want that mess in my house…the answer is simple…just LOOK at that milkshake! Doesn’t it look fun?! Can you imagine serving up this Orange Creamsicle Milkshake to the kids? They would be SO excited! How about making them for your next summer party? Guests could add their own toppings! Trust me folks, these are gonna be a hit with no matter who you serve them to, even if it’s just to you 😉

Tasty Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Orange Creamsicle is by far one of my favorite summertime flavors, so when I saw that Voortman Bakery had Orange Creme Wafers (baked with REAL oranges and no artificial color or flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup!), I knew that an Orange Creamsicle Milkshake was going to be in order, and it was going to be epic.

Now that you have the cool glass and Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers, it’s time to build your epic Freakshake.

How to make the best Freakshakes

For the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake you will need:

Orange sorbet
Vanilla ice cream
Milk
Vanilla extract

For the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake toppings you will need:

Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers
White Chocolate Candy Melts
Orange Candy Melts
Whipped Cream
Sprinkles
Orange Slices if desired

Now that you have everything you need, let’s build your Orange Creamsicle Freakshake. In a blender, combine orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

Coat the edge and sides of glass in melted white chocolate. Drizzle on some of the melted orange candy melts. Add in some sprinkles to the melted chocolate. Fill the decorated glass with the milkshake. Top with a scoop of orange sorbet, top with whipped cream, stick in as many Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers as you can, finally top with more sprinkles and an orange slice if you would like. Serve with extra Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers. We liked dipping a few extra wafers into the milkshake as we were eating it.

How to make Freakshakes

Mic drop.

Orange Vanilla Freakshakes

Hello Summer Fun in a glass!

Orange Vanilla Milkshake

Now, here is my Orange Creamsicle Freakshake recipe, this milkshake recipe makes two servings, so feel free to double or triple it.

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

This Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake screams SUMMER FUN! Enjoy this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake today. Cheers!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2
Author: Tracy Shaw

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 3 cups orange sorbet
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk - I used skim
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milkshake toppings Ingredients
  • Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • In a blender, combine orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
  • Milkshake Decorating Instructions
  • Melt candy melts according to package instructions.
  • Coat the edge of glass and down the sides in melted white chocolate.
  • Drizzle on some orange candy melts.
  • Add some sprinkles onto the melted chocolate.
  • Fill the decorated glass with the milkshake.
  • Top with a scoop of orange sorbet.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Stick in as many Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers as you can.
  • Top with more sprinkles and a real orange slice if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Serve with extra Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers for dipping.

Outrageous Creamsicle Freakshake

I hope you enjoy this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake as much as we do!

Creamsicle Freakshake

Have you ever had a Freakshake before? Have you ever made an over-the-top milkshake at home before?

Best Orange Creamsicle Freakshake

As you can see, my kids could not wait for me to stop taking pictures so they could start enjoying!

Orange Creamsicle Freakshake

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Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

This Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette is the perfect addition to your favorite salad recipe. This salad dressing is light, tangy, sweet and absolutely delicious.

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

You all know that I have a love for homemade salad dressings. There is just something about creating the perfect salad dressing for the perfect salad you just made. This Homemade Raspberry Lime salad dressing is the perfect blend of tangy, citrus and sweet, making it the perfect addition to just about any salad! I made this salad dressing for my Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad, which is loaded with raspberries and blackberries making this Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette the perfect accompaniment.

You probably have all the ingredients for this homemade vinaigrette dressing, with all the beautiful berries at the market right now I know my refrigerator is loaded up with fresh produce.  I just love the bright color of this Homemade Raspberry Lime salad dressing, the raspberries made it the perfect shade of hot pink.

Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

What you need to make this Raspberry Lime dressing:

Juice from one lime
Fresh raspberries
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Honey
Salt

And to make it, you simply put all the ingredients into your food processor and blend it until smooth.  Doesn’t get too much easier than that!

Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

Now, here is my Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

This vibrant homemade salad dressing is the perfect accompaniment to your summer salads. You can even use this Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette as a marinade.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Author: Tracy @ foodwinesunshine.com

Ingredients

  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into your food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

I hope you enjoy this homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette salad dressing as much as we do!

Don’t stop at just using this salad dressing on your salads,  use it as a marinade for chicken and pork.  Or drizzle it over your steaks!  This homemade vinaigrette is absolutely yummy and will be fantastic on just about anything you add it to, I promise!

