For many, the highlight of summer vacation is celebrating
Independence Day. What better way to do this than with a family get-together, a
cookout, some water play for the kids, and a night sky filled with fireworks.
If you are planning an even this year, here are some easy Fourth of July
recipes for you to try.
Cheddar Bacon Ranch
This delicious corn on the cob recipe will have everyone asking for more. It is cooked on the grill to give it that delicious smoky flavor. Finish it off with crumbled bacon and ranch dressing.
These mini cheeseburgers are easy to prepare and are all finished at the same time. Make a lot so everyone can come back for seconds and maybe even thirds.
Banana Split Kebabs
This kid-friendly dessert is both healthy and delicious. Take sliced bananas, strawberries, and pineapple, put them on a skewer, and drizzle with some chocolate.
Classic Caesar Salad
Add something fresh and crisp to your cookout with a classic salad. All you need is romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, croutons, and dressing. You can get extra fancy by making your own croutons and dressing.
This simple recipe is all in the decorations. Bake your favorite cake, top it with whipped cream, and decorate it with fruit to look like a flag.
If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July in style, why not get an American-made luxury vehicle right here at DeVoe Buick GMC!
Did you know that it’s recommended that you wash your car every two weeks? What about waxing and detailing your vehicle twice a year? While this can seem like a bit much, there are good reasons why vehicle owners should be investing in regular car washes.
Dirt and grime can play an insidious role in
the wear-and-tear that comes with owning an aging vehicle. Dead bugs and bird
droppings can even be acidic enough to wear off your vehicle’s paint job! It’s
easier to prevent paint from wearing away than to get it touched up, so getting
regular washes to preserve the look of your car helps in the long run.
Paint jobs are purely cosmetic, but rust
isn’t, and salt build-up can actually corrode the metal in a vehicle and cause
rust. Since we’re located in Florida, we aren’t exposed to road salt used to
prevent snow storms as often, but we do live in a damp and salty climate due to
the ocean! Make sure to wash your car to stave off salt build-up.
When you regularly wash your car to keep the
paint in good condition and minimize rust and corrosion, the resale value of
your vehicle goes up in the long term. If you’re planning on trading in your
car eventually, investing in regular washes and detailings.
If you want to get your vehicle professionally detailed and looking good, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and we’ll get you squared away.
If you love your car and your state, then summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy both to the fullest. Take a ride in your vehicle and make these awesome day trips that are just a short drive away from Naples.
While Fort Myers is a great beach town, there’s more than just the water here. What makes it different is its historical homes, like Thomas Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory, and Henry Ford’s winter homes (perfect for car lovers).
Even those who don’t live in the Sunshine State are familiar with the Florida Everglades. If you do live here, you have no excuse not to take some time to appreciate its majesty. Everglades National Park as well as the Big Cypress National Preserve both give you a glimpse of the natural beauty that will stick with you.
Matlacha is packed with small-town charm and a great getaway from city life. It’s an old fishing village rich with color and history, as well as antique stores, art galleries, and all kinds of shops. If you enjoy fishing, the famous “World’s Fishing-est Bridge” is a quaint wooden bridge that lives up to its name.
Live the island life for a day at Marco Island — just half an hour from Naples. A day at this island means there are multiple beach fronts and plenty of relaxation ahead of you.
Living in Naples is a blessing in and of itself, and the ability to get to so many breathtaking destinations around the state in just a day’s drive makes it all the more worthwhile. If you need a new ride to explore Florida in, look no further than DeVoe Buick GMC.
As the school year comes to close, many families are making plans to celebrate their new graduates. If you have a graduating high school senior in your family this year, here are some great ideas for gifts for graduates that will help send them off to college with the things they need.
In today’s mobile world, everything has a battery that needs to be charged. A portable charger can help give them a boost when there isn’t an available outlet.
If your graduate is taking a car to college, they are going to need money for gas. Give them a gift card for their gas station of choice to help keep them fueled up.
If a car isn’t an option, a bicycle can be the next best thing. Not only will they get to class faster, it is easier and cheaper to park than a car.
A laptop is basically a necessity for modern students—it might even be the most important tool they have at their disposal. By getting your student a laptop that allows them to take notes, look up information, and, sure, enjoy YouTube in their free time, you’re enabling them to get the most out of their education.
A pair of quality headphones can help block out the noise of a loud dorm room while studying. These headphones are more affordable than they’ve ever been, and they come in a variety of styles to help your student stand out.
Encourage your student to do some real-life bonding with the gift of a board game or two. Fun games like Apples to Apples are a perfect way to spend a rainy day with a new roommate or study buddy.
Of course, there may be no greater gift for a college-bound teen than a new vehicle to help get them to class on time. If you’re on the market for a stylish new or used ride for your student, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and peruse our selection.
Since your parents started dressing you in that (totally awesome) pumpkin costume, you’ve associated Halloween with trick-or-treating. But just how did it all start? Here’s some history about how trick-or-treat came to be, from us here at DeVoe Buick GMC.
The term “trick-or-treat” was only coined in 1951, when it was made popular by the Peanuts comic strip. However, that’s not the origin of the actual practice of trick-or-treating. Back in the Middle Ages, people would dress up as ghosts or demons and would perform “tricks” for food and drinks.
In later centuries, young people in Scotland and Ireland would dress up (called “guising”) and go door to door, telling jokes or singing songs in exchange for a treat of some sort.
Guy Fawkes Day was a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as Fawkes (a famous conspirator) and asking people for “a penny for the Guy”.
