Families and foodies everywhere look forward to Thanksgiving all year long. However, while we all have our favorite dishes, it’s always fun to try something new, too. Here are a few must-have Thanksgiving side dishes that you can try adding to your family’s menu.
Butternut Squash Mash
This traditional dish can take you all the way back to the Pilgrims. It is creamy, buttery, and delicious, which is how it has survived for hundreds of years. You can even add a splash of maple syrup to give it a slightly sweeter taste.
Baked Cranberry Sauce
Skip the canned cranberries this year and make your own. It is so easy and delicious that you will never want to eat it from a can again. All you need is fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. Combine everything in a casserole dish and bake.
New Green Bean Casserole
Give this Thanksgiving favorite an update with fresh ingredients and homemade mushroom sauce. Add a bit of blue cheese for an extra boost of flavor.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This dish comes together easily and will have everyone coming back for more. When topped with the sweet pecan crumble, it tastes almost like a dessert, so be sure to make plenty for the whole family.
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It’s not fall unless you’ve headed to a local farm to wander in a maze and pick out a pumpkin. Thankfully, corn mazes near St. Cloud aren’t hard to come by, and neither are local orchards, farms, or other family-friendly fall attractions.
A full 2 miles of trails and 13 acres of corn maze await you at this farm, as well as a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, a petting zoo, paintball, trivia, and even human foosball. Watch out for A&G’s special zombie paintball events!
There’s so much to do here besides just a maze. Greet farm animals in the barn, slide down the giant slide, jump on inflatables in the bounce barn, and try to find the second floor of the 20,000-square-foot maze.
If what you’re looking for is a relaxing time with your family picking out some pumpkins, head to this local pumpkin patch. Take pictures at the photo op site with your family, feed chickens, or head to the market to buy local honey and seasonal vegetables.
Looking for something a little spookier with October on the way? Head to Molitar’s Quarry Grill & Bar, where a haunted wagon ride, a haunted trail, and zombie paintball provide all the Halloween thrills you could ask for.
Finally, if you find you need a new vehicle before winter hits, come and visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. We would be more than happy to find you a vehicle to transport you to the pumpkin patch.
Are you in charge of dessert this year for Thanksgiving? These Thanksgiving pie recipes are sure to get the other guests’ attention and let you show off your baking skills.
Combine two classic Thanksgiving favorites in one! Cranberries provide a tart contrast to sweet, gooey cherry filling in this made-from-scratch crust.
Add a little bit of chocolate flavoring to your life with this delicious, creamy pie, which combines crumbled chocolate wafers with chocolate chips, coffee, and heavy cream.
Bring the toasty, marshmallow-y goodness of s’mores to the dinner table at Thanksgiving with this chocolate-and-graham-cracker-filled treat.
Put a unique spin on the classic pecan pie by drizzling chocolate and maple syrup on top. It adds a bit of flavor you won’t expect.
Add a bit of citrus freshness to your Thanksgiving meal with this tart, which incorporates lemon and buttermilk for a creamy, refreshing dessert.
This one sounds a bit bizarre, but the taste of light cheddar cheese mixed with apple pie filling blends together with honey and brown sugar for an unusual, but delightful, dessert.
When you bring one of these Thanksgiving pie recipes to dinner this year, you’ll be the star of the show. Get these pies to their destination safely with one of the vehicles from Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.
- Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
- Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
- Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
- Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
- Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.
After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.
If you plan on traveling for the holidays, there’s a lot left to do before hitting the road or boarding the plane. Packing and checking your list twice are just a few ways to ease your mind this holiday season. Here are some useful holiday travel tips from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. Enjoy the holidays!
Eating is obviously a major part of the holidays for many Americans, but don’t forego meals while traveling. Tempers are often running high and an empty stomach certainly won’t help. Make sure to grab a bite to eat, even if it’s something small, to ensure that an empty stomach doesn’t hold you up.
Earplugs are you best friend when it comes to screaming children and crowded planes. Blocking out noise is one way to reduce your stress level, and earplugs are one of the cheapest and most effective ways of doing just that. Don’t forget to pack a pair this holiday season! It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a sleep mask for the plane, either.
Everyone is stressed out during the holidays. Simply taking a breather is a great way to keep yourself from crossing any lines during your travels. No matter what happens, try to relax and just breathe.
You have a few more weeks until Halloween, which is enough time to put the final touches on everyone’s Halloween costumes. If you and your family really want to go all out this year, consider a family Halloween costume. Here are some great ideas that are sure to win the next costume contest.
- Space Family. With this theme, you could combine astronauts and aliens. Anything silver is a good choice.
- One parent can dress as a zookeeper while everyone else can choose their favorite animal costume.
- Despicable Me. Have Dad dress as Gru, Mom can be Lucy Wilde, and the kids can all be cute yellow Minions.
- Football team. Parents can dress as referees, while the little ones can pack on the pads and helmets. If you have a newborn, dress the baby as the football.
- For a touch of scary for your family costume, try some creepy costumes from this classic movie.
- Lord of the Rings. Create your own fellowship with your favorite characters from this iconic book and movie series.
- Toy Story. Let your kids choose their favorite characters from the Toy Story movies and Mom and Dad can fill in the gaps.
Are you planning a family Halloween costume this year? Be sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for our trunk or treat event leading up to Halloween!
New Year’s is a great time to celebrate the ending of the year and the beginning of the next. In St. Cloud, there are many events that you can go to help start the year off right, from events that are great for the family or for just you and your significant other. See what we recommend to do this New Year’s Eve in St. Cloud from Don Robinson Mitsubishi
New Year’s Eve Bowling Bash
If you are looking for a great place to take the kids and still have a good time, Great River Bowl is the place to be. The best part about this party is that there are two! The first one is for the early birds and goes from 6 to 8:30. This is great for families with young children. The second party starts at 9:30 and goes till 1am. There’s also a chance to win some cool prizes.
Fireworks by Lake George
Lake George is perhaps one of the best places to see fireworks and for the 2nd year in a round, they will be letting them off for New Year’s! Our towns’ Mayor Kleis will be leading the countdown and this free event will host hot cider, coffee and bagel bites to everyone!
Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve
If you are looking for some entertainment to end the year, the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will be presenting the Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve. Tickets for this event are $25 and there are two showing, once at 7pm and again at 10pm.
There is plenty more to see and do this New Year’s in our great city. To see what else is going on St. Cloud this New Year’s, click here to find out more!
Let’s face it—Halloween is all about the kids. Kids are the ones who get dressed up, get cute pumpkin-shaped baskets, go door-to-door yelling “Trick or Treat!” and get to fill up on candy. But some parents rightly have a few reservations about letting their little ones take candy from strangers – which is when trunk-or-treating becomes a viable option.
Trunk-or-treating, put simply, is an event in which some people from a community parks their cars in a parking lot somewhere and has the costumed kids go trunk-to-trunk for candy instead of door-to-door. Typically, these are small events held in church parking lots, but the practice is starting to catch on in other venues as well!
The benefits of trunk-or-treating include keeping your children confined to a community of people that know one another and are trustworthy. Also, the whole process of trick-or-treating becomes a lot easier and more streamlined. There’s no walking around with your kids, and no getting to the edge of the neighborhood and realizing you have to turn around and walk all the way back. Additionally, decorating your car for the event can be a fun family experience for both you and the children.
Trunk-or-treating might not be for everybody. Trick-or-treating certainly provides more options and gives kids a more traditional experience, and that’s just fine for some people. But sometimes it’s also just nice to know there are other options for parents who worry about their little ones on Halloween. Tell us what you think of this new emerging Halloween tradition here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.