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Thanksgiving Recipes of Bekins Van Lines Employees

Need some Thanksgiving menu inspiration? Bekins Van Lines can help! Last Wednesday, the Bekins Van Lines corporate office held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon with MCL Bakery providing the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes. The Bekins staff provided the side dishes and desserts, proving they are not only experts in moving, but can cook too! Here are some of the favorite recipes from the luncheon to help with your Thanksgiving menu:

Appetizers

Rhonda’s “Pumpkin” Deviled Eggs 

6 eggs
2 tablespoons of thick coconut milk, cold (not low fat) or mayonnaise 2 Teaspoons of Thai IMG_8684Curry Paste
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon paprika plus more to sprinkle
1/2 teaspoon spicy mustard
1/4 Siracha or other red chilli sauce
Salt to taste
1 spring green onion

1) Boil eggs, peel and slice length wise removing the yolks
2) Place yolks and Thai curry paste, ketchup, paprika, spicy mustard and Siracha in a small bowl and mash until smooth
3) Mound the yolk mixture in the egg whites and smooth the surface 4) Use a toothpick to draw lines for the pumpkin look
5) Sprinkle with paprika, if desired
6) Cut the green part of the onion to make the pumpkin look

Sides

Shari’s Husband’s Haluski Recipe

IMG_8682Package of egg noodles (use half of a package if you like more cabbage in your recipe)
Whole head of cabbage
Kielbasa (optional)
1 stick of butter, margarine or olive oil
Chopped onions
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

1)  Cook any brand of egg noodles per package instructions and drain before adding to cooked cabbage. You can use a 1/2 bag of noodles depending on whether you enjoy more cabbage than noodles.
2) Cut head of cabbage in half and remove stem core. Cut into 3 pieces and then cut those pieces into 3 pieces to give you a nice bite-size piece. Repeat on second half of head.
3) Sauté some chopped onions (you can add a little butter to these)
3) Melt 1 stick of butter, margarine or olive oil (your preference) to non-stick dutch oven or pot. Add the sautéed onions to the dutch oven or pot.
4) Add cut cabbage. Generously add salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste.  Cover with lid, cook on medium heat. The cabbage will cook down releasing its moisture. Stir occasionally until it becomes soft. A little brownish tint isn’t a bad thing.  During this stage you can also add cut-up kielbasa sausage.
5) Drain noodles. Add to pan.  Lightly mix in to the cabbage. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes to enable all ingredients to meld with the noodles.
6) Serve and enjoy.

Flo’s Green Beans

3 cans of green beans, Drained
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of ketchup of tomato sauce
Small onion
6 slices of bacon uncooked

1) Preheat oven at 250
2) Put all of the ingredients into a 9×13 pan and cook for 3 hours
3) Serve and enjoy!

Olivia’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

8-10 peeled and boiled sweet potatoes
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of salted butter
Bag of mini marshmallows
Chopped pecans

1) Preheat oven 350 degrees
2) Mix sweet potatoes, brown sugar and salted butter with a mixer until it is whipped and smooth
3) Top with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans
4) Bake for 30 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly browned and melted

Stephanie’s Pumpkin Bars

1 (18 oz) box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup of butter, melted
13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz jar of pumpkin pecan butter from Williams & Sonoma)
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Reserve 1 cup of cake mix and set aside
3) Mix remaining cake with a 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg. Press mixture lightly into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish
4) Mix one jar of pumpkin pecan butter with remaining two eggs and milk and pour over cake mixture in pan
5) Mix remaining 1 cup cake mix with flour, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and cinnamon, and crumble of the top of the pumpkin layer
6) Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden
7) Cool to room temperature and serve.

Luann’s Pumpkin Roll

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Powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Filling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

1) Heat oven to 375°F.
2) Grease 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside.
3) Use clean thin, cotton kitchen towel on counter; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
4) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl.
3) In a  large bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture.
4) Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.
5) Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot,  Cool completely on wire rack.
6) Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, softened butter and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake.
7) Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

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What are you favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Post them below!

Pictures from Bekins Van Lines Annual Partnership Conference

This year’s 60th Annual Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. was a great success by all accounts. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Please enjoy some pictures from the conference below.

 

To view all photos from the conference, please visit: http://DougPritchardPhotography.instaproofs.com/Wheaton-Bekins-60th

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60th Annual Partnership Conference – Exploring Scottsdale, Ariz.

