Here’s another recipe from, Troy, our lead installer. (I’m pretty sure he was a gourmet cook in a previous life.) Anyway—he made this soup a few weeks ago, when he was up at our cabin helping take out the docks. It was delicious! It takes some prep time, but well worth it.
1 pheasant cooked and shredded
1 lb. Andoville sausage
2 jalepenos peppers chopped
1 onion chopped
1 can diced tomatos
2 cups fresh okra chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 quarts chicken broth
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup bacon grease, or lard
Cut up the sausage and brown in a dutch oven. Remove some of the drippings and add the bacon grease. Whisk the flour into the grease. Keep stirring the roux mixture, until it is a dark caramel color. (This takes approximately 20 minutes.) Add the onion, celery, okra, green pepper, jalepenos, and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the broth and tomatos. Simmer uncovered for 1/2 hour. Add the sausage, pheasant, and tomatos. Season with coriander and cumin to taste. (Easy on the coriander.) Simmer uncovered until thickened to your liking. If the soup is too thin, you can add some Minute Rice.
Note: The roux is the most important part of the recipe. It takes awhile to get it dark colored.
I don’t know about you, but this months gloomy, rainy weather has really had an affect on my mood. After so many days of not seeing the sun, it becomes down right depressing. While unfortunately, we can’t change the weather, we can try and do various things to boost our mood.
Today at work, I mentioned that I was so sick of the rain and clouds that I was thinking of getting one of those sun lamps, the ones used by those suffering from (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder often use. While I was joking at the time, I am seriously going to consider it. Why not? They really aren’t that expensive, and probably worth it.
Some other things to try to boost your mood include:
- Listen to some music
- Doing some activity you enjoy
- Take a bath
- Watch a movie you enjoy
- Have a cup of tea, or hot chocolate
Here’s to sunny days ahead…
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Everyone has different wants and needs, especially when it comes to remodeling, or decorating a home. Not everyone however, buys the same thing for the same reason. I recently read, “How to identify the six basic buying motives,” an article found in the September 2009 issue of Selling Power magazine that I found interesting.
Some people buy for enjoyment, or improvement, while others may buy something to save money, or reduce their costs, etc. For example, some people may be interested in granite countertops for their kitchen because they want a larger area to entertain guests and enjoy the company of family and friends, or they may want to show off their home. Others may want to add granite countertops to their home to add resale value. Still others may buy granite countertops because of their durability and low maintenance features. Whatever the reason, it is important to identify motive, and then gear your products benefits to the persons circumstances.
Following are Six Basic Buying Motives mentioned in the article:
- Profit or Gain: The buyer may be looking for quality, saving money, or making a profit.
- Fear of Loss: Buyer wants to reduce costs, save time, reduce risk, or blame.
- Comfort and Pleasure: The buyer seeks enjoyment, comfort, attraction, etc.
- Pain Avoidance: The buyer may want less work, protection, or may want to save time.
- Love and Affection: The buyer values beauty, prioritizes family and friends, or may want social approval.
- Pride and Prestige: The buyer has a desire for fashion, or style, or acceptance from others. They enjoy a good public image.
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At PGC, on one side of the wall is the office, and on the other side is the shop, where all of your beautiful countertops are cut and fabricated! In order to make sure the shop knows when we get orders in, we have a huge bell that we ring just outside the office door. We began this a couple years ago and it has been a fun and motivating way to make sure everyone knows what is going on.
Every time we get a signed proposal, someone will ring the bell. Often times, you will hear a lot of whooping and hollering from the guys in the shop! It really entertains the office when that happens!
Help us out! Start RINGING OUR BELL!!
Below is a photo of Leisa, customer service rep, ringing the bell (notice how it is bigger than her head):
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Many people these days are price conscious. I can’t tell you how many times we hear that so and so is selling their granite countertops for “x” amount less. You have to remember however, “You get what you pay for!”
The other day I came across, “Too Poor To Buy Cheap,” an article found in the September 2009 issue of Selling Power magazine that caught my eye. The author mentioned that he once bought a suit for $100. While it was a good price, it ended up that it was not a good deal. He actually only wore the suit once and never wore it again because he didn’t like the way it fit. In reality— it was a very expensive suit.
Last spring, I came across a sale on some purses at some retail department store. I found two that I liked that I thought were a good price. When I got to the register however, I was going to only buy the one, thinking to myself that is really all I needed. The store clerk however, talked me into buying the second one because it was “so cute.” Turns out that I should have listened to my instincts, as I haven’t used the second purse yet.
Consumers need to keep in mind that when they hear of a fabricator selling granite countertops way below others, most likely they are cutting corners to sell it for that price. There may also be change orders to “up” that price down the road.
Sometimes investing more for something up front will actually save you money, and most likely alleviate a lot of headaches.
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