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Making Tailgate Food Ahead of Time for a Low-Stress Game Day

Whether you’re rushing to the field after work for the local high school’s game, starting the weekend with a Rutgers game on Saturday morning, or waking up with the sun on Sunday to root for the Giants or Jets, one thing is certain during football season: you’re not a true fan if you’re not in the parking lot for the tailgate!

Of course, getting everything ready for game day isn’t always easy when you’re juggling work, school, or other commitments. You’re definitely going to want your burgers to be fresh off the grill, but prepping other food beforehand can make things a lot easier. Here are a few of our favorites!

No-Mayo Potato Salad

This one’s got a lot going for it: it’ll keep in the fridge the day before, it won’t get gross during the tailgate, and the flavors go perfectly with a meal fresh off the grill! Use potatoes, parsley, onion, and your other potato salad favorites. Instead of mayonnaise, though, toss them all in a dressing made from ΒΌ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The result is savory, flavorful, and keeps longer than it’s mayo-based cousin. Want an extra bit of freshness? Toss a diced apple into the mix!

No Mayo Potato Salad

Lightspeed Chili

You might think of chili as a time consuming, simmering dish, or even an all-day-in-the-slow-cooker dish, but using different ingredients can speed things up. Stick to Great Northern beans and pre-canned green chiles for your base, and toss in a shredded rotisserie chicken from the store, and you’re practically done before you’ve even started. Simmer for a bit the night before, then heat things back up with a pot on the grill for gameday. This one’s perfect for those cold weather games!

LIghtspeed Chili

Sausage Snacks

Essentially a stuffed mushroom without the mushroom, these savory delights are going to fly once you uncover them. Mix sausage, cooked quinoa, shredded cheese, and a bit of pepper and cornstarch, then shape them the way you would make meatballs. Simply bake them, and you’re good to go! While they still need to be cooked before the game, it’s good to note that you can refrigerate the balls the night before or even freeze them up to a month beforehand. It’s easy to make a double batch, make half for the game, and save half in the freezer for an easy setup next time.

Whatever you decide to snack on, cooking and packing your Subaru beforehand can make for a nice, smooth morning on game day. For more on all you can do in your Subaru to ensure an awesome tailgate, or to find the right ride this season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Traveling Safely With Your Pets This Summer

Road trip with pets

Summer weather is perfect for road trips and adventures, and there’s no better companion than your four-legged friend. After all, your dog might be the only one on Earth who loves spending time outdoors even more than you do!

Of course, traveling with your pets calls for some added planning and preparation. While no pet owner wants to think about the worst case scenario, it’s important to plan out your adventure in a way that keeps your pet safe.

Along the Way

Your Subaru is designed for your protection. In addition to advanced active safety systems to help you avoid accidents, though, you also rely on passive features like your seat belt without giving it a second thought. You should certainly provide the same safety for your pet, whether it’s a harness that buckles into the seat belt receiver or a crate that ties down in the cargo area.

Dog in a pet harness

In many accidents, being thrown around the cabin is actually what causes injuries for many pets. This also keeps your pet secure after an accident, when their first reaction may be to flea from the vehicle even if it isn’t safe to do so. By using an appropriate harness, you can keep your pet safe and secure.

Once You Arrive

You wouldn’t want to get caught on a sunny day without plenty of water, and neither do your furry friends. Any time you’re headed on a long drive or a day outdoors, be sure to bring water specifically for your pets. The pet supply store offers many options, from collapsible bowls to bottles with built-in drinking dishes. Bear in mind that your pup will likely drink more than usual due to heat and exertion, so bring plenty of water along to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

As long as you take the time to plan for your adventure and keep everyone safe and happy, your four-legged pal is sure to make a perfect copilot. For more information on how to tackle summer road trips safely, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

Even a driver who loves their vehicle is sure to get excited if they see a brand new car with a ribbon on the hood sitting in the driveway, but for most of us a new vehicle doesn’t quite fit into the holiday shopping budget. Don’t fret, though. If you’ve got an automotive enthusiast on your shopping list this year, the team at Subaru of Morristown has gift ideas for just about any budget.

Cleaning Up

While you might not be breaking out the hose until winter’s over, you can bet that car lovers will be rushing out to wash salt and road grime off of their beloved vehicles the first chance that the weather allows. You can help ensure that they’re ready when the moment comes by gifting them with an auto-care bucket.

Car wash supplies

You can buy pre-packaged car wash buckets, or you can go to the store and set one up yourself. Start with a bucket, then load it up with quality car soap, wax, microfiber cloths, and other essential car wash gear. Think of it like a gift basket with a practical side!

The Feel of Leather

Leather driving gloves might seem like a blast from the past, but for spirited drivers there’s not much better than staying warm without sacrificing grip. Plus, they just look cool! Alternately, you can also opt for a nice leather keychain for a stylish touch. If your recipient has a common name, you might be able to find a personalized one. If not, you can always custom order one with their name or monogram stamped in.

Keychains

Easy Tech

While modern motorists likely have a lot of tech built into their vehicles–especially if they’re Subaru drivers–many drivers still opt to use their smartphones for directions, music, or communication on the road. Buying your special someone a phone mount that attaches to the windshield or air vent can make this dependence a lot less risky on the road.

Car phone mount

We’d also suggest looking into a dash cam for your favorite driver. These are becoming more and more common, and the footage can go a long way with insurance companies if an accident does occur. They also double as the perfect companion for drivers who like to visit the track or explore off-road.

Whatever type of driver is in your life, we’re sure that you can find a great gift to show them you care without breaking the bank. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call our team directly at (866) 910-3466 today!

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