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Sipping on Summertime Sweets

Sipping on Summertime Sweets

When it’s summertime and you crave something cold and fruity, try using your favorite frozen fruit for a refreshing drink. For example, strawberries with frozen pink lemonade concentrate combine to make a spritzer recipe worth sharing. This fizzy Strawberry Spritzer can delight your taste buds and keep you quenched while enjoying the summer sun. Watch […]

Outdoor Entertaining Tablescape Ideas

Outdoor Entertaining Tablescape Ideas

I don’t know about you, but the thought of preparation and planning for a BIG Party – throws me for a loop and sets my mind into information overload. When I first got engaged, some of the ladies I worked with (at the time) were gracious enough to buy me a Wedding Planning Book as […]

Picnic-Perfect Plates for Outdoor Dining

Picnic-Perfect Plates for Outdoor Dining

Picnic-Perfect Plates for Outdoor Dining Picnics, patio dining and al fresco foods all come to mind when warmer weather allows families and friends to enjoy the flavors of homemade meals in the great outdoors. As you seek out recipes for outdoor entertaining and more, try keeping the options light and simple with dishes that can […]

Tips for Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

Tips for Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

Every holiday season, you invest hours planning and preparing the perfect menu for each celebration you host. While easy and fun may be the name of the game for buffet-style events, when it’s a sit-down soiree, the delightful cuisine you produce deserves a presentation worthy of your efforts. A beautifully set table can elevate your […]

Secrets for a Well-Maintained Lawn

Secrets for a Well-Maintained Lawn

Collaborated Content Growing a healthy, appealing lawn isn’t about doing one thing right; it’s about doing a combination of things right. Different aspects of lawn maintenance, whether it’s watering, fertilizing or mowing, are interrelated. If you complete one task incorrectly – or skip it entirely – you may increase problems with insects, diseases and weeds. […]

Safe Entertaining Tips in a COVID-19 World

Safe Entertaining Tips in a COVID-19 World

Depending on where you live, restrictions on social gatherings may become less strict in the coming weeks and months. However, many experts caution that care should still be exercised when groups of people gather. After an extended period without social contact, it’s only natural to crave some interaction, and there’s evidence that doing so can […]

Grill like a Boss with BIG BBQ Flavor and BOLD Wines

Grill like a Boss with BIG BBQ Flavor and BOLD Wines

Grilling is one of America’s greatest pastimes, and if you love grilled meat, chances are you also like hosting cookouts to show off your pit master prowess. Once you’ve mastered the art of the char, why not take it a step further? Serve wine that blows the lid off the meal, in the best possible […]

Host a Better-for-You Barbecue

Host a Better-for-You Barbecue

Collaborated Content A traditional backyard barbecue is typically filled with a wide array of tempting foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can transform your grilling party into a spread of better-for-you foods you can still enjoy. Get creative on […]

Summer Wine Savvy Tips

Summer Wine Savvy Tips

Rosé slushies. Spiked seltzers. Boozy ice pops. Has young adults’ quest for the next party gimmick led to soulless substitutes for real, quality wines? It’s not hard to find wines with well-balanced natural flavors, according to Leslie Sbrocco, author of “The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide.” She recommends looking for wine from different international regions, […]

Brilliant Barbecue Breakfasts

Brilliant Barbecue Breakfasts

Most of us enjoy an Outdoor BBQ. Barbecue lunch and dinners are the norms. However, have you thought of using your grill to cook breakfast? There are so many delicious breakfast items perfect for Grilling. Consider a lazy Sunday Summer morning either at home in your backyard or camping in a peaceful nature retreat. There […]

Savory Summer Entertaining

Savory Summer Entertaining

Collaborated Content Flavorful foods and cold drinks are the focal points of just about any summer gathering. Create a party atmosphere that can stand out by adding a bit of island infusion to both bites and beverages so your warm-weather soiree can soar to new heights. To help add that island spark, an ingredient like […]

5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Collaborated Content Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests. Make this season’s barbecues, picnics and family gatherings events to remember with these simple summer entertaining tips: […]

Are you a Pampered Chef?

Are you a Pampered Chef?

