Dessert For The Big Game – Or Anytime!!

foodiefridaylogo2With The Big Game this weekend we are going to need lots of food to eat to help get us through the ups and downs, the disappointments and the cheers; and that is just the commercials.  We have a number of appetizer and dip recipes not to mention main dishes that you can use but today we are going to go Dessert Time.

When it comes to dessert I can’t think of anything better than chocolate and peanut butter.  This dessert gives you this great combination of flavor and is super easy.  You can make it harder by making home made whip cream. I prefer it over Cool Whip but we have a game to prepare for so let’s keep it simple.

What You Need:

  • 1   large box Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1 large box Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 6 cups  cold milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • Hot Fudge or Chocolate Syrup
  • Cookies, Brownies or Peanut Butter Cups for Garnish. or to add directly to your dish.  I used chocolate chip cookies and chocolate and peanut butter morsels!  Yeah!!

What You Do:

  • Mix up the pudding in separate bowls using the cold milk.
  • Add peanut butter to the vanilla pudding and mix it up really well.
  • Add 2 cups of cool whip or whipped cream to each pudding mixture
  • In a large bowl or trifle dish layer the one of the puddings, then half of the remaining cool whip, then the other pudding then the rest of the cool whip and then top with cookies, brownies or candy.  You can also put some cookies at the bottom or between layers… just make it already!!! Geesh!  Ha ha….
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup.  You can also put a little more whipped cream on the top if you have some.
  • If you have time let the dish sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before drizzling the syrup over the top.
  • EAT IT!!

We hope you get a chance to make this dish, if you do let us know what you think and how you made it.



HondaLink – The Next Generation

handfreeHonda recently introduced the next generation of connected-car technology to meet the evolving needs of today’s tech-savvy, always-connected consumers: Honda Display Audio and HondaLink™. Together these technologies represent the most advanced information and media connectivity package ever offered by Honda.

The first vehicle that gets this new technology is the 2014 Honda Civic.  The 2014 Civic equipped with Display Audio marks Honda’s first factory installed integration of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode with Siri operation available directly through the steering wheel-mounted controls when a compatible iPhone is paired via Bluetooth®

“Display Audio and HondaLink are pioneering technologies that seamlessly and intuitively integrate the power and functionality of a customers’ smartphone directly into their vehicle,” said Charles Koch, manager of new business development for American Honda. “Staying connected to the latest music, information, news, traffic updates, even friends and family, is a must-have capability for a new generation of car buyers.”


hondalink2Display Audio
The new Display Audio interface1 debuts on the 2014 Civic (EX models and above) and will be featured on the all-new 2015 Fit, arriving next spring. Offering one of the largest touchscreens in its class, Display Audio uses the familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality of a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features.

Icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on a 7-inch, high-definition, capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive and easy to use. Standard internet-sourced music and media options, such as Pandora® are built into the Display Audio interface, with the ability to create personalized stations, tap to “like” songs, and view album artwork directly from the touchscreen. Display Audio also integrates touch operation of the volume (with a quick-swipe adjustment), menu, and return functions for a modern and sleek look. Standard steering wheel controls compliment the touchscreen features as well.

Next Generation HondaLink™
The Display Audio system with next generation HondaLink allows the customer’s digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to a hondaassistworld of cloud-based information. The all-new application-based platform connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car, all powered by their smartphones. At launch timing, iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will benefit from all the features HondaLink offers. Compatible Android smartphone’s are anticipated to become available next year.

Four specialty HondaLink apps provide organization and are a gateway to additional online content:

