Posts Tagged: holidays

5th Annual Happy Holidays Outside-Infographic

December 2nd, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Outside-In® Companies!

Take a look at our year in numbers through our 5th Annual Holiday Infographic!

Take a look at our infographics from the last four years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

4th Annual Holiday Infographic

December 10th, 2015

Happy Holidays from the Outside-In® Companies!

Take a look at our year in numbers through our 4th Annual Holiday Infographic!

3rd Annual Holiday Infographic

December 9th, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Outside-In® Companies!

We looked back on our year through mint, gold & rose colored glasses. Take a look at our year in numbers through our 3rd Annual Holiday Infographic!

2012 Happy Holidays Infographic

December 15th, 2012

CBI Group and friends would like to wish our three customers a happy holidays with this first annual, 2012 year in review, holiday infographic!

Our Team’s Thanksgiving Pies of Choice

November 20th, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? We have a few family favorites that we’d like to share with you. Enjoy these pie recipes listed below. If you end up trying one for your Thanksgiving dinner, leave us a comment below to let us know how it tastes!  Have a happy and safe holiday with your family!

Chris’ Family Apple Pie
“Is any pie more sure to please, than this all-American favorite!?”

  • 8-inch Pie Dish
  • Pastry for 8-inch, two crust pie
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 5 cups thinly sliced pared tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Stir together sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt; mix with apples. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan; dot with butter. Cover with top crust which has slits cut in it; seal and flute. Cover edge with 2 to 3 inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.

Lisa’s Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared pie shell
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat the eggs, pumpkin, and half-and-half together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the sugar, flour, lemon zest, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice until evenly blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared pie shell. Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil strips to prevent burning.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the pecan caramel topping by mixing the brown sugar, pecans, and butter together in a bowl until evenly blended. Carefully spoon over the top of the pie. Continue baking the pie until the topping is golden and bubbly, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes more. Cool on a wire rack.

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Colleen’s Coconut Custard Pie

Colleen’s Coconut Custard Pie:

  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (14oz.) bag sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 unbaked (9 inch) pie shells (if frozen use 9 in. deep dish pie shells)


    1. Preheat oven to 350°
    2. In large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together for about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Fold coconut alternately with milk and evaporated milk. Add vanilla then flour.
    3. Pour into prepared pie crusts and bake for 20 minutes then increase heat to 400° and bake for another 20 minutes.
    4. Cool before serving

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

What does your staff say about you during vacation season?

July 20th, 2010

My mentor always said that Outside-In leadership involves letting others take a rest when they deserve it. That leading by example can mean letting your newest employee take off on Christmas Eve or skip a late shift on a Friday night, even if you have to step up as the leader and work in their place. We are all equal in importance, we all have value and as leaders, we want to send the right message. As a leader, we should be prepared to allow others the opportunity to go home when we would normally be the first in line.

During my college years, I worked in retail and my manager never worked Sundays. She always told us that once we put our time in and were leaders ourselves that we could set the schedule as we saw fit. Ironically, in order to maximize her weekend she also did not work late on Saturdays (and in many cases had that day off too). That logic seems funny – to leave the assistant managers and newest employees to manage the busiest and probably most profitable time in this business. What she did was not necessarily wrong but it did not earn her our trust or respect. We all knew it was on purpose and it only served to enforce that there was a pecking order and we knew where we stood. It hurt productivity and didn’t foster allegiance to a great company because we did not believe in our leader. We all eventually would leave and find other work.

What do most of us practice as we climb the ladder and achieve the status and the accolades that come with leadership? We take the time off that we want. Sure we work hard, even work around the clock. That is not unique, in fact, it is our job. Time is not something we ever have enough of and we feel like we have earned it. So we leave early on Fridays in the summer. We take two weeks off in a row, when most of our employees don’t even get that kind of time off in a whole year.

Please do not be offended by my point of view – I’m merely stating that leadership is about doing “right things” and in my estimation that means leading by example. Working and putting in your time during holidays and vacation season. Your people may not say anything – but they will see it and they will know you are acting in a way that aligns with your culture…

So do you have 50% of your staff in during heavy vacations? How is your customer service level?
Will your managers be at the office at 50%?
Are your rookies getting their time off?
Are your senior people always getting their first choice for time off?
Are you going to lead by example this summer?

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