Recipe: Kicked Up Sangria

Kicked Up Sangria

Here’s a refreshing drink that I came across that would be good to try for those summer gatherings. If you’re not a wine person, you might want to try my Kicked Up Margarita recipe.

  • 3-1/4 cups ( 26 fl. oz) dry red wine
  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz) sparkling apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons gin
  • 4 tablespoons citron flavored vodka
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 small orange, sliced thin crosswise
  • 1 small lemon, sliced thin crosswise
  • 1 small lime, sliced thin crosswise

Pour all the ingredients into a large pitcher, mix well, and refrigerate. Serve chilled over ice. Makes 6 glasses.



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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on July 30th, 2009 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Growth Experience Through Art & Architecture…

Last Thursday, I dropped our oldest daughter off at the airport. She is participating in a 3 week Study Abroad program through the college she attends, and will be visiting various places in Europe. While I have to admit, I was somewhat apprehensive about her going on the trip at first, I now realize that it will be an incredible growing experience for her that will provide life-long memories.

Some stops along her route include: Rome (Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Ancient Rome and Coliseum, Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, Florence, etc.), Munich,  Germany (Baroque Architecture), Venice, Switzerland, the Czech Republic. Wow! I am jealous. I’ve haven’t been to Europe—Yet. Gotta get through that college tuition first. (2 kids)

Anyway, I am looking forward to hearing the stories, and recommendations for places to visit. I am also looking forward to seeing all of  those wonderful pictures, especially those natural stone buildings that have been around throughout the ages. Funny to think that some people question the durability of granite countertops, when there are architectural structures still standing hundreds of years old.

Hopefully I’ll have some picture to share with you in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Granite, Uncategorized on July 28th, 2009 by Barb | | 0 Comments

What do people do…?

We work with a variety of customers in our showroom each week. One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear is, “What do people do?” This is asked in reference to edge detail, material selection, color selection, contrasting colors, backsplash options, etc. While I would like to give a blanket statement, that is just not possible. There are so many different options, and everyone has their own likes and dislikes.

My typical response is to let customers know what others have done in the past, such as having a contrasting color on an island and perimeter tops. Some people put a different edge detail on their island and perimeter tops. Some people do a 3-1/2″ high backsplash. Some people may choose full height backsplash, and yet others may do a tile and granite combo backsplash.

As a tool for our showroom visitors, we also have a wall of photos that show the work we have installed, along with some different design ideas to work from. Below are some photos that can help you with finalizing your design plan.



Contrasting island and perimeter colors

Marble countertops

Full height backsplash

Large bevel edge on island, eased edge on perimeter

I hope this will help in your decision making process!Feel free to share…Angie


Posted in Uncategorized on July 23rd, 2009 by Angie | | 0 Comments

Now Available—Faucets!

Many customers these days are looking for convenience when they shop, and prefer to buy all the products they need at one place because it saves time.

We are happy to announce, we have added the following feature faucets to our list of products, as a convenience item to our customers:

Kitchen Faucets:

Bathroom Faucets:

If you are interested in purchasing a faucet for your kitchen, or bathroom, please give us a call for pricing and availability. We’re happy to help out from countertops, to sinks, to faucets.

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Company, Granite on July 22nd, 2009 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Frost Your Kitchen With Granite Countertops!

Granite countertops are often considered the “jewelry” of a kitchen because they just seem to add that final touch. While every granite color is unique because of  its varying mineral composition, some granites are actually considered “gem stones” because they are rare, or hard-to-find.

Some granites also contain the mineral pyrite, an iron sulfide, which is also known as, “Fools Gold.” Granites that contain pyrite, often have a metallic luster, and contain brassy, yellow flecks that make them stand out, especially in direct light.

No matter what granite color you select for your kitchen, you can be sure it will stand out with its natural beauty.

Following are a few photos of a Black Galaxy kitchen that contains “pyrite” that I wanted to share:




Thanks for reading!



Posted in Granite on July 20th, 2009 by Barb | | 1 Comments

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