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What are You Thankful for?!

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Thanksgiving is close enough you can taste the turkey! Every year brings its joys and sorrows, but it is always important to be thankful for the special things we have in our lives. Here is what our staff is thankful for!

Steve Weiss, Sales Manager

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 “I’m grateful for my wife and kids…and to have my parents live close enough to help me out with the kids!”

Tyler Getz, Internet Sales Department

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“I’m thankful to be working with a great team…and my pumpkin spice latte!”

Jisell Rincon, Service Business Development Center

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“I am thankful for my family because there is never a dull moment with them!”

Thomas Scheurer, Toyota Technician

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“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work and do something that I love.”

Lacy Hobbs, Concierge

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“I’m thankful for my friends because they are always there when I need them.”

Andres Rojas, Mazda Service Advisor

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“I’m thankful to have great people in my life.”

 

We wish you all a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!

 

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Thanksgiving Party Ideas!

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If your social media is flooded with red Starbucks cups and your senses are overwhelmed with minty evergreen and cinnamon scents, don’t be alarmed, it means the holidays are officially here! Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here are a few fun game ideas, so you can share the memories at the next family gathering!  

  1. Shake your tailfeather!

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You may also know this game as the tissue box game, but we added a Thanksgiving flare. Empty a tissue box for each player and replace the tissues with craft feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose or thick ribbon onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. To play, give each player a box tied with pantyhose and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. Players must move around and shake, shake, shake until all of the feathers fall out of their tissue box. First person to empty out all the feathers wins!

  1. Feast or Football

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Give each player mini footballs and line up a bunch of large pots and pans, on the other side of the room, all at varying lengths. Dishes toward the back of the room are worth 7 points, dishes in the middle are worth 3, and dishes closest to the players are worth 1 point. Players have one minute to throw the footballs into the dishes, scoring as many points as possible . Or have teams play simultaneously by using different colored footballs, and see who can get to 21 points first. 

  1. Thanksgiving dinner

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This is great game which tests your memory and requires very little physical activity, perfect for the post-meal recovery! Everyone gets together and sits in a circle. The first person starts off by saying “At Thanksgiving I like to eat turkey.” Then the next person says the same thing but adds another dish. This continues all the way around the circle with each person reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake they slide out of the circle and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.

We hope these games spice up your Thanksgiving party! Stay tuned for next week’s blog 🙂 

Pumpkin Spice Recipes!

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You can pumpkin spice anything these days; food, drinks, even your hair…yes, even your hair.  In honor of the Fall season and our obsession with pumpkin spice, here are a few of our favorite recipes:

1. Spiced Pumpkin, Yogurt, and Granola Parfait

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Looking for a healthy alternative to pumpkin pie? This yogurt parfait satisfies the pumpkin spice craving without having to negotiate on great taste!

2. No Bake Pumpkin Latte Bites

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The name basically includes everything we love! Want to entertain your friends and family without the hassle of baking? These pumpkin bites are easy to make and impress your guests! Don’t worry we won’t give out the no bake secret.

3.  Pumpkin Spice Cake cake

Nothing beats a good ol’ classic cake baked with love! Wow your family and friends with this delicious recipe.

Happy Fall, everyone!!

Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial weekend is finally here! If you’re hosting a party or traveling – a delicious meal is coming your way!

Here are a few of our favorite and easy recipes (for all the last minute people out there) you will love!

Appetizer: Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

What’s better than some chili cheese goodness?! Check out the recipe here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/corn-chip-chili-cheese-dip

 

Main Course: All-American Cheeseburger

What’s Memorial weekend without a classic burger off the grill?Check out the recipe here:http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/all-american-hamburgers

Dessert: Oreo Truffles

Make sure to leave room for dessert! Oreo truffles are an easy dessert everyone will be impressed with! Click here for the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/127491/easy-oreo-truffles/

We hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Weekend! On behalf of Crystal Auto Mall, we thank all those families who have members that proudly served our country and protected our nation! We salute all our soldiers!

Thanksgiving Recipes from Around the World!



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Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s a great time to spend with family and friends over -delicious home cooked meals…or catered food (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!)

No matter who you are or where you are from we all have something to be thankful for! At Crystal, we are proud to have our staff members from various cultural backgrounds. Here is a list of recipes from our staff’s kitchen table to share with yours!

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Egyptian Macaroni Bechamel:

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Ingredients:

1 box of Ziti Pasta

2 tablespoons of Canola/Vegetable oil

2 pounds of Ground beef

2 Onions (chopped)

1 can Tomato Sauce

3 tablespoons of Butter

6 tablespoons of Flour

3 cups of Whole Milk

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Salt

¼ teaspoon Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to directions on the box.  Cook until about ¾ of the way done.

2. Preheat oven to 360° F

3. In a separate pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil.  Sauté chopped onions until they become a translucent yellow color

4. Meat Sauce: Add ground beef to onions.  Stir and combine until the meat is brown and cooked. Then add the tomato sauce to the meat/onions, mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Continue to simmer meat sauce mixture until it thickens slightly. From start to finish, meat sauce should take about 20 minutes to prepare.