Do you enjoy Cooking and/or Socializing with Friends, Family and Neighbors? Then this Opportunity is for you! Doris Christopher founded Pampered Chef in 1980 with the belief that quick tips and powerful tools can fuel a faster, no-fuss cooking experience. But today, many of us don’t even have the time to sit down for an […]

Must-Have Recipes for Your Summer Soirees

Must-Have Recipes for Your Summer Soirees

  Collaborated Content Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather with family and friends, but even with the longer summer days, the season can feel short for many. That’s why it’s important to make the most of summer by maximizing your fun in the sun with some of the best memories being made while […]

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings. A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings Plan in advance. Even […]

How to Throw a Sizzling Outdoor Summer Party

Raise your glasses high — cocktail parties are the toast of this summer’s entertaining. Don’t know where to start? Think barware, which is nearly as hot as the rising temperatures. That’s why we turned to designer Julie Robbins from Replacements, Ltd., the world’s largest retailer of vintage and current dinnerware, for fabulously fun ideas sure […]

Add Life to Outdoor Spaces

Add Life to Outdoor Spaces

Once the structural elements and hardscape features of your outdoor living space are in place, it’s time to turn attention to the details that really bring the area to life. Vibrant textiles like cushions, pillows and rugs can all soften the look of a space while adding colorful charm, but another effective place where you […]

A Summer BBQ Picnic

A Summer BBQ Picnic

The oxford dictionary defines a picnic as “an occasion when a packed meal is eaten outdoors, especially during an outing to the countryside “Better still combine your picnic with an Outdoor Barbecue!” Summer allows so many opportunities to pack up and enjoy a Barbecue day with friends and family surrounded by nature. Whether you visit […]

One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

There are so many delicious dishes that you can prepare and cook on your grill. Have you considered using cast-iron pots and conjure up an “all in one pot” meal? Tantilize your guests with the delicious smell that surrounds your coal pit whilst the food is simmering in a pot . This is a very […]

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living Create the backyard retreat of your dreams Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint. An outdoor patio is a natural extension of the […]

Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Ditch the celery stick and compliment your spicy Bloody Mary with cheese filled pierogies and BACON! Turn Cooking and Food into FUN! ….Barbecue? Check! We got it! Comfort Food? Check! We got it. Game Day? Yup! Home Entertaining Ideas? Uh-Huh.. Visit Pitmaster and the Cook for Recipes. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE! Pumped Up Bloody Mary […]

Top 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

Top 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors. As the heart of the home shifts outdoors, following are […]

Selecting Wines that Match Your Style

Selecting Wines that Match Your Style

Collaborated Content For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles. For example, winemakers in the […]

Summer Cocktail Recipes: Sweet Meets Spicy

Summer Cocktail Recipes: Sweet Meets Spicy

Fresh ideas for a fun fiesta menu! Collaborated Content There’s no better way to spice up a party than by using unexpected ingredients in fun, flavorful dishes and drinks. For your next fiesta, celebrate a star of the party with sweet and juicy watermelon. Not only does versatile watermelon lend a unique taste to your […]

Plan a Perfect BBQ Party

Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a Barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead. Planning the […]

Perfect Wine Pairings for BBQ

Perfect Wine Pairings for BBQ

With the Holidays quickly approaching, it is time to begin planning menus and shopping for groceries, which may leave you facing endless shelves of wine.  Choosing wines to pair with your holiday meal is an important part of the menu planning process. A smart rule is to select quality wines that pair with a variety […]

Grilled Foil Packet Oven Meals (Hobo Bags)

Grilled Foil Packet Oven Meals (Hobo Bags)

Collaborated Content As the saying goes, big things come in small packages, and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in the oven, on the grill or over an open flame. […]

Bringing the Indoors Out: 2020 Outdoor Living Trends

Bringing the Indoors Out: 2020 Outdoor Living Trends

2020 Outdoor Living Trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and […]

Find Picnic Perfection with Nutritious Seafood

Find Picnic Perfection with Nutritious Seafood

Collaborated Content From the trees to the breeze, picnics are a fun way your family can soak up the sunshine while enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal together. “Picnics should be a prescription for health,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and TV host Annessa Chumbley. “They accomplish three amazing things needed for healthy living: nourishing the […]

Welcome Guests at Your BBQ with – Bacon Mayo!

Welcome Guests at Your BBQ with – Bacon Mayo!

