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So Many Things to See and Do at the Florida State Fair!

Thanks to Cox Media Group Tampa I was given a family four pack to the Florida State Fair in exchange for this post and social media love. Although my tickets, some meals and rides were free, this has not affected my review. All opinions are my own.

Every year I look forward to The Florida State Fair. The food, the rides, the people watching. It’s something my husband and I thoroughly enjoy going to. There are so many things to do at the fair, and this year we decided to enjoy some of our favorite activities AND check out a few of the things we’ve never done before.

Our old faithfuls at The Florida State Fair

  • The food – We always end up with a corn dog upon arrival, and the past couple of years we end with a cheeseburger. Hubby always goes for the traditional barbecue bacon burger, and I either get the doughnut burger or the mac and cheese burger from Carousel Foods. Such yumminess! And seriously – you have to try the doughnut burger once in your life. I think you will be as surprised as I was at how delicious this darn thing actually is!
  • The arts – We LOVE seeing the entries in the arts and crafts contest held every year at the fair. The paintings and the sculptures, and the photos – this year they were just over the top. And, I was exceptionally giddy because I actually recognized some of the names of the winners in the art contests. I’ve decided next year I want to add a contribution of my own. I’ll share what I’m entering when it comes time.
  • The people watching – Dude! This is far and away my FAVORITE thing to do at the fair. You never know what outfits you will see, who you will bump into or what fun you will witness.  One of the crazy things we witnessed this year while people watching was a cell phone FLYING off of a ride. That was nuts. It almost hit someone!! Funny and scary all at the same time. And the craziest part? Their cell phone protector actually protected it. NO DAMAGE! Not even a single crack. That’s crazy right?!?
  • The Sky Ride – I love this because it takes you from one end of the fair to the other and gives you incredible views along the way. Resting our feet while getting a bird’s eye view? Winning!
  • The Ferris Wheel – it’s tradition. We always ride the Ferris Wheel. What was extra exciting about this year’s ride though was the wheel was bigger and we rode at sunset. We got some of the most epic views from the top. Seriously. Check this out:

The new things we saw/did in 2018 at the fair:

  • We went and visited with the drivers of the mini monster trucks. I had no idea this was a thing for kids! Youngins driving mini trucks?!? WOWZA! Pretty wild seeing these littles with those big trucks.
  • We also checked out the Farm to School Fun arcade hosted by The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). There were free games, educational opportunities, and we got to try some roasted peanuts from the Florida farmers that grow them. I also learned a lot about vegetables, bees, spiders, butterflies, and fish in this room.
  • For a few moments as we took a rest from the sun we stopped in and watched some baton twirling competitors. That was so cool and made me realize JUST how uncoordinated I really am. haha! We also darted over in the same hall and checked out the arts and crafts vendors selling their goods. It is truly amazing how talented some people are. While they we also got our fill of fudge, more peanuts, dip samples and more. So much deliciousness!!!
  • One thing we did that we’ve never done was juice our own oranges in the agriculture area. This covered areas also had some chickens in it which prompted a humorous conversation between me and the hubs about why we need to own chickens when we get a house.

Things we skipped or missed that I wish we’d seen:

  • We missed the Extreme Illusions & Escapes show, the BMX/FMX Freestyle Madness displays, Circus Hollywood, and the Laser Light shows. Mind you we didn’t skip them because we wanted to. We should have made the fair visit a multi-day event because we just didn’t have time for everything. The timing was off for us to see things at their scheduled hours, and/or we weren’t in the area when it was happening.
  • We skipped Cracker Country this year. Forgive me y’all, but I just wasn’t excited about this – perhaps because we’ve seen it sooooooooo many times over the years. I do regret not going over at least long enough to get some kettle corn though. It’s never better anywhere than it is there IMHO.
  • We missed events that were only happening on specific days. For example, we’ll miss the demolition derby because another trip to the fair before they close this year probably won’t be feasible with our work schedules.  Same for the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show. We were there the day after this occurred. I have to say I was super bummed about missing this because I LOVE trashy fashion shows. The way the artists can turn garbage into wearable art never ceases to amaze me.

Our 2018 fair visit was a success in my book

All in all, I loved my day at the fair, and sincerely hope that in 2019 I can afford more time to be there. I’d like to go multiple days and check out more events and things I haven’t seen yet, or that I’ve not seen in awhile. I will say that for the cost of the fair ticket, there is certainly a LOT of entertainment and enjoyment to be had. It’s not JUST about the rides and the food. I can’t wait to visit again. In the meantime, I’m hoping to check out many other events our fair city has to offer. <- see what I did there? LOL! I crack me up!