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

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Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad

Looking for all the tastes of summer in one bowl? This Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad is it! Healthy, yummy and easy to make! Grab this fresh salad recipe and enjoy! While this post is sponsored by Produce For Kids, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad

Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad

What is the first thing that pops into your head when I say SALAD? Boring? Lots of greens? No flavor? Too healthy? NO! A salad is a blank canvas for you to add fun flavors and deliciousness into a rewarding and satisfying meal. I absolutely love a “fun salad” and with all the beautiful produce available right now, it’s really easy to create one.

I went to Publix this week and filled my cart with fresh ingredients and made an incredible salad. And do you want to know the best part about this salad? Just by purchasing the ingredients we gave back to our local food banks. Eat Good. Do Good.

Berry Avocado Chicken Salad

How did we help our local food banks just by shopping at Publix? Produce For Kids has teamed up with Publix again to support local Feeding America® food banks. All you have to do is look for Produce for Kids signage in the produce department now through June 27 to support the participating brands giving back to your local food banks.

Healthy Berry Avocado Chicken Salad

Now, let’s create that Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad, these are the ingredients that you will need:

Raspberries
Blackberries
Long Hothouse Cucumber
Avocado
Almonds
Chicken – I used rotisserie chicken
Bed of greens

For the homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing you will need:

Fresh lime juice, so a few limes 😉
Fresh raspberries
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Honey
Salt

See why I choose to call my salad Berry Delicious? All the fresh berries, avocado, cucumber, almonds and chicken work so well together to give you fresh flavor explosion with lots of texture…resulting in a scrumptious salad that you will want to create again and again.  Not to mention, this salad is loaded with protein and fresh produce…it’s everything you could possibly want in a salad.

Avocado Berry Chicken Salad

Now, here is my Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad with homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad

This Delicious Berry Avocado Chicken Salad is loaded with all the fresh flavors and produce that you are craving this season! Enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz. package Raspberries - I used Driscoll's
  • 3 oz Blackberries half package - I used Driscoll's
  • 1/2 Long Hothouse Cucumber - sliced
  • 1/2 Avocado - sliced
  • 10 - 12 Almonds - I used the Roasted and Salted variety by Wonderful®
  • 4 oz shredded Chicken - I used rotisserie chicken
  • Bed of greens - I used Fresh Express Spring Mix

Ingredients for Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Instructions for Salad

  • Layer all ingredients as desired
  • Drizzle homemade Vinaigrette over salad
  • Enjoy!

Instructions for Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Place all ingredients into food processor or blend, blend until smooth

 

I hope you enjoy this Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad with Raspberry Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette as much as we do! This fresh salad is an explosion of summer flavors in a bowl…or plate…how ever you want to serve it up!

Berry Avocado Chicken Salad with Almonds

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I know I mentioned that by heading to Publix and getting the ingredients for this Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad you will also help your local food bank, so I wanted to share all the participating brands to keep a look out for.

Tasty Berry Avocado Chicken Salad

Here are the participating brands to look out for at Publix:

  • CMI Orchards Hero Snack Size Gala Apples
  • Coast Tropical Mangos
  • Del Monte® Fruit Naturals® Cups
  • Driscoll’s® Raspberries & Blackberries
  • Fresh Express® Packaged Salads
  • Lakeside Produce ​Colored Bell Peppers & Long Hothouse Cucumbers
  • Marie’s® Dressings
  • SUNSET® Tomatoes on the Vine, Beefsteak and Campari® Tomatoes
  • Mission Avocados
  • RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions
  • Wonderful® Pistachios & Almonds

What is one of your favorite salad recipes?

Delicious Berry Avocado Chicken Salad

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Summer Cucumber Salad

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Come From Away Musical Review

Come From Away is the true story of the small town that welcomed the world on 9/11. Take a journey to Newfoundland and be a part of the experience of 7000 people that were flying that day. While I was able to see this performance for free at the Straz Center in Tampa, all opinions are my own.