In the United States, trick-or-treating spawned from the American colonists who celebrated Guy Fawkes Day as well as the Irish and Scottish who practiced their tradition of “guising”. Pranking on Halloween became a common practice during the 1920’s, which ending up leading to the “trick-or-treat” practice.
After a short halt on trick-or-treating during WWII, it became popular again during the postwar baby boom. And we’ve been trick-or-treating ever since!
We love tailgating at DeVoe Buick GMC, so we’re always looking for new tailgating ideas. Looking to take your tailgating parties to the next level? Then it’s time to stray from the standard burger and chips. With an updated menu and some fresh meal plans, your friends will never want anyone else to host the tailgating festivities.
A selection of cheeses, meats, and veggies can make for some delicious, cool sandwiches that you can prepare the night before. Use miniature buns or assemble on a baguette that can be sliced into small sandwiches. Place sandwiches in ziplock bags and keep refrigerated until it’s time to go.
Chips and Dip
Knock regular old chips and salsa out of the park by making a trio of your own homemade dips. You’ll have no trouble finding recipes for things like grilled salsa, easy guacamole, cheese dips, and more.
Stews, Soups, and Gumbos
When the weather cools down, let your guests warm up with more than just hot chocolate and coffee. Crock-pot recipes for soups, stews, and gumbos let you cook your meal overnight. Come morning, it’s ready to store in thermoses where it will stay warm until you’re ready to serve it later.
Pack for the perfect picnic!
Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. One great way to celebrate is with a picnic. Here’s how to pack the perfect picnic basket to ensure both safety and fun.
Remember what your teachers always told you—safety first! Food safety is the number one priority when packing picnic baskets, because you want everybody to enjoy the food without getting sick. One way to avoid that is to ditch food that’s been left out more than two hours. In warm weather, food can go bad fast. Make sure that you fill your picnic basket with ice packs to try to keep the food cool as long as possible.
Besides being safe, you’ll also want to be smart. Pack essentials like napkins, plates, and utensils so that you’re not stuck using your hands for everything! Make sure that you also bring a garbage bag to avoid littering.
Finally, there is the fun part—the food itself! Coming up with the perfect picnic meal can be hard, but we’re here to help. Travel-sized food is perfect for picnics because it’s easy to pack. Bite-sized sandwiches won’t make a mess and they’ll fit in your basket neatly.
Good luck on your picnic adventures!
Thanksgiving Day and weekend typically have horrible traffic, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip out of town, it’s important to keep these Thanksgiving road trip tips in mind.
Auto-related deaths on Thanksgiving have generally less to do with drunk driving and more about long distances and heavy traffic. Try to leave early on your trip, since other drivers will be less drowsy and there will be fewer of them on the road, but you should also avoid leaving earlier than you would normally get up in the morning. Driving too early in the morning isn’t any better than driving at night—you’ll still be sleepy and off your game.
Another thing to look out for is stress. The holidays can take a lot out of us, and getting everyone together for a several-hour road trip with the prospect of dealing with relatives isn’t the most exciting. Heavy traffic just increases stress, so you just have to avoid letting it get the better of you and causing you to drive recklessly. And be watchful of other stressed-out drivers!
When packing food and luggage in the car, make sure everything is secured and won’t move. If you do get in a wreck or even just come to a sudden stop and there are heavy, loose items around, it could seriously injure you or a passenger.
Bring plenty of games, handheld devices, audiobooks, and regular books to keep your kids entertained on the trip. Avoid driving after you eat turkey, especially at night—the Tryptophan in turkey makes you drowsy. If you can, stay with your relatives.
Getting a new car opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to exploring your community. You’ll find tons to do in the Naples, FL area, especially during the month of November. From Thanksgiving events to community gatherings, there is something for every in the area at the end of the year. Read on for recommended Naples, FL events and activities.
According to Paradise Coast, one of the must-see events in the area is the upcoming Marco Craft Beer & Fine Food festival on November 6th. You can sample more than 25 craft beers from the area, from half-a-dozen local breweries. Each beer will be paired with delectable dishes from local Marco Island restaurants. General admission is $50, though it also comes with unlimited food, beer tastings, a beer glass, and more. Just be sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking!
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out BaconFest Naples on November 12th. Net proceeds go toward ending child hunger in Southwest Florida. This event is for all ages, and admission is just $10. You can sample unique and exotic bacon preparations, as well as classic fried bacon. If you love bacon (who are we kidding, who doesn’t love bacon?), mark this on your calendar!
These are just two upcoming November events near Naples. Hop in your car and explore the area today.
If you live in Naples, Florida and are looking for something to do the evening of Independence Day, why not come to the fireworks show at the Naples Pier at the West end of 12th Avenue? It’s an annual tradition to celebrate July 4th in Naples with fireworks displays, music, and the beautiful sight of the Florida coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:00pm after sunset, but guests are permitted to come earlier to set up any blankets, towels, or lawn chairs anywhere between Lowdermilk Park and Naples Beach. The music for the event will be broadcasted through the WAVV 101.1 FM radio station so viewers can listen while enjoying the fireworks shows choreographed to the playlist.
If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, make sure to check reservations for sightseeing boats in the area a few days ahead of time, as well. Some boat reservations are available for visitors who wish to enjoy the fireworks display on the open ocean!
Admission for the event is entirely free. Parking is first-come, first-serve, and areas marked “No Parking” will be strictly patrolled by law enforcement. Police will be present at the event to direct traffic. No personal fireworks such as sparklers are permitted, but coolers with snacks and beverages are allowed.
Hope to see you there!