Thursday, December 7, 2017

7 Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

BAY CITY, Mich. –– School will be out soon for the holiday break and your home will be full of little elves running around once again. This year, try any of these seven Christmas crafts ideas for kids to keep them occupied and engaged. They'll also love the fact that they can add their touch to the holiday spirit in your home! There's only so much time you can spend out playing in the snow and sledding before it gets too chilly, so when that happens, bring your children indoors for some fun and artistic crafts this December.

Paper Plate Santa

A fun and easy craft that only requires a few materials. You and your kids can create jolly-looking Santas to be displayed on the walls or the refrigerator for all your family and holiday guests to admire.


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!


Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Tags

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


Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

A DIY ornament, but one that is a perfect craft to make with your kids! They're simple and easy to make, and your little ones will be proud to show off their handiwork hanging on the family tree!

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


Popsicle Stick Elf

Grab a few household craft items such as construction paper and popsicle sticks to make your own versions of Santa's little helpers. These smiling elves will add some cheer to your home.


Reindeer Footprint Christmas Cards

Send friends and family a homemade Christmas cards with Rudolph on the front. Your kids will love getting to paint their feet to imprint the reindeer head!


Need more yuletide inspiration? Check out these Christmas crafts for the kids and other recipes and decorations on our Holiday Pinterest Board. You can also make things easier on Santa this year by taking a look at our online inventory to find the vehicle at the top of your wish list! Happy Holidays from Graff Bay City! Also, make sure to prepare for the cold winter weather ahead by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

6 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

BAY CITY, Mich. – December is a festive month for spending time with family and showing them how much they mean to you. But giving gifts to loved ones isn't the only way to make an impact this time of year. You can donate or volunteer to help those in need and make the season bright for everyone in your local community! So, if you're looking for ways to give back this holiday season read on to learn six ideas on how to do so.

6 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

1. Donate to a food drive/bank: Food banks need our support year-round, but their resources are stretched especially thin through the holiday season due to demand. The best way to donate is through a monetary gift, however, as most food banks have partnerships with local grocery stores where they can get more food for a dollar than average shoppers. Find your local food bank to donate to on Feeding America's website.

2. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves: The cold winter weather we experience in Michigan can chill you to the bone. Help keep up local children and adults in need from being cold at home, school, or work this year by donating your gently-used winter coats, hats, and gloves to Just For Kids or the Salvation Army.

3. Adopt a family: Help make the holiday season one to remember for a family in need in your local area. You can adopt a family through Volunteers of America to provide direct support, such as food, toys, and clothing.

4. Donate toys: Make a child's Christmas extra special this year by making sure they receive a toy under the tree. You can donate new toys or gently used toys to local children's hospitals or Toys for Tots.

5. Volunteer at an animal shelter: Dogs, cats, and other animals can use some love and attention during the holiday season as well. Find a local animal shelter or humane society to volunteer at this December.

6. Use Amazon Smile: Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Instead of using the regular "amazon.com" URL, register your account through "smile.amazon.com". It's the same Amazon you use, except 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charity of your choice.

Make it a great holiday season for those in need this year with any of these 6 ways to give back. At Graff Chevrolet Bay City, giving back is extremely important to us and a core tenant of our business. Learn about the many causes and organizations we donate and help raise money for on our Community Involvement page. Also, before you do any holiday traveling this month, make sure your vehicle is running in top shape by scheduling an appointment at the Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Best Chevrolet Vehicles for Winter Driving

BAY CITY, Mich. – Michigan winters make for perilous road conditions and can threaten the safety of motorists. The best way to stay in control while driving on slick and icy roads and avoid accidentally sliding through an intersection or into a snowbank is with a dependable vehicle designed weather the elements and perform with the well-being of its passengers in mind. We recommend the best Chevrolet vehicles for winter driving to help you drive safely during the coming months. Continue to reading to learn about just a few of Chevy's remarkable snow-conquering machines.

