Go Green with These St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Food
St. Patrick’s Day In Midland

Every year, on March 17th we like to turn a little green a show off our Irish spirit, even if we’re not from Ireland. If you want to amp up your festivities this year, here is some delightfully green St. Patrick’s Day food you should try.

St. Patrick’s Day Parfaits

This is a simple treat that makes a big statement. It uses pistachio pudding and kiwi fruits for the green layered with creamy Cool Whip.

Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick’s Day Cake

Everyone will be in awe of your creative abilities if you can pull this cake off. Each slice reveals a hidden rainbow shamrock in the middle of a chocolate cake. This recipe will definitely take some time and talent, but it will be well worth it.

Guinness Brownies

Guinness beer is perhaps one of the most Irish things ever. Add some to this brownie recipe and top them off with green sprinkles for a St. Patrick’s Day flair.

Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe may be humble, but it is delicious, hearty, and warming.

Which of these recipes are you planning to try for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want every day of your life to have some green, you can pick out your favorite shade of green car right here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

March Events in Midland

March events in Midland
The Magic Of Midland Festivals

March is a great time of year here in Texas. Spring is in the air and we get our first tastes of truly warm weather again. If you want to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful time of year, here are some March events in Midland.

Museum of the Southwest

Now through March 25th, you can visit the Museum of the Southwest to see the traveling exhibition of works by President George W. Bush. It features portraits of murals of 98 service members along with stories of their courage.

Girls World Expo

This special event was created by teen girls for teen girls. It will be held March 3rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Midland Plaza. The event will feature seminars, vendors, performances, and more.

Ruffles and Rust Expo

This expo is an upscale boutique show with a big dose of vintage. Shoppers can find clothes, furniture, handmade goods, and other treasures. It will take place March 17th at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.

Building Bots Robotics & Engineering FunLab

If you have any 3rd through 6th graders, sign them up for this fun, hands-on learning experience at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. It will take place March 20th.

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Help Your Kids Make Some DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

The holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to the next big day—Valentine’s Day! While grown ups don’t get to have candy-packed parties, if your kids go to school, they do. Try some of these DIY Valentine’s Day cards to show off your crafty side.

  • Candy necklaces. Create your own candy necklaces using licorice strings and gummy rings. Print out cards and tie the necklaces to the cards. Finally, put everything inside a plastic bag to keep it fresh.
  • Turtles. These cute turtle-shaped cards will make everyone smile. Add some glitter to its feet and put a special message under its shell.
  • Heart fan. To make these cards you will need four paper hearts, a gold brad, some twine, and anything else you want to add some bling.
  • Play dough hearts. These are perfect for younger kids. Make some pink-colored homemade play dough and cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Place each heart in a plastic bag to keep it fresh.

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How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Each January, many of us set resolutions that we want to accomplish by the end of the year. However, even after just a few months, more than half of us have already given up. If you really want to succeed, here are a few tips on how to keep a New Year’s resolution.

  • Set SMART goals. Make your resolution Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This means, don’t set vague goals like, “I want to save money.” Instead, try something like, “I will save $100 each month.”
  • Make a plan. Figure out how you are going to save that money, or lose that weight, by laying out a plan and timeline. For example, you will take $50 from each paycheck and put it into a savings account.
  • Don’t give up. If you find you are missing your goals, don’t give up. Reevaluate your plan and make any needed adjustments. Aim for smaller, more manageable goals. Try saving $20 per paycheck instead of $50, for instance.
  • Get support. Talk to family and friends to see what their goals are. Find ways to encourage and support each other, especially if you have similar goals.

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New Year Resolution Ideas

Picking out the right New Year resolution can set you on the path to accomplishment or failure. Check out these New Year resolution ideas from us here at Midland Buick GMC.

Plan to Travel

Whether it’s for a vacation or to a famous attraction, planning to travel is a great way to get your mind working. In addition to looking forward to something, planning to travel can raise your spirits and generate a positive outlook on life. Once you’re our taking the trip, things only get better.

Start Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Contact a local charity in your area to see if they need a helping hand. You’ll make new friends, experience a new part of life, and grow as a person in the process. By choosing to volunteer, you can make a positive impact on both yourself and the community in one fell swoop.

Start a Blog

Starting a blog is relatively easy and doesn’t cost much. If you have a few spare dollars, you can afford to register your domain name and pay for hosting. Blogs are a great way to share your interests, create a portfolio, and keep yourself focused on your New Year resolution. You can even look at past posts for inspiration to keep your going throughout 2018.

Easy-to-Plan New Year’s Eve Party

Planning a New Year’s Eve party is only hard if you make it so. There are plenty of easy ways to plan the perfect party to ring the New Year. Check out this easy-to-plan New Year’s Eve party recommended by us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.

Provide Cards

Create some custom cards that party attendees can use for some New-Year entertainment. Provide partygoers with cards that have part of a sentence, such as “The skill I want to learn in 2018 is,” then have attendees fill in the rest.

