Thursday, August 29, 2013
Many people will be firing up the grill this weekend to commemorate the (unofficial) close of summer. We’ve got some simple recipes that are sure to be a hit with your guests!
Steak and Potato Kabobs
This easy recipe from Better Homes and Gardens uses items that are more than likely already in your pantry. Combine oil-and-vinegar dressing, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder to make a simple steak marinade.
Layered Summer Salad
This easy salad from Food.com can be made ahead of time and customized towards even the pickiest eater. Use a glass bowl for an even prettier display.
You’ll have no trouble finding this in-season fruit at your local Farmer’s Market or grocery store. Enjoy this classic dessert from Real Simple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The votes are in and Ball Homes has been voted as Lexington's Favorite Home Builder for the sixth consecutive year!
Voters were able to choose their favorite place to eat, shop, go to church, go for entertainment and more in the Lexington area.
To see a full list of winners, click here.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Today’s laminate countertops are more popular and more customizable than ever. Laminate comes in a variety of colors, designs, styles and shapes, and is a lasting and durable kitchen surface option. Laminate countertops are a popular solution for people who like the look of granite, but don’t necessarily like the price tag that goes along with it. Some natural looking colors and patterns of laminates are made to resemble granite, slate and other types of stone at a fraction of the cost.
Most laminate countertops are low maintenance and only require minimal cleaning to keep them looking their best. As with anything in your home, without proper maintenance, you might find yourself replacing them prematurely due to wear and tear. A regular, quick clean with general household products will keep your countertop lasting for years to come.
What You’ll Need:
Soft Cloth or Sponge
Soft and short bristle brush
1. Give your countertop a thorough cleaning. Use the dishwashing detergent, water and the cloth or sponge to completely wipe down the surface. Do not use acids, bleach, or abrasive cleaners, which can scratch or etch the surface of your countertops. Be sure to rinse off any excess cleaning solution and use a dry cloth to wipe up any additional water. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause discoloration, buckling and warping of your laminate.
2. For stained areas, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Put the paste on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub lightly with the soft bristle brush. After the stains are removed, be sure to rinse the area with water and thoroughly dry.
3. Clean up spills as soon as possible with a clean cloth or paper towel to avoid causing any permanent staining or damage.
4. For laminates that have a glossy topcoat, wipe countertops with a clean cloth and glass cleaning spray to keep them shiny after cleaning.