Recipes of the Month: Healthy-ish Hacks

January 25, 2021 Outdoor Cooking

If you are one of the few still holding onto the “eating healthy” resolution, we have some healthy-ish hacks for you to give a tasty try! And if you’re not on the wagon, these recipes are still delicious! Enjoy!

Keto Smoothie

Spinach Dip 2.0

Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

Baked Ranch Chicken

Low Carb Almond Alfredo with Eggplant, Peppers, and Chicken

“Spaghetti” and Turkey Meatballs

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Made-Over Deep Dish Brownies

Skinny Margarita

Recipes of the Month: Calorie Bombs

December 30, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Most of us will start on the “new year, new you” mentality January 1st, but until then… it’s time to party!!! Let’s go out with a bang with some delicious recipes that are sure not to be on the menu in a couple days.

Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots

Honey Brûlée Brie

Korean Corn Cheese

Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Nachos

Savory S’mores

Potstickers

Fried Burrata

Cheeseburger Sliders

Quick and Easy (but oh-so tasty) Stromboli

Hot Marshmallow Fudge Sundaes

Giant Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Molton Chocolate Cake

Brown Butter Blondies

Banana Pudding Egg Rolls

Okay, who’s hungry? Enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A Cozy Outdoor Living Space

December 1, 2020 Outdoor Living

The sweaty summer days are behind us (we think), and cooler days are ahead! So as fast as we have forgotten how hot it can be, most of us will crave a cozy fire, super soft blanket and the feeling that the holidays are here!

Creating a winter wonderland is easy with a few essentials, we hope you keep warm and safe this season!

Tip #1 – Bring the Heat

If you don’t have a built-in fireplace or pit like the picture below, adding some heat to your area can be easy and affordable. Whether it be a propane fire pit, free-standing heater or classic wood burning fire feature, adding warmth is a necessity in keeping comfortable.

Tip #2 – Lighting

You will get a little lighting from the flames in Tip #1, but with the days being shorter through the winter, you’ll need to shed a little light on things. String lights are a great option not only for a source of light, but to create a warm ambiance! Candles also create a cozy setting for relaxing.

Tip #3 – Cozy Seating

The lighting can be just right and very relaxing, but if you’re sitting in something uncomfortable the whole experience can get ruined (just ask Goldilocks). There are so many options when it comes to outdoor furniture, try something that allows for deep seating and plush pillows… something where you can snuggle and sink. For added warmth and decor, include an oversized throw blanket… you’ll never want to go inside.

Tip #4 – Flooring

Whether your patio has nice flooring or not, consider adding an outdoor rug to warm things up and add some style. Today’s outdoor rugs are weather tolerant and come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and patterns. So many choices makes it easy to find a rug that blends with your overall outdoor living style.

If you’re gathered with family or having alone time with a good book, enjoy your surroundings and happy holidays!

Recipes of the Month: Holiday Treats

December 1, 2020 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

‘Tis the season for caring, caroling and cookies? While this year get-togethers look a little different, your family time can still be filled with singing and sweets! May this holiday your time be filled with love… and a little sugar!

Cookie Butter White Chocolate Truffles

Reindeer Chow

Oreo Cookie Christmas Ornaments

Santa Hat Brownies

Gooey Red Velvet Butter Cookies

Cream Wafer Cookies

Soft & Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Santa Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Recipes of the Month: Spooky Sweets

October 27, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Packaged candy is good, but we have a few tricks to turn those confections into a real treat! We get crafty and crazy with fun ways to make baked goods, bars, cakes, and cookies tricked-out into spooky sweets!

Halloween Hot Chocolate

Yummy Mummy Cookies

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders

Mini Chocolate Bat Delights

Monster Cupcakes

Eerie Eyeball Cookies

Grave Intentions Cake

Peanut Butter Acorns

Meringue Ghost Tartlets

Monster Oreo Pops

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Cake

Decorating for Fall, Y’all!

October 1, 2020 Outdoor Celebrations, Patio Design

Fall days are the glory days where you enjoy a warm beverage, sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The temperatures are dropping… people are getting in the autumn spirit, but in Texas the leaves don’t change colors until a little later, so creating the “change in season” illusion is up to us… with decor!

Whether your outdoor space is small or big, decorating for the new season can help you get in the mood. Just a few small touches here and there can help transform your space from spring and summer to all about fall. It doesn’t have to be all orange either… mimicking fall foliage can be done by using mustard colored decor, burgundy, cream, olive, taupe and tan.

10 Easy Essentials for Outdoor Fall Decorating

  1. Colorful Mums (they come in a variety of colors and sizes)
  2. Dried corn or cornstalks
  3. Layer with hay
  4. Spiced scented candles
  5. Cozy throw blanket and outdoor pillows
  6. Burlap to weave throughout decor
  7. Natural colored rug
  8. Baskets with flannel material draped
  9. Pinecones
  10. Pumpkins (saved the best for last)

Getting creative can be easy, just create little nooks within your patio with some of the essential items listed above. Remember, less is always more!

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