Check out all the images I snapped at The Florida State Fair this year –

Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 2

Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 2
Sweet Potato Lentil Hummus + A Vegan Mezze
Obatzda: A Creamy Bavarian Cheese Dip | Foodal
Easy Black Bean Dip
Homemade Spinach Hummus Without Tahini
Fajita Chicken Cream Cheese Dip – The Weary Chef
Host a Home Bowl: Big Game bingo and chili cheese dog dip! – Mod Podge Rocks
Vegan Nachos with Mock Meat and Guacamole – Avocado Pesto
Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Dip | The Foodie and The Fix
Cheesy Buffalo Shrimp Dip
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Crock Pot White Cheddar Cheese Queso
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dip
Soda Bar and Taco Dip- Game Day Greats
Dill Dip with Rye Bread
Bacon Artichoke Dip
Cheesy Artichoke Dip Variations
21 Day Fix Homemade Roasted Salsa Verde
Gameday Recipe Football Bean Dip Cups – Kat Balog

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip – Game Day Dip Recipes Part 1

When I Dip You Dip We Dip – Super Bowl Dip Recipes Part 1
Easy Guacamole Recipe – Best Ever Authentic Mexican Restaurant-Style!
Beefy Taco Dip
Creamy Collard Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip
Lemon Garlic Hummus
White Bean Garlic Hummus
Fruit Dip
Baked Vidalia Onion Parmesan Dip
Creamy Black Bean and Corn Dip
Hot Beef Dip
Quick and Healthy Mediterranean Dip
Homemade Restaurant Salsa
Healthy Taco Dip with Greek Yogurt
3 Easy Party Dip Recipes
Smooth and Creamy Hummus
Easiest Veggie Dip Ever
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
6 Ingredient Taco Dip
White Queso Dip
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
7 Layer Dip Cups
Chili Queso Dip Recipe
Creamy Pickle Dip

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day
Pigs in a Blanket with Hot Dogs
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets
Ham and Swiss Sliders
Pulled Pork Mini Tacos with Spicy Sweet Soy Glaze & Apple Carrot Slaw | Feast…
Baked Mini Shrimp Tacos
Spicy Pepper Jack Cheeseburgers – Momma Young at Home
Italian Meatball Subs
Cheesy Beer Brats with Fried Pickles
Pretzel Hot Dog
Juicy Oven Baked Burger Sliders Recipe
Game Day Mini’s: Recipes Perfect for the Big Game
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Wings for Super Bowl – A Recipe Roundup

Chicken Wings for Super Bowl – A Recipe Roundup
Glazed Chicken Wings
Thai Peanut Chicken Wings Appetizer
Tandoori Chicken Wings
Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks
Honey Chipotle Wings Recipe
Jerk Chicken Wings
Baked Curry Chicken Wings with Mango Chutney
Irresistible Moroccan Lemon Wings | Foodal
Low Carb Crispy Baked Teriyaki Wings
Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Wings – Beauty and the Bench Press
Air Fried Buffalo Chicken Strips: Healthy Comfort Food – Beauty and the Bench…
Honey Sriracha Wings Recipe
Spicy Peach Chicken Wings
Restaurant Style Buffalo Wings
Grilled Buffalo Wings
Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Wings

Super Bowl Snacks Part 2

Super Bowl 2018 is fast approaching! Yesterday I posted 29 snacks perfect for game day, and today I’m back with part two of my recipe round up from my bloggy friends. They just have the best food ideas EVER, don’t you agree? Check them out below, and then let me know your favorite Game Day bites!

Super Bowl Snacks – Part 2

Bacon Wrapped Apricots
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer
Baba Ganoush Recipe | What To Buy, Cook, Use
Cucumber Salmon Appetizer | Healthy And Delicious Recipes
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzel Twists | Feast In Thyme
The Best Tex-Mex Arrachera Fajita Recipe | Foodal
Eat Cochinita Pibil Once and You’ll Never Make Regular Pulled Pork Again
Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Shrimp | Beauty and the Foodie
Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos
Bacon bites recipe
Sloppy joe bread bowls
Methi Jeera Puffs | Cumin Fenugreek Puffs – LET’S COOK HEALTHY…
Ultimate Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages – The Weary Chef
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites – The Weary Chef
Quick Mexican Tuna Salad & Avocado Bowl Recipe {GF, DF}
21 Day Fix Mole Chicken Chili | The Foodie and The Fix
How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn {5 Ways}! | The Foodie and…
Game Day Recipes: Nacho Bites
Fried Pickles with Sriracha Ketchup
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe- Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites Copycat Recipe
Taco Salad With Doritos
Chili Cheese Cups — A Leftover Chili Recipe!
(ad) Tyson® Game Day Recipes at Sam’s Club
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Cornbread Cups
30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chili Recipe
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Recipe

