St. Pete Beach  Florida Art and Craft Festival January 14-15.. Avocado Smoothie Recipe

This is such a fantastic week so far! I have had soup two times this week once a chicken soup something to crow about it was so good!

Then I had a homemade veggie soup with miso and buckwheat noodles with kale and squash and all sorts of fabulousness!

Of course we can’t miss the Luscious Avocado toast! February is when the California avocados are coming into season. They have great recipes on @CA_Avocados on Twitter.

Avocados are so cram packed with protein and potassium I don’t usually add any other protein powder to my smoothie. Usually the California Avocados Haas are the perfect size to pop 1/2 avocado in at a time.

What??? That’s the weirdest Avocado I’ve ever seen!!!!

Kristi: This is one of my favorite fruits and I use to never like them at all but I love them now!

Miriam: I know I think you ate the whole Dern thing didn’t you? Good thing my neighbors keep me supplied!

Kristi: ok I guess I should tell everybody what this picture of fruit is…

Miriam: by the way this fruit is excellent for digestion.

Kristi: yep so we have great tummy support awesome protein and fantastic potassium all in one smoothy… the fruit is….papaya!!!

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup papaya

1/ avocado

Blend till smooth and add a dash of cinnamon.

Freakishly delicious and easy. I don’t add any sweetner although Miriam will occasionally suggest real maple for a sweet treat.

Till next time share with your friends and come by the show in st. Pete Beach this weekend we love to see you!

Miriam and Kristi

P.s

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I love putting your Lime Canary island garlic herb olive oil in my smoothies and carrot juice in the morning. The fat from the olive oil sustains me and cuts down on how quickly my body absorbs the sugar in the juice. I love it! Jen (FL)   P.P.s 

We have our cookbook back in stock and always remember  you can get 10.00 Flat rate shipping anywhere in Continental U.S when you pick your favorite 6 bottles boom pow 10.00 Flat! http://www.vigoacuisine.com
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Life’s a Bowl of Cherries 2017

It’s January 3 2017 and It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood here in Winter Haven Florida! I just finished my coffee on the porch with the “outdoor” cat. Miriam made some great black eyed pea soup today at the shop and I just finished a big steamy bowl. You know you have to have black eyed peas for the New Year!

Was your New Year celebration like Lucy and Ethel trying to wrap chocolates?

I feel like our whole year was kinda like that! Trying to keep up with what you already got going just to find out that they are gonna, “Speed it up” on ya. Well sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.

Kristi: Laugh at yourself (and others) in a nice way of course!

Miriam: Yes that is what I love laughing and enjoying life, learning to go with the flow is half the battle. If we are always fighting what is happening we end up paddling up steam and I always remember. Nothing I want is upstream!

Kristi: Yes I remember when we were going to do the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show and it seemed everything was getting bunched up and nothing was going right. The permits for the show got lost and the person we spoke to was gone and the booth was wrong. It seemed every way we turned it was not working out.

Miriam: That should have been a sign! We should have said that obviously we aren’t suppose to go. But nope we powered through… We ended up getting stranded in 24 inches of snow in Lake Tahoe on Donner’s Pass!

Kristi: Oh you forgot the part about you driving the truck and the trailer and….You had NEVER driven in snow!!!

Miriam: OMG! that was so crazy! Of course at the time Kristi says to me. “Miriam, have you ever heard of Donner’s Pass?” I said, “Sound familiar but not really sure. Why?” Kristi said in almost a whisper, “I’ll tell ya later.”

Kristi: Ha Ha Ha Ha! I remember that. Well for those of you that don’t know what Donner’s Pass is, you have to remember at this point Miriam is driving in the Mountains with piles of snow around us that are taller than the tree tops! We were forced off the road by the Highway Patrol because we didn’t have chains on the car and they were expecting another 24 inches of snow!

Miriam: Yes it was exciting! Well Kristi told me later, much much later. That Donner’s Pass is where the people in the covered wagon times had gotten stranded in the snow while crossing the mountains and were snowed in so long they turned into cannibals!

Kristi: Yeah it was exciting alright! Especially when you were going down the 30% downgrade of a slope and all the snow from the roof slid down over the windshield and everything went black!

Miriam: Yes that was a bit of a debacle. But makes a great story Now!

Kristi: Yes we will have to tell that story in another post! I think killing snakes was involved!

Miriam: Ha Ha yes my my. But we did learn quite a lesson there. If in life something you are working on just isn’t coming together and every decision and every circumstance isn’t allowing it to come together. Take it as a sign! Go with the flow, don’t get stuck in the snow!

