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!!

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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!