Energy Savings Begins with AWS…

piggy2Here comes winter and with winter comes high energy bills, and the realization that we aren’t as prepared as we said we would be last year!
There are many options in preparing for winter months, you can do the quick fix by buying and adding plastic to your windows and doors, block off rooms and lower your heat settings. Does this really save you money? Is this the efficient home that you would like to have?
At AWS we can give you an energy efficient home without the plastic, the blankets hanging in various locations and this savings will last you a life time!
We offer FREE home inspections for you, we come to your home at a time that is convenient for you and your family. We offer Saturday and evening appointments as well.
Energy efficiency to last you the life time of your home and on to the next home owner as well. The only products that you will find that offer a double lifetime guarantee!! Yes, we offer a double lifetime guarantee on all our products!
Heat loss in some older windows and doors often result in a loss of energy upwards of 30%, with some new windows or doors you can have that savings in one winter!
There is no time like today to make that call to AWS and see us about a free home inspection so that you can see where you are losing the most heat in your home and we can show you how you can begin saving money today with some new AWS Products!
Call us today, start saving tomorrow!!

Apple Dumpling Day!!!!

apple dumpling recipeCelebrated every year on September 17, it is National Apple Dumpling Day where all across the United States turn on their ovens in preparation for a big batch of apple dumplings.

These delicious filled pastries are typically made by putting cored and peeled apples on a piece of dough, sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar, then folding the dough over the apples to form a dumpling.  The dumplings are then oven baked until tender.

A little history ~ Apple dumplings are believed to be native to northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania.

Ingredients for a yummy Fall Family fun day activity!!

1 recipe pastry for double-crust pie ~6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored ~ 1/2 cup butter  ~ 3/4 cup brown sugar ~1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ~1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg ~3 cups water ~2 cups white sugar ~1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch pan.

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a large rectangle, about 24 by 16 inches. Cut into 6 square pieces. Place an apple on each pastry square with the cored opening facing upward. Cut butter into 8 pieces. Place 1 piece of butter in the opening of each apple; reserve remaining butter for sauce. Divide brown sugar between apples, poking some inside each cored opening and the rest around the base of each apple. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples.
  2. With slightly wet fingertips, bring one corner of pastry square up to the top of the apple, then bring the opposite corner to the top and press together. Bring up the two remaining corners, and seal. Slightly pinch the dough at the sides to completely seal in the apple. Repeat with the remaining apples. Place in prepared baking dish.
  3. In a saucepan, combine water, white sugar, vanilla extract and reserved butter. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour over dumplings.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Place each apple dumpling in a dessert bowl, and spoon some sauce over the top. Serve with Vanilla ice cream for an extra sweet treat!!

Fall Fun begins!!

fallFall, color tours, pumpkins, corn mazes and hot cider. Just a few of the things in store for you and for us at All Weather Seal, we are looking forward to a great fall in Michigan!

We hope that you will be out and enjoying some of the fun things that Michigan offers us as the weather changes. We know that as a company that enjoys getting out and meeting people we look forward to some of the more home town, feel good events that fall and winter brings.

We still have a few fairs left in the works as September comes to us, we have music festivals, arts and crafts festivals and holiday shows begin.

It is hard to say which ones will be some of our favorites, each team member that works an event finds something that makes them smile, it may not make you or me smile but it makes our team smile!

I think for me this fall is going to be fun, filled with football games, outside fall fun events like the Festival of the Pines in Lake City, fall Fairs and the beginnings of Pumpkins and cool fall nights!

I can say that we have days and days filled with places to go and things to do. Reminds me of Dr. Seuss and his book, Oh The Places You Will Go. If one person worked each event that we staffed, that one single person could fill a book about Michigan and all the fun events they have attended!  What a book that could be! While one person can’t be at every event, we staff each event and those people bring a piece of themselves with them, we allow personality and fun at each event we staff!  Part of what makes All Weather Seal a great company to work for and to work with is the ability to be ourselves while we work! We can smile, laugh and enjoy our day at work whether in the office or in the field, it’s always a great day at work!!