Kristi: I agree I agree! Especially if you only have flip flops on, but that’s a story for another post! I know in my life I tend to get all wadded up like Lucy and Ethel and try to keep up with life and end up stuffing myself and my life with too much to do and too much to keep up with.

Miriam: I have really learned this past year that Everything is Always Working Out for Me! I don’t have to be in all places at all times tending to all the fires. I love a quote I hear from Abraham. “If you are always putting out fires in your life, stop running through the brush dragging a blow torch!”

Kristi: I love that! Keep it simple. Keep it low key. Go with the Flow.

Miriam: Yes I committed to myself that nothing was going to get me in a wad. I will float down stream and be easy about my life. Now that we don’t have the restaurant anymore I have more time to work on things that I want to work on and look forward to sharing more with you all in the up coming weeks and months.

Kristi: Yeah!!! I love when you share because I get to eat all your recipes you share!! WOO HOO!!  Yep so get ready for some good stuff coming your way and remember Life really is a bowl of cherries.

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, it’s mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.” Bob Fosse

Take good care,

Miriam and Kristi

P.S

If you are on your “get healthy for the New Year” promise to yourself and you want to take advantage of our 10.00 Flat Rate shipping on our website we have it set up that you pick your flavors up to six bottles and get 10.00 Flat Rate shipping anywhere in the U.S.

P.P.S This weekend in The Villages Florida there will be the Largest Festival in The Villages in Spanish Springs January 7-8  10-5pm    1181 Main Street The Villages, FL.

You can call in your order if you would like to pick up your order in The Villages we offer a preorder VIP Special up to 8 bottles 18009752677  Call Now or use Miriam’s direct line 18632897263

 

 

 

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Why wait?? The 2 second decision that changed my life. Love to see you in person…Check this out on Pinterest.

✪Why wait start now..Flagler Beach – http://pinterest.com/pin/211880357449375947/?s=3&m=wordpress

Did you do it? Did you Finally do it? That little voice in your head that says, “I have got to change. I can’t go on like this.” Did you finally listen and give in and say. NO more trying, as a good friend says, “trying is lying”

Well did you do it? I did. I committed to myself that I will continue everyday going forward in my healthy living journey. One day at a time one moment at a time one step at a time.

It’s easy when you stay in the now. Not the past or the future. The now. What am I doing right now to further my healthy life plan?

Well I just walked a mile after lunch. I had black coffee instead of mocha and I cooked my breakfast in Canary island garlic herb olive oil.

If you have known us for any amount of time you know “The splash”. Our seasoned olive oil and you know I’ve lost 50 lbs and got off blood pressure medicine using our oils.

For me it was the easiest most “sane” weigh I have ever accomplished a weight loss goal in my life. Yes my entire life. Period!

It all begins with a decision. Someone asked my how long did it take you to lose 50lbs. I answered 35 years and 2 seconds.

Funny answer? Well not really. It took me 35 years of complaining and moaning about being fat and getting fatter and it took me 2 seconds to truly make the decision to lose the weight for good.

2 seconds to say. You can do this!

2 seconds to say . You deserve this!

2 seconds to say. This will be the Easiest thing you’ve ever done!

And it was! Join us today for the easy way to lose weight. “Don’t cook. Splash!”

Talk soon,

Leave us a comment what was your 2 second life change?

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Exciting News about Lucky’s Markets

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We are super excited to announce we are in a new line of Healthy Grocery stores here in Florida. There will be 8 stores total by the end of 2017. This store is described as the love child of Whole Foods and Trader Joes offering Healthy Ingredients with a Cafe and a also offer a Sip and Shop program where you can sample different Craft Beers and Wines while you shop.

Lucky’s Markets focus on Local products as well and will be featuring our Original Canary Island Garlic and Herb Olive Oils.

Check the stores out and let us know what you think. We appreciate all our customer feedback and thank you for continuing to help us spread the word by asking your local favorite markets to carry the Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oils and for sharing our olive oils with your friends and family.

The company website is Lucky’s Super Markets

Here is a listing of the Lucky’s Market stores in Florida

Lucky’s Market
11750 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, Fl. 32817
(321) 354-1435
Lucky’s Market  (Coming Soon)
3170 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne, Fl. 32904
(303)-530-0782
Lucky’s Market
1459 N.W 23 Ave. Gainesville, FL. 32605
(352) 240-6440
Lucky’s Market
3815 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL. 34112
(239) 330-3012
Lucky’s Market
9200 Wiles Road Coral Springs
Coral Springs, FL. 33067
(954) 603-9139
Lucky’s Market
1964 West Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL. 32204
(850) 273-7961
Lucky’s Market (Coming Soon)
7700 Peters Road
Plantation, FL. 33324
Lucky’s Market  (Coming Soon)
580 Atlantic Blvd.
Neptune Beach, FL. 32266
Take good care and keep in touch, Please share with your friends and following. Also if you are not near a Lucky’s Market or Whole Foods Market here in Florida you can still go to our website http://www.vigoacuisine.com and order 6 bottles for a 10.00 Flat Rate Shipping for the Holiday Giving.
Talk soon,
Miriam and Kristi

Soup Season is upon us Savory sips for supper.

