Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bok Towers

Hubby and I had the opportunity to get free museum tickets from The Smithsonian Magazine (see previous post). We chose Bok Towers.
We had been there a few years ago but I was ready to see it again. We had a wonderful time and my hubby was so sweet and patient as I took tons of pictures. I couldn’t believe all the different birds we saw, including a few hummingbirds. And the tower is an amazing sight to see.

One of the many benches they have for you to sit, relax, and listen to the bells.

These lily pads are HUGE! They are probably 6 ft across!

At Bok you can explore the beautiful landscaped gardens. You can also discover the history of Edward W. Bok and the building of his 205 foot Singing Tower and tour the historic Pinewood Estate mansion to catch a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of the 1930s.
Tucked away throughout the Gardens the curious will find secret garden paths, picture rubbing posts as well as three geocache locations!
Bok Tower Gardens located between Tampa and Orlando.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Free Museum Day

This Saturday, September 24th, you can have the opportunity to get into a museum for free. This is all over the U.S. and is being sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Click on the title, then "find a museum", type in you state and see all the participating museums. Then fill out the short application and they will email you a free ticket for two.

Super easy and free, that's my kind of deal!

Although not participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is offering $5 admission on Saturday, September 24. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Availability is limited and tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis.

I think I will go to Bok Towers. What museum are you going to?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Makin' Woopie...

Whoopie Pies that is.
Actually I am not making them, My brothers fiance has started her own business called "Small Sweet Things" selling whoopie pies at the Ybor City Farmers Market. I am sure she is in her kitchen right now baking away.
Anyway, I wanted to show her my love and support by mentioning her on my blog, because she is a fantastic cook AND she has great taste in guys too!
If any of you can please stop by her booth, show her some love and buy a few Whoopie Pies that would be fantastic!!! She has lots of yummy flavors to try.
Maybe I will see you there!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Canned, Fresh or Frozen

BPA, the synthetic estrogen linked to cancer and abnormal brain development, is in the lining of most food and beverage cans, and it can leach out. Whether the food is organic doesn't matter, USDA tests show. When possible, buy fresh or frozen items; there's no BPA in plastic freezer bags, says Sarah Janssen, M.D., senior scientist at the NRDC. (From Yahoo News)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Never Forget

Sorry this is late.

Most of us will never forget what we were doing that awful morning of September 11, 2001, myself included. I have a husband who works in law enforcement, he had only been in bed a few hours from working the night shift when I woke him up to tell him what was happening. He thought I was crazy but I insisted he get out of bed and see for himself. It was a very sad day.

I am truely blessed to live in this wonderful Country and all the MANY freedoms we have that many of us take for granted.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I've been a bad girl!

Last week a friend dropped off some cupcakes from Sweetie's Delights located in Valrico, Florida. Wow were they fabulous! I didn't eat them all by myself but, don't think the thought hadn't crossed my mind. I was a good girl and cut each cupcake into 4 pieces to share with my kids, that way we all got to try each flavor and I didn't feel as bad indulging myself with all that yummy goodness!
I believe the flavors I got were Red Velvet, Reese's, Smore, Chocolate Moo moo?, Carrot Cake, and Oreo. We all had a different favorite, mine was the chocolate of course.

Now here is the bad girl part. I was out running errands when I saw the unmistakable pink sign urging me to come inside...yes, it was Sweetie's Delight! I should have kept on driving but I could not resist the temptation of seeing what other sugary delights await me. They had more of those yummy cupcakes but they also had some Truffle cookies. So I asked for 1 of each of the truffle cookies. Don't gasp, there were only 4 different kinds. As I was checking out they had a basket of something called a Smoodgie. It's pretty much a whoopie pie. They had a couple of flavors and I choose strawberry. I think it might be my favorite.
Despite having brought all that yummy goodness I restrained my self again and cut them up into 4 pieces to share.

At the top is the Strawberry Smoodgie. The middle row-chocolate cookie on the left is filled with a coconut filling, the chocolate chip is filled with chocolate, the white cookie is filled with a raspberry filling. Bottom row is a chocolate chip cookie sandwich aka a smidgie and the last cookie is a chocolate cookie with nut and a peanut butter filling.

Look at those yummy fillings!

So now you see all this yummy stuff I keep torturing myself with, did I tell you I am supposed to be training for a 5k!!!! Maybe I could get someone to dangle a cupcake in front of me to get me off my booty and run!