Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

Hello all,

Spring break will be here before you know it. I know we all will be searching for something new to do to keep the kids entertained. I have compiled a list of some of the best zoos and aquariums in Florida for you to explore on your summer break. Take a look!

1. Discovery Cove (Orlando)- At this place you can swim with the dolphins, feed tropical birds, and snorkel through a saltwater reef. This place is pricey. Admission- $269-399 depending on if you want to swim with the dolphins.  It is located at 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando. 407-513-4600.



FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - DISCOVERY COVE





2. Busch Gardens (Tampa)- This place is a lot of fun. Besides having many fun rides, they also have a lot of shows and animals. My favorites are Curiosity Caverns, Myombe Reserve, and Edge of Africa. Admission $89.00 for kids, Adults $104.99. The park is located on the corner of Busch Blvd. and 40th St.   813-884-4386.




FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - BUSCH GARDENS






3. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (Sarasota)- They have many close-up hands-on animal exhibits here. You can touch rays at their ray animal exhibit, and sea otters, sea turtle and manatees. They also have a shark encounter where you can prepare and feed sharks brunch with staff during a training session. There is a separate $45 fee for this. Admission- Adults (13 and older) $22.00. Kids (4-12) $16.00. It is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.  941-388-4441.




FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - MOTE MARINE







4. Big Cat Rescue (Tampa)- This is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world for abused or abandoned big cats. They have 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and others. You'll need to schedule a tour for here. Admission Adults $37.00, Kids (10 and under) $27.00. It is located at 12802 Easy St.  813-920-4130.




FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - BIG CAT RESCUE







5. Florida Aquarium (Tampa)- They have many animal exhibits here where you can view snakes, 30 species of free flying birds, a Goliath Grouper, eels, stingrays and sea horses. For and extra fee you can go on a dolphin cruise, swim or scuba dive with their fish, or a behind the scenes tour or penguin pass. Admission- Adults $28.95,  Kids(3-11) $23.95. It is located at 701 Channelside Dr. 813-273-4000.





FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - FLORIDA AQUARIUM






6. Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Clearwater)- This marine life rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin from the movies Dolphin Tale 1 and 2. Both movies were filmed here. Here you can see marine animals and sea turtle exhibits. You can feed their stingrays and sharks. You can take a boat tour of the waterways or a trolley to Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure where you can see a museum of props and sets from the movies. Admission-Adults $22.95, Kids $17.95. It is located at 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.





FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM






7. Sarasota Jungle Gardens (Sarasota)- They have over 200 animals including parrots, macaws, primates, amphibians, tortoises, reptiles and small animals. About 95% of the animals here are rescues. They have animals here you can touch like flamingos, skunks and snakes. Admission- Adults $17.99, Kids $12.99. It is located at 3701 Bayshore Rd.  941-355-1112.





FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS






8. Monkey Jungle (Miami)- Here you can view wildlife like they would be in their natural habitats. Here you can experience unique up close encounter in this 30 acre park. you can see the Java monkey troop that numbers 90 monkeys. They dive into a monkey swimming pools collecting crabs and shellfish. You can also see orangutans and gorillas and take a rain forest adventure tour. . Admission-
$29.95, Kids(3-9) $23.95. It is located at 14805 SW 216th St.  305-235-1611.





FLORIDA'S BEST ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - MONKEY JUNGLE




So go take a walk on the wild side and enjoy!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

3 SCRUMPTIOUS FLORIDA SEAFOOD RECIPES TO TRY

Hello all,

Florida is famous for it's beautiful weather, theme parks and sandy beaches. But it's also famous for it's delicious seafood. I found 3 mouthwatering delicious Florida seafood few recipes to share, enjoy;


1. Grouper is one of my husbands favorites. he said there is nothing quite like the taste of a grouper sandwich. Though Goliath Groupers are off limits, regular grouper is always on the menu in Florida seafood restaurants. Try this recipe from Fresh from Florida for a classic grouper sandwich:


INGREDIENTS:
8 thin sliced grouper fillets
Cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper
Rolls and mayo

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat a saute pan over medium heat.
Season the fillets with cajun seasoning and salt and pepper.
Add cooking oil and fillets.
Cook two minutes on each side until golden brown.
Serve on rolls with mayo.



3 SCRUMPTIOUS FLORIDA SEAFOOD RECIPES TO TRY - GROUPER






2. Alligator is another you can find on menus in Florida, especially ones made with the tail. Here is a delicious recipe also from Fresh From Florida for the grill, because you know how us Floridians love to grill. This one is grilled gator kabobs:


INGREDIENTS:
!/2 cup of oj and 1/4 oj concentrate.
2 tbsp light soy sauce and brown sugar.
1 tsp cumin, and 1/4 tsp cayenne.
1 pound alligator meat cubed.
Fruits and vegetables.