  • Connect App – Provides convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the Owners Guide. Users can tap for weather updates and store favorite destinations for quick routing with the Navigation app.
  • Navigation App – For the first time Honda is offering a comprehensive cloud-based navigation app for purchase2 that includes 3D mapping and continuously updated traffic information. As the first navigation app developed by an automaker with mapping data provided by HERE, a Nokia business, this app offers a variety of location search options including search by point of interest, text search, or previous locations. Routes can be pre-planned on a smartphone and will display on the vehicle’s touchscreen. Turn-by-turn routing guidance is available through the vehicle’s audio system as well.
  • Aha™App – provides access to an extensive and diverse selection of audio content across multiple genres and demographics, plus featured new stations, Internet radio, podcasts, audiobooks, news, Twitter and Facebook updates and nearby location listings for restaurants, coffee houses, hotels, weather, parks, and gas stations. Users can tap to personalize stations or add favorites via smartphone or directly through the Display Audio interface.
  • Launcher App –Finds and organizes Honda-approved 3rd party apps so they can be quickly integrated into the Display Audio system. Approved apps can be found through the Launcher and shown on the Display Audio screen for easy access.

hondaconnectAdditional new features found with HondaLink include HondaLink Assist, which can help provide emergency assistance to drivers. If there is a cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car’s current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

Siri Eyes Free Integration
Display Audio integrates Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode into Honda vehicles. Compatible iPhone® users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth® . Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps minimize distractions by keeping an iOS device’s screen from lighting up.

Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

  • Sending text messages and e-mails
  • Reading incoming text messages and emails
  • Setting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
  • Checking the weather
  • Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or iPod mode)
  • Sports scores and stock quotes

Display Audio is the first factory installed integration of Siri Eyes Free mode into a Honda vehicle. Previously, it was available on  the 2013 -2014 Honda Accord only as a dealer installed accessory.

Buckeye Honda Come in and let us give you a demonstration of what this technology is all about.  has been selling new and used vehicles in Lancaster Ohio since 1984.  We strive to earn your business through our knowledge and integrity while attending to even the smallest details.

Local Weekend Events

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaWelcome to Weekend Wednesday, where Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota bring you events happening locally.  If you have a local event that you would like to have included please let us know.  If you get a chance to attend one of these events please share with us your experience and photos.

Let’s Get Out and Do Something!

Lancaster Idol Finals
Saturday, February 01, 2014

Location: Lancaster High Schoollancastercity
Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone: 740-689-8032
Website: Lancaster Idol
Details: Lancaster Idol is an annual vocal competition held at the Lancaster High School. Categories include Elementary, Junior High, High School, Adult and Group.  The auditions are over and it is time to for The Finals!  Come out and help the Lancaster Choir raise money for new risers and have a great night of entertainment and fun.  To cast votes, audience members pay a $5 entry fee for each segment final and receive a voting ticket for each division. The elementary and junior high division finals will begin at 4 p.m. with the high school, adult and groups division finals starting at 7 p.m. To see both segments and cast votes in all five divisions will cost $10

Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise
Saturday and Sunday – February 1 & 2

Cost: $15 personhhfoodcruise

Contact: Hocking Hills Visitor Center
13178 State Route 664 South
Logan, Ohio
Phone: 740-385-9706
Web Site:

10am – 4pm. $5 of every ticket sold will benefit local food pantries. Cruise through the Hocking Hills eating along the way. Enjoy the beauty of winter while indulging in some of your favorite comfort foods. For two days you can taste these dishes all around the region. Go for the gusto and try to taste all ten in a day or take a leisurely tour and take as long as both days. Best of all, no need for any guilt. At the first guilty twinge just stop and take a hike. In addition to using some of that comfort food fuel you will be treated to a feast for the senses as you view cave walls covered with ice beards and waterfalls frozen in suspended animation. List of Restaurants and what you will enjoy – Cinnamon Rolls from The Ridge Inn Restaurant, Biscuits and Gravy from Pearls, Vegetable Soup from Rocky Boot Factory Grill, Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Rhapsody Restaurant, Pizza from the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, Brownies from the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, Mac and Cheese from MM Family Diner, Meatloaf from the Millstone Southern BBQ, Chicken and Dumplings from the Olde Dutch Restaurant and Chocolate Ice Cream from Ralph’s Ice Cream.

Ice Cave Back-country Hike
Sunday February 2ndhhwinter

10 am. Take a rugged 3.5-mile back-country hike to the Ice Cave. The hike will be approximately 3.5-miles and will last about 3 hours. We will be covering rugged terrain so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please bring water. We do not have drinking water at the park. Please bring trail snacks if you may need them. This hike is not recommended for children.  Not Wheelchair Accessible.

