Thursday, January 17, 2013
Public schools in Largo are closed Friday for a Teacher Work Day and again on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Thursday, January 17
Largo students can enjoy a four-day weekend leading up to Monday's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All of Pinellas County's public schools are closed Friday, Jan. 18, for a Teacher Work Day, and closed again Monday, Jan. 22, for the national holiday, according to the district calendar. Classes resume Tuesday for the start of the second semester. See the district's online calendar for the rest of the 2013 holiday schedule.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Here's some tips for keeping your pet out of the animal emergency room.
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- D'Ann White
Sunday, December 23, 2012
One of the pitfalls of the holidays is that families bring foreign objects such as Christmas trees, tinsel, poinsettias and ribbon into the home this time of year. While these things may make the family's holiday brighter, they can be disastrous for pets. As a result, pet-related emergencies increase each holiday season. However, according to BluePearl Veterinary Partners of Tampa Bay, many of these emergencies are avoidable if families take precautions. Here are some safety tips for pets from BluePearl: • Keep holiday decorations out of reach. Ingestion of metal or glass ornaments, ribbons and tinsel is a medical emergency. They can cause severe damage to the gastrointestinal tract. • Place holiday plants high off the ground. Ivy, holly, …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Looking for something sweet this holiday season? A few local bakeries sell Christmas cookies.
One of the most delicious parts of any holiday is the dessert. And at Christmas, cookies are often the go-to sweet ending at holiday gatherings and meals. Even for those who do not have a sweet tooth, holiday cookies are often an art-feast for the eyes, such as colorful, jam-filled thumbprint cookies, iced gingerbread men and powdery-white snow balls. If baking at home is not part of your holiday plan, Largo bakeries offer a great selection of beautiful and delicious Christmas cookies. 1. Casey's Cookies 2. Cesarina's Italian Deli & Bakery 3. Frida's Cafe & Bakery 4. German Deli and International Wurst Haus Stay connected by signing up for our free email newsletter or "liking" us on Facebook. Know of a local bakery we missed? Please add it…
If you're short on baking time, try these cookie recipes this holiday season.
No time to bake? These recipes are perfect for a quick bunch of cookies or candy to take into the office or give as gifts. Many of these can be made ahead and frozen until Christmas. Easy Pistachio Baklava Mini-Cups 2 pkgs. Mini-fillo shells (1.9 oz. packages) 1/2 cup honey 2 tsp. real lemon juice 1 cup shelled pistachios 3 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1 Tbsp. melted butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place shells on a rimmed baking sheet. Stir honey and lemon juice in small cup until blended and set aside. Pulse pistachios, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a food processor just until chopped. Don’t over process! Add butter and pulse two more times. Spoon into cups and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Largo Patch offers five things that will bring a smile to any man’s face this Father’s Day.
While Mother’s Day might get more fanfare, everyone knows fathers are nearly as important as their counterparts in the grand scheme of things. Although dads don’t necessarily want to be wined and dined or showered with flowers, they still enjoy a good, thoughtful gift or two in addition to not having to mow the lawn for a day. With that in mind, Largo Patch came up with five terrific Father’s Day gift ideas to give to that special dad in your life. 1. Golf. There are a number of excellent golf courses in the Largo area, and there’s sure to be one to suit your favorite golfing father’s needs. Bardmoor is a top-notch facility that offers everything a dad needs to work on his game, while the East Bay Golf Club is a picturesque course in a …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
From ditching the cream in mashed potatoes to avoiding fatty parts of the turkey, here's a way to have your Thanksgiving meal and eat it low-cal, too.
The holidays are a high-pressure time to ignore healthy eating habits and indulge in large portions of fattening foods at family gatheries and parties. Thanksgiving, in particular, is difficult, since the celebration centers on food – high-calorie foods. Gloria Tsang, a registered dietian and author, offers a common-sense strategy for managing temptations during holiday meals. Tsang does not advise people to make sacrificies. Instead she offers some resourceful strategies for reducing the amount of sugar and fat in meals. Here are 5 easy steps to cut 400 calories from Thanksgiving and other holiday meals: In her book Go UnDiet, Tsang advises reader to "un-fat-free" – that is, stay away from fat-free diet products. Fat-free products often …
Friday, January 7, 2011
Was your New Year's resolution to lose weight? Find out how you can make small changes to reach your goals. Fitness trainer, Cyndi Fickes, owner of The Gym, says adopt a fitness mindset for a healthy lifestyle.
Now that 2010 is over, most of us are assessing our activities and deciding our New Year's Resolutions. What did we accomplish? Did we reach our goals? After indulging in holiday feasts and treats, weight loss ranks high on many people's lists. The additional activities and parties can wreck our fitness routines, and we find ourselves a few pounds heavier. What's the best way to get healthier? Make a realistic goal. Sometimes, we're so excited about our new resolution, that we set unattainable goals. If you're sedentary, make a goal to walk three times a week, or for 15-minutes at a time. If you're more active, don't jump to a triathlon in three weeks. Think of a reasonable and attainable goal. When you reach it, then you can gradually …
Monday, December 27, 2010
There never seems to be a shortage of specials and sales during the holiday season. For those who waited until after Christmas better deals are looming.
There never seems to be a shortage of sales during the holiday season. Those who waited to buy their electronics and accessories after Christmas may walk away with a better bargain. It isn't unusual for people to buy themselves gifts while shopping for others. According to the National Retail Federation, the average a person will spend $107.50 on themselves this year. To max out on the bargain, wait to treat yourself. The NRF expects some items to be further reduced after Christmas because customers return unwanted gifts. Since retailers need to clear space on their shelves to make room for new products, these items will sell for less. Items to wait for: 1. Electronics : Although there were great electronics deals on Black Friday and …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Local experts recommend their favorite holiday and gift wines and offer tips for serving just the right pour at any holiday gathering.
Buying the right wine and serving it properly can put the finishing touch on your holiday get-together. Local wine sellers have chimed in to help you make the right impression: Garry Brady's experience with wine goes back more than 20 years. He began by serving wine at resorts. Now he's the owner of The Wine Shop of Largo where he and his team of four wine experts have helped customers pick the right wines at the right price for 11 years. At the shop located at 251 Clearwater Largo Rd., economy shoppers can find good wines from $5 to $10. Chris Scott, owner of 688 Fine Wine and Spirits, specializes in a variety of wines and hard-to-find liquors. "We'll make special orders as small as one bottle," Scott said. To help customers pick their …