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Couples cooking class at Publix' Apron Cooking School

by Lisa Castanet

Couples cooking class at Publix' Apron Cooking School

Where: Lake Miriam Square, 4730 S Florida Ave, Lakeland FL 33813
Time: 6:00pm
What: Cooking classes for up to 12 people.
Cost: $90.00 per couple
Contact: 863-647-4127

What a fun evening to enjoy as a date night out with your honey.  Recently, we enjoyed the weekend by attending this couples cooking class on a Friday night evening which began about 6:00pm and lasted until around 8:30pm.  There were a total of six couples so the smaller group setting makes for
a real hands on experience as everyone gets an opportunity to help in meal preparation and cooking.

The instruction for our dinner class was learning to grill fish.  There were four main dishes and a desert that we prepared as one big group. The preparation was not in this order but the menu included the following dishes.


A Dry Rubbed Grilled Grouper with Caramelized Leek and New Potato Hash. This was really fun to prepare and the instruction helped explain how to skin and cut the fish properly.  The leek and potato hash was fairly easy and a popular side dish.

A Grilled Salmon with citrus and Kiwi Salad.
This had to be the most popular dish of the evening and was really light and refreshing.  I never knew the easiest way to cut and skin a kiwi until this evening but it is similar to preparing avocados.

My favorite dish of the night was the Marinated and Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Rainbow Swiss Chard Slaw and an Avocado Lime Crema. This was quick and easy to make and if you want to cut out the carbs or wheat then I think it would be equally delicious atop salad greens. The Avocado Lime Crema was a combination of avocado, cilantro, lime juice and sour cream.  Go easy using this as a topping because it is pretty rich.

Finally, Desert was a Lemon Mint Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries. I had the best time smiling and giggling watching my boyfriend while he worked the Kitchenaid mixer preparing the cake batter.  Probably the first AND last time I will witness that, HA! Honestly, the strawberries and cream would have been decadent enough.  They were delicious with mint and lemon juice and fresh made whipped cream.  YUMMM!!!!

The price of admission was worth seeing Deane "elbows deep" in all the food preparation alone.  I would say this is really a fun way to meet people and the time just flew by.  I have to congratulate the chefs for their humor and guidance which made for a relaxing and entertaining evening.  When was the last time you described making dinner like that?  Another really neat idea is to get a group of family or friends together and plan a couples cooking class just for your group.  Publix Aprons Cooking School offers all kinds of instruction and dinners and is very flexible with catering and classes.  Let me know when you get a chance to try this and give us some feedback - Oh, and photos!

Curtis Peterson Park Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Curtis Peterson Park Lakeland FL

Where: 3700 Cleveland Heights Blvd
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
What: Nature trails, boat ramp, fishing, picnic tables, softball, playground and rest room facilities
Reservations:  Contact the City of Lakeland for rental information about Eagles Nest Pavilion.

Enjoy a full day of Activities with your family!

The main entrance to Curtis Peterson Park is off of Cleveland Heights Blvd just behind the YMCA. 
This is a large park that hosts many activities on the weekends including boys and girls softball games. 
There are many covered picnic table areas with grills throughout the park.  Watch the games or route for your home team and then enjoy a team picnic afterwards overlooking the beautiful water views of Lake John.

There is a boat ramp for you to take off on a early morning or late afternoon fishing trip.  If you like watching nature, then you will enjoy the many trails to walk, bike or jog. You can also just relax by watching the many birds, turtles, fish and alligators that can be seen along the various trails if you are in quiet mood.

The Cleveland Heights entrance is for cars and boats but the park is accessible by a short walk, jog or bike ride from the very south end of New Jersey Road.

Curtis Peterson Park has hosted several events including small art festivals, pet appreciation festivals and local association meetings. You can rent the Eagles Nest Pavilion for special occasions and enjoy a covered and screened area for hosting a party with meals. Why not visit the park and explore everything Curtis Peterson Park has to offer and then plan your next birthday event!

Home Available in Creek Woods Neighborhood

by Deane Hart

Search current inventory of available homes in Creek Woods Neighborhood, Mulberry FL

Listing Details
3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Gated Creek Woods
4330 Creekwood Ln, Mulberry FL 33860
Price: $129,900
MLS number: L4646718
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1825


Call Deane Hart at 863-647-1679 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.
Enjoy the amenities Creek Woods has to offer
Spare the daily and weekly grind of outdoor work when you live here.  The gated community offers exterior maintenance of lawn and common grounds, exterior building and roof and the basic cable service is included.

Kitchen is very nice
Lots of cabinets and counter space in the kitchen with a center island and space for dining table. You will enjoy the natural light and bright cheerful work space this kitchen has to offer. Appliances include a smooth cook top range, microwave about range, dishwasher and refrigerator.



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Enjoyable floor plan with lots of details.
From the entry foyer you are greeted with the nice size living room that features vaulted ceiling with wood beam detail and ceiling fan. An open floor plan which flows nicely through the home to all areas including kitchen, formal dining room with built in wet bar.  The master bedroom suite is large and the master bath includes his and her counters and sinks, beautiful cabinets and granite counter tops. The details on this home are attractive and include a wood spiral staircase to the third bedroom upstairs.  This home also features a nice covered and screen lanai to enjoy.
Location is convenient
When you live in this home you are within walking distance to Publix grocery center on Shepherd Road.  There are several eateries close by and if you commute to Tampa or Lakeland this will be a convenient location for your family. You can walk, jog or bike along the boulevard of Imperial Lakes Blvd or play a round of golf with friends at Imperial Lakes Golf Course.

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Homes for Sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry, FL

Why Do People Live here? 
The community has sidewalks along the main boulevard which is just over one mile in length. You frequently see neighbors strolling or enjoying a bike ride through the community and watching the birds and other wildlife. There are also benches at different spots to sit, relax and take in the views.

Looking for a home in the Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Sundance neighborhood Mulberry FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community.
What's the Neighborhood Like?
There are currently five separate neighborhoods within the community.  The Preserve at Sundance includes 213 homes built in 2002 to 2005 ranging from 1314 to 3382 square feet in size with 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Seven Oaks at Sundance includes 77 homes built in 2005 and 2006 ranging from 1538 square feet to 2563 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Festival Pointe at Sundance includes 139 homes built in 2006 to 2009 ranging from 1242 to 3241 square feet in size with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Park Ridge at Sundance includes 100 homes built 2007 to 2009 ranging from 1489 to 2909 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The builder, KB home, has started selling in their newest phase Sundance Fields which will feature homes ranging from 1676 to 3187 square feet, 3 to 6 bedrooms with 2 to 4.5 bathrooms and is starting int he $170ks price range. Additional phases are in development now and you should see them in the next year or so with potentially other builders.
What's Going on Nearby the Sundance Neighborhood?
The location right off of Shepherd Road means you can enjoy so many events, shopping and dining as several major chain and local restaurants are in the area.  The community is within 2 miles of Christina Park with softball fields, children's playground and outdoor picnic area and the Loyce E. Harpe Park at Carter Road which offers softball, soccer and football fields, outdoor cooking areas, boat launching ramp, mountain bike trail, children's playground and DiOGi Dog park.  You can see many activities are available to you when you live in this neighborhood.
What Schools will the Kids Attend?
If you buy a home for sale in the Sundance Neighborhood, the local schools serving this area are James W Sikes Elementary School, Mulberry Middle, and Mulberry Senior High. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Polk County school reports on their website.
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL click on the link.

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Native Palm Team
Native Palm Properties
5925 Imperial Pkwy, Suite #111
Mulberry FL 33860
Fax: (863)701-8309