Location: Clear Creek Meeting Place Park Office.

Cost: Free Event

185 Clear Creek Road
Rockbridge, Ohio
Phone: 740-385-1834
Web Site:

Lancaster Music Club 26th Annual American Music Concert
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 222 N Broad St, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Details: Professional musicians from Ohio University and also from Columbus and Cleveland. Program featuring American music, with selections from other countries. Free admission.

Tuesday at Toyota: Toyota Racing Development

scrabble-tuesdayPerformance is an idea Toyota does not take lightly. One way they embody this is through Toyota Racing Development. TRD is the in-house tuning shop for our worldwide racing teams. More important to you, it’s another way we get performance into the hands of our customers. Whether it’s special edition vehicles like the Rock Warrior Tundra, or developing high-performance parts and accessories that our owners can install in their own vehicles, everything is aimed to help you accelerate quicker, stop shorter or handle better–racetrack or not.

Here is a brief history lesson, it doesn’t cover all of the catalogs but we think you will get the picture.

It all started in 1996 when Toyota put out the first TRD catalog.  The catalog marked the introduction of TRD USA performance parts in the U.S. market place. trd2What made TRD unique – the products were available exclusively through Toyota dealers and backed by a factory style warranty for the first time. At this point, the catalog consisted of about a dozen categories of parts, mostly suspension related, that were available for popular Toyota car and truck applications.

In 1998 the second catalog introduced TRD’s first supercharger to the world. This was a major first: it was the first time a manufacturer offered an aftermarket supercharger kit that was emission legal and supported by a full factory style warranty. The supercharger was designed to fit the 3.4-liter V6 that powered the 4Runner and the popular Tacoma pickup. This milestone led to a whole family of TRD superchargers that continues today.

The 2000 catalog was by far the most comprehensive TRD catalog to date. It introduced numerous new products, including the first time TRD offered complete performance upgrade packages for specific Toyota models – including the Camry, Solara and Corolla. In addition, there were new aero packages for Supra, MR2 and Celica. In just four years, the TRD product offering had grown to 5 times the number of items originally offered in 1996

trdIn 2005, five superchargers were featured in this edition of the TRD catalog, including a supercharger for Toyota’s first V8. All of the superchargers were Roots-type design and were emission legal with full warranty coverage. This edition was also the first time TRD incorporated electronic engine control upgrades with the superchargers for improved power and emission compliance

Toyota keeps introducing more and more racing inspired performance parts for the everyday customer to enjoy.  It is part of the motivating factor  to enhance performance without compromising integrity. And the end results speak for themselves – like a 504-hp supercharged Tundra that smokes sports cars for lunch. It’s just one example of how TRD USA takes driving to the next level of performance and fun!

If you are interested in seeing what TRD has for your vehicle come in and see our service and parts professionals at Buckeye Toyota in Lancaster Ohio.

Team Member Monday – Sadie Evans

sadie1Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota are award winning dealerships doing business in Lancaster Ohio.  The number one contributing factor to their great reputation is one thing; Their People.  The number one thing that sets the Buckeye Organization apart from all of the other dealerships, are the employees.  Today we would like to introduce you to one of the best, Sadie Evans.

Sadie is The Lead Customer Service Representative for Buckeye Honda in Lancaster, OH.  Sadie’s  position requires that she be on her game all the time while being able to juggle multiple tasks at once.  From helping the sales staff with various duties, answering phones, helping service clients that are waiting for their vehicle to keeping up with reports, handling service reminders and doing so many other things too many to mention, our CSR team is the center of the hub that keeps the wheels moving forward.   Without their hard work and willingness to go the extra mile, Buckeye can’t be the dealership that it is and Sadie is one a big part of that.

When not at Buckeye you can find Sadie spending some time on herself from getting her nails done to spending some quiet time in a warm sun bed.   She doesn’t get a lot of time to watch television or movies but when she does she prefers Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars and her favorite movie is Remember The Titans.  Her entire family loves football and Remember The Titans is one of her favorites.  Spending time with her family is one of her most important priorities.  Hanging out with Mom, Dad, her older Sister, younger Brothers and her Niece is what she loves to do the most.  She finds that doing some of these little things makes her happy and helps her to relax from the hectic world.