Starting tomorrow, Bekins Van Lines is hosting its 60th Annual Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The Thrive 2014 conference will be packed with plenty of informational sessions, award ceremonies and other fun activities. During downtime, Scottsdale and its surrounding areas have plenty offer. Below are some fun facts and attractions you can find in Scottsdale.

  • Scottsdale averages 330 days of sun and a temperature of 75 degrees. (According to weather.com there will be a 0% chance rain and in the 80’s on Wed-Sat).
  • Popular points of Interest are: Native American and Environmental Learning Center, Hear Mussum, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
    There are 200 golf courses are located in the city and the surrounding areas.
  • The Sonoran Desert, located in and around Scottsdale, is the hottest desert in North
    Scottsdale Desert

    Sonora Desert

    America.

  • The most popular natural landmarks are Tonto National Forest, McDowell Mountains, Camelback Mountain, Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak Park
  • There are more than 100 art galleries and museums.
  • Scottsdale boasts the highest number of destination spas per capita than any city in the US.
  • The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.”
  • Scottsdale is home to many high-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques.
  • The Scottsdale Fashion Square is nearly 2 million square feet.
  • The slogan of Scottsdale is “The West’s Most Western Town”.
  • The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has a 2.5-acre water playground with 10 swimming pools, sand beach, three story water slide, whirlpool spa and two poolside bars. They also have Spa Avania, jogging paths and bicycle trails.

    Hyatt Scottsdale

    Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

 

With over 600 restaurants, Scottsdale has a wide array of different food options and styles to try. Below are the best restaurants according to both Trip Advisor and Yelp.

1. That’s Amore Gelato
2. Café Monarch
3. Franco’s Italian Caffe
4. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
5. Mastro’s City Hall
6. Takeda Thai by Moulay
7. Citizen Public House
8. Ocean Trail
9. Cornish Pasty Co.
10. New York’s Best Italian Bistro

If you are attending conference, please make sure to tag #Thrive2014 when posting photos on social media.

Even if you are not attending, stay up to date on conference happenings with the Wheaton Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the conference, including the announcements of Agent and Drivers of the Year on Thursday.

 

References: Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, Experience Scottsdale

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Help us Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 14-20) and here at Bekins Van Lines, we are taking the time to show our appreciation to the people that are dedicated to delivering successful household moves.

As part of showing our appreciation, we would like you to participate! It’s easy and you could win $100 in the process! Follow the instructions below:

1) Print the attached signs on this email and choose one of the two, if choosing the second, write your driver’s name on the line.

2) Take a picture of you holding the sign.

3) Post the picture on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages using the hashtags “#driveBekinsloyalty” and “#NTDAW” – You may also email your photos to bekinsmarketing@wvlcorp.com.

4) You will be automatically entered to win a $100 Visa gift card upon posting or email of your photo.

Join us between now and Sept. 27 (when the contest ends) in thanking all our professional male and female drivers for making your move successful and keeping our highways safe.

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Throwback Thursday: Bekins in Southern California

Since 1891, Bekins Van Lines has been a leader of innovation in the household-goods moving industry. Throughout Bekins rich history, the specialization in storage became a primary service, especially in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. For a special throwback Thursday, here is an article from the LA Times in 1989. Looking back how Bekins changed the storage business as well as the South California landscape.

Bekins: A Storehouse of History
LA Times
March 01, 1989
Leon Whiteson

They rise like medieval castle keeps above busy Southern California intersections. Their steep blank sides, relieved by rows of small windows, give no clue to the activities behind their fortress-like walls. Only the skyline signs reading Bekins Storage reveal the mundane purpose of these muscular architectural landmarks.

The era of the grand Bekins castles is past, along with the grandeur of the service that moved America when the entire country seemed to be shifting West. But as the company’s late president intended, Bekins’ powerful buildings stand as permanent landmarks on our changing urban landscape.

According to contemporaries, Milo Bekins believed that “moving is the American way.” He also believed that customers entrusting their personal possessions to Bekins needed the sense of reassurance offered by solidly built warehouses located on prominent sites. In a young and rapidly expanding city such as Los Angeles, where so many buildings seemed flimsy and transitory, he decided that his structures for temporary storage would appear unshakably permanent.

Bekins built its first reinforced concrete warehouses in the 1920s and ’30s. A prime example of its architectural style is the 55-year-old building at 929 S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, a solid oblong box that towers seven stories high.

Bekins Santa MonicaAt street level, the arches of a recessed arcade mark a regular rhythm between the slender vertical columns that rise to the roof and end in finials resembling little dunce caps. Between the main columns are small pilasters that form frilly edges to the concrete cliff at top and bottom. Tiny windows make the building appear even bulkier, increasing its presence on the street.