The Best Chevrolet Vehicles for Winter Driving

Suburban

A behemoth SUV with the DNA of a Chevy truck, the Suburban is the ideal choice to go dashing through the snow in this winter. The new 2018 model is powered by a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque so you don't have to worry about being stuck in the snow. It also boasts ample ground clearance and weight of approximately 5,700 lbs, for better results in deep snow and poor winter road conditions.

Tahoe

Ranked the Best Large SUV by U.S. News & World Report, the 2018 Tahoe has the same available power and utility as the larger Suburban, but with more nimble maneuverability. In addition to its functionality on winter roads, the Tahoe's comfortable interior will provide a warm and cozy reprieve from the harsh weather outside. You'll feel extra secure knowing the that all of your advanced Chevrolet safety features such as the Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are working to keep your protected while driving on slick, icy roads.

Silverado

Strong, capable, and ready for action in the most inclement of weather! The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has 420 horsepower, 460 lb.-ft. of torque, and 12,500 lbs. of best-in-class towing capability thanks to its available 6.2L V8 engine. It's likely you'll be the one who your friends and neighbors call to help tow them out a snowbank. Winter is no match for the Silverado and its legacy of rugged performance and dependability.

Who better to design a truck or SUV that's equipped to handle ice and snow than engineers from Detroit? Conquer the elements with the best Chevrolet vehicles for winter driving! Browse our inventory online and once you find the right vehicle for you, call our friendly sales staff to schedule a test drive. You can also get your current vehicle prepared and ready to stand the freezing temperatures and snowy roads with our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. Either way, safety is our primary concern for our customers and we want your vehicle to be ready to handle the elements.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chevrolet Unveils the New 2019 Corvette ZR1

BAY CITY, Mich. – With a legacy of performance, style, and speed, the Corvette brand has made its mark in the automotive and racing worlds for over 60 years. To continue the tradition of excellence, Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that has the most power, best track performance, and most advanced technology in the history of the brand. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is also the fastest model yet, with a top speed over 210 mph.

Chevrolet Unveils the New 2019 Corvette ZR1

Every element of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is designed for exceptional performance. It has an exclusive new LT5 6.2L V8 supercharged engine with 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque which is complemented by seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions. Even the aggressive new exterior design is meant to inspire and quite frankly, intimidate. But the design elements are not without function, the new front fascia is engineered to channel air for drivetrain cooling and propulsion. There are also additional aero packages (Low Wing and High Wing) are available to give the new ZR1 significantly more downforce and perform even better out on the race track.

Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 and it is an automotive marvel with unrivaled capability. If you're dying to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Corvette, give our sales team a call at Graff Bay City to get more information. There's nothing quite like driving a dream car! Additionally, with the winter weather fast approaching we recommend completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to get your vehicle prepared for the freezing temperatures. You don't want to break down on the side of the road in January!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Burn Off the Extra Calories This Holiday Season with a Workout Routine

BAY CITY, Mich. – Turkey, pie, cookies, candies, and more! This time of year brings far too many delicious dishes and treats to not indulge a bit. The only downside is that by the time New Years Day rolls around you may not fit into your jeans as well anymore. But thankfully there are plenty of simple exercises you can do from home to help keep your fitness up while allowing you to snack and sample all the delectable food. So try using our workout routine to burn off the extra calories this holiday season.

Burn Off the Extra Calories This Holiday Season with a Workout Routine

Repeat this cycle of exercise 2-3 times for a serious workout:

  • 30 Sit-Ups
  • 15 Hip Raises
  • 10 incline push ups
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 20 walking lunges – 10 each leg
  • 50 High Knees
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 10 dumbbell rows (using a gallon milk jug or another weight)
  • 15-second plank
  • 15-second side plank

So don't miss out on your favorite food and desserts when you can burn off the extra calories with a simple workout routine this holiday season. Make sure your vehicle is ready to brave the elements so that you can make it to all of the parties and family get-togethers this year by completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine. Or, if you feel the need to get into a rugged Chevy truck to handle the winter weather, we recommend consulting or Chevy Truck Comparison page to find which pickup is right for you!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Friday, November 17, 2017

10 Ways To Give Thanks

BAY CITY, Mich. – Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the time of year to be with family and reflect on all of the blessings in your life. Being thankful for what you have is a very important lesson to teach to your children. Try some of these 10 ways to give thanks to be more introspective and appreciative this Thanksgiving season.

