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Enjoy National Peanut Month with These Delicious Peanut Recipes

March is an exciting month full of celebrations and fun. But, in the midst of your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter festivities, don’t forget to celebrate National Peanut Month with some delicious peanut recipes.

  • Peanut Powered Breakfast Cookies. Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast? Whip up these energizing cookies packed with peanut butter, oat bran, rolled oats, dried cherries, yogurt, and applesauce. It’s hard to not have your mouth water at the thought.
  • Sautéed Pears with Vanilla Yogurt and Honey Peanuts. This delicious treat can be offered as a lighter dessert and still give you all the sweetness you’re craving. After cookie meals are always the best.
  • Dixie Peanut Brittle. With this easy recipe you only need your microwave. Heat everything up in the microwave and let it cool on a cookie sheet and crack it apart when it’s cool. So you can break of a piece of that brilliant brittle.
  • Peanut Pie. If you love peanuts, then you need to bake this peanut-filled pie. Trust us, you do.
  • Crunchy Chutney Pork. Peanuts aren’t just for breakfast or dessert. This delicious pork recipe incorporates peanuts for a delicious crunch. This may not be for the faint of heart.

Do you have a favorite peanut recipe? What are you planning on making to celebrate National Peanut Month?

Tell us in the comments below!

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Sees More Standard Features

2015 was great for Mazda and the automaker is looking to keep that trend moving upward in the New Year! That’s why the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is getting a mid-model-year update shortly after its mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. Dubbed “2016.5,” the model brings more standard equipment to the road.

2016 Mazda CX-5

All CX-5 crossover models are getting a backup camera free-of-charge provided they’re equipped with an automatic transmission. That means every model except the base Sport, with a standard six-speed manual, will come with the $400 backup camera without adding to the cost of the vehicle. Mazda know’s how to keep deals with the customer in mind.

The Rear View Camera package includes a seven-inch touchscreen audio system, which is a standard feature as well. Upper-level trims already have the backup camera as a standard feature, but Mazda isn’t forgetting them in all of this love!

The upper-level CX-5 trims will receive navigation as a standard feature. The Touring model now includes heated front seats as a standard feature. Previously, the upper-level models included at $1,625 Technology package. Now, with navigation as a standard feature, that price has dropped $400 to $1,275.

Make sure to stop on by if you have any question. Now let’s be honest, that’s a steal if you ask anyone here at Parks Mazda!

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Choosing a New Year’s Resolution

If you didn’t do so well with 2015’s New Year’s resolution, you have another chance to take a stab at it in 2016! Whether your goal was unachievable or you simply couldn’t stick to it, it may be a good idea to start small this year. If you aren’t sure where to begin, take these ideas from us here at Parks Mazda! Happy New Year!

Resolution

  • Learn a Language. Studying a new language isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it doesn’t need to be incredibly difficult either. Sitting down and focusing on your studies for half an hour a day will result in major progress by the end of the year. You can study many languages for free online as well! So what’s stopping you?
  • Get in Shape. Before you set up that gym membership, think about whether or not you’ll be able to use it often. If not, it may not be worth the money. You can get plenty of exercise on your own. Walking every other day or going for a run is a great start to a healthy lifestyle!
  • Pick Up a Book. With the bustle of everyday life, odds are you haven’t picked up a good book recently. Change that in 2016. Dedicate yourself to reading a book a month and, once you get into the groove, increase the volume! New adventures await you in this year of opportunity!

Just make sure you stick to your regiment- that can be the most difficult part. Dedication and belief in what you’re doing are just as much your goal as the resolution itself. Once you’ve conquered one on your list- you’ll find you’ve accomplished so much more.

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Spare Tires Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

If you’re out car shopping, you should expect to see fewer and fewer new cars coming with spare tires. Nearly all automakers are in the process of ditching heavy spare tires and jacks for small air compressors and sealant kits.

Some luxury automakers offer run-flat tires, which can be driven on at low speeds for a limited distance – designed to get you safely to a dealership after a normal puncture. Most automakers offer a less-expensive alternative, stashing an air compressor and sealant kit in your trunk in place of the spare tire. For most normal tire punctures, the sealant kit is enough to allow drivers to get to a shop or dealership to replace the tire.

Spare TiresSo why ditch the spare tire? According to Consumer Reports, automakers have been under immense pressure to create lightweight cars that are more efficient. By removing the spare tire, cars can lose 40 to 50 pounds – weight that adds up in gas prices over time.

