Posted by Debbie Ditta on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 @ 02:30 PM
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Black-Eyed Peas for New Year's Luck: A Southern Tradition With No Fergalicious

The black-eyed pea--more of a legume, really--has a lonnng history of good luck, starting with the bible (i.e. Jewish New Year), then migrating to Africa and then to the U.S. in the 1600s with the slave trade. This staple crop of the south hit the big time during the Civil War, when Northern soldiers destroyed everything else growing on rural farms. So for the past 400 or so years, black-eyed peas... have been a nourishing symbol of a lucky, prosperous new year for those beneath the Mason-Dixon line.

My very own greatmother a Southerner every year would cook a giant pot of vegetarian black-eyed peas, cabbage and turnip greans with corn bread. Growing up, I always thought this myth of good luck was a ruse to get me to eat yet another bean-based, health dish, but it's legit. So I always ate them.

In their most traditional form, black-eyed peas are cooked with a ham hock (or other pork product) and served with Southern delicacies like collard greens (representing money) and corn bread. Hoppin' John also is a contender for representing the pea at its best. In short, they're inexpensive, high in fiber and hold up well to hot sauce.

So if you need a little luck for 2013, and can't find a restaurant to serve you the little buggers on New Year's Day, I share with you my mother's recipe below. Add bacon if you like being bad.

2 cups dried black-eyed peas - we always had fresh

4 cups water

2 bay leaves

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

½ red pepper, chopped

1 plum tomato, chopped

2 TBSP Dry Sherry

2 TBSP Red wine vinegar

2 TBSP Tamari soy sauce

1 Tsp cumin

1 Tsp coriander

salt and pepper to taste

Big chunk of salt pork & ham bone.


In a large pot, bring black-eyed peas, water and bay leaves to a boil then let simmer for 1.5 hours. In separate sauce pan, sauté onions, green pepper, red pepper for five minutes, then add garlic and plum tomato, dry and liquid seasonings. Add black-eyed peas to the pan and simmer for another 2 hours.

Be sure to comment with all the money that fell in your lap due to this dish.

Black-eyed peas are for health & wealth.
Cornbread represents gold.
Turnips & Cabbage is to receive paper money.

I am not taking any chances, we always have all three.

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UNIQUE GARAGE DOORS - Series 511 or 521 Heavy Duty

Posted by Debbie Ditta on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 @ 01:15 PM
In an age when people are passionate about unique applications and architecture, – entry systems stand out for their modern and distinctive style. We are continually exploring new ideas, materials, and ways of integrating our products into...everyday designs. Our contemporary glass doors evoke the sensibility of enriched modernism with its clean lines and ergonomic principles. Neighbors, passersby and paperboys will stop, stare, and be astonished.  The Series 521 door can be used in an application such as a fire station door or ambulance door with it's sleek and sophisticated look and light-filtering glass makes it a striking complement to your business.  

These unique doors are designed in sizes up to 16' in the 511 Series and 26' wide in the 521 Series and 16' high. The 521 series offers a joint seal application between sections for weather-resistance.  Wind-load rated means your door can withstand a variety of wind conditions, including hurricane - force winds.  These doors have intregrated stiffening struts

Frame Type -Standard
Max. Width - Up to 26'
Warranty - 1-year limited
Integrated stiffening struts
Stronger, lighter struts are part of the rail assembly to achieve a sleek, sophisticated look.

Stylish hardware - Hinges and fixtures are galvanized to maintain a contemporary look.


An array of glass choices, including double strength, tempered, low e, insulated, obscure, mirrored, reeded and tinted. Light-filtering glass is available to add style while maintaining privacy.