One thing that many people at Buckeye don’t know is Sadie recently graduated with a degree in Deaf Studies and Interpreting from Ohio University.  She has had sadie3the privileged to interpret for a number of events in the area including the Sold-Out Justin Beiber Concert in Nationwide Arena.  Having Sadie’s skill set has been very helpful for some of our deaf clients that visit the dealership for sales or service.  Sadie loves  to help bridge the communication barrier and make it easier for everyone.  If you or someone you know is deaf  and would like to set an appointment at the dealership when Sadie is available we invite you to contact her at 740-653-7678 or email at to set your appointment.   Sadie will be more than happy to aid you in any way that she can.

Sadie’s guilty pleasure is crispy money (money that is fresh off the presses – she hates to spend it!) and fried rice.  Makes us wonder if she was really craving her favorite fried rice would she be willing to use her last crispy dollar?  Next time you’re in ask her!

sadie3Sadie is a resident of Carroll Ohio but when asked where she would like to be on a day like today, it is really easy for her to answer – “Someplace tropical with the beach nearby where I can put my toes in the sand and watch the waves.”   We have to admit that does sound like a great place to be.

Next time you are in the dealership take a moment and say hello to Sadie Evans, One of the Stars of Buckeye Honda.

Foodie Friday: Corn Chowder

foodiefridaylogo2Not that I have to tell you but it is COLD outside.  Not just kind of cold but REALLY COLD.  When it gets cold the first thing I want to cook is soup.  Chili Soup, Vegetable Soup, Black Bean Soup, and Chicken Corn Chowder.

This chowder can be tweaked a number of ways so feel free to play around with it.  Some of the ways to tweak this would be the addition of spices, seafood and potatoes.  You can omit the chicken but when it is cold I like to kick up the hearty quotient a bit.

Bring On The Chowder!

What You Need:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups white corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups cooked chicken – shredded or cubed.  (I like to use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery that is already cooked if time is an issue)
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

What You Do:

  • Melt 1 stick of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrot, and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned; set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Combine the corn and chicken stock in another saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Combine roux and stock, whisking so it doesn’t clump up.
  • Return to the heat and bring to a boil, the mixture will be thick.
  • Gently add in the half and half and stir
  • Add chicken, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste

Thursday at Honda: 400,000 Mile Civic

thursdayatbuckeye Buckeye Honda has been doing business in Lancaster OH for almost 30 years.  We opened our doors when this part of town was nothing but farm fields and the old Ohio State Highway Patrol office.  Over the years we have seen a lot of things, including lots of Hondas with over 100,000 miles on them, many with over 200,000 and yes even some with over 300,000 miles.  Today we would like to share with you one with over 400,000 miles on it.  Meet Steve Dupler and his 1995 Honda Civic 2dr with over 401,000 miles!

We are going to let Steve tell you the story in his own words…

March 1995 I purchased my first new vehicle, a Honda Civic Ex at Buckeye Spires Automotive.  I have been very pleased with my Honda purchase of Nineteen years.  I have accumulated over Four Hundred Thousand Miles on this Honda and it is still operating well.

After nineteen years of being a very pleased and satisfied Honda Owner I have decided to purchase a New 2013 Honda Civic.  I have no desire or intention of owning any other manufactured auto.  I am a very satisfied Honda Owner and I am hoping to get another 19 year plus out of my New Honda.

A Truly Satisfied Honda Owner,

Steve Dupler

When asked about what the future was for his 19 year old Civic, Steve stated that it was going to a young man in the family that is just learning to drive.  “It will make him a great vehicle.”, stated Steve.  He went on to say “I am going to miss it but I am excited to get this new Civic and happy that it is going to someone that will really appreciate it.”

Steve has been a client of the Buckeye Honda family for over 19 years and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him and his new Honda Civic for the next 19 years.

Congratulations Steve!