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.
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There’s no better place to be in the summertime than sunny Naples, Florida. This season, be sure to check out these fun summer events in Naples and make the most of all our lovely sunshine.
Looking for something fun to do with your four-legged friend? Head to the beautiful Naples Botanical Garden on designated days for their special “Dogs in the Garden” events. Your pooch will have a blast socializing with the other pets while you and your whole family delights in watching them frolic.
Love jazz music and chilling on the beach? Then you can’t miss SummerJazz on the Gulf at the Naples Beach Hotel. Bring a lawn chair and lean back for the 32nd annual festival of jazz. Opening festivities take place on Saturday, June 23rd, but Naples Beach Hotel hosts one SummerJazz event each month through September, so there’s no excuse not to catch a show!
Of all the summer events in Naples, here’s one you can really feel good about participating in. Clean Beaches Week is your chance to give back to the Naples community and beautify our neighborhood. Head to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on July 5th for buy-one, get-one entry to the exhibits.
There’s plenty to see and do around Naples in the summertime, and there’s no better or more stylish way to do it than from the wheel of a brand-new Buick or GMC vehicle. To get behind the wheel of one, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and we’ll put you one step closer to the ultimate summer.
The month of March is the best month for basketball fans, which means that it’s also the best month for basketball fans to get together and watch all the action over food and drinks. If you want your March basketball party to go from a layup to a rim-shaking slam dunk, you might want to consider these fantastic recipes.
March basketball is better with hot wings, and what better way to enjoy wings than with a delicious, homemade blue cheese dip?
Impress your guests by baking your own pizza rather than phoning it in from the local pizza joint. Smoked ham and fresh mozzarella add a homemade touch to this gameday fave.
Add some yummy seafood to your menu by coating shrimp in a delicious mixture of spices and coconut, then baking for just 10-12 minutes. Not a fan of shrimp? Experiment with chicken tenders instead.
You only need 30 minutes to make this indulgent dip, which includes jalapenos and pepper jack cheese to turn up the heat a little bit.
It’s good to have a non-alcoholic option for beverages at your March basketball party, so have this fresh iced tea with a bit of summery citrus handy to wash it all down.
You don’t want to wait until the buzzer before you start putting together your March basketball party plans. If you need more groceries than your old ride can handle, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and get a homecourt advantage with a new Buick or GMC.
Having the perfect day in Naples is easy. Here’s some ideas.
Pick the Perfect Place to Stay
Naples is the only place to have two Ritz-Carltons, which make the hotel the perfect place to stay. Get a beach view at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, sitting on three miles of sand and sun.
Start your day off ride by opting for locally-made coffees at Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery.
Make your way through the mangroves on Cocohatchee River to experience brunch at the Bay House. Its hidden location makes it a great spot for a relaxing brunch.
Stroll the Pier
Head to the Naples Pier to enjoy its nostalgic vibe, look at the ocean, and then head down to the beach for some much-needed relaxation.
One of the most beautiful sights in Naples is that of Gordon Drive, where sightseers can rent a bike or scooter to view the stunning Mediterranean-style houses and mansions.
Grab Gourmet Pizza
Have a dinner that’s both atmospheric and beautiful at Timeless – An MHK Eatery, a new food marketplace that features traditional coal-fired pizzas as its centerpiece, as well as stunning design and architecture.
Make sure to fill your day with great food and a fun atmosphere as you’re having the perfect day in Naples, Florida.
Naples, Florida was voted one of the top 10 best towns for Christmas last year by Coastal Living, thanks to its abundance of festivals and attractions that keep the holiday cheer going through the whole month of December. So, in the same spirit, here are some fun things to do in Naples at Christmas.
Spending Christmas at the beach is unusual, but fun—especially since it’s a low-stress way to spend time with family, and we all know Christmas can be a stressful time. Plus, Naples has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches around.
This year’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will take place the evening of December 9th, and boaters will decorate their ships with lights—one even turned his boat into Santa’s sleigh—and sail around the bay. Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch!
Every year, Fifth Avenue South downtown is decorated elaborately with Christmas lights while a band plays Christmas music. The Naples Botanical Garden is also beautiful around the holidays, and if you’re just visiting, you’ll definitely want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which turns into a winter wonderland around Christmas.
The staff here at DeVoe Buick GMC wish you the happiest of holidays!
If you’re like many people, you like to get a solid start on your Holiday shopping by venturing out on Black Friday. You can find dozens of excellent deals if you know where to look. Use these Black Friday shopping tips from DeVoe Buick GMC to make the most of your shopping.
Make a List
Before you head out, you need to get organized. Make a list of what you’re looking for and order it based on priority. Know which store you need to visit for each item, and have a backup plan in case you can’t find what you wanted.
Shop Together and Apart
You can make the most of your Black Friday shopping if you go with a friend or two. Not only is it more fun, but you can split up when needed to cover more ground more quickly.
If you don’t like the busy stores, no problem! You can still find tons of great deals online, especially if you do your research ahead of time. Many websites will advertise their sales beforehand so you can plan your purchases.
When the crowds get frustrating, remember that everyone is out for the same reason as you are. Try to be patient and careful when in the stores and in traffic. Bring a book or headphones if you’re going alone so you’ll have something to do while you wait in line. You might want to pack snacks, too—especially if you’re susceptible to becoming “hangry!”
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!
Florida is the ideal place to live if you love food and fun. Thanks to our excellent year-round weather, it is always a good time to go outside. And, some of the most fun things to do outside are to go to any of the great festivals in Florida.
Here are some of the best.
- Florida Seafood Festival. The 54th annual Florida Seafood Festival will be held November 3rd and 4th this year. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Apalachiola’s Battery Park. Along with the delicious food, you can enjoy crafts, live music, and other seafood events.
- Taste History Culinary Tours. This is a year-round food event that happens in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth & Lantana, Delray Beach, and Boyston Beach on Saturdays. Check the schedule and purchase your tickets in advance.
- Summer of Rum Fest. This booze-filled festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd, in Downtown Tampa.
- Stone Crab Festival. Head to Naples October 27th through the 29th for this fun-filled, free festival. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, live music, water cruises, and more.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we love living and working here in Florida and hope to see you at one of these great festivals.
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!
Mother’s Day will be here on May 14th. That means there is still time to get your mom a thoughtful gift that will make her love you even more. If you need some inspiration, here are five great gifts for mom.
- Jewelry. Let her show off her mom pride with a necklace customized to show how many kids she has. Or, jewelry customized with her birth month flower or stone.
- Hobbies. What is your mom’s hobby? Does she love gardening, playing music, reading? Whatever she loves, give her a gift to help her explore and express her creativity even more. Try this indoor herb garden for the mom who loves to cook.
- Food. Moms love a good meal, especially ones they don’t have to cook. Make her a delicious homemade feast of her favorite foods, and make sure to do the dishes afterwards.
- Time. Perhaps the best gift you can give any mom is to spend time with her. Let her relax and enjoy being surrounded by her family without any obligations getting in the way.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we wish all moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day!