Countdown to Giving: Day 8

Walkin’ in a Waffle Wonderland

Fun ways to incorporate this unique treat into all of your holiday festivities.

  1. Waffle Wednesday Date Night

Think waffles are just for breakfast? Think again! When the weather turns cold and the nights get long, head out mid-week with your sweetheart to enjoy a warm waffle, a scoop of your favorite ice cream, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate to kindle the holiday spirit.

  1. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever had a Belgian waffle? No, like a real Belgian waffle? When frozen waffles and boxed mixes leave something to be desired, try your hand at a scratch recipe. Our recommendation? No waffle is more worthy of your time and energy than the glorious Liége style waffle. Made from brioche-like dough (not batter) and loaded up with caramelized clusters of Belgian pearl sugar in every bite, this waffle reigns supreme. But beware, it is no easy task to master the Liége style recipe. Need some help? Head over to Press Waffle Co. and we will give you our handcrafted recipe to try at home.

  1. Bring the Family Together

Icing Cookies? Building gingerbread houses? How about Decorating Waffles?

Start a new Christmas tradition that is sure to please the whole family. Colorful sprinkles, melted chocolate, fresh fruits, and crushed candy canes are just a few of the endless possible toppings that go well with waffles! Don’t forget the whipped cream!

  1. Not Another Cheese Plate

Want to be the hit of this years’ Christmas party? Bring waffles! You’d be amazed at the number of savory toppings that go well with waffles. Create your own bite sized appetizers with waffles instead of crackers or toast. Need some suggestions? Try these winning combinations:

Brie + Fig Jam

Bacon + Honey

Gruyere + Prosciutto

  1. Santa Loves Waffles Too!

Forget Milk & Cookies, give Santa the treat he really wants with some chocolate covered waffles and an ice-cold glass of milk. You’ll be on the ‘nice list’ next year for sure!

Now Open in Creekside Park West!

Press Waffle Co. specializes in fully customizable authentic Belgian waffles, savory waffle creations, milkshakes & ice cream, and locally roasted coffee.

Countdown to Giving: Day 11

Recipes from the Ferester Collection

The holiday season is the perfect time to share and try new recipes. From special breakfast items to holiday cocktails, we’ve picked a few of our favorites from years past to share with you. We’ve included a champagne punch, a fun drink to share at your next holiday party…apricot strudel and cinnabons rolls, just as good for breakfast as they are dessert…and protein porridge, which can be prepared ahead of time, perfect for this busy season when breakfast needs to be easy to prepare and packed with protein. Enjoy!

Champagne Punch

3 bottles ginger ale

1 large can lemonade

1 pint peach brandy

2 bottles Champagne

The night before making the punch, freeze 1 bottle of ginger ale in a bowl. Mix lemonade, peach brandy, and remaining two bottles of ginger ale. Pour into a punch bowl and add two bottles of champagne. Add frozen ginger ale.

Apricot Strudel

2 cups flour

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sour cream

10 oz. jar smooth apricot preserves

Combine flour, butter and sour cream and knead into pastry dough. Divide into 4 even portions, place on a plate and cover in cling film. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours. Roll out one portion of dough on a floured tea towel till 12 x 14 rectangle, using lots of flour as the dough is thin and sticky. Spread with preserves. Roll up like jelly roll. Repeat with the other three portions. Bake on an ungreased pan or cookie sheet at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely and slice.

Cinnabon Rolls

½ cup warm water

2 pkgs. active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons sugar

3.5 oz pkg. Instant vanilla pudding mix

½ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 Tablespoon salt

8 cups flour

½ cup butter, melted

2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons cinnamon



8 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

 In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved, then set aside. Yeast should bubble. In a large bowl, make pudding mix according to package directions. Mix until slightly thickened. Add ½ cup melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well. Add yeast and blend. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place until double in size, about 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again, about 45 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to a 34” x 21” rectangle. Spread ½ cup melted butter over the surface.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle this mixture over top of the dough. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up very tightly. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1 or 2 inch rolls  depending on how large you want your cinnamon rolls to be. Place rolls onto foil-covered (for easy clean-up) baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove when golden brown.

 Combine all frosting ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread on warm rolls. Serve warm.

Jamie Oliver’s Protein Porridge Mix

This is a fantastic porridge mix. Make up a batch, store it in a sealed glass jar, and have it ready to go whenever you want a quick, wholesome meal!

For the mix:

2 cups rolled oats

¼ cup dry quinoa

⅓ cup flaxseeds

¾ cups walnuts

¾ cups pumpkin seeds

¾ cups almonds (whole or sliced)

1 tsp vanilla extract


To make the porridge:

 ⅔ cup milk or your favorite non-dairy milk

¼ cup berries, mashed if desired

Nuts for topping

Honey for topping

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until consistency is like a coarse almond meal. Store mix in an airtight container until ready to use.

