Monday, December 5, 2016

6 Christmas Cookie Recipes

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– You just can't have Christmas without cookies! Walking in to a warm home with the delicious smell of a fresh batch baking in the oven is enough to make even the stingiest Scrooge smile. So, whether it's baking for Santa or for your own enjoyment, try these six Christmas cookie recipes to help make the season bright!

Nutella Stuffed Sugar Cookies

The name says it all! A perfectly gooey and delicious treat to kick off the holiday season.

6 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Red Velvet Snowballs

These decadent treats are tasty as they are pretty to look at. Set them out in a decorative bowl for all your visitors to nibble on.

6 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Caramel-Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Gingerbread isn't just for making cute little houses, it's very tasty too!


Triple Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

If you like chocolate even a little bit, then these are the cookies for you. Be careful though, if you try one you may not be able to resist eating a second, or third, or fourth!

6 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Shortbread Bites

The red and green sprinkles are a perfect way to put a festive spin on these crowd-pleasers.


6 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Whoville Cookies

Even the Grinch himself would happily munch on these! Plus, they're the perfect cookies to leave out for Santa!

6 Christmas Cookie Recipes


Need more holiday inspiration? Check out these six Christmas cookie recipes and other crafts, decorations, and treats on our Happy Holidays Pinterest Board! Also, why not make things easy on Santa this year and take a look at our online inventory to find the vehicle at the top of your wish list! Happy Holidays from Graff Mt. Pleasant! Prepare for the cold winter ahead by completing your Fall Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Michigan Begins Construction on Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facility

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– State of Michigan officials have officially begun construction on a new self-driving vehicle test facility in Willow Run on the old grounds of the famed Arsenal of Democracy factory during World War II. The nonprofit, American Center for Mobility (ACM) will serve as a national proving ground for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Michigan Begins Construction on Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facility

Automakers are excited to use the facility now, as John Maddox, ACM’s CEO, claims to have received 45 letters of support from OEMs, major suppliers, and others who are interested in using the facility. General Motors, Ford and Toyota have all expressed enthusiasm for the project, and the engineering group SAE International has already signed a memorandum of understanding to use the facility in hopes of creating and evaluating standards for new transportation technology.
 
A portion of the facility will be dedicated to highway-style testing of self-driving vehicles, and is expected to open as early as December 2017. While other portions of the proving ground are to become operational in gradual phases. Parts of the highway loop will incorporate the use of public roads, and a 700-foot curved tunnel will be built as part of the test track.

Michigan Begins Construction on Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facility

With construction now underway, ACM leadership will turn to determining exactly how future users will want to collect data from the sensors and cameras installed in the infrastructure. They’ll also need to figure out how much they want to share with other manufacturers and how much will remain proprietary. Long-term plans for the facility include building a national cybersecurity research center, where the defenses of connected cars and smart infrastructure such as traffic lights can be tested and fortified. Examining the role of dedicated short-range communications and future 5G networks will be part of those plans. 

Michigan Begins Construction on Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facility


Michigan's government leaders have begun construction on a self-driving vehicle test facility where a factory once stood that built B-24 bombers at the rate of a plane per hour. Officials hope that the facility will ensure the state stays relevant in the auto industry for decades to come.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– It's the most wonderful time of the year! Soon you'll start putting up your beautiful Christmas decorations around the house. This year why not try a few fun and easy Christmas crafts with your little ones so that they can add their touch to the holiday spirit in your home.

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

 A cute, easy craft that only requires some colored popsicle sticks and

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Handcut Reindeer

Tracing your hand doesn't just make a turkey, simply flip it upside down and you've got a reindeer shape. Use pipe cleaners for the antlers and a red pompom, sequin or bead as the nose. Decorate the rest of the reindeer as you please!

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Tags

Trace and cut out a cardboard house then use a white marker to draw the shingles, windows, doors and other features of the house. Your presents will be all the more festive!

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Paper Plate Wreaths

Cut out the middle of a paper plate and paint the outer ring green. Then, glue some pompoms, glitter and ribbons to spruce it up!

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Candy Cane Reindeer

 A super simple craft that is also a tasty treat. Perfect for handing out to carolers or as stocking stuffers!

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Gumdrop Snowflakes

All you need is gumdrops, toothpicks, and your creativity.

Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts

Need more holiday inspiration? Check out these fun and easy Christmas crafts and many others on our Happy Holidays Pinterest Board! Also, why not make things easy on Santa this year and take a look at our online inventory to find the vehicle at the top of your wish list! Happy Holidays from Graff Mt. Pleasant! Prepare for the cold winter ahead by completing your Fall Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– Thanksgiving definitely has its advantages and is a wonderful time to connect with family and friends – warm turkey, fragrant pumpkin pie, and merriment all around. But when you're exhausted on Friday from Thursday's celebrations and shopping all morning, nothing looks better than these downright delicious Thanksgiving leftovers recipes! Take a look and let us know if you agree. Or better yet, if you have a go-to turkey day leftover recipe, share it with us!

Rise and shine with a post-Thanksgiving breakfast that you'll want every weekend! These are super simple and great for a crowd if you have family staying with you!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


Mashed Potato Waffles

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Make them into waffles topped with some cheese! Or even better have them alongside your Stuffing Eggs in a Basket!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese

When lunch time rolls around, grab the leftover turkey and cranberry sauce for the most amazing griled cheese you've ever had!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing Dumpling Soup

If you want to warm up with something a little more comforting, throw it all in the crock pot with this soup recipe!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


Turkey Pot Pie

Last but not least, use up the rest of your Thanksgiving leftovers while feeding the whole family! Perfect for this time of year!


Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


After (or before) you enjoy these delicious Thanksgiving leftovers recipes, if you're ready to shop til you drop on Black Friday, don't forget that we have some exclusive offers including 20% off 2016 vehicles in stock and a BOGO oil change offer! Prepare for the cold winter ahead by completing your Fall Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Twists on Classic Thanksgiving Dishes

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– Many families have tried-and-true recipes for the traditional turkey day sides. But maybe this year you feel like you want to do something different or that an area of the meal could use some improvement. We've compiled a list of recipes that give new twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes. We highly recommend giving them a try this year!

Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey Cinnamon Dip

We can't get enough of sweet potatoes lately and this scrumptious dish is the perfect way to bring them to the Thanksgiving table. Plus, the honey cinnamon dip is out of this world.



Green Bean Casserole with Onion Rings

You're probably wondering why you've never thought of this recipe before? Us too.



Focaccia Stuffing

The light, buttery focaccia bread is perfect for stuffing, and the savory Italian herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts are so good you won't mind the departure from the sacred family stuffing recipe.



Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon

This is one of our new favorite recipes. This dish packs in every flavor you can imagine. Plus, bacon.



Cheddar Chive and Bacon Biscuits

Biscuits are an essential of any Thanksgiving dinner so that you can mop up the leftover sauces and gravy on your plate. This recipe is so good we'd be surprised if the biscuit is still around come that time.



Sweet Potato Cornbread

Does your family cornbread recipe leave something to be desired? Try this new take on an old favorite.


So take a chance and try some new twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes this year. Who knows, maybe you'll start a new family tradition! We also want to help you be safe on the road this fall and winter, especially if you've got long drives to get to your holiday celebrations. Make sure to complete your Fall Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

2018 Chevrolet Equinox to Make Auto Show Debut

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– The much anticipated 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will make its public auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2018 Equinox aims to be the most complete modern compact SUV with more safety features, dramatic design, and the latest connectivity. Chevrolet has refocused their efforts on optimizing the Equinox after is has quickly become their second-best-selling vehicle after the Silverado with sales reaching nearly 2 million since its launch.

Design

The exterior and design of the 2018 Equinox is athletic and lean, taking design cues from the Volt, Cruze and Mailbu. A sophisticated interior awaits drivers with available denim-style seat fabric that combine style and durability. The 2018 Equinox will also meet everyone's cargo needs with a flat-folding rear seat to give you 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of space to pack in whatever you plan on taking with you.

The compact SUV is also 400 lbs lighter than the 2017 model, a 10 percent reduction in weight, intended to improve it's handling, balance and efficiency.  Additionally, a switchable AWD system has been included to further enhance efficiency.

Technology

The 2018 Equinox offers Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies including MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also available.

Safety Features

The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road, including:
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • New Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • New Safety Alert Seat
  • New Surround Vision
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert 
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • New Rear Seat Reminder
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Chevrolet Teen Driver technology is also offered, allowing parents to set controls such as speed limits and volume control on the radio and then review in order to encourage good driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.

Turbocharged Engines

The 2018 Equinox has three turbocharged engines available. This range of options will provide drivers the ability to customize their car based on efficiency, performance, or capability. The options include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo that is matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission and a 1.6L turbo-diesel. This lineup makes the 2018 Equinox Chevrolet’s first model in North America with an all-turbocharged, multi-engine propulsion lineup.

The Los Angeles Auto Show will be held at the LA Convention Center from Nov. 18-27, where the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will make its auto show debut. The 2018 Equinox will go on sale in North America during the first quaerter of 2017. If you're interested in the 2017 Equinox or other vehicles we recommend stopping by our dealership. We'd be happy to help you find the SUV, truck, sedan or crossover you're looking for. We also want to help you be safe on the road. Make sure to complete your Fall Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Nominated for Green Car of the Year

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been nominated for Green Car of the Year. Chevy's new all-electric vehicle was named among the five finalists for the prestigious award given each year by Green Car Journal. The winner will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th.



The Green Car Journal, an eco-conscious automotive magazine, has given the award for Green Car of the Year annually since 2005 to the vehicle that best embodies efficiency, affordability and overall environmental achievement. The 2017 Bolt's record-setting electric range, an EPA estimated 238 miles, was one of its chief reasons for its being nominated as it is the first production electric vehicle to achieve a 200-plus mile driving range. Chevrolet is also hoping to repeat as the title holder, as the 2016 Chevrolet Volt won the Green Car of the Year at last year's convention. The Green Car of the Year is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes multiple industry leaders and celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno.


The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is designed to be exceptionally aerodynamic and light weight to help its electric motor be as productive as possible. For example, due to having an electric battery motor, the 2017 Bolt does not require air that a conventional motor needs for combustion so the underbody of the car is able to be enclosed and thus more aerodynamic. It doesn't lack style though, as it's expressive proportions and bodylines offer a solid, robust stance on the road. The battery's positioning even allows for a flat floor and increased spaciousness in the interior.

The Bolt's 238-mile range allows for five times the mileage needed for the average daily commute of 40 miles. This means you could potentially go multiple of days without having to charge the battery, if you so choose.

Additional features include:

  • Electronic precision shift
  • Michelin self-sealing tires
  • 17" painted aluminum wheels
  • 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen
  • Rear vision camera
General Motors and Chevrolet are committed to advancing eco-friendly automotive technology and are proud of their achievement, earning back to back nominations. With the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV being nominated for Green Car of the Year, they hope that another victory after last year's triumph with the 2016 Volt will serve as major step forward in their mission to bring affordable and capable eco-friendly vehicles to the public.

As the harsh winter weather draws closer, we recommend following our Fall Car Care steps to get your vehicle ready for the months ahead. Or, stop by our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center for assistance.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com