Sunday, December 17, 2017

NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS AT DISNEY

Hello all,

Living here in Florida I have been to a few of the major theme parks. One in particular, Disney is my favorite. Now that I have a grandchild,I wanted to take her there.It seems like the best time of the year to go, around Christmas time. Taking her to Disney was a dream of mine. So off I was to start planning.

I wanted to get the most out of our trip, so I checked out a few sites for advice to prepare. One of my favorite sites I checked out first was Couponing to Disney. I love this site and I find the author's advice easy to understand and follow. She offers many tips I took note of. I especially paid attention to her information about FastPass. We tried scheduling our FastPass with the Disney app, but it proved to be difficult to use and not very user friendly. We scheduled them through their kiosks instead.

We wanted to do as much as we could, so we used FastPass. With it we chose three rides initially. Then were able to choose more with FastPass, but one at a time. We rode a lot of rides! Even the few we did ride without FastPass, the lines were no longer than a 30 minute wait! We had an awesome time! I thought my granddaughter would be afraid of some of the rides, like the Teacups or Dumbo, but she absolutely loved them! In fact, the Teacups were her favorite! Her next favorite was It's a Small World. She loved being in the boat and watching all the animatronics going on around her! The expression on her face was timeless, something I will never forget! She even got to meet her favorite character, Minnie!

When it was time to eat, there were many eateries to choose from. We chose the Columbia Harbor House. It was perfect for lunch. We easily found seats, and it was very affordable. I definitely would eat there again.

Since it is the holiday season, when it got dark they lit up the front of the park around the castle with Christmas lights. It was such a sight to see! The castle was lit with purple and white lights. My granddaughter loved it! It was so beautiful. Every employee we came across was very knowledgable and pleasant. We had a great time! The only thing we didn't have time to do was shop, we were too tired. They did give my granddaughter a pin saying this was her first time at Disney, a real keepsake! I definitely recommend a trip to Disney for a way to spend quality time with the grandkids!



NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON

Hello all,

Christmas time is a lot of work. All of that decorating, baking, gift buying , and wrapping presents is tiring. And everyone has that certain hard to buy for someone who has everything already. Or you just really don't know what to get for them. Well, I have the perfect gift guide for you. Here is a list of 5 unique gifts for that hard to buy for person. Hopefully these ideas can help you cross some gifts off your list!


1. Belly Fanny Pack - This is the perfect gift for the dad who has everything. Its made of durable leather, and unzips so pops can hide all his stash. You can buy it through this link for $12.99-



5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - BELLY FANNY PACK





2. Phone Tripod by the Claw - Now there has never been an easier way to take those holiday pictures. It even comes with a remote to help capture that perfect shot! You can buy it through this link for $17.99-




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - PHONE TRIPOD BY THE CLAW




3. Mummy Style Sleeping Bag by Survival Hax - For that person who loves to camp, this sleeping bag is so comfy. It also is waterproof and keeps you warm in temps as low as 24 degrees.  You can buy it through this link for $24.99 - 




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - MUMMY STYLE SLEEPING




4. Full Zip Fleece Jacket by Oalka - This fleece jacket is just the ticket to keep your loved ones warm. It's very comfy and has many pockets and a stand up collar to help keep you extra toasty. You can buy it through this link for $19.99-




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - OALKA FLEECE JACKET





5. Expandable Garden Hose by Asani - This is the perfect gift for that gardener on your list. It expands to 3 times its size, to 50 feet. It even comes with a nozzle with 8 settings and a carrying bag. You can buy it through this link for $23.99 - 



5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - EXPANDABLE GARDE HOSE

Monday, December 11, 2017

MAKE YOUR GIFT WRAPPING SAY WOW WITH GINGERBREAD GIFT TAGS

Hello all,

Nothing says Christmas to me like baking and gift wrapping. What a time saver to be able to combine the two. I found an awesome recipe from Brit and CO for adorable delicious gingerbread gift tags, but I saw Martha Stewart has one as well. Yes, you heard that right, the edible cookie you use as a gift tag. This makes you think why didn't I think of that! Here's the recipe, enjoy!:



INGREDIENTS:

3 cups flour
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
frosting
string or ribbon
 straw
cookie cutters



INSTRUCTIONS:

In a medium bowl mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl mix together butter, and brown sugar. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture till smooth. Cover and refrigerate  for at least 4 hours.
Set oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out dough  1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.
Cut out the shapes with a cookie cutter. Add words or lettering if you like. Use a straw to cut a hole at the top.
Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Then let cool.
Decorate with the frosting and use string or ribbon to put through the hole to attach to your presents.





