Granite Countertops—Spotlight on Purple Dunes



Picking a color for your granite countertops can be a lot of fun, as there are so many colors to choose, each with their own look and appeal. In this blog, I wanted to focus on the color Purple Dunes.

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Purple Dunes

Purple Dunes is one of our Exclusive colors that is quarried in Brazil. Purple dunes has a unique look, that includes a flowing pattern. It contains both warm and cool tones that would compliment a variety of decorating designs. This color would work great for a large center island, and would make a great focal point with its moving pattern. It would also work great for a bar area, vanity, etc.

If you are interested in this color,  please feel free to stop by our showroom to view these slabs, or other colors.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Spotlight Colors on June 29th, 2010 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Recipe: German Chocolate Treasure Bars



Here’s a good  bar recipe to try for those chocolate lovers. It’s easy to make and very good.

German Chocolate Treasure Bars

Crust
1 package German chocolate cake
1 cup butter melted

Topping
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup coconut
1 package Nestles chocolate chunks
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. flour

Spray a 13 x 9″ pan with Pam cooking spray. Mix cake mix and melted butter together. Press in the bottom of the pan. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla,  flour, baking powder, coconut and chocolate chunks together. Spread over the top of the crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool. Cut and serve.

Enjoy!

Barb

P.S. If you like recipe’s, make sure you check out and purchase our cookbook, Indulge 101 Recipe Favorites for others. Keep in mind that profits from the cookbook will be donated to www.healinghaiti.org

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on June 27th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Caring For Your Granite Countertops



One of the most frequently asked questions we hear in our showroom is, “How do you care for granite countertops?” For some reason, many people have it in their head that granite countertops are hard to take care of, which isn’t the case at all. In fact, granite countertops are easy to clean and maintain. What works best for cleaning is hot soapy water and a clean towel to wipe them dry. A window cleaner may also be used, but may leave a film, so your best bet is still soap and water.

As far as sealing goes, 97% of granites require no sealer at all, but because a small percentage do, along with some other natural stones such as marble, slate, travertine, onyx, etc., we seal everything before it leaves our facility. As for future sealing, I wouldn’t worry about it unless you notice that water no longer beads up on your countertops, or a water glass leaves a ring. In this case, you could purchase some sealer and just follow the instructions on the bottle.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on June 25th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Stick To It…



Besides some prayer and exercise, I like to start my day off with some positivity. I usually go for a walk and listen to my Philosopher’s Notes on my ipod for my daily dose of inspiration. Then I get another blast when I check my e-mail, and read my daily “Big Idea,” (also from Philosophers Notes by Brian Johnson.)

The other day, I received a “Big Idea” email on the concept of “Stickability,” taken from the Magic of  Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

Here’s the quote:

“Just enough sense to stick with something—a chore, task, project, until it’s completed pays off much better than idle intelelligence, even if idle intelligence be of genius caliber.” According to Schwartz,  “stickability” is 95 percent ability.” Wow—now that’s a concept.

I can think of many examples where that would be true. Here are just a few examples:

  • Sales—Persistence, persistence, persistence. Make the calls and stick to it, and you’ll make sales! The more you tell the more you sell!
  • Business In a Down Economy—Go back to the basics and stick to it, and your business will grow and again through persistence, and determination.
  • Diet—Strive to eat right, and exercise and stick to it. If you fall off a day, so what. Get back on your plan and stick to it and the results will come.
  • Etc.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use a good dose of stickability in our lives!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Marketing, Uncategorized on June 24th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Golden Persa



One of the things that make granite countertops so appealing is the vast array of colors available. Some colors are just strikingly beautiful. Sometime it is hard to believe that they were all formed naturally, within the earth’s crust. In this blog, I wanted to focus on the color, Golden Persa.

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Golden Persa

Golden Persa is one of our Exclusive colors and is quarried in Brazil. It’s unique mineral composition includes areas of both quartz, and mica, as well as other mineral deposits. It has a unique look, with a multitude of warm, earthy tones. This color would work great for a large center island, perimeter tops, bar area etc.

If you are interested in this color, or others, please feel free to give us a call, or better yet, stop by our showroom to view our slabs.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Spotlight Colors on June 17th, 2010 by Barb | | 2 Comments



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