Come From Away Musical Review

Come From Away Musical Review

Where were you on 9/11/01? Just typing the date gives me the goosebumps. I was living in Tampa then, but was still new to the area. I wasn’t attached to my cell phone like I am now, in fact, I don’t even remember having one, but I am sure I did. I was driving to work listening to the radio and when I got there, everyone in the office was somber and discussing something but I didn’t know what. Then we all watched the news in horror and disbelief. I called my parents in Michigan, I called my now-husband and everyone was safe. No one understood what was going on, it was inconceivable that something like this was happening. Terrorists had taken over planes and killed as many people as they could. Why? How? What? I am sure you remember exactly where you were on 9/11 as well. It’s a day that we will never forget.

I have been to Ground Zero and have prayed for all those that lost their lives, I have prayed for the men and women that died trying to save others, I have prayed for the families and friends that have lost someone, I have prayed for those that witnessed the horror of that day. I am sure you have prayed for them as well.

And while I have thought about those we lost that day and I have thought about the destruction and the rebuild of New York City, I have never thought about the others that were flying that day. Not because I am insensitive but simply because my thoughts were always directed to those that were lost or had lost someone.

But there were over 7000 people flying that morning that survived. 7000 people that were scared, lost and confused on why they weren’t going home. 7000 people that were redirected to Gander Newfoundland.

Come From Away Musical Details

The Musical Come From Away is the story of those 7000 people and the small town that welcomed them all with open arms. Come From Away takes you back to 9/11 and tells you a story that you may not have known, one that you may not have even thought about. Those 7000 people actually almost doubled the population of the small town that they landed in, but the townspeople welcomed them. They tried their best to make them feel at home, feed them, give them shelter and tried to give them something else to think about than the news that was on the television and the fact that they couldn’t be with their loved ones back in the States.

Come From Away Musical Info

Come From Away made me laugh, I mean who helps someone steal a grill?! That’s a joke you will get when you see the show 😉 Come From Away made me cry, some suffered a loss that I hope to never experience. But most of all, Come From Away made me leave with a deep appreciation for people…there are still good people out there, and a lot of them live in Newfoundland.

Come From Away Review

I will say that Come From Away was definitely one of my favorite Broadway shows. We stayed until the very end and sang and clapped along with the musicians. I loved it from start to finish and I am thankful there were wasn’t an intermission, because I didn’t want the show to stop!

Come From Away will be performing at the Straz Center here in Tampa through June 9th. It is about an hour and half show with no intermission, so plan accordingly.

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10 Tips For Planning The Perfect Brunch

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Tips For Planning The Perfect Brunch

10 Tips For Planning The Perfect Brunch

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? I mean all the delicious eats, drinks, and time with family and friends…what more could you possibly ask for? We love getting together with our friends on the weekend, and since weekends are made for sleeping in and spending time having fun, brunches are perfect.

Best Brunch Menu

The most important thing for your brunch is the FOOD. I mean, folks are coming to have fun and chat, yes, but the main reason they are coming is the FOOD. I love to serve fresh produce at brunch, not only is it delicious (and healthy!) but it adds a nice pop of color to your tablescape.

Best Brunch Eats

Right now Fresh From Florida watermelon is in season, and there is nothing quite like biting into a juicy piece of watermelon on a hot summer day, so watermelon is a given at my planned brunch parties. Fresh From Florida Sweet Corn is also a family favorite, and while corn on the cob isn’t necessarily the perfect brunch menu item, my Cowboy Caviar is.

Tips For Planning a Brunch

Cowboy Caviar is made with Fresh From Florida sweet corn, tomatoes, and bell peppers, plus lots of other produce which makes it not only delicious, but healthy. I served my Cowboy Caviar with fresh celery, bell pepper strips and tortilla chips, but it also a yummy topping for eggs. Again, making Cowboy Caviar another perfect addition to your brunch menu.

How to plan a brunch

Now that we have talked a bit about the importance of good, fresh menu items for your brunch, let’s go over the tips for planning the perfect brunch.

Brunch Party Planning

Everyone wants their guests to walk away saying “Man, that was the perfect brunch!”

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Best Brunch Planning Tips

10 Tips For Planning The Perfect Brunch

Plan a Diverse Menu

You will want sweet, savory and fresh menu items for everyone to enjoy. Fresh produce is a must, I always Fresh From Florida produce on my brunch menu especially since Florida Farmers make it easy for me to get fresh, delicious produce year-round. Do not pick menu items that you turn you into a short-order cook for the whole brunch, stay away from pancakes and omelets.

Prep Ahead

Chop veggies, make casseroles the night before, put the juice in glass containers, cut up the fresh fruit and vegetables. Keep everything in airtight containers until you are ready to use them.

