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Share These S’mores Bars at Your Next Cookout

Summer’s here, and that means you’re probably excited to get grilling. Having friends and family over for a cookout is a fun, relaxing way to spend the day. And, it doesn’t have to be a lot of hassle, either. We’re sharing a recipe from Brown Eyed Baker that will make dessert easy – and fun! It’s a take on that summer favorite, the s’more, but it’s easily prepared in minutes right in your kitchen. Just a few ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time is all you need for S’mores Bars – but we think they’ll probably disappear even faster!

Golden Graham S’mores Bars

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 additional cup miniature marshmallows

Directions

  • Using butter, grease a 9”x13 “ baking dish and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place measured cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the 5 cups of marshmallows, chocolate, corn syrup and butter. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until mixture is completely melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour the melted mixture over cereal, and using a buttered spatula or wooden spoon; gently stir until all of the cereal is coated. Stir in the additional cup of marshmallows.
  • Turn mixture into prepared pan. With buttered hands, press mixture evenly into pan, pushing it into a flat, even layer. Let set at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerate if you need them to firm up faster. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days (they won’t last that long.)

Don’t let your outdoor party be ruined by an indoor plumbing problem – make sure your home is guest-ready by calling Family Danz. We can take care of any plumbing concern you might have, so you can relax and enjoy your cookout worry-free! We offer a full suite of plumbing services throughout the Capital District. If you’re in need of assistance, give us a call at (518) 427-8685.

Choose Family Danz for Your Plumbing Needs

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all the plumbing needs of your home met, simply by calling Family Danz? You can! You trust us with the HVAC system in your home, and now you can count on us for your plumbing needs as well. We can tackle all of your residential plumbing concerns, from hot water heater replacement, to leaking faucets and running toilets, to complete plumbing remodeling projects.

At Family Danz, our plumbers have the experience it takes to complete every job to your satisfaction. They’re able to both install and repair all types of plumbing equipment, including sinks, baths, water heaters, toilets, showers and more. Having issues with plumbing outside of your home? No worries. We can take care of your water and sewer main concerns as well. And, Family Danz is able to handle needs like water softeners, filtration, disposals, and sump pumps.

We offer a complete listing of plumbing products and services. Choose Family Danz for:

  • Water Softeners: If hard water is a problem in your home, you won’t have to deal with mineral deposits and lime buildup anymore, when you rely on Family Danz to install a high-quality water softener.
  • Water Filters: Do you have water that smells and contains iron, sulfur or other contaminants? We can help you with your water filter needs, giving you cleaner, healthier water for you and your family.
  • Bathroom Plumbing: Whether you have a leaky toilet or you’re considering an entire bathroom renovation, you can trust Family Danz to help you with any bathroom plumbing concern you may have.
  • Kitchen Plumbing: We’re able to help our customers with all their kitchen plumbing needs, from water leaks and drips to complete kitchen plumbing renovation. We offer the best fixtures and appliances.
  • Hot Water Heaters: We offer top quality hot water heaters, installed professionally for you by our skilled, highly trained plumbing technicians. Our units offer the best possible energy efficiency as well.
  • Tankless Water Heaters: For energy efficient, space saving continuous hot water, a tankless hot water heater is the perfect solution. We install many sizes, ensuring the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.

At Family Danz, the commitment to quality we show for your home’s HVAC extends to our plumbing products and services. Our products come from the top brands in the industry, but we don’t stop there. Our quality of workmanship matches our products. The work we do for you is durable, reliable, and built to last for years to come. The master plumbing technicians at Family Danz take pride in their work, and it is always their goal to make sure every job they do for you is to your complete satisfaction.

Family Danz offers a full suite of plumbing services throughout the Capital District. If you’re in need of assistance, give us a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different plumbing products and services we offer, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Keep Your Cool This Summer With Ductless

Summer has arrived, and with it, the warmer temperatures. Chances are you’ve already switched on your air conditioner once or twice, and you’ll likely use it many more times to come over the next couple of months. However, you may have an area in your home that doesn’t get the air conditioning the rest of the house does. If you have a finished basement, converted garage or attic, or addition, you may not have added ductwork to those areas – and that means they don’t get the benefit of air conditioning, and may become uncomfortable.

