5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

5 of Our Favorite Fall Activities

Fall Pumpkin Fun | Victoria, TX

We may not get the traditional autumn weather that our friends do up north, but we can still celebrate the fall season here in Victoria, Texas. Below are five of our favorite fall activities:

  1. Carving pumpkins: Head to a nearby pumpkin patch and pick out your favorite gourds. Then bring them home to carve with family and friends. You can just carve a jack-o’-lantern face, or get creative and design something new.
  2. Bonfires: Autumn nights in Texas can sometimes get chilly enough for a bonfire, the perfect place to make s’mores and swap ghost stories.
  3. Haunted houses: Speaking of ghosts, fall means haunted houses will be opening up all across the country, Texas included. Victoria is even home to some haunted attractions in the fall.
  4. Watching movies: Fall is the perfect time to cuddle up on the couch with your loved ones and the dogs and put on your favorite Halloween movies, whether it’s the family-friendly classic, “Hocus Pocus,” or something a little more frightening, like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Even after Halloween passes, you can watch some of TV’s greatest Thanksgiving specials like the “Bob’s Burgers and Friends” one.
  5. Corn mazes: The Midwest may be famous for its corn. However, even Texas has some great corn mazes, which is a staple activity for the fall season.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer if your vehicle is in need of service this autumn. Or stop by to test-drive a shiny new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda or Mitsubishi for yourself.

Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

First Time Car Shopper

Your first car purchase is a rite of passage, and you’ll be thankful for the purchase every time you get behind the wheel. To help you navigate the exciting car-buying process, here are some tips for first-time car buyers.

  • Set your budget: One of the first steps you should take when thinking about buying a new vehicle is setting a budget. Determining what monthly payment you can afford will help you narrow down which vehicles are in your price range.
  • Make a must-have list: Spend some time thinking about what your transportation needs are and what your must-have features are. Secondly, make a list of things you’d like to have but don’t necessarily need.
  • Do your research: Before you head to the dealership, you should spend some time researching your options. You should narrow your search down to a couple of vehicle segments, or to a particular automaker.
  • Take a test drive: There’s no better way to determine if you like a vehicle than taking it for a test drive. Locate a few reputable dealers nearby and spend an afternoon taking a few vehicles for test drives.
  • Explore your financing options: Before purchasing a new vehicle, spend some time exploring your financing options. Get auto loan quotes from a few different sources, such as from your bank, credit union, and/or insurance company.

If you have any more questions about purchasing your first vehicle, contact us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of vehicles. We’ll help match you with the right one to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Top Beaches to Visit Near Victoria, Texas This Summer

Chilling By The Beach | Victoria, TX

Victoria, Texas hosts a myriad of beautiful beaches nearby in its home along the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some of our favorite oceanside destinations to explore near this city.

Port Lavaca – 27 miles

Closest to Victoria is Port Lavaca, which has the largest and deepest bay in all of Texas. It offers a variety of fishing opportunities such as drift, kayak, and blue water offshore fishing.

Rockport – 40 miles

Rockport is home to the only Blue Wave Beach in the Lone Star State. This type of beach is unique in that it is exceptionally clean and has procedures set in place to protect the health of both people and the environment. With a free boat launch, windsurfing launch, and spacious children’s playground, this site is a pleasant destination for visitors of all ages.

Port O’Connor – 48 miles

Sport fishing is king in Port O’Connor, TX. If you’re seeking a deep-sea adventure on the Gulf of Mexico, rent one of the many charter boats available.

Aransas Pass – 76 miles

Sometimes called “saltwater heaven”, Aransas Pass is home to a spectrum of fish varieties. This bay is known for cooling off visitors with perpetual sea breezes.

Freeport – 121 miles

Although the longest trip from Victoria, Freeport’s beach offers a 3.5-mile expanse of sunbathing territory. For a relaxing day on a clean, litter-free beach, plan a day trip to this reputable location.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these prime beach sites.

Where to Celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas

4th of July Holiday Party

Summer is here and for many people the highlight of the season is the 4th of July. If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas, we have some great suggestions.

Point Comfort Fireworks

If you want an earlier fireworks show, Point Comfort will have their fireworks on June 29th. If it rains, they will be moved to July 6th. On June 28th, they will host their annual BBQ cook off and washer throw competition.

2019 Star Spangled Bay Bash

Head to Port Lavaca on July 4th, for the 2nd Annual Star Spangled Bay Bash. This event is free to the public and will feature live music, delicious food, and local vendors. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Bayfront Peninsula Park. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display starting around 9 p.m.

Port O’Connor Fireworks Display

On July 6th, Port O’Connor will host its annual fireworks display at King Fisher Beach. There will be a party beforehand with food and vendors available starting at 10 a.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

POCVFD BBQ and Silent Auction

Each year, the Port O’Connor Volunteer Fire Department hosts a fund-raising BBQ and silent auction. This year’s even will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We here at Atzenhoffer hope you have an incredible Independence Day.