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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookiesAre you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from San Francisco Toyota. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet but not too sweet new fall staple to add to your recipe box.

Ingredients

(Makes 2 dozen cookies)

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup lightly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.

The team at San Francisco Toyota wishes a great fall to you and your family!

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

It’s Almost Here: The All-New Toyota TRD Pro Series is Set to Arrive Late September

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD ProAre you ready for the all-new Toyota Tundra TDR Pro Series? Our team at San Francisco Toyota couldn’t be more excited. Off-roaders rejoice; the 2015 Tundra is better than ever with its new off-road package designed by the brilliant minds at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Each part has been engineered, tested and tuned by the TRD experts.

Available on 4X4 models of the Tundra, as well as the Tacoma and 4Runner, the TRD Pro Series vehicles will offer:

  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black TRD alloy wheels
  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs in the front and rear
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Unique front grill with “TOYOTA” badging
  • TRD floor mats

It gets better. In addition to the series features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be exclusively equipped with:

  • 5.7-liter V8 with a TRD dual exhaust system
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport bezels and manual level control
  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • TRD front skid plate
  • All-black 18-inch TRD alloy wheels with Michelin Off-Road tires designed exclusively for Tundra
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique TRD Pro instrument panel ornament insert

We are anxiously waiting for the Tundra TRD Pro to arrive at our lot at San Francisco Toyota in late September. Feel free to contact us for more information and in the meantime, check out our current inventory today.

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The Importance of Keeping Your Car’s Tires Aligned and Balanced

Wheel alignment attachmentOne major cause of accidents, and financial distress, is not maintaining your vehicle properly. When it comes to driving, your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts to maintain. If you are looking to save money and increase your car’s safety, then you should consider regular tire balancing as well as alignment checkups. At San Francisco Toyota, these services are fast, affordable, and designed to meet your vehicle’s specific needs.

One of the biggest reasons that you should make sure your vehicle’s tires are aligned is safety. Misaligned tires can cause a number of problems including pulling to one side, less control over your vehicle, and an increased rate of wear on your tires’ tread. Not only is this dangerous, but you will have to replace your tires much more frequently if the alignment is off, which will put a big hole in your wallet. Another thing to consider is that misaligned tires will negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Balancing your vehicle’s tires is also very important. Think about everything your tires encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it is potholes, sticks or rocks, your tires go through a beating every day. Sometimes, certain tires will wear more than others, creating an imbalance in your vehicle. The result is often a slight shaking of the car, which will get worse with speed.

Even the slightest imbalance can cause big problems, which is why it is important to take your car into the shop and have its tires balanced every so often. The result is that no one tire will be worn to an exaggerated amount, and wear will occur more evenly on all four tires.

If you need your tires balanced, aligned or both, then don’t hesitate to contact the San Francisco Toyota service department for friendly assistance. You won’t regret it and your car will thank you by running better than ever!

Toyota’s FT-1 Concept Gets a Second Design

The new face of the FT-1 premiered at Pebble Beach, and we can’t look away

Get ready to lift your jaws up off the floor. Back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota debuted the FT-1 concept – a stunning new sports car dazzling in a red finish with two-tone red and black interior. Recently, Toyota showed that it had even more up its sleeve at Pebble Beach, when the FT-1 from January showed up with a whole new face.

Toyota took the FT-1 concept and drenched it in a graphite finish that is both menacing and beautiful as it accents the sculptural design of our favorite brand’s latest creation. The tan leather interior complete with exposed metal elements adds to the more upscale look of this version of the FT-1.

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FT-1 interior design was inspired by high-tech performance materials used in modern superhero costumes, combining just the right parts style and function. The result is an authentic bold look that exudes luxury and power.

Players of Gran Turismo 6 will be able to drive both versions of the FT-1 in September, along with a racing-focused version aptly named the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo. To see the virtual version in action, click here. At San Francisco Toyota, we can’t wait to see the FT-1 in person, but until then we’ll just have to make do with photo galleries and virtual racing. Stay tuned for all the latest Toyota news, and stop by anytime to see Toyota innovation at work in our current inventory.

