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Nov 25 14

Healthy Desserts This Holiday Season

by Sherriff-Goslin

Every year we leave the holidays feeling bloated and regretful after eating the entire dessert table. This year, we knew we weren’t going to neglect the sweets, so we decided to make some better choices instead. After searching for the most mouthwatering, yet healthy desserts, these were the top finds we found worth sharing.

S’mores Pie

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An easy make requiring no baking whatsoever! Gluten-free and high in protein for a satisfactory delight taking you back to campfire memories.

Monkey Bread

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If you are Diabetic, this sugar-free, high fiber, high protein dessert has your name all over! Outside medical benefits, Monkey Bread is great for those who like to pick at their food. Great for ripping a piece apart, talking to guests, then going back for more!

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

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Can’t go wrong with traditional desserts like this tasty treat. Not all great things come packed with sugar.

Low Fat Mocha Frappe

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Starbucks isn’t the only one that can do it right. Make a dessert drink with only 2 grams of fat. Too good to be true? Not this time!

Yogurt Parfait

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Berries, yogurt, and granola oh me oh my! Yogurt Parfait will make your taste buds tingle with every bite of this delicious delight. Great for a small snack or a dessert delight!

Let’s get through the main course and onto these healthy delectables already. Not a bad way to impress your guest either! Is it meal time yet? Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 20 14

Deep-Fry The Perfect Turkey This Thanksgiving

by Sherriff-Goslin

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Yes, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. As the family all gathers under one roof to sit down at a lavish dining table displayed with elegant china to eat off, the turkey comes out of the oven and it’s burnt! What do you? Avoid the disaster from the beginning by following Sherriff-Goslin’s recipe of how to deep-fry the perfect turkey!

First and foremost, allow ample time for preparation, cooking, and serving. Deep-frying a turkey can be done inside, but too many accidents can happen so we highly recommend outside cooking for safety precautions.

To begin, make sure there is at least 3 to 5 inches between the top of the pot so the oil doesn’t overflow. Oil temperature should remain at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and may take up to 5 minutes per pound to reach correct temperature. Dark meat is recommended to have an internal temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit and an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for white meat. Also, never leave the deep fryer unattended!

  1. Remove and discard the inside of the turkey (the neck and giblets).
  2. Place turkey in the metal basket that will be placed inside the deep fryer.
  3. Proceed to drop the turkey (in basket) into the deep fryer, far away from any homes might we … hint, hint!
  4. Add water until it reaches the top of the turkey and then remove the turkey so the water drains back into the deep fryer. This way, you will know how much oil to add to the propane deep fryer.
  5. Add your oil into the fryer until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit, but make sure you don’t go past the waterline where we previously testing this stopping point with water.
  6. Pat turkey down with paper towels and place turkey back into the deep fryer.
  7. Once your bird is all settled in, let sit in deep fryer for 4 minutes per pound. You will know when your turkey is done when it has reached the previously stated internal temperature of 175 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of meat of your turkey.
  8. When your turkey is all done cooking, turn the deep fryer off and carefully lift the basket out of the fryer and place on a clean towel to drain.
  9. Let the turkey cool before removing from basket, garnish, slice and serve!

Who ever said cooking a turkey was difficult? It isn’t difficult just time consumer and attention to detail is needed. Thanksgiving cooking made easy from Sherriff-Goslin to you … enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

 

Nov 5 14

Home Design Throughout The Decades

by Sherriff-Goslin
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Let’s talk about the evolution of home design, shall we? What doesn’t evolve over time, from the framing of homes, the door décor presented before entering, to the furniture selection you will be sitting on while conversing with friends? What is your favorite decade regarding home design? Sherriff-Goslin loves each era’s design personality!

1920s

Classy-chic flaunts its design with illuminating whites and real stone basket-weaved tiled flooring.  Metal round mirrors hang in the bathroom aside the rounded, aboveground tub. Jelly cabinets were the hot piece to store canned goods as zigzagged, sharp angles broke up simpler areas of the home. Like Star Wars, the 1920’s designs were also ahead of its time.

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1930s

The 30s took it back to the old school with vintage color schemes of burnt orange, deli-mustard yellow, deep burgandy. Copper and bronze was the popular choice used for doors and entranceways that opened up to an array of hexagonal daisy tiles and wooden-framed fireplaces.

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1940s

Colonial revival marched into action in the 40s and bright colors captured everyone’s attention in this period. Ostrich eggs and leaf thickets perched inside multiple eclectic frames that filled the wall space in the living room. Cast iron stools sat at the bar trying to steal the attention away from the candy apple counter tops. Color and differentiated designs definitely did not shy away during this time period!

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1950s

The requests for renovations had begun its influx, as people wanted something new and fresh, post-war. The economy was in recovery resulting in increased construction. Recycling became a thing, and people started with sticking newspapers to the walls along with vintage items of your great grandparents that filled the various openings on the bookshelf. The age of the consumer took off!

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1960s

If you have ever watched an episode of Mad Men, you know what this decade is all about. Cutting-edge home designs swooned any woman into the housewife glamour life. Flamboyant color and bold furniture pieces made great for those with rebellious taste. The up-and-coming Art Deco style made for inspirational creations of free-flowing curves and color.

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1970s

Retro and Pop Art made its presence known alongside the hippie generation brigade. Geometric and paisley rugs laid in the center of the wooden paneled walled rooms and beanbag chairs were all the rage. The 1970’s are known for their multi-volume collection of color as people branched out into the daring world of design possibilities.

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1980s

Chintz works filled almost every room and pastel palettes popped at the dining table. Architects incorporated open floor spacing into blueprint options for a welcoming atmosphere. Navy blue-and-white stripes were the fabrication bestseller slipcover to make the look of contemporary charm.