You should know, however, that there is an answer to your cooling woes – ductless air conditioning. When you need air conditioning in an area of your home where installing ductwork is either impractical or impossible, ductless offers just the solution you need. That’s because ductless cooling does just what its name implies – cools your space without the need for additional ductwork. It offers simple installation with minimal construction, so you don’t have to worry about the mess and the hassle. Family Danz can install your ductless cooling system quickly, so before you know it, you and your family will be enjoying the comfort of air conditioning in your renovated space.

And, ductless cooling has more benefits than you may know.

What’s more, ductless systems provide both cooling and heating, so you’ll be able to use your new system year-round. And, ductless air conditioning is highly energy-efficient, so you won’t have the worry of a high increase in your energy bills. And, your ductless system uses an environmentally friendly refrigerant that won’t deplete the ozone layer – so you can stay cool and comfortable while keeping Mother Nature happy, too. The ductless systems we install are quiet, operate at the touch of a button on an easy-to-use remote control, and are designed to blend in seamlessly with your home décor.

Getting ductless for your home is as easy as calling Family Danz. We offer high quality, top brand ductless equipment and quality installation, so you can rest assured that your system will keep you cool this summer and for years to come. Give us a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different options for ductless cooling and heating, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Go Red, White & Blue with This Shortcake Recipe

With warmer weather here, and Memorial Day on the way, people are starting to think about outdoor fun. Picnics, parades and barbecues are all a part of the celebration, and that means good times with good friends – and good food! This year, why not treat your barbecue guests to a delicious dessert treat that celebrates the red, white and blue? A spin on classic strawberry shortcake, this mixed berry rendition is sure to be a hit at your Memorial Day cookout, and any other time of the year!

Mixed Berry Shortcake (Serves 8)

Ingredients – Berries & Topping

  • ¼ pound raspberries
  • ¼ pound strawberries
  • ½ pound blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients – Biscuits

  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil

Directions – Berries & Topping

  • Wash and hull berries, halving any large ones. Place berries in large bowl and drizzle with honey. Toss to combine. Cover and place in fridge until ready to serve, at least one hour and up to one day.
  • Pour cream into bowl, beat with mixer on medium-high speed until thickened. Add confectioner’s sugar, beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold in yogurt and vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Directions – Biscuits

  • Preheat oven to 425º. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Let berries come to room temperature.
  • Whisk together flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and oil. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until just moistened without over-mixing. Drop batter in 8 mounds, 3 tbsp. each, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, or about 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Using serrated knife, halve biscuits. Place bottom halves on individual plates; top each with about 1/3 cup of the berries and juices, and a dollop of whipped topping. Cover with top halves of biscuits and serve.

And, when you work with Family Danz for all of you plumbing needs, we think you’ll be “berry” satisfied. Need some kitchen plumbing help? Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685 . We’ll help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Don’t Miss the 2018 Albany Tulip Festival!

Did you know that Albany is the oldest Dutch settlement in America? One of the ways the citizens of Albany hearken back to their Dutch heritage is through the annual Tulip Festival. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the festival, which is scheduled to take place on Mother’s Day weekend; Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 13.

Of course, the main attraction of the Albany Tulip Festival is the tulips – all 150 different varieties of them. According to Albany.com, there are more than 100,000 tulips in bloom in the Washington Park Tulip Beds. Colorful, cheerful and a sure sign of spring, these tulips are always the highlight and bring a bit of Holland to the Capital District.

In addition to the many different types of tulips on display, there are a number of other activities to enjoy as well. Fine arts exhibits, live music and entertainment by acclaimed artists, kids’ activities and annual Tulip Festival traditions round out the event. You can enjoy the pageantry of the annual scrubbing of State Street by people in authentic Dutch costumes. And, everyone looks forward to the crowning of the Tulip Queen – starting with the processional, then the coronation, and finally, the Royal Tulip Ball.

On Mother’s Day, the festival culminates when one of the Capital Region’s most deserving moms is given the Mother of the Year award – this year marks the twentieth year the award has been given. If you plan to attend the event, parking is available at the Elk St. parking lot, the Eagle St. parking lot, and the Albany Medical Center parking lot. Shuttles from all three locales run about every 20 to 25 minutes. Parking lots are free to use.

At Family Danz, we’re proud of our beautiful city and great events like the Tulip Festival that bring people here to visit us and help build our sense of community. We’re also happy to assist you with your home comfort, plumbing and fuel oil needs – in fact; we take pride in treating our customers like family. Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685 and let us help meet your needs.

