Going Coastal

Go to Tampa Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Race

Hot Chocolate Runs take place throughout the World, and according to CNN is considered 1 of 11 coolest themed runs. Hot Chocolate 15K/5K benefits the Ronald McDonald House charities, and is coming to Tampa December 17. Find out more about the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Race below.

Participants will be treated to sweet stations dotted along course route. The sweet stations will include M&Ms, chocolate chips and marshmallows to enjoy along the way.

Fruitcake Is Forever

“There is Only One Fruitcake in the World and People Keep Passing It Around” (Johnny Carson)

The name “fruitcake” can be traced back only as far as the Middle Ages.  The word is formed from a combination of the Latin fructus, and French frui or frug. The tradition of making fruitcakes for special occasions such as weddings and holidays gained in popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries. Due to the cost of the materials, it was a grand indulgence. But, as with many traditions, how this confection came to be exclusively associated with Christmas season is a mystery. Fruitcake (or fruit cake) is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices and (occasionally) soaked in spirits. In the United Kingdom, certain rich versions may be iced and decorated.

Thanksgiving Day 2017

Thanksgiving in America
A European Tradition Comes to America


In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After an uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Thanksgiving Day 2017

I have many great memories of Thanksgiving Day with my family. Often, I’m “thankful” the day after Thanksgiving. When “family” gets together in one place observing a national holiday, all bets are off as to what can happen.


As a child, I can remember looking forward to seeing family at Thanksgiving for a few minutes, then running outside until hearing my mom remind me to wash my hands for “the big meal,” followed by more play outside.  This formula worked well until I turned 12.  Teenage years are a time of transition, as any parent can attest to…traditions were set years before.

Veteran's Day 2017

Veterans Day 2017


Veterans Day observes the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, celebrating the ending of World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.  America “thanks” veterans who served the United States in all wars. Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11 (Saturday in 2017) with parades and church services. The American flag is often hung at half-mast and two minutes of silence are observed at 11:00 a.m.  Friday, November 10, 2017 is a Federal holiday.