Celebrate Memorial Day with These Tasty Treats

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Memorial Day Weekend is coming up soon; if you’re planning on a get-together, maybe a BBQ, you’re definitely going to need a dessert. Why not make something for the occasion with one of these patriotic dessert recipes that’s sure to impress.

Patriotic Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • Pound cake or pound cake mix
  • Strawberries (or raspberries)
  • Blueberries
  • Whipped Cream

Directions

  1. If you’re making the pound cake fresh, follow the directions on the box.
  2. Place finished pound cake on the bottom of your serving dish.
  3. Top with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.

Patriotic Raspberry Coconut Cake

Ingredients

For Cake

  • 1 box Vanilla or Yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pint raspberries (reserve a handful to top the cake)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For topping

  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • your favorite frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 or as recommended on the cake mix box. Prep cake pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  2. Mix cake mix, eggs, applesauce and coconut oil together until well combined. Pour cake into cake pan and set aside.
  3. Mash raspberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Stir together to dissolve. Drizzle raspberries over cake batter in a zig-zag pattern. When all of the raspberries are on the batter, take the end of a spoon or a tooth pick and swirl raspberries into the batter.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the edges are golden.
  5. Let cake cool completely and then top with your favorite frosting and decorate for the occasion. Blueberries are the perfect accompaniment to the raspberries and the blue looks perfect with the red raspberries.

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Nissan Leaf Reigns Supreme in EV Market

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The competition in the all-electric market has been ramping up over the past few years, but one thing is clear: the Nissan Leaf, one of the original EVs, is as competitive as ever.

Latecomer Chevrolet, with the Chevy Bolt, may not be as ready as they hope when asked to stack up against the Nissan Leaf. It’s widely known that the 2017 Nissan Leaf is the end of its generation, which means that industry experts are anticipating a completely redesigned and improved model to roll out in 2018.

While that’s the future, the present still looks good for the Leaf. Despite the hype and receptive marketing surrounding the Chevy Bolt, it is actually failing to outsell the Nissan Leaf, one of its top competitors. The Bolt moved 978 units in March, compared to the Nissan Leaf, which sold 1478. This is in large part due to the more attractive pricing of the Leaf.

Another reason why the Leaf continues to enjoy strong sales and overall popularity is due to its history of reliability in the EV market. One of the first EVs to be positively received by a general market, the Leaf is also known for its superior range and a cabin that’s spacious and adaptable.

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The 2017 Nissan Armada

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The new 2017 Nissan Armada is available to purchase and it’s definitely worth a look if you’ve got a big family you need to get around town.

New Safety Features

Available safety features include predictive forward collision warning, intelligent cruise control, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, blind spot intervention, lane departure warning and an Around View monitor with moving object detection.

The new second generation Armada sets a new standard in its class and many of the available safety and security features are found only in higher-priced luxury vehicles.

Trim Levels

The Armada features three trim levels: the SV, SL and the Platinum trim levels. Choose from two-wheel or four-wheel drive in all three trim levels. Standard features on all trim levels include NavWeather information, Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and an 8-inch color display. Additional standard equipment includes a Bose audio system with three speakers and heated front seats.

Additional Features

This eight-passenger SUV also tows up to 8,500 pounds in the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models when properly equipped. The exterior features a V-motion front grille, LED daytime running lights, LED low-beam headlights and LED taillights.

The interior features more room, tons of style, and premium comfort. It also features “Library Level” interior noise levels at idle, acoustic glass, and sound absorption materials.

The 5.6-liter V-8 engine features direct injection gas, variable valve event and lift system; and the transmission has seven speeds instead of the five speeds found in last year’s model.

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Try This DIY Spring Craft for Your Kids

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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to give your kids some simple crafts to help them explore the season. Try one of these the next time you’ve got some time and your kids need some distracting.

Rainsticks

This inexpensive craft is perfect for smaller children in preschool. Rainsticks are instruments made with a hollow tube and filled with loose, shifting materials. They’re used in some cultures to invoke rain spirits, but these rainsticks are just for fun.

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • cardboard tubing
  • aluminum foil
  • watered down glue
  • colored tissue paper
  • nails or thumb tacks
  • filler (rice, corn kernels, small buttons, etc).

