Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers and Drink Recipes

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If you are preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends and need a few last-minute appetizers and drink ideas, we put a few together for you. For starters, there are cranberry brie bites, a turkey veggie tray, or a turkey cheese ball, all easy to make. Your guests will love the Thanksgiving-themed drinks. Start with an apple pie martini or Thanksgiving punch, and end the evening with a glass of spiked mulled cider. Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes   Cranberry Brie Bites Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 8-oz wheel Brie 1 17.25-oz package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed All-purpose flour, for dusting ⅓ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line 2 baking sheets…
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Energy Efficiency Tips to Save You Money

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By making a few upgrades to your home or office, you can save money on your utility bills and improve energy efficiency. As a business owner or homeowner, it is important to keep your office or home running efficiently. Energy efficiency will help you save money on your utility bills and help the environment thrive. Earlier this month was Energy Efficiency Day, a time to think about making some key upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your home or office. According to Wallet Hub, “In the United States, energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income.” Money Management states, “If you’re working with a budget, and trust me, you should be, your utility costs should be no more than 8-10 percent of your monthly…
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Home Renovations and Remodeling Trends

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Are you looking for a home renovations and remodeling company? Any renovation project regardless of the size can be overwhelming. Whether it is a kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation, or a laundry room remodeling project. Albrite Building can assure you that your job will be done precisely, efficiently, and exactly how you envisioned it.   Kitchen Renovations Kitchen Cabinets Did you know that more than 40 percent of homeowners choose white cabinets when renovating their kitchen? While white is still the top choice for cabinet color, no two whites are created equal. Many paint companies offer over 100 shades of white paints. Some homeowners are moving away from the bright whites and selecting an off-white. Creamy, off-white cabinets with other warm finishes like wood and a blue-gray tile create a calm…
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Fruits and Vegetables Container Gardening

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If you live in a townhome or condo you can still grow fruits and vegetables, not in a garden but in containers. Container gardening is ideal for those with little or no garden space. In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony, small yard, or only a patch of sun on their driveway can produce a wide variety of vegetable crops in containers. Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs also are quite happy growing in pots, which can be set in a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door. Container gardening also adds versatility to gardens large and small. It's easy to grow vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries and more in containers. Just be mindful of the size of your pots as well as your plants. Container…
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3 Tips for Commercial Remodeling

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Remodeling your business can be an exhausting and expensive process. This is why the remodeling experts from Albrite Building in Westmont, Illinois are committed to providing our clients with the best remodeling solutions at the most affordable prices. Whether you’re renovating your entire office, updating your warehouse or just need to update the employee break room, we have compiled some remodeling tips to help make your job a little easier. Remodeling Permits When you remodel anything, whether it’s a small office or a large warehouse, you may need to get a permit from your city or village. Obtaining the proper permits may depend upon a variety of factors, such as if you’re renovating an area that is indoors or outdoors or the type of renovations. Albrite Building can help you…
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How to Make Your Office Design More Efficient

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Did you know that an efficient office design or remodeling can increase productivity? Every day businesses are encouraging their employees to be more productive. But, if your office is not efficiently designed, how can your employees be more productive? Workplace productivity is about getting the job done in the most efficient way. In the process of designing an office, there is an impact on an employee's workspace. It is often overlooked when it comes to productivity. Whether it's the lightning or efficient desk setup. We gathered a few tips that will help design your office to be more efficient for your staff. Efficient Office Design An office reflects not only how you work but also the energy of the space. Your office design is more than just separating departments into…
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Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday safety tips to keep in mind during the season to be jolly. There are dangers of decorating your home or office and safety should not be overlooked. Some dangers include Christmas tree and candle fires, poisonous plants, falls, and back strains. There were approximately 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The most frequent holiday decorating incidents involved falls, lacerations, burns, and back strains. So, we put together a list of holiday safety tips while you decorate your home or office.   Check your Christmas lights for safety One of the most exciting things about the holidays is decorating your home or office with beautiful white or colored lights! As thrilling and joyful as it is, your safety must be a…
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Window Replacement Tips

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Window replacement tips for your home or office. It can be difficult to figure out if you need to replace or just fix your windows. New windows come with many benefits and they will reduce the cost for your heating or air conditioning bills. But that can also come with a large price tag.     Set a Budget for Windows There are new windows on the market now that offer double protection against the heat and cold. The average American pays about a 1,000 a year to heat or cool your home, so investing in new and updated windows can actually save you money.   Call a Professional Instead of looking to replace an old window, maybe you need some maintenance work done on the window instead. Vinyl windows…
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Getting the Office and Home Ready for Fall

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Fall is finally here! Hopefully, you've gotten the most out of the summer before winter hits. In the meantime, using this beautiful weather to improve your surroundings would be wise. That way, when Mother Nature hits, you'll be ready. This blog will provide you with information to get your office and home ready for Fall. 5 Quick Tips That Will Have You Feeling at Ease During the Fall Season Roof Inspections Fluctuating weather can cause severe damage to almost any roof. To prevent hurting your pockets with roof repairs, schedule a yearly roof inspection. Proper Functioning Heating System Possibly, the worst case scenario is being cold at the office or in your home with no heating system to back you up. Make sure you schedule a furnace inspection this time…
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Office Design with Goals and Good Intentions

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You must consider a great number of choices for office design. Every design aspect of your office should play a large role in benefiting the employees and customers, as well. With the proper blueprint, your office design can grant you great success; from investing in good quality furniture to having mother nature's greatest gift, plants. Spending good money for high-quality merchandise will grant great profit to you, your employees, and business. When attitudes and morals are high, sales will be high as well.   Five Office Design Tips 1. Eliminate Artificial light, and Go Natural. Nature is beautiful. Embrace nature by simply applying natural lighting in the office, invest in large windows that’ll make artificial lighting obsolete. There are great health, work, and personal benefits that come from using natural sunlight.…
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