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1990s

Besides the boy and girl band posters hanging in every teenager’s room, the 1990’s designs were starting to evolve into a modernized feel. Bianco Carrera white marble, natural brick and multi-colored brown stone conversions occupied homes and loft-styled apartments. Ralph Lauren’s glass tabletops and Philip Nielsen’s art pieces complimented the aesthetic ‘wow-factor’.

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2000s

Approaching modern times, the architectural individual emphasis gave notoriety to any home. People wanted unique features to show off at social parties and brunch gatherings. Frank Gehry, Odile Decq, Florian Idenburg and Sharon Johnson ranked in the commissions with the newfound woodworks, glass, and panel options.

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Present Day

Sustainability concerns took the forefront as notable architect Bob Berkebile raised awareness of this present-day growing concern. Refurbished furniture, bamboo flooring, and anything that reduces your carbon footprint are the immediate concern for new homes today. The endless updates regarding new building standards and certifications seek to make for a better, greener future.

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Different personalities require different style options. No matter your preference, the decades have illustrated there is something for everyone.

Oct 30 14

Why You Should Shop Sherriff-Goslin’s Asphalt Shingles

by Sherriff-Goslin

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Asphalt shingles are a top used product being used for new roofs and for roofing restoration on both commercial and residential structures. It is offers one of the least expensive materials that are commonly used on sloped roof buildings, single-family homes, and smaller projects.

Asphalt shingles are also easy to install yourself or to find a contractor who can complete the job for you in a timely manner. There are many colors, textures, and styles to choose from to suit many style choices. They hold extended economic value due to their relatively long life span, as well making for a safe option.

Sherriff-Goslin specializes in asphalt shingles, offering specialty aspects for protecting your roof.

Art-Loc® diamond-shaped shingles are great for new construction and ideal for re-roofing applications. The Art-Loc® shingles prevent against quick wear and tear overtime as the shingles are protected by a rubberized SBS polymer, fighting against harsh weather conditions like high winds, hail, and rain. Living in the Midwest, or for anyone who has a barn, Art-Loc® shingles are an option for all of you creative people out there! Unique design options allow homeowners and businesses to give their roofs a distinct look and feel; write your company’s name on your roof or showcase an image people won’t miss!

StormMaster® Slate and Shake shingles now come standard with Scotchgard™ Protector. These shingles have a class 4 impact resistance rating, making for optimal protection against winter weather’s hail damage. If you are located in Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio, it would be a good idea to contact your local Sherriff-Goslin branch for a roof inspection before the colder climates hit!

4976483161_e61c228ac0If your roof has fallen victim to ugly black streaks, try roofing shingles with Scotchgard™ Protector. Scotchgard™ Protector acts as a durable repellent defending against algae stains for ultimate protection. Algae resistant shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector are your best bet for long-term algae and stain resistance. Sherriff-Goslin offers a Lifetime Algae Protection Limited Warranty; a combination of 3M roofing granules are mixed into the surface of every shingles, proving the investment is well worth how long your roof will last. Not to mention how aesthetically pleasing your beautiful roof will look when deprived of the algae against other roofs in the neighborhood!

By going with Sherriff-Goslin shingles, your roof will not only be durable against the toughest weathers but will also have a distinct look and feel as well!

Oct 8 14

Roofing Throughout History

by Sherriff-Goslin

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Roofing has always been used as a function to prevent against harmful damage to the home. Even in medieval times, buildings were typically erected so the roof extended beyond the walls causing rain to call further away from the building causing less damage over time. This also helped prevent rain from wetting the inside of the home.

Roofing itself is a building evolution constantly developing over time in the creation of new materials and strategies to increase durability amongst other roofing purposes. We have come such a long ways since the times of mud and straw roofs.

It is almost unimaginable today what it would be like to stay dry under a roof made out of banana leaves.

Starting in 40,000 BC, people used the skin of a wooly mammoth for roofing. The carcass skin would literally be laid over the roof since the animal was so large in size. As the population grew, people needed more options for roofing than from animals. Thatching wove into play in 735 AD becoming the roofing alternative to animal hide. Sod was laid over the tops of homes providing thick warmth. This method unfortunately did not last through storms and started to become an extreme fire hazard. People need something more fire resistant.

Clay tiles modernized themselves by becoming the known material to aid in fire prevention. Rock, sand, and dirt all prevent fire, so to think this being a fireproof and weather resistant option seamed plausible. First used in 10,000 BC by China then spreading to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, clay-roofing tiles became a hot commodity in the roofing industry. The noted solidity and durability of this clay material spread like wildfire, making for clay to be mass-produced for all to use. Various styles and colors became apparent to the roofing industry’s customes, creating buzz for more options to be available.

Slate became present in the mid-17th century in Jamestown, Virginia. Slate was a common material for roofing for its fireproof qualities, durability, and aesthetic beauty and used well into the 20th century, especially when used for 1920s Tudor revival style building renovations.

In the 1840s the first composite roofing material, consisting of woven fabric covered in tar and sand, appeared in London. Roll roofing developed from first composite roofing, but was crushed by the first asphalt shingle developed by Henry Reyolds. It was not until 1914 that F.C Overby added a crushed slate to this concept for added weight.

Metal roofing was next, exemplified by the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The Mint chose a metal roof to be fireproofed with a 20-gauge galvanized, ridged iron roof on iron trusses. Metal rose in popularity due to its environmental benefactors pertaining to the reuse and re-purposing of the material.

Roofing materials of the future will be created and implemented in the direction of care for the environment, functionality, as well as both style and design in mind. Solar panels are the present innovative roofing trend of choice; who knows what will come next!