Recipe of the Month: Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Mandarin Habanero Salsa

May 25, 2017 Outdoor Cooking

Now that’s a mouthful … but a delicious mouthful.  For this month’s recipe star we got a taste of inspiration from Hearth & Home.  The great thing about this recipe is if you’re fishy about fish, you can substitute the protein for grilled chicken or even steak.


Mahi­-Mahi Tacos 4 (5­6 oz.) Mahi­Mahi fillets

2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp.

Pit Boss Mandarin Habanero spice

2 cups shredded red cabbage

1 cup sour cream

12 small corn tortillas

Mandarin Habanero Mango Salsa

2 mangos, peeled and diced

1/3 cup red onion, diced

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 tsp. Pit Boss Mandarin Habanero seasoning

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped



Rinse the Mahi­-Mahi fillets under cold water and blot dry with paper towel. Rub fillets with olive oil, then sprinkle Pit Boss Mandarin Habanero seasoning over both sides of the fillets, rubbing the seasoning in. Set aside.

Prepare the Mandarin Habanero Mango Salsa by combining all ingredients in a medium­-sized bowl, tossing lightly to mix. Set aside.

Light the ceramic charcoal barbecue to 400°F. Place Mahi­-Mahi fillets directly on the grill and cook 5–7 minutes on each side. Remove the Mahi­Mahi from grill and let rest 5 minutes before pulling apart into small pieces. Carefully remove cooking grate from barbecue using oven mitts or grill grippers. Replace grill grate with heat deflector and place tortillas on heat deflector, heating for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until warm, but not hot.

Stack the tortillas in twos. Distribute the fish evenly between each set of tortillas.

Top with red cabbage, sour cream, and mango salsa. Serve immediately!

Sit back and listen to the “mmmms!”



Recipe of the Month: Grilled Pretzel Roll Ham Sliders

February 27, 2017 Outdoor Cooking


Who doesn’t love a good slider?  Our highlighted recipe for this month is versatile, feel free to change it up to your liking, but we have a hunch you may keep it just the way it is!  Meet this month’s mouth-watering, gotta-have grilling grub …

So what’s our secret?  See below …

Recipe of the Month



1 red onion

Extra virgin olive oil

Butter (salted) (secret #1)

Fine sea salt

4 pretzel rolls, about 3­in. in diameter (secret #2)

1 pound thick-cut ham

4 oz. Brie cheese, Cut into chunks

4 cocktail skewers



Prepare the grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat, about 500°F grill grate temperature. Slice the red onion into 3/4­in. thick slices. Oil both sides and season liberally with salt.

Grill the onion slices until translucent and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from the grill, brake the slices down into rings and set to the side.

Slice the pretzel rolls. Spread salted butter on each side (don’t be conservative, didn’t you hear? Butter is good for you now, so go ahead and take advantage before they change their mind on us again)!   Grilling the buns (especially these buns) will make all of the difference, trust us!

Brush each slice of ham on both sides with olive oil and season with salt. The olive oil will help form a crust on the outside of the meat. Grill ham, turning once, 1 to 2 minutes per side. After flipping the meat, add a large ring of onion to the top of each slice, so it sits neatly in a circle.

Add the cheese on top of the onion. The cheese will melt, almost into a creamy sauce, and the onions will help hold the cheese on top of the ham. While the cheese is melting, lightly grill the rolls.

Gently remove the meat when the cheese has melted and transfer directly onto the pretzel rolls.  Skewer each slider to hold it together.

Open wide and enjoy!

Project of the Month: July 2015

August 7, 2015 Project of the Month

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Texas Custom Patios

50 Great Reasons to Add Outdoor Style to Your Backyard

April 4, 2014 Outdoor Living

Adding a stylish outdoor living space is undoubtably a significant investment. We get to see the return on that investment every day as homeowners increase the value of their lifestyle by creating a space to take time out for the important things in life. Here’s a list of 50 great reasons to add Outdoor Style to YOUR backyard:

  1. More space for those big gatherings!
  2. Outdoor dinner parties
  3. A nearby spot for star gazing
  4. To celebrate your son/daughter’s graduation party
  5. A quiet place to drink your morning coffee and read the news
  6. To keep the indoor kitchen cool by grilling out in the summer
  7. A place to tell stories around the campfire with the kids or grandkids
  8. A covered space in which to watch a good Texas thunderstorm roll in
  9. Family dinners on the patio
  10. A patio cover provides indoor shade, too
  11. WatchTheGameA place to let them watch the game outside while you commandeer the living room TV with your show
  12. Exhale the stress
  13. Ice cream cones melt slower in the shade
  14. That quaint little backyard wedding
  15. A shady spot to watch the kids while they play in the pool
  16. Girls night in
  17. Give your swimmers a place to snack, a place to rest and a place to use the bathroom… without soaking your floors
  18. A place to slow down
  19. Rover loves a shady spot to enjoy the dog days of summer
  20. To invite the neighbors over for that barbecue
  21. A place to put your feet up
  22. What better backdrop for family portraits, than your own home?
  23. A perfect spot to indulge a “no plans” Saturday
  24. To host a backyard brunch
  25. A place to drink cocoa on a cool evening
  26. A place to pop a cold bottle on a hot dayJustChill
  27. Serve up their favorite birthday dinner
  28. To sit a spell and have a long conversation
  29. To pass on the art of grilling
  30. A comfy spot to devour the latest novel
  31. Dine alfresco with a date night in
  32. To one up the Joneses
  33. All the barbecue holidays-Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day-are better served up in your stylish backyard
  34. Easy clean up for children’s birthday parties
  35. A place to hang your porch swing
  36. Practice your mixology
  37. A quiet space to watch the feathered visitors to your bird feeder
  38. Give your house guests a space of their own in a backyard guesthouse
  39. Turn on the patio string lights and have a glass of wine
  40. A perfect place to paint or draw
  41. Keep the drinks cold in your outdoor kitchen fridgeBeThatHouse
  42. Be the house where everyone gathers
  43. Take refuge from tuba practice
  44. Swing in a hammock
  45. Celebrate your retirement
  46. Sit down and talk about your day
  47. Get down a play trucks or have that tea party
  48. Raise a glass to the newly engaged couple
  49. Teach the art of a perfectly toasted marshmallow to the next generation
  50. Just breathe

