Chocolate Souffle Day! February 28th

CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY

Chocolate souffle     Photo from FreeDigitalPhotos

Who knew!? Tuesday, February 28th is Chocolate Soufflé Day! What a great excuse to eat chocolate!

Cheese soufflés may be better known, but I am thinking this chocolate one is more up my alley. A soufflé is a type of cake made from a custard base and egg whites beaten to a soft peak.

Some people may be intimidated by the fancy French name, but here are a few tips from Megan Morgan to get you started! http://www.thekitchn.com/light-and-airy-5-tips-to-make-a-perfect-souffle-every-time-170747

  1. For Fail-Proof Meringue, Add Acid! This is not required by any means, but if you have trouble getting your egg whites or meringue to peak properly, you can always add a little lemon juice or cream of tartar to help strengthen the structure of the mixture.
  2. Don’t Overfold: The tendency with many people is to really whip the whites into the base mixture. This is a mistake. You want to gently fold in the whites only until the point where the streaks of white disappear. Until you do this a few times, you’ll probably feel as though you’re under-mixing. Chances are: you’re not.
  3. Use Fresh Room Temperature Eggs: Your eggs will act the way you want them to if they’re room temperature. Whipping cold eggs is harder work and you won’t get as much lift.
  4. Level off the Top of Your Soufflé With a Knife: You don’t have to do this, but you know that magical flat top that soufflés have when you order them at restaurants? That’s achieved with the swipe of a flat knife on the top of your soufflé.
  5. Use the Bottom Oven Rack: Generally speaking (although each oven is certainly different), the bottom oven rack is what you want to use to achieve lift. So for anything light and airy that needs rise, bake on the bottom.
  6. Use the Right Dish: The sides need to be straight. Really anything you can put in the oven with straight sides.

Weeknight Tip: Did you know that you can make a soufflé ahead of time and bake them when you’re ready to serve them? This is a great party tip — make them the day before, cover and refrigerate them and let them warm to room temperature before you bake. They can be refrigerated for up 2 to 3 days.

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Easy Chocolate Soufflé

6 servings

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, plus additional to coat the baking dish
1/3 cup sugar, plus additional to coat the baking dish
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (the higher quality, the better)
6 eggs, room temperature, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Powdered sugar, whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375  F. Butter and then add a layer of sugar to a 1 1/2 quart soufflé/baking dish.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl (either in the microwave or over a saucepan of simmering water). Whisk in the egg yolks, vanilla, and pinch of salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the 6 egg whites until foamy. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cream of tartar. Continue beating to soft peak stage and slowly add the sugar. Then, beat to stiff peaks stage.
  4. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate base mixture by spooning in a small dollop of egg whites, stirring to combine. Then add the rest of the egg whites, folding slowly and carefully until combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and bake for 30 to 32 minutes. This is important: Do not peek while the soufflé is baking!
  6. The soufflé will be puffed up and appear somewhat moist in the cracks when you remove it from the oven. Then, it will quickly deflate.
  7. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and whipped or ice cream, if you wish. Store your leftovers in the fridge (I like the soufflé cold the next day, too!).

 

 

How to Make Your Life Easier!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking to make my life easier… sub a cake mix for a from-scratch-cake recipe, send a quick email instead of calling, or buying a “bag salad” instead of cutting up all the veggies myself. And I want to tell you about a way to make ordering office supplies a little quicker and easier for you!

If you typically order from us online (and if you don’t, contact us here in customer service and we will help you get set up so you can – big time saver and very convenient, trust me it will make your life easier) you may have already discovered this tip!

After logging in, go to the “Account Activities” tab on the top right side and select “My Favorites”.

A box will drop down and you will have the option to “Add New Favorites List”. Create a name for it, anything that makes sense to you – Weekly Order – Favorite Stuff – Harold’s Ink  – whatever!

Then click on “Add List” over to the right. It will drop down and in this example you will see “Harold’s ink“ in the list.

Once you have created a list, you can add to it very easily in a couple of different ways. If you have searched on our main page and found the correct ink (or whatever) beneath the photo of the item is a blue heart that says “Add to Favorites List”. Click on the heart and it will pull up a screen that asks which list you want it saved to. Choose “Harold’s Ink” and click on “Add”.

And there you go! You have added it to your list. And the next time you need to order ink for Harold, this will make your life easier!

Another way to add to your list would be to add several items at once.

