Archive for November, 2012

Christkindlsmarkt Event in Excelsior

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Join us Thanksgiving weekend as we celebrate Christkindlsmarkt and ring in the Christmas spirit!  Christkindlsmarkt is an Excelsior Thanksgiving tradition – and one that Sass is proud to have been a part of for several years now.  Again in 2012, we are excited to be a sponsor of this event!  Join us Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24th, 10AM to 7PM and Sunday, November 25th from 11AM to 4PM in Excelsior’s east parking lot, behind Biella’s restaurant for this family friendly event.  Offerings include food, music, shopping, reindeer rides, and visits with Santa.

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Recipes We Are Thankful For

Monday, November 19th, 2012

We are always happy when Thanksgiving approaches because this festive occasion gives us the opportunity to appreciate and express our gratitude to all those with whom we have worked together this year!  We want to thank you for your unending support and friendship.

At our office we are getting excited for Thanksgiving too.  Therefore, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite recipes.


Stuffed Mushrooms 

Original recipe makes 12 large mushrooms.


  • 12 whole fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool.

When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Here’s a delicious pumpkin cheesecake pie recipe.


  • 2 packages (16 ounces total) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust


Combine cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and spices; mix with a hand mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended. Pour into graham cracker crust. Bake at 350° F. for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight. Serve garnished with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.


The Sass Team

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Here in Minnesota, we try to avoid this for as long as possible.  Yet, with the first snow flurries on the ground, we think it is officially safe to say winter is upon us!  Is your home ready for the havoc that winter can wreak?  Double check to make sure that your hibernation hut is up for the task ahead with this winter home maintenance checklist:

  • Keep your home’s warmth in!  Avoid warm air escaping by insulating the outside walls and unheated areas of your house.  Wrap any pipes near exterior walls or in crawl spaces, as well as all heating duct work, with insulation or heating tape.  Also, caulk or weather-seal all windows to cut down on wind drafts.  Not only will these tasks help to keep you toasty warm, these insulation strategies can also help to keep your energy costs under control.
  • Avoid Frozen Pipes. When the temperature drops below twenty-degrees fahrenheit the potential for damage as a result of frozen pipes greatly increases.  To manage exterior pipes, detach all gardening hoses and shut off the water supply to exterior faucets.  As an extra safety precaution, check the water from your home faucets on a regular basis – reduced water flow can be an early sign of frozen pipes.
  • Prevent Ice Dams. Ice dams occur when ice forms on gutters or on the eaves and valleys of your roof, preventing melting snow and ice from running off.  When this happens, water can back up, seep under shingles and tiles, and cause serious home damage.  Prevent this by ensuring that your gutters are kept clear of leaves and debris.  Also be sure that your attic is properly insulated to further prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.


Home Repairs: Shorewood and Lake Minnetonka

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

In the midst of our renovations and remodels, this fall we have also been busy working on two great home repair projects.  The first was the landscaping renovation of a 1981 Shorewood home.  Prior to our work, the home’s original wood deck was in a state of disrepair and overgrown weeds were taking over the area beneath the deck and around the home and patio.  The homeowners were preparing to sell and wanted to freshen up their home’s exterior before doing so.  To help them with their outdoor renovation, Sass Construction provided all new landscaping from the home to the pool patio, and to the rear of the house.  We relied on mulch and river rock to help fill in areas previously overgrown with weeds and installed a flagstone stepping stone walkway to help visitors get from the garage to the backyard pool.  We left the home in great shape and ready for sale!

Our next home repair project took place in Wayzata on a 1983 Lake Minnetonka home.  The home had suffered some weather damage and, as such, had an exterior in need of repair.  In order to bring the home up to showcase standards and prepare it for sale, Sass Construction removed two sections of damaged cedar shakes.  In addition, we reconstructed an exterior wood pillar that had a gutter downspout running through it. We completed the work to the exact specifications of the original home in order to perfectly match the house’s existing design with an outstanding outcome.

Check out our projects’ before and after photos below!