Tools You Need to Barbecue Like A Boss

Just grill it! Barbecue like a boss with these 