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Getting Your Kids in the ‘Back-to-School’ Frame of Mind

Three children holding hands with teacherGetting your kids ready for school after a long vacation can prove to be a hassle for everyone involved. The transition can be smooth or bumpy, depending on your kids’ frame of mind during the summer. Successfully getting your children in the ‘back-to-school’ mindset involves organization, repetition, and routine. The team at San Francisco Toyota has compiled some tips for making your kids’ transition back to school as easy as possible for you and your children.

Talk about school

Frequently remind your kids that their first day back to school is coming up, and set up a calendar with the first day circled. Sit down with your kids and ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year. Be encouraging and supportive. Begin with the understanding that all kids experience some sort of hesitation or anxiety when going back to school. Remind your kids that it will be nice to see their friends and classmates again, and give them positive ideas about returning to school. Mention exciting opportunities such as making new friends, joining clubs or sport teams, or even just learning about interesting subjects.

Start a sleeping schedule

During the summer, kids often go to sleep late and wake up late. Start implementing earlier bedtimes at least a week or two before the first day of school. Nothing will make an early morning routine worse than a lack of sleep the night before. Plus, kids need a full night’s sleep to stay mentally alert and involved in class all day. Even older kids will benefit from this new sleep schedule, and it will make learning and morning routines much easier once school starts.

Establish morning and evening routines

Practicing daily routines will significantly decrease early morning chaos on the first day of school. Getting into a set morning routine that includes waking up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast will speed things along on that first day back. Set a morning schedule now, and get your child an alarm clock to decrease your morning rush and to give them the responsibility of waking themselves up in the morning. In the evenings, cut back on TV and videogame time. During the school year, this time will be spent doing homework. Get your kids in the routine of reading in the evenings during summer vacation to make the transition back to school easier.

Eat a healthy breakfast

Research has continually shown that eating a healthy breakfast every day is extremely important, especially for young children and students. Without proper nutrition in the morning, kids tend to feel drowsy and distracted. Many children don’t like eating breakfast in the morning because they are not used to getting up that early, so as soon as you begin setting a practical sleeping schedule for your kids, also introduce a healthy breakfast routine. A nutritious breakfast will give your kids the long-lasting energy that they need to kick start their school day.

Pack lunches

Unless you pay for school lunches, your kids’ midday meal usually comes from home. Get yourself or your children in the habit of planning their lunches the night before. You can also pack the non-perishable items in their lunches the night before to save even more time in the morning. Include healthy snacks and try to limit the amount of junk food and sugary drinks in their lunches. Nutritious snacks will give your kids the energy and important nutrients that they need to focus on learning.

Lay out clothes

Avoid last-minute searches for socks or your kids’ favorite article of clothing by laying out their outfit for the next day the night before. Ask your child for input and suggestions to help them feel a sense of inclusion and responsibility. For younger children, practicing getting dressed quickly and efficiently can save lots of time and hassle in the mornings.

Shop early for school supplies

Going shopping for school supplies ahead of time will relieve the anxiety of having incomplete supplies on the first day of school, and will also help prepare your child for school. Bring your kids along with you and have them help pick out the things that they want to use for school. Most school systems provide complete lists of necessary school supplies to make your shopping trip even easier.

Set up a study area

A designated study area will help keep your kids focused on homework, assignments, and studying. This space can also double as an area where your kids’ school items are located. Backpacks, lunchboxes, and the next day’s clothes will all be conveniently located in one spot the night before, so in the morning your kids have everything they need already prepared and laid out for them.

Go over safety tips

Last but not least, it is important to go over safety tips before your kids leave for their first day of school. Teach your children basic safety measures such as to never travel alone and to stay away from strangers. More importantly, teach your kids to be aware of situations and actions that are out of the ordinary, and to follow their own instincts. Make sure they know that if something doesn’t feel right, they should keep their distance and tell an adult.

Having everything prepared and organized ahead of time will save you and your children a lot of time and energy, and it will give your kids time to prepare and get excited for the upcoming school year! By reintroducing school-year habits and routines before school starts, kids naturally shift out of the summer mindset and get ready for a year of learning. At San Francisco Toyota, we wish you and your family a safe and exciting back-to-school season.

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