Add Luxury To Your Bath With Granite…



Many consumers these days, are not only looking to update their kitchens, but also their bathrooms. While granite countertops are extremely popular for kitchen remodels, granite is also a great choice for updating the bath. Granite not only adds a timeless beauty, but also offers durability, and is easy to maintain.

While granite vanities have become common place in many homes, many consumers are also adding granite tub surrounds, showers, and matching shelving. And…Why not? Granite comes in a vast array of colors, and gives that feeling of luxury, something homeowners really value in a bath.

Following are a few pictures I wanted to share:

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Abstract Brown Granite Vanity

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Abstract Brown Granite Tub Suuround with Multi-Colored Slate Tile

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on April 27th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Technology—The Good, The Bad, And Ugly



It is easy to get accustomed to things that make our life easier such as computers, cell phones, a GPS, etc., but have you ever thought about how amazing technology really is, and how it ever-changing? I’m sure most people at some time, or another have asked themselves, “How did we ever get by without this, or that?” Let’s take the fax machine, for example. Although fax machines existed in various forms since the 19th century, they didn’t become popular & affordable until the mid 1980’s. While this technology is still used today, it is somewhat being replaced by internet capabilities.

Computers are another example of ever-changing technology. Although the first computers were developed in the mid 20th century, they became popular and more affordable in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The computer is one technology that is constantly being revamped to be faster, more efficient, and let’s not forget the ever-changing software.

Speaking of software, this week we finally updated some of our very outdated software—A Good Thing!  With all new technology however, especially software, there is a learning curve—The Bad. Although it may take a bit of time to adjust and figure out where this feature is, or that one is, we will learn. Unfortunately, with today’s technology, we have the capability to be ever-connected—The Ugly. Although I was able to sneak out of work for a few hours yesterday to catch a Twins game, I spent part of it talking on my cell phone, & sending text messages back and forth to work to try to resolve some software issues we were having with our database. Oh well! Maybe next time, I’ll just turn my phone off, another technology capability.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Business, Uncategorized on April 23rd, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Choose Your Price Category



When it comes to granite countertops, there are literally hundreds of colors available. Keep in mind, however, while there are a vast array of colors to choose from, they are not all priced the same. Many fabricators group colors in various price categories. Many consumers visit showrooms expecting to get an advertised price, but are often disappointed when they find out the advertised price includes only a certain category with a set amount of colors.

For those consumers who are buying soley on price, it usually isn’t too much of a problem to select from the designated grouping. Consumers that are looking for a particular color to go with their cabinets, paint, appliances, furniture, etc., often choose a color they are drawn to, and don’t pay as much attention to the category. Whether you are selecting your granite countertops soley on price, or color you really like, remember that it is an important decision, as granite lasts more than a life time.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on April 20th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Mexican Layered Dip



Here’s a quick, easy Kraft recipe to try. It works great for parties as an appetizer, and is very good. I’m making it tomorrow for a gathering I have to attend.

Mexican Layered Dip

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1 Tbsp.  TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
1 cup  rinsed canned black beans
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 Tbsp.  sliced black olives
3 pkg. (13 oz. each) baked tortilla chips

BEAT Neufchatel with mixer until creamy. Add seasoning mix; mix well. Spread onto bottom of serving plate or 9-inch pie plate.

TOP with all remaining ingredients except chips.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour. Serve with chips.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on April 16th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Melting The Myths



Last night, as I was talking with a fellow NARI member at one of the monthly functions, some of those nasty granite myths came up. He was telling me about a customer of his that was leary about buying granite countertops because she had heard they harbor bacteria. I abruptly said, “No! That is not true and is just another myth.” This really makes me made when I hear things like this, and I went on to mention that he should refer his customer to a 2006 Cleanability Study done by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management, which can be found on the MIA website.

After clearing that one up, he went on to mention some customers commenting on not being able to cut on granite, and having to worry about burning their granite. WHAT?! I cut on my granite countertops almost daily. Cutting on granite will not scratch it. It will however, dull your knives. As for burning granite, this is literally impossible. I place hot pots and pans on my granite countertops all of the time, not to mention those hot cookie sheets. As for cracking from putting a hot pot or pan on a granite countertop, the chances are slim to none. This most likely would only happen if there was uneven heating and/or cooling of the stone itself at an extreme temperature—not likely to happen in an everyday household.

Please make sure to consider the source before believing everything you hear when it comes to granite.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

P.S. The Marble Institute of America is a great resource for consumers.

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Posted in Granite on April 14th, 2010 by Barb | | 2 Comments



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