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12 Tantalizing Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for making this year’s festive holiday meal the best ever. To help you plan for this special day with family and friends, we’ve put together our list of 12 top Thanksgiving recipes which we hope you’ll enjoy.

  1. Extra-Savory Turkey – The secret to a savory and mouth-watering turkey is to cook it in an old-fashioned oval roaster which will both braise and roast the turkey at the same time so it stays moist. Uncover the turkey the last 15 minutes to crisp the skin.
  2. Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing – This rustic and flavorful stuffing adds a rich and spicy touch.
  3. Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Maple Hickory Nuts – Hickory nuts (or walnuts, pecans, or almonds) add a crunchy appeal to this flavorful side dish.
  4. Spinach Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts – This healthy seasonal salad also includes Bosc pears, cranberries, and red onions.
  5. Caramel Pumpkin Pie – This holiday favorite adds a distinctive nutty flavor to the filling thanks to caramelized sugar.
  6. Yukon Gold and Fennel Mashed Potatoes – Roasting the fennel softens its tangy taste and brings out its natural sweetness for a delightfully different flavor.
  7. Cabernet-Cranberry Sauce with Figs – Make this ahead of time to let the flavors develop.
  8. Green Beans with Lemon and Pine Nuts – Just the right amount of lemon juice and lemon zest gives this traditional side dish a unique, but not overpowering, appeal.
  9. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Sour Cream Topping – Unbelievably rich and creamy, this alluring dish just may become your favorite new holiday dessert tradition.
  10. Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds – Fried sage and garlic-infused olive oil add a savory character, balancing the potatoes’ naturally sweet flavor.
  11. Deconstructed Holiday Turkey – Instead of cooking a whole bird, this recipe from Food Network star Ted Allen uses frozen turkey breasts, thighs and drumsticks in savory brine that makes them extra-moist.
  12. Mushroom and Leek Soup – This earthy soup enhanced with thyme cream can be made several days ahead of time and reheated before serving.

While you’re cooking up a fantastic holiday feast, we here at Park Ford of Wesley Chapel are serving up some delicious deals of our own on our wide selection of new and Ford Certified pre-owned cars. Now is a great time to take advantage of our 2014 model year-end closeouts, as well as incentives on new 2015 Fords. Like the stunningly redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang, the affordable 2015 Ford Fiesta, fun-to-drive 2015 Ford Focus, well-equipped 2015 Ford Fusion, luxurious 2015 Ford Taurus, gas-sipping 2015 ford C-Max Hybrid, versatile 2015 Ford Explorer, or the award-winning, “Built Ford Tough” 2015 Ford F-150.

Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel is proud to be a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce 2014 Large Business of the Year award winner! Stop by and see us at 28739 State Highway 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543, just east of I-75. Or call us today at 800-634-5415 to schedule a test drive. And get a $25 rebate when you use your Ford Service credit card on a qualifying purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Park Ford of Wesley Chapel: “Where friends send friends!”






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Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel Named Large Business of the Year

“We believe you build a business one customer at a time.” – Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel

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Last month, Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel was named the Large Business of the Year by The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce!

The Southwest Florida Ford dealership received the award celebrating their excellence in business, including commitment to the community and advancement within the business community of Wesley Chapel, FL.

Within the last year, Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel has helped lead in the community through involvement with various organizations including Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel and more!

Five total awards were given to small-to-large businesses and organizations throughout the Wesley Chapel community, located outside of the Tampa metro area; winners were chosen by a panel of their peers.

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1998 and currently has 479 members to help serve the business community. The chamber seeks to further advance businesses and organizations within the area to showcase the wonder of Wesley Chapel.

For more information on The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and for a full list of winners, visit the Chamber of Commerce online.

Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel would like to thank all supporters, customers and employees for helping make our dealership a success. Here’s to another successful year!

If you’re in the Wesley Chapel area, stop by Parks Ford, serving the Tampa area, to view our current selection of new Ford cars and trucks, and used cars for sale. From service to sales, our Ford dealership is ready to help serve the community of Wesley Chapel.

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Ford F-Series Tailgate Checklist

Summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time for football and tailgates.

Named America’s Best-Selling Truck, the Ford F-Series trucks are among the best-of-the best when it comes to trucks and of course, tailgates!

Tailgate Tips

This fall, make sure your Ford F-150 truck is ready for tailgate season with our helpful tailgate checklist:

⎕ Grill

⎕ Food

⎕ Condiments

⎕ Beverages

⎕ Tableware

⎕ Paper Towels

⎕ Extension Cords

⎕ Canopy

⎕ Table

⎕ Chairs

⎕ Games

⎕ Emergency Equipment (fire extinguisher, first aid kit, jumper cables)

⎕ Electronics (speakers, TV)

⎕ Blankets

⎕ Rain Gear

⎕ Coolers

Whether you’re cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida, University of Florida, or whatever your team of choice, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to arrive, set-up and clean up before kickoff. Most importantly, have fun!