Let’s say you want to have Harold’s black and the colored tri-pack ink numbers on your list.

Make a note of the SKU numbers (or highlight and cut and paste)  go to your “Account Favorites” tab. Click on “My Favorites” List and click on “Harold’s Ink” list and the list will come up. In the “Add/Update Favorites List” over on the right, insert the SKU number of the item you want to add to Harold’s list. In this case type in HEWF6U64AN and “Qty” 1 and then click on “Submit” and the black ink has been added to Harold’s Ink List.

Another box will open below the “Add/Update Favorites List” and you can keep adding to this list if you would like.

Or just be finished with this list and go get a cup of coffee! The next time you need to order ink for Harold you will not have to search for it, just pull up your list and from there you can add the ink to your cart!

Easy, right?! There! We’ve just made your life easier!

3 tips to a Healthier Work Life and Happier You!

Not to oversimplify, but there really are easy ways to put a little pick-me-up into your work. And they all involve picking yourself up from behind the desk and purposely adding small steps of activity to your workday.Because a healthier workplace means happier employees. So let’s get going on getting happier!

  1. Alarm yourself into action:

Fact: Sitting 8-ish hours a day is bad for the bod. So set your smartphone alarm for a walk, stretch or stroll. Doesn’t have to be a trek, but it does have to happen to do a body (and mind) good! And if something gets in the way between you and your mid-day march, be sure to reschedule to get in those steps.

P.S. Bathroom runs don’t count!

2. Drop the Mouse

Getting blood moving in the body makes the brain feel better. It’s true. So rather than emailing, texting, or calling, go to see a coworker. Discuss. Interact. Walk. Tech has made communication impersonal enough. Put the face back into face-to-face!

3. Take a stand

You’ve heard it a million times – doctors say sitting all day can lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, even diabetes! So why not upgrade that sitting desk to the standing variety? Or if you can’t swing that, try moving your laptop to a file cabinet that fits your height and work for an hour or two taking a stand for your health!

 

How do I use Variable Data in Printing

There are several levels of variable printing. The most basic level involves changing the salutation or name on each copy much like mail merge. More complicated variable data printing uses ‘versioning’, where there may be differing amounts of customization for different markets, with text and images changing for groups of addresses based upon which segment of the market is being addressed. Finally there is full variability printing, where the text and images can be altered for each individual address. All variable data printing begins with a basic design that defines static elements and variable fields for the pieces to be printed. While the static elements appear exactly the same on each piece, the variable fields are filled in with text or images as dictated by a set of application and style rules and the information contained in the database. No matter how far you wish to take your variable data marketing project, you can be sure that the effectiveness will be increased.

Variable Data Printing: Why Should I Use It?

Variable Data Printing; why should I use it?

The returns for variable printing vary from double the normal return at the basic level to 10-15 times the return for fully variable jobs. This naturally depends on content and the relevancy of that content, but the technique presents an effective tool for increasing ROI on marketing campaigns. Making printed marketing products personal and relevant to the audience is a highly effective way to reach a potential customers attention,  making  them feel as if the piece were designed specifically for them. It’s also very cost effective.

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New Artwork

Storey Kenworthy hung up new artwork last month in celebration of our 80th Anniversary!
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Bill Luchsinger
American born 1944
JAK1949, 2016
Digital print on canvas

As part of our company ‘s 80th celebration this year, Dave Kenworthy was presented a commissioned art piece by local artist Bill Luchsinger.  John Kenworthy and Christin Murphy collaborated with Moberg Gallery, along with the artist, on bringing to life a historic image from our company archive.  The image depicts our old 309 Locust storefront, from approximately the year 1949.  Dave remembers from his youth modeling in the window display along with his brother pretending to be mannequins.

The artist was given artistic freedom to add his colors to the scene, but was encouraged to use in some way our family of company’s colors of SK Blue, Workspace/BFW Red and Matt Parrott Green.  For this reason, you’ll see those colors depicted on the neon sign.  To add another personal touch, Dave’s father’s initials and the year our company was founded is seen on a vehicle’s license plate in the window reflection.

To embellish a bit more on the happenings of the year 1949, the Polaroid camera and the color television were invented, Volkswagen introduced the Beetle, the Emmy Awards were presented for the first time, and the NBA was founded.  On a worldly scale, the Berlin Blockade came to an end, NATO was established, and the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb.

 

Thank you to John Kenworthy, Chrstin Murphy, Bill Luchsinger  & Moberg Gallery!

