Looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. Then you might want to consider the Canoe Outpost at the Little Manatee River.
Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River
Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee
The Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River is located on the Gulf coast of Florida in southern Hillsborough County. We are near the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. So, whether you are visiting our area or live here, they are less than an hour’s drive away and their river trips are a great way to spend a part or all of your day.
Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River
They offer RV and tent camping for group or individuals, deluxe cabin rentals and a variety of lodging options. Relax and enjoy the river, fishing, hiking or other local activities like horseback riding or mountain biking.
Music Stage at Canoe Outpost
The place has character, has a stage for live music and run moonlight paddles throughout the year. To learn more visit: http://www.thecanoeoutpost.com/
makes 4-6 servings
As Chef Mark knows, I am a huge fan of soup. All kinds of soup! So he whipped me up this beautiful concoction to teach me a thing or two. This is a fairly basic soup, and many of the ingredients can be swapped out more to your liking. Instead of broccoli, try cauliflower or mushrooms; or switch the potatoes out for rice or white beans. The seasonings can be switched too, try curry powder or saffron, or even chili seasonings for more spice. You can also add on vegan or dairy cheese (cream cheese works great!), or throw in some crackers for some crunch. However you like it, let us know your favorite combination!
- 8 cups broccoli, rough chop
- 2 russet or baking potatoes, large cubes
- 7 cups vegetable stock
- ½ white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
- kosher salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- red pepper flakes, pinch
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- extra virgin olive oil
- baguette for croutons, if desired
Sweat onions in EVOO over medium heat. Add garlic cloves, salt, and pepper; then veg stock. Bring to a oil. Add red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender, then add broccoli. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Cook until broccoli is tender enough to puree, it should still be bright green. Let cool until safe enough to puree. Use either immersion blender, food mill, or regular blender until smooth. Add salt to taste, and a cream or cream substitute if desired to add texture. (We added some almond milk in ours!)
Traditional Croutons: chop baguette in small chunks. Cover bottom of a pan with EVOO, cook over medium heat. Cook croutons to desired color, flipping once. Add black pepper & salt to taste.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
Even though it is winter there is lots of beauty to see along the way on an early morning walk or anytime during the day.
Orlando has lots of greenery, along with wonderful flowering bushes and citrus.
Plus walking helps improve a mood, gives you time to think, helps keep your brain active, increases balance, cost next to nothing and much more.
A little orange in life
Being creative with stones
Orlando Flowering bushes some even bloom in the winter