10 Ways To Give Thanks

Write Thank You Letters

Go to the store and buy some thank you letters. Write a heartfelt message to all those in your life who you are thankful for and deliver the letters before Thanksgiving!

Donate

Whether its food, clothing, or money, donating to help those in need is a great way to give back and appreciate the things you have.

Volunteer

Volunteering your time is something that anyone can do. Whether it be at an animal shelter, a local homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen, it's always important to give back. All of these places can especially use your help during the holiday season.

Give Out Gifts

Bake some treats, get some dollar store toys, or make little goody-bags to give out to friends, teachers, and other people in your life.

Create a Thankful Tree

Grab a fallen tree branch out of your backyard to start making a Thankful Tree! This simple craft is a great way to have a conversation with your children about being thankful for the things they have like family, pets, their favorite toys, and more.

Talk About Being Thankful at Dinner

Before you sit down together, at Thanksgiving or any other night this November, take a moment, go around the table and have each family member say what they are thankful for.

Be Extra Grateful Out in Public

Spread gratitude and kindness out in public to make the world a nicer place this November. Say thank you, smile, be vocally appreciative to your neighbors, store clerks, and others.

Send a Care Package to Military Members

Show your thanks and appreciation for our military service members by sending them a care package for the holidays with treats, letters, and other comforts from home. We recommend going through Operation Gratitude.

Donate a Thanksgiving Dinner

You can donate to local food banks and sponsor a family in need with a Thanksgiving dinner this year. It will mean a great deal to the family you sponsor to have a warm meal on Thanksgiving.

Invite Those in Need to Thanksgiving

Can you think of anyone you know who might benefit from a warm and friendly meal? Maybe someone you know who doesn't have a family Thanksgiving of their own to go to or family friends who have fallen on hard times? Reach out to them and make a difference this holiday season.  

Spend the Thanksgiving season reflecting on all that you have and being appreciative this year with any of these 10 ways to give thanks. To show our appreciation for all our customers, we've got special service coupons that you can download and use to save big on your next trip to our Graff Bay City Service Center. This time of year, when the weather is growing colder, we recommend completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

11 Thanksgiving Desserts Made With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

BAY CITY, Mich. – Looking for a way to put the rest of you and your kids leftover candy and chocolate to good use by making any of these? Why not use them to make some desserts for Turkey Day? Read below for 11 Thanksgiving desserts made with your leftover Halloween candy! The scrumptious treats will wow and amaze your relatives this holiday season.

Trick or Treat Dessert Pizza


What is there not love about a dessert pizza made out of cookie dough? Especially when you top it off with crumbled up Reese's cups, M&M's, and other chocolate candies!

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars


You may have thought that there was no way to improve upon the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Well, have ever tried adding coconut? Because it's unbelievably delicious!

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Bark


This is another "throw everything in there" type of recipe, this bark recipe offers the delicious taste of candy chocolate with an added crunch.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Mini Butterfinger Pies in a Jar


Make this portable and single-serving sized dessert so that you can taste the beloved Butterfinger candy bar in a mousse-like state.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Homemade Suckers


Keep the kids and little ones at your Thanksgiving festivities happy with these fun, and simple to make, homemade suckers!

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars


A crunchier and more chocolatey dessert you will not find! Layer the dessert with different flavors and textures for a truly unique taste.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Twix Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


Another dessert that offers a variety of flavors and textures. This tremendous treat offers creaminess, crunch, salty flavors as well as sweet ones, and chocolate paired with cookie dough.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Reese's Stuffed Pie


If you need convincing to try this dessert recipe, you may need to get your head checked. Have everyone ranting and raving about how good your Reese's Stuffed Pie was at Thanksgiving this year!