Let Family Danz Be Your Plumbing Contractor of Choice

You rely on Family Danz to provide you with the home comfort solutions you need. But did you know you could also call us when you need help with plumbing? From running toilets and leaking faucets, to complete plumbing remodeling projects, our master plumbers are ready to help no matter what services you need.

Our team of plumbers is able to both install and repair all types of home plumbing. This includes sinks, baths, water heaters, toilets and more. And, we can help with outside plumbing needs like water and sewer main repair and replacements. We can also help you with needs such as sump pumps, disposals, filtration and water softeners.

Find out more about our complete range of plumbing products and services:

  • Tankless Water Heaters: For energy efficient, space saving continuous hot water, a tankless hot water heater is the perfect solution. We install many sizes, ensuring the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.
  • Hot Water Heaters: We offer top quality hot water heaters, installed professionally for you by our skilled, highly trained plumbing technicians. Our units offer the best possible energy efficiency as well.
  • Kitchen Plumbing: We’re able to help our customers with all their kitchen plumbing needs, from water leaks and drips to complete kitchen plumbing renovation. We offer the best fixtures and appliances.
  • Bathroom Plumbing: Whether you have a leaky toilet or you’re considering an entire bathroom renovation, you can trust Family Danz to help you with any bathroom plumbing concern you may have.
  • Water Filters: Do you have water that smells and contains iron, sulfur or other contaminants? We can help you with your water filter needs, giving you cleaner, healthier water for you and your family.
  • Water Softeners: If hard water is a problem in your home, you won’t have to deal with mineral deposits and lime buildup anymore, when you rely on Family Danz to install a high-quality water softener.

Our products are chosen from some of the best brands in the plumbing industry. All plumbing work we do for you is durable, reliable, and built to last for years to come. Our master plumbing technicians take great pride in their work, and always strive to complete the work they do for you to your complete satisfaction.

At Family Danz, we offer a full suite of plumbing services throughout the Capital District. If you’re considering a tankless hot water heater for your home, give us a call at (518) 427-8685 . We’ll tell you about the different plumbing products and services we offer, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Need to Replace Your Hot Water Heater? Consider Going Tankless.

When it comes time to replace your hot water heater, you should know that today, there are options that can help keep the hot water flowing in your home – for less. Tankless hot water heaters heat water on demand, rather than a whole tank at a time, and that means you won’t have to run out of hot water again. Not to mention, tankless hot water heaters come with energy savings – and that means you’ll save money on your utility bills.

According to ENERGY STAR, installing a tankless hot water heater in your home offers numerous benefits, which include:

  • Continuous Hot Water: When you install a tankless water heater, you’ll heat only the water you need, on demand. There’s no waiting for an entire tank of water to heat up. That means no more chilly showers!
  • More Years of Use: You might be surprised to find out that tankless hot water heaters have a long life expectancy – according to ENERGY STAR, up to 20 years. And, you don’t have the worries of tank leakage – and the water damage from leaks.
  • Compact Size: Unlike large, bulky traditional tanks, tankless water heaters are generally small and wall-mounted. There are some models that can even be installed outside the home.
  • Energy Efficiency: One of the best features of tankless hot water heaters is their energy efficiency. They can save average families nearly $100 in comparison to traditional tank heaters. And, choosing an ENERGY STAR certified tankless system could save you an additional $20 a year.

At Family Danz, we offer a full suite of plumbing services, including installation of tankless hot water heaters throughout the Capital District. If you’re considering a tankless hot water heater for your home, give us a call at (518) 427-8685 . We’ll tell you about the different tankless water heater products and services we offer, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Lighten Up with this Springy Shortcake Dessert

Once spring arrives, our thoughts often turn away from the comfort foods we’ve enjoyed throughout the winter to lighter fare. Even our desserts move away from the heavier breads, pies and cakes, and delectable spring flavors tempt our taste buds. This month, we’re sharing a strawberry shortcake recipe from Bon Appétit that offers a light yet delicious departure from the heavier, more sugary desserts of winter. The surprise note of basil creates an interesting flavor experience for you and your guests to enjoy.

