Summer Heat = Coolers, Ades, Teas and Spritzers

Whether you are just cooling off or hanging with friends, cool drinks and conversation quenches your thirst and nourishes yoru spirit.  Fruits add zest and yummy flavor to the impressive cool drinks.  Prepare or improvise yours while getting a daily fruit serving.

Mint and Tea Coolers with Lime Recipe


  • 2 limes
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 4 mint tea bags
  • 12 mint sprigs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar


  1. Juice 1 lime. Cut the remaining lime into 6 rounds.  Set both aside.
  2. Bring the water just to a boil.  Place the tea bags in a large heatproof pitcher or measuring cup, pour the water over the tea bags, and let steep for 8 minutes.  Sweeten to taste, if desired.  Remove the tea bags and cool the liquid to room temperature.
  3. Add the lime juice and  half of the mint.  Chill at least 1 hour or overnight.  Sweeten with agave nectar (adding more to taste).
  4. Fill 6 glasses with ice.  Strain in the tea.  Garnish with the lime rounds and the remaining mint.
  5. Enjoy



Decorating on a Budget


Your space decorated with your style and to your liking, whether short-term renter or for a lengthy stay can be achieved with an eye for design and a thrifty plan.  Easy tips and projects from professional decorators and designers add accents, freshen a look and transform useful items in to eye-catching conservation pieces.  Easily changeable accessories add splashes of color and easy on the budget when you choose to change.



Addison Lane Apartments

Today’s featured apartment community is Addison Lane Apartments.   Situated in a serene, wooded location at 4117 NW  20th Avenue, you will find this community is conveniently located to the University of Florida, Shands, shopping, dining, and entertainment.  1 and 2 bedroom single story Villas make these a quite choice to live.  You will also find 2 sparkling swimming pools, furniture and utility packages, 24-hour maintenance, on-site courtesy officer, controlled access/evening hours, concierge services available, nature area with duck pond, pet friendly and on bus routes to UF, Oaks Mall, Butler Plaza and Shands.

This is Gainesville Real Estate Management Company property… Providing Exceptional Service at an Affordable Price!

Stop by or call today to find out more.




Florida Folk Festival on the Suwannee River

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event in the southeastern US; celebrate the weekend as the festival continues the 61st year tradition offering folk music, blues, storytelling, crafts and food under the old graceful oak trees.  Festival site at the Stephen Foster State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River is an easy 70 minute drive up I-75.  Among the weekend roster of performers are Jim Stafford, Ben Prestage and the Bellamy Brothers.  Can’t attend all days, this is a great day trip.

For full performance schedule, more activities and admission prices check out the website:

Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 24-26, 2013

Time: 10 am through evening performances

Where: Stephen Foster State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River, White Springs, FL 32096 – Highway 41.  (386)397-2733

Balcony Container Gardening

Spring is here and your green thumbs are itching to plant.  Fresh home grown herbs will add zesty flavor to your favorite recipes.  Vine ripened tomatoes enhance summer salads.  Colorful flowers and plants are a special gift from you to yours.  Create your own small Eden to enjoy quiet moments after a hectic day.  The simple and easy possibilities for container gardening on a balcony or patio are endless.  Check out the possibilities and get more information at:


Titanoboa: Monster Snake – Now through August 11, 2013


Sixty million year old remains of the Titanoboa cerrejonensis found recently by FMNH scientists, in a Columbian coal mine, is the largest snake in the world at 48 feet, 2500 pounds.  The Smithsonian Channel documentary, featuring a full-scale model of “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” explores the discovery, reconstruction and implications of the enormous reptile.  Scientists and trained volunteers working on fossils found at the site talk with visitors to the exhibit.

For Museum hours visit:

Admission: Adults $6 (FL resident $5) ages 3-17 $4.50

Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville FL 32611


Hogtown Craft Beer Festival at Kanapaha Gardens

Florida regional and national craft breweries join local restaurants and caterers to offer samplings, beer education and home-brewing demonstrations in the pleasant spring environment of the gardens.  Charities benefiting from the event are Alachua Conservation Trust, Kanapaha Gardens and Climb for Cancer Foundation.

Saturday, May 4, 2013      Time: 1:00 pm.    Phone: 352-372-4981

Fee: $55

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive & Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608




Treehouse Village Condominiums

Experience peaceful living at Treehouse Village Condominiums.  What makes Treehouse Village different?

  • No Security Deposit
  • No Pet Fees or Deposits
  • No Decal Parking
  • No Roam Towing
  • Washer/Dryer in Every Unit
  • 2 Pools
  • 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Fully Loaded Kitchen Appliances
  • Great Maintenance

Great location and proximity to the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, Archer Road corridor, as well as downtown.

117 SE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601    Telephone: 352-448-4963

Gator Stompin’

The Gator Nation stomps at the end of spring as a rite of passage for the past 30 years.  The official Gator Stompin’ tee shirt is your ticket to enter local clubs, bars, and cafes.  One of the top ten “must do” things before leaving Gainesville.

Thursday, May 2 from 9:00 pm to Friday, May 3 at 2:00 am.      Downtown Gainesville.

For Ticket information and fees visit: