Thankful During the Cold

It is on days like these, where the temperature drops below -30, that we here at Ryan find reasons to be thankful.  Sure, it is below frigid outside, but try and imagine what life was like before state-of-the-art heating systems came into play.  Today, we have heated cars, houses, work places and even floors.  Heated floors!  What do you think George Washington would have said if we told him that we could make his bathroom floor warm up?!?!  Needless to say, we are grateful for our heat.  Hopefully this day finds you well and warm wherever you may be.  It is important that you do not leave bare skin exposed to this weather for long periods of time as it can turn into frost bite.  Certain areas of your body release more heat than others and they must be covered at all times.  They include: head, ears, face, neck and torso.  Bundle up, drive safe and enjoy your heat!

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


Paper Plates, More than Just Plates: Helpful Household Tips

Paper plates are great.  They are microwave safe and are ideal for any outdoor gathering.  Believe us though; they can be used for more than just eating off of.  Take your garbage can for example; there is always some sort of liquid that leaks through the garbage bag.  The next time you are putting a new garbage bag in, put a paper plate down on the bottom of the can.  It should catch any sort of leakage.  Paper plates are also great for painting.  Whether you are touching up your walls or your kids are doing some arts and crafts, take a few paper plates and use them to mix paint, catch drips or serve as a way to apply small portions to your brush.  Lastly, if you have fine china, or nice dinnerware, place a paper plate in between the glass bowls or plates.  These paper barriers should help reduce scratches and chips.

This information was gathered from a host of different sites.

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

Toothpicks All Over: Helpful Household Tips

The toothpick has been around for hundreds of years, but many of its best uses are unknown.  The toothpick is a very versatile household item as it can used for all of the following:

  • Heal a Plant- When the stem on your plant bends use a toothpick as a brace.  Simply tape the toothpick to the stem and let the plant heal.  Remove when the stem is strong enough to stand on its own.
  • Leak No More Garden Hose- When you garden hose has a small hole, put a toothpick in the hole and remove the excess.  The water will make the toothpick swell and plug the hole.
  • Glue Stick- If you are struggling gluing items together, use a toothpick to apply small amounts of glue to trick areas.
  • Fruit Snacks- The next time your kids have friends over, bring them a bowl of fresh cut fruit with some toothpicks.  Have them grab the fruit of their choice with a toothpick to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Save Salad Dressing- Instead of removing the entire seal from your salad dressing, poke some holes in the foil or plastic with a toothpick.  This will help you from using too much!

There are many more uses on this Reader’s Digest site where this information was found.

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


Quick Dinners: Apricot-Glazed Shrimp

Apricot-Glazed Shrimp Recipe

Like shrimp?  Then we have the recipe for you.  This Apricot-Glazed Shrimp is quick, easy to make and full of flavor.  Try whipping up this delicious meal for you and the family tonight:


  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy      sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds,      toasted
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper,      julienned
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium      shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts,      drained
  • 1-1/2 cups hot cooked rice


1.  In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, broth, preserves, soy sauce and sesame seeds until blended; set aside.

2.  Use a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry the peppers, onions and garlic in oil for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add shrimp and water chestnuts; stir-fry until shrimp turn pink. Stir broth mixture; add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over rice.

Yield: 2 servings.


This recipe was found at the attached site.

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

Ravens vs. 49ers: A Sentimental Super Bowl

The stage is finally set for what many would argue is the biggest day of the year…the Super Bowl.  On February 3, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers, and it could turn out to be one of the most epic games yet.  Ray Lewis, the middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, is in his last year of professional football and his popularity, hard play and pre-game dances have made him a fan favorite.  Many are hoping his last game in a NFL uniform will end in a victory.  Let’s not forget about the 49ers, as they have had a rollercoaster of a season.  All-star quarterback Alex Smith was hurt and eventually replaced by the 2nd year phenom Colin Kaepernick.  What many initially thought was a poor coaching decision has turned into a “smart move” as the rookie has led his team into the Super Bowl.  Stopping Kaepernick has been a constant question as he is capable of throwing or running for big yards.  Plus, we have brother head coaches, the Harbaughs, going at one another for the title.  How would you like to be the parents of that family?!?! This will be a great game!  Who do you think will come away victorious?

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

Weekend Fun for the Kids

Sure, it is going to be a little cold this weekend, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun with the kids.  Obviously, we want to make sure you stay warm, so we came up with a list of some fun activities to keep the kids occupied during this short cold spell.

  • Write a Short Story- Have your kids randomly pick a location, a fun or imaginary character and have them write a short two page story.  Have a contest to see who can be the most creative.
  • Hide and Seek- This game never gets old.  Try counting down from 50 and 100.  Best hider gets to pick the dessert for after dinner.
  • Homemade Adlib- Write out your own adlibs and have your kids fill in the blanks.
  • Double Movie Night- Sit down with your family and see who can come up with the best idea for a movie.  Take a vote where you can’t vote for your own.  Whoever wins gets to pick the movie you watch before bed.
  • Room Drawings- Have the kids draw what they would put in their rooms if there was no limit….Mom and dad can do this too!

Have a great weekend!

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

Quick Dinner Recipe: Caesar Chicken Burgers

Caesar Chicken Burgers Recipe

Dinner is on us…well sort of.  The dinner recipe this week is Caesar Chicken Burgers.  Not only are these healthier than your typical burgers, but they are also just as easy to make.  Try this fantastic recipe tonight!


  • 4      boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4      slices red onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4      hamburger buns, split
  • 2 cups torn romaine
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup      creamy Caesar salad dressing, divided


  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and      pepper. Grill on an indoor grill coated with cooking spray for 4-5 minutes      or until juices run clear. Grill onion slices for 4-5 minutes or until      tender.
  • Meanwhile, spread butter over cut      sides of buns. Place buttered side up on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil      3-4 in. from the heat for 1 minute or until golden brown.
  • Toss romaine with cheese and 1/4      cup dressing; spoon onto bun bottoms. Top with onions, chicken and      remaining dressing. Replace bun tops.

Yield: 4 servings.

Bon Appetite!

This recipe was found at the attached website.

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