Losing the spare makes sense in a society where the art of tire-changing is a diminishing skill. With higher-quality tires, improved technology, and roadside assistance programs, roadside tire changes are few and far between.

If you prefer to keep a spare in your car, aftermarket companies and some dealerships offer spare tires, a lug wrench, and jack for anywhere from $150 to $300.

Make sure before you purchase your next car you know what the spare tire situation looks like. You should be prepared to handle your flat tire before it happens.

Stop by Parks Mazda to check out the MX-5 Miata, which offers a light-weight and space-saving sealant and air compressor in place of a heavy, space-eating spare tire.

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The Must-Have Glove Box Emergency Kit

When it comes to being prepared for the worst, you can never really overdo it. However, in the name of practicality, we’ve put together a list of must-have items you should always keep in your car. Even better? These items will all fit in your glove box. Tucked out of sight, but within arm’s reach in case of an emergency. We call it the glove box emergency kit – don’t leave home without it.

First thing’s first. Clean out that glove box – get rid of anything you don’t actually need, including all that extra paperwork you’ve been stashing since the day you bought the car. File any important documents where they belong; safely in your home.

License and registration: Make sure these are current and protected in your glove box. You’ll need them in the even you are pulled over or in an accident.

Owner’s manual: This book tends to be thick, but it’s well worth keeping in the car. You’ll find everything from how to put your spare tire on, to part numbers and information on servicing your car.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) card: Fill this out with critical medical information about you and your crew. List emergency contacts, physicians, allergies, medications, etc.

Tire pressure gauge: Check your tires’ pressure regularly, and check your owner’s manual or the inside of your door for recommended tire pressure levels.
Flashlight: Get a small flashlight that doesn’t take up much space. If you’re ever stranded in the dark, you’ll be glad you have it. Besides helping you see what’s what, you can also get the attention of other drivers using the flashlight.
Fuses: You can pick up a package of these for only a few dollars at any hardware store. In the event your lights go out lose power, you can change the fuse in just a few minutes.
Wheel-lock key: If your car has wheel locks, make sure you have your key. It’s a great feature to make sure no one takes off with your wheels, but good luck changing your tire without it.
First-Aid kit: While you might consider a larger first-aid kit for your trunk, there are also smaller options that can fit in your glove box, and just arm’s length away. Pack some cotton balls or tissues, bandages, and pain reliever.
Car Phone Charger: Find a charger that works in your car – whether it’s powered by the cigarette lighter, or a USB in newer cars, keep one stashed away. This might help you to avoid attempting to flag down a ride or walking miles to get help.
Paper map: We know, no one uses those things anymore- but in the event you’re without cell service and lost, you’ll thank us.

 

Still have room to spare? Check out Allstate’s recommendations for a glove box survival kit.

If you don’t have the time or energy to scrounge up your own kit, check out websites like lifelinefirstaid.com for affordable pre-made kits.

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Spring Car Maintenance Tips That Your Car Will Thank You For

With spring finally making it way in, it’s time to thank our cars for their hard work through what was an exceptionally cold winter. This week we’ll go over some spring maintenance tips to help make sure your car continues to run well for you. First we will go over some tips that you can do yourself, and then some that will take a skilled technician to ensure there are no issues.

  1. Tire Pressure: Cold weather can reduce the amount of air you have in your tires so it’s important to check your air pressure and refill the tires based on your cars recommended level.
  2. Fluid Levels: Chances are that many of your fluid levels became depleted after the long winter so it’s important to check the levels of your transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid to ensure they are sit at the recommended levels.
  3. Windshield Wipers: The best time to replace your wipers is early spring and then again early fall, so that they are fresh for the weather change.
  4. Belts and hoses:  Check the belts and hoses for any cracks or breaks that may have been caused from the cold weather and have them replaced as necessary.
  5. Battery and Wires:  With the cold weather these parts have to work harder in order to give that spark to your engine to run, so it’s important to test the battery for its charge level and the wires for any breaks.  
  6. Brakes:  This item would be best examined by a skilled technician to check your brake pads, hoses and brake lines.
  7. Suspension and Alignment: With all the potholes created from the winter, it’s a good idea to have your suspension and alignment checked for wear and leaks that could lead to bigger problems.
    Keep your fluid levels at recommended levels
    Keep your fluid levels at recommended levels

     

Hope you found these tips to be helpful in keeping your car up and running, so that it can continue to get you where you’re going. Here at Parks Mazda, we can provide you the service to ensure your car stays with you!

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