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On Wednesdays the office staff fills three crockpots with soup for the guys in the field. (We use a mini crock for our vegetarian co worker.) We love to share a hot meal on cold days! All of our soups have to cook in four hours so we precook ingredients as needed. One of our favorites is a Sausage and Potatoes soup. Here’s the recipe.
Sausage and Potatoes Soup
- 3 pounds red potatoes (we precook ours)
- 2 pounds smoked sausage (we used kielbasa)
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 10 1/2 ounces cream of celery soup
- 1 ounce dry ranch dressing mix
- We add celery, onions, carrots and some garlic to make it a filling soup. You can add chicken broth if you like a soupier soup.
- Spray crockpot with Pam
- Cut potatoes in wedges, skin on or off, it’s up to you, throw them in the pot
- Cut sausage into 1/4″ slices and throw them into the pot
- In a bowl blend softened cream cheese, soup and ranch dressing mix. Pour over sausage and potatoes.
- Give it a little stir
- Cook on low 6-8 hours, or if potatoes are precooked 4 hours.
Serve with rolls. Enjoy!!
Poorly installed flashing or no flashing at all, is a main cause of leaks in the Pacific Northwest. Our rain is rarely straight down. When the rain blows against our homes the water can find its way in thru the smallest holes. Flashing guides the rain away and around windows, skylights, chimneys, doors and other structures tied to our homes. Water can be tricky. The leak may be coming from an upstairs window, yet the wall on the main floor shows the water. Take a look at your home. If the flashing looks as if it’s not attached, pulled away or you can’t see any where you think it should be, give York a call. We’ll come out and take a look. It’s less expensive to prevent leaks then to repair the leak and the damage later.
If you roasted one of the 51 million turkeys Americans consumed over the Thanksgiving holiday, you probably made a few side dishes too. Our ovens, stoves and hood vents could use a good cleaning. Cleaning hood vents should be a chore done annually. It’s really easy. You’ll need Borax Detergent Booster and a pair of gloves.
Remove the hood vent filter. Fill your sink with hot water. Mix in a 1/4 cup of Borax. Put the dirty filters in the water and let them soak for 15 minutes. Put on the gloves before you dip your hands in the water. Drain the sink and wipe any greasy residue off the filters. You can soak them again if needed. Give the filters a good rinse. Dry and re-install.
Care was taken to create an addition to seamlessly fit the original home on the interior and exterior while creating a family space and master ensuite. We removed the back porch and master deck above. Staying close to the footprint we added a family room on the main floor and a master bathroom upstairs. Previously the exterior door in the upstairs master led to a porch, now it leads to a beautiful bathroom. The bathroom boasts a split double vanity with Carrera marble top, Bliss tile backsplash, water closet and heated tile floor. The tile shower has duel shower heads and a tiled bench. The new trim and doors match the existing closely. Inside and out this project achieved the seamless look our homeowners wanted.
A beautiful piece of doug fir was made into a custom bench for a master bath remodel. The doug fir slab was plained into a bench size with one live edge. The other edge was made straight to fit tight against the wall. The live edge was eased and the wood was lightly sanded. After being coated with a clear stain, the bench was installed in the master bathroom.
This bathroom was the idea of a master bath in the 50’s. Our homeowners wanted to have a large shower and more space. After some rearranging and updated we gave them their wish. We demo’d to the studs, eliminating the empty chase that was built at the end of the original cast iron bathtub. This gave us the extra space we needed. The tub was removed and the sink area was moved across the bath. Insulation was added in the exterior and interior walls. All plumbing and electrical was updated. The plumbing vents were redone to code including roof boots that weren’t used before. A custom mortar pan was created to get the most space for the shower. The new tiled shower has a bench and niches. A custom vanity with a single sink and granite countertop was installed. The granite was also used to top the half wall of the shower. A custom shower enclosure finished the space. The floor was also tiled. After the tile was installed we installed a new hardwood threshold to match the existing hardwoods in the dressing area. We built in a medicine cabinet in the style of the cabinetry. Since we couldn’t move the radiator we refinished it. The only complaint we’ve had is the kids would rather shower in mom and dad’s new bathroom. The homeowners are thrilled with their new master bath.
Last night York Enterprises was awarded the State Remodeler of the Year! There were six other nominees from around the state. To qualify for nomination you must be a member of the Building Industry Association of Washington for three consecutive year and serve as an elected board member of your local Master Builders Association. A fellow BIAW member makes the nomination and the membership votes. Winning this award is special because it is voted on by our peers from across the state of Washington. We are honored and pleased to be recognized for our work, business ethics and support of the industry by the BIAW.
Hi! Welcome to the launch of the York Enterprises blog! Our blog will focus on the home, inside and out, top to bottom and everything in between. When you visit on Tuesdays you’ll find awesome transformations! Great before and after photos of our projects, large and small. The post will tell you how we got from the before to the after. Feel free to ask questions about anything you see. On Thursdays we’ll post a tip or check out a new product. It will be something useful regarding your home or remodel project. Like how to pick the best doors and windows for your home, the pluses and minuses of granite countertops, tax tips and the latest built green fads. Guest bloggers may make an appearance on Thursdays too. Our employees have all kinds of tips, tricks, and stories about remodeling. If we have news or an event we’ll post it. Check out our upcoming posts about the Remodeling Excellence awards, Tour of Remodeled Homes and the Festival of Trees. Our staff is busy in the community and we’ll share what they are up to. Duke serves on the City of Tacoma’s Landmark Preservation Commission. Look here for the latest. Thank you for stopping by! Stacy and Your Team at York
Last night the Master Builders Association of Pierce County held their annual Remodeling in Excellence Awards at the Allenmore Golf and Events Center. MBA Remodelers Council members can enter their projects in over twenty categories. The projects are judged on workmanship, creativity, materials and design. The judges are industry experts from various fields related to remodeling. There were 49 entries in 22 categories. We entered four projects. We won in the Aging in Place category for an ADA bathroom project!!! (ADA = meets the commercial standards of the Americans with Disability Act.) Check out the beautiful tile work! What our photo doesn’t show is the awesome drain system we used in the shower. We also took Honorary Mention for Kitchen 60K – 125K. If you were on the Tour of Remodeled Homes last fall you stepped into this beautiful remodel project. We’ll post our project photos and description in a future blog post. Each project is truly a team effort. We are honored to be recognized by our peers for our work! Thank you for stopping by!