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Best Amish Christmas Cookies - Lancaster County PA

Random post here, but just wanted to give a shout-out to our friends at Meadow Lane Road Stand.  They have the best breads and Amish Christmas Cookies in Lancaster County.  Jonas & Sarah King and their many daughters offer delicious cookies, pies, and breads to order for pick-up.  Call them if you need a hand in crafting some beautiful Christmas cookie plates this season.

717-392-0502 (Leave a msg and they will contact you to confirm your order)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/meadow-lane-road-stand-lancaster

Gluten-Free Amish Made Church Window Desserts!  No Bake Deliciousness!

Gluten-Free Amish Made Church Window Desserts!  No Bake Deliciousness!

Traditional & scrumptious iced house-made amish cookies

Traditional & scrumptious iced house-made amish cookies

The Lancaster County Whoopie Pie - All Varieties, Amish Made (PA Dutch Treat)

The Lancaster County Whoopie Pie - All Varieties, Amish Made (PA Dutch Treat)

Delectable Cut-Outs, Amish Made & Scrumptious

Delectable Cut-Outs, Amish Made & Scrumptious

These pecan pie cookies pack the sweet flavors of traditional pecan pie into bite-size indulgences perfect for holiday gatherings!

These pecan pie cookies pack the sweet flavors of traditional pecan pie into bite-size indulgences perfect for holiday gatherings!

Chocolate Shoofly Pie - Luscious, Sweet, & Savory, one bite at a time.

Chocolate Shoofly Pie - Luscious, Sweet, & Savory, one bite at a time.

Pumpkin Pie - Mouthwatering & heavenly.

Pumpkin Pie - Mouthwatering & heavenly.

The Meadow Lane Road Stand Pumpkin Roll - many have fought over this famous roll...  some have even won and gotten some before it's gone...

The Meadow Lane Road Stand Pumpkin Roll - many have fought over this famous roll...  some have even won and gotten some before it's gone...


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Grout Haze Removal Tips

For Cementitious-Based Grout (Laticrete 2500 or 1600 series)

Putty knife and wire brush for the chunks

Use Windex & towels (or Clorox wipes)

 

For Epoxy or Urethane Grout (CBP FusionPro, Laticrete Plasma, Adura, Duraceramic, Alterna/PurStone, or Bostik QuartzLock 2) or a tough to remove grout haze:

Putty knife and wire brush for the chunks

Use a chemical grout haze remover & follow instructions carefully (such as AquaMix Grout Haze Remover)

 

 

AquaMix Grout Haze Remover Directions

Read entire label before using.   Uses Unpolished natural stone (such as granite, limestone, marble, slate, and travertine), polished granite, ceramic, porcelain, quarry, Saltillo, terra-cotta, cement pavers, masonry surfaces, and other stone and tile surfaces

 

USE CHEMICAL-RESISTANT GLOVES, such as nitrile, when handling product.

 

1.    Perform grout cleanup per grout manufacturer's instructions.

2.    Mix 3 to 5 oz (90 to 147 mL) of Grout Haze Clean-Up per gallon (3.8 L) of water.

3.    Wet a grout sponge or terry cloth towel with the cleaning solution, wring out excess liquid.

4.    Wipe diagonally across the tile.

5.    Repeat steps 3 and 4 every 10 to 15 ft (.9 M to 1.3 M) or as necessary.

6.    Remove residual cleaning solution using a clean grout sponge or terry cloth towel dampened with clean water only.


AFTER GROUT CLEANUP WITHIN 10 DAYS OF GROUTING: Use full strength if grout haze was not completely removed during grout cleanup. Apply directly to surface and agitate with white nylon scrub pad or brush. Allow product to dwell for 5 to 10 minutes for stubborn areas or heavier grout residue. Rinse with clean water to remove residual cleaning solution.

 

Clean tools with water before material dries.

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Spotted: A Customer Service Guru at Giant Food Elizabethtown

Dear Giant Food,

Your employee Paul at Giant Food Elizabethtown deserves at least a $10,000 bonus.  Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday morning I've seen him rocking your customer service better than any t-shirt or slogan.  I've watched him prep and hand carts to seniors bussing in from Masonic Village Retirement Community all year long, always ready for them.  I asked him today if he was asked to do this and he humbly said "no, my God calls me to be a servant and I serve."  He keeps the parking lot spotless and is always working hard.  His name is Paul.  I don't know him, but I know that you should go out of your way to do something big for him because he is doing something big for Giant every day.  Watch & learn what an employee doing something he wasn't asked to do is doing for your brand Giant.  I bet many of those Masonic Village residents have visited this store more often than the other stores in town simply because of Paul's service to them.

Blessings,

Bryan @ Elizabethtown Flooring

Paul in action helping Masonic Village residents with carts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning

Paul in action helping Masonic Village residents with carts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning

Paul preparing for Masonic Village residents with carts at Giant Food Elizabethtown

Paul preparing for Masonic Village residents with carts at Giant Food Elizabethtown

Paul preparing for Masonic Village residents with carts at Giant Food Elizabethtown.  Notice the immaculately cleaned parking lot. Paul is often seen picking up trash while gathering carts from the parking lot.

