Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bye Bye 2015, Wish I never knew you...

I am sorry I haven't written in a while. I am looking forward to turning the new year into something great.

I have a lot to say, but not that much at all.... Onwards! Let's Do This 2016!



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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

JetBlue Airways Share to Win


Enter our “JetBlue Airways Share to Win” Contest for your chance to win 2 round trip travel certificates from Daytona Beach International Airport to NYC flying into JFK!

All you have to do is follow these 4 easy steps:
1) “Like” our Daytona Beach International Airport Facebook Page.
2) "Like" the contest photo.
3) “Share” this contest photo on your timeline publicly.
4) Comment below that you've completed steps 1-3.

The official rules can be found here and the post you need to share is here

Contest ends Thursday, Dec. 24 at 12 P.M. EST. The winner will be announced the Daytona Beach International Airport Facebook page and contacted via Facebook Messenger after the closing date.

You must complete all steps to be eligible to win.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

COUNTRY 500 “The Great American Music Fest at Daytona”

UM!!!! Holy Cow! The new Daytona International Speedway has ARRIVED! A little unknown fact? I introduced Willie Nelson when he played at the Peabody in Daytona. Ha ha! That was one smoke filled backstage. #truestory

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and 40 More Stars To Rock Daytona International Speedway Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2016

Tickets on Sale and Complete Music Lineup to Be Released November 3

Sign up to be on the mailing list and get all the festival info as soon as it becomes available at
Country500.com; Country 500 on Facebook; @Country500 on Twitter

Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing,” will host the inaugural Country 500 music festival featuring Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, TBA, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and dozens more over Memorial Day Weekend—May 27, 28 & 29, 2016.  The complete Country 500 lineup, including the Friday night headliner, will be released on November 3 and tickets, camping and VIP packages will go on sale to the public the same day.  Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early bird pricing ($199) for weekend general admission passes beginning on November 3.

Also called “The Great American Music Fest at Daytona,” the Country 500 festival will feature the biggest stars in country music spread over three days and nights, programmed on three huge performance stages—all specially designed and built for the festival.  Country 500 will take place on the infield of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, a historic first mega-music festival inside the hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic motorsports venues in America.

Just as it is for the great races at the Speedway, Country 500 will allow fans to actually camp out in the infield, literally inside the festival.  A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations.

Special VIP packages called “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” (see attached) allow for an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage with side stage access at the other performances areas plus access to comfortable hospitality areas, private cash bars and many other comforts and amenities. Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for VIP benefits, camping information and all the Country 500 details.

Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and the garages. Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; cooling water elements; country-and-western merchandise; fireworks; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Country 500 transforms racing’s greatest venue into a festival-goer’s dream.
Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for tickets, camping, parking, and other festival information.  Make sure to sign up on the Country 500 mailing list and get all the festival info including travel packages and hotel accommodations as soon as it becomes available.

“Luke Bryan closing out the Festival Sunday night; Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, and a homecoming celebration with Florida Georgia Line all on Saturday night; another superstar still to be announced to close Friday night; plus 40 more stars will be featured on the three stages over three days,” said Festival Producer Quint Davis. “The Country 500, like its older brother on the race track, will positively rock the one and only Daytona International Speedway. Be the first to get your favorite camping spot on the infield inside the Festival.  Look for the full lineup and tickets on sale November 3.”

“We’re proud to develop this new partnership with AEG Live and Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans and bring the Country 500 music festival to Daytona International Speedway,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “Signature events such as the DAYTONA 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona have made DIS the ‘World Center of Racing’ but by securing this marquee music festival with an amazing lineup of artists, we will also be known as the ‘World Center of Entertainment.”

Stay connected with Country 500 on Facebook, Country500.com on the web and #Country500 on Twitter.

AEG Live and Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans are partnering with Daytona International Speedway to produce the Country 500.

Country 500 Weekend Festival Passes

3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($199 early bird all-in pricing)
· 3-day general admission; passes are non-transferable

· Includes access to over 40 bands on three festival stages, a select menu of food and beverage offerings sold from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, official festival merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements and much more

VIP PIT PASS - ($599 all-in pricing)
· 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable

· Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater

· Access to the VIP Pit Stop, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with

access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations

and more.

· Private air-conditioned flushable restrooms

· Exclusive festival merchandise item

· Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend

· Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space

· On-site experience concierge


CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing)
· 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable

· Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP

viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater

· Exclusive access to the Crew Chief Super VIP Deck at the Country 500 Stage featuring a covered

viewing platform with premium views of the main stage, private cash bar and air-conditioned

restrooms

· Exclusive access to the Country 500 VIP Club, a private indoor air-conditioned hospitality lounge

featuring cash bar, comfortable furnishings, private merchandise stand, complimentary light

snacks and refreshments, massages, Wi-Fi, charging stations and more

· Crew Chief VIP-only exclusive festival merchandise item

· Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend

· Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space

· On-site experience concierge

· Plus a few surprises!



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Friday, December 11, 2015

Skinny and Clean: Baked Grits and Eggs

I've developed a late in life passion for grits. I never had grits in my life before one terrible hungover morning when Megan cheerfully forced them down my throat. Have some sludge, she chirped and just like that my late night discretions were gone...well the ones I could make go away were anyway...ha ha. 

When that fateful day when Checkers STOPPED SERVING BREAKFAST....I kind of gave up on the whole grits thing altogether. That is till I have visited Savannah twice this year...now I am back on the grits train...but until now I have never attempted to make them. This recipe is from Martha Stewart, of course...because who else is gonna teach me? 


Baked Grits and Eggs
serves 4 // active time: 10 min // total time: 30 min

Baby arugula adds nutrients and a peppery flavor to this dish.

olive oil, for brushing
3/4 cup instant grits
1 cup baby arugula
1/4 cup grated cheddar (2 ounces), divided
salt and pepper
4 large eggs

1 Preheat oven to 400°. Brush four 8-ounce ramekins or other small ovenproof dishes with oil. Prepare grits according to package instructions. Stir in arugula and 2 tablespoons cheddar, and cook until cheddar melts, about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Divide grits among dishes. Make a well in each, then crack an egg into each well; season. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet, until whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 20 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. To serve, top grits with remaining 2 tablespoons cheddar and a sprinkle of pepper.

per serv: 210 cal; 8 g fat (3 g sat fat); 11 g protein; 24 g carb; 1 g fiber
WW Points: 6





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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Victoria Fine Foods comes to Florida!


Victoria Fine Foods is an authentic pasta sauce manufacturer based in Brooklyn, New York. As you know, this is the holy land of all that is Italian. The company uses a slow, kettle-cooked approach to making their sauces, and they use fresh, real food/non-GMO ingredients that provide an authentic homemade sauce in convenient, ready-to-eat form. I am so excited that to announce that they are now in Florida! For a location near you, click here!

As a self-proclaimed official tomato sauce tasting expert, I couldn't wait to try this especially when the ingredients were so fresh and the cooking process was so unique. I decided to give my Seafood Fradiavolo a whirl with their sauce! This is a very easy recipe perfect for busy holiday weekend nights, the sauce needs absolutely nothing but to be added to your favorite seafood (I chose shrimp, but crabmeat is divine!) and pasta.

I got a great picture of the sauce so you can see how fresh the ingredients look!



Season your shrimp with garlic and salt

Toss with your favorite pasta and Heaven! 




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