Why Spark Business Consulting is my Favorite Bookkeeping Company

I often wonder why businesses struggle with everything they need to do, all the hats they have to wear.  Whether they’re good at it or not, they seem to feel that they need to do everything themselves.  Many times,  I’m sure that it’s a matter of whether they’re going to spend the money on hiring someone,  or just do it themselves and use those funds for something else. When it comes to bookkeeping services,  I’m especially convinced that business owners do themselves a real disservice by trying to save a few bucks and keep their own books.  The advantages of…

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Kitchen Remodeling: Planning for the Spring

Spring time is a great time to start your kitchen remodel.  With the weather getting better and dusting off the winter blues,  your mind is fresh with new ideas and excitement.   After the holidays, most people get in the mood to brighten up and change their home décor.  Before you start,  here are a few things to consider: First and foremost,  setting a budget for your project will not only help you but also every sub-contractor that you talk to. You will need to decide whether you will contract your work out yourself,  or hire a contractor to it all for you. …

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Homemade Soup to Warm up the Winter

I love having hot soup in the winter time!  It takes off that chill that’s sometimes hard to get rid of.  Even though it has been a fairly mild winter around here, it’s certainly not summer! When I was younger, I learned how to make soups with leftovers from the week.  I would start with a base of onions, carrots and celery, sauteed until soft, and then add a little flour for thickening.  Once that’s smooth and bubbly, I would add broth – beef, chicken or vegetable, depending on what meat was leftover.  I’d add some of my favorite herbs –…

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New Year’s Resolutions?

What a joke!  We make our resolutions each year,  I guess because that’s what we’ve always been told to do.  At the end of the year,  how many of us have achieved what we wanted to?  How many of us have completely forgotten what those resolutions were?  It’s a big joke with a friend of mine who’s a personal trainer.  The gym is packed in January.  Then as February approaches,  there is less activity,  and by March or April,  things are back to normal!  What happened? We run Wood Palace Kitchens based on goals.  We have financial goals for the year,  as well as…

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Time to Clean the Oven?

The turkeys, roast beefs and hams have all been cooked, and your family is devouring the leftovers.  Those ovens have also seen many pounds of potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole, not to mention the cookies and cakes that were baked before the big meal.  Is it any surprise to say that the oven could use a good cleaning? I thought that having a self-cleaning oven meant “no brainer”, but my friends at Kahian’s Appliance One in Hanover came up with some great tips to keep the process hassle-free. First read your user manual.  Despite the best advice, your manufacturer may…

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Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

Here’s a healthier version of Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake from Nicole Cormier – perfect for the holidays! “This recipe is a great treat to bring to events. It can turn into a beautiful masterpiece and be decorated for the holiday season. I began sharing this find at workshops, then at social gatherings. It’s been a hit ever since. Ingredients: Box of spice cake mix 1 can of pumpkin 2 apples In a large bowl, mix spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin. Add ½ cup water and apple slices, then mix until smooth.  Follow directions on box to bake….

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A Clean Kitchen for the Holidays

Once in awhile,  I like to let my friends know about other businesses that I support.  One of those businesses is Bobbie’s Cleaning Divas located in Carver,  MA.   Bobbie not only does a terrific,  thorough job of cleaning your home or business,  she is also just a great person.  They are part of Cleaning for a Reason,  a non-profit that cleans the homes of cancer patients for free. Here’s a testimonial from Bobbie’s website: “HOLY CLEAN HOUSE, Batman!! Bobbie- I am astounded at the sparkle in my place. I don’t think your staff let one spot go untouched!! How did they get the…

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Tips for buying kitchens cabinets

With all of the choices that are available, shopping for cabinets can be very overwhelming.  The average consumer finds it hard to make the right decision.  Do I need plywood or particle board?  Solid wood or veneer??  Wood or plywood drawers?  Paint or stain? There are no simple answers to any of these questions.  You are reliant on information from a salesperson, who obviously has a vested interest in selling you his product.  Instinct might tell you to shop around visit at least two and maybe up to five different places to look at different designs and prices.  Unfortunately, this is where you can get into trouble.  After your best efforts…

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My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

I can’t resist giving in to sugar cravings during the holidays!  I’ve been making these Chocolate Crinkles since I was a kid with my mom.  Please enjoy. Ingredients: 1/2 cup vegetable oil 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt confectioner’s sugar Mix oil, melted chocolate and sugar.  Blend in eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Chill for several hours.  Using a small ice creat scoop, drop dough into confectioner’s sugar.  Place 2″ apart on a greased baking…

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Eating Healthy and Holidays Don’t Mix?

As a kitchen cabinet and kitchen design company, we realize that holiday get togethers often revolve around the kitchen – and food! We also realize that many people are trying to eat better these days – and so are we!  So we’ve given it some thought and looked to others for advice.  Our favorite nutritionist,  Nicole Cormier,  has some great tips,  which I’m repeating here with her permission. Holiday Survival Guide: Goals: 1. Eat breakfast everyday with a lean protein, fruit and whole grain 2. Drink more than 64 ounces of water per day 3. Eat more than 5 FULL…

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