MAKE YOUR GIFT WRAPPING SAY WOW WITH GINGERBREAD GIFT TAGS


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE

Hello all,

 There's no place quite like Florida for the holidays We have our own sense of style here. Florida has so much to see and do already, the holidays just add more to it. I've compiled a list of unforgettable amazing holiday things to do in Florida, enjoy:


1. Now Snowing 2017 - This is a monthlong winter wonderland spectacular featuring Charles Dickens carollers, performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and yes, it has nightly snowfalls at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00. amd 9:00 pm. They also have an ice rink open 4-10 pm till January 1st. This event and parking are free, but there are small fees for the ice skating, carriage rides, Santa photos, and the train. It's located at the Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St. Celebration.



5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- NOW SNOWING





2. Santa's Enchanted Forest - The site says it's the world's largest holiday theme park with over 100 rides, games, shows and attractions. It has been a tradition in the area for 35 years.It features south Florida's largest Christmas light show with millions of lights, lasers, themed displays, Christmas music, live shows and carnival rides. It's open now till January 7th, 5:00 pm till midnight. Admission for adults is $33.64, kids $24.30. It's located at 7900 SW 40th St., Miami.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST





3. Christmas at Gaylord Palms - From November 21st to January 7th you can go to Christmas at Gaylord Palms. They have larger than life decorations with over 2 million lights. They have Alpine Rush Snow tubing, which is priced at $19.99. They also have ICE, a walk through attraction kept at 9 degrees. It is an inside winter wonderland with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures, 4 ice slides, ice carving zone, and a nativity scene carved of ice. Price is $29.99 adults, $16.99 kids. And let's not forget about Santa! You can take photos of him for a fee!




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- GAYLORD PALMS





4. Busch Gardens Christmas Town - This event runs for 23 select dates from November 19th to December 31st. The park comes alive with 2 million lights and decorations. You can meet and take photos with Rudolph and Santa. They have special Christmas musicals and ice shows. They also have a Christmas village where they offer treats and Christmas gift shopping. They even have a Christmas Town Express where you climb aboard a train and sing Christmas carols. This event is included with the regular Busch Gardens admission price. Adults are $104.99, and kids are $89.99.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE - CHRISTMAS TOWN






5. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney - The december Christmas parties are December 7,8,10,12,14,15,19.21.  During the parties you can see Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, 2 Christmas stage shows, dance parties and meet and greets. They also serve complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and apple slices. They even have snow on Main Street! These tickets are popular and hard to come by at adults $99.00, kids $94.00. There is a separate admission cost for this.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE - MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY




Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG

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


Hello all,

My family loves the outdoors. Especially camping, and there is no better time than now for camping here in Florida. The weather is just perfect this time of year. I was so happy when I received the 3 Season Mummy Sleeping Bag by Survival Hax to review.

We were on the lookout for new sleeping bags to buy. My husband is the type who gets so cold in any weather. This sleeping bag is amazing! It keeps you snug, cozy, and warm all snuggled in like a mummy. My husband said it was extremely comfortable and he almost fell asleep in it while trying it out for me! The sleeping bag comes in a convenient carry bag with a handle that I liked a lot. And its ultralight, which is a win win for me, being under 3 pounds.

The 3 Season Mummy Sleeping Bag can handle temperatures as low 24F and still keep you warm. The sleeping bag is even water resistant, which is good when it rains like it does here so often. The bag is made out of soft, comfortable, high quality material. This is an awesome product, and would make a great gift! This sleeping bag sells for $24.99 on amazon through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F8DMDV2.  Even that is a steal for this high quality sleeping bag. But right now with coupon code  SLYP75BG  you can save a whopping 70% off through one of these links   https://survivalhax.com/collections/all/products/mummy-sleeping-bag,  
https://www.amazon.com/Survival-Hax-Mummy-Sleeping-Bag/dp/B01F8DMDY4 . That is an awesome deal, enjoy!  #survivalhax  #sleepingbag


GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG




GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG


GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG
GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS TRADITION- FRUITCAKE

Hello all,

When I think of Christmas, I think of trees, decorating and baking. And when I think of Christmas baking, I think of fruitcake. Love them or hate them, fruitcake is definitely a Christmas tradition. I've tasted a few that were downright delicious. I've come across one that fits the bill for delicious. It's a recipe from a Taste of Home for a delicious Christmas tradition - fruitcake!. Give it a try!