 

Office Supplies and Furniture Sioux City Iowa

We are proud to announce our newest location in Sioux City Iowa!  Brandon Simpson is our new Business Development Associate in Sioux City and will be glad to help you with All Things Office

So if you need office supplies, office furniture, commercial printing, promotional products or branded apparel give us a call! 712-203-2012

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Storey Kenworthy
700 4TH ST. #210
SIOUX CITY, IA 51101

712-203-2012

What is Variable Data Printing?

Variable Data Printing  or VDP is a direct outgrowth of digital printing, which harnesses computer databases and digital print devices and highly effective software to create high-quality, full color documents, with a look and feel comparable to conventional offset printing. Variable data printing enables the mass customization of documents via digital print technology, as opposed to the ‘mass production’ of a single document using offset lithography. Instead of producing 10,000 copies of a single document, delivering a single message to 10,000 customers, variable data printing could print 10,000 unique documents with customized messages for each customer. The variable message can be in the copy as well as full color images and is highly customizable and effective in direct mail campaigns. The data you retrieve about your target prospect will reflect in each piece delivered giving the effect of it being a one-off piece for that individual.

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De-Mystifying that pesky UOM – Unit Of Measure

You are not alone! Sometimes that unit of measure (UOM) can be very confusing. Once you know the “secret” it will be much easier for you to understand how many paper clips you will be getting!

Let’s look at BSN65648. This is a stapler and it’s really easy to figure out.blog1

Look at the line that says “Your Price: $15.30/EA”  The unit of measure (UOM) is always listed following the cost. These are sold by the EACH. They are pulled off the shelf as an EACH.

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The part in parentheses (12 EA/BX) is information for our customers that order in bulk. They like to have a whole box of staplers handy because you just never know when you might need a new one…since they tend to vanish. In this case we are saying if you want a whole box, there are 12 in a box and you need to order 12.

Let’s try a trickier one! Look at BSN65638 – paper clips.

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Look again at the line with “Your Price:” In this case, they are sold by the “PK” or package. Above the SKU in bold green letters you see the information “Business Source Paper Clip – No 1 – 1000 Pack – Silver – Steel”. This is telling you that there are 1000 paper clips in a package. This is how we pull them off the shelf, by the package.

In this case, the line under the price (10 BX/PK) is telling you there are 10 boxes in a package. So if you order “1 PK”, you are getting ONE PACKAGE – 1,000 paper clips!

Let’s look at one more before I award you the super demystifying agent award…

Look at BSN36552 – large binder clips.blog4Look at the “Your Price:” line again. Binder clips are sold by the DZ -dozen. If you order “1” you will get ONE DOZEN. The information in parentheses (50 DZ/CT) is telling our bulk buys that if they want a whole box of these little rascals, they need to order 50 DOZEN to get a carton.

Now you are officially an expert in Unit of Measure! I know you will be able to conquer it and never again end up with 10,000 paper clips!

But if you do ever have a question about it, don’t hesitate to give us in customer service a call 800-622-4536 and we will be glad to help you out!

 

How to Have a Great Work-Life Balance

It can be hard to balance a job, family, friends, household chores, and everything else you need to stay on top of. To help, I’m going to show you some tips on how to have a great work-life balance. Let’s get started!

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Plan & Prioritize

Planning everything out in advance can save a lot of time and stress. Jot down all of your meetings, presentations, and work responsibilities. This way you know what’s coming, and you can accomplish it much more efficiently. It can be really helpful to prioritize daily/weekly tasks and number them in order of importance. When you’re done, simply work your way down the list.

Pencil in Time With Family and Friends

It’s also important to plan your personal life. Set aside time for a game night with family, brunch with friends, and personal time for yourself.

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Utilize Time-Saving Tools

Take advantage of anything that can help you save time throughout your day. Even all the planning in the world cannot make more time. Sometimes it may be necessary to give tasks to others. You can also do things like hire an occasional maid, order groceries online, and pay someone to do your laundry.

Be Present Wherever You Are

Whether you are at work or at home: be present. It’s important to be focused on what you’re doing now to be as productive as possible. When you’re at home, disconnect mentally and physically from work. Turn of your work phone, put away the paperwork, and don’t look at emails.

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Use Your Vacation Time

Having time to relax, reflect, and gain a new perspective is so important. Give yourself time to unwind and recharge.

I hope these tips on how to have a great work-life balance helped you! What do you do to keep a great work-life balance?