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Bars


Throw all your leftover Halloween candy into a cookie mix for a real crowd-pleaser of a dessert. The added oatmeal and peanut butter will make the texture and taste of these cookies bars irresistible.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Trifle


This towering trifle will look as impressive as it tastes delicious. You can scoop out this dessert to serve to your family members for a gooey, crunchy, and delightful after-dinner treat.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Harvest Snack Mix


Use some of the smaller leftover candy like M&M's and candy corn to mix into a fun and easy-to-snack-on pre-dinner dish for Thanksgiving. It also has all the delicious fall flavors to keep with the festive theme of the season.

11 Thanksgiving Desserts With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Impress your whole family with any of these 11 Thanksgiving desserts made with your leftover Halloween candy. As a bonus to treating everyone's taste buds, you'll avoid being wasteful and tossing out all of that leftover candy! Now is a great time to prepare your vehicle for all of the holiday driving you may be doing over the next two months. We recommend completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to ensure your car, truck, or SUV can handle the cold winter weather and poor road conditions. You'd be surprised to hear the extent of the effect freezing temperatures can have on your vehicle's internal components.

Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Friday, November 10, 2017

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

BAY CITY, Mich. – Autumn is one of the most stunning seasons, and with these 8 fun fall DIY crafts you can make your home as beautifully decorated as it looks outside. Prepare for Thanksgiving with centerpieces, garland, placards, and more, all of which can be enjoyed crafting by yourself, with your children, or with your friends. Read on to find instructions and what supplies you'll need to complete the fall DIY crafts and decorations.

Ombre Pinecone


This might be our favorite craft on the list. These colorful pinecones will help beautify your harvest decorations and are a lot of fun to make. You'll need to gather some pinecones from outside, and get acrylic paint in a few different shades of colors. Also, don't worry if you or your little one get a bit carried away and just paint the entire pinecone a single color. They will still look great!

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Fall Mason Jars

For a country chic look, decorate you home for Thanksgiving with these fall mason jars. The colorful look to these leaf-imprinted decorations will impress all of your guests and family members when they come for Turkey Day!

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Autumn Leaves Garland


Decorate your house with this beautiful, festive garland. Purchase some artificial leaves, coat them with glue and autumnal colored glitter. Then, use a hole punch then hang them with some ribbon. Simple and elegant!

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Fall Layered Centerpiece

Layer corn kernels, leaves, and any other seasonal materials around a brown or orange colored candle for an incredible looking centerpiece. If you light the candle, make sure to not allow it to burn down to the dry layers though.

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Pumpkin Placecards


Decorate cute little pumpkin placecards to make sure everyone knows where to sit at Thanksgiving Dinner! You can create all sorts of festive designs with paint, glitter, and other crafting supplies

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Turkey Wreath


Build this beautiful turkey wreath to welcome family and guests to Thanksgiving dinner this year! You'll love creating this fun and vibrant Turkey Day craft.

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts



Halloween is over but it doesn't mean you can't use pumpkins for decorating anymore. These stylish gold and white pumpkins will add some flair to your Thanksgiving decor. 

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

Thankful Tree


Grab a fallen tree branch out of your backyard to start making a Thankful Tree! This simple craft is a great way to have a conversation with your children about being thankful for the things they have like family, pets, their favorite toys, and more.

8 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

So have fun decorating your home in preparation for Thanksgiving this year with these 8 fun fall DIY crafts! You can also start getting ready for Winter by completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to make sure your vehicle and its internal components are ready to brave the freezing temperatures. Avoid getting stuck out in the cold by visiting the Graff Bay City Service Center this November.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

BAY CITY, Mich. – The 2018 SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, was recently held in Las Vegas. Every year, Chevrolet makes a big splash at this event, showing off their newest and greatest automotive designs. In this blog, we'll give a Chevrolet 2018 SEMA recap to spotlight some of the many production and concept model vehicles that Detroit motor brand showcased at the convention.

2018 COPO Camaro


In addition to the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition sports cars announced recently, Chevrolet has also revealed the 2018 COPO Camaro. The COPO Camaro design, Chevy's latest factory-built drag racer, also features the Hot Wheels Supercrush exterior color and appearance package. For power, the new Camaro design comes with either a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) or supercharged 350 (5.7L) racing engine. If you choose the supercharged 350, you'll be able to make mid-8-second quarter-mile times at nearly 160 mph. Additionally, an all-new, 302 Gen V Small Block engine is also available.

