Local entrepreneur creates healthy desserts

After tiring of drinking the same old protein shakes, James Doyle decided to brainstorm some new ideas. He figured there was a way to turn his protein powder into a dessert. So, the 29-year-old Wesley Chapel man began experimenting. Inspired by how Jell-O works, Doyle developed FREEZINda, a liquid and dry mix product that transforms any whey protein powder into an ice cream-like, frozen … [Read more...]

Pasco ‘super park’ land near Dade City

Pasco County recently purchased 155 acres for a proposed “super park” at The Villages of Pasadena, off Prospect Road and Highland Boulevard, near Dade City. The acreage is conservation land that is the second purchase of a three-phase acquisition process. When complete, the county will have nearly 320 acres for the super park. Because the 155 acres will remain natural and be used for passive … [Read more...]

The Ice Dreammm Shop scoops ice cream and nostalgia

Ice cream dreams bring back sweet memories to Joe Schembri. There were family trips to what he remembers as “Roger’s Place” on State Road 52. Later on, ice creamy treats came from a shop near a Home Depot, known affectionately as the “Home Depot” ice cream. “All we did was ice cream every week,” said Schembri, who lives in Land O’ Lakes. “That was family time and we loved it.” Nearly three … [Read more...]

Presenting musical passion, precise choreography

Their love of singing developed in different ways. “Singing has always been a part of my life,” said Sandy Everly, of Land O’ Lakes. “On Sunday nights, at home, my mom played the piano, and my sister and my dad and I would sing. “Actually, I learned to harmonize at a very young age.” Cathy Frey, of Wesley Chapel, recalled “my parents used to play these reel-to-reel tapes with these … [Read more...]

Eve’s Garden finds a new paradise

Evie Lynn is moving to greener pastures. To be precise, she is staking out 55 acres of an old orange grove in Groveland that will be populated with bonsai, bamboo and beefalos. The beefalos are her husband’s idea after spotting a herd of them on his drive to Groveland. The cows are a cross between domestic cattle and bison. The couple are the proud owners of a baby beefalo, bringing … [Read more...]

Welcome to Dade City, where kumquat is king

Every year, as marauders take over Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa’s Gasparilla Parade, there’s another invasion of sorts— as thousands stream into downtown Dade City for the city’s annual Kumquat Festival. “It’s a wonderful alternative (to Gasparilla),” said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The Dade City event — which draws its name from a … [Read more...]