Paul preparing for Masonic Village residents with carts at Giant Food Elizabethtown.  Notice the immaculately cleaned parking lot. Paul is often seen picking up trash while gathering carts from the parking lot.

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Keeping Cool

Just a reminder to keep a hand out for your local elderly (the young at heart!). Remind them or help them to get to and from a local mall or free senior center on hot days to keep cool if they don't have A/C & hydrate often. Most senior centers have extended hours during hot days.

- Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, PA
- Lancaster Rec Senior Center - 525 Fairview Avenue, lower level
- Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center, Rodney and Crystal Streets
- Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center, 335 North Prince Street, ground level activity room

http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-heat-stroke

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.

There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People's ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration. Fortunately, a few simple precautions are all that's needed to keep safe.

Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:

  1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
    Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you're not thirsty. But remember to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually contribute to dehydration.
  2. Wear Appropriate Clothes
    An old Swedish saying says, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." When it's hot out, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
    During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.
  4. Take it Easy
    Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it's very hot out.
  5. Watch the Heat Index
    When there's a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body's ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on all popular weather websites, and is also usually announced on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.
  6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
    Seniors whose houses aren't air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or movie theater are all popular options. During heat waves, many cities also set up "cooling centers," air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Seniors without convenient access to any air-conditioned place might consider a cool bath or shower.
  7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness
    Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately. 

Learn how there's an elderly death risk linked to higher temperatures and get info on dealing with elderly dehydration.

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USE THAT SPOON FOR CARPET STAINS!

Did you know that a spoon is the tool of choice to start removing a carpet stain?

spoon carpet stain.jpg

Well, there's several other steps but preparation is key so here's a quick review of carpet care:

Stain Removal Guide

The four-step system of stain removal

Regular carpet care is important if you want to enjoy your carpet for many years to come. Regular vacuum cleaning is recommended at least twice per week during normal wear; this helps ensure rich, radiant colours and prevents loose dirt becoming embedded. If possible, use a brush vacuum cleaner or one with a brush attachment because, with these, even embedded dirt can be removed without trouble. However, if staining should occur please follow the four-step system below.

STEP 1  Remove loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. Dried-in substances should first be carefully removed with a spoon or the back of a knife, then simply brushed or vacuumed out. If liquid, blot up as much as possible with absorbent white cloth or paper immediately.

STEP 2  Treat the stain with lukewarm water. Blot up the liquid with absorbent white cloth of paper. Do not use washing-up liquid or washing powder as areas treated with these substances tend to attract dirt more quickly.

STEP 3  For stains that cannot be removed with water, it is advisable to use a commercial carpet shampoo.

STEP 4  If you are unable to remove the stain completely after following the first three steps, you should try the use of a stain remover. Make sure that the carpet is dry before this treatment, using only commercial stain removers with organic solvents. To avoid any subsequent discolouration, pre-test the stain remover at an inconspicuous place first.


Please always follow the directions for use and dab the remover on with a clean cloth – never apply it direct.

If the stain still has not disappeared at the end of this four-step procedure, please contact our Helpline without delay.

Scotchgard™ Protector
Stain Removal Made Easy - A General Guide -

Here is a selection of the most common stains that can be removed from your carpet with suitable cleaning agents.

If your carpet or rug is pre-treated with Scotchgard™ protector and if you enjoy our 7 year warranty, you are invited to reach one of our professionals through our Warranty green line – our Green line number is reported in your warranty card -. Our professional will be pleased to complete the herebelow information and he will send you the appropriate cleaning agent to remove your stains:

(Please ref to end of page to find out the appropriate cleaning agent as per the letter mentioned next to the stain.)

Scotchgard™ List of stains covered by our Scotchgard™ Protector 7 Year Stain Protection WarrantyList of stains excluded from this warranty

Apple juice f            Adhesive h

Beer f            Ballpoint pen ink d

Brandy d, g            Bituminous adhesive h

Butter b            Blood a, f

Cherry juice b, fCar grease h

Chocolate g            Chewing gum c

Cocoa g            Coal g

Coffee g            Dispersion paint d

Cola f            Felt tip marker ink d

Cream b            Floor polish b

Desserts b, f            Furniture polish d

Egg b, f            Glue h

Fruit g            Grass g

Fruit juice f            Ink d, f

Honey a, f            Lipstick g

Jam b, f            Nail varnish d

Ketchup a, f            Neoprene adhesive h

Lacquer d            One-sided adhesive d

Liqueur g            Paint d

Margarine b            Resin e

Mayonnaise b            Shoe polish b, d, f

Milk, canned a, f            Soot f

Red wine d, g            Stamping ink d, f

Sauce b, a, f            Synthetic resin

Soft drinks g            Tar h, d

Spirits d, f            Urine g

Sugar (soak with water) a, f            Varnish e

Tea d, f            Wax (take up with blotting paper and electric iron)

Vegetable oil b, c, d

White wine d, g


  • a - Pre-treat with water
  • b - First absorb stain, then allow cleaning agent to act
  • c - Allow cleaning agent to act for several minutes
  • d - Treat repeatedly with cleaning agent
  • e - Treat stains with stain removing spray
  • f - Give repeated follow-up treatment with water and dab with paper towel
  • g - Give follow-up treatment with cloth soaked in water
  • h - Treat first with stain removing spray, then give follow-up treatment with cleaning agent

Ask at your retailer about a suitable cleaning agent for carpets.

