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Doctors Village Farmers Market March 5th

Doctors Village Farmers Market March 5th

Please join us at the Doctors Village Farmers Market the 1st Saturday of each month.

With vendors offering everything from fresh fruits & vegetables to home-made edibles prepared on-site, and hand crafted arts & crafts, the Doctors Village Farmers Market in Julington Creek is back and has quickly become one of the most successful in the region.

As a special feature this month’s there will be St. Johns County EMS vehicles on site!

St. Johns County Announces Energy Efficiency Education Series

St. Johns County is launching the Energy Efficiency Education Series, a group of five workshops to be offered throughout March on energy efficient building practices.

The education series is specifically designed to meet the needs of builders, developers and design professionals involved in commercial and residential construction. Although tailored for the commercial sector, the workshops also will be relevant and open to all members of St. Johns County. By attending all five workshops, individuals will be recognized as a St. Johns County Energy Efficiency Ambassador and provided a certificate of completion for prominent display at their place of business.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Special Discount for Spaying and Neutering Cats for Spay Day

In honor of Spay Day, the St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a special discount on spaying and neutering cats. The promotion is held in conjunction with the annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.

 

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. announced it launched a smartphone application that will help customers find their closest Winn-Dixie, allow them to view the weekly circular and sales for that specific store, and create and manage shopping lists that both sync with computers and can be shared with other users. The easy-to-use app for Apple’s iPhone and Android smart phones is available as a free download through Apple Inc.’s iTunes, the Android Market or through links on Winn-Dixie’s website at http://www.winndixie.com/Mobile/apps.

Holiday Meal Makeovers

Holiday Meal Makeovers

With the holidays quickly approaching, at-home chefs everywhere are beginning to plan their menus. This year, The Fresh Market encourages foodies to think outside the recipe box by departing from tradition in favor of new flavors! The specialty grocer offers up some unique recipes for “Meal Makeovers” for your holiday feasts – unexpected flavors incorporated into traditional favorites.

New flavors from across the globe will liven up menus and allow for even more creativity in the kitchen. Taste buds are sure to enjoy Curried Sweet Potato Casserole, Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Lemon Dill Green Beans with Pine Nuts and Pecorino, a delicious alternative to traditional green bean casserole. While turkey is tried and true, shake up the menu by preparing an elegant Pork Crown Roast served with Couscous instead of traditional stuffing. Another holiday favorite is Whole Beef Tenderloin as it serves well with a wide range of interesting side dishes.

Thanksgiving is only 24 days away!!! Are you ready to host family and friends around your table?

Here are some tips:

Prepare for the Feast

Plan ahead. The key to minimizing holiday-induced anxiety is to plan in advance. Take inventory now to make sure you have the essentials you will need to serve your holiday meal - both basics and serving pieces.

Save time and space. Use serving pieces with warming trays to free up essential cooking space on your stove. To create additional space in your oven, use a three-tier oven rack on one side that leaves the other side open for more bulky food allowing you to cook more than one dish at a time.