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition & Dusk Edition


Making their public debut at the SEMA Show, the 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight & Dusk Editions gave consumers a look at the personalization options that Chevrolet offers. The 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition features an all-black exterior finish, while the Dusk Edition has an alternate, light exterior finish. Both models include all of the same features including a distinctive black Chevy bowtie emblem, 17-inch five-spoke black accessory wheels, black sport bar with off-road LED lighting, and much more.

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

2018 Silverado & Colorado Centennial Edition


In celebration of 100 years of building the toughest trucks available, Chevrolet is releasing the 2018 Silverado and Colorado Centennial Edition models. Both trucks have striking Centennial Blue exteriors, Centennial emblems and signage, and many more special features exclusive to these pickups. Additionally, you can enter the Chevrolet Truck Legends program and receive exclusive Truck Legends memorabilia including branded hats, decals, and more.

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

2018 Traverse SUP


Stand up paddleboarding has quickly become one of the most popular water sports in the world right now. Paying close attention to this trend, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUP (stand up paddleboard) concept model was designed to embody the fun and active nature of the watersport combined with the reliability of the Traverse. It also equips paddleboard enthusiasts with a rig to easily pack up their board and take it to beach or lake whenever they choose!

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

2018 Suburban Luke Bryan Concept


Whether you're off-roadin', huntin', or fishin' the Luke Bryan Suburban concept model is designed for any adventure. This versatile take on the Suburban has everything an outdoorsman could want and more, with upgrades to its performance, a roof-mounted equipment carrier, and a custom tire mount to give it a truly rugged look.

Chevrolet 2018 SEMA Recap

Chevrolet did not disappoint at this years SEMA show, showcasing a wide range of capable, tough, and awesome vehicles. We hope you found Chevrolet 2018 Recap enjoyable and informative, and we encourage you to check back with our blog regularly for more Chevy news and updates. If you're interested in the new 2018 Silverado, 2018 Colorado, 2018 Camaro, or any other Special Edition Chevrolet models that we have in stock, browse our inventory online and contact our friendly sales staff. They'll answer any questions you may have and can set up a test drive over the phone! Additionally, as the winter weather approaches, make sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold weather by completing out Fall Car Care maintenance routine. Preventative measures and small fixes can help you avoid expensive service bills down the line. Plus, they'll help you remain safe once the freezing temps and icy roads set in.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Friday, November 3, 2017

8 Fun Fall Date Ideas

BAY CITY, Mich. – Just because Halloween is over, doesn't mean fall fun has to come to an end. This season is a perfect time for change. Try something new or go somewhere you have never been with that special person by your side. Whether you're taking a trip to the apple orchard or indulging in a new recipe together, we've got you covered for fun fall date ideas. Make memories with your significant other this November.



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas



8 Fun Fall Date Ideas


No matter what the weather is this fall, go on a new adventure with your significant other. These fun fall date ideas will be sure to keep you busy throughout the season. Whether it's bundling up beneath the stars or going on a scenic hike in Northern Michigan, you'll be sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Before you hit the road this November, make sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold weather. Check out our Fall Car Care guide and schedule routine maintenance to get your car up to speed.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

BAY CITY, Mich. – Halloween is over, and all around the country, families are taking down their decorations and tossing their Jack-o-Lanterns and decorative pumpkins into the trash. Instead of wastefully throwing them away, if you know what to do with your leftover pumpkins, you can make delicious desserts, creative centerpieces, and much more! Read on to discover the amazing things your leftover Jack-o-Lantern can do for you and your home.

Make Pumpkin Puree


What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

Pumpkin puree can be used to make pumpkin pie, cakes, smoothies, and tons of other fall goodies! Plus, making your own pumpkin puree can save you the trouble of having to buy all of those extra cans of puree when you're preparing to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Just make sure there is no mold growing in your Jack-o-Lantern before you start cooking!

