Friday, July 31, 2015

Asparagus, Goat Cheese, Shrimp Risotto + 14 Hands Wine

Although it is Africa hot, it has been very very rainy and everyone is craving comfort food. This is my favorite risotto recipe, not my absolute favorite but that one takes so long to make this one is great for a quick delicious meal. Thanks to the website LaaLoosh, it is Weight Watchers friendly coming in with just 6 points. This is hard to believe, the goat cheese makes it tastes so decadent, you won't believe it!

Find the recipe here. I cooked the shrimp separately and threw it in at the end. Enjoy!

I chose to pair this with 14 Hands Chardonnay. I think goat cheese and shrimp with a white wine is the way to go. This Chardonnay offers bright aromas of apples and pears with a touch of caramel and spice. Elegant fruit flavors give way to hints of butter and vanilla, ending with a juicy finish.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Daytona International Speedway Sign Demolition

This actually hurts my heart, but am excited for what is to come! 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona International Speedway identification sign, which stands 57 feet tall and 48 feet wide along International Speedway Boulevard, was demolished on Thursday morning as part of the DAYTONA Rising project, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment scheduled for completion in January 2016.

The demolition process took only a few hours for the sign, which was originally unveiled in January 1994.

DAYTONA Rising is scheduled for completion in January 2016 in time for the 54th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 58th annual DAYTONA 500.

About DAYTONA Rising
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.

Toyota, Florida Hospital and Chevrolet are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 60,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for three of the injectors/entrances and three of the new neighborhoods.

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Night Out with Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse

We had the most AMAZING dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando a couple of weeks ago. This is our third or fourth time dining at their different options but this one takes the cake. The Steak was as big as my head! I loved every second of our meal, our apps and oh the wine! This is perfect for date night or a night out with friends. Our service was perfect and have I spoke about the food!? Divine!

Some details from their website:
Their modern steakhouse experience combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a refined selection of steaks, chops and seafood. Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse’s private dining room welcomes celebrations, meetings and events with 50-100 guests and the main dining room accommodates 200.

An open kitchen and pizza oven set the stage for the on-site preparation of new and traditional Italian favorites, fish, and premium U.S. steaks and chops. Enjoy an intimate dining experience on your Orlando date night or settle in at The Bar, where you can enjoy our 60" HDTV along with a full drink and restaurant menu.

In addition to spectating the skillful preparation of delicious grilled prime steaks, seafood entrees, creative pizza and pasta dishes, guests may gather at the Milan-inspired lounge and select wines from our extensive, award-winning wine cellar.  Indulge in our award-winning brunch on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

For more information and reservations, please call 407.345.4570.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Summertime and the Cocktails are Easy

We are in official summer mode and it's time to get your cocktails for the season. Like I told you earlier this year, I am obsessed with Bungalow 23 mixers! Not only are the owners Florida based but each ingredient is hand selected for optimal taste using real fruit instead of flavorings!

Bungalow 23: FABI award-winning Bungalow 23 premium cocktail mixers are full of fresh fruit purees, real fruit juices and homemade extracts made from fresh cut herbs. Bungalow 23 concentrates creating a naturally balanced yet complex cocktail.  Bungalow 23’s creative, all-natural flavors have a unique, but approachable taste profile.  Their three flavors are Blueberry Lemon Drop, Pear Ginger Martini and Prickly Pear Margarita.

Bungalow 23 is full of fresh fruit purees, real fruit juices and homemade extracts made from fresh cut herbs; each ingredient is hand-selected for optimal taste. These craft cocktail mixers contain premium ingredients such as blueberries grown in the fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley, pears picked from Washington's Wenatchee Valley, prickly pears harvested from California's Salinas Valley, agave from Mexico and lavender from France. Each of Bungalow 23’s creative, all-natural flavors has a unique, but approachable taste profile:

Blueberry Lemon Drop: Visually stunning with a deep indigo-purple hue, the Blueberry Lemon Drop possesses unprecedented complexity and balance. A velvety texture emphasizes the dark, ripe fruit. Fresh, juicy lemons balance the cocktail and deliver a refreshingly crisp finish. Lavender and lemongrass combine to add complexity and provide rich, earthy undertones.

