Good News!

We may have some “GOOD NEWS” for you.

It has been recently brought to our attention that on December 18, 2015, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (HR 2029) was signed into law.

Among its many provisions was a renewal of energy efficiency tax credits established in 26 U.S. Code 25C, offering up to $500 in return for qualifying residential energy property expenditures.

ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money, and protect the environment.

The tax credit renewal is effective through December 31, 2016, and it is retroactive through all of 2015. The credit is 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50-$300.

Must be an existing home and your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not apply.

You can find more information by visiting http://energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits or by calling us at 402-362-5702.IMG_1762.JPG

Three Super Foods for Spring

The sense of renewal that comes with spring can also extend to mealtime. Healthy foods can be quite tasty and reward you with energy and enjoyment. Here are just three of many great options for your next trip to the grocery store:

Asparagus – The spear of choice for delicious meals, it’s loaded with nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E and K, and is a source of fiber, folate, and antioxidants. It’s good roasted, grilled, or in stir-fry.

Strawberries – Just one serving has half of your daily recommended dose of vitamin C, making these a spring staple. You’ll also get other immune system boosters like lutein and the cancer-fighting ellagic acid.20160402_113035

Spinach – This green, leafy vegetable has always had a healthy reputation, and for good reason. It’s full of vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium.

Crab Rangoon Pizza

This recipe is unhealthy, but oh sooo good.  It technically serves eight, but when this is made at my family’s house it only serves four.  Like I said – So Good!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of imitation crab
  • 12 ounces of cream cheese, divided (1½ packages)
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1 tablespoon, minced)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (divided)
  • 1½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 won ton wrappers (sliced into strips and fried crisp or pre-made)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 box pizza dough (We used gluten free for my Dad and it still tasted great)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Roll out your pizza dough and stretch onto a pizza stone or large baking sheet.  Bake pizza dough according to package directions.

3. While pizza dough is baking, mix half the imitation crab, 4 ounces of the cream cheese, the garlic clove, 1 green onion, sesame oil and Worcestershire sauce into a small food processor until smooth.

4. Once the pizza dough has been partially cooked (per the box directions), in small spoonfuls add the mixture to the pizza crust, then add the remaining 8 ounces of cream cheese to the crust as well.

5. Add remaining crab meat to the pizza.

6. To make the sweet and sour sauce: Add the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a small saucepan and cook until boiling and thickened.

7. Add ⅓ of the sauce to the pizza in small spoonfuls.

8. Bake for an additional  8­-10 minutes.

9. Put the won tons on the pizza, drizzle the top of the pizza with more sweet and sour sauce and add remaining green onions.IMG_1821

Won ton directions:

If you did not purchase pre-made won tons and got the won ton’s in the freezer section like we did, you’ll need to do this step, otherwise you may skip.

Put some oil, I used olive oil, in a saucepan on medium heat.  Then add the won tons and cook until golden brown and crispy.  As you can see from the picture, I may have overcooked the won tons.  In other words don’t cook them as long as I did, just a smidgen less.  They were still good though!  😉

Enjoy!