Safe Driving on Halloween

Halloween Driving

Halloween is beloved by children greatly because of trick-or-treating. However, this also means that there are lots of children roaming the streets come Halloween night. As such, it’s important to practice safe driving on Halloween to keep you and trick-or-treaters safe.

Turn On Your Headlights

Even if it is still light outside, be sure to turn on your headlights. This will make it easier for you to see children and for them to see you.

Put Away Any Distractions

A distracted driver is a dangerous driver, so make sure you put your phone away. You might even consider turning off the radio so you can pay even more attention to your surroundings. This will also help you hear what’s going on around your vehicle.

Drive Slowly

You should always follow the speed limit. However, on Halloween night, you should drive even slower. Driving slowly will help you stop faster if any excited kids dart out into traffic.

Yield To Pedestrians

If you are at a street corner or crosswalk, wait for pedestrians to cross the street. Then, carefully scan the road before continuing to drive.

We at H&H Chevrolet hope you and your children have a fun and spooky Halloween. Stop by our service department for repairs and routine maintenance before driving on Halloween.

Outdoor Winter Fun in Pennsylvania

Winter Fun

Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to live in warmer months, but sometimes the winters are pretty intense with snow and ice. However, you shouldn’t let that hold you back. The Keystone State has many outdoor activities to entice you out from the warm fireplace for some chilly fun.

 

Visit a Ski Resort

Pennsylvania has many ski destinations Pennsylvania has to offer, like the four-star Bear Creek Mountain Resort. It features 23 ski trails during the winter months and boasts a full hotel, spa, and all the amenities for a one-stop shop for winter relaxation and fun. It’s located just a short drive from Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, so the resort is also a great place to meet family and friends from all over.

 

The Pocono Mountains

A visit to the Pocono Mountains is perfect for someone seeking a high-class outing or just someone who enjoys the winter countryside for more than skiing.  For some guided fun, destinations like the Skytop Lodge offer novel outdoor activities like dog sledding and tobogganing on 5,500 glistening acres of snow.

 

Ice Fishing

For the truly adventurous outdoors person, a winter drive to the Great Lakes is always an option in Pennsylvania. Pymatuning State Park is a popular ice fishing destination thanks to the added convenience of nearby camping facilities. Don’t forget to register for a Pennsylvania fishing license before you head out.

 

Don’t let winter lock you inside your home. If you need a vehicle to conquer the snow with, contact us at H&H Chevrolet.

How to Upgrade Your Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

 

Hot chocolate is the drink of the season for a reason: when we come inside from the cold after building a snowman or making snow angels, hot chocolate warms us up, no matter what age we are. Make your winter adventures even more exciting with these fun hot cocoa upgrades.

Spice it up

One way to upgrade your hot chocolate is to add spices. You’ve had the pumpkin spice latte—why not try throwing some pumpkin pie spice in with your cocoa? Add cinnamon for more subtle flavoring, or even try cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

Stir in herbs

Mint is the perfect herb to add to hot chocolate—just crush up a handful of fresh mint or even add peppermint extract to get that cool flavor alongside the rich cocoa. You can also try adding other dessert-friendly herbs, like basil.

Make it creamier

When it comes to hot cocoa, the creamier the better. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or whatever your favorite nut butter is to make your hot chocolate super thick and creamy, without detracting from the flavor. You can even try adding some cookie butter to make it sweeter!

The classics

Of course, nothing beats the classic additions, like a bit of vanilla extract for that silky taste and an espresso shot or two to keep you from falling asleep by the fire as you watch the snow fall outside. (Don’t give this one to the kids, though!)

If you need a car to help you get through winter weather in one piece, contact us at H&H Chevrolet.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Crafts For Kids

Combine your kids’ love of Christmas and crafting with these fun Christmas crafts for kids. They will keep your kids busy and add some wonderful holiday cheer to your home. They can even turn some of them into gifts.

