Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Hallowdega Happy Happy Hour

Wow try saying that title 3 times fast! HAPPY HALLOWDEGA! Nothing screams Halloween better than a candy apple. So in honor of today's Happy Hour, we are bringing you the Candy Apple Martini along with a recipe for a cinnamon candy apple. So let's eat, drink and be scary while following along with Happy Hour here.

Candy Apple Martini
1 oz Vodka (try Van Goghs Wild Appel Vodka, its the best)
1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz apple pucker
1 oz cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake firmly and pour into a cocktail glass. Serve.

And for the kiddies or kids at heart.....from our friends at the Food Network: Paula Deens Red Cinnamon Candy Apple
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon flavoring
1 tsp red coloring
1 dozen wooden craft sticks
1 dozen small firm apples

Boil water, syrup, and sugar together until a brown caramel color is reached (at about 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Remove from the heat and add cinnamon and red coloring. Cool slightly. Meanwhile force a stick into the core of each apple. Dip the apples 1 at a time into the heavy red syrup, drain well, and place on a buttered baking sheet to cool.

The Original Fashionistas-Miss Winston

Long before their was a cute perma-grin Miss Sprint Cup girl in Victory Lane, there was Miss Winston. According to their website, Miss Winston was a public relations spokesperson for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Racng Series. The idea remains the same, but it just seemed a little more glamorous back in the day. One of my very good friends was Miss Winston, circa....she wont say. I wanted to share these pictures with you as I renegotiate my Halloween costume idea.
Miss Winston and Bobby Allison

James Garner, aka Mike Rockford

Paul Newman, love the shades!

Mr. Bill France

Happy Halloween eve!!

In celebration of my FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER, here are some old pics we dug up for you of some of your favorite drivers dressed up!

Jeff & Ingrid Hook

My favorite of all, Tony Stewart as Elvis and Ricky Rackman as Pooh Bear & a blogger named John as K-Fed

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What doJuan Pablo Montoya, Tacos and College Football have in common?

In case you missed it.....ESPN college football analyst Bob Griese was suspended for one week for a "racial" comment made about Juan Pablo Montoya during last Saturday's Ohio State game. ESPN was doing a promo during the football game, showing the top 5 drivers in the chase. Montoya fell out of the top 5 after his bad race in Charlotte. Going into the Martinsville race, Montoya dropped to number 6 in standings. So when the other announcer asked where Montoya was, Griese responded "He's out having a Taco"

Here is the audio clip of the comment and Griese's semi-awkward apology.

And what did Montoya have to say about this? "I don't know who it is. Somebody mentioned it to me. I don't really care to tell you the truth. I don't. I could say I spent the last three hours eating tacos, but I was actually driving a car. That's OK, I don't care."

Oh no AJ! Allmendinger arrested for DUI

Just following the announcement that AJ Allmendinger was to replace Reed Sorenson in the famed #43 car owned by Richard Petty Motorsports came a major announcement. Mr. Allmendinger was arrested around 1:30am this morning and failed a field sobriety test. Here is the kicker....anyone that knows anything about NASCAR, knows that the King himself is against alcohol, even to the point that he wont allow an alcohol related sponsorships on his cars. If he wont take money from a sponsor that endorses alcohol, how is he going to react to his driver failing a sobriety test?

AJ blew a .08 which is the bottom line what is considered legally drunk in NC. There are times when many of us driven when we shouldn't. But with that being said, I know many people in this sport who are VERY cautious when it comes to drinking in driving by always having a DD or is smart enough to call a taxi, even after one drink.

After his arrest, Allmendinger was released without having to post bond. He had drinks with dinner and had this to say about the arrest "I honestly felt fine, but I obviously should have erred more on the side of caution, particularly given what I do for a living," "It was a bad judgment call and I apologize for that." Stay tuned to hear what RPM has to say about all this.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Looking for the perfect pair of jeans?

I am a recovering designer jean addict. There, I said it. I had no idea I had a problem until one day, my closet shelve containing my jeans came crashing down and I decided to count them. 42. Yes, I said 42 pairs of designer jeans, everything from William Rast to True Religion to Rock & Republic and more (and I wonder why I am broke!). My friends literally put me on "jeans restriction". I have been very good this year, only breaking down once or twice to purchase a pair that was on crazy sale.

Then we received an email from a really nice girl named Meg who works at Thimbler. She wanted to introduce us to their line of Custom Jeans. I saw those two words and had to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I have to state that I am 5'10" and all of the "long" length jeans on the market are too short for me. My inseam is 35 1/2" which is what started my designer jeans addiction (they all come in extremely long lengths which means I don't have to get them altered).

So, I designed my jeans online, which was very easy. There are so many different options: the style of the jeans, color, washing effects, pocket style, hip butt and stomach shape. When I got my jeans, I was ecstatic....they fit me perfect and actually made me look like I have a butt!! I wore them all day and they didn't stretch out. I got them in the perfect length so I could pair them with boots or flats on pit road. This jean snob is very impressed.

Needless to say, I am very impressed with Thimbler. You can create your own pair here . They are priced very well and they offer 20% off your first custom order. Thimbler is always doing fun promos so make sure you follow them on Twitter here and become a fan of their Facebook page here.

Where have we been??

Hello there my loves! Just wanted to check in and say yes we have made it home from our vacation, and have been crazy busy ever since. Megan has been down for a week with H1N1 and I have been readjusting to my real job's new work schedule.

But we are here and we are back! We had an amazing trip to the Big Apple and last week, I had the privilege of going to a charity event at Lynda and Mike Helton's house. If I can just tell you that my jaw is still on the ground at the amazingness of this house.

Mrs. Helton also might be the nicest person on the planet. In other NASCAR news, we are preparing our livers for our friends to come to Daytona to do some tire testing here next week. Be assured that there will be some news and gossip especially when there are some drivers that will be testing with their new teams as the silly season truly starts to gain some speed. NASCAR on Fox reports that Brad Keselowski will be doing some tests for Penske, but we have a feeling....ok we know that this wont be the only change in latitude this week.

I must add that I can't imagine anything scarier than Talladega during Halloween, so I am sure we will have a lot to talk about this week.

Till then,

Darlynn and Megan