Healthy Egg Scramble in a Slow Cooker

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This meal comes from a need for quick, easy breakfasts that keep the family away from quick, sugary morning meals. In order to meet these criteria, the best option is to pre-bake healthy breakfast creations that include eggs (protein) and a healthy veggie (here, we use spinach). Spinach is a wonderful vegetable and very easy to using in your cooking. This recipe can be made easily and is fast to warm up in the morning, by using the microwave in short 15-30 second bursts.

What You Need:

12 Eggs

5 Oz. Chopped Spinach

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Package of Turkey Bacon

12 Oz. Shredded Cheddar

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Chop spinach finely.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper. Whisk these ingredients well before adding the spinach, cheddar and turkey bacon.

Add contents to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit and orange juice.

 

Thank You for the Feedback!

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We always appreciate hearing from our customers!  We would like to thank John S. for his review.

 

Although the outside of the building is a bit deceiving. It’s quite spacious and filled with a massive amount of flooring options. I worked with Mike and Judy they were helpful and upfront. I cannot stand walking into a store and feeling as though I am being sold something. That was not the case at all here. They helped me find the right tile for my bathroom, the right adhesive and grout all in one shop. They also gave me tips on how to install and apply each surface. Being somewhat handy and trying to save on costs, this was a huge win for me. So if your looking for flooring and not wanting the whole pressure sell id recommend this place any day. I recently recommended this place to a buddy of mine. He had nothing but great things to say about his experience.”

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to let us know how we’re doing, John!

The Virtual Room Designer

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Our virtual room designer tool is an excellent way to figure out what design selections to make, right down to paint colors. This tool allows you to work from a predesigned photo or upload a photo of your own. We suggest start with one of our photos to figure out a direction. This read will give you a better understanding of how to use this free tool!

Start by selecting the room that feels more like your style. The different rooms available are offered for the major rooms of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Next play around with the item you are most interested in. For example if you are thinking of designing your kitchen, select the cabinet style first and then play around with different finishes you like. If you are most interested in granite counter tops, start there. Staring with the item you are most excited about helps you build around the aspects you are drawn to.

Now play around with paint color. Since paint color can change the way a room looks instantly, it is important to figure out the sort of color palettes that look good with the elements you are most excited about. Paint color also encompasses a large portion of a room. It also has the ability to change the way other features and finishes look. If you are unsure where to start, ask yourself these questions “Do you like light and bright or warm and cozy?”. Light and bright colors are whites, light blues and creams and even grays. Warm and cozy can be achieved by beiges, browns, reds, greens and darker grays. Rich color palettes can be achieved by using darker blues, reds, greens and other vibrant, yet darker color choices such as wine.

The virtual room designer also allows you to play around with different floor and wall treatments. When using this tool make sure you view all of the options available. Tweak back splash and counter tops by selecting different patterns and materials. A variety of flooring selections are also available and the finishes can be changed as well. Have fun and create different styles. Save your work so you can go back and look at design styles later!

Natural Stone for Outdoor Built in Seating

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If you have a patio space that needs some extra seating, consider built in seating made out of natural stone. This type of seating is not made entirely of stone. It is framed with wood and the exterior is finished with natural stone. Natural stone seating is a great way to create extra seating that will not be harmed by the natural elements.

This project is a great way to create a custom look. It also looks amazing in an outdoor space. The seating fits in well with your patio space and has the added benefit of being custom just for your home.

As outdoor kitchens become more popular, people are realizing they need more seating to entertain in these outdoor spaces. By creating an outdoor kitchen with ample entertaining space is adding an extension of living space to your home. Outdoor areas are the best place to entertain, given the weather permits. It is worry free. There is no need to worry about spilling drinks or creating a mess. Naturally this will create a more relaxed atmosphere if you can let go of the fear of stains!

This type of space is also nice for children and their parents too. Children can run around while the meal is being prepared and then get as messy as they want.  Parents can relax further knowing their children are busy playing outdoors.

The stone used for this type of seating can be any of a wide variety of natural stone.  We are happy to help you select the best for your home.  When selecting the material to use, keep in mind that you want the stone to be comfortable to sit on. Select stone with smooth surfaces and edges. Having a smooth stone makes the seating more inviting. Feel free to add outdoor cushions that can easily be taken inside after use.