SO…we see that mayonnaisehas become popular as the replacement for butter as the spread for browning the outside of your grilled cheese. We’ve loved it for years as the inside spread to many a great sandwich. Whether Duke’s, Hellmann’s, or any other brand NOT named Miracle Whip (apologies, but that’s salad dressing) it’s been a […]

Destination BBQ- How to Pack and Cook Efficiently 

Destination BBQ- How to Pack and Cook Efficiently 

We’re all about the outdoor destination BBQ, especially when the sun comes out and you’re surrounded with loved ones. A destination BBQ can be efficient with the proper preparation, giving you more time to socialize. Delicious food brings people together- we’ll help you with the planning! BBQ Picnic Destination Tips and Tricks Ziplock’s. The best […]

Transform an Outdoor Eyesore

Transform an Outdoor Eyesore

It happens, sometimes over time certain areas in your yard require your attention. This year, for us, it was our old above ground pool area. Last year, we took down the pool. It was very old and needed to go. This year, we found it home to old debri, weeds and remnants from the removal. […]

Recipes for Dining Al Fresco

Recipes for Dining Al Fresco

Some of life’s most cherished moments are shared with loved ones around the table. As temperatures climb, cheerful sunshine and sparkling blue skies are the perfect ingredients to make family time even more enjoyable with a meal served al fresco. One of the great joys of dining outdoors is the chance to appreciate the simplicity […]

Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor Entertaining

Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor Entertaining

Collaborated Content Whether it’s pumpkin spice everything, sweater weather or the anticipation of the holidays, there are many reasons to be excited about this time of year. Autumn is the perfect time to extend the warm-weather fun and celebrate with some fall-focused outdoor entertaining. Just as the weather is changing, so can your approach to […]

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

If the very notion of hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful celebration. Entertainment: Ensure guests enjoy a good time by offering entertainment that is suitable for their personality types. If your guests are more drawn to energetic activities, choose light-hearted, […]

Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Entertaining

Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Entertaining

As the Outdoor Entertaining Season begins, many homeowners dream about having a beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio area. No matter your budget, you can have the outdoor area designed for entertaining. Here are some ideas to help you get your outdoor grilling space ready for entertaining. Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Entertaining […]

Throw a Popcorn Themed Party

Throw a Popcorn Themed Party

Featured Content No matter what kind of events you have on your social calendar, you can pop up delicious treats that are sure to be a hit. Whether hosting a get-together for the guys and tuning into the game or having a night in with the girls, freshly popped popcorn, which is naturally low in […]

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

(Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot of pressure to live […]

Outdoor Man Cave Tailgating Season is Here!

Outdoor Man Cave Tailgating Season is Here!

Collaborated Content It’s football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens. Yet for others, the football experience is superior outside the stadium […]

Sensational Salads

Sensational Salads

Add fruits, veggies to meals for plant-forward nutrition Adding more fruits and vegetables is one of the simplest ways to make at-home meals healthier for your family. Focusing your plate on more of the good stuff – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish – can help you cut […]

Asian Inspired Summer Entertaining Ideas

Asian Inspired Summer Entertaining Ideas

Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting […]

Prepare your Yard for Spring

Prepare your Yard for Spring

If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside. One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the time […]

Entertain in Style

Entertain in Style

It’s never too early to plan ahead, especially when you are expecting guests in your home. Your family and friends know and might love your style, but it can be important to spice things up now and again to impress your visitors. Factors such as lights, music and food can affect your guests experience in […]

Warm Weather Farm to Table Foods

Warm Weather Farm to Table Foods

Get out of the kitchen and in your yard. Farm to Table ideas to get your Summer Going! Collaborated Content More daylight in the evening, birds chirping in the morning and plants sprouting up from the ground all signs of warm weather. With the return of outdoor activities and sunshine, it’s the perfect time to […]

Cooking with Hot! Rocks on your BBQ Grill

Cooking with Hot! Rocks on your BBQ Grill

Primitive man found many ways to Cook their Foods. First, the discovery of Fire. Then, the discovery of Heat. Here, we want to share with you, Two Ways you Can Impress Your Guests Cooking with Hot Rocks! Stone Soup Stone Soup is a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a […]

5 Tips for Stress-Free Outdoor Entertaining

5 Tips for Stress-Free Outdoor Entertaining

Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, you’ll end up hosting a memorable, stress-free […]

Big Side Dish Ideas for Big Family BBQ Gatherings

Big Side Dish Ideas for Big Family BBQ Gatherings

  Collaborated Content Family gatherings like reunions, picnics and potlucks can bring fun, the chance to reunite with family and, of course, food and celebration. While catching up with family is most important for many, food typically comes in a close second. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, but so are new additions. This starter duo of […]

Living Lavishly Outdoors with Latest Trends

As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces. According to research from the International Casual Furnishings Association, many people use outdoor rooms for things they can do indoors – from using cellphones for calls and […]