You’ll start by helping your kids push, tap, and hammer the tacks into the tube by making small openings in each tube. Once you’ve got plenty of tacks and nails pushed into each tube, wrap the whole thing up in foil. Make sure the foil is wrapped tight on the tubing. Stuff all the excess foil into one end of the tubing, leaving the other end open.

Pour your filler material into the open end and then seal it up tight so that nothing can get out. Now it’s time to decorate. Coat the stick in the watered down glue and then apply the colored tissue paper to it. You can finish decorating by using stickers, ribbons or whatever else your kids can think to put on.

Now turn them over and over to hear the rice and filler filter down through the embedded tacks. The sound will remind you of a light spring shower!

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Irish Treats Your Family Will Love

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It’s not only St. Patrick’s Day, but Irish Heritage Month as well. Whether you’re of Irish descent or just want to join in on the fun, these tasty Irish treats will be a hit with your family.

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a pasty blender to cut in the butter until mixture turns into a coarse meal. Stir in the currants.
  3. Mix the beaten egg into the mixture. Pour in the milk and hand mix until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball on a floured surface and knead it lightly six times. Roll the dough until it’s 1/4-inch thick, then cut it into squares and triangles.
  5. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes or until browned.

Irish Potato Candy

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 package cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preparation instructions:

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese together in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar to the mixture, then mix in the coconut.
  3. Roll the batter into balls, then roll in the cinnamon.
  4. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and let them cool until set. Roll in cinnamon again before serving.

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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Car

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Now that it’s almost spring, it’s time to do some maintenance on your car. Not only should you have it serviced, but you should detail the interior and exterior. The carpets and upholstery, and the paint and frame take a beating during the winter months, especially during bad winters when a lot of salt has been spread on the road.

Service

Depending on when you last brought your car into Women Selling Cars to Women, you may want to bring it in for full service according to the manufacturer’s schedule or you may want to bring it in for a check up to check the fluids, belts, hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning.

We’ll ensure that everything is working as it should and that your vehicle hasn’t taken too much of a beating over the winter and the pothole season.

Exterior

Detailing the exterior is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle’s longevity. Salt corrodes paint and metal, so leaving it on your vehicle decreases its life and damages the paint. Often, taking to a car wash isn’t enough unless the car wash cleans the undercarriage and inside the wheel wells. Once you get the salt and crud off, a coating of good wax will protect the paint job.

Interior

The interior also takes a beating during the winter. From wet feet to salty slush falling off the bottoms of your boots, this all takes a toll on the carpeting. And if you are wet from snow or rain when you jump in the car, your upholstery gets punished. Cleaning the interior and giving it a complete detail not only freshens it up, but it also saves the materials.

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Spring Break Road Trip Destinations

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The following three East Coast spring break destinations are the best of the best for relaxing with your toes in the sand and enjoying a vacation that’s fun and exciting for the entire family.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, beach and sun, and plenty of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music, or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring break.

Islamorada, Florida

Enjoy all of the perks of a tropical spring break destination without the outrageous expenses in Islamorada, Florida. Islamorada is often regarded as the most beautiful of the Florida Keys, with its cartoon-like palm trees, turquoise ocean waters, and stunning sunsets. Islamorada is also known for its world-renowned sport fishing, mangrove trails for paddleboarding, diving, snorkeling, and bounty of must-visit waterfront bars and restaurants.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture all the way down to the Keys to enjoy a hot and sunny Florida spring break. The Clearwater area is known for being one of Florida’s most stunning places, with picturesque white-sand beaches and light blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Even better, Clearwater is located just 90 minutes from the multitude of attractions in Orlando, including Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

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Winter Maintenance Tips for Your SUV

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When you think of SUV maintenance, you think of things such as changing the tires, checking the fluids and changing the oil, all of which could be done at Women Selling Cars to Women. However, there are many other things that you should do before and throughout the winter to keep your SUV fully maintained.

Leaves and Debris

Leaves and twigs flying around not only clog the gutters on your house, but they also clog the areas where water is supposed to flow out of your SUV. Make sure the air plenum near the windshield is clear of debris. If it’s not, you may notice cold water on your feet. An SUV  with a sun roof also has drains in the event that water gets past the gaskets. If those drains are full of debris, you’ll notice that the sun roof looks like it’s leaking. If the clogs aren’t too bad, they can be blown out with an air hose.

