How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Fall is quickly rolling in and with it comes cooler weather. That means it’s also time for seasonal car maintenance. Here are a few tips from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to help you get your car ready for fall.

Create an Emergency Kit

Creating a just-in-case emergency kit is a necessity for every driver. It doesn’t matter if you’re the safest driver the road has ever seen. Nature might have other plans. Slick roadways and black ice can strike out of nowhere, leaving those unprepared to wait shivering for help. Pack an emergency kit with dry clothes, blankets, a flashlight and batteries, and nonperishable food items.

Get an Oil Change

Oil plays several key roles in the engine block. Old oil doesn’t perform any of those roles better than fresh oil. Getting an oil change is incredibly important as the weather begins to cool. Colder weather can stress the engine and old oil just won’t get the job done. That can impact your engine’s performance and efficiency.

Inspect the Tires

Worn tires with low tread won’t offer a safe amount of grip on slick roadways. Low traction can result in loss of control of the vehicle or worse. Perform a visual inspection of your tires. Keep an eye out for any bulges or other abnormalities. Make sure to check your tire pressure weekly as well.

Scary Good Halloween Recipes

Scary Good Halloween Recipes The air is getting chillier and we’re warming up the hot chocolate. You know what that means – Halloween! Here are some delicious Halloween recipes to help ring in the spooky season, courtesy of our team at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Brain Big Batch Jell-O Shot

You can make this squishy treat with or without alcohol – but it’s fun either way! Use a plastic brain mold to mix all of the ingredients, refrigerate them, and then pop them out for the tastiest brain you’ve ever seen (and hopefully the only brain you’ve ever seen).

Ladies’ Fingers and Men’s Toes

Want a salty snack that’s also a little creepy? Craft some pretzel fingers and toes. This DIY recipe means that your friends will admire your work from scratch, and also the aesthetic spookiness of it.

Bloody Cheesecake

If you want a bloody-fantastic dessert, whip up this bloody cheesecake.  It’s made with the classic cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, graham crackers, and vanilla frosting. With the combination of red icing and cocoa powder, it becomes very spooky.

Pizza Skulls

Everyone loves pizza, so let’s make it spooky! Buy a skull-shaped pan (they’re available on Amazon) and fill it with plenty of dough, pizza sauce, and cheese. The result will be pizza-filled, doughy skulls that are sure to scare guests and taste delightful.

Get ready for the Halloween season by stirring the cauldron and producing these terrific treats.

Popular Easter Traditions

Popular Easter Traditions - colorful painted Easter eggs

Easter is a time when families, communities, and clergy come together to celebrate what’s quickly become a worldwide holiday. While Easter may be celebrated around the world, the stories behind some popular traditions aren’t quite as well known. We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet want to share some of the interesting origins behind popular Easter traditions.

Easter Bunny

A person dressed up as a giant bunny doesn’t really scream Easter, does it? The origin of the Easter bunny stretches back to the late 1700s when German settlers made Pennsylvania their home. The settlers would prepare nests for a rabbit named “Oschter Haws” on Easter Eve. Then, they would wait for the bunny to lay eggs.

Easter Eggs

The origin of decorating eggs on Easter has nothing to do with the Easter bunny, oddly enough. In fact, decorating eggs predates the Easter bunny by around 500 years.

Painting eggs red originally symbolized the blood of Jesus Christ and dates back to around the 1200s. Pagan spring rituals used the egg as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Families would also give up eggs for Lent.

White House Easter Egg Roll

The Easter egg roll originally took place around the Capitol building, but the eggs made a mess. In 1876, President Grant signed a law banning egg rolling from the Capitol building. Fortunately, President Hayes relocated the egg roll to the White House in 1878, where it currently takes place today.

What You Should Know About St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

 St. Patrick's Day

These St. Patrick’s Day traditions are common, but do you know where they come from? Check out common trivia about this holiday below.

The color was originally blue, not green

St. Patrick is originally associated with the color blue – so what happened? Because of Ireland’s lush vegetation and the legend of the shamrock, people slowly started associating him and his holiday with green.

The shamrock has religious significance

So, St. Paddy’s Day is green because of the shamrock, but you might be wondering what’s so special about a clover. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish.

Corned beef and cabbage originated in the US

The original dish beloved by the Irish was pork and potatoes, but because Irish immigrants often lived near Jewish neighbors in the United States, they developed a taste for corned beef from Jewish deli carts – and cabbage was simply a cheap side.

Irish dancing is intense

There are several different types of Irish dance, and mastering different types allows you to earn different kinds of shoes. St. Patrick’s Day has a traditional set dance that is performed with no variations in steps.

