Recipe: Cranberry Popcorn Deluxe



I love to create and try new recipes, and for Christmas, both my mom and my best friend, gave me subscriptions to two different Taste of Home magazines. There are many great recipes in the magazines, and below is an easy, guilt free, sweet tooth satisfying, snack recipe that I wanted to share.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of air-popped popcorn
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

Directions:

  1. In a shallow roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cranberries, almonds and pecans.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine honey, butter, and syrup. Cook and sir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container.

Feel free to share and enjoy…

Angie

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on February 27th, 2009 by Angie | | 0 Comments



Come See Us At the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show!



Join us at the show!

This years Minneapolis Home & Garden Show will be held next week, March 4th-8th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Come see the latest and greatest trends and products for your home, including granite countertops. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions, help you select a color, or provide a bid for your granite countertops.

Make sure you visit us at:

Booth 2959

For more information and discount tickets, visit www.homeandgardenshow.com

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To save $4 off adult admission tickets, use Promo Code: PARAMOUNT

Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the show!

Barb

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on February 25th, 2009 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Truly Unethical Practices!



This past Sunday afternoon, my boyfriend and I went to Mongo’s Grill in Maple Grove for lunch. It was fantastic by the way, but on the way out of the restaurant, I noticed a sign outside the door of one of PGC’s “competitor’s.” It said “$19.00/SF (square foot) installation & fabrication” through the end of February. Well, of course this sparked my interest, as I know it is IMPOSSIBLE to provide quality, custom granite countertops at that cost.

I went inside and asked the saleswoman what was included with the $19/SF charge. She explained that was just the cost of  fabrication and installation, and there would be additional charges for material cost. For example, some of the materials were labeled at $39/SF (yep, that is one of the places it comes from Barb), in addition to the $19/SF fabrication and installation charge, that brings you to $58/SF. While I was there, another customer came into the showroom and I did not get the chance to ask if that included measure and delivery? Does it include backsplash? What about sink cutouts/cooktop preps? If not, I can only assume that would add an additional $10-$20/SF onto the price.

It is really unfortunate that tactics like this are allowed, as it is deceiving and some might argue, severely unethical. At PGC our pricing per SF always includes, material, measuring, fabrication, delivery and installation. When requested, backsplash is always included, if not, it is optioned. We put it all up front initially on the proposal to make sure the customer knows exactly what they are getting. We do not believe in “hidden costs.”

It is apparent that this “competitor” is taking advantage of the consumer and their pocketbooks. While PGC  does not claim to be “the cheapest,” our goal is to be “the best”. We will not knowingly mislead the customer just to get them in the door, but once they are in the door, we know they will be impressed and excited about the customer service and quality they receive from start to finish.

Feel free to share…

Angie

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Posted in Business, Company, Granite, Industry News on February 24th, 2009 by Angie | | 0 Comments



Specially Priced Colors For Your Granite Countertops



When it comes to granite countertops, there are literally hundreds of colors to choose from. While making a decision on color might be easy for some, for others, the decision may take longer, and may be based on several factors including price. Most granite colors typically fall within several pricing categories, each containing a variety of color options.

Following are 8 granite colors I wanted to share that we offer at our Specially Priced Rate (Least Expensive):

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Blue Palidium

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Catalina

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Desert Glory

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Golden Bordeaux

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Mystic Mauve

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Sage Green

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Silver Sea Green

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Verde Sao Francisco

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on February 23rd, 2009 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—$39 S/F!??



There it is!

That “bargain price” that draws those consumers in that are looking for a deal. I don’t blame them really. Everyone likes a good price, especially in today’s economy—but is that so-called bargain price really a deal?

Most companies aren’t in business to lose money, but when you find a granite fabricator who is selling their granite countertops for $39 S/F, most likely that is exactly what is happening.  Sure there are other ways to cut corners and bring that cost down, but here are some things you might want to take into consideration when shopping for a granite fabricator:

Things to consider when shopping for a granite fabricator:

  1. Have you seen the granite fabricators installation trucks, or vans driving down the road before? If not, they may use a snowmobile trailer, to transport their countertops, or some other smaller trailer, possibly with hay coming out the sides? (Yes-hay!)
  2. Does the fabricator have a showroom and fabrication facility, or do they work out of their garage, or barn? (Yes-barn! Where do you think the hay comes from?)
  3. What kind of equipment do they use? Do they have any bridge saws, CNC mills, straight line polishers, etc.?
  4. Does the fabricator have a blog site?  How about a website?
  5. Does the fabricator answer their phone when you try to call them, or do you only get voicemail?
  6. Do they have voicemail? Does the phone just ring?
  7. What does their bid look like? Does it include only a price? Does it give any sort of description of the project? Any details? Any square footage listed?
  8. Have you seen any of the fabricators work? How about seams and undermount sinks? Have you seen any curve work?
  9. Can they do curve work?
  10. Does the fabricator have insurance and proof of it? If not, what will happen if someone gets hurt on your property?
  11. What will happen when you have a problem with your installation? Will they come back out to fix it? Probably not, when they aren’t really making any money in the first place.
  12. Does the fabricator belong to any trade organizations such as the MIA? How about the BBB?
  13. Does the granite fabricator speak english?
  14. Do they employ illegal immigrants?
  15. Do they have any employees?
  16. What will happen when the fabricator goes out of business and you need something serviced, or fixed?

I could keep going, but I will stop now. My point is that all of these things cost money, which in most businesses, is what sets the price. If you do your homework, you will find that most reputable fabricators price their countertops reasonably the same. It is usually the “hack shops” that try and get business by practically giving it away, and are also the ones that give the whole stone industry a bad name, and consumers a false sense of a deal.

At PGC, we sell our granite countertops at a competitive price and take pride in what we do. Our philosophy has always been to be “The Best,” instead of the cheapest, and when there is a problem, you can count on us to be around to fix it.

While there will always be competition, keep in mind you get what you pay for, and most likely you’ll never get “Peace of Mind” at a bargain price!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on February 18th, 2009 by Barb | | 2 Comments



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