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!

Recipes of the Month: Roasted & Toasted

September 26, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Fall is here, so break out the fire pits… it’s time to get roasty and toasty! This month’s featured recipes are perfect for not only cooking on an open fire, but relaxing around the heat of a cozy flame.

Toasted Almond Cocktail

Campfire Cocktails

Gourmet Toast Recipes (Savory and Sweet)

Roasted Nachos

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Sausage and Burrata Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprout Chicken Salad With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Crispy Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Slow-Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Golden Apricot Glazed Turkey Breast

Apple Pie on a Stick

Roasted Banana and Macadamia Pudding Cake

Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream

Roasted Cocoa Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Recipes of the Month: Sliders

August 29, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

How is it that September is already here? So as we slide into fall, here are some tasty recipes for sliders.. salty and sweet! They are the perfect food for a little gathering as we continue chill and grill!

Chicken Pepper Sliders

Pineapple Teriyaki Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Italian Meatball Sliders

Asian BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Monte Cristo with Brie Sliders

Grilled Stuffed Mushroom Sliders

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Sliders

Pickled Peach Grilled Cheese with Ham Sliders

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Sliders

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders

The Outdoor Living Wish List

August 29, 2020 Outdoor Living, Promotion

Texas Custom Patios is currently featured in Hearth & Home magazine, we are among several gorgeous projects built across the country. So many different styles and prices, but we have one thing in common… the appreciation for design and a quality build.

When consumers were asked for their outdoor living feature wish list, these were the top contenders:

  • Fire Pits/fireplaces
  • Built-in gas grills
  • Patio heaters
  • Pizza ovens
  • Beverage centers
  • BBQ islands

So as you can see with four of the six items, outdoor kitchens continue to be a hot item! No matter the space you have, creating an outdoor oasis is doable and can increase the value of your home substantially. The foreseeable future forecasts “staycations” as a hot commodity, so the time is now to improve your home!

Our experienced personal project developers will work one-on-one with you to create a custom-designed outdoor kitchen that blends seamlessly with your home’s exterior.

You can choose stone, brick, or stucco finishes; and granite, tile, or concrete counters; but we’ll always use a high-quality framework underneath. We build all outdoor kitchens with tubular steel framing and fiber-cement sheathing to give you a durable, non-expansive, and heat-proof foundation.

For a look at some of our beautiful outdoor kitchens, click here.

Two of our projects were featured in Hearth & Home, both beautiful but very different! The first one beams with wow factor!

The second featured project in the magazine is cozy, quaint, but still says, “wow!” This project is 450 square feet of beautiful outdoor living space in Houston, Texas.

For a more in depth look at our monthly featured projects, click here!

The Houston Chronicle’s Classic Backyard Games

July 25, 2020 Outdoor Celebrations
Classic backyard lawn games give a coronavirus change of pace for the whole family.

The Houston Chronicle just released an article on how to have fun in your own backyard. These oldies but goodies will get the family away from electronic devices and outside for some fresh air!

Cornhole

Equipment: Two tilted cornhole boards, each with a single hole, set 40 to 45 feet apart and eight fabric bags filled with sand, beads, feed corn, etc.

Object: Score points by tossing bags at the opposite board and aiming for the hole. Bags that fall in the hole score three points, those that land on the board score one. Gameplay includes “cancellation scoring,” meaning one player’s three-point bag-in-the-hole cancels out another player’s, so only one player or team scores each round. First to reach a designated point total, usually 21, wins.

What makes it fun: With little skill or strategy involved (at least on the backyard level), it puts young players on par with older siblings.

More information: American Cornhole Association, click here.

Badminton

Equipment: Badminton racquets, a birdie (or shuttlecock) and a net 5 feet high on a court measuring 44 feet long and 17 feet wide for singles, 20 feet wide for doubles. A smaller court can be used for smaller players.

Object: Score points by hitting the shuttlecock over the net so it lands on the other team’s side of the court. One point is scored per winning volley, with the next serve awarded to the side that wins the point. First side to score 21 points wins.

What makes it fun: The cone-shaped shuttlecock is constructed so that it seems to float through the air, making it relatively easy for even beginning players to hit.

More information: USA Badminton, click here.

For more games and the full article from The Houston Chronicle, click here.

Award-Winning Outdoor Living Projects

July 25, 2020 Awards, Patio Design, Project of the Month

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) was excited to announce 394 projects made the finals of the 2020 Star Awards. This year saw a record breaking 624 entries from 54 cities across the state of Texas. 

The out-of-state judges reviewed 187 categories and select the best in Texas. TAB launched the Star Awards program in 1992 and it remains the only statewide tribute to excellence in the residential homebuilding industry.

Winners were just revealed at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas during the Sunbelt Builders Show™.

This year’s entries showcased the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in Texas and surrounding areas. With nearly 200 categories to choose from and hundreds of entries each year, it’s impressive to be recognized.

We are proud to announce that Texas Custom Patios was nominated in four different categories and we won all four! It’s an honor to be recognized among other elite builders. Here are the projects that impressed the judges!

Winner 50 – 75k

This older home needed a backyard make-over. The family needed some shade, a nicer area to entertain, and a built-in kitchen. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 75k – 100k

The homeowners wanted to add about 850 square feet of outdoor living space, so we added an expansive kitchen, living room and dining area. We worked through the existing drainage issues, and added Astro Turf. Now the home is complete and perfect for entertaining! For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 100k – 125k

The customer had an existing pergola with arches that were on its last leg. They wanted to remove the deteriorating pergola and add a space that could add the “wow” factor to the backyard when they looked out their living room window. They wanted a space that could blend with the architecture of the home along with the design of the pool. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 125k – 150k

This project needed remodeling in both the front and the back of the home. This gorgeous patio was done in a contemporary style complete with an outdoor dining and living area. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

If you would like to see more of our work, click here. To see the 2020 award program in its entirety, click here.

Have a project in mind? We work throughout the Houston and Dallas - Fort Worth areas.

Our Customers Love Us

Steven was a true professional to work with. He spent time going over the possibilities for our patio as we have an unusual roof line. He kept his word about when he would be at the house and when his crew would begin working. It was a pleasure to work with someone that was honest and trustworthy. We LOVE our patio, it is a new room in our home. I would use Texas Custom Patios again and I would recommend them to others. Our patio is beautiful!

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