How to Throw a Super Game Day Party

How to Throw the Perfect Game Day Party
DIY Football Lovers Gift Basket
Game Day Party & Printable Football Themed Invitations -…
Host a Home Bowl: tips for the perfect tailgate! – Mod Podge Rocks
Host a Home Bowl: have an “ugly sweater” football party! – Mod Podge…
Frozen Strawberry Mango Margarita
Football Brownies and Football Drinks
Football Rice Krispie Treats
Striped Chocolate Popcorn
Misty’s Maui Mai Tais
Mezcal Margarita – Refined Sugar-Free
Brown Butter Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
Host a Home Bowl for the kids: football centerpiece and chocolate dip! – Mod…
Auntie Anne’s CopyCat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Touchdown Cocktail and Free Football Printable – Two Kids and a Coupon
Recipe: Nutter Butter Football Cookies | All Mommy Wants
The Ultimate Squeez Bowl Party Kit
Tailgate Cupcakes

Game Day Snacks with Veggies

I just love getting together with friends to watch the big game. The trouble is that with the big game comes a lot of calorie laden snacks. The good news is you can still have yummy snacks without the fatty punch with the additions of – veggies! If you’re anything like me, you want to have all the fun without feeling guilty afterward. That’s why I’m thrilled to share this roundup of more than two dozen game day snacks where veggies are the star! Enjoy!

Game Day Snacks with Veggies – Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday

Marinated Cheese Peppers and Olives
Red Beet Eggs (Pickled Eggs)
Cream Cheese Wrapped Olives
Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers
Gluten-Free Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Lentil Nachos with Grated Avocado
Smokey “Mac” and Cheese Bites Made with Cauliflower
Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus
Baked Cheesy Salami Wrapped Jalapeños
Dill Pickle Bites
Eggplant Stacks With Goat Cheese And Tomatoes | Healthy And Delicious…
Easy Fried Pickles Recipe – 5 Ingredients (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon (Low Carb, Gluten-Free)
Healthy Zucchini Nachos Baked with Chili – Low Carb Keto
Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach & Artichoke Pastry Swirls | A Bite-Size Appetizer for Any Occasion |…
Stuffed portobello mushrooms with bacon and cheddar – savory tooth
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
Chicken Pesto Tomato Bites Low Carb | Beauty and the Foodie
Easy Cheesy Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms – Fearless Dining
Artichoke Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms – The Weary Chef
Bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese – savory tooth
Paneer and Spinach Swirls – LET’S COOK HEALTHY TONIGHT!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Appetizer Recipe
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms – Only Three Ingredients!

Meatballs 10 Ways – Just in Time for Super Bowl

I LOVE meatballs! Like a LOT! It’s by far my favorite party food, and the first thing I look for at any get together because:
1. They are hard to screw up and
2. There are so many different flavors you can create with them!

That’s why I was stoked to find these 10 meatball recipes. Enjoy!

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Virtual Basket – A Piece of Business Advice

Got an email today that put something in perspective for me, and confirmed a thought I’ve had for a while….you can’t rely on a SINGLE source for your business to succeed AND maintain success.

The email I got was from a lady I’ve been following for a bit…her Youtube channel was randomly deleted by Google and she is fighting to get it back. There was nothing she did that caused it, it was a legitimate glitch that caused it to be deleted. And, the reality is it may be gone forever with no recourse, or anything she can actually do about it.

This happened with a website of mine years ago – I didn’t own it completely and it randomly got deleted after a hack from a hacker in a foreign county. Still hurts thinking about that loss honestly, but back to the Youtube gal.

The problem? She has built a significant portion of her business via Youtube. She receives most of her leads and hence makes most of her business income thanks to Youtube.

Where are your promotions at online?

This is similar to something I’ve seen other business owners doing – building nearly all of their business on Facebook, or Twitter or Linkedin.

Building your brand across multiple platforms is great, but you must make sure that no matter how you’re promoting yourself that you’re not relying on JUST ONE platform. If at any given moment it vanishes, it could cripple your business.

Now, this lady is pretty resourceful, and I’m sure she’s collected many email addresses and will ultimately be fine. However, the difference is she has been doing this 6 years and may be able to recover faster than other people who are still new in business.

I’m not 100% sure what will happen for her, but obviously I’m wishing her the very best.

Don’t focus all your promo efforts on one platform!

The bottom line is, don’t rest all your business plans on one platform. Especially one you don’t own. You must realize that when you do that if the platform ever vanishes or your account is randomly deleted, it can cripple you.

In all honesty, this is why I’m a huge fan of cross posting. I’ll take the same piece of content and use it in multiple ways so that no single platform is ever getting all of the focus. Some people have called me crazy for doing this and have said I could build my business faster if I would just focus on ONE.

But to them I say this – if Facebook vanishes tomorrow, I’ve still got Twitter. If Twitter vanishes, I’ve still got Linkedin, and if they all vanish, I’ve still got my website and my personal database of contacts. I won’t quit, and hopefully it means I won’t fail.

I felt compelled to share this, and I hope it gets you thinking about how you’re promoting yourself. I also hope that you avoid focusing all of your energy on a single platform you don’t own. Happy Monday my fellow entrepreneurs!