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Archives for November 2011

No Seriously, Get Ready for Winter

winter weather in minnesota weather line, road conditions, mobile appIf you enjoyed our “tongue-in-cheek” “to do” list of items to prepare yourself for winter, we’re glad. However, you really do need to prepare for the long, cold months ahead. The following is information to help you be prepared for cold, snowy weather.

The Minnesota Travel Line: Dial 511 by phone.

Click here for the Minnesota Department of Transportation Road Conditions map and alerts.

If you are looking to install an Weather app on your mobile phone, we asked some of our readers:

“I use WeatherBug on my Android phone. Love it.”

“I like Weather Watcher.”

If you are worried about your tires or need help, the TireZoo is only a click away on our Mobile site. Simply pull up our website anytime, from any mobile device and you’ll be automatically directed to our easy-to-use mobile website for either the Anoka or Bloomington, MN locations.

Prepare for Winter Now, and put blankets and a Winter Survival kit in your vehicle now.

If you’ve heard about snow tires, also known as winter tires, but aren’t sure if you need them, all you have to do is give us a call or stop by. We’re ready to help!

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

turkey leftover recipesIf you have a ton of leftover turkey, here are a couple of simple recipes to keep things simple the next day.

Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip

2 Cups Chopped Turkey
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Ranch Salad Dressing
1 Cup Buffalo Sauce (I like Franks)

Directions: Mix ingredients together and put into baking dish. Heat at 350 for about 40 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with crackers, chips, or celery sticks.

Hot Turkey Crockpot Sandwiches

4-6 Cups Shredded Turkey
1 Can Cream of Soup (Mushroom, Chicken or Celery)
8 oz Sour Cream
8 oz Velvetta Cheese, cubed
1/2 of Milk or Chicken Broth

Directions: Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and set to warm or low. All ingredients are cooked, so you only need to heat and blend the flavors. Add more milk/broth if it it doesn’t seem moist enough. Serve on leftover dinner rolls, buns, or bread.

Thanksgiving Word Find for Traveling Minnesotans

If you have a long drive over the Thanksgiving holiday or aren’t into watching hours of football programming on television, you can print off our newest word find puzzle featuring phrases from Thanksgiving in Minnesota.

Minnesota Thanksgiving Word Find

Happy Thanksgiving!

How Do I Read My Tire Size?

read size of tiresHow Do Measure What Size Tire I Need?

It’s a common question, but you don’t measure your tires; you figure out what size tires you need.

Many people don’t know off the top of their heads what size tires they have. When it comes time to shopping for a new tire, it is necessary to figure this out. Obviously the team at the TireZoo will determine this for you, if you stop by.

If you want to determine the size of your tires, look on the sidewall of your tire. You will see a number like:  (P265/50/R20). This number will give you the information you need.  The first, P265, refers to Tread Width. The second, 50, refers to Sidewall Height. The last one, R20 refers to Rim Diameter.

We have a great visual diagram how to read your tire size here.

Do you have a question we can answer for you? Leave a comment below or visit us on Facebook!

A Kind-Of Funny, But Not Too Funny Winter To-Do List for Minnesota

to do list to prepare for winter in minnesota, funnyWhether you need to buy some items to prepare for winter, or simply gather some things from around your house, this progressive “to do” list will help any Midwesterner get ready for the winter weather on its way.

While this list is meant to be funny, you really do need to make sure your vehicle and tires are in good condition.

What to do first…

Locate a Shovel for when the snow starts to fly. Shoveling seems easy at first; maybe even fun. Eventually shoveling will seem insurmountable and lose its appeal completely.

Get A Snow Blower Tune-Up for when the shovel no longer cuts it.

Buy Heat Additive and/or Block Heaters for those poor vehicles that sit outside and may need a little early morning help.

Find the Bags of Salt to melt snow and ice from sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways thereby hopefully reducing what we’ll call “incidents”.

Window Plastic might not be a bad idea if you have leaky windows, and we get the winter that’s being predicted. You’ll want to seal out old man winter if you can.

Put Out Mouse Traps so that furry friends don’t make it into your boat, camper, or house after they discover such places are warmer than the elements outside.

Snow Tires; Never a bad idea for many people’s vehicles. Call us if you’re wondering if snow tires, aka winter tires, are right for your vehicle.

Tire Chains are necessary for those who pull heavy snow duty, and you know who you are.

Flags for the end of your driveway or edge of your sidewalk so you don’t drive where you shouldn’t once everything is monochromatic.

Buy a New Pair of Gloves, as you’ll only find one from last year. It’s Murphy’s Law.

Pick up Some Hand Warmers, as these work great if you can find a pair of anything to place them in.

Sleds are a must to entertain the kids and get them out of the house on those inevitable snow days off of school. The buses won’t get them to school, but you’ll still have to go to work.

You’ll Need a Windshield Scraper to chisle the snow and ice off your windshield if you had to park outside of the garage due to a pile of sleds and snow gear left in your parking stall. Let’s face it. The less-desirable credit card you’re using to scrape ice really isn’t sufficient if you just admit it.

Assemble a Winter Survival Kit when things don’t go as planned and you need supplies until your ride arrives.

Get a Snow Rake! Do you not remember last winter? Keep snow off your roof and hopefully avoid ice dams.

Find Your Ski Mask so you can simultaneously stay warm, scare the neighbors, and scrape ice dams off your roof.

Put Extra Blankets in Your Vehicle, but don’t buy these. Well, you can if you want, but who doesn’t have a pile in a closet somewhere waiting to be put to good use?  Saving a life in the frigid weather seems to be the best destiny possible for these blankets.

What’s on your list? What would you add to this?