Such a great way to end a day. I almost forgot to take the picture before I dove into this steaming bowl of lovliness. Can you see the bite out of the sweet potato?

Miriam made this today and shared a bowl with me and I have to say that if she wouldn’t have shared I probably would have been grumpy the rest of the day!

The flavors jumped out of the bowl there was sweet plantain and delicate acorn squash bits of chopped onions and tomatoes did the backstroke across a sea of olive oil drizzled, broth.

Canary Island Garlic Herb olive oil made the soup a huge Splash in my book. 

What are your favorite soups to snuggle up with in the winter?

I love root soups seems that they not only keep me warm but full as well. Being full is really one of the keys to weightloss I have been surprised to realize. 

Miriam added brown rice and Quinoa to the bottom of the bowl before serving. I also like to add some raw chopped greens and let them wilt. But no time for wilting today, I ate them and the greens had to go in the blender for a green drink.

Miriam: Ha ha I remember when we first started making green drinks at the restaurant  Debra, a dear customer turned friend, would call them Lawn in a Cup!

Kristi: Ha ha yep I remember the customers faces when you would parade through the cafe with a big glass of green drink perched on high. The customers faces couldn’t have looked more surprised if you had a squirrel sitting in the glass listening to his ipod.

Miriam: It did take quite awhile to get people to try it. But when they did they were hooked.

Kristi: I feel so great having it I miss it when I don’t have it.

Miriam: Well that’s when we are on the road we have to have Mobile green drink machine.

Kristi: If you guys are interested in Miriams soup recipe we can try to talk her out of it. 🙂 or I will just enjoy the rest of it myself and no sharing!

Kristi: oh I almost forgot to tell you we will be in The Villages this weekend Nov. 5-6 Huge Art and Craft Show.

We would love to see you all out there. Lots and lots of shopping and music and dancing usually, it is the Villages afterall.

Talk soon

Miriam and Kristi. Do you do Facebook? Will you like us at http://www.facebook.com/vigoacuisine 

What’s your favorite soup? Leave us a comment 

Lake Wales Pioneer Days

imageThis weekend in Lake Wales Florida we are excited to participate in the Pioneer Days. A wonderful event going on since the 1970’s. There is an antique car parade, Civil War reenactments lots of Art and Craft booths. Lots of activities to fill the weekend. http://www.Facebook.com/LakeWalesPioneerDays

Be sure to stroll along the beautiful downtown Lake Wales to grab some more old Florida sites and do a little more shopping in its quaint downtown shops. Or stay the night and do an Old Florida weekend.

We love the chance to see our local friends since this so close to where we had our restaurant for 20 years in Winter Haven. Central Florida is so Beautiful full of old Florida scenery and still the convenience of Legoland!

Make plans to also go to http://www.boktowergardens.org while you are here. It is the highest point in Florida and also a nature preserve with a beautiful Carillon concert a couple of times a day. Take peanuts to feed the squirrels or nibble on yourself. Be sure to check out the history room and also the gift shop.

We look forward to hearing how you like your weekend and share in the comments any festivals you love.

Take good care,

Miriam and Kristi

P.s. We just added a 10.00 flat rate shipping option on our website for the Holidays. Also you can now download a digital version of our cookbook.  You can grab your flat rate and book on our site. http://www.vigoacuisine.com

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14th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival | ArtFestival.com

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-dunedin-craft-festival-june

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Easy pizza with Canary Island Garlic herb olive oil http://www.vigoacuisine.com

This is the Last Show in Florida! We would love to see you there. Dunedin is a beautiful small town vintage Florida feel.
They have their own brewery cafes and coffee house small boutiques and of course delish food.
The art festival is beautifuly laid out and lots of fun. We love sharing recipes and seeing our students and customers. If you are still trying to get your hands on our first cookbook you can now download it on our website.
http://www.vigoacuisine.com

Take a couple hours and come on by we would love to see you.
Miriam amd Kristi
P.s
We will be in Muskegon Michigan next week so if you want our Super Summer Special call Now 18009752677
P.p.s
For directions for Dunedin check out the website   http://www.artfestival.com
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