Holiday Side Dishes Your Family Will Love

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Make something a little different for Christmas dinner this year. When you plan to head out for ingredients, do it on a day when you have an appointment for service at Jack Links Auto or when you are stopping by the showroom to test drive a new vehicle. You’ll be able to combine shopping and vehicle errands into one day to save time.

Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 8 ½-ounce package of dry cornbread mix
  • 1 15-ounce can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 14.75-ounce can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Combine the butter, eggs, cornbread mix, the whole corn, the creamed corn and the sour cream in a medium bowl.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake the corn casserole for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve hot.

Ultra Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds red potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered garlic, more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Boil the potatoes until they are tender. Drain the potatoes. Put them back into the cooking pot. Add the butter, salt, pepper and garlic. Mash the mixture. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. Adjust spices to your taste.

Best Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound frozen or fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices of thick-sliced slab bacon, cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • Bacon bits

Instructions:

Cook the bacon in a saucepan until it’s translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until the beans are heated through. Garnish with bacon bits.

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Car Organization Tips

Dusting inside the car

We spend hours in our car and on the road. Whether we are commuting to work, running errands or taking a long deserved vacation, our car is a point of pride. It’s hard to be proud of a dirty cluttered car, which is why keeping it clean and clutter free is so important.

  • A good wax will help keep your car protected from dirt and scratches longer than washing alone. Make sure to leave the wax on your as long as recommended before wiping it off.
  • Regularly schedule a time to wash your car. If you establish a routine, it will be much easier to stick to and much more likely to get done.
  • Keep a trash bag in the car. If you have a bag for garbage you are much less likely to just leave it around your car.
  • Find a place for all the items you use regularly. For example, sunglasses can be clipped to the visor or stored in compartment near the driver.
  • Make a point to clean out the car at least once a week, and to throw away trash every time you get out of the car. Remember that routines are easier to stick to, and will eventually become a habit.
  • Try using hanging organizers. These are great for the back seat, and really come in handy if you have kids. You can store small toys, books, and maps here.
  • Make good use of mats for the front and back seats. If you don’t have them already, get some. Mats help keep the floor from getting dirty, which makes clean up a breeze. They can easily be taken out of your car and shaken out or sprayed down.
  • Keep baby wipes handy – or other disposable wet wipes. They are great for cleaning up small spills and sticky fingers. If you have a habit of eating in the car they are invaluable.

Jack Links Auto has plenty of new and used vehicles that you could be proud to own. We also offer high quality service and car parts for all your repair needs, so that you can continue to be proud of your car for years to come.

What to Keep in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

emergency Items close up

Whether you are someone who travels extensively or you commute a short way back and forth to work, you should have an emergency kit in your vehicle, even if all of your driving is city driving. You never know when something might happen even to a new vehicle, or when Mother Nature might have a hissy fit and cause you to get stranded in ice or snow. As soon as you pick up a vehicle from Jack Links Auto, move your emergency kit into it or make a kit for the new vehicle.

Seasonal Items

During the cooler months, make sure you have extra blankets and a large tarp in your emergency kit. Each person in the vehicle should have a heavy, warm blanket. During the warmer months, a light blanket for each person will be enough. The tarp will help protect you from the weather and will provide warmth if you cannot stay in the vehicle.

During the winter also be sure to have a change of warn dry clothing. During the spring months, the extra set of clothing just needs to be dry, but preferably not shorts.

Items that Expire

You should always have extra water and extra food in the vehicle. Rotate these items every month. The food should be non-perishable. You don’t have to rotate the food out as often as water and if it has clear expiration date, rotate it out about a month before the expiration date. Don’t forget that batteries have an expiration date, too, and you should have at least one extra set. Two sets are better.

First Aid

Make sure you have a large first aid kit and not something with very little in it, especially if you plan on traveling or a long distance. You should have various sizes of bandages, gauze, medical tape, an Ace bandage, splints, eye wash, tweezers, needle and thread., unopened Super Glue, anti-bacterial cream, cotton swabs, alcohol wipes and a thermometer.

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Safely Driving in the Snow

Winter scenic of slippery and wet rural mountain road with snow on sunny day

Whether you’re driving a brand new vehicle that you just picked up from Jack Link’s Auto or you’re driving a vehicle that is a year or two old, you may need driving safety tips for the winter. If your vehicle is older, you do need to bring it in to our service department to have it checked for the winter and to have the maintenance completed if you haven’t done so already.

Have Your Vehicle Checked or Maintained

Having your vehicle checked or maintained before the winter weather sets in could save you from getting stranded in the cold. A service technician will be able to look at parts that tend to wear out such as belts, hoses, brakes and tires and will let you know if he or she thinks that anything is going to wear out within the next couple months.

Emergency Kit

Be sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include – at a minimum – extra clothing, blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, non-perishable snacks, water and a first aid kit.

Watch For Black Ice

Most experienced drivers know to look for black ice, but newer drivers who have never experienced it before might be surprised when they hit it. You can’t see it in most cases. You’ll most likely find black ice on bridges, in areas where the road is shady or in areas where runoff is running onto the road. Sometimes you’ll get a warning if the sun hits it just right; however, to keep yourself safe, approach shady spots and bridges with caution.

Drive Slowly in the Fog

When it’s foggy, slow down. Not only is visibility poor, but if you’re going from a warm night to a cold morning – and that is what is causing the fog – the fog could freeze when it hits the ground. And this could turn deadly fast. Whether you are driving on the highway or you are driving on a back road, be very careful of fog, especially if it is cooler out.

Stop by Jack Link’s Auto

Be sure to stop by Jack Link’s Auto to test drive a new vehicle if you are in the market for something new. Give our service department a call if you need to have your vehicle checked or serviced.