Build the patio custom for the yard and your family’s needs. Then simply create the stone built in seats around that. These types of seating or benches look really great when used in a round or semicircle application.

If you have any questions about the best natural stone for your needs, feel free to ask!  At Century Tile, we are always happy to help!

Achieving a White on White Kitchen

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It is no longer considered a faux-pas to decorate a kitchen in many different shades of white. Actually white kitchens are growing in popularity. Find out how to accomplish this clean look in your fresh kitchen remodel!

The key to using different shades of white is to select different white finishes and materials. For example, install white cabinets and pair them with a white marble or quartz countertop. Use white tile for your backsplash, such as white subway tile or white stone with a honed finish. Paint the walls a nice matte white and do not worry about the end result. The key to pulling this off is by using a layering of textures. The different white materials will all have a different texture and different tones, but the white is what will tie all of these different materials together. The various materials will create their own particular palette.

In an all-white kitchen, it generally looks best with a silver or gold metal hardware. Black or oil rubbed bronze can be used but may focus the attention between the white and dark. This will in turn draw too much attention to the hardware. By using a clean gold or silver metal finish, the look is light and bright. The end result ends up being a shimmering touch to a well thought out design rather than one of conflict.

Using mostly white materials and finishes in a kitchen is done by layering different textures and materials. The countertop should have a small amount of veining or subtle flecks of another color. The tile backsplash should contrast with the finish of the countertop. For example, white Carrera marble looks phenomenal with white natural or tumbled stone backsplash. Selecting natural materials in different whites makes it easy to mix and match.

Stainless steel appliances look the best in all-white kitchens. When selecting lighting, keep in mind your hardware selection. Lighting should be of a similar finish as the hardware used. If you would prefer another look, all-glass bulb fixtures look clean and simple in a white kitchen. Remember that the theme pulling together the all-white look is light and bright. 

Thank you!

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We always appreciate hearing from our customers. We would like to thank Michelle R. for her recent review!

Forget the rest. This is the ONLY tile place in Chicago. I wish I had known about it sooner. Hits all points from quality to selection to price to get your project done. There is a large parking lot. If it is not in the store they will get it for you FAST. THE BEST customer service anywhere. They even gave me neighborhood taco recommendations and told me when the next Diversey bus was due to arrive. A couple of pieces of material had been omitted from my order and Chris personally delivered them to my door. When I had some excess glue, they cheerfully issued a refund. If you need the tile installed, they will do it. I needed vinyl base trim with pre-made corners. Century Tile had it. I have not found the pre-made corners anywhere else in the city. Seriously, I want to buy another house just so I can get all my tile at Century. It is a pleasure to give them business. Thank you, Century Tile Team!


You are welcome, Michelle!

St. Patrick’s Deviled Eggs

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Are you excited for Easter? If you just can’t wait to dye Easter eggs, try this recipe. It allows you to practice those egg-coloring skills and can double as a seasonal appetizer for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, without jumping the gun into Easter. Find out how to make devilishly delicious deviled eggs for St. Patrick’s Day!

What You Will Need:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Green Food Coloring

A Dozen Eggs

1 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. Mustard

Bacon

Chives

Salt & Pepper

Paprika

Directions:

Fill a large pot with water and place on the stove. Place eggs in the water, carefully so they don’t crack. Bring the water to a boil, then turn heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the pot sit covered for 15 minutes. Once the eggs are boiled, add cold water to the pot to cool the eggs, so they can be peeled.

After the eggs have cooled, peel them. Next cut them in half down the long axis of the egg. Remove the yolk with a spoon and place the hard yolks in another bowl. Fill a short glass with water, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of green food coloring. You can speed the process by mixing several glasses with the vinegar and food coloring.  Let the eggs sit in the vinegar solution for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dark a shade of green you prefer. If you prefer a brighter, richer green over pastel green, soak the eggs 5 minutes in the dye.

On to making the yolk filling! Mix yolks up with a fork or whisk. They need to be crumbly. Then add mayonnaise and mustard and whisk mixture thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook bacon until it is crispy. Then break it up into crumbles. Cut the chives up. Use the bacon and chives are as toppings.

Spoon the egg mixture into the hardboiled green egg halves.  Top with bacon and then chives. Finally garnish with a small amount of paprika on top. Enjoy your green eggs!

Children love to help with this craft, however, if they should get a bit too involved, use this advice to remove any egg or food coloring that may have fallen to the carpet!