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BRUSCHETTA – my new favorite :)

With the move to Florida we have had the opportunity to try different restaurants, and my new favorite is Al’s Pizza. From the deep dish pizza with mushrooms and peppers to the Bruschetta.

AL’S BRUSCHETTA -Toasted Garlic Bread served with a side of fresh diced Roma Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic. Finished with crumbles of Feta Cheese.




Pretty easy to make:

  • 6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese
  • Italian bread


Riverside Art Market in Jacksonville FL

Today we decided to take the puppies (Cheyenne in the white and Brody in the rusty brown)  with us to the Riverside Art Market in hopes of getting them to acclimated with people as well as get a good lunch. The puppies were really excited to go for a walk. They got into the car and sat like good puppies on the drive there. Its pretty close to home so if they didn’t like it we wouldn’t waste too much time.

Cheyenne and Brody in the car.


When we got there the puppies were a bit scared, this was a lot of people from what they were used to. Brody is scared of strollers, bikes, cars and then some, and Cheyenne was asking everyone to pet her.


There is tons of fresh produce, artists, musical entertainment, street performers, and food vendors, many things to look at buy and try.



It is open every Saturday. And its is under a bridge so do not let the spot storms keep you from going. Tere is also a great path that you can walk/ride on following the river. Makes for a great afternoon :)
March to December
10 AM – 4 PM

Down in Forida where the fig trees grow.


My husband and I recently relocated to Florida for my career, and ended up in a small rental house. Along with the warmer weather that Florida offers, we also came into a few fruit tress surrounding the home. We actually have four of them, a lowquat tree, a fig tree, a grapefruit tree, and I think a tangerine tree – not quite sure and the fruit is green at the moment. The one bearing ripe fruit now is the fig tree. It has several little purplish fruit on it, approximately double the size of a bing cherry. Since there were so many I decided to look up online how to eat them.While the Internet is filled with many different ways to eat these little guys, my favorite is right off the tree. It still looks like I will be having several more ripening over the next month or 2, if you have any great recipes please let me know.