A New Home

During the cold months, animals may make nests under the hood of your SUV. This could be a problem especially if the animal is the type that likes to chew wires. Check under your hood every now and then to ensure that mice and other chewers aren’t trying to use the insulation and wiring in the engine compartment to make a new house.

Winter Tires

You may have summer and winter tires, and if the winter tires are not yet mounted on your SUV, it’s past time to have that done. This year, have the winter tires mounted on a second set of rims – it’s easier to change tires at the season changes. If you have all-season tires and are considering two sets of tires, have the sets mounted on separate rims to make life easier.

If you are running all-season tires, you’ll want to be sure the tread depth is at least 6/32 of an inch. Tires need to be replaced before the tread depth decreases to 2/32 of an inch; however, when traveling on snow and ice, you’ll need more tread than you would in the months without snow.

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Hosting a Great Christmas Dinner

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In order to host a great Christmas dinner, you’ll have to do some planning ahead of time. Even if this is the umpteenth Christmas dinner you’ve hosted, it still pays to plan it out so that you don’t miss anything. On your way home from test driving a vehicle at Women Selling Cars to Women, stop at the grocery store to pick up everything you need for Christmas dinner.

List People

List the people who are coming. Don’t try to count them on your fingers or in your head or you’ll end up forgetting someone. Make sure you have enough place settings for everyone you’re inviting. You may also want to set up a child’s table just to the side of the “adult” table, if you have enough room. This keeps the children out of adult conversation and it also allows the kids to speak on their favorite conversation topics.

Make a Grocery List

Even if you think you have everything, make a list anyway. Make sure you put your eyes on everything on your list to be sure you didn’t use it or that another family member at it without letting you know. Head out to the grocery to get anything that you don’t already have. If you have a new recipe you’re trying, be sure to list all of the ingredients in the recipe.

Determine the Cook Time

Whether you are making a turkey, ham or roast beef, know the cooking time. You’ll want everything else to be ready close to the time that the roasted meat is ready. Make sure you know how long everything else takes to cook. If you are using a turkey roaster for the meat, you can use the oven to keep side dishes warm.

Start Prepping the Day Before

The easiest way to have a no-fail Christmas dinner is to do what you can the day before. Bake pies the day before. Prep vegetables the day before – they can be kept in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. Check to see which dishes could be cooked the day before and reheated in time for dinner.

On Christmas Day, you should know when each item should go in the oven or start getting cooked or reheated. If you have everything organized, you’ll have a great Christmas dinner with great food.

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Your Family Winter Road Trip Guide

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Preparing for a winter road trip takes a bit more planning, especially if you are going on a long road trip. Even if you are driving a brand new vehicle, you could get stuck on the road if the weather unexpectedly turns bad during the trip.

Plan your trip as you normally would. Make reservations, plan gas stops at stations with the least expensive gas and plan where you will stop for breaks and to eat. You should already have a first aid kit and other emergency items with you, but for winter road trips, you’ll need to pack additional items.

Pack a warm blanket, preferably fleece, for each person in the vehicle. If you get stuck, you can’t run the heater in your vehicle for an extended period of time unless you know when help will arrive. You could run out of gas. The fleece blankets will keep you warm. If you are wearing lighter jackets, which is common during the early spring or mid to late fall, bring heavy winter jackets, gloves and hats.

Add boots and an extra change of clothing. If your clothes get wet from the snow or rain, you will freeze before they dry.

Pack plenty of water for each person. You should have at least two liters for everyone in the vehicle. At the same time, pack some food that can be eaten without heating it up and that isn’t perishable unless you have a cooler. Snacks that provide plenty of energy include granola bars and chocolate. You may also want to pack crackers – these are filling, so if you are stuck in a snow bank for a couple of days, they will fill you up.

If you are bringing pets with you, bring something to keep them warm, too. Also pack some dry food for dogs or cats traveling with you.

Pack the extra clothing in vacuum bags or sealable plastic bags if possible. This will ensure that everything stays dry. Pack the food and water in a covered plastic tub with a snap lid. Make sure you have one that fits in the trunk or the back of the vehicle.

And, before you leave on a road trip, make sure your vehicle has been fully checked. If you don’t feel comfortable checking it yourself, stop by Women Selling Cars to Women to have the technicians check the fluids, brakes and tires. If you haven’t done maintenance on your vehicle and it’s close to the scheduled time, have the maintenance done before you leave on the trip.