6. Bechamel Sauce: In a separate pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and stir until fully combined with butter.  When flour/butter/milk mixture becomes a golden color, add milk to the pot. Stir continuously until smooth and thick.

7. Whisk 2 eggs together and add to flour/butter/milk mixture (fully cooled). Add the teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

8. Add about ¼ of béchamel sauce to entire cooked pasta and combine well.  Put half of the pasta in the bottom of an ungreased baking dish. Top with a layer of the whole meat sauce mixture. Top meat sauce layer with remaining pasta.

9. Cover the top of the pasta/meat layers with the remaining béchamel sauce. Crack and whisk 1 egg and spread over the top of the béchamel.

10. Bake for about 1 ½ hours or until the top becomes golden brown.

Italian Knot Cookies:

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MAKES 3 TO 3 1/2 DOZEN

INGREDIENTS

3 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice

FROSTING

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
4 to 5 tablespoons evaporated milk or half-and-half
1 teaspoon almond extract
Green or red food coloring, optional

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  2.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Beat in the dry ingredients gradually, and beat well to mix. The dough will be soft; wrap it in waxed paper and refrigerate it for 1 hour to make it easier to handle.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  4. Place the dough on a well-floured surface. Pinch off small egg-size pieces of dough and roll each piece into a rope about 7 inches long and the width of your middle finger. Tie into a loose knot and place 1 inch apart on the greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool slightly. Frost when still slightly warm.
  5. To make the frosting, in a bowl, combine the sugar and 1/4 cup of the milk and beat until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make a thin frosting. Beat in the almond extract. Add food coloring if desired.
  6. Dip the top of each cookie into the frosting, shaking off the excess. Place them on racks and sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Let the frosting dry before storing. These will keep in an airtight container for up to a week; or freeze them for up to 3 months.

 

Colombian Coconut Rice Pudding:

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Ingredients

6-8 servings

1 cup rice, rinsed

4 cups water

Pinch of salt

2 cups whole milk

1 can (12 oz) of coconut milk

1/4 cup cream of coconut

1 can (14 oz) sweet condensed milk

1/2 cup raisins

 

Directions:

  1. Place the rice and the water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the salt and stir well. Cook uncovered for approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the milk, coconut milk, cream of coconut and condensed milk. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 hour, or until the rice pudding thickens to desired consistency.
  4. Add the raisins and stir well, remove from heat, and let it cool at room temperature. The consistency should be very creamy. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

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New Jersey Fairs and Festivals

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There is so much to do in the summer! Besides the beach, New Jersey offers the best food festivals and state fairs! Take a look at some exciting upcoming events!

NJ Seafood Festival

When: June 12 – 13th

Where: Belmar, NJ

Time: 4 -9 pm Friday, 11-8 Sat. 11-6 Sun.

 If you’re craving crab legs soaked in butter or a lobster roll that is to die for, the Belmar Seafood Festival is the ultimate destination for seafood lovers, featuring 40+ Seafood Vendors.  Bring your beach items with you so you can spend the day there! A tonneau cover will block the sun from your items, to keep your drinks and sandwiches cool along the way!

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Oceanfest

When: July 4th, 2015

Where: Long Branch, NJ

Time: All day

I have been there before! It’s an awesome experience to see giant fireworks while sitting on the beach with family and friends, celebrating our country’s Independence Day! Spend that day at the beach and enjoy the fireworks at night. With a cargo net, you can load your trunk with your beach chairs and toys, without worrying about everything sliding around.

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NJ State Fair

When: June 19th – July 5th 2015

Where: East Rutherford, NJ

Time: All day

NJ State Fair is known for its delicious finger foods. It’s a great time for friends and family. There are rides, fireworks, magic shows, animal attractions, and much more.  There is so much to do, you may have to make more than one trip! With a Sienna or Highlander,  there are enough cup holders for everyone to place their favorite Slurpee drink.

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Portugal Day Festival

When: June 12th – 14th

Where: Newark, NJ

Time: All day

This event is infused with cultural fun! With delicious ethnic Portuguese food, the chance to buy your favorite soccer (or shall I say football) jersey, and music to get you moving; no matter where you are from, everyone will have a blast! Bring your dancing shoes, so in case you dance in the rain and mud, your All-Weather floor mats will keep your car clean and protected!

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Lambertville Food Fair

When: June 12th – 14th

Where: Newark, NJ

Time: All day

 Lambertville is one of the oldest cities in Hunterdon County. At the food fair, you can enjoy different types of food from trucks and local vendors! Make sure to bring your bike to ride across the New Hope- Lambertville Bridge over the beautiful Delaware River. Attach a bike rack to the tow hitch, and you are set for the adventure and delicious food that awaits you!

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No matter where you go this summer, make sure you have the right accessories to help keep your car clean and organized to help you get from adventure to adventure. We will help you pick the perfect accessory to get you going!