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Best Football Snacks When Watching the Game

Group of friends eating the best football snacks

Are you planning on having some friends over for the game? Make sure you’re serving the best football snacks in the neighborhood with these recipes.

Loaded Nachos: Who doesn’t love a plate of nachos loaded with all the works?

Buffalo Wings: Wings are a time-honored tradition of sporting events, and Buffalo flavor is a classic.

Beer Cheese Veggie Tray: Sneak in some “healthy” options by dipping them in this delicious beer cheese.

French Onion Dip: People love dipping options when watching the game, so here’s another yummy recipe.

Potato Skins: Potatoes, cheese, bacon, and sour cream—it doesn’t get better than this.

Homemade Onion Rings: Simple but delicious, onion rings are a sports bar staple and you can make them at home.

Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? Toss some cheese and bread variants into the mix.

Deviled Eggs: No gathering is complete without deviled eggs.

Hummus and Pita Bread: Made with roasted bell peppers, this dish adds some Mediterranean flair to your event.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are made with rye flour and rye whiskey for a flavorful punch.

The best football snacks are made at home, so check out these awesome recipes for more information – hand-picked by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Try some of them for your next watching party!

DIY Christmas Gifts

giftsBuying a Christmas gift will do for most of your loved ones but some family members might prefer a more personal gift. Arts and crafts may not be your forte but there’s still plenty you can do for the holiday season. Here are some interesting DIY Christmas gifts recommended by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Have a very merry Christmas, everyone!

  • Knit Blanket – If you have a knack for knitting, use your talent to create an oversized blanket. The technique is rather simple to learn so even those with limited or no knowledge of the craft can create a wonderful Christmas gift that will keep your loved ones warm and cozy for years to come. Such a large project actually takes very little time, just a few hours, compared to many other DIY gifts.
  • Festive Pillow – Arguably the simplest gift to make on the list, a festive pillow is perfect for adorning your loved one’s home. Take a plain red, green, or white pillow and simply wrap it like a present, bow and all. Forego the wrapping paper and add a festive sprig or ornament to really set the holiday tone.
  • Bookmarks – If there’s one thing bookworms love more than books, its bookmarks. Create your own by cutting ribbon into nine-inch lengths, add ribbon clamps to both ends with jewelry pliers, and finish by adding charms, trinkets, or other items with jump earing clamps.

Check Out These Thanksgiving Travel Tips While It’s Still Early

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Be Safe this Holiday Season!

Do you have a long family trip ahead of you this holiday season? You are going to want to make sure that – before you dig into that turkey – your family’s trip to grandma’s is as efficient, safe, and short as possible.

Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips to help you prepare:

  • Be sure that every member of the family has everything they need by creating a separate packing list just for them.
  • Research your route ahead of time before hitting the road. If you rely entire on a GPS system to get you there, you may find yourself delayed or lost if there is traffic, construction, etc.
  • Pack non-perishable, healthy snacks for the road so that you will be less tempted to stop for fast food, which can make you sluggish behind the wheel.
  • If you’re taking to the skies, be sure to pack refillable water bottles that you can get through security and then fill up with fresh water before boarding.
  • Lastly, plan any air travel as far in advance as you can, ensuring that you have plenty of options and can make the right financial decision.

For more family driving tips or to check out our many available, spacious vehicles, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

The History of Labor Day Weekend

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Happy Labor Day from Blackburn Nissan!

What do you associate with Labor Day? No school? Three-day weekend? Barbecues? The end of summer? Pool closings? Technically, all of those are correct, but there’s more to Labor Day weekend than just being able to sleep in.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was created to recognize the efforts and contributions of American workers during the Industrial Revolution, a time when working conditions had few regulations and American workers were often overworked and underpaid from a young age and in unsafe conditions.

The history of Labor Day began when it was celebrated on September 5th in 1882, when 10,000 workers in New York City marched from City Hall to Union Square in the first-ever Labor Day Parade. The idea of the holiday caught on afterward and spread across the country like wildfire. The holiday known as Labor Day was nationally recognized by Congress 12 years later following a major wage strike in Chicago.

Credit for the idea behind Labor Day is given two men–Peter J. McGuire, who co-founded the American Federation of Labor, and a secretary of the Central Labor Union named Matthew McGuire. Either way, the brave workers who fought for their rights during the late 1800s and early 1900s are yours to thank for your relaxing Labor Day weekend.

3 Jackson Museums and Zoos That Celebrate Nature

Summer is the best time of the year to explore the nature that surrounds us. Some of the country’s most beautiful natural surroundings can be found here in Jackson, Mississippi. Discover our natural world in Jackson by visiting the city’s various museums and zoos. Before the summer ends and schools starts up again, be sure to visit these three Jackson museums and zoos that celebrate nature!

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Check out the Jackson Zoo this Summer!

The Jackson Zoo

Jackson is home to a diverse collection of animal life, but to find animals that are a little more exotic, you should take a trip to the Jackson Zoo. This zoo is home to amazing animals from around the world, such as the rare and majestic orangutan!

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

To discover the creatures of the past, the perfect place to go is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The museum is also home to an exhibit showcasing local wildlife and several outdoor nature trails.