Try impressing your friends with your newfound knowledge of St. Patrick’s Day traditions. You can thank us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Throw a Mardi Gras Party

Why wait until Halloween or New Year’s Eve to throw your next big party? Mardi Gras is a world-wide celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Take a cue from New Orleans, who has been celebrating this day since the 1700s, and throw a festive and traditional Mardi Gras party.
Mardi Gras Party

First you’ll want to set the mood. Decorate your party space as elaborately as possible with purple, green and gold streamers, feathers and balloons. Don’t forget the beads, a staple part of every Mardi Gras shindig.

Masquerade masks are also synonymous with Mardi Gras. Start the party off by having guests decorate their own party masks using paint, sequins, ribbons, and feathers. Play some traditional New Orleans jazz in the background – Dancing is encouraged!

You may have a guest who comes to your Mardi Gras party just for the food. Don’t be offended—at Mardi Gras (which translates to Fat Tuesday!) food is half of the celebration. Serve cajun favorites like beans and rice or finger-food sized po’boys. And don’t forget the King’s Cake! No Mardi Gras is complete without it, and your guests will love searching for the hidden trinket baked inside. Whoever finds it is promised good luck throughout the year, something everyone could use.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year 2017 - Newton, NC

As you probably know, making New Year’s resolutions is easy. You close your eyes and dream of a better you and it seems so real, so possible. Then comes the hard part. Here are a few tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Find Your People

Whether it’s just a friend or a group you found on meetup.com, the support of others can make all the difference in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. For instance, if you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, find a gym buddy! It’s someone to understand your pain and share in your triumphs.

Know Your Triggers

Everyone is different, even when they are pursuing the same goals. That’s why it’s important to know triggers that are unique to you. These are environmental factors that encourage you to backslide. Say you have made a resolution to quit smoking. If drinking alcohol is a trigger, perhaps you need to lay off the booze until you’ve overcome your nicotine cravings.

Accept Your Imperfection

The fact of the matter is that you will likely trip on your way to keeping your resolutions. It gets a lot easier once you accept this fact. The danger of maintaining impossible standards is that an occasional indulgence or misstep can become an excuse to give up altogether. Stay in touch with the bigger picture.

12 Holiday Family Events in Charlotte

Mom, Dad, and daughter icing cookiesThe holidays are a time for family bonding and creating memories. One of the best ways to have a holiday you’ll always cherish is to attend some holiday-themed family events. This is the perfect time of year to get active and spend time with your loved ones. Here are a few fun holiday family events in Charlotte suggested by us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!

  1. ChristmasVille – The annual ChristmasVille event takes over Rock Hill from December 1st through December 4th. There are over 70 events and festivities for the whole family to enjoy.
  2. Holidays at the Garden – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is holding its annual holiday display. The display is open to the public through January 1st and boasts more than 500,000 lights and plenty of displays.
  3. Holiday on Ice – Located on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard Street, the Holiday on Ice event brings an outdoor ice skating rink for all to enjoy.
  4. Gingerbread Lane – Local professionals and amateurs take part in the annual gingerbread house competition. See the creations in person at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge!
  5. Singing Christmas Tree – Voices from the Carolina Voices, Grey Seal Puppets, and Carolina Kids’ Voices Choir come together to create a memorable kid-friendly event families will enjoy.
  6. Christmas at the Library – Families can stop by to take a carriage ride and see a live nativity scene at the Billy Graham Library.
  7. Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra – An animatronic performance sings holiday favorites like “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” that kids won’t soon forget!
  8. Speedway Christmas – Get behind the wheel and head through a three-and-a-half mile light display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  9. Train to Christmas Town – Climb aboard the holiday train with plenty of child-friendly activities, like photos with Santa Claus.
  10. Christmas Town USA – See a one-of-a-kind display that features more than 375 Christmas trees and more in McAdenville.
  11. Charlotte Christmas Village – Get the full Christmas experience with a visit to a German style pop-up Christmas village.
  12. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” – This theatrical production puts on a holiday classic that will leave families with the perfect mood for the holiday season.

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees —Which Is Better?

real vs. fake Christmas trees

Cans for The Corner Table

The long-lived debate of real vs. fake Christmas trees may be hotly contested, but according to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA), there really is no debate.

According to ACTA, “Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

There we have it, the final answer. Now that you don’t have to feel guilty about either choice, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons to see which will work better for your family.

Artificial Trees

For many families, artificial trees are their tree of choice. They offer the benefits of not needing to be watered, you can put them up whenever you want, and they can potentially last as long as a lifetime. Depending on the type of tree you purchase, they can also come pre-lit, which is the most time-consuming and least enjoyable part of decorating a tree. You also don’t have to worry about any potential allergens introduced by a live tree.

Live Trees

If you opt for a live tree, it gives you the opportunity of creating a family tradition of heading to a lot or farm to pick out the perfect tree. Your home will be filled with the delightful pine scent characteristic of the season. However, with a live tree, you do have to make sure you take proper care of it to prolong its life and prevent excess needles from dropping.

Which type of tree does your family prefer? Tell all of us Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. We have a real one in our dealer room and we put donated canned goods under it for The Corner Table.