Why Eat Breakfast?

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Most people were raised on the belief that consuming a healthy breakfast is vital to growth, energy and a positive attitude.  Protein, milk and juice can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, or so they say.  Does anyone know why breakfast is so vital?  We didn’t, so we searched around.  Every night your body can lose up to 2 pounds just from sleeping.  Not to mention, that the timeframe between when you go to sleep to when you wake up is the longest your body will go without food.  When you wake up, your body is exiting out of a hibernation state, and it is much easier for your body to perform at 100% if it is jumpstarted with a healthy breakfast.  The Mayo Clinic released an article about some of the benefits a healthy breakfast can have on both adults and children.  Some benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Higher concentration throughout the day
  • Easier to control your weight
  • Higher performance in school
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased hand-eye coordination

This article has some tips to creating a healthy breakfast for you and your family.  Eat a good breakfast and have a good Thursday!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

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Helpful Household Tips: Try the Salt

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Millions of pounds of salt cover our world, thousands of which are consumed by humans every year.  Salt is great for omelets, French Fries and so much more, but what else can it be used for?  There are a multitude of household uses for salt including:

  • Speed the water boiling process.  Adding a small amount of salt to a pot of water will help it to boil more quickly.
  • Refresh a dish sponge by soaking it in salt-water over night.
  • Poison ivy, bee stings and other insect bites can be treated with salt.
  • Smelly sneakers?  Salt is here to help.  Sprinkle a little salt in the shoes to help remove that pungent odor. 
  • Keep ants outside by sprinkling salt on the bottom of your door frame.
  • When you purchase new towels, the washing process can often make the colors fade.  Add some salt to their first wash to help the colors stay in-tact.
  • Salt and a touch of water can kill weeds in your driveway or patio.  Mix the salt and water before applying to the unwanted plant or place salt directly on the weed and spray with water after.

There are even more uses outlined by this Reader’s Digest article.  Take a look!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

Road Construction, It’s Everywhere!

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Road construction in the Bakken has increased dramatically over the last couple of weeks and it has brought with it delays, headaches and stress.  Ryan Motors wants to make sure that you understand what is happening in the area. 

  • We have seen police officers issuing citations to those speeding through these zones so make sure you obey the speed limit. 
  • Plan ahead.  Odds are that you will be slowed by down the massive amounts of road construction going on in the area.
  • Understand what vehicles are on the road.  Large semis and other trucks will be driving around the area.  Be careful when driving next to or behind these vehicles and give them ample time to slow down.
  • Be aware of small shoulders, construction equipment and bumps around you.  These different obstacles can cause damage to your vehicle if you are not careful.
  • The Bakken has become a very dusty area, so make sure you have adequate washer fluid in your vehicle.
  • Look twice before crossing intersections and other streets.  It is simple math: the move vehicles, the more accidents.

Be safe and enjoy your drive!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

Pheasant Hunting: An Interesting Past

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Hunting is a popular sport amongst many Ryan Motor’s customers, and a large majority of our staff.  Deer, duck and pheasant seem to be the most popular game in the state of North Dakota.  Duck and deer have always been a main hunting attraction for centuries, but what about pheasants?  Pheasants were introduced to the state of New York in the 18th century, but they did not flourish in the Midwest until 1881-1882 when Judge Owen Nickerson Denny shipped roughly 30 pheasants to Oregon.  The pheasant is a native of China and its existence has been documented as early as 2000 B.C.  Some studies even suggest that the pheasant was around 13 million years ago.  In the early Middle Ages only the upper classes were allowed to hunt the “exotic” bird.  Pheasants prefer to run from predators but when airborne, they can reach speeds up to 60 mph.  Pheasants do not mate for life as the females will often take multiple partners, accounting for their consistent and rapid growth throughout the country.  Good luck this fall!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

 

Awesome Recipes: Tomato Bruschetta

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As Labor Day approaches, many families will be celebrating the holiday over a picnic or gathering.  We want to make sure you dominate your food requirement, so we found a great appetizer recipe for you.  This Tomato Bruschetta appetizer is sure to make you the talk of the party.

Ingredients

  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 French baguette
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven on broiler setting.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Cut the baguette into 3/4-inch slices. On a baking sheet, arrange the baguette slices in a single layer. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly brown.
  4. Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the baguette slices. Top the slices with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

This recipe was provided by allrecipes.com.

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion. 

Helpful Household Tips: Vinegar, Good For More Than Just a Laugh

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A couple of years ago, when I was visiting home, my mother and I were sitting at the kitchen table and catching up.  School, baseball, grades and my younger brother’s new girlfriend were among the topics we chatted about.  All of sudden, my mom dared me to drink a spoonful of vinegar, and in an attempt to act tough I took her up on the dare.  Wow, did it burn!  Remembering this fond, and painful memory, spiked my curiosity to what vinegar could be used for:

  • Clean your computer
  • Remove carpet stains
  • Remove candlewax or water stains from surfaces
  • Clean windshield wiper blades
  • Disinfect a cutting board or food preparation surface
  • Refresh an ice tray
  • Purify meats and seafood
  • Rid your fridge of odors
  • Clean your hands
  • Remove berry stains
  • Condition your hair
  • Soothe a painful sore throat
  • Repair a nasty bruise
  • Treat a bee or jellyfish sting
  • Or…get a laugh by daring someone to drink a tablespoon

There are many more.  Take a look at this Reader’s Digest article to learn more!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

The Land of Beauty…and Ice: Iceland

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The country of the week here at Ryan Motors is Iceland!  We discovered that very little is known about Iceland, so we dug deep to find some interesting information about the country that lies between Greenland and Great Britain.

  • Population- 323,000
  • Capital- Reykjavik
  • Size- 39,756 square miles
  • Currency- Icelandic Krona
  • Language-Icelandic and English
  • Area Code- 354
  • Current President-  Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
  • Prime Minister- Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

The government functions very similarly to many other European countries as the president of the country does not have nearly as much power as the prime minister and the legislative body.  Iceland is a very beautiful country with an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, lakes and glaciers.  The climate in Iceland is quite cool as it is near the Arctic Circle.  Iceland is the outdoorsman’s dream, as hiking, mountain biking, camping and other unique recreational activities are available all around the country.  Iceland did compete in the 2012 summer Olympics but they did not receive any medals.        

Icelandic Phrases

Hello- Halló

What is your name?- Hvað heitir þú?

Thank You– Takk

Goodnight– Góða nótt

Happy Friday!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.