Bake Some of These Unique Pie Recipes for Great American Pie Month

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Shake up your apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust! Photo by Dan Parsons

Did you know that February is recognized as Great American Pie Month? This surprised us too. But, this gives us a great excuse to bake and devour some delicious pies. In case you love trying to new things, especially when it comes to baking, try one or more of these unique pie recipes.

  • Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust. You probably know some people who like to put a slice of cheese on top of their apple pie. Well, this recipe just incorporates the cheese into the crust.
  • Schadenfreude Pie. Schadenfreude is a feeling of joy you get when others suffer. When you serve this to your guests, they may suffer from how good this pie is. This dark, rich pie is heavy and best eaten in small slices and pairs well with vanilla ice cream and a large glass of milk.
  • Pink Lemonade Pie. Nothing is happier than a bright pink piece of pie. Mix concentrated lemonade with cream cheese and other delicious ingredients to create this frozen pie delight.
  • Grasshopper Pie. Bring back this vintage classic pie and impress your guests with this minty, creamy dessert. It combines marshmallows and whipped cream with a hint of crème de menthe for a refreshing treat.

What is your favorite pie recipe? Will you be trying any of these unique pie recipes this month?

White Snow, Black Ice: How to Stay Safe on Black Ice

Black Ice - Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA

Black ice is one of the many dangers associated with winter driving. This time of year is especially bad when it comes to this hazardous mix of ice, water, and snow, making it important to know how to react in such a situation. We’ve put together a post on how to stay safe on black ice.

According to WikiHow, black ice is similar to regular ice, but earns its eerie name from the difficulty in seeing it. Generally, black ice forms as a glaze over surfaces after light rain, snow, or sleet. It often forms without trapping much, if any, air, making it almost completely transparent.

The best way to stay safe on black ice is to know where it most often occurs. It frequently appears at night or in the early morning when temperatures are low. It forms on shaded parts of the road, as well as lesser-travelled roads. Bridges, overpasses, and other areas that are exposed to cold air also bring about fast-freezing.

While it is transparent, black ice can be detectable if you look right. It appears as a frozen sheet, so look for areas that are especially shiny. Most roads are dull, matte black; however, if you see light reflecting off any surfaces, take extra precaution.

Finally, if you do hit black ice, remain calm. Keep your wheel straight, and DO NOT slam on the brakes. Generally, a safe rule of thumb is to do nothing when you hit a slippery surface. You can lightly press the brakes, especially if you have ABS, and steer in the direction you are sliding if you are in a dangerous situation, as this will slow you faster.

Sponsorship Spotlight: Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools

Steve Lewis Subaru Share the Love 2015

We’re already 1/3 of the way to our fundraising goal, with $10k raised for Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

Subaru’s Share the Love event is just another way the automaker is giving back to local communities. By the end of 2015, the eighth year for the event, over $65 million will head out to charities, both national and local. This year’s local charity is Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools.

Based in Hadley, Massachusetts, Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools’ mission is to bring administration, parents, students, and the rest of the community together to raid funds. Methods include a 5k, donations, and an end-of-the-year block party.

For 2015, the charity’s goals are to raise $20,000, increase the size of annual events, motivate the community to be active, and work together for a common goal. Overall, there are two main goals: be healthy and be active.

So how can you get involved? Well, it’s actually pretty simply.

If you aren’t looking to buy or lease a new Subaru before January 2, 2016, there are plenty of ways to help out your local schools! Register for a 5k walk/run or just donate. If there are other ways you’d like to make a difference in our community, use this contact form and ask away!

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we’d love to see you at the next annual 5k race!

Subaru Share the Love Campaign Returns for Eighth Year

Steve Lewis Subaru Share the Love

Buy a new Subaru and we’ll donate $250 to charity!

Subaru dealerships across the nation are gearing up for the eighth annual Subaru Share the Love campaign, which stretches from November 19th until January 2nd of next year. During this time, Subaru will be donating $250 for every vehicle sold or leased.

 

The charities the company will be donating the money to will vary depending on the dealership. There are several more well-known organizations involved – the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the ASPCA, just to name a few – but dealerships can also opt to partner with and include their local community charities and organizations as well. Even better, the customers themselves are the ones given the choice of who they want to donate their money to.

 

Over the past seven years, Subaru has already donated a cumulative $50 million altogether through the Subaru Share the Love campaign. They predict that the upcoming eighth campaign will add $15 million to that total, allowing them to give back to their communities more than ever before.

 

Check out our efforts at Steve Lewis Subaru to raise more than 29 thousand dollars for the Hadley PTA last year. This year we’ll be sponsoring Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

The Importance of Winter Driving Safety

Winter Tire

Don’t get caught out in the cold – be ready for winter with these driving tips!

Winter has a lot of advantages going for it. Food, family, presents – even snow and ice can be pretty once you get past the chilly weather. However, driving in that snow and ice is the hard part, and wondering how to stay safe during the winter months can be a source of concern. Here are a few winter driving safety pointers to minimize and avoid hazards as the cold months creep closer.

First of all, preparation is key. Regular maintenance goes a long way in preventing potential problems, but it’s important to get a checkup before the weather gets chilly. Cold air affects the traction of your tires and their air pressure, reduces battery capacity, makes oil thicker, and overall has several adverse effects on the mechanical parts of your car.

Because of these things, you should always have your tires changed out for seasonal tires and always make sure the air pressure is good. Change the battery if it’s old, and have the oil changed. Keep your car stocked with things such as blankets and changes of clothes, in addition to standard car emergency kit supplies such as jumper cables and flashlights.

Visibility is important, too. Make sure your heating system works, because your defroster will be crucial. Keep an ice scraper around, too.

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to good winter driving safety. Taking care of your vehicle, making adequate preparations, and being stocked well in case of emergency are all key to ensuring you minimize possible accidents and hazards this winter.