Apples Plus Caramels Equals Delicious

Sweets and fall afternoons go together like caramel on apples.  What’s the best way to indulge your sweet tooth this season?

One time-honored favorite is the traditional caramel apple recipe.  Simply slide craft sticks into apples and dip them in a mixture of melted caramel candies (about 14 ounces) and milk (2 tablespoons).  Place the apples on a buttered baking sheet, set and enjoy.

For a fun twist on tradition, make your caramel sauce as usual.  Then scoop out the center of the apples (brush with lemon juice to prevent browning). Fill the hole with melted caramel.  Let it set, then slice.

If you’re looking for a truly decadent brunch treat, whip of a batch of french toast and then top it off with warmed apples, caramel sauce and even some walnuts.

The HVAC System that Keeps on Giving

Starting 2016 Rebates September 5th, 2016 through November 25th, 2016 you can save up to $1,600 on a qualifying Lennox home comfort system.  Along with possible rebates through your local utility supplier and up to a possible $500 tax credit, you could be getting some huge savings.  Team this up with a low-cost Nebraska energy loan for even greater savings.

By switching from an older lower efficiency heating & air conditioning system to a new higher efficiency heating & air conditioning system, you could save up to 40% on your utility bills.

We enjoy being able to save our customers money on the best in home comfort system, and we hope you enjoy it as well!  So call us today at 402-362-5702 to schedule a free in-home quote on a new heating & air conditioning system.

 

Time to Soup Up

There’s just something about this season that brings out the cravings for a warm spoonful of yumminess.  To satisfy your appetite for steaming sensations, why not build your soup-making skills with these three delicious varieties:

Garden Minestrone: This classic Italian loaded with vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, pealed acorn squash, carrots and Swiss chard.  Typically, a pot of garden minestrone is made with pasta for a hearty addition.

French Onion Soup: This simple soup is made with onions, broth, salt, butter, Parmesan cheese and a crusty slice of French bread on top.

Butternut squash: This rich creamy soup includes a medium butternut squash, two medium potatoes, a medium carrot, a stalk of celery, a small onion, two tablespoons of butter and low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth.

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“Fall” in Love with Your Family

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and nature is calling you to carve out some family time.  What better way to enjoy the season than to visit a fall festival with your kids?  You’ll find food, art fairs, live music and more!  If there’s not one in your town, look for festival fun nearby.

With the little ones, go apple picking or on a hayride.  You just can’t beat spending a pleasant afternoon in just-the-right-weather with the people you love.  It’s fun for everyone!

If your kids like art or music, especially look for a craft fair and/or music festival.  You’ll be entertained while also getting inspiration for your own art creations.

If you’re hungry for some tasty fall foods, get on the trail of tempting treats.  Festivals quite often feature caramel apples, pumpkin pies, corndogs, apple cider and much more.  Better get in line now!

Holiday Peanuts

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Whatever fall adventure you choose, you’ll be making memories that will last long after the fun and food.

Make it a Fall-way Hallway

Homemade Fall WreathAs nature starts shedding the lush green of summer for a different color scheme, your home can make its own seasonal transition.  These festive decorating ideas will help you create a Fall-fresh look, providing a colorful welcome for anyone entering your abode.

Decoupage – There’s a new way to decorate that curvaceous gourd.  Decoupage your pumpkin by using leaves straight from your backyard with Mod Podge or other craft adhesive.  Your pumpkin’s new look will be the talk of the patch.

Jack-Be-Little Pumpkin – Try carving out the top of a jack-be-little pumpkin and using a votive candle inside.  Having about 4 or 5 of these is great for a centerpiece at the dinner table.

Fall Foliage Arrangement – An arrangement of autumn leaves for guests to see right as they walk in the front door gives off the perfect first impression.  The key to a beautiful arrangement is organizing by color.  Start with the center and use bright red maples with dawn redwoods, and then heavily load the outsides with gray-green fruit, You’ll have a perfect combination of reds, oranges, and greens, creating an eye-catching presentation.

Pomanders – Stud oranges or other citrus fruits with dried whole cloves.  Tie ribbon around a couple, stick them in a bowl and viola!  You have a fragrant display.

Just a Note (Our word)

Dear Friends,

For a lot of families, fall ushers in a new “learning season.”  As kids head off to new classrooms and new experiences, sometimes you can’t help remembering your own school days.

During my time in school, I learned some basics that have stuck with me year after year.

For example, there will always be someone who knows more than I do.  And there will always be someone I can help.  Those two facts are a big part of running this business.  The team around here is committed to learning more ways that we can make your home more comfortable.

Sometimes we do this in a classroom setting of our own, but many times we learn as we serve.  And that leads to the second part: we are committed to sharing our knowledge with you and are here to help whenever you have a concern.

Go Big Red

Go Big Red

Chore Checklist for Fall

The summer heat has subsided, so now’s the time for tending to household chores.  Start by checking the following areas:

– Garden: This is just the right season for planting perennials, trees, and shrubs.  Prune non-flowering shrubs and trim back tree limbs near your roof.

– Preparation: Prepare for winter by giving your heating system a tune-up.  Also, check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and exterior windows.  Clean out gutters and downspouts, and make sure outside water pipes are drained and protected from freezing.

– Garage: Make a clean sweep of the place.  Get rid of unused items and organize tools and equipment.  Also, remove anything that’s likely to freeze, such as paint.

– Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if necessary.

 

Have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

Annual Doctor’s Appointment for Your Furnace

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start falling, the temperatures start to drop, and it’s time to get your fall maintenance done.  Just like you need to make sure you’re healthy and functioning properly with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, it is also important to regularly maintain your furnace.

Two things a homeowner can check for themselves are furnace filters and their thermostat.  Before you start your furnace it’s important to make sure the filter is still okay from the last season, if not, change it as soon as possible.  Filters will need to be changed more or less then that depending on what kind of filter you have.  Check with your local HVAC dealer if you have any questions regarding your filter.  Another thing a homeowner can check is their thermostat.  First, switch the thermostat over to heat and if it doesn’t work check the batteries in the thermostat.  If it still doesn’t work you probably have a bigger issue and we recommend calling your local HVAC dealer.

Even though there are some things that homeowners can do themselves, it’s still best to have professionals conduct seasonal inspections and adjustments on your furnace, as some furnace checks can be dangerous. 

 

7 Money Savers for Fall

1) Set back your thermostat.  Don’t set the thermostat more than 5 degrees cooler than the ‘normal’ rating when you’re away because of the amount of energy you’ll need to heat it back up.  Call us to get a programmable thermostat that’ll adjust the temperature while you’re away or sleeping.

2) Clean warm air registers, baseboard heaters, and/or radiators.  Make sure that carpeting, furniture or draperies are not blocking them.

3) Get up heating Tune-Up!  This can save money, spot a danger, and make you more comfortable.  What else could you want?  Call us today.

4) Have your ductwork checked for leaks.  If you’ve got split or leaky ductwork, this can save you a bundle!  You should keep all the warm air you’re paying for! Call us to help.

5) Change your return air filters.  This is so simple, we’re going to be mad at you if you don’t do it monthly accordingly to the manual!  Or call us with your filter size and we’ll provide one with a Tune-Up.

6) Consider storm windows or more efficient windows.  Although sometimes expensive, these can pay for themselves.

7) Lower your dishwasher and washing machine temperatures.  They use hot water from your house supply and drain it in a hurry!  That’s much more costly in cold weather.