How to Do It: 

  1. Cut your pumpkin down the middle, removing the extra seeds and setting them aside (we'll use them later!)
  2. Next, place your pumpkin slices cut-side down on a cooking sheet.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then bake for 45 minutes. 
  4. Remove your pumpkin pieces from the oven and peel off the pumpkin "skin".
  5. Place the leftover pumpkin chunks into a food processor or blender, then blend until thoroughly smooth. Voila! You've made pumpkin puree!

Use Your Pumpkin Puree to Make Pumpkin Butter


What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

Want to put your pumpkin puree to good use right away? With just a few ingredients, you can make a delicious batch of pumpkin butter that packs a festive punch of flavor! You can spread it on toast, add it to ice cream, french toast, and much more!

How to Do It:

  1. Combine 29 oz. pumpkin puree, 3/4 cup apple juice, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves in a large saucepan, stirring well. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce its heat, stir occasionally and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer to containers and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Cook Your Leftover Pumpkin Seeds


What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

Remember those pumpkin seeds we set aside earlier? Well, now we're going to turn them into a delicious fall snack! You can cook this tasty treat with cinnamon, salt, butter, or even sugar to add a dash of flavor to this easy-to-make side dish.

How to Do It:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Throw your pumpkin seeds into a bowl with 2 teaspoons of melted butter and your 1 1/2 cups of cinnamon, salt, or sugar.
  3. Spread pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally

Donate Leftover Pumpkins to a Farmer


What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

If you aren't a fan of pumpkin-flavored foods, you can always donate your leftover Jack-o-Lanterns to your local farmers! Animals love the sweet taste of pumpkins and the cows, pigs, and other farm friends will be very thankful for the tasty treat. 

How to Do It: Use MLive's Animal Farm Finder to discover local farms in Bay County that would be more than happy to take your leftover pumpkins off your hands!

Turn Your Pumpkin into a Flower Pot


What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

Want to repurpose your Jack-o-Lantern into a festive fall decoration? With just a few quick steps, you can transform your carved pumpkin into a live flower planter! If you plan on displaying your planters outside, however, recommend that you turn them so that your Jack-o-Lantern's spooky face isn't greeting your guests as they enter your home.

How to Do It: After removing the lid of your pumpkin and cleaning out its insides, add a shovel full of dirt into its base. Slide your flower into the pumpkin and fill the remaining empty areas with dirt till it fills your Jack-o-Lantern to the top. Wipe it down and give your plant some water, and voila!

Now that you know what to do with your leftover pumpkins, you can breathe new life into your Jack-o-Lantern with by cooking recipes, making decorations, and charitable donations! Looking for more DIY projects and recipes? Make sure to follow our Pinterest page for all things autumn! Additionally, if you're searching for more fall fun, you can make the most of your time before winter with our Fall Seasonal Guide! Browse through our guide to find recommendations on local cider mills, apple orchards, fall recipes, and so much more. Before you head out to your next great fall adventure, though, make sure your vehicle is able to take on the changing temperatures with our Fall Car Care guide. You won't regret it once the snow starts to fall!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles

BAY CITY, Mich. – Concept cars are a unique way for automakers to show off and tease technology, features, or design ideas that could be implemented in future vehicles. They can be anywhere from pretty cool to outright crazy, but if you pay attention to concept cars when they're released, you can get a good idea of what the vehicles of the future will look like. Check out these 5 stylish Chevrolet concept vehicles to see what Chevy has in store for the world of tomorrow, today!

1. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance


5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance concept is designed to maximize its engine performance with a supercharger system to blow more life into its powerful 5.3L V-8 engine. This rugged and capable pickup also features additional enhancements in its exhaust system and performance brakes to help bring its impressive capabilities to life.

