Feed The Need Winter Park: Happy Hour For Hunger

I post about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida A LOT because it is a cause that changes lives! Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distributed more than 36 million pounds of grocery product (equivalent to more than 24 million meals)! That’s amazing. When Kids Have No Food We Have No Choice! The number of people seeking food assistance in our community continues to rise. Today, 187,940 children struggle with hunger – an 8.9% increase over last year. In response to this growing need, the Winter Park community…

Delightful and Frightful 2014 Sharp Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Remember the 2013 Sharp Holiday cocktail recipes from my SIL (aka Mixologist Mindy)? Now it’s time for some Delightful & Frightful Halloween spooktacular ones! These will be a hit at your upcoming party. Candy Corn Martini #1 4 oz pineapple juice 2 oz of candy corn infused vodka. Garnished with a few pieces of candy corn (in the bottom). Candy Corn Martini #2 1.5oz of triple sec .5 oz fresh lemon juice 2 oz of candy corn vodka I also did a rim of sugar/orange zest dipped in rich simple syrup. This drink…

2014 Golden Fork Award Winners From The Downtown Food & Wine Fest

Congratulations to the 2014 Golden Fork Award Winners from the Downtown Food & Wine Fest this weekend at Lake Eola. I am sad to admit, my son’s hockey kept me away…but I heard it was yet another amazing Fest!   Foodie Award (based on one food item for taste, unique flavor and culinary excellence) The Smiling Bison – Pretzel Bread Pudding   Best Overall Menu (based on overall menu creativity, depth of offerings, and quality) KASA Tapas and Raw Bar   Best of Show (based on fun factor, overall energy, and…

Eat Clean, Eat Simple With Good Food Made Simple #EatClean

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Good Food Made Simple and The Motherhood. I’ve been compensated for my time however, all opinions are my own. It’s a new year, many (myself included) are focused on exercising more and eating a cleaner diet. This means reading labels and understand what we are putting into our bodies. I recently discovered the brand “Good Food Made Simple” (GFMS) and I am more than impressed. They have taken the guesswork out of eating healthy because GFMS ONLY uses clean, simple ingredients that we…

Napa Valley Family Friendly Wineries and Dining

My family recently had an amazing trip to Napa Valley (and San Francisco, but I will cover that in a separate post). We brought our Kindergarten son along and researched family friendly wineries and eateries in advance. We had a great time and winery staff and other tasters went out of their way to tell us what a well behaved little man he was. He brought along his iPad and would find a place to sit and never made a sound. My husband and I are wine lovers so our…

2013 Sharp Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Each December, my awesome sister-in-law Mindy shares “Sharp Holiday Cocktails” on her Facebook page. Friends and family look forward to her recipes and photos! This year, I’m sharing her lovely concoctions with the entire world. I promise, you will find a new favorite mixed drink. Your Christmas parties will never be the same…and you will have mixologist Mindy to thank! Stock your liquor cabinet and get ready to enjoy these amazing cocktails! Leave some comments letting Mindy know which drinks you have tried and what you think! I will update…

Healthy, Fun Snack Ideas For Kids

Need an excuse to play with your food? FamilyFun Magazine has some healthy, fun snack ideas to keep your little ones both entertained and full. I already shared the octopus cupcake idea (click here for a reminder), but here are some additional cute ideas below that are perfect for fun after-school snack time, play dates, or parties below! Banana cupcakes: This fruity, protein-packed mini no-bake “cupcake” is a fun, healthy after school snack! Ingredients: Bananas, Peanut butter, Blueberries, & Coconut Directions: Use a piping bag and round decorating tip (or a ziplock bag with…