 

Edible Snow Globe

There is nothing quite like the magic of a snow globe. This one makes it even better because you can eat it. You will need white chocolate peanut butter cups, 16-ounce canning jars, and some other fun, edible decorations to create this masterpiece.

 

Homemade Wrapping Paper

You know that stack of old brown bags you got from the grocery store? Your kids can turn those into beautiful wrapping paper. Carefully unfold the bags until they lie flat, carve some holiday-shaped potato stamps, and stamp away.

 

Candy Cane Mouse

This cute this critter uses a candy cane for a tail and is the perfect addition to any Christmas tree. All you need is some gray felt, fabric glue, and a few other crafty details for this cute creation.

 

Gingerbread Ornaments

These ornaments are made using gingerbread, but not the kind you want to eat. They have a rich, sweet smell that adds to their charm. You can either bake them slowly in an oven or lay them in a sunny spot to dry.

 

Here at H&H Chevrolet, we love spending the holidays with our families. We hope these craft ideas bring you some festive cheer.

 

History of Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots

 

During the holiday season, many families look for ways that they can give back to their communities and help those in need. One program that has helped needy children for many years is Toys for Tots. The history of Toys for Tots dates back to 1947.

 

Beginnings

In 1947, Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks started a program that supported children in need after his wife wanted him to donate her handmade dolls somewhere and he couldn’t find a suitable organization. In that year alone, Major Hendricks and his reserve unit in L.A. distributed over 5,000 toys.

 

National Campaign

After that success, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve Sites to start their own Toys for Tots programs. In 1948, it became a national campaign.

 

Growth

As his civilian job, Bill Hendricks was Director of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Studios. Through his connections with friends and celebrities, he was able to help Toys for Tots grow even more. Walt Disney even designed the first Toys for Tots poster, which was officially adopted as the logo.

 

Make A Difference

Each year, on average, the Toys for Tots program gives out 18 million toys to 7 million children in need. If you want to support Toys for Tots, you can make a monetary donation online or drop off new toys at a drop-off location.

 

Here at H&H Chevrolet, we’re so happy that people are doing all they can to make Christmas bright for everyone in Shippensburg.

How to Transport Food in Your Car

Family Dinner

Now that the holiday season is officially here, you probably have a lot of parties and family gatherings in your future. This usually means there will be food involved and you have to get that food from your house to the host. Here are a few tips on how to transport food in your car without spilling it.

Hot Dishes

For hot dishes, like casseroles, you will need a large cardboard box or laundry basket and a handful of towels. Fold up a towel and place it at the bottom of the box. Then, place the casserole dish on top of it. Roll up the remaining towels and place them snuggly around the dish. To keep the box from sliding around, put a rubberized mat underneath.

Pies

One of the easiest ways to transport a single pie is by placing an empty pie plate over top of the pie then sealing the edges together with aluminum foil. If you have more than one pie, place them next to each other on a baking sheet and wrap foil around both the pies and the baking sheet. Place the pies on a grippy surface in your trunk.

Bite-Size Items

If you are bringing along small hors d’oeuvres or cookies and don’t want them to get squished together on a plate, place a kitchen towel on a baking sheet and then lay out your items on the towel. Wrap the entire baking sheet in plastic wrap.

If your vehicle needs some help to prepare for a long road trip, contact the service department at H&H Chevrolet for help.

Best Backyard Barbecue Recipes

Backyard barbecue

 

Summer is officially in session and you know what that means – cookouts! When you’re not taking a road trip in your Chevy, head out to the backyard and whip up these delicious dishes.

Curried Pork & Orange Kabobs

If you want to do something a little different, these kabob sticks are unique and fun to eat. They check off the “meat” box with the pork, and add some yellow, red, and orange peppers into the mix for extra flavor.

Can-Can Chicken

This chicken is delicious and easy to grille. You pre-make the seasoning (which includes paprika, garlic powder, and ground mustard) and spread it over boiler chicken, then throw it on the grill until it’s done.

Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter

This dish is perfect for the vegetarians at the barbecue – and it’s delicious for anyone! The butter is created with lime juice and fresh cilantro, then spread liberally over grilled corn-on-the-cob.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Meat and veggies all in one dish! Grilled asparagus is delicious on its own – but add a bacon wrap around it and it’s irresistible. This works by wrapping the bacon around the asparagus prior to grilling it, that way the bacon stays wrapped while it cooks.

Barbecued Beef Brisket

Brisket is a popular Southern dish, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be made in the north! This recipe yields about 2 pounds of beef brisket, and is slathered in brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, and horseradish for ultimate flavor.

If you need help finding the perfect ride for transporting these dishes to your next summer party, come see us at H&H Chevrolet.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

 

DIY St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’re throwing a party or just looking to add a little festive joy to your home or office during the end of the winter season, these DIY St. Patrick’s Day decorations make for a fun activity. And don’t worry—if you make too many you can stop in at H&H Chevy and we’ll turn the place into a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Cupcake Toppers

It’s never a bad time for cupcakes. When you add St. Patrick’s Day toppers, you have a festive treat that coworkers or friends will love. Simply create a festive print or drawing with paint and colored paper, attach to a popsicle stick, and insert.

Lucky Banner

Replace the winter wreath above your fireplace with a homemade banner. Craft paper, glitter, string, and green paint allow you to create your own triangle banner. Each triangle displays one letter to spell “Lucky” or another festive word of your choice.

Potted Clovers

If you’re throwing a party, this easy craft is the perfect centerpiece for a table. Cut out four-leaf clovers from green card stock of different shades and then glue them to skewers. Stick the clover-topped skewers into a pot or a vase and you have your very own clover garden right there on your table.

Show You Care with Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

This Valentine’s Day, show everyone how much you care by making DIY, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards that will warm your loved ones’ hearts. In particular, spend some extra time crafting the perfect card for that one special someone—they will surely be touched by your thoughtfulness. Here are some ideas for handmade, DIY Valentine’s Day cards from us at H&H Chevy.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Be Creative with Materials

Everyone knows that hearts are the go-to decoration for Valentine’s Days, so try to be a little more creative with what you use to make your cards. Use Scrabble tiles, Bingo boards, lace, or some of your favorite pictures. By all means, include some hearts and Cupid arrows as well. In addition, I’m sure no one would mind if you incorporated chocolate or something equally scrumptious in your DIY card.

Be Thoughtful with Design

If you’re spending the time to make DIY Valentine’s Day Cards, keep in mind the card recipient’s favorite things. If they like glam, use glitter and jewels. If they’re the outdoorsy type, draw lovebirds or use some beautiful pressed flowers. If they enjoy literature and poetry, use those scrabble tiles or find some poems that express how you feel—or write your own!

 

Happy New Year

How to Keep Your 2018 New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year

We’re nearly ready to ring in the New Year which means it’s time to decide what your goal is for 2018. Here are a few tips from us here at H&H Chevrolet to help you keep your 2018 New Year resolutions.

Be Realistic

The first step in achieving your 2018 New Year resolution is to be realistic when deciding what you want to strive for. For example, deciding to visit all seven continents with limited funds and time isn’t a realistic goal and is one most people will fail. Choosing something realistic, like kicking a bad habit, increases your odds of success.

Change Slowly

In order to achieve you’re goal, you’ll want to start small. If you want to stop smoking, start by cutting down on your number of daily cigarettes, then stop smoking for one day out of the week, and increase it from there. Changing slowly is the best way to ensure that you’ll achieve your goal by the year’s end.

Don’t Fret Failure

Failure is a part of life, and it’s only natural to mess up a few times. Messing up on your diet or failing to keep to your routine doesn’t mean you should stop entirely. Pick up where you left off and keep striving to tackle your resolution!