Today is Read A Book Day!!

read a book daySeptember 6 we celebrate National Read A Book Day.   Today is about everyone, book lovers and non book lovers alike to find a book they would enjoy, either to read alone or share the love of that book with a friend old or new! Find a nice, quiet and relaxing spot to sit back and read for a while.

Turn off the television and other electronics and enjoy the peacefulness of reading a book.  Take a step back in time and imagine yourself in that era!  Read to your kids, encourage them to read to you, learning is fun and reading is a blast!  Let their imagination run wild with a tale or two!

Reading is very good for a person on many levels, it can help improve memory and concentration as well as reducing stress levels.

Reading books is shown to be among brain-stimulating activities shown to slow down cognitive decline in the elderly.  Reading has shown to help slow the decline in memory as well.

Reading is a good way to learn about other times, other places and many other things and is a way to stimulate imagination in young and old.  Reading is FUN…

Imagine some of the first books!

  • The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the pages.
  • The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf or a desk to prevent theft.

Today:

Digital printing, using toner rather than inks!  E~books have become ever popular, allowing lending libraries, on demand and sharing of electronic books!

Reading can be educational, enjoyable and informative!

Sit back, relax and……….. R E A D – A – BOOK !!

National Newspaper Carrier Day!! First Job of many in years past!!!

newspaper carrieer dayCelebrating a day which many of us remember the newspaper carrier walking to our doors and tossing a paper up the steps!  Today we celebrate National Newspaper Carrier Day, many adults today began with their first job delivering newspapers, and so many kids had paper routes, delivering every day sunny, rain or shine it was a job that was to be done every day to their customers!

 

A little Newspaper Carrier History ~ Barney Flaherty was the first newspaper carrier, hired in 1833 by Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun.  National Newspaper Carrier Day is a holiday meant to appreciate all of our newspaper deliverers and the convenience they provide to us and also to remember Barney Flaherty.

 

Did you know that there is a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame?  Which opened in 1960, to acknowledge some of the famous newspaper carriers in our nation’s history.  Included in that Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame are Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet and John Wayne.

On this day, it would be a great day to show your newspaper carrier a little extra appreciation. A cup of coffee, a card or a simple “thank you” would make their day a little brighter.  Enjoy the ease that many of us have in being able to wake up, get our coffee and have a paper to read before getting out of our pajamas!

Of course, if you live in an area where a newspaper carrier is still out and about and deliver to your door!  If you live in an area where some of us have to visit the store to get our paper in the morning, thank the driver who delivers the papers to multiple locations so that we can go buy or morning papers!

NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY!!

marshmallow3Sweet treat ~ warm and toasty treat in honor of National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Grab family and friends today, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallows and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.  Toasting marshmallows is a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.

One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and Graham crackers in a S’more, for a twist on the classic S’more, try one with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup sandwiched in between!  Extra yummy treat…

Marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer, depending on one’s preference to toasting!    The charred outer layer can be achieved by burning the marshmallow (my children’s personal favorite).

When we could not enjoy a bonfire outside in the winter months, but still wanted that ooey gooey treat we would turn on one of the burners in the kitchen and make marshmallows and S’mores in the kitchen for some family fun!

If you are camping this holiday weekend or just enjoying a fire in your backyard on this National Toasted Marshmallow Day, enjoy as many toasted marshmallows as you want!

Marshmallow History ~ dating back to Ancient Egypt, the Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and they used it to make candy…  It was a very special treat that was reserved for gods and royalty.  Today, the modern-day marshmallows that we know and love emerged during the 19th century.  Today, they are a popular treat made into many forms!

 

Have a wonderful, warm and gooey day!

Just Because We Can!!!

jsut because dayAugust 27  is National  and you can celebrate this day any way you choose, “just because” !

 

Each and every day we all do things that are expected of us or required  because we have to, well today that does not apply.  Sometimes we just need to do something just because, today is that day, a chance to do something without rhyme or reason. Live today, take a chance today, do something you may not normally do!

It could be that bowl of ice cream, that day to just take a drive and explore, do it…. just because.  Take your kids to a ball game…just because.

Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go kayaking; do it…… just because.
Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it….. just because.
Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…… just because.
Surprise someone with coffee……. just because!  Anything at all…………..  just because !

