Carpet Cleaning Tips

Do you have kids, pets or a spouse? Or, just people in and out of your house? Most likely you are going to have spots appear on your carpets from the foot traffic.

We have a dog and eight people that live in our house so we definitely have spots!

From juice cup spills to food spills, we have got them all!

I think the worse spotting problem I have is red mud on my dogs feet. When it is raining and he goes out to use the bathroom the spot come back in with him. We do try and wipe his feet but as you see from the above picture that I have helpers!

What do you do when you get red mud on your carpet? Let it dry and them vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Go over it many times. Next, take some of our free spotter or water and spray the spot. Then blot. Do not rub or you could damage the carpet fibers. Repeat this step until the spot is gone.

For more spot removal help check out our website at: http://www.zimmermancarpetcleaners.com

Hope this helps!

You can pick up free spotter at our shop anytime 9 AM to 4 PM on weekdays.

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Shrimp Burgers

With all the rain we have had and cool temperatures you might think I would be making comfort food to warm our bellies. But, no,  I want summer to come so I am making Shrimp Burgers. Warm weather is my favorite! I would rather be hot than cold any day.

So picture the temps around 50* with a gray skies and pouring rain. Then picture the sun shining and temps around 75*. Which make you feel better?

On Sunday we were stuck with the first scenario! Not my fav! So to get through the cold and rainy day I made Shrimp Burgers that remind me of the beach. I bought wild caught fresh shrimp at The Fresh Market $9.99 a pound. I bought two pounds. The shrimp had to be deveined and peeled which took about 15-20 minutes.

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After removing the veins and peeling, I washed the shrimp and squeezed a fresh lemon over it and set aside.

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You can skip these steps if you buy the shrimp already peeled and deveined. You can even use frozen but I think fresh taste better.

Next, I took 1/4 of the shrimp and added it to my mini food processor with cilantro, adobe peppers, eggs, cumin and 1 teaspoon of Old Bay. I pulsed this until it came to a thin texture.

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Then, take the rest of the shrimp and rough chop it and add bread crumbs. Mix the two shrimp ingredients together. This is what it will look like:

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Now all you have to do is make the patties. You could get away with making 8 patties but I made 6 because I feed men and teenagers at my house. They like hearty!

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Cooked for about 4-5 minutes per side. If you make smaller patties the time will be less. The shrimp should look pink in color when it is done.

I had also made guacamolee to go on the Shrimp Burgers along with red onion slices, tomato slices and lettuce. Served with corn chips.

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Dinner is served!

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Shrimp Burgers:

2 pounds shrimp, cleaned and deveined

2 eggs

1/2 cup cilantro chopped

2 adobe peppers

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 tespoon cumin

1 teaspoon Old Bay

pinch of pepper

olive oil for pan

sliced tomatoes

sliced red onions

lettuce

buns

 

Take 1/4 of shrimp and add to food processor. Add eggs, cilantro, cumin, Old Bay and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well.

Take remainning shrimp and rough chop. Place in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Mix two shrimp ingredients together. Form patties. Put in skillet and cook for 4 minutes per side. Less if you make smaller patties.

Serve with tomato, lettuce and sliced onion. Top patty with guacamolee (recipe follows)

Guacamolee:

3 ripe avocados- peeled and chopped

1 small tomato- small diced

1/4 cup red onions- chopped small

3 tablespoons of cilantro-chopped

2 tablespoons of lime juice or 1-2 fresh limes squeezed juice

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

Mash avocado well with a for or potato masher. Then mix other ingredients. Add salt to taste if needed.

Hope you enjoy these and that this recipe brings a little of summer to you house!

 

French Toast With A Twist

Mike and I were at the beach this past week. I seem to cook even more on vacation and I try different things. We had so much food with us that I couldn’t use it all so I began to get creative with cooking to rid myself of carrying all this food home.  I feel I went a little overboard on the groceries, especially with bread and chips! We brought home six bags of different chips, one loaf of bread and some buns.

On my menu was French Toast. I also had brought banana bread for Mike to snack on. Because I brought so many snacks, the banana bread was going to spoil. When I went in the kitchen to make breakfast, I thought, I am going to use that banana bread to make french toast.

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The flavor of the french toast was amazing! I am going to even say it was gourmet french toast! I just sliced the bread, dipped it in the egg and cooked it.

It turned out beautifully! You could serve this to company or the in-laws. You don’t have to tell your secret that you used banana bread.

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Here is the easy gourmet french toast recipe:

1 loaf of banana bread

3 eggs

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Maple suyrp

butter

fresh strawberries (optional)

 

Whip together eggs and whipping cream. Slice bread.  Spray pan with PAM or a non stick spray.  Heat pan. Dip banana bread in egg mixture. Don’t leave too long in egg mixture or the bread will fall apart. Cook on both sides for about 3-5 minutes per side and you are done. I used strawberries for visual and a homemade blueberry butter for taste. I will share that recipe later.

Enjoy your easy gourmet french toast!

The Relatives Are Coming

With our next big holiday right around the corner, you may need help with carpet maintence. Since that is our business I thought I would share a few quick tips that may help you out.