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail. This year, rely on some time-saving hacks […]

3 Tips to Make Your Next Outdoor BBQ Flawless 

3 Tips to Make Your Next Outdoor BBQ Flawless 

  By: Bethany Cohen  Planning an outdoor gathering can actually be a lot more stressful that planning one indoors. Outdoor entertainment actually brings a lot more challenges and things that you will have to anticipate for accordingly. But, to make things easier for you and more enjoyable for your guests, check out the list below […]

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes The holiday season is typically marked by gatherings of friends and family. Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, drop-in visitors or an important seasonal meal, taking a fresh approach to the menu can make the get-together more special. As you prepare for the festivities, consider recipes that feature healthy […]

5 Ingredients for a Fantastic Fall Cookout

5 Ingredients for a Fantastic Fall Cookout

It’s time to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ or to tailgate before the big game. Make sure your cookout stands out by offering everything your guests will need for a seriously amazing time. Here are some sure-fire ingredients for an awesome cookout. Fantastic Fall Cookout 1) Beer While simply providing beer for your […]

Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long

Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long

Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your […]

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project

Collaborated Content While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro. Do […]

Trend Watch: 2019 Outdoor Living and Design Trends for every Homeowner

Trend Watch: 2019 Outdoor Living and Design Trends for every Homeowner

Outdoor living continues to grow in 2019 as homeowners dream of adding spaces that provide tranquility, connection and touches of nature. More than just a home enhancement, these spaces are meant to inspire people to set digital devices aside and find moments of calm while making memories with friends and family. Now is the perfect […]

Guide to the Dutch Oven Philosophy

Guide to the Dutch Oven Philosophy

Guide to the Dutch Oven Philosophy Old West Cooking and Chit-chatting Talking about the Dutch Oven philosophy, there are two things that make a good cookout. For starters, the essential thing are the conversations. The kind of conversations that make the time seem like an amber lazily floating away. But any worthwhile conversation needs a […]

Deck Design 101

Deck Design 101

Outdoor Deck Ideas Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress. Try these expert tips and tricks of the trade to help make your dream deck a reality. […]

Make Your Backyard a Paradise with these Simple Tips

Make Your Backyard a Paradise with these Simple Tips

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and […]

Themed Barbecue Parties

Themed Barbecue Parties

Summer is officially here. Warm evenings, longer days, more outdoor time. Plan your next summer Barbeque party. There are a few simple ideas for decorating your backyard that will help your guests relax whilst the grilling is on the go. People enjoy being outside at a Barbeque. Creating a theme can be fun and it […]

Tablescape Planning and Ideas

Tablescape Planning and Ideas

So you have that big party or get together coming up & you want everything to be perfect! Whether it is a formal event or a casual get together, we have some planning ideas and tips for you. Read on: Every season has its own character and feel. Instead of going with the old Dixie […]

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try […]

Easy Entertaining and Recipe Tips from Celebrity Chef Katie Lee

Easy Entertaining and Recipe Tips from Celebrity Chef Katie Lee

Collaborated Content Whether it’s an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee offers these tips for easy entertaining […]

Entertain in Style: Fun and Festive Parties

Entertain in Style: Fun and Festive Parties

Collaborated Content It’s never too early to plan ahead, especially when you are expecting guests in your home. Your family and friends know and might love your style, but it can be important to spice things up now and again to impress your visitors. Factors such as lights, music and food can affect your guests […]

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining

Collaborated Content If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in. Consider these tips and recipes featuring Mrs. T’s Pierogies that can help make planning a breeze and allow you to kick back and enjoy the fun […]

Top Trends to Inspire your Outdoor Living

Top Trends to Inspire your Outdoor Living

Collaborated Content Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018. Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from contractors, homeowners and industry experts to compile […]

White Wine Pairings for Summer Cookouts

White Wine Pairings for Summer Cookouts

Alternative white wine pairings for popular summer meals Summer means long days, bountiful sunshine and fresh fare to tantalize the taste buds. Locally grown produce, grilled meats and seafood, and new takes on classic dishes like pizza and pasta make this the season to raise a glass and toast to family, friends and the sharing […]

Best Seasoning

Best Seasoning

Best Seasoning The Famous Dave Seasoning When it comes to seasoning I like using the Famous Dave’s Rib Rub seasoning or Chicken Seasoning as a base when smoking ribs or big pieces of meat. For my seasoning, I usually have one-third of the rub (Famous Dave’s) and then add pepper, garlic powder and onion powder […]