Do something different, out of the ordinary, something that you do not have to do but just want to do as that is what today is all about.

Be silly, be loud, make a new friend, meet your neighbor, buy a stranger a cup of coffee… Just Because!!!

 

Imagine…Believe… Today we honor the Tooth Fairy!!!

toothfairy dayNational Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood’s favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots.

For my children we made this into one adventure after another!  We wrote letters to the tooth fairy with each loss tooth, our tooth fairy lived on Magical Molar Mountain!  She always wore sparkly dresses and had tea with the Sand Man.  Each letter written was filled with childhood questions, some silly and some a little more advanced as they grew!  Each loss tooth brought a return note and a special gift from the tooth fairy.  Letters would include things about what the Tooth Fairy had been doing, lunches and teas with her special friends!

So much imagination and so much fun was had with this adventure for years.  It never got old, and as the last baby tooth came, the last letter to the Tooth Fairy was sent with a nice reply saying that it was a pleasure watching you grow over the years and a thank you for giving her those baby teeth to watch over.  She said she would keep watch over those baby teeth and treasure the letters  they had written, please say hi to me once in a while on Magical Molar Mountain!

*Losing baby teeth is a sometimes traumatic experience for young children. It is the unknown that makes is scary for some children. The kids feel that losing a tooth may hurt.  To ease their minds and make the loss easier on their minds and hopes of making the loss into an exciting adventure we enter into the world of the friendly, smiling and soothing Tooth Fairy.

*As a young child’s first baby tooth becomes lose, the child often fears losing it. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and a gift, turns the occasion into something to look forward to.

*When the tooth finally falls out, mom cleans it off. It is often put it into a “tooth box”. At bedtime, the child puts the tooth under his pillow. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift, usually money.

*The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses a tooth.

Never fear: If the tooth is literally lost in some way, don’t worry. The Tooth Fairy always knows, and will still leave a gift. She magically knows each time a baby tooth falls out, and will arrive that night, even if the child is away at grandmas, or on vacation.

Male or female? There is ongoing debate whether the the Tooth Fairy is a male or a female. But, it’s pretty obvious. “She” is most definitely a female.

Fond memories today as we celebrate this childhood National Holiday honoring the Tooth Fairy!  She has been a part of thousands of children’s lives and each one of our homes for years!

Thank you Tooth Fairy for years of fun memories!!!

 

National Senior Citizens Day

senior 3Each year on August 21 there are numerous events and activities planned across the United States, in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day.

This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements and the contributions they make to our communities and to the lives of so many. Our Senior Citizens are such a part of history, yesterday, today and tomorrow that they deserve more than just a day set aside for them. They have helped in many ways that we cannot even express our thanks!

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. In his Presidential Proclamation, he said:
“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”

To celebrate this honorable National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens that you know, which may be your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbor’s friends, and anyone who may not have family of their own on this day. Let them know that they are special, appreciated and much loved.

Today, buy a cup of coffee for the Senior Citizen in line behind you, ahead of you or just say hi and smile and thank them. Maybe pay it forward and pick up a lunch tab of someone eating alone and making their day.
Today is also a good day to volunteer or just stop by a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today.

Smile and say thanks today in honor of all our Senior Citizens!

National Soft Ice Cream Day!! On my way!!!

softserve2Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day!!!  Also known as “soft serve”, this swirly delight is served using a special machine.  Ice cream vendors also use a special twist to double the amount of air that is in the soft ice cream, which creates is light, airy, smooth texture!

Did you know that soft ice cream has been around for about a century? Soft Ice Cream appeared in the early 1900’s, and at that time only a few flavors existed.  Today, soft serve comes in an array of flavors and colors! 

Dairy Queen in Joliet, Illinois was opened in 1940 and soft serve was their signature dish, hit with their guests amounting to 1,600 servings in a single day!

We enjoy soft serve ice cream, yogurts, whips, dipped, twisted and blasted!  Who would have thought that the original soft serve vanilla ice cream treat would be a favorite treat today!

Summer days are the perfect time to enjoy this cool smooth treat!

In honor of Soft Ice Cream Day, today take a ride to your favorite Ice Cream Place and enhoy a creamy twist today!!