If you’re thinking of buying a new truck, consider the 2014 Ford F-150. Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel has a great selection of Ford trucks available. Stop by our Ford Wesley Chapel dealership near Tampa for a test drive today! This month, take advantage of our Great American Tailgate Event savings – including up to $10,000 off on Ford XLT sticker pricing and a special lease offer of $199 per month.

Don’t forget about this year’s Built Ford Truck Event!

The manufacturer’s Built Ford Truck Event gives away two Ford F-Series trucks to two lucky winners. For more information and how to enter, visit the Built Ford Tough Event website and submit your entry before November 3, 2014.







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Summer Driving Tips for Teens

Driving Tips for Teens

For many American teens, getting a driver’s license is their rite of passage into adulthood. It signifies maturity and a little freedom away from the parents. On the other hand, parents are not elated by the idea of handing the car keys to their teen. With all the tragic news and teen-driving statistics, it’s no wonder parents are nervous about giving teens independence to drive.

Instead of trying to stall your teen’s driving, take the opportunity to teach him or her summer driving do’s and don’ts. The easiest way to teach your teen how to drive responsibly is by setting an example and being the driver you want your teen to be. Here are a few things to remember when driving with your teen:

Get the Car Ready For Summer Driving.

First things first, it’s important to get your Ford ready for summer driving. This will improve your car’s handling and give you a chance to teach your teen car maintenance technicalities. Hot temperatures can be rough on car parts. Taking your Ford for a tune-up will prevent it from breaking down while you’re on the road with your teen.

Make Wearing a Seatbelt a Must

Seatbelts save lives by reducing serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Make it a habit to use a seatbelt and encourage all passengers to buckle up no matter how short the trip is. It is easy to forget to wear a seatbelt when you are in a rush. While you can’t control your teen’s driving habits all the time, reiterating the importance of wearing a seatbelt will make a difference.

Discourage Distracted Driving

Distracted driving takes many forms. Although texting and driving is the most common, it is not the only form of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving include entertaining multiple passengers, playing loud music or operating the navigation system. Encourage your teen to put all distractions in the back seat and prepare music devices before taking off.

Keep the Speed Limit

Driving at low speeds doesn’t only save lives, it also saves gas. Keeping low speeds can improve your gas mileage by 3.3%. Encourage your teen to slow down. Rapid acceleration and breaking overtime can cause damage on your car parts, resulting in hefty repair costs. Avoid the urge to speed by planning your trips ahead of time.

Setting a good example is the best way to have the biggest impact on your teen’s driving habits. In the midst of summer barbeques and fun by the pool, schedule time to teach your teen responsible driving habits. Also, be sure to get your Ford ready for summer driving. Visit Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel for auto service and repair. To schedule a service appointment, call us at 888-409-3063.

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Fourth of July in Southwest Florida

“I love my freedom. I love my America.” – Jessi Lane Adams

Fourth of July Southwest Florida

While every day should be a celebration of our freedom, one day a year our nation comes together to celebrate Independence Day – the Fourth of July.

If you do not have any plans this Fourth of July, consider the following top Independence Day celebrations around Southwest Florida.

Freedom Festival
Join the fun at the 3rd Annual Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Freedom Festival and Fireworks show on July 3. From 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., the Freedom Festival will take place at The Shops at Wiregrass, featuring activities and contests including the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant – sponsored by Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel.

The Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant will begin at 6:00 p.m. with age groups ranging from 3 months- to 8 years-old. Fireworks will light up the sky starting at 9:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration at Avalon Park
The celebration continues on July 5 with the Independence Day Celebration at Avalon Park in Wesley Chapel, FL. The event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and includes an apple pie back-off, a bike parade, a bounce park and community performances. Of course, fireworks will end the evening off with a bang, starting at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit Avalon Park West.

Sparklebration in Pasco County, Florida
Located in Dade City, near Wesley Chapel, Sparklebration is an annual celebration hosted by the Pasco County Fair Association, Inc. This year, Sparklebration kicks off at 3:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July, featuring fun activities for all ages. From local entertainment, to eating contests, a petting zoo and of course, fireworks, Sparklebration features something for everyone.

Admission is $5, free for children 12 and under. For more information visit Sparklebration online.

Light Up Channelside Summer Fireworks
Enjoy the annual Light Up Channelside Summer Fireworks display on July 4 in the Channelside District. The Light Up Channelside Summer Fireworks series started on June 14 and will run every Saturday through August 23. Once again, this year the Tampa Bay area event will be hosting a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, featuring food trucks and live music. The Fourth of July event starts at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Be sure to get there early to secure your spot!

