The Fun on Your Own Backyard!

This is Florida and winter is the time for backyard BBQ’s and grilling;

But a well designed outdoor kitchen should allow you to enjoy cooking outside beyond the winter months in Florida. Incorporating interior kitchen ideas to your Tiki Hut setting is a great way to add versatility, value and fun to your home.

The best outdoor kitchens are as functional as an indoor kitchen, as welcoming as a living room, and as entertaining as a family room. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill, table and chairs, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in appliances and seating in a Tiki Hut .

Although a simple and straightforward outdoor kitchen can be set up by a homeowner, designing a generous and powerful outdoor kitchen is best left to a professional like a concrete contractor, patio contractor, Tiki Huts builder  or  a landscape designer. With so many different types of outdoor kitchens, designing the best kitchen for your family takes time to plan and may require permitting from the city.

Super Bowl 50 bets: Cam Newton the MVP favorite

The potential NFL MVP is also favored to bring home some hardware from Super Bowl 50.

By  from sbnation.com

Pict by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Pict by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the favorite to win the MVP in his first Super Bowl at -140, according to the odds listed on Bovada. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning comes in second on the list at +275, with Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly a distant contender rounding out the top 3 at +1400.

Newton has had a fantastic season for the favored Panthers, throwing for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns during the regular season, while cutting his interceptions to a career-low 10. Combined with his 10 rushing touchdowns during the season schedule and five scores during the playoffs (three passing, two rushing), Newton has put his team in the endzone an even 50 times this year. A few more in Super Bowl 50, and the 2011 Heisman winner and possible 2015 NFL MVP might need to clear a little more space in his trophy case.

Manning will play in his fourth Super Bowl after winning Super Bowl XLI and losing Super Bowl XLIV, both with the Colts, and losing Super Bowl XLVIII two years ago with the Broncos. It’s a different sort of narrative for Manning this year, as the veteran signal caller struggled with injuries throughout the 2015 season, appearing in just 10 games and throwing for 2,249 yards and nine touchdowns  — all career lows.

Manning was not in vintage form all season, and his struggles forced him to miss half of November and the entire month of December, when fourth-year quarterback Brock Osweiler started in his stead. Yet a diminished Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning, and it seems the oddsmakers aren’t writing off the five-time NFL MVP just yet.

Click here to see the odds

What’s It Like to Live in Winter Haven, Florida

This picturesque “Chain of Lakes City” in central Florida has a rich history and a features a wealth of natural resources.

By: Chris Kuhn from GreatAmericanCountry.com

Lake Maude Nature Park in Winter Haven, Fla Photo By: City of Winter Haven

Lake Maude Nature Park in Winter Haven, Fla
Photo By: City of Winter Haven

Looking at a map, one quickly sees that Winter Haven is truly at the heart of Florida. Centrally located between two metropolitan areas, Tampa and Orlando, the city is less than a 90-minute drive away from two international airports and can count on easy commuting for work or play with an interstate highway or expressway only a few miles away.

Historical records show settlers moved into what is now Winter Haven as early as the 1860s, though the city did not incorporate until 1911. Farming and citrus were early hotbed industries but Winter Haven went on to inspire many business “firsts” including site of the first store of the Publix supermarket chain in 1930 and home to the first theme park in Florida when Cypress Gardens opened its doors in 1936. Though the park has since closed, the gardens remain the property of the people of Polk County and are now maintained by its current leasee of the property, LEGOLAND® Florida.

And this picturesque town of rolling hills, a wealth of waterways and lush greenery so rich in history and natural resources has something to offer everybody. Whether you are a nature lover, sports aficionado, culture seeker or simply someone looking to plant roots and raise a family, Winter Haven is a bit of a paradox reflecting a charming small-town feel with its population of 35,000 yet also offering the same access as any metropolitan area to the culture, technology and modern amenities of contemporary living: And no matter how you choose to embark on life in Winter Haven, one common element weaves throughout: water.