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Tips On Creating Your Backyard Retreat

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Tips On Creating Your Backyard Retreat

From grills to gardens and pillows to patios, a growing number of people are enhancing their outdoor living space and turning the backyard into an outdoor room designed for relaxing and entertaining.

Before you start creating your backyard retreat, take a moment to survey your living space and envision your ideal environment. Visualizing the look, feel and function of the perfect outdoor oasis will help when choosing the items that can make your dream a reality. You also may want to schedule a stop at an all-in-one store, such as The Home Depot, for the necessary tools, supplies and outdoor accessories.

Entertaining while grilling and preparing the night's meal is a great way to include guests in the cooking festivities. A Franklin Chef Outdoor Refrigerator and a Charmglow Stainless Steel Grill can make cooking and eating outside a treat for you and your guests.

You can help make guests comfortable with fresh new décor items. From functional patio furniture to colorful pillows and outdoor rugs, experts say decorating outdoors has never been easier.

Consider adding several outdoor throw pillows in colorful designs. For example, The Home Depot offers 16-inch Plantation Pattern pillows in 20 colors. Or try patterned Panache Outdoor Rugs available in multiple sizes and colors. Hampton Bay patio furniture is also available exclusively at the same store, including matching swings, bars, beverage carts, chaise lounges and fire pits.

When the sun goes down, remember to keep the backyard amply lit with wall and post lights as well as outdoor lamps to give the area an indoor feel. Creative outdoor lighting, such as the Hampton Bay Solar-Powered Patio Umbrella available at The Home Depot, will dazzle friends and family and light up the night for extended evening gatherings.

You can keep the temperature regulated even outdoors with a Hampton Bay Outdoor Ceiling fan for humid days or Weber Flame Outdoor Gas Fireplace for cool nights. Colorful plants are another easy way to brighten your backyard retreat. Try bright orange Viva! SunPatiens to punch up color along the edge of your deck or patio.

Enjoy the warmer weather throughout the season by creating a backyard retreat that fits your style and entertaining needs. With so many design options and outdoor accessories to choose from, you'll be glad to relax in your comfortable oasis all summer long.

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Now that was GOOD…

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Morning All:

Did another slab of beef ribs today…used some Kosher salt & a rub mixture of 3 parts Dizzy Pig Game On, 3 parts DP Raising the Steaks & 4 parts Turbinado Sugar (a mixture I've used on the past couple of briskets)…Just on the Egg indirect with a dome temp about 300 with a couple chunks of cherry for some added flavor…

Since I was late getting them on the Egg (about 3:15pm) & I don't like eating after 8:00pm, I ran the Egg about 350 for most of the cook & took them off after about 3 hours with IT over 200 everywhere I checked…wrapped in foil while I grilled the corn…

Sliced & looking so tasty…

Added some corn on the cob & Kathy put together a fruit salad for a DELICIOUS meal…

As I said — That was GOOD!

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Beat Winter Boredom: Throw an Outdoor Après-Ski or Sledding Party

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The slopes are the place to be in the wintertime, from Mammoth and Big Bear in Southern California, to Big Sky in Montana, to Stowe, Vermont, and many places in between. Even Mankato, Minnesota, has a ski resort. (Don’t believe me? Google Mount Kato.)

Snowboarding, skating, and sledding are options, of course, as is cross-country skiing. What all these activities have in common is they get you outside and moving. An added advantage is that all are relatively safe to practice while the pandemic is active, being both social and independent pursuits. In other words, it’s easy to maintain safe distances between yourself and your mates.

As a reward for getting off the couch, we propose an outdoor après ski party. Pronounced “ah-pray skee,” it’s a French term for “after ski.” It’s that sweet spot between an afternoon (or day) of invigorating activity and dinner. Or maybe it is dinner. You can interpret it loosely.

In the Swiss Alps, a day shooshing down the mountainside might be celebrated with raclette—essentially, roasted cheese, partially melted near a fire, then scraped onto bread. I was obsessed with raclette when I was a child. I didn’t know the proper name, but was beguiled by this passage in the classic book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri:

“When the kettle was boiling, the old man put a large piece of cheese on a long iron fork, and held it over the fire, turning it to and fro, till it was golden-brown on all sides. Heidi had watched him eagerly. Suddenly she ran to the cupboard. When her grandfather brought a pot and the toasted cheese to the table, he found it already nicely set with two plates and two knives and the bread in the middle. Heidi had seen the things in the cupboard and knew that they would be needed for the meal.”

As you can imagine, the brick of Velveeta in the family refrigerator fell a bit short of my expectations.

Which is why Steven’s recipe for A New Raclette so intrigued me. It appears here for the first time, but will be featured during a new episode of Project Fire when the show begins airing this spring. (Contact your local public television station to make sure they intend to carry the show.)

Like the classic raclette, it is served with small potatoes and cornichon (small cucumber pickles), but takes things further. You know Steven! This rendition features a terrific product, Rougette Bonfire Marinated Grilling Cheeses. If you can’t find them, substitute another grilling cheese like halloumi. (For more on cheeses that can be grilled, click here.)

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Other main course options for your party could include nachos, brats, kebabs, or anything that cooks fairly quickly and can be eaten easily by potentially mittened guests. A portable campstove/fire pit like this one, which burns propane, wood, or charcoal, ensures you can cook in style. But there are a number of small grills we like, including Weber’s Smoky Joe and Lodge’s Sportsman hibachi.

For beverages, consider beer, wine, mulled wine, or hot toddies.

 

How are you beating winter boredom this year? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or Instagram!

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7 TIPS to help you control the TEMPERATURE of your BBQ – BBQ Know How

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Controlling the temperature of a charcoal BBQ can be difficult to understand if you aren't used to it… but if doesn't have to be. With some simple techniques and lots of practice, you can quickly get to grips with it.

The 7 tips in this video will give you a basic understanding of how to hit your target temperature each time you fire up. Consistency comes with practice so don't be put off if you struggle in the beginning.

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