Yet another landmark warehouse, an eight-story castle built in 1929, is located at the corner of Pico and Crenshaw boulevards. A ground-floor arcade houses a row of shops, including Bekins’ furniture sales division, and arches are two stories high, allowing light to filter into second-floor offices.

In its heyday the Bekins Co. owned more than 100 storage buildings in 14 states. In an attempt to streamline its operations in the face of stiff competition, Bekins began selling off its real estate in the early 1980s. By 1983, when purchased by Minstar Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., Bekins’ stock of warehouses had been reduced to 55.

Founded in 1891

Bekins Van Lines was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa, by two young Dutch immigrant brothers, Martin and John Bekins. Martin moved west four years later, first to Omaha, Neb., and then Los Angeles. In 1895 the brothers organized the first transcontinental move from Sioux City to Los Angeles, and opened an office here in an old van at the corner of 2nd and Main streets.

bekins-storageOne year later, Martin Bekins owned six horse-drawn vans and a one-story brick storage building at 360 S. Alameda St. A five-story reinforced concrete building was later built on the site and still stands alongside the original warehouse.

The Bekinses were innovators in the moving and storage business. The first company in the West to specialize in household goods, Bekins later pioneered the concept of containerized storage. In 1903, Martin Bekins introduced the “side-winder” gasoline-powered moving truck to Los Angeles.

Martin’s son, Milo, took over as Bekins chairman in 1927, and built the company into the largest operation of its kind in the world. In the 1950s, 1,000 Bekins vans rolled across the country, serving a restless post-World War II population moving from the cities to the suburbs, and from one suburb to another.

A Simple Formula

The pre-World War II Bekins buildings were designed by structural engineers rather than architects. The vaguely Italianate style of decoration, featuring mini-pilasters and curly roof lines, was culled from the contemporary architectural pattern books popular among designers at the time. An example of the style can be seen at the 511 S. Fair Oaks Ave. warehouse in Pasadena.

Bekins buildings had a simple structural and design formula. Columns were spaced in 26-foot bays under 12-foot ceilings. At the rear were one or two high doors for loading and unloading goods. Ground floor frontages were glassed-in for small shops or offices. Big metal signs displaying the company name dominated the skyline.

LABekinsSMBThe warehouses have stored an extraordinary range of personal items over the decades, from cases of monocles to the Pentagon Papers. The latter, a top-secret study of U.S. military involvement in Indochina, was stored in the Bekins Beverly Hills warehouse at 215 S. Canon Drive, in “several metal handcases, a footlocker, 18 book volumes, a large cardboard carton and a large carton file,” according to an affidavit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the 1940s and ’50s, the style of the Bekins buildings changed. In keeping with the undecorated modernist fashion then coming into vogue, the warehouses became plainer and squatter.

Typically Featureless

The 1943 four-story concrete warehouse at 35 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, a similar design at 2101 E. Carson Street in Long Beach, and the 1953 five-story building at 1425 Holt Blvd. in Pomona are examples of the slab-sided, featureless and almost windowless blocks typical of this period.

The company also bought warehouses built by other storage companies. The 11-story Hollywood Storage Co. building at 1025 N. Highland Ave. was the tallest structure in Hollywood when erected in 1925. It was purchased by Bekins in 1939. And in 1943, a nine-story structure at 3625 S. Grand Ave., built in 1924 by the Birch-Smith Storage Co., was added to Bekins real estate inventory.

The original article can be found here: http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-01/news/vw-725_1_bekins-vans

Meet new neighbors after a relocation by shopping for groceries with your dog

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.


Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.

New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.

If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.

Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!

Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.

Relocating with Rhonda

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins' Sales & Marketing team in early Spring

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins’ Sales & Marketing team in early Spring


Relocating is a unique experience for everyone. It’s exciting for some and dreadful for others. One of the best ways to understand the process is by seeking advice from those who’ve experienced it first-hand.

Sales and Marketing Project Manager, Rhonda Baker joined the Bekins Van Lines team this spring. Prior to her job and life in Indiana, she lived in Oklahoma City with her two sons and husband. When her husband’s job required relocating, they packed up their life and headed to Fishers, Ind.

“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Rhonda. “It’s all I had known my entire life.”

Adjusting to such a major change is no easy task. Rhonda’s advice – Don’t overlook the milestone. In the weeks leading up to the move, be intentional about spending time with friends and family for a proper goodbye.

