There are some bright spots besides the reflection of light off the tons of snow we’ve seen this year– intermodal traffic has been growing over last year’s numbers, with a year-to-date increase of 1.1 percent, according to the American Association of Railroads.
Every four years, the Winter Olympics inspires the young- at least for a month- to train for a winter sport. Sometimes, though, even adults have dreams of standing on a podium as the National Anthem plays. So, if we could, which sports would some of our BAT team members compete in?
Steve Coenen: I have been an avid curler for about 8 years now. Haven’t made it to the Olympics yet, but it is a dream! I’ve got a few kinks to work out, but I will make it. I know I will.
Krysten Parrish: Skiing. I have only been skiing a few times in my life and I loved the rush it gave me. But I’m also an adrenaline junkie.
Steve Barnes: This isn’t close. Who wouldn’t want to be on a bobsled team? First of all, John Candy is a coach. And Doug E. Doug is awesome. Whatever happened to Doug E. Doug…
Cindy Moreno: I wish I could compete in downhill skiing, I love skiing and the thrill of going that fast and still being in control is exciting.
Football’s grand finale is this Sunday, and we’ve made it pretty clear many of us at BAT are big fans of the sport. So, of course we know exactly what food to prepare for our family and friends who will be watching the game with us.
Here are some of our favorite recipes you should try:
Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
(submitted by Charles Elmore)
1 package of little smokies to 1 package of bacon,
Slice bacon into halves and roll it up around the “smoky”
Set oven to 350 and very lightly oil the pan, depending on how you like your bacon cooked will determine the cook time so you will have to check periodically.
Drain the grease from the pan and place the “smokies” on a plate of paper towels to remove any excess grease.
Place them in a container or bowl and layer in BBQ of your choice.
Buffalo Chicken and Cheese Balls
(submitted by Cindy Moreno)
1 store bought rotisserie chicken
¼ cup hot sauce (recommended Franks Red Hot)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 ¾ cups sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup freshly sliced scallions (I don’t use these)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or any brand bread crumbs)
Vegetable Oil, for frying
Heat Oil to 350 degrees
Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. (I cut up the chicken in my food processor but you don’t have to) Place chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, pepper, cheese, scallions and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2 oz balls about the size of a golf ball.
Place flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs and set aside.
When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.
***another thing I have added in the past is cream cheese to the middle. I roll the cream cheese into small balls and when making the chicken balls I wrap the chicken around the cream cheese and then fry them. YUM!! But extra work and time.
For frying I use my Fry Daddy. They are inexpensive if you need to buy one and handy for this and chicken fingers.
I serve these with a bowl of ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Easy Summer Salad
(submitted by Krysten Parrish)
1 package of coleslaw
1 package of chicken flavored Ramen Noodles uncooked (break up the Ramen noodles in the package so they are small and in bite size pieces)
4-5 green onion stalks (chop into small pieces and use the entire stalk)
1 small package of sliced almonds
½ cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup of oil
3T of vinegar
2T of sugar
Chicken flavoring from Ramen Noodles
Throw all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Toss. Make sure Ramen noodles are broken up well. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Super easy and super yummy! Only takes 10 minutes to make.
(submitted by Ashley Jankowski)
I do a giant rice krispie bar… but made with cocoa krispies instead of regular to get the brown color, and I shape it in to a football and put frosting laces on it.
I also make Oreo ball footballs.
Take 1 package of your favorite flavored Oreo’s (I use Mint Oreos) and crush them. Mix the crushed Oreos with 1 8 oz package of softened cream cheese.
Mix these together until the mix is almost paste like.
Mold the mix in to football shaped individual servings and set aside.
Once all molded together, freeze the footballs to hold shape.
After frozen for 30 min to an hour, remove from freezer and dip in melted chocolate.
Allow chocolate coating to harden and top with melted white chocolate laces for decoration.
Anyone who doesn’t completely understand intermodal shipping, or who may not be able to see the benefits, has a tool to help them. CSX shared this week their information kit on intermodal shipping.
The page includes two easy to understand videos which explain the benefits- both financial and environmental- of intermodal shipping.
Check out the “course” at www.intermodal.com.
Did you know transportation incidents are the top cause of fatal work injuries? In fact, according to stats from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and published on Finances Online, transportation incidents are almost half the causes and more than double the second most common cause.
Thanks to that, truck drivers (combined with drivers and sales workers) are on the top ten list of most dangerous jobs in 2012. Road incidents also helped put refuse and recyclable material collectors on the list.
Probably the only positive piece of information from the stats is that the overall number of work fatalities has gone down by about 29 percent in the last 10 years.
People in every state are facing the effects of the polar vortex, and many really don’t know what do when they face the hazardous conditions the weather can create on the roads. Alan Wrobel came to our rescue this week– he is a truck driver who has driven more than 800,000 miles in 8 years, and provided tips he has used to stay accident-free.
His tips can be found on Road & Track’s website.
As we look forward to the new year and form our goals, we can’t help but remember all we gave back to the community this past year. We are fortunate to have accomplished all we have, and giving back is a small way to say thank you and to pay our fortune forward to help others.
This year, we contributed to the following organizations:
- Women and Children
- Cornerstone Christian School
- Cheryl Heimes Memorial Scholarship Fund
- St. Pius School
- Aerotek Charitable Golf Tournament
- Children’s Hospital
- Dollar General Literacy Foundation
- Omaha Lightning Non-Profit Basketball organization
- Food Bank for the Heartland
We hope everyone has a great 2014!
Let’s face it- no one wants to work this week. Maybe it’s because we always had this week off from school when we were little, or we have little ones now who have the week off. But, many of us do have to work for various reasons. Adding a little fun to the week helps keep spirits up.
|Our ugly sweaters|
In typical BAT fashion, we had a little fun already this week with a contest. Yesterday, we donned our favorite over-the-top Christmas sweaters and we judged each sweater’s ugliness. Joe Kier proudly won the ugly sweater contest.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
This is the time of year when we traditionally look back and think about all we have accomplished. This year, we are proud of quite a bit:
- Increased our employees by 30 percent
- Up 40 percent gross sales on our military division
- Increased our carrier base by 25 percent
- Certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business in April
Stay in touch with us (by following this blog, liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter or Google+) to see all we accomplish in 2014.
|Phillip proudly pumps
his bat trophy in the air.
This weekend, BAT celebrated the past year with our annual Christmas party. But, this year was different- it was the first year we celebrated our team members with an awards ceremony called the Battys.
The highlights were:
- Stephen Sinclair winning three awards- Biggest Weasel (for weaseling his way out of things), Biggest Brown Nose and Worst Timing.
- Phillip Kinsey getting three “trophies” for his award, the Phil in the Blank Award.
- Joe Kier and Steve Barnes winning Funniest in the Office.
- Maureen Shea winning the award for Biggest Breakfast Bill.
- Marissa Hough winning the Tree Hugger Award.
The party was held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. We got to try out a flight simulator and check out the exhibits at the museum. For musical entertainment, Smoke ‘n Guns came all the way from Nashville, Tenn. to perform.
|Smoke ‘n Guns performs.|