Get Some Grub

No party is complete without food and drinks. Create a platter of snacks with a range of delightful treats, like crackers, salami, cheese, olives, and whatever else your heart desires. Champagne, tea, and pop will do just fine for drinks. Make sure you don’t forget dessert! A pudding will work wonders and is simple to make.

Turn Up the Music

It’s a party after all, and no party is complete without a playlist created to ring in the New Year! Create a custom playlist on your smartphone with songs that put send 2017 off with a bang. “The Best is Yet to Come” by Tony Bennett and “Golden Years” by David Bowie are two great songs to start with.

December Events in Midland

December is a month packed with holidays, which means that there is plenty to do in Midland. Here are some events in Midland that you can enjoy throughout the month.

Miracle of 34th Street – Midland Community Theatre (November 24th – December 15th)

Enjoy your favorite Christmas movie on stage. It’s the perfect show to ring in the holiday season, running the last weekend of November and through December. Plus, you’ll be supporting the local arts community!

Holiday Evening – Midland College (December 7th)

Celebrate the holidays at the local college. There will be caroling by choirs from the school, opportunities to donate gifts, and exhibitions with student art. Plus, there’s complimentary baked goods, hot chocolate, and cider.

Museum Store Shopping Event – Petroleum Museum Gift Shop (December 12th – 14th)

The Petroleum Museum will open during extended hours the third weekend in December, featuring more gift shop items that will make the perfect (and unique) gifts for friends and family.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (December 28th)

Enjoy a peaceful night out on the ballet with this different take on The Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet will blow you away with their grace and talent. Make it a night out with the family or a romantic date night.

This holiday season, be sure to appreciate the Midland community and enjoy these events.

Holiday DIY Crafts

Do you love the holidays? Whether you’re a crafty person or not, the holidays are the perfect time to create some art projects. Here are some fun holiday DIY crafts you can do on your own or with the family.

Cut-Out Tree Skirt

If you have a Christmas tree, who says you have to buy a skirt? In fact, this fun DIY task doesn’t even require you to sew. Buy some felt material from a craft store and draw a scalloped pattern on it. Then, just cut with scissors!

Simple Cookie Canister

Ever wonder what you could do with a Pringles can after the chips are gone? You can reuse the can by transforming it into a cookie canister. Wrap it in decorative paper and tie a ribbon to create the perfect cookie-can for upcoming holidays.

Candle Holder

Candles are the perfect accent piece at the table during the holidays. Buy a clear jar or candle holder and spruce it up with paint, stencils, and ribbon. Then, pick the perfect candle scent for the season.

Coffee Mixers

Spice up the mixing spoon but filling the spoon with chocolate, nuts, or crushed candy canes. It will give an instant holiday-themed flavor to your guests’ coffee.

The holidays are coming up soon, so get those craft supplies ready!

 

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See the Leaves Change on a Texas Fall Road Trip

Though New England is the best-known region in the US for fall foliage, many visitors to Texas are pleasantly surprised at the changing leaves they find in the area. You just have to know where to look. That’s why we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of Texas fall road trip ideas to help you find your way to the most scenic views.

First, according to Only in Your State, you should visit Garner State Park in Concan. Perhaps one of the most stunning places in all of Texas—yeah, you heard right—the Garner State Park has old cypresses, oaks, mesquite, and persimmon trees. You can see an array of red, green, yellow, and brown colors in October, and there are over 11 miles of trails to follow. Perfect as a family getaway or for avid hikers, Garner is the place to be this fall.

Also, visit Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The intense foliage is best seen in early November, and you can follow the East Trail for some of the best views. Lost Maples is a great place to bring pets or a picnic for the day as well.

Finally, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose has some memorable views. The amber grass and red trees create a breathtaking contrast, and there is also hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The best time to visit is in October or at the beginning of November.

Other places to see include Lake Bob Sandlin State Park and Daingerfield State Park, among others. Plan your road trip today.

Make a Fall Bucket List to Enjoy the Season

Families are often busy in the fall, especially with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s important to make time to get away from your busy lives. In fact, many families create a fall bucket list—a list of things to do before the season comes to an end. From hiking to baking apple pie, there are some things that are best done in the autumn.

According to Creative Family Fun, you should be sure to get outdoors in the fall to experience the changing leaves. One of the best tips for hiking with young children is to keep it simple. Pack supplies, snacks, and water, but also be sure to stay close to home or your car. You don’t need to hike the Appalachian Trail for your kids to have fun—simply get outside and start walking.

Make an apple pie to celebrate the fall season. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an orchard in the area that will let you pick apples (though apple picking is much harder to find in Texas than in the Northeast). You just need flour, salt, sugar, and unsalted butter for a pie crust, and the filling can be made with apples, a lemon, butter, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.

There are several other things to do in the fall:

  • Make leaf rubbings with wax paper.
  • Make your own Halloween costume.
  • Make bird feeders.
  • Play in the leaves.
  • Enjoy cider beside the fire.

These are just some of the fun things we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac enjoy doing in the fall. Be sure to make your own bucket list with your family and friends to make the most of the season