INGREDIENTS:
3 cups coarsely cut nuts such as walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts
1 pound chopped pitted dates
1 cup halved maraschino cherries
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract



DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl combine, nuts, cherries and dates. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add to nut mixture and stir until well coated.
In a small bowl beat eggs until foamy then stir in vanilla. Fold into nut mixture and mix well.
Pour into a greased parchment lined 9 X 5 loaf pan.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 3/4 hours until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool and enjoy!


A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS TRADITION- FRUITCAKE



Sunday, November 26, 2017

FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Hello all,

We all celebrate Christmas every year, following the same traditions. But do you know how those traditions came about? They are very interesting and I'll share them with you. Here are fascinating facts behind 5  Christmas traditions:



1. Santa Claus - The story of Santa Claus began in the 4th century about a real man. He was Saint Nicolas. He was a bishop living in Turkey. He was a very rich kind man who actually gave secret gifts to the poor. His popularity grew throughout Europe, and stories were told that he could perform miracles. Because of his kindness he became a saint. He became the patron saint of Russia where he is drawn as having a red cape, and white beard.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS -SAINT NICOLAS



2. Christmas trees -  Fir trees were decorated in 16th century Germany. The first person to bring the tree inside was a 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. He said the beauty of the stars coming through trees he saw in the forest made him recreate it by placing candles on a tree he brought inside. The first tree were decorated with apples and gingerbread. The first Christmas trees were brought to England by Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert who was from Germany.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CHRISTMAS TREES





3. Christmas Stockings - The story of Christmas stockings started as a story in ancient times. A noblemen had 3 daughters. When  his wife dies, and  the daughters were old enough to marry, the man had nothing to give as dowries. So one night  the 3 girls washed their stocking and hung them to dry on the fireplace. Saint Nicolas heard about their plight, and filled each stocking with a bag of gold. The daughters were able to marry, and kids have been hanging stockings ever since.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS





4. Mistletoe - The tradition of hanging mistletoe goes back to goes back to the times of the ancient druids. They believed it had healing powers for poison, infertility, and to ward off evil spirits. The custom of kissing under it came from England. A berry was picked from the Mistletoe for each kiss. When the berries were gone, then the kissing was done.



 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - MISTLETOE




5. Candy Canes - The story of candy canes goes back to the 17th century. Craftsmen created the candy in the shape of  a shepherd's crook. It was done at the request of a choirmaster who wanted to remind children of the story about the Nativity and to keep them quiet during ceremonies. They became  very popular when a Georgian named Bob McCormack invented a machine that made them.



 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CANDY CANES

Monday, November 20, 2017

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY

Hello all,

That special time of year is almost here. The time when we sit down with friends and family to be thankful for what we have and to dine on a delicious feast. There are so many great recipes out there, I posted a few incredibly easy delicious side dish recipes for you to try. Enjoy:



1. Roasted Asparagus with Bacon from The Cooking Channel

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pounds trimmed asparagus
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs rosemary
1 lb sliced bacon
kosher salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the asparagus with olive oil, garlic and rosemary and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the spears into groups of 3 or 4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each grouping spreading out bacon so you can see the spears. Cook on baking sheet until bacon is cooked about 25 minutes.


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY- roasted asparagus with bacon






2. Cranberry Sauce Recipe from The Food Network

INGREDIENTS:

1 12 ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 strip orange or lemon zest
salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Empty the bag of cranberries to a pan and set aside 1 cup of cranberries.
Add 1 cup sugar, the zest and 2 tsp water to pan and cook over low heat.
Cook until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries soften, about 10 minutes.
Increase to medium heat and cook until the cranberries burst, about 10 minutes.
Reduce to low heat and stir in the cranberries you set aside.
Add sugar, salt, and pepper to taste and let cool before serving.



