Grilling Gadgets for Dad

June 19, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Just in time for dad’s day, we have a few grilling gadgets that will help heat things up! Summer is here and so are the social distancing patio parties! Check out these hot finds that will help your plans not go up in flames.

Wireless Bluetooth Grill Thermometer

Commercial Grade Food Probe Thermometer

Charcoal Electric Lighter and Firestarter

3-Sided Grill Brush

Ultimate BBQ Apron

Grilling Towel Set

Vegetable Grill Basket

Non-Stick BBQ Grill Mats

Himalayan Pink Salt Slab

3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press

Red, White & Ooh!

June 25, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

This Fourth of July be the host with the most, let sparks fly, have the most patriotic patio, the most festive food, and have your guests leave with stars in their eyes!  We are about to help you throw one heck of a birthday party for America!  A touch of red here, a dab of white there and a lot of ooh everywhere and this will be one for the books!

We have decor demos, tasty treats, boozy sips and kid-friendly fun on our Pinterest page! It’s stocked with patriotic pins great for ideas on how to perk up your patio.  Check out these rustic centerpieces, they’re affordable too!

 

 

Give them something to remember with this adorable DIY American flag backdrop, perfect for picture taking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something fun for the kids … homemade edible firecrackers made from cake and POP ROCKS!  Watch out for the tasty lil’ explosion in your mouth!

 

 

Salute to this super salad that will leave you refreshed on a hot 4th of July!

Salad recipe 4th of July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How ’bout some 50 Star Chicken and other festive foods for the main course?

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End things with a real bang with these boozy bombs!

Red, White and Booze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the kiddos can’t have the cherries, how about this kid-friendly patriotic punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or add the alcohol back in with these red, white and booze ideas!

 

And top it off with some Star Spangled Sweetness!

 

Recipe of the Month: Tasty Touchdown

January 27, 2017 Outdoor Cooking

The big game is less than a week away and most everyone has their party plans tackled.  But what if you’re the party house … are you ready to score some tasty touchdowns for your guests?  When throwing a patio party, your team is always huddled around the food, so with the dips, drinks and sweets being the MVP of the celebration … you want to make sure it’s something to remember.  When you can’t predict if the game will be good, the halftime show will be in tune or the commercials will even be funny, you have to make sure the snacks are the star of the show.

We have tons of tasty blogs with great game day grub like a Party on the Patio Cocktail, Grilled Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas, Green Chili Cheeseburgers, even Pizza on the Grill!  Or you can visit out Pinterest page for hundreds of festive foods perfect for the big game.

But our “Recipe of the Month” goes to ….

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Ingredients

2 ­ 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese

Chicken meat from 2­3 chicken thighs (or breasts if you want white meat)

1/2 of a medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic minced (use dried garlic if preferred)

1 cup of Texas Pete’s Wing Sauce (or your favorite sauce)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup ranch dressing (optional)

*Optional Garnish with green onions, add bleu cheese crumbles and mix in dip

Directions

Cream cheese needs to be room temperature so you can mix the ingredients together. Start by adding the chicken, onion, garlic and cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly. Then add your wing sauce and ranch (you may want to reduce the amount of wing sauce to ensure it is not too runny if adding ranch).

You can add the bleu cheese crumbles now. (Many people do not like the bleu cheese, so try adding them on top of half of the dip in an 8 x 8″ pan. That way you have some with bleu cheese and some without.)

You can bake it at 325°F for 20 minutes or until it is bubbly all around the edges. Finish by garnishing with the green onion.

NOTE: This also works well in a crock pot. Just dump all the ingredients together on high until ready, then lower heat to warm.

 

Best Seat in the House for Super Sunday

January 27, 2017 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Houston is all the buzz with Super Bowl bringing its huddle into Texas on Sunday, February 5th (like we had to tell you the date)!  In 2004, over 200,000 people visited Houston to take part in the football festivities … this year one million people are predicted to jam their way into H-town. If you’re not one of the 72,000 that paid a minimum of $3,499 for one ticket, then you need a place to party and watch the big game!beer on patio

No better place to party for this football frenzy than your own patio!   After all, you’ll have the best seat in the house, comfortable seating, great food at your fingertips and you’ll always be close to a bathroom.  Many people have outdoor patios built just so they can either watch football outside or so they can entertain at a moment’s notice!  In fact, some of our customers called us back in August of 2016 and said, “Hey, Texas Custom Patios, we would like to have this ready by Super Bowl Sunday, is that possible.?” So we got to building and guess what, the covered patios, outdoor kitchens and living rooms were built and those watching parties are sure to be a touchdown now!  So go ahead, invite over your football-loving friends, fire up the grill and get ready to party.

Sports Illustrated came up with 13 things you MUST have for your Super Bowl LI Party … Here’s a hint … Insta-Chill Beer Glasses!  Instant score!

Grab all 13 if you can, but at the end of the day … there are three categories of “Super Sunday Party-Goers” and we have something for each one.

“The Super Sunday Snack Specialist”

The anticipation of sweet and savory delights to enjoy during the big game brings this fan to the table… literally, and probably more than once! For the Snack Specialist, we offer this list of Super Sunday party dishes that can be prepared outside.

Grilled Buttermilk Hot Wings
Grilled Pizza
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Enchiladas – make ahead
Pig Candy
Cookies & Cream Football Dip 

sweet dip

“The Super Sunday Ad Aficionado”

This fan may talk through every single play, then shush everyone when the commercials begin. We get it. After all, advertisers pay huge dollars for these coveted spots and strive to put their most creative efforts out there. For the Ad Aficionado, we offer this list, which gives you a sneak preview of what companies are buying up ads this year and some hints at their plans.

The Big Game Ad Chart

“The Super Sunday Game Devotee”

When your team makes the Big Game, the intensity dials up even more! Be sure to use your outside voice on your patio when cheering on your team to victory. For the Game Devotee, here’s a great resource to keep up with the latest game news!

Playoff Picture

Enjoying the Big Game outdoors is better for everyone …

What’s your favorite part of the game? Is it the food, the ads or the football?  Comment on our Facebook page, we want to know!

 

50 Fabulous Reasons to Add Outdoor Style To Your Backyard

August 24, 2015 Outdoor Living

Adding a stylish outdoor living space is undoubtedly 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 stargazing
  4. To celebrate your son/daughter’s back-to-school 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 backyard
  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. A 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 day
  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 (come on, you know you want to!)
  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 fridge
  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 and 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. Or lastly, but certainly not least …  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 Houston – 281-265-1994 or DFW – 972-915-2727 or send us a message via our website.

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