DIRECTIONS:
Combine oj and concentrate, soy sauce. brown sugar and spices in a bowl for the marinade, save some for basting.
Add cubed meat and coat well. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.
Thread cubed meat and assorted cubed fruits and vegetables onto skewers that were presoaked in water for 10 minutes.
Grill 6-8 minutes, turning once and basting.




3 SCRUMPTIOUS FLORIDA SEAFOOD RECIPES TO TRY - GATOR KABOBS




3. Amberjack are found throughout Florida's offshore environment. I have never tried this fish, but it has a mild taste that requires little seasoning. Here is a recipe from All Recipes for blackened Amberjack.


INGREDIENTS:
1 pound amberjack fillets.
1 tbsp paprika.
1 tsp of each  dried thyme, dried oregano, and black pepper.
2 tsp of onion powder and garlic powder.
1/2 tsp of red pepper and cooking spray.

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the spices and dredge the fish in spice mixture and let stand 5 minutes.
Add oil to a cast iron skillet. Over high heat add fish fillets and cook 3 minutes.
Turn and cook for 4 more minutes until the fish flakes easily and looks charred.




3 SCRUMPTIOUS FLORIDA SEAFOOD RECIPES TO TRY - AMBERJACK

Monday, February 12, 2018

MAKE THIS FLORIDA FAVORITE - KEY LIME PIE

Hello all,

When it's hot out, who doesn't like making delicious, light desserts. One dessert us Floridians love is our key lime pie . I ran across one that sounds both delicious and easy to make on epicurious.  Give it a try and enjoy:


INGREDIENTS:
For crust-

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp melted butter

For filling-

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp fresh or bottled key lime juice

For topping-

3/4 cup heavy chilled cream


DIRECTIONS:
For crust-

Preheat oven to 350*.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar in a 9 inch pie plate, Mix well and press mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake crust in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes then remove and let cool. Keep oven on.

Make filling and bake the pie-

Whisk together eggs yolks and condensed milk in a bowl. Add juice and whisk till slightly thickened. Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Cool pie completely then chill for 8 hours. Filling will set as it cools.

Make topping-

Just before serving beat the cream in a bowl with an electric mixer till it holds stiff peaks. Top pie with cream and serve. Enjoy!


THE BEST SUMMERTIME RECIPE FOR KEY LIME PIE




Thursday, February 8, 2018

THE AWESOME TIME SAVING POWER OF THE LG TWIN WASH SYSTEM FROM BEST BUY

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or free.  


Hello all,

My time  is valuable. With all the running around and errands we do on a daily basis, if something is available to make my life a little easier I'm all for it. One thing I hate spending time on is housework. But it's something we all have to do. The one thing in particular I don't like doing is laundry. 

Well, I came across an awesome product to tell you about that will save you valuable time on doing  that time consuming chore. It's the LG Twin Wash system from Best Buy. You can do 2 loads at once with this product! Just think of the time you'll save having all of your clothes being washed at the same time. You can be washing your regular load at the top. Then for those delicates, or those dark clothes you know you just don't want to wash with your whites, you can pop them in the smaller LG Sidekick pedestal washer in the bottom. I am loving this! There have been so many times when I have had a few items I needed washed in a hurry, but didn't have enough clothes for a regular load. I can see the smaller LG Sidekick pedestal washer really coming in handy when it comes to all of my family's washing needs.

I also love how energy efficient the products are. This washing system even has a TurboWash 2.0 feature that can save you 30 minutes on washing larger loads. A real dream come true! With all of its features, it's so easy to understand why LG products are so popular.  And if you act now from 1/11 to 4/25  you can receive up to $500 off an LG laundry solution for your home. If you want to find out more about this awesome product, visit this link - http://bby.me/txjuc.  You'll be glad you did!    #ad






THE AWESOME TIME SAVING POWER OF THE LG TWIN WASH SYSTEM FROM BEST BUY

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MY REVIEW OF THE CAMERA LICENSE PLATE FRAME WITH PARKING SENSOR BY SMALL ANT TECH

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. 


Hello all,

We all do so much driving these days. I know I do. Sometimes it seems like thats all I do. So when I was offered the chance to try out the camera license plate frame with backup sensor and camera I jumped at it. We all could use a little peace of mind when driving, and this is that peace of mind. It makes me feel so much better knowing that there's something to help me drive safer!

