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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Themed Barbecue Parties

Themed Barbecue Parties

Summer is officially here. Warm evenings, longer days, more outdoor time. Plan your next summer Barbecue 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 Barbecue. Creating a theme can be fun and it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]