February Birthdays and Anniversaries
Brennan Teske (Quicklube) – February 2
Aaron Rittenbach (BMC Parts) - February 11
Brad Ensz (Detail) – February 12
Christ Boehm (Chevy Service) – February 13
Dava Ralph (IT Tech) – February 14
Brion Thomas (Maintenance) – February 14
Andy Kliem (Detail) – February 16
Milt Aus (BMC Sales) -February 18
Colleen Engel (Payroll) – February 20
Kevin Senger (BMC Sales) - February 22
Joe Tibor (Reconditioning) – February 25
Jeremy Scheurer (BMC Service) - February 26
Jesse Gutknecht (BMC Service) - February 26
Ken Heil (BMC Sales) - February 28
Mark Briscoe (Chevy Sales) – February 28
Ken Heil (Courtesy Shuttle) – February 28
Robin Jundt (Chevy Cashier) – February 1 (2 yrs.)
Deb Rittenbach (BMC Title Clerk) - February 1 (18 yrs.)
Brion Thomas (Maintenance) – February 2 (10 yrs.)
Daniel Bunke (ABRA Auto Body) - February 4 (1 yr.)
Jesse Verworn (BMC Recon) - February 6 (1 yr.)
Becky Sharff (Subaru Sales) – February 4 (6 yrs.)
Jay Barchenger (Chevy Sales) – February 11 (4 yrs.)
Al Dolajak (BMC Parts) - February 11 (10 yrs.)
Ron Peterson (Courtesy Shuttle) – February 13 (2 yrs.)
Cheryl Neff (BMC Cashier) - February 14 (20 yrs.)
Travis Sorch (ABRA Auto Body) - February 15 (1 yr.)
Jennie Huber (Web Editor) – February 15 (4 yrs.)
Jeff Kostelecky (Chevy Service) – February 15 (4 yrs.)
David Kelstrom (ABRA Auto Body) - February 17 (10 yrs)
Dave Germann (Body Shop) – February 18 (6 yrs.)
Rick Wolf (Courtesy Shuttle) – February 18 (23 yrs.)
Nathan Weszner (Reconditioning) – February 19 (1 yr.)
Tom Fetsch (Subaru Sales) – February 22 (2 yrs.)
Jameson Heid (BMC Parts) - February 24 (2 yrs.)
Bob Blumhagen (BMC Service) - February 26 (24 yrs.)
Sharon Locken (BMC Cashier) - February 26 (16 yrs.)
Subaru Dog Tested: What's the Fuss About?
Nissan first introduced the Rogue at the North American International Show in 2007, and the car has since gone on to become one of the coolest compact crossover SUVs on the market. Six years later, and the designers at Nissan decided that it was time for the car to get a whole new look. The second generation Rogue made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this time around, where the world's motoring press was delighted by the brand new design.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a complete redesign on the previous model. The exterior boasts a striking front end, and a masculine, accomplished stance on the road. The wraparound taillights have been designed to look great and boost the car's aerodynamics but there is still something understated about the finished look. The additional touches of chrome here and there, along with the turn signals on the side-view mirrors are about subtlety rather than pushing the Rogue in your face. The premium interior design is simple, stylish, and comfortable too.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue will retain the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine of its predecessor. The engine will still be able to produce 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, but improvements in efficiency will see gains in fuel economy. The front-wheel drive model will be able to achieve 26 miles per gallon around the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway*. An all-wheel drive option will also be available for those that require a bit more capability off the road or in adverse weather conditions.
The 2014 Rogue promises, of course, to stay true to its practical SUV roots. As well as its impressive gas mileage, you can seat up to seven people in this car, subject to choosing the Family Package. You can guarantee the safest, most comfortable ride with a series of driving options, too. Active Trace Control makes it safer to turn corners. Active Ride Control, meanwhile, automatically applies the brakes if you hit a bump in the road.
Alternatively, you can opt to make the most of up to 70 cubic feet of cargo room. That should be more than enough to cope with whatever your family needs are and the Divide-N-Hide® system makes it even more practical by helping to organize your cargo into compartments. Getting into the third-row seats should be no problem either, thanks to the bespoke EZ Flex™ system that lets you slide and tilt the second row seats forward.
There's no shortage of technology in the 2014 Rogue, either. The Nissan Intelligent Key® allows you to start the car without even taking the key out of your pocket, while the NissanConnect™ system allows hands-free calls and texts, audio, and satellite navigation. A RearView Monitor is also included as standard to help you navigate the car in and out of tight spaces. The driver's display has been specially designed here so that everything is in one, safe, simple position allowing the driver to stay focused on the road.
The Rogue's standard safety specification is also excellent. Six airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, electric brake distribution, and anti-lock brakes all come as standard. Additional optional safety features also include blind spot warning and Moving Object Detection.
Prices for the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue start at just $22,490**, meaning that the crossover will continue to be one of the most competitive vehicles in its class. The 2014 Rogue looks set to continue to be a popular choice with savvy SUV drivers.
*2014 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 26 City, 33 Highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Mileage listed for Rogue 2WD.