Pear Ginger Martini: Fresh and elegant, this fruit forward cocktail finishes with a kick of spice offered up by the fresh ginger root. Lemons and lemongrass brighten and enhance the taste of pear and ginger while adding depth to this well balanced cocktail. Just enough sugar is added to balance the lemons and to allow the natural flavors to shine through.

Prickly Pear Margarita: Vivid persimmon in color, this refreshing cocktail exhibits aromas of lime peel and fresh herbs. On the palate, bright citrus of fresh limes and oranges balances the prickly pear’s flavors of watermelon and berries. Blue agave nectar softens the tang, while adding richness and depth. A hint of cilantro provides an unexpected earthiness on the finish.

You can find Bungalow 23: Online | Facebook | Instagram | In stores

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Skip Hop Diaper Bag #Giveaway

Remember the girl who used to blog all day every day...yes, me too. I am back from a slight hiatus but it has been for a very good reason! I can't tell you why yet, but it has kept us a little tied up! My prize for taking a break? A fun giveaway with Skip Hop!  

Skip Hop has introduced 3 amazing new bags! I am so excited to do a giveaway with Skip Hop! I love everything about this line and I can't wait to dive on in!

Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Tote

The Duet is actually TWO bags in ONE: a sleek, faux-leather Tote and a removable organizer that can be worn on its own as a Crossbody bag. Combine both bags for ultimate organization, or leave baby’s items in one bag and use the other bag for yourself. From playdate to errands to date night and beyond, the tote-ally versatile Duet is the only bag you’ll ever need!

Grab & Go Stroller Saddlebag  
The perfect stroller carryall!
This  saddlebag is the perfect carryall to streamline your stroller with extra storage. This handy carrier conveniently stows every thing from groceries to on-the- go essentials. The insulated interior keeps food cold after super market trips. The inside pockets are ideal for toting bottles and snacks. Built for busy parents, our saddlebag makes running errands hassle-free.

Forma Backpack Diaper Bag

The Ultimate Hands-free Diaper Bag!
Introducing the newest member of our Forma collection–the Forma Backpack. With the same lightweight fabric and stylish quilted detailing, this backpack offers the convenience of hands-free parenting on the go.

The spacious interior has room to tote everything from snacks to spare outfits and the extra wide opening makes it easy to find essentials in a pinch. The front compartment includes 2 multi-purpose packing cubes and allows for extra storage. Everything stays in reach with elasticized interior pockets and insulated side bottle pockets.

The changing pad pocket performs double-duty, acting as a laptop holder when traveling. With the Forma backpack, function meets fashion to take you from birth to toddlerhood and beyond in style.

This is the one I picked to giveaway, it is great for girls on the go, but it is one your significant other won't mind carrying!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Five-Five Favorite Summer Fruits/Veggies

Today I linked up with Eat, Pray, Run DC and You Signed Up for What, and Mar on the Run for this fun Friday Five.

The theme this week is Five Favorite Summer Fruits/Veggies!

Summer means awesome summer cooking!
My five faves? 

1. Avocado, I could eat this recipe every day.

2. Strawberries. Because Nutella.  

3. Plum Tomatoes, I HATE raw tomatoes on sandwich...but I love bloodys, ketchup, tomato soup and I was taught two Mother's Day ago by my aunt how to can plum will never go back! Trust me! 

4. Watermelon, if you haven't combined feta, watermelon, basil and haven't lived and we can't be friends.  

5. Grilled Romaine. I could actually do this in February, December, May, understand what I mean....but it's amazing and you need to do it ASAP! This was my first attempt a year ago, angels sang!

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