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Gulf Coast Friends warm up with a ‘soup’-er cookoff

The Gulf Coast Friends Luncheon was held at First Baptist Church on Jan. 14. There were 10 soups and chilies prepared for members to taste and judge. The entrants Very Veggie Soup, White Chicken Chili, Beef Stew, Pasta Fagioli, Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Broccoli Cheddar Soup were among the entrees. Volunteers served the members, who tasted all the dishes […]

The trials and joys of trees

t rees often are low on priority lists — unless you had tree damage as a result of Hurricane Sally. However, you might be surprised to learn that trees played a beneficial, if somewhat behind the scenes, role for good this year and every year. And celebrating the good, while not ignoring potential problems, is important when making decisions involving […]

Prevent lung cancer by testing your home for radon, EPA recommends

WASHINGTON — January 6 marked the beginning of National Radon Action Month. Every January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges everyone across the United States to test their homes for radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the ground and, in some cases, well water supply. “Radon is the second leading […]

Test leftover seeds for viability


The beginning of a new year finds many gardeners preparing for the growing season ahead. Clearing space to start seeds indoors, inventorying seeds and supplies, and ordering seeds, plants, and more are usually part of the process. While organizing, you may uncover seeds from past seasons. Do not discard these just yet. When seeds are stored properly, many can last […]

GET COOKIN’


Teriyaki chicken with vegetables 4 chicken thighs, bone in1 head green cabbage4 carrots, scraped and cutinto 3-inch lengths1/2 onion, cut into wedges10-12 mushrooms1 Tbsp. cornstarch Marinade4 Tbsp. soy sauce2 Tbsp. sesame oil4 Tbsp. brown sugar1 inch fresh ginger, peeledand mashed Directions: 1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl, add chicken and turn to coat. Allow to rest in marinade for […]

Driftwood Garden Club to plant Arbor Day Tree Friday, Jan. 15

The Driftwood Garden Club will be getting together again for Arbor Day. They have not held a meeting since the scare of the Coronavirus became prevalent. The meeting will take place outside the Gulf Breeze Community Center on Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 am. Beverly Zimmern and Mona Hall are finalizing The Driftwood Garden Club Arbor Day Celebration plans. This […]

Festival of the Nativities showcases sets from around the world




More than 130 nativity sets and ornaments from around the world graced Nicholson Hall at St. Ann Catholic Parish for the second Festival of the Nativities. Organized by volunteer Morgan Church, parishioners brought in personal nativity sets for the two-evening event. Many of the sets came with handwritten personal stories, like that of the Biery Family. They brought their Japanese […]

SR Woman’s Club fills little free libraries

For a holiday surprise, members of Santa Rosa Woman’s Club visited Little Free Libraries and Neighborhood Book boxes and stocked them with children’s books. Sally Stanford and Diane Skelton, representing the Education & Libraries Community Service committee, also delivered a club check to the Friends of the Library. Thirty Free Little Library and Neighborhood Book Boxes in Gulf Breeze, Navarre […]

Get Cookin’


White Chicken Chili On a cold winter day, a hearty soup is just what is needed to warm you up. This white chicken chili is an update on a recipe in my file because it adds cream cheese, making this soup creamy and delicious. 1 small yellow onion , diced 1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 […]

Gulf Coast Friends celebrate the holidays, Italian style

Gulf Coast Friends held their Christmas luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Lillo’s Tuscan Grille in Gulf Breeze. Members and guests were treated to spinach lasagna, meat lasagna and pasta primavera. Dessert was provided by new member Milina Deru who is starting a new bakery in the area. Members who wore their Christmas finery paraded around while everyone cheered for […]


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