“Relocating definitely makes you appreciate friends and family,” said Rhonda. “You won’t take any time together for granted. It inspired me to make more of an effort to get together with close friends and family.”

Rhonda said she looks forward to planning several trips to visit her two sons, lifelong friends and family who still live in Oklahoma.

“I was most surprised about the amount of planning involved,” said Rhonda.

Rhonda attributes a great deal of the success of her move to the attention to detail in planning prior to relocating. She went as far as measuring their current furniture and comparing it to measurements of the new house. This saved time, money and space when it came to deciding what items to move.

“Downsizing and adjusting to a new home was definitely a challenging aspect of moving.”

She suggests diving into your favorite hobbies soon after relocating. For Rhonda, it is gardening and sprucing up her outdoor space. This made the new house feel like a home and took her mind off the move.

She also suggests asking a friend to ‘dog-sit’ for moving day. The last thing you want is your precious pooch running away on moving day.

“Having Ripley running around the new house made it feel more like home. Pets can play a huge emotional role in moving.”

Heed the advice of someone who has seen moving from the professional standpoint as well as personal.

How to live with roommates…successfully

According to your standards, is leaving your shoes on the dining room table unacceptable? What may seem obvious to you may not be to a roommate.

Recent studies suggest that roommates are replacing spouses in the 20th Century. As a Millennial who has successfully lived with the same roommate for three years, I’m here to tell you successfully living with a roommate is possible.

Talk, talk, talk
Communication is a little detail that can make a BIG difference when living with others. Open and honest communication between roommates is crucial. This is especially true for roommates with a strong history of friendship. Confronting your roommates about a problem will be worth it in the long run. Allowing it to fester will only allow passiveness to pry its way into your living space.

Start with chores
As silly and elementary as it may sound, having a chore chart can save a lot of drama. Get as creative and cute with your chore chart as you want. Visit the craft store and decorate your chore chart to your heart’s desire then simply list each roommates’ name with the rotating chore(s) for which they are responsible. Understanding who is to do what around the house will establish expectations.

Expectation
In a perfect world, one could assume that everyone would have common courtesy when it comes to ‘rules of the house’. However, that’s not always the case. Clearly communicating one another’s expectations is a must. Here are some conversation starters:

  • Are we going to allow pets in the house? Who will be responsible for them?
  • Will we divide up the cost for food? Or will this remain separate?
  • What boundaries will we have for the common areas?
  • Any rules for visitors: family, friends, significant others, etc.?
  • Will there be a quiet time? Ex: During the week days after 11:00 p.m.

I am certain that with these tips, some cheap wine and good laughs, living with roommates can be some of the best years of your life!

Less is More: Housing Market Trends

Small house_don't careThe popular saying of ‘less being more’ couldn’t ring more true in today’s housing market. What are buyers really looking for when searching for a house to call home? According to recent housing trends, it is less about the space available and more about having a cozy, well-maintained property. And can you blame them? Properties requiring less keep-up are becoming more attractive for today’s buyers, who have many other demands of their time.

No surprise, purchase price is also a huge factor in buyers’ decision making process. The current market puts house hunters in a great spot to get the best deals. Don’t be shocked when a counter-offer is thrown back from buyers; it’s a competitive market. However, this shouldn’t be problem for well-kept spaces that offer a great deal of value to the buyer. Use this as a selling point when marketing your house.

Small AND Mighty

While the houses trending on the market today are smaller, they are not to be underestimated. Potential homeowners put a tremendous emphasis on the value the house will have when it comes to resale. Decorative details are important. Buyers are more attracted to upscale finishes such as granite countertops and wood floors compared to laminate countertops and tiled floors. Such details can make the difference to the prospective buyers.

Filling the rooms with high-end furniture and upscale decorative choices is preferable to having large spaces. Having updated, quality details will compliment this trend well.  The need for large houses with several rooms is a thing of the past to current buyers.

The Great Outdoors

In addition to a desire to downsize, the housing market is seeing a demand for greater outdoor spaces. The outdoor amenities have almost equal importance as the indoor ones. Therefore, taking careful consideration of curbside appeal is extremely important. Maintaining the outer appearance of a house is arguably one of the most important selling points for home buyers. A well-groomed lawn and exterior of a house can go a long way when selling your house.

Well, there you have it. You have all the secrets that the buyers are looking for in a house. When the big moving day comes, don’t stress of the boxes and relocation of your household goods – leave that up to Bekins, it’s kind of our area of specialty. Check us out at: http://www.bekins.com/.