 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY- cranberry sauce





3. Chestnut and Pear Dressing from The Food network

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion
1 large carrot
3 stalks celery
3 sticks unsalted butter
2 pears
1 cup chestnuts
8 ounce sausage
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup sage
8 ounces rustic country bread
2 cups turkey stock
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS;

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook onion, carrot and celery over medium heat in 2 tbsp of butter until soft about 10 minutes.
Combine pears, chestnuts, herbs, bread, and sausage in a bowl. Add the onion, carrot and celery mixture. Add some butter and stock to moisten the bread but not make it soggy.
Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon into a buttered shallow baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes more.




LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY  - pear, chestnut, and sage dressing





4. Three Cheese Mashed potatoes from Delish


INGREDIENTS:

5 pounds white potatoes cut and cubed
6 tbsp butter
1 8 ounce package of whipped cream cheese
2 cups white shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
8 ounce sour cream
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper
milk for consistency

DIRECTIONS:

In a saucepan place potatoes and enough water to cover them. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until soft then drain and mash.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan until smooth. Mix in sour cream, garlic salt, and salt and pepper.
Stir cheese mixture into the potatoes until well blended. If potatoes are too thick stir in one tbsp of milk at a time until desired consistency.




LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY - three cheese mashed potatoes

Thursday, November 16, 2017

3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES

Hello all,

For me, baking means the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I especially love baking Christmas desserts and cookies, and there' no time like the present. Cookies makes great gifts and great for those festive get togethers. I found some incredible recipes for some awesome mouth watering delicious Christmas cookies to share. Enjoy:



1. CANDY CANE COOKIES FROM BETTY CROCKER -



INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1 tbsp finely crushed peppermints
2 tbsp sugar



DIRECTIONS;
In large bowl, stir egg, butter, milk vanilla, peppermint extract, and sugar. Add the baking powder, flour and salt. Divide the dough in half. Stir food coloring into half. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together peppermint candy and sugar and set aside.
For each candy cane shape, shape 1 rounded tsp of dough into a 4 inch rope by rolling on a floured surface. Place 1 red and 1 white rope side by side and press together lightly and twist.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes until light brown.
Sprinkle candy cane mixture over cookies and let cool.



3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - CANDY CANE COOKIES




2.  CHRISTMAS BUTTER COOKIES FROM BETTY CROCKER



INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cups soft butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt


ICING:
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp meringue powder
5 tsp lemon juice
5 tbsp water



DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. On low beat in egg, lemon peel, and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough between sheets of plastic wrap 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
Cut out with cookie cutters to your desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart.
Bake 10- 12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool.
For the icing, mix together meringue powder and powdered sugar. add 5 tsps lemon juice and 5 tsps water. Paint the whole cookie and let dry.
Beat the rest of the icing until peaks form. Squeeze onto cookies and decorate.



3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - CHRISTMAS BUTTER COOKIES




3. GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES FROM TASTE OF HOME



INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup soft butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tbsp water
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
Frosting


DIRECTIONS:
Mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Beat in molasses, egg, and water. In another bowl whisk the remaining ingredients, not the frosting, into a creamed mixture.
Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough onto floured surface into a 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut with a cookie cutter and place into ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake 8-10 minutes, cool, and decorate.




3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES








Sunday, November 12, 2017

MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES

Hello all,

When I think of November, I think of one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. I just love getting together with family and friends. I also love all of the delicious recipes this time of year! My recipe for mouthwatering Thanksgiving marshmallow sweet potatoes is a tried and true family favorite.
I have used this recipe to make kick-ass marshmallow sweet potatoes since my kids were small. I always get a lot of compliments on them. They especially go well as a side dish for Thanksgiving. I think the secret is the addition of orange juice. They are very sweet. Here it is, Enjoy-

MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES-

INGREDIENTS:
2 large cans of sweet potatoes ( I think they're about 23 ounces)
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup of orange juice
2 bags of mini marshmallows
1 tsp. cinnamon


DIRECTIONS:
Drain sweet potatoes into a bowl and smash with a potato masher.
Melt the butter and add it to the potatoes.
Add the orange juice.(I say 1/2 to 3/4 cup because you don't want them watery, but you want to taste the orange juice).
Add the cinnamon and stir.
Add a whole bag of mini marshmallows and mix well.
Spread into a  square 9 X 13 baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins.
Sprinkle the remaining bag of marshmallows on top of the potatoes and cook 5-10 more mins. until the marshmallows start to melt ( as many marshmallows as you like, I use half a bag).
Put the pan under the broiler for a few minutes if you want it browned ( I usually do for a few minutes).
Remove the pan, cool and enjoy. But be careful the marshmallows will be very hot!






MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3 MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING TURKEY RECIPES

Hello all,

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of family get togethers and delicious recipes, especially turkey. There are so many ways to cook it. I found 3 of the best mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes for you to try! Let me know how they turn out:




1. MARTHA STEWART UPSIDE DOWN TURKEY - The benefits of roasting your turkey upside down makes your breast meat extra moist.

INGREDIENTS:

1 14 pound turkey
1 loaf ciabatta bread
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Halved figs, red, black and green grapes, sage and thyme sprigs for serving


DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl combine 1/2 cup salt and 1 tsp pepper. Rub mixture on turkey and inside body cavity. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Remove plastic from turkey and rinse turkey inside out and pat dry. Let stand and room temp for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the lower third of the oven. Tuck wings under turkey and tie drumsticks together with twine. Trim bread to length of turkey and slice horizontally. Butter the cut sides of the bread. On a V shaped wire rack set in the roasting pan, place buttered sides of the up. Place turkey breast-side down, so it rests on the bread. Roast 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip the turkey breast-side up. Pour broth into pan. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and baste with pan juices every 20 minutes until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees, about 2 hours more.
Transfer turkey to platter discard bread.  The bread was just used to keep the turkey breast from sticking. Set aside the pan drippings for gravy.  Let turkey stand 30 minutes and serve garnished with figs, grapes, sage, and thyme.




3 mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes- Martha Stewart upside down turkey





2. FAMILY CIRCLE'S DEEP FRIED TURKEY - I have yet to try deep fried turkey, but I heard it's delicious. Be very careful when frying turkeys in this manner.


INGREDIENTS:

First brine the turkey-
In a large stockpot combine 2/3 cup kosher salt, 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1 cup hot water, 3 cups cold water, 1 sliced onion, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 slice jalapeno and 12 crushed peppercorns. Place fresh turkey in pot and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and refrigerate overnight not longer than 8 hours. Remove turkey and dry inside out before cooking.

1 12- 16 brined turkey
3 quarts peanut oil


DIRECTIONS:

Place turkey fryer in an open level dirt, cement, or grassy area. Heat 3 quarts peanut oil to 400 degrees (about 40 minutes to heat).
When oil reaches 400 degrees very slowly lower turkey in basket into the oil. check temp, increase or lower to maintain it at 375 degrees. Fry turkey 3 minutes per pound. Carefully lift from oil to check the temperature of the turkey. It should be 165 degrees in the thigh. When done remove from oil and drain on rack for a few minutes. Cover with foil and let stand 20 minutes before carving.




3  mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes -  Family Circles deep fried turkey






3. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS FLASH ROASTED TURKEY - This method will produce a delicious roast turkey in about 2 hours. It says the secret is the butter mixture placed under the skin.


INGREDIENTS:

2 large cloves garlic
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, sage, parsley, thyme and chives
1 10-12 pound turkey
1 onion


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place rack in lower third of oven. Mince garlic with 1 tsp. kosher salt to make a paste. Add butter, herbs, and black pepper and mash with a fork.
Rinse the turkey and pat dry. Use your fingers to loosen the breast skin . Push butter mixture under the loosened skin. Season inside and outside of the turkey with salt and pepper. Insert one onion inside breast cavity and tie drumsticks together with twine.
Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan and pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan.
Tent turkey with foil and roast for 2 hours until a thermometer inserted into thigh read at least 175 degrees.
Make sure to rotate pan and add 1 cup of water to the pan after 1 hour.
Remove from oven and discard oven from the cavity.
Transfer to a platter and loosely cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes.





3  mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes- Better Homes and Gardens flash roasted turkey

Sunday, November 5, 2017

13 INCREDIBLE AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY

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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - FORE LAKE CAMPGROUND



5. Matanzas State Forest Primitive Camp - 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - 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. For a family of four for a weeks stay at a preferred campsite it's $534.00, less if you have your own RV.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Fort Wilderness



8. Florida Caverns State 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Florida Caverns State Park



9. Silver River 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY-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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- 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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY-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 INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Myakka River State Park