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FREE BBQ EVENT!

We are proud to host the first ever New Jersey Dealers Care USO BBQ for the Troops, co-sponsored with NJ Cars. It is a FREE barbecue open to our neighbors and local community members. Join us this Saturday, July 15th, 2017 from 11 AM – 2 PM for delicious food, a chance to win awesome prizes, and games with the staff of Magic 98.3!

In honor of the United Services Organizations (USO) we are accepting donations. All proceeds will go to the soldiers and military families supported by the USO.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great meal and the chance to will awesome raffle prizes like tickets to the heart of Broadway to see the Gazillion Bubble Show and The Imbible and the ultimate summer gift baskets!

Mark your calendars, we look forward to seeing you at the BBQ!

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Brace Yourself – Stella is Coming!

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It seems like winter is leaving us with a bang! We are expecting a nor’easter blizzard tomorrow. If you haven’t witnessed the madness in your local supermarket, make sure to do so before Stella locks us up!

Even though it’s e nice to have a day off, it’s easy to have the day just pass by without it being productive. Here are a few ways to take advantage of your snow day!

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Get a copy of that book you have always wanted to read. Grab a New York Times best-seller like The Whistler by John Grisham or Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Check out the full list here!  For all the online readers, find a blogger with a similar interest or get a few magazines for a fun and easy read to keep your brain in motion!

Work out!

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It’s easy to get lazy on a snow day, but there are a lot of at home workouts you can do without any equipment. Allocate a specific time in the day for your workout so you are more likely to commit. Click here for a list of exercises!  

Which leads to my pro-tip,

Binge watch guilt-free!

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We all deserve some time to wind down and engulf into a great series. From a television classic like Friends or a Netflix original like Stranger Things, there are many great shows to choose from to fulfill your binge craving. So, go ahead, watch until you can’t watch anymore!

Cook!

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Soup is delicious and easy to make. It’s a light meal that will keep you full and warm you up! If you feel adventurous, test the kitchen waters with new recipes. You have the time to cook…and clean up afterward!

Spring Cleaning!

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It may not look for feel like spring, but this is the best time to go through your closet and bedroom to get rid of the old stuff you don’t want and make room for the new.  Separate belongings in different bags, of things that can be tossed out and things that can be donated!

Hope everyone enjoys their stormy day off! Stay warm and stay safe!

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!

 

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 🙂 

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Congratulations class of 2016! You have worked hard and are probably counting down the days until commencement.

No matter what your next step is after graduation, here are four ways to take advantage of your transitioning period!

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  1. Find a job!

If you’re not looking for a full time job, a seasonal summer job is great way to prepare for future responsibilities and make some money in the meantime.

  1. Travel!

The older you get; the more responsibilities you are going to have. The transitioning/summer period after graduation is a great time to take advantage of for traveling. A domestic trip is an affordable alternative to traveling overseas and a great opportunity to see the culture of different states.

 3. Read!

This is a great time to get in the habit of reading. Pick up the hottest novel, an autobiography of your favorite icon, or even a blog! Make sure to exercise your mind!

  1. Spend time with your family!

It is easy to get caught up with your studies and work, take advantage of your leisure time to spend time with your family and friends!

Crystal Auto Mall wishes all graduates the best of luck! Well done! All the best in your future endeavors!

Fall in Love this Valentine’s Day!

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V-6 Engine, Keep it wild with the 4Runner!4runner

Alloy wheels: Suit up your car this Valentine’s Day with a nice set of rims!

Lane Departure: Technology that helps keep you safe on the road is always a good investment.lane dept

Entune Premium Audio: Because he doesn’t jam a little bit to some Brian McKnight on Valentine’s Day?entune

No APR: Now you can buy yourself your favorite car, and take your date to their favorite overpriced French restaurant.APR

TRD: Go somewhere a little different this Valentine’s Day with your Toyota Tacoma!tacoma tent

Integrated back up camera: Don’t let love distract you!back up camera

Navigation – don’t get lost on the most romantic day of the year!navi

Entertainment for rear seats passengers – so the kids can feel the love too!

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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

Colored sprinkles

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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