This product is amazing. First off it's pretty easy to install. It comes with everything you need except for a NTSC monitor, which you need to buy seperately. I found them pretty cheap on amazon, for around $12. It has a highly sensitive backup sensor, which I love! It warns you with beeps if you come within 5.5 feet of something. Then it shows you in distance with a colorful reversing line. 

This is definitely a product you can count on. The camera is waterproof, and so it works great in foggy and rainy conditions. The lens on the camera has 6 layers to help eliminate blurs for a sharper image. The camera even has night vision with 2 LED lights that turn on when the light drops to a certain level. This is a great product, for a great price $36.99 on amazon http://amzla.com/rhdco9e57rjt .
Such a small price to pay for peace,of mind!





MY REVIEW OF THE CAMERA  LICENSE PLATE FRAME WITH PARKING SENSOR  BY SMALL ANT TECH




MY REVIEW OF THE CAMERA  LICENSE PLATE FRAME WITH PARKING SENSOR  BY SMALL ANT TECH

Sunday, January 28, 2018

13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET

Hello all,

Who wants to go camping?! Now that the weather and humidity are cooler, there is no better time than the present to go camping before the heat of summer sneaks up on us.  Who doesn't love being one with nature and enjoying the outdoors? But camping can get downright expensive. I found some awesome  cheap or free campsites in Florida that won't break your budget. Enjoy:



1. FLYING A MYAKKA SF -  A  $10.00 pass or permit is all that's required to camp here. There are 16-29 campsites available. There is wildlife viewing, picnic tables, restrooms, a fire ring, and a grill. These are primitive campsites and water is not provided. You can get a permit at the ranger station or at campsite #6. It is located at 2000 S. River Rd. , North Port. Fla 34223.  (941)460-1333.




13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET- FLYING A MYAKKA SF




2. WOOD LAKE HUNT CAMP -  This is a free, first come first served campground.  You can stay up to 14 days here, except during gun season when it's used as a hunting camp. It is primitive camping with restrooms, picnic tables, and a boat ramp. It sits on the Ochlockonee River. It's located in Sopchoppy, Fla., (850) 643-2282.



13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - WOOD LAKE HUNT CAMP





3. BABCOCK WEBB WMA - The camping is free here but there is $3 cost for a day use permit. Camping is only permitted on the weekends and in the designated camping areas. They have a boat ramp, a fire ring, and picnic tables. This one is near water. The address is 29201 Green Gulf Blvd., Punta Gorda, Fla. 850-4884676.



13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - BABCOCK WEBB WMA





4. FORE LAKE CAMPGROUND - This is a pay campground at $12 a night. It has 30 campsites and each has a picnic table, grill, and lantern pole. It has a shower house and restrooms. It boasts a beautiful beach for swimming and has a fishing pier. There is a camp host on site and gates are open till 8 pm. If you get here after late, you can call (352)652-6312 for a gate code. It is located on SR 314, Silver Springs, Fla. (352)236-0288.



13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - FORE LAKE CAMPGROUND





5. MATANZAS STATE FOREST PRIMITIVE CAMPp - This is a pay campground at $10 a night. It is open year round, but only has 5 campsites available. It has a grill, picnic tables, a fire ring, bathrooms and is near the water. You need to contact the Florida Forest Service at 386-585-6150 before 7 pm for the combination for the gate lock and a permit. The address is Double Gate Rd. at US 1 South,  St. Augustine, Fla. (386)446-6786.



13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - MATANZAS STATE FOREST





6. JB STARKEY WILDERNESS PARK - There are 16 tent camping sites. They have restrooms with showers and a small shelter, a fire ring, grills and drinking water.  Primitive camping is $5.00, regular tent camping is $10 nightly. Reservations are required. There are about 15 tent campsites. It is located at 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd. , New Port Richey, Fla. (727)834-3247.




13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - JB STARKEY PARK




Now these next few campgrounds  cost a bit more. But they are considered well worth the money. Take a look:



7. FORT WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND - 4510 Fort Wilderness Trail, Orlando. I am dying to go to this one! It has dinner shows, character sing-a-longs, movies, hayrides, carriage rides, horseback riding, and fireworks on 750 acres of pine and cypress forests. It has exactly what you'd expect from a Disney campground, including the high price. prices start at $53/night.



13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET-  FORT WILDERNESS




8. FLORIDA STATE CAVERNS PARK -3345 Caverns Road, Marianna. This park is home to the only open air caves in Florida. It costs $5 per vehicle, and only $20 for overnight camping. It also has hiking, biking, boating and fishing. Cave tours are extra. It also features a nine hole golf course.