Frosted - Mirrored - Reeded - Colors

Features 197 powder coat color options to best match your home. Clear anodized finish comes standard. Solid aluminum panels - Available for a unique, distinctive look. Design flexibility.  Variety of vertical rail widths and horizontal stile widths to complement your home’s style.
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Posted by Debbie Ditta on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 @ 09:31 AM


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      The one minute vignette hits these high points:
      • Getting your home ready for winter
      • Overhead Door received the 2012 Women's Choice Award
      • Impression CollectionTM -- insulated fiberglass doors
      • Garage Door Design Center - DoorViewTM on overheaddoornea.com

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      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

       Many garage door repairs may be relatively simple, but some are definitely not advisable for all homeowners.  Here are some garage door repairs you can do yourself: 

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      ~ ~ ~ Dusty garages can contribute to dirt build-up on your garage door parts,

                  so clean tracks and all moving parts with household cleaner and dry cloth. 

      ~ ~ ~ Tighten all hardware, including hinges.

      ~ ~ ~ Check for dented tracks or broken rollers that can cause sticking.

      ~ ~ ~ Lubricate tracks, rollers, pulleys with wD-40, then silicone spray rollers.

      Garage door opener repairs is not beyond your ken, as long as you know how to plug things in and lubricate them.  Garage door openers are simple devices that rely on little more than a motor and a track to raise and open your door.  If you're having problems with the garage door, this is what you can check:

      • Garage Door Won't Open or Close
      • If your garage door won't open or close, the first thing to check is the electricity. Sure, your garage door is plugged in, but has there been an interruption of power somewhere along the line? A blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker? You can test to see if your garage door opener has power by pressing the hardwired button that sets the machine into motion. If nothing happens, check the power.
      • If there is a good supply of power, something more serious might be wrong. Try unplugging the unit and plugging it back in. Look around for loose wiring. The worst case scenario is a blown out circuit board. If you suspect that this is the problem, call an electrician or buy a new garage door opener.
      • Garage Door Gets Stuck
      • If your garage door gets stuck midway between the open and closed positions, you probably have an obstruction that is keeping your garage door opener from working properly. Take a look at the track that raises and lowers your garage door. Is there a foreign body in the way? Remove it and try again. Hopefully, that does the trick. There might also be something jammed in the way of the door itself. If it's a bird's nest, try not to kill any of the baby birds when you move it.
      • If an obstruction is not to blame, you might have a few chains that need lubricating. It's a good idea to lubricate the moving parts of your garage door twice a year, anyway, so don't worry about getting a little greasy. Lubricate the chain and anything else that moves. Just remember to unplug your garage door opener first, unless  you want to lose a finger or two.
      • Garage Door Opens and Closes on Its Own
      • Some garage doors act like they are haunted, opening and closing on their own. There's a simple fix, in most cases. Check your garage door remote and get the button unstuck. If that doesn't work, talk to your neighbors. You may have the same garage door opener as a neighbor does.  
      Call Overhead Door of Northeast Arkansas Glass - 870-336-3667 - let us help you keep your door running. 

      Tags: Handyman garage doors, Fix garage door, Self Repair garage door, Door Will not CLose, DYI Garage doors, Diagnostic Door


      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 10:53 AM
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          The 640 and 641 Series Doors are ideal for openings requiring a counter-type fire-rated door. Common applications include factories, schools, concessions, hospitals, cafeterias and retail settings. Labeled with either a 3-hour Class A rating for masonry fire walls, these doors are designed to expand upward in a fire, allowing the guides to be installed flush with the sill. 
          The 640 Series Door features 22-gauge primed galvanized steel and is ideal for applications where safety is as important as style.  These NFPA-80 compliant doors are labeled with either a 3 hour UL Class A label for masonry applications, or 1-1/2 hour UL Class B label for non-masonry fire walls (a 3 hour non-masonry UL label is available upon request).  Oversize UL labels are available for certain applications.  A host of standard and optional features further improve performance of these doors beyond the norm in fire-rate applications. 
          The 641 Series door features 22-gauge stainless steel and is ideal for applications where safety is as important as style.  These NFPA-80 compliant doors are labeled with either a 3 hour UL Class A label for masonry applications, or a 1-1/2 hour UL Class B label for non-masonry fire walls (a 3 hour non-masonry UL label available upon request).  A host of standard and optional features further improve performance of these doors beyond the norm in fire-rate applications. 
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          OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS would like to help you with all your commercial door repairs or replacements.  We are conviently  located in Jonesboro Ar.   We have service trucks that run daily throughout Arkansas.  Call us today - why wait - 870-336-3667. 