  1.  I never use paper plates for big holidays that are paper. The paper plates fold to easy. You are for sure in trouble when a whole plate of food hits the rug. I have found very nice hard plastic oones at Costco. They look like China. I like to use China but sometimes we have too many people when the entire family comes.

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    Here is Biggest Secret to Stain Removal:

    DO IT NOW!

    1.Remove it now. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. If you cannot remove the stain, call a professional right away.

    2.  Do not use high residue products on your wool rugs or wool area rugs. Use a neutral pH spotting agent that is made for wool. Call us for purchase information.

    3.  Use as little moisture as possible with silk, sisal, cotton, and grass rugs. For these, apply a spotter to a cloth and gently dab the stain.

    CAUTION! Some area rugs have a very unstable dye and can be easily ruined. Always pre-test any solution on the rug before attempting spot removal.

    Below are some special tips that will help:

    *  Make sure you never apply any solvent (nail polish or rubbing alchohol) directly to the carpet. This could cause weakening of the fiber backing.

    *  Use a spot machine (by Bissel, Little Green Machine, etc) or a wet vacuum to extract any liquid spot before you treat it with any spot removing solution.

    Don’t use too much solution. An entire bottle of spotter should never be used on one spot.

    *  Rinse, rinse and rinse again! This is one of the biggest things homeowners overlook. Remember, the rinse water can be extracted with your spot machine or wet vacuum.

    Most spots: Use our free spotter or mix 1/4 teaspoon clear hand dishwashing soap with 1 cup water and follow the directions above. Avoid high residue spotters such as Resolve.

    Grease or Oils: For greasy spots, apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth and gently dab the spot. Never pour a solvent directly on your carpet.

    Wax: Melt the wax onto a paper bag with a steam iron for a few seconds. Place the paper bag over the wax. Do not allow the iron to directly touch the carpet.

    If you can’t remove the spot, call us at (336) 545-1778 (Greensboro, NC). We’ll fit you into our schedule.  You’ll get a trained technician armed with at least 10 specialty spot removers to remove your stains. The technician sent out to your home will be spot removal specialist—it’s what he does all day.

    So give us a try. It’s a lot better than staring at a huge ugly stain the rest of the time you have your carpet. Keep your carpet beautiful.

Tablescapes

My passion for family, friends and fun has led me to love to cook and decorate! When you have good food, pretty surroundings and friends, well, I call that a party!

One thing that is important to me is the tablescape. When coming up with a tablescape it comes to me in layers. Crazy statement, yes. But it works for me. Rather it be birthday, holiday or just a dinner a tablescape sets the mood for the meal.

Here is what I mean by layers:

Take everything off your table and start with a clean slate. This is a Thanksgiving tablescape so I chose a candle for the middle. I usually use some type of table runner but not always. This is a roll of burlap I bought at a local craft store. Then just start layering.

 

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If you try something and you dislike it, redo it. Move it around.Try different things. Just start layering. I love to set everything on the counter and look at it with plans in my head that move down to my hands.

My granddaughter, Kealee just celebrated her thirteenth birthday. Amy, her mom, had bought a few things to decorate the table with and I had a few things. We put them all together and this is what we came up with:

Again, we used burlap but we added scrapbooking paper for color. I had all the wooden peices and blue Ball jars.

This was a “Woodsey” baby shower for a baby boy. Again, layer, layer, layer.

You can do this too. The key is to mess with it, put it togeter, take it apart, do it again. You will get it to where you like it. Be creative. Try things that you normally would not have. It works!

Have fun with it!

 

Planting Seeds

I have always loved to grow things. Flowers, veggies, shrubs, trees, it doesn’t matter, growing things makes me happy! Today I started my little summer garden from seeds. This is the first year that I have grown my garden from seeds. While doing some research on GMO seed and non-GMO seeds I have learned that I want non-GMO seeds. It is hard to find non-GMO seeds at  the local stores so on line I went to found these:

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All heirloom seeds are open pollinated, so they can be saved and passed from generation to generation. You can always save seeds and replant.

GMO seeds are genetically modified. You can not save seeds from these plants and replant. The seeds will not grow. I personally think GMO seeds are about greed and money. If you always have to buy new seeds someone is making money. On top of the fact that they are not natural.

Okay, off my soap box and back to planting.

As I began to think of planting these seeds, my fear of course is that they won’t grow! I found this website and did a little reading before I began: http://www.almanac.com/content/starting-seeds-indoors

I bought these containers and soil from a local store. Make sure there is a hole in the bottom of each container for proper drainage.

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  • After planting the seed I need to water the seeds and put in a warm place (65*-70*).
  • Watering can be tricky due to how small and fragile the seeds can be. Use something that lets you water slow. Too fast and the seeds will move to the top.
  • Cover the containers with plastic wrap but make sure you put holes in the plastic wrap. As soon as you see a green stem, uncover. I used a corn holder to make my holes.

    Now all we can do is hope and pray they grow!  I will post pictures of how the plants are doing. It could take 4 to 10 days to see plant life. If you can place your seeds on top of the refridge, near the oven, the dryer, some place warm. If you want to order seeds from the place I did :

    http://www.heirloomseeds.com

Next post we will learn how to transplant the sprouts to the next level of growing and how to get them used to the out doors. Let’s hope they grow!!!