Concept Features:


  • Chevrolet Performance LT4-style intercooled supercharger system (adds 100+ horsepower)
  • 22-inch performance tires and wheels
  • Unique hood, air ducts, front fascia, grille, surrounds, and bumpers
  • Custom exterior graphics
  • Front six-piston Brembo brake upgrade kit in red
  • 5.3L cat-back exhaust system with polished tip
  • Performance cold-air induction system
  • LCD competition-style logger app
  • Tri-fold tonneau cover
  • All-weather floor liners
  • Smoked headlamp and taillamp lenses

2. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition


5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is a little unique for a concept car. Instead of just producing one concept model, 650 Corvette Carbons will actually be produced and sold worldwide! In honor of the 65th anniversary of the first ever Corvette, this concept car is designed with a variety of distinctive exterior and interior features that pay tribute to the classic Corvette design.

Concept Features:


  • Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior
  • Carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section, and roof/tonneau inserts
  • Visible carbon-fiber spoiler and quarter intake ducts
  • Center caps with Carbon logo
  • Unique fender stripes and door graphics
  • Black wheels with machined grooves
  • Carbon Edition sill plates
  • Competition Sport seats
  • Carbon-fiber steering wheel rim and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
  • Carbon Flash badges and outside mirrors
  • Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching

3. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUP


5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles


Stand up paddleboarding is one of the most popular water sports in the world right now. Paying close attention to this trend, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUP (stand up paddleboard) concept model was designed to accent the exhilarating feeling of paddleboarding with the reliability of the Traverse.

Concept Features:


  • Blue wave bodyside graphics and yellow stripes
  • Dark Gray fascias, rockers, and wheel opening trim
  • Tinted windows
  • Glass Black bodyside molding
  • Glass black foglamp bezels
  • 20-inch black aluminum wheels
  • Black grille insert
  • Assist steps
  • Trailer hitch kit
  • All-weather floor liners in black
  • Illuminated front door sill plates
  • Traverse-embroidered headrests

4. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD NHRA Safety Safari


5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles


The NHRA Safety Safari was formed in the 1950s to help amateur racers set up safe drag races. This concept NHRA Safety Safari Silverado 3500HD is built to assist modern drivers by inspecting and prepping a track before a drag race begins. In the event of an emergency, this concept model is equipped with firefighting and safety technology to make drag racing a much safer environment.

Concept Features:


  • AMKUS Rescue Equipment System
  • Whelen red and green LED strobes and additional lighting
  • Bed-mounted aluminum frame with extendable mast
  • 2018 Silverado Midnight Edition elements
  • 22-inch black wheels with 305/45LT22 tires
  • Cargo area lamps
  • Tie-down rings
  • Trailering camera system by EchoMaster
  • Floor liners with the bowtie logos
  • Interior trim kit
  • Underseat storage organizer
  • Floor liners with the bowtie logo

5. Luke Bryan Suburban for Huntin', Fishin', and More


5 Stylish Chevrolet Concept Vehicles

Whether you're off-roadin', huntin', fishin', or explorin', the Luke Bryan Suburban concept model is designed for any adventure. This versatile take on the Suburban has everything an outdoorsman could want and more, with upgrades to its performance, a roof-mounted equipment carrier, and a custom tire mount to give it a truly rugged look.

Concept Features:


  • Black assist steps
  • Thule canyon roof basket with extensions
  • Roof rack cross rails 
  • Black Chevrolet bowtie emblems
  • "Huntin', Fishin', and Lovin' Every Day" exterior badges
  • Roof-mounted light rack
  • Roof-mounted fishing rod holder
  • Swing-out tailgate with spare tire mount
  • Black and Two-Tone Olive interior color with Anodized Orange and Dark Carbon accents
  • Rear-facing third-row seats with custom footwell
  • Custom steering wheel, instrument panel, and door pads with camo pattern perforated inserts

While these 5 stylish Chevrolet concept vehicles aren't ready to hit the market just yet, you can make your own concept sports car, SUV, or truck by customizing your very own Special Edition Chevrolet vehicle! First, browse our selection of Special Edition Chevys to find a model you like. You can then place an order online without having to leave your couch! Plus, you can further customize your vehicle with our Graff X Custom Graphics and GM Accessories to make your Chevy vehicle uniquely yours. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to helping you bring your dream vehicle to life!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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