Set Up the Night Before

You want to be as relaxed as possible the morning of your brunch, so that means you are going to have to do a lot the night before. You don’t want to be rushing around, you want to enjoy the party too! Lay out place settings (or arrange the stacks of plates where you want them if doing casual self-serve) hang decorations and put flowers in vases, make sure there are plenty of seats, get the coffee ready to brew, get out the serving platters, put out napkins, arrange the glasses.

Clean

Don’t forget to make sure the bathroom is cleaned and stocked with the essentials. And if you plan on showing anyone the new tile in the laundry room, make sure that’s tidied up too!

Keep Your Food Warm

Turn the oven on to 200 degrees and keep any warm dishes in the oven until your guests are ready to eat. No one really eats the second they walk through the door, everyone likes to chat or grab a drink first. Speaking of drinks…

Have a Few Drink Options

While the first drink that comes to mind for a brunch menu for me is mimosas, not everyone likes them…or even likes to drink. So be sure to have fresh OJ (Florida OJ is the best 😉 ), cold water, coffee, and at least one other juice option.

Get Creative with Your Serving Plates and Glasses

Not everything has to match! Have a variety of color glasses out, put utensils in mason jars, use clear plates, use a cake stand for an item or two for different heights.

Simple Centerpieces

The food is the star of the show at a brunch, but there is nothing wrong with adding fresh simple flowers around the table.  I even like to put some scattered flower buds around the serving area for an extra pop of color.

Be Ready To Keep Conversations Going

While your brunch is probably filled with friends and family that already love to chat, there is always the possibility for silence. Have a few questions ready to go to the group just in case…What are your summer plans? What is the best trip you have been on?

Have Fun!

It’s a PARTY, have FUN! The whole purpose for a brunch party is to have fun, and that includes YOU, so relax and enjoy.

Brunch Planning Tips

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How to plan the perfect brunch

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Deliciously Easy Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar is filled with healthy foods and tastes amazing! Cowboy Caviar is an easy appetizer recipe that everyone will love.

Easy Cowboy Caviar

Deliciously Easy Cowboy Caviar

If you are looking for an easy appetizer recipe that is also healthy and full of flavor, then look no further. Cowboy Caviar is made with lots of your favorite fresh produce and you can serve it with tortilla chips or celery and bell pepper strips. Honestly, no matter how you serve it, you and your guests are going to love it.

I made Cowboy Caviar for our brunch this past weekend, and I have also made it for card nights with our friends. In fact, my husband and I actually had leftovers for lunch the other day 🙂 In fact, as I am thinking about it…Cowboy Caviar would be amazing on top of grilled chicken! Oh, all those fresh flavors, then the heat from the jalapenos and the citrus from the lime…YUM. Ok, I am going to have to try that next!

Healthy Cowboy Caviar

To make Cowboy Caviar you need:

3 tomatoes seeds removed, diced – I used vine tomatoes
2 ripe avocados, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can black eyed peas rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups fresh corn, cooked and cut off the cob – approx 3 ears
1 bell pepper, diced
2 jalapeno pepper seeds removed, diced
1/3 cup fresh Cilantro finely chopped

You will also make your own simple dressing to toss all goodness in. You will need a few basic ingredients that you probably have at home right now.

To make the dressing for your Cowboy Caviar you will need:

1/3 cup olive oil
Juice from 2 limes, approx 2 – 3 tablespoons
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

And to make it, you simply mix all your veggies together, drizzle on the dressing and stir well to coat! I like to put mine in the refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes before serving so that all the flavors get a chance to marinate together before everyone digs in.

Best Cowboy Caviar

Now, here is the Cowboy Caviar Recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar is a simple yet healthy appetizer that your friends and family will love. It's flavor of flavors and colors, plus it's easy to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 3 to matoes seeds removed diced - I used vine tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocados diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can black eyed peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn cooked and cut off the cob
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeno pepper seeds removed diced
  • cup Cilantro finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 2 limes approx 2 - 3 tablespoons
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Combine all the produce and vegetables into a large bowl and mix well by stirring gently
  • Pour dressing over top and gently stir

Dressing Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and stir well
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Serve with tortilla chips and/or celery and bell pepper strips.

 

I hope you enjoy this Cowboy Caviar recipe as much as we do!

Delicious Cowboy Caviar

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