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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 🙂 

2015 Turkey Trot!

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We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are close to recovering from all the food! On Thanksgiving morning, I went to Patanella’s annual Green Brook Turkey Trot, an event which Crystal Auto Mall proudly sponsors every year! Proceeds benefit the Green Brook PBA Local #398.  The race was led by a Green Brook police officer in a police car.

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We brought along our 2015 Toyota Highlander and the 2015 Mazda CX-5!

More than 600 runners participated – it was such a successful turnout! Runners brought non-perishable food items to help out the needy in our local community. Not only did they make difference, but they burned enough calories to thoroughly enjoy their dinner…with no regrets!

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Look at all the people who came out to support!
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Love the shirt!

After the run, they had a DJ and refreshments served in the middle school, where they announced the winners. It was great to be a part of an event that supports the very people who protect and serve our town.

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It was a pleasure meeting Joe Patanella, race director! He definitely had the coolest turkey hat!

We look forward to sponsoring the Turkey
Trot again next year!

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Sophia with her Crystal Auto Mall water bottles!


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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