      Tags: Rolling Doors, Overhead Doors, Commercial Doors


      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 01:09 PM
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        central region and surrounding areas. We specialize in the sales, service, repair, and installation of commercial and residential garage doors and electric openers.

        At Overhead Door Company of Northeast Arkansas we are committed to excellence in every aspect of our business, including customer service, competitive pricing, and professional installation of all garage doors and openers. We do not use any subcontractors. Whether you are looking for a new door or you’re existing door just needs a little TLC…we do it all!! Or come by and bring us your set of plans whether it is a residence or a commercial building - WE DO IT ALL!!!

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      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 @ 01:06 PM
      1. DID YOU KNOW?

        Upgrading your garage door is an investment that nearly pays for itself, according to the latest Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine. In fact, upgrading from a basic to a mid-tier garage door has a higher expected return at resale than remodeling your kitchen or master bathroom.

        Upgrading a garage door is one of the most cost effective renovations a homeowner can make. In fact, according to the latest Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, repl...
        acing a basic door with an upgraded one returned a remarkable 71.9% on original cost on average—making it one of the top renovations in the study. Now, that’s a return on investment you can take to the bank.

        See the expected return on investment for your area - see website: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/facts-and-figures/cost-vs-value-report/- or call your Overhead Door Ribbon Distributor for a consultation - OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS - Jonesboro AR

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      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 @ 02:11 PM
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                                      INSULATED GARAGE DOOR 
      The winter months are quickly approaching and the garage is about to become the freezer.  

      Garage Door Insulation

      In today’s economy people are looking at ways to save money and cut costs. One of the biggest costs homeowners face during the winter months is heating. It’s a delicate balance between keeping the thermostat high enough to be comfortable but low enough so you can still afford to pay the bills. Properly insulating your home goes a long way in reducing your energy bill and keeping your house warmer, but often the biggest cause of a cold home, the garage, is overlooked.

      An improperly insulated garage will become cold in the winter as temperatures drop. The cold garage siphons heat away from the adjacent rooms, causing those rooms to become colder and forcing your heating system to work harder and expend more energy. Don’t worry, you don’t need to rip apart your garage to fix this.

      Weather Stripping and Bottom Seal

      The first thing you want to do is check the weather stripping and bottom seal around the perimeter of the garage door. From the inside of your garage, run your hand along the perimeter of the garage door and feel for drafts. Is the weather stripping and bottom seal cracked, or aging? Is there even any weather stripping or stop molding in place?

      Replacing or adding good weather stripping and bottom seal is one of the biggest improvements you can make to your garage door to keep the cold out. Just like an insulated window, it doesn’t matter how good it is if you leave it open. Weather Stripping gets old and worn out and cracks, so it needs to be replaced to keep your door most efficient.  

      Buy A New Insulated Garage Door

      These suggestions will only go so far, especially if you have an older door. If you want to make the biggest impact on stopping the cold consider buying a new insulated garage door. With the government still offering a 30% Energy Tax Credit on new energy efficient garage doors it’s never been a better time. A new insulated garage door can make a huge difference in your heating bill. To find our what the best insulated garage door is call Overhead Door Company of Northeast Arkansas.  

      One Last Tip

      Now that your garage door is sealed and insulated, it might be a good idea to look at the door that leads into the house from the garage. Check to make sure that door is also properly sealed and insulated. Our sister company Ditta Door & Hardware sell insulated doors for any applications for your home.  

      In the end, anything you do to reduce the inflow of cold air to your garage will help reduce your heating bill each month. It’s hard to tell just how much money you’ll save, but as time goes on those savings will add up. You’ll appreciate the difference, in both your wallet and being in a warmer, more comfortable house.


      Is the temperature of your garage going to be where you can house a polar bear this winter, or are you willing to change the climate temperature in your garage?  


      Posted by Debbie Ditta on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 @ 02:50 PM
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      Tags: Garage Doors more Efficient, Door Specialist, Overhead Doors, home improvement, Commercial Doors