13 AWESOME  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET- FLORIDA CAVERNS





9. SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK - 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala. This park is the home of the glass bottomed boat tours. If you camp on the weekends, you can also enjoy their pioneer cracker village, and their Silver River Museum. It's crystal clear water is great for canoeing. It has a full facility campground and 10 luxury cabins. Camping is $24.00 a night.



13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET- SILVER RIVER STATE PARK






10. BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK - 36850 Overseas Hwy., Big Pine Key. This state park is known for its beaches, sunsets and snorkeling. you can also swim, fish, kayak, and boat. It also has a nature center and a full facility campground and cabins. Campsites are $36.00, cabins are $120-160.



13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET-  BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK






11. FORT CLINCH STATE PARK - 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. This park sits on 1400 acres on Amelia Island. It has a fishing pier, swimming. Shelling and shark tooth hunting are popular. You can also visit the historic Fort Clinch where they have re-enactments from the Civil War. The fort is open everyday, and costs $2.00. The park has 69 campsites at $26.00 a night.




13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - FORT CLINCH STATE PARK





12. FORT DESOTO STATE PARK - 3500 pinellas Bayway, S. Tierra Verde. This park has a 238 site full service campground . The campground has grills, electricity, washer and dryers, restrooms, showers,play area and a camp store. The park has a 7 mile waterfront that has fishing piers, hiking trails, canoe trails and swimming. Camping starts at $30.00.




13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET - FORT DESOTO STATE PARK





13. MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK - 13208 State rd. 72, Sarasota. This park has a natural wetlands area, a canopy walkway, and a tram safari. It sits on 58 acres and features swimming, fishing, canoeing and boating. The park has 82 campsites for tents that start at $26.00. Cabins start at $70.00



13 AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET- MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

Thursday, January 25, 2018

4 DELICIOUS SUPER BOWL PARTY RECIPES

Hello all,

It's that time of the year, the Superbowl! And it's time for the biggest party of the year. I'm here to help make your party a success with these mouthwatering Superbowl party worthy recipes. Enjoy:

1. Hot Wings - No Superbowl party is complete without those delicious hot wings. Try this one out from the Food Network .

INGREDIENTS:
oil for frying in
12 separated chicken wings
1 12 ounce bottle of  cayenne pepper sauce
1 stick of butter
Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS;
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Heat oil in a pot to about 375 degrees.
Add half the chicken to the hot oil and cook 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
Do the same with the remaining chicken.
Heat cayenne sauce and butter over medium heat then put in  a dash of the worcestershire and hot sauce until it starts to bubble.
Place the wings in an oven dish and pour the sauce over the chicken and coat.
Bake for in oven for 15 minutes.




4 DELICIOUS SUPER BOWL PARTY RECIPES - HOT WINGS





2. Brown Sugar Smokies - This recipe looks like it would be a big hit on gameday, and sounds so easy to do. This one is from All Recipes.

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound of bacon
1 16 ounce package of little smokie sausages
1 cup of brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut  bacon into thirds add wrap a piece around each piece of sausage.
Place a few sausages on a skewer and put them on a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Bake until the sugar melts and the bacon is crispy.




4 DELICIOUS SUPER BOWL PARTY RECIPES - BROWN SUGAR SMOKIES





3. Slow Cooker Meatballs - Nothing says gameday like delicious appetizers, and these meatballs are one of them This one is from Delish.

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 egg
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp chopped chives
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl mix well the ground beef, bread crumbs, chives, worcestershire sauce, egg, and garlic.
Season with salt and pepper and roll into 1 inch balls
Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker,  adding the meatballs on top.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours in slowcooker until meatballs are cooked through.




4 DELICIOUS SUPER BOWL PARTY RECIPES - SLOW COOKER MEATBALLS





4. Seven Layer Dip - This dip is a Superbowl tradition. This recipe is from food.com.

INGREDIENTS:
16 ounces canned refried beans
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of guacamole
1 cup lettuce
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded  cheese
4 ounces sliced olives
1 cup diced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS;
In a large dish, put the layers in this order:
Refried beans mixed with the taco seasoning
1 cup sour cream
1 cup guacamole
1 cup salsa
1 cup lettuce
1 cup cheese
Then the olives and
1 cup diced tomatoes
Chill and serve, its delicious , quick and easy




4 DELICIOUS SUPER BOWL PARTY RECIPES - 7 LAYER DIP