Recipe: Zucchini Boats



Here’s a good recipe I found on Pinterest to try for those summer gatherings. It is easy to make and works great as a side dish, or appetizer.

Zucchini Boats

2 Zucchini’s
1 Package Cherry Tomato’s
Bread Crumbs
1 Package Mozzarella Cheese
Olive Oil
Crushed Garlic
Salt & Pepper

Cut the zucchini’s in half lengthwise and trim a little off the bottom, so it sit flat in a baking dish. Scoop out the center where the seeds are with a spoon.  Brush the surface with a mixture of crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange halved grape tomatoes into the grooves, sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  Remove and place shredded mozzarella cheese in between the tomatoes. Place the zucchini boats back in the oven for a few minutes using the broiler heat to melt the cheese. Take out when golden and bubbling. Remove and drizzle with olive oil and  then sprinkle with grated parmesan.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on June 29th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



What Causes Seam Shifting?



From time to time, we get calls from customers about seam shifting on their countertops. While seam shifting is fairly rare, it can happen. What exactly is seam shifting , you may ask? Seam shifting occurs when a countertop seam moves, or “pops.” It is often caused when a house settles. While it is more common in new homes, settling and shifting can also occur over time and may happen in older homes, as well. These seam shifts are not due to workmanship, or poor installation, but are caused from circumstances beyond control due to the forces of Mother Nature.

Houses typically go through a settling period. The earth can sink, or drop causing a house to move, which in turn can cause ceiling cracks, doors to stick, floor board gaps, and countertop seams to shift.

Thankfully, countertop seams can be repaired. Depending on how soon a countertop seam shifts after an installation, a fabricator may, or may not charge for the repair.  Keep in mind that seam shifting can happen multiple times, if a house continues to settle.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Seams on June 27th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Golden Noir Granite Island Makes Nice Focal Point…



If this top below looks familiar to you, it should. I also showed it in my previous blog, where I featured some projects going on in our shop area.

Golden Noir Granite Island

Our installers happened to snap a couple photos after installation, which I thought I would share. I love the decorative corners on the island and the ogee edge really adds to the overall look. I thought this island looked good in the shop, but it looks great installed and makes a nice focal point for the kitchen!

Golden Noir Granite Island

Golden Noir is beautiful color with rich, warm tones of gold, brown, beige and black. This color obviously works great for an island, and would also look nice for countertops, a bathroom vanity, fireplace surround, table top, etc. If you are doing some remodeling, and like golden tones, you might want to check out this color for your countertops.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Granite on June 26th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Fabrication Goings On…



While it is always nice to see pictures of installed granite countertops and the finished product, many customers have questions in regards to the fabrication process and want to know what goes on in our shop area. Our shop can be a busy place, with a lot of things going on at once. While I won’t get into the specifics of the equipment and the fabrication process in this blog, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some different things going on in our shop area.

Let’s take a look at a few photo’s:

Final Touch Ups Being Made  For a Golden Noir Granite Island

Work Station With Granite Cheese Boards and Cutting Boards Being Made

In Process Granite Vanity 

Work Station With Carnival Granite Perimeter Tops

Final Fitting & Touch Up

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in In The Shop on June 19th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Blue Galaxy



In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the color, blue galaxy, which is quarried in Brazil.

Blue Galaxy Granite

Blue Galaxy is a beautiful color with shades of black, blue, brown, cream and gold. This stone contains large areas of mica that give it reflective qualities, which can be intensified by adding halogen lighting above your countertops. It also contains areas of quartz that give the stone depth.  Blue Galaxy would look great in a kitchen for countertops, or a center island. It would also make a cool bar top, or fireplace surround. If you are attracted to darker stones and like an elegant, dramatic look, you might want to take a look at blue galaxy.

Following is a picture of some current stock:

Blue Galaxy Granite

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Spotlight Colors on June 18th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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