**All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.
Corvette Stingray and Silverado honored at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
The start of the year can set the stage for the months ahead. In that case, Chevrolet certainly has a strong starting point for 2014. At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the all-new Corvette Stingray (Z51 trim shown) and Chevrolet Silverado took the highly-coveted North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. This is impressive enough on its own—and even more so when you consider this is just the third time in 21 years that one automaker has earned both titles.
The prestigious Car and Truck of the Year awards are given at the beginning of NAIAS by a voting team of 49 automotive journalists. Candidates are judged on qualities including safety, handling, innovation, design, and more.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray holds the title of “the industry’s most awarded car of the year” with over 20 awards and recognitions since its debut. We’re not surprised—with a monstrous 6.2-liter V8 delivering 455 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, the Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette ever made. Its available EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway (with optional 7-speed manual) also makes it a top pick for efficiency among sports cars currently on the market.
Meanwhile, the all-new Silverado lives up to its high-performing truck heritage with an available 5.3L EcoTec3® V8 engine and the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.*
Congratulations to Chevrolet on starting the year off right. To find the right fit for your driving needs this year, visit our dealership today.
*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).
If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing a flat tire, or worse still, a blowout, then you can appreciate the importance of carrying a spare tire. When driving on a long journey, carrying a spare tire is absolutely vital, as you may not otherwise be able to get assistance to get you somewhere safe. A spare tire, however, is not a permanent replacement for a damaged tire. So how long can you drive on a spare tire?
It is worth remembering that a spare tire is not the same as a regular one. It's not as durable. Spare tires have fewer layers of steel and polyester beneath the rubber, which means they won't last as long. This is good news generally speaking, because it means that you are carrying less weight since the spare takes up less room in the rear of the car. But it also means that in the event of a crisis, you can only use the spare for a certain amount of time.
A spare tire will have a smaller contact surface with the road, because it is narrower. This increases your stopping distance, and makes an emergency stop much riskier. Other functions of your car, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control are going to be less efficient too. If you use the spare tire for too long, then you run the risk of causing damage to other parts of the car, which are optimized for a regular, full-size tire.
As a general rule, you should drive on a spare tire for the shortest distance possible. Use the spare to get you to the next available place where you will be able to get mechanical assistance where you can purchase a replacement tire. The spare is there to get you out of an emergency situation. It is a lifeline, not even a medium-term substitute for a proper replacement. Fit the spare, and then work out the shortest possible route to safety. Make sure to take into consideration the driving conditions. A slightly longer route on a highway might be better than remote rural roads, for example, in case you need to call for assistance.
That aside, the limit of your spare tire will be documented in your owner's manual and will, technically, differ from one vehicle's make and model to the next. If you run into trouble and you are a long way from assistance, then you may have to look for alternative means of help if the minimum distance is greater than the safe limit stated in the manual. If in doubt, contact your dealer for assistance. A mechanic will always be able to give you the best advice for your car.
When the weather is hot, it’s easy to remember to eat right and exercise. The results of your fitness program are on display almost every day. But when the weather turns cold and you are bundled up in layers, the evidence can stay buried while you keep warm on the couch. Don’t lose your momentum and pack on the winter weight; there are plenty of tricks for staying fit in the colder months.
Go easy on the comfort foods
Our natural instincts still tell us to eat heavier foods to add an insulating layer of fat when it gets cold, even though we have plenty of modern ways to stay warm. Denying your cravings completely is difficult and can backfire, so if you crave macaroni and cheese or a hearty stew, have some. Just watch your portion size and consider it a treat. You can also find recipes for healthier versions of your favorite winter dishes, and a lot of produce is available now year-round to help keep your meals light.
Gear up for the cold outside
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying a winter workout, but heading out in freezing weather can be dangerous without the proper equipment. Dress in layers, protect your extremities with a hat, gloves, and heavy socks, and know the warning signs of frostbite (numbness or stinging on your fingers, toes, nose, cheeks, or ears). If you are walking or running in snowy or icy conditions, consider buying shoes specifically for those conditions.
Pop in a DVD
Instead of slacking off and watching the latest movie release with a bowl of buttered popcorn, get on your feet and workout with one of the hundreds of workout DVDs available. Whether you enjoy cardio or strength training, dance or boxing, fashionable equipment or old-school technique, there is a workout video for you. For far less than the cost of a gym membership, you can stock up a library of DVDs for whenever the weather keeps you inside.
Go old school
Is your budget too tight to even buy a few DVDs? You can still stay fit indoors by thinking back in time to gym class. Pull on your old sweats and sneakers, and power through alternating sets of jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, and burpees. Find the jump rope buried in the junk drawer and some heavy bags or cans from the pantry to use as weights. Even jogging and marching in place in front of the TV can help you burn calories.
The light at the end of the tunnel
It can be difficult to find the motivation to stay fit when it’s dark and cold, and no one will see your jiggly arms, anyway. But it can be hard losing weight you gain over the winter as you get older. So remind yourself that in a few short months your bad habits will come back to bite you. Keep your bathing suit hanging in plain sight all winter. Stick pictures of your favorite beach or park on the refrigerator. Start a contest at work or amongst your family so there are other people you are accountable to.