Strawberry-Basil Shortcake

Shortcakes

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (and more for surface)
  • 6 tbsp. chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Berries/Assembly

  • 1½ pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 3 cups), divided
  • 4 tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. crème fraîche

Directions

For the shortcakes: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Whisk sugar, baking powder, salt and two cups flour together in large bowl. Work butter into dry ingredients until texture of coarse meal, with a few pea-sized pieces of butter remaining. Add cream and mix until dough just comes together.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, pat into 12×4” rectangle about ¾” thick. Cut rounds with 2 1/2 “ biscuit cutter, to make 8 rounds. Whisk egg and 1 tbsp. water in small bowl. Transfer rounds to parchment-lined baking sheet and brush tops with egg wash. Bake until tops are golden brown and shortcakes are fully baked, 15-20 minutes. You can bake shortcakes up to two days ahead – just make sure you wrap them tightly and store at room temperature.

For the berries: Coarsely chop 2 cups of strawberries (use bruised and imperfect ones). Cook these with 2 tbsp. sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally until berries are softened and mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Toss basil, 1 tbsp. sugar and remaining 1 cup strawberries in a medium bowl. Allow to rest until fruit releases juices, about 10-15 minutes. Remove basil.

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream, crème fraîche and 1 tbsp. sugar to soft peaks, about 4 minutes.

Split shortcakes and fill with berry compote, whipped cream mixture and macerated strawberries.

 

You know what else is delicious? Saving money on new heating and cooling equipment for your home. Right now, Family Danz is offering customers the deal of the year – right now, you could save up to $3,074 on a new, high efficiency system. To learn more, visit our special offers page or give us a call at 518.427.8685.

Go Green this Spring with 5 Energy-Saving Steps for Your Home

March definitely came in like a lion here in the Capital Region, so we’re hoping the old saying is true and it goes out like a lamb! That being said, March is a great time to check out your home and see where you might be able to save some energy. While you’re spring-cleaning, look around your home for areas where improvements can be made to save energy. Not sure where to begin? The Dept. of Energy offers some tips that can help you save energy in your home – and save money on your utility bills.

Here are five ways you can save energy this spring:

  • Change out your light bulbs. When you change just five of your home’s light bulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs, you can save $75 a year in energy costs.
  • Change your furnace filter. Check and replace furnace filters regularly – that helps your home’s HVAC equipment run more effectively and use less energy. And, getting annual maintenance on your equipment from Family Danz can help it operate at its efficient best all season long – and for years to come.
  • Invest in a smart power strip. A smart power strip makes it easy to turn off your lights, televisions, computers, electronics and appliances when you’re not using them. Believe it or not, this can help you save up to $100 on energy costs each year.
  • Choose a programmable thermostat. What if you could save an estimated 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs each year? You can, when you install a programmable thermostat! Not sure how to install one or set it up yourself? Your Family Danz technician will be happy to help!
  • Replace aging appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances. If you need to replace washers, dryers, refrigerators, and even your home’s HVAC system, it’s always good practice to look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances. And, you get a return on investment – using these appliances throughout your home can help you save nearly $750 over the lifetime of the products.

If you need to replace your cooling equipment this spring, Family Danz can help you choose the most energy efficient products for your home. We always look out for your best interest and provide you with the best products available. We’re ready to help you save energy – and money on your utility bills. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

How You Can Save on New Comfort Equipment – Right Now!

Even though the weather has been a little tumultuous so far this March, winter is winding down, and spring will be here soon. It might seem like an odd time to consider having a new heating and cooling system installed in your home, but this month is actually the perfect time! Right now, through the end of the month, Family Danz has worked out an offer that can help you get into a new system that can keep your home more comfortable, save you money on your energy bills, and help you save!

If your current system is older, it’s probably not running as efficiently as it should be. The fact is, modern systems are much more energy efficient than their counterparts from a decade or so ago. As a result, if your system is 10 years old or older, you’re probably paying a lot more on your energy bills than you need to. When you purchase a new, high-efficiency system this month from Family Danz, you’ll not only get into a system that will help you save money on your energy bills, you’ll also enjoy significant savings.

That’s because we’ve pulled out all the stops to help you save thousands. When you purchase a new, high-efficiency system this March, you’ll be eligible for an amazing $3,074 in savings.

We’ve bundled together an incredible offer:

  • $1,475 Utility rebate
  • $800 Family Danz discount
  • $600 Humidifier
  • $199 One Year FREE maintenance
  • $3,074 TOTAL

 Combine this offer with interest-free financing available for qualified buyers, and a 10-year system warranty, and you have one amazing deal! This will be our best offer all year – but you have to act quickly to get these incredible March sale savings. It all ends March 31st, 2018. Call us at 518.427.8685 to find out how you can take advantage of this offer today!