City of Clearwater’s Fourth of July Celebration
If you will be in the Clearwater area this Independence Day, check out Bright House Networks Clearwater Celebrates America event. The Fourth of July celebration begins at 4:00 p.m. at Coachman Park in Clearwater, FL. This event is free for all and includes a concert by the Mostly Pops Orchestra and the Wilsons, along with children activities and much more! The Clearwater Gas Spark the Sky fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m.

Palmetto 4th of July Festival Featuring Scotty McCreery
If a free concert featuring American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, followed by fireworks sounds like a great night, then look no further than attending the Palmetto 4th of July Festival at Sutton Park.

The celebration starts at 4:00 p.m. featuring special musical guest, Scotty McCreery along with the Jake Castro Band and goodByeeddie. Fireworks are set to light up the sky at 9:00 p.m. off the historic Green Bridge Fishing Pier on the Manatee River.

No matter how you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, we hope you are able to enjoy this Independence Day with family and friends.

From everyone at Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel, wishing everyone a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel is a premier Ford dealership in Wesley Chapel, serving Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and surrounding areas. For all of your new Ford or used car needs, Parks Ford has you covered. We’re located at 28739 State Highway 54 in Wesley Chapel, FL.


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The New 2015 Ford Mustang

This summer, Ford is releasing not one, but two new 2015 models to its lineup. In February we covered the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 featuring a new aluminum alloy body and steel frame. This month, we’re shifting our focus on the release of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

2015 Ford Mustang


While final product details, including full design updates and model specifications have yet to be released, the 2015 Ford Mustang is set to roll out in late 2014.

What We Do Know

  • The 2015 Ford Mustang design and style will show more differences than similarities compared to previous models.
  • Four different wheel options will be available, including 20” and 18” machined, along with 19” gloss black and 19” premium.
  • 10 color options will be offered to Mustang drivers. Color options will vary based on Ford dealerships and market.
  • A 3.7-liter V6 engine and 5.0-liter V8 engine will be available, along with EcoBoost® providing increased power and performance.
  • The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang will feature a variety of technology advancements including the push-start button, available SYNC® with MyFord Touch® and BLIS® with cross-traffic alert.
  • A convertible model option will be released. The new Mustang convertible is set to go topless in half the time of the current convertible model.

Once full details on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang become available, Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel will be sure to provide a follow-up.

Available in late 2014, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is set to offer Ford driver’s ample technology advancements, as well as an enhanced driving experience.

If you’re in the marketing for a used Ford Mustang, view the Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel used car and pre-owned inventory. Call our Ford dealership at (800) 634-5415 or visit our dealership at 28739 State Highway 54 for a test drive today!



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5 Road Trip Essentials

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

Road Trip Tips

Vacation season is upon us! Whether you’re hitting the road this summer with your family, friends or taking a personal trip to a destination of your choosing, it’s important that you pack along the essentials.

One of the best parts of taking a road trip, as the great T.S. Eliot stated, is not necessarily the destination itself, but the journey along the way. Therefore, be sure you are prepared for your journey this summer with these five traveling essentials:

1. Map it out.

With any trip you take, it’s important to plan your route, along with an alternative route in case you come across any detours. If there are certain sight-seeing opportunities along the way, make note and allow for ample travel time. Be sure to pack a map, or have your route tracked out on your smartphone or GPS device.

2. Pack an auto kit.

No matter the distance you will be traveling in your new Ford or used car, always pack along an auto kit. You can purchase auto kits, or create your own. Each “kit” should at least include a tire gauge, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, jack and lug wrench. In addition to the auto kit, it’s recommended to pack along an emergency first-aid kit. Think safety first!

3. Don’t forget the snacks.

When traveling, don’t forget to pack some snacks and bottles of water. Helping save time and money, bringing along snacks and water can also come in handy in the case of any auto issues that may cause delay. Bring a variety of snacks to help curb your appetite thus eliminating potential stops for fast-food breaks. Water is also essential to help quench your thirst along your journey.

4. Download travel apps.

If you have a smartphone, check out top travel apps that may be helpful as you travel to your vacation spot. From weather, to gas and great places to eat, apps can be an excellent way to keep track of what’s going on around you, as well as the best places to stop along the way to your destination. Don’t forget to pack along electronic device chargers!

5. Create a playlist.

What road trip is complete without a playlist? Since certain parts of your trip may not include the best radio signal, having a mix of your favorite songs is essential.  No matter who you are traveling with on your next road trip, be sure to make a playlist of all of your favorite jams.  Some classic songs include, “Take it Easy,” by the Eagles, “On the Road Again,” by Willie Nelson and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” by Tom Petty.


No matter where the road takes you in your Ford this summer, don’t forget the essentials! Before you begin your journey, be sure to get your car inspected to ensure it’s in tip-top shape prior to hitting the highway.

Southwest Florida drivers, visit Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel, serving Tampa for all of your service needs. Visit us online to schedule your next service appointment, or call 888-409-3063.

Wherever the road takes you, travel safely and enjoy the ride!