Staying fit in the colder months is a worthwhile challenge for anyone trying to attain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let your good habits and hard work disappear with the nice weather. A year-round fitness plan is possible with these tips and a little motivation.
For those of us who love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – Oscar Night is the night of the year. It’s an opportunity to lust and hate over celebrities, their attire, dates and speeches. Oh, and there are awards for movie performances, direction and some other stuff, as well.
Whether you’re watching it for the films and performances or the gossip on who wore what designer, throwing your own Oscar Night party can enhance the experience tenfold. But while the idea of an Oscar Night party sounds awesome, you might be wondering where to begin.
First, the invitation. The invitation sets the tone of the party. Think wedding invitation but on a lot tighter budget. Try to make it as fancy and elegant as possible. Make sure you send them out with enough time for people to RSVP. On the invitation ask guests to dress for the night in glamorous attire, which could be anything from an old prom dress to that wedding dress you thought you’d only wear once. Someone has to get on the worst dressed list, right?
Then, set the scene. Go to any fabric store and get a long piece of red cloth for your “red carpet,” which all your guests will walk down before they enter the party. If you live in an apartment, this “red carpet” can be put in the entryway or if you don’t think your neighbors will think you’re crazy, the hallway. You can select a friend to act as the Joan Rivers or Maria Menounos and have them interview your guests as they arrive. Your “Joan” or “Maria” should ask guests whom they’re wearing and why they chose this designer, etc.
After your guests arrive, you can hand out ballots that list all the nominees for that year’s Oscars so everyone can vote. You can even have people toss in a few dollars into a pot and make it a betting game before the ceremony starts. Official ballots can be found on Oscar.com.
Make sure you have enough seating for those who want to watch the ceremony. Bring in oversized pillows and beanbag chairs to fill up the space and offer people a place to sit. You could even set up the seating as if your guests are sitting in an auditorium.
Then, the food. Do a buffet style with simple hors d’oeuvres that look fancy like crab puffs; shrimp cocktail displayed around martini glasses on ice, mini quiche and savory pinwheels. You could also make a cheese fondue and offer bread and vegetables for dipping.
Make sure you use real dishes, glasses and cloth napkins. Would celebrities eat off paper plates with plastic silverware at the Oscars? We don’t think so. Decorate the table, as well, with a mixture of tall and short candles.
For dessert, offer some chocolate treats like chocolate dipped strawberries and truffles. You can also bake cookies in the shape of Oscar, himself.
Be sure to provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for your friends. Champagne is a great option – looks fancy and elegant. For those on a budget, try buying some Prosecco, which is Italian sparkling white wine, or Cava, Spanish sparkling white wine. They’re both cheaper but just as tasty. You can also create signature cocktails inspired by the best picture nominees.
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Many different recipes exist for St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. This simple recipe utilizes pistachio pudding mix to give the cupcakes a pretty pastel color and a mild flavor, and handcrafted gummy shamrocks made from green gumdrops top off these festive treats. In addition to the ingredients listed below, you’ll need a rolling pin and a small heart-shaped cookie cutter (about 1 ½ inches across) to craft the green shamrocks. Whether it’s your turn to make the class party treat or contribute to the holiday bake sale, or if you just want to make something fun for your family to enjoy at home, these St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock cupcakes are sure to delight.
The directions for this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cupcakes are presented in three parts below. You’ll have time to prepare the cream cheese frosting and shamrocks while your cupcakes are baking or cooling. This recipe makes one dozen cupcakes, but you can easily double or even triple your ingredients to make more of these fun, festive goodies.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cupcakes
Total prep time: 1 hour, plus cooling
Active time: 40 minutes
Inactive time: 20 minutes, plus cooling
Yield or number served: 12 cupcakes
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 (3.4-ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup 2% milk
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For cream cheese frosting and shamrocks:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring, optional
Green gumdrops, for shamrocks
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 12 muffin cups in a greased muffin tin and lightly grease the cups.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, Pistachio pudding mix, baking powder, and salt and stir to mix.
3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just to combine.
4. Fill each muffin cup three-fourths full and place the pan in the oven to bake 18-22 minutes, or until the cupcakes have set and a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
6. Frost cupcakes using prepared cream cheese frosting.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the cream cheese and butter in a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, then gradually add in confectioners’ sugar and stir until blended.
1. Using a rolling pin, flatten 3-4 gumdrops. If candies are sticking, sprinkle a little sugar on rolling pin.
2. Cut a heart shape from each flattened candy using the cookie cutter.
3. Arrange the green candy hearts together on the top of a frosted cupcake to create a shamrock. Use 3 hearts for a traditional shamrock or 4 to create a lucky four-leaf clover.
4. Using a sharp knife, cut a small stem from the excess flattened candy, and position below the hearts.
5. Repeat this process until all 12 cupcakes have candy shamrocks.
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