It’s no secret that the holidays are going to be a little different this year. Many large gatherings will probably be put on hold + traditional celebrations may have to adjust. However, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we don’t want Lakeland to lose sight of our tight-knit community.
Oftentimes, food and community go hand-in-hand. We gather together around the dinner table and make + share meals with those we care for. Since physical gatherings may not be possible for the time being, we’ve decided to help our community share food + come together virtually.
We’re working on compiling recipes from our readers + creating a Lakeland cookbook to share with the community in time for the holidays. If you have a perfect pumpkin pie recipe, go-to green bean casserole or favorite holiday flavor, we want to hear about it.
Send us an email(and photos if you have any) or fill out the form below with your recipe to be included in our LALtoday cookbook.
Need a little inspiration? Check out this Italian Cherry Cookies Recipe LALtoday Reader Dawn C. graciously shared with us when we were all baking our mitts off during the beginning of the pandemic.
Italian Cherry Cookies | Photo via LALtoday Reader Dawn C.
Ingredients • ½ cup Crisco • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs • 1 tsp almond extract • ½ tsp vanilla extract • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries • 3 drops red food coloring • 3 cups flour • 2 ½ tsp baking powder • 2 cups confectioners sugar to roll cookies in after cool • 2-3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice (to mix, with leftover confectioners sugar after rolling to make a little glaze to drizzle over cookies after they are rolled in confectioners sugar)
Instructions 1. Mix wet ingredients first, and then add in dry 2. Drop with a small cookie scoop or roll in 1-in. balls onto a cookie sheet 3. Bake for 10-12 min. At 350°F 4. Cook and then roll in confectioners sugar 5. Mix cherry juice and leftover confectioners sugar using a fork 6. Just drizzle a little cherry glaze on each cookie for a little color
What is your favorite holiday recipe?
Whether it’s a side, dessert, or your favorite way to prep a turkey, send us your go-to holiday dish to be included in our LALtoday cookbook.
And after you send us the recipe, send this to a friend whose cooking is way too good to miss out on.
Weather ○81º | Partly Cloudy | 10% chance of rain
Development ○The 70+ page report, detailing the Florida Department of Transportation’s three proposed toll roads(one of them running through Polk County) has been submitted to Gov. DeSantis + other officials for review. However, no conclusion has been reached about roads – dubbed the Suncoast, Northern Turnpike, and Southwest-Central Connectors – yet, due to “limited data.” You can find the reports from each task force, here.(The Ledger)
Civic ○ #ProTip for staying in the know: Attend today’s city commission meetingat 3 p.m., which takes place both at City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Ave.) + online. Today’s agenda follows a presentation on the new fire training complex, a proposal on a 150-ft. cell tower on Ariana St., and more. 🏛️
Announced ○ A contest that’s pretty “up in the air,” 125 pilots will compete in Lakeland to achieve the national ranking of the best short take-off + landing (STOL) at SUN ‘n FUN’s Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show on Dec. 4 + 5. Pilots also have a chance to win up to $12,500 in prizes. According to the experts, STOL flying is one of the most popular spectators sports + one of the most challenging in general aviation. 🛫 (AOPA)
#Florida ○ Okay, but can we talk about that one thicc boi alligator that made his appearance in Florida late last week, following Tropical Storm Eta? Photos were captured of the mini-dinosaur, whowas strolling along a golf course in Naples, and the internet is crazed right now, trying to figure out if he’s real or not. 🐊
Number ○ 10. The number of days until Thanksgiving. Find turkey, organic sweet potatoes, and all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides at GreenWise Market. #Pro-tip: Order ahead to beat the holiday rush. 🦃 Ⓟ
Holiday ○ Looking to check a few items off your Christmas list early? Whether it’s snapping photos with Santa, scouring the neighborhood for holiday lights, and where to go ice skating, check out this round-up of holiday fun from our friends at Lakeland Mom. 🎅
Giveaway ○There’s only one week left to enter our Local Giveback Giveaway, sponsored by Trinity Medical Group. Click here to enterso you don’t miss out on having $1,000 and a LALtoday newsletter Highlight donated to your favorite local organization this holiday season. The winner will be announced right here in our newsletter on Tues., Nov. 24.
Cause ○ The Homeless Coalition of Polk County, Inc. is still in need of volunteers to help conduct a survey of those experiencing homelessness in Polk County. The purpose of the survey is to find out the needs of those within the community. To help with this, email [email protected] for more information. 🙋
Coronavirus ○1 out of 25. That’s how many people are estimated to be infected with COVID-19 in Florida. Nationally, this correlates to 1 out of 33 people, and internationally, it’s 1 out of 154 people. (Orlando Sentinel) ○AAA is predicting a decrease in the number of people in Florida planning to travel over Thanksgiving(2.8 million), due to COVID-19.If their prediction is correct, this would be the lowest number of people traveling over the holiday since the Great Recession. (Tampa Bay Business Journal) ○ On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health announced 10,105 new cases of COVID-19 and29 additional deaths in Florida. That brings the total number of cases in FL of COVID-19 to 885,201+ the total deaths to 17,518. ○ You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here.
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Production for next year’s Halloween season has already begun – so make sure to fallow Sir Henry’s social channels for clues to find out what next year’s frights will bring.
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Show ○ Fall Choral Concert| Mon., Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch this online choral performance by Southeastern University Arts Students, featuring a women’s choir, concert choir, and chamber singers as they present classic holiday songs. 🎤
TryThis ○ Hospitality Night| Mon., Nov. 16 | 9-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | All customers working in the hospitality industry can enjoy half-off on pint drafts. 🍻 ○ Live Trivia at Cob & Pen| Mon., Nov. 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen, 1221 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | If you’ve got a competitive streak, check out this live trivia night with awards for the top three teams and order from the wide menu of craft beer, cocktails, and food.
Cause ○ Mega Pantry Distribution| Mon., Nov. 16 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | All are welcome to stop by this food drive and pick up a pre-packaged bag of groceries. 🥫
PlanAhead ○ Kettle Kick-Off at Lakeside Village| Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-7 p.m.| 1479 Town Center Drive | Free | Head out to Lakeside Village as they turn on their Christmas Tree with The Salvation Army Lakeland for their annual Kettle Kick-off. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
🍗 ICYMI: Still making plans for turkey day?We created a list of local restaurants with dine-in + carry-out options for your holiday. 2020 could be the year you host an entire Thanksgiving without needing to cook a single thing.
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