Month: November 2017

Holiday dishes that travel

It’s the beginning of the holiday season and all the traditional eats are right around the corner. If you’re traveling and volunteered (or were volunteered by someone else) to bring your best dish, did you consider what the travel time can do to your recipe? Or whether there will be room in the oven to cook or reheat your tasty tidbits once you arrive? Don’t let holiday travel throw a wrench into what might otherwise be described as nothing short of divine. A tweak here and there may be all your favorite recipe needs. For example, if a hard brake on the way to last year’s family gathering sent your infamous cherry pie toward destinations unknown, leaving you to arrive empty-handed, why not try something a little safer this year? Try this instead – make cherry pie bars. Cherry pie bars? Yes, they’re a thing. They’re delicious and perfectly preportioned. If you don’t know where to start, has a delicious recipe that you can make the night before. Then, package them up in an airtight container that can be safely stored away for a safe arrival at your destination. (One of the best parts of this recipe is you can make them with any number of seasonal fillings – pumpkin, cherry, apple, blueberry, pecan … the list goes on!) … Read More

Special Edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport to hit showroom floors

Ram trucks stand out among the crowd with some of the hardest-working, longest-lasting trucks on the road today. The Ram brand also offers some of the best-looking, most luxurious trucks. Available options and special editions make Ram trucks much more than just a work truck. It’s a comfortable everyday driver that easily transitions from the work site to a night on the town. Recently, Ram trucks announced the final special edition release for the 2017 calendar year – the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport. “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep® and Ram Brands. “Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.” The Hydro Blue Sport goes on sale November 2017, but don’t delay. Production will be limited to only 2,000 units.

The Demon has been unleashed

Soon 3,300 lucky owners will receive their street-legal production drag car. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon. With the capability of achieving 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon holds the fastest quarter-mile at a staggering 9.65 seconds. This time was certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The NHRA then immediately banned the Demon from competition.

A simple thank you

Thank you to all those who have served. Thank you to the families who have sacrificed. Today and every day, we celebrate the men and women who have made, and continue every day, to make this country great. Thank you.

Look no further – we’ve got your last-minute Thanksgiving Day ideas

My daughter is traveling to Dallas for Thanksgiving this year. We knew this and planned her travel well in advance, but airline ticket pricing and the lack of available seats was astonishing. I don’t know why I was so shocked. I know it’s the most traveled holiday of the year. Airports, bus stations, highways … every means of transportation will be congested as Americans make their way to visit friends and family for this beloved holiday. With Turkey Day only two weeks away, are you finding yourself scrambling to make last-minute arrangements for your holiday fun? Or perhaps you just learned that you have some extra time off and have decided to take a last-minute trip? Did you just now, as you read this, realize it’s only two weeks away? Last-minute travel doesn’t have to be a headache. If booking airline tickets isn’t in the cards, why not consider a nearby tour of all things Thanksgiving? You never know what might be in your own backyard. Try, for example, visiting any one of the number of cities named for the traditional representations of Thanksgiving Day. Here are just a few: Thanksgiving, Maryland Pilgrim – located in Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Texas Turkey – choose from Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia Cranberry – Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania … Read More

To stop or not to stop — the uncertainty of blacked-out traffic lights

Recent storms that rolled through New England sparked an interesting (and passionate!) conversation around traffic signals and power outages in our household. As my husband attempted to make his way to a job nearly 45 minutes away, he crossed the path of several traffic lights that were out. Treating them as if they were a four-way stop, he watched in amazement as others flew through the intersection, as if they had a green light. Those behind him got angry, some even going around and flying an old-fashioned Jersey wave in his direction as they passed. But wasn’t he doing the right thing? Isn’t a power outage, or a malfunctioning traffic signal supposed to be considered a four-way stop, as a matter of safety? Of course, I got online and started looking and, according to, that is, in fact exactly how drivers should treat what refers to as a “traffic signal blackout.” If all traffic signal lights are not working because of an electrical power failure, you must stop at the intersection and then proceed when you know other turning and approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection. But I found other items that suggest differently. For example, when a storm wreaked havoc in the state of … Read More

FCA US LLC brand vehicles drive active lifestyles

It seems like every time I turn around I’m reading something about enjoying a more active lifestyle. Maybe it has something to do with the area in which I live. Maybe it’s because I have an 11-year-old and keeping up with her can be challenging. Maybe it’s simply because I’m nearing one of those “milestone” birthdays and slowing down now just isn’t in my vocabulary. In any case, staying active, becoming more active requires the tools to do so, right? I’m not talking about expensive gym equipment or memberships, although that’s an avenue you can take. But, depending on the activity you enjoy most, you may need anything from a good pair of hiking shoes to a rugged mountain bike to a quality kayak. When all is said and done, though, how are you going to get to the mountain hike or carry your kayak to the river or even haul your bike to the trails? If you’re an active person with an active lifestyle, ensuring your vehicle can take you where you want to go while easily transporting the equipment you need is essential. That’s why initiated the Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) concept and began acknowledging cars, trucks and SUVs that best suit the needs of active adults. Now in its 14th year, the ALV awards were recently … Read More