More info: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_EU/EU-Scotchgard/Home/Solutions/Pre-treatedSurfaces/CarpetsAndRugs/StainRemovalGuide/

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PURGING THE ACCUTINTER

Although it can seem like just another morning of purging the Accutinter machine for our Benjamin Moore Paints, I do love the color pattern.  What do you see?

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FIRST OPEN DOOR DAY OF 2015!

Stop in and join us for a lovely evening of elegant floor shopping, premiere window fashions, and spring your home into some new color with Benjamin Moore paints.  We're celebrating the first open door day here at Elizabethtown Flooring with up to 20% off your next carpet or flooring purchase with a 20 lb. food bank donation for our second annual Weigh In Your Savings event.  Stop in for details.  We're open 'til 8pm so you can shop late tonight.

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Spring into Fresh Colors with Benjamin Moore Paint & Colors Trends 2015

INTRODUCING COLOR TRENDS 2015 AND THE COLOR OF THE YEAR

The color that ties things together--
GUILFORD GREEN. OUR COLOR OF THE YEAR.

"A neutral that's natural. A silvery green that works with, well, everything. No worries. No second thoughts. Just a brush, dipped in a can, whooshed on a wall, and a whole lot of happily ever after."

--Ellen O'Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore

guilford green HC-116 Paint - Benjamin Moore guilford green Paint Color


guilford green HC-116

VIEW THE COLOR PALETTE

We offer 3,500 colors. Pick one. Go monochromatic. It’s what feels right, right now. Try warm, cool, dark and light layers of the same hue. It’s one chromatic concept, gracefully flowing from room to room.

SHOP COLOR TRENDS 2015 »

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F.A.I.T.H. = Families Assisted in Transitional Housing

The program offers families a three-month stay in a fully furnished home. The family is responsible to pay a monthly program fee that helps to offset the cost of maintaining the homes.

The program offers families a three-month stay in a fully furnished home. The family is responsible to pay a monthly program fee that helps to offset the cost of maintaining the homes.

Just wanted to send a shout out to anyone able to help families to find homes and grow in Mount Joy:
F.A.I.T.H. = Families Assisted in Transitional Housing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAITH-Homes-of-Donegal/112339248859509

Program Overview:
The program offers families a three-month stay in a fully furnished home. The family is responsible to pay a monthly program fee that helps to offset the cost of maintaining the homes.

Once in the home, residents are connected to local Community Care Teams who offer mentoring and hands on assistance and local community services, such as the Food Band and Furniture Bank.

Families are provided with information about other community services such as Tabor Community Services, Bridge of Hope and United Way Agency Programs.

You may help:
- Praying for the ministry.
- Volunteering to serve as a mentor or to do minor maintenance to the homes or to serve in other capacities, such as promotion, screening clients, etc.
- Donating furniture and household items to the FAITH Homes Furniture Bank – call Lorraine Lutz, 717.653.2478
- Donating non-perishable food to the Mount Joy Food Bank.
- Financially supporting the ministry. Please make checks payable to:
FAITH Homes of Donegal
P.O. Box 552
Mount Joy, PA 17552

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Vacuum Recommendations for Soft Carpet 2015

Tigressa Cherish, Tigressa Soft Style, and Innovia Touch carpets require specific vacuums to maintain their resiliency and boost their longevity.  Use the wrong vacuum and not only will it be difficult to push/pull, but it will also take years off of your new carpet by beating it up too hard.

THE BIG THREE things to look for in a vacuum to safely maintain your soft carpet still hold true:

  1. Wide wheels - the vacuum wheels should not sink into the carpet or else your beater bar will beat up your carpet too much
  2. Depth adjustment - look for a vacuum with an adjustable height on the beater bar
  3. Lightweight - not only does it make your life easier, but it helps save your carpet by keeping the vacuum riding on top of the carpet instead of sinking in and beating it too hard

Remember, just like if you were to buy a high-end car and invest in all of the tools needed to maintain that car, you should invest in a good vacuum that meets THE BIG THREE criteria for your new soft carpet.  Entry-level vacuums that have all of THE BIG THREE criteria start at only around $150.  We strongly suggest that you invest in the right vacuum and get in the habit of the right care program for your new flooring.  

If you find that your current vacuum doesn't glide effortlessly over your new soft carpet, check to see it meets THE BIG THREE of vacuum criteria listed above.

See the files below for carpet manufacturer vacuum recommendations for your new soft carpet.  Not all vacuum models will be up-to-date, but if you follow THE BIG THREE, you will be on the right track to flooring care success!

Notice, no DYSON vacuum cleaner is recommended.  The use of any vacuum with too much suction or too much beater bar will likely damage your carpet & void your carpet warranty.  If you submit a carpet warranty claim, the inspector will ask you very specific questions about what you use to maintain your carpet and how you use it.


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