To make a serving of porridge, combine 1 ¾ cup of the mix with ⅔ cup milk of your choice in a small pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Take off heat and add berries, nuts and honey as desired.

 Nearly 40 years ago, these recipes and more made up a cookbook…a cookbook that marked the beginning of Beth Ferester’s real estate career. Before the world of social media marketing – Beth went door to door hand delivering these books as a way to make personal connections with people in the neighborhood. Beth is now seen as a matriarch in real estate – ranking in the top 25 realtors in the Greater Houston area every year since the early 2000’s. In the past year, Beth has brought some of these recipes back to life through her giving back coffeehouse next door to her real estate office, Lovebeans. The team makes these homemade cinnamon rolls every weekend, and the full version of this cookbook is available in the merch store. Come out and visit us in Creekside!

8522 Creekside Forest Drive Suite D-101, The Woodlands, TX 77375

Countdown to Giving: Day 12

Staying Safe on the Road this Holiday Season &
The Top 10 Most Asked for Safety Features in an Automobile Today

Safety is top of mind now more than ever. When you and your family head out to your car for a road trip this holiday season, make sure to grab your mask, hand sanitizer and do a Road Ready Safety Check.

Safety Check:

  • Tires: Proper tire pressure equals better fuel economy, longer lasting tires and a safer, more comfortable ride. You can usually find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle in the Owner’s Manual or on the sticker located inside the driver’s door. If you’re driving to a cooler climate, keep in mind that dips in temperature can trigger a tire pressure warning light, because the air molecules inside the tire shrink in cold temperatures. A Tire Pressure Monitor Display can even tell you which tire is too low, making for a quicker maintenance stop.
  • Windshield wipers: Clean wipers give you a clean windshield. Old wiper blades can become dry and develop ragged edges, leaving behind streaks and blocking your view of the road, other vehicles and potential obstacles. Make sure to have them serviced at regular intervals, typically every six months and checked or replaced before a long trip.
  • Top off all fluids: Head to your dealership to make sure your vehicle is up to date on its oil change and maintenance program. If you are due for service soon, you may want to get it taken care of before you add too many more miles on your trip.

Be Road Ready:

  • Don’t forget to fill up with the correct fuel for your vehicle the night before your trip. Then you can rise and shine and hit the road!
  • Make sure you have any phone or tablet chargers and cords that you may need for connectivity on your journey.
  • Organize your music, playlists and audio books before you depart. Practice the voice commands that operate your infotainment system so you can easily “tune to” a radio station or say things like “launch Spotify” with your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
  • Have hand-wipes, napkins and tissues at the ready for any road trip snacks that you might not be able to resist.
  • For more tips on traveling during the pandemic we like this Consumer Reports article:

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle before your big trip check out these Top 10 Most Asked for Safety Features:

  1. Backup Camera: A must have on any vehicle for better visibility.
  2. 360 Camera Monitor System: Taking visibility to the next level, this advanced camera system lets you see all around the vehicle. This type of system uses cameras at the front and rear of the vehicle, but also under each side mirror for a birds-eye view. Very handy at high curbs, parking in tight spots or coming up behind another vehicle in heavy traffic.
  3. Parking Sensors with Auto Braking: Get notified by the system when you are too close to a solid object in range of the sensors, then get additional braking support to try to avoid the object.
  4. Blind Spot Monitor: Looks into the blind spot on both sides of the vehicle.
  5. Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Notifies the driver of rear crossing traffic when you are in reverse.
  6. Lane Keep Assist: Helps keep you in your lane and notify you if you have an unintended lane departure.
  7. Pre Collision System: Using cameras and sensors to engage advanced safety systems to mitigate a potential accident.
  8. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: Set your speed and a following distance to have a more peaceful drive, even in Houston traffic.
  9. Apple Car Play*/Android Auto*: Connect popular apps and features like Siri or Google Assistant for calls, texting, entertainment and even navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze right on your car’s multimedia display. (Phone and operating system specific).
  10. Easy to Use Voice Commands: Tune to radio stations, make calls, send texts, launch apps, set the temperature in your vehicle and even navigate to your next destination all with simple voice commands.

And don’t forget that BIG RED bow!

At Northside Lexus we have a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles with some or all of these in-demand features and advanced technologies. Our state-of-the-art facility, located at 24222 Interstate 45 North in Spring, feels more like a resort or high end hotel than a car dealership. Shop with us in person or online from the comfort of your home. We will tailor the experience to your needs and take exceptional care of you and your family. Come experience AMAZING at Northside Lexus.

2422 Interstate 45 North
Spring, TX 77386