If you think your backyard living could use an Outdoor Style upgrade, we’d love to talk with you. Contact us for a free consultation at (281) 265-1994 or send us a message via our website.

Outdoor Living Gifts for the Man in your Life

June 12, 2013 Outdoor Living

As our focus turns toward fathers this month, we want to stop and honor the men in our lives. Whether he’s a grill master, a fire starter, the team’s biggest fan, a connoisseur of beers, a gadget guy or a just hard-working man, we all have one thing in common: a love for taking it outdoors and relaxing in a beautiful space. We chose this collection of gift ideas for him to give him even more enjoyment in his own back yard.

Stout Bottle Opener $35+

Stout Bottle Opener

Price: $35+

Why we love it: This is a bottle opener that knows it’s simply awesome. Its ingenious design allows you to pop bottle tops without bending the caps. And the built-in magnet holds the bottle cap, keeping it from bouncing and rolling on the patio. It’s designed to last. Take a look at their Kickstarter video and you’ll see a glimpse of their passion for slowing down and capturing the moments with family and friends, one popped bottle at a time.

S'more to Love STL-611 6-S'more Maker $19.99

S’more to Love STL-611 6-S’more Maker

Price: $19.99

Why we love it: If he’s a fire starter, this gadget will turn him into an outdoor confection superhero, serving up six perfectly toasted, ooey-gooey s’mores at once. It’s delicious and efficient!

Home Plate Doormat $22

Home Plate Doormat

Price: $22.00

Why we love it: If he’s a baseball-lover, he’ll feel like he hit a home run stepping out onto Home Plate on his patio. Warning: he may try to start the wave or slide into the back door.

Lifeproof LifeJacket Float for iPhone 4/4S and 5

Price: $39.99

Why we love it: Lifeproof makes a case that is water proof, dirt proof and shock proof, which eliminates most of the hazards of taking his iPhone out on the patio. The case is waterproof up to 6.5 feet for up to 30 minutes. When paired with the Lifeproof LifeJacket, it floats! Now he can play Candy Crush and Angry Birds while relaxing poolside. (Requires Lifeproof Case.)

Wooden 6-pack Beer Tote - $35

Wooden 6-pack Beer Tote

Price: $35.00

Why we love it:This handmade beer tote was made from reclaimed redwood beams. Since it’s water-proof and weather proof, it is a perfect candidate for taking out back. It’s nostalgic design reminds us of the slower pace of days gone by.

Custom printed M&M's featuring your favorite football team $10.99-$199.99

Custom-printed M&M’s

Price: $10.99-199.99

Why we love it: You can’t go wrong when you combine delicious chocolate with his favorite team. He can indulge while watching the big game on the patio. If collegiate ball is his thing, you can customize for his favorite University with the My M&M’s tool. Don’t worry, we checked! They have both maroon AND orange to keep you Aggies and Longhorns at peace.

Cotton Hammock $109/$119

Cotton Hammock

Price: $109.00 large / $119.00 extra large

Why we love it: L.L. Bean says this hammock has been a customer favorite for over 30 years. No doubt! There is a certain type of relaxation that only happens in a hammock. It’s almost as if a nap is a requirement. He works hard. He deserves it!

Custom-made Wall Badge $149.00

Custom-made Wall Badge

Price: $149.00

Why we love it: First of all, this 34″ wall sign is custom made right here in Texas. Personalize it with his family name, his favorite team, his hometown or anything he loves (up to 16 characters). It is designed to last for years outside, so it’s a great way for him to declare his outdoor space as his own.

Grill Charms $19.95

Grill Charms for Steak

Price: $19.95

Why we love it: These ingenious little charms will hold tight to steaks as he flips and moves them around the grill, making dinner a little less like a game of shells and more of a sure thing. It is important business when it comes to how you like your steaks prepared! On a serious note, this is a great tool for marking pieces prepared for special health or allergy needs.

Rockin’ Dad Branding Iron with Cedar Gift Box

PRICE: $39.95

Why we love it: He can add his signature style to the dishes he prepares with the satisfying sizzle of the rockin’ dad design. It’s almost like he’s signing your steak, “Prepared with love forever, Dad.”

Personalized Leather Apron & Gloves Set (Branded)

Price: $89.90

Why we love it: Not only is this soft suede set a perfect compliment to the Rockin’ Dad Branding Iron, it is protective against the hazards of grilling. Personalize it with a custom branded monogram with his initials or up to three letters. It’s an apron set fit for the King of the Grill!

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