The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

The people of Mississippi have always relied upon their natural surroundings as a means of jobs and resources. The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum explores the long-rooted connection that the environment and the people of Mississippi have continually shared.

4 Great 4th of July Party Ideas

Are you hosting a party for Independence Day this year? Spice things up with these great 4th of July party ideas that are sure to make this holiday a memorable one.

Independence Day

# 1 – Something Different: A Hot Dog Bar

Instead of spending $200 on steaks and burgers, why not do something different, like a hot dog bar? Set out all of the fixin’s and let your guests make their own. Make sure you’ve got your staples like chili, cheese, relish, mustard and ketchup out. But get creative too! For instance, offer blue cheese crumbles, Sriracha, and pico de gallo,

# 2 – Show Your Spirit: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

Use your preferred Jell-o recipe to create layers of non-alcoholic blue and red-layered Jell-o “shots” by using blue raspberry jell-o and cherry or strawberry Jell-o in small cups. To create the white layer, use cool whip.

# 3 – A Sweet and Salty Treat: Patriotic Popcorn

This awesome snack is sure to be a hit with all of your partygoers. It’s essentially popcorn and pretzel sticks, covered in melted vanilla almond bark and then subsequently mixed with red, white and blue M&Ms. Sound amazing? Find the recipe here.

# 4 – Don’t Forget the Games!

Cornhole is a must at a 4th of July gathering. Make it holiday-appropriate with red, white and blue bean cornhole boards. Painting them doesn’t take much time and you can always re-paint them for the next holiday!

First Nissan Intelligent Parking Chairs, Then Nissan Self-Parking Cars

Nissan is on the forefront of the upcoming self-driving movement, and one of the first autonomous features that commercial drivers will experience is going to be self-parking. So how is Nissan showing off its self-parking tech? With “intelligent parking chairs.”

In what is essentially an amusing–though still impressive–publicity stunt, Nissan has created self-parking chairs that will find their way back to the desk without their owners. You can check out a video of the Nissan intelligent parking chairs below.

These clever chairs know exactly where to “park” based on motion-sensitive cameras that are placed on the ceiling throughout the office. All a user has to do is clap their hands, and the chair will go right back to its original position.

Though the intelligent parking chairs may not be for sale anytime soon, self-parking Nissan cars absolutely will be. To stay on top of the trends or to explore our huge selection of current, high-tech Nissan models, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

How to Clean Your Car’s Interior

cleaning suppliesEspecially in winter time, the interior of your car can get pretty dirty. You’re tracking in mud, snow, leaves, and all kinds of things that don’t belong, so you’ll want to give your car a thorough cleaning sometime this season to keep it from getting irredeemably gross before spring hits. Here are some easy tips on how to clean your car’s interior!

First, get some supplies together. Make sure you have a vacuum with hose attachments and an extension cord that can reach from your car to an outlet. Get paper towels, window cleaner, a hose, and vinyl cleaner if you have vinyl seats.

Clear out any trash in the car before you start the actual cleaning. Next, take out the floor mats. Hook up your vacuum and sweep everywhere—the floor by your feet, under the seats, the seats themselves. Next, shake out or vacuum the floor mats and hose them down if they’re plastic and especially dirty.

If you have vinyl seat covers, spray them with a vinyl cleaner and wipe them down. Now, use window cleaner to clean the dashboard and windows. Then, you’re done!

Do You Know These Lesser-Known Car Facts?

Cars have become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In a matter of years, this invention revolutionized the way we travel, connecting people from across the globe. We’ve put together a list of lesser-known car facts as a tribute to these mind-boggling machines.

highwayAccording to Autonet, the number of cars on the planted reached one billion in 2010. That means that one in every six people owns a set of wheels. In the US, more than 250 million cars are registered, which means that roughly 70% of citizens have their own car.

New car smell is derived from an array of chemical compounds found in the interior of your car. Emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), synthetic materials create what many people have come to associate with freshness. Believe it or not, it has even been bottled as a fragrance.

How many parts are in your car? Try 30,000, including nuts and bolts. The transmission alone often has up to 1,000 individual parts.

It would take you roughly six months to reach the moon if you travelled at highway speeds the entire time. Think twice next time you complain about your morning commute.

The AutoTram Extra Grand is a German vehicle developed to carry 256 passengers. Consisting of four bus-length compartments wrangled together, this model is nearly 200 feet long.

Finally, the longest traffic jam lasted for 12 days in Beijing in 2010. Located on the road National Expressway 110, the string of cars was over 62 miles long.

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency in Cold Weather

frozen windshieldWe use more fuel in the colder months, but we don’t have to, or at least not as much. If you follow these tips, it’ll be a snap for you to improve fuel efficiency in cold weather.

There are a lot of reasons we use more fuel when it’s cold. It takes longer for cars to warm to their optimum temperature for fuel, for one. Plus, when we use heaters, seat warmers, and the defrost, it takes more energy, which uses up more fuel. Cold air also increases wind resistance, decreases tire pressure, and hurts your battery’s performance.

But there are plenty of easy things you can do to reverse some of these problems. Don’t warm up your car before you go somewhere—idling is the biggest waste of gas there is. If you have a garage, park inside it, so your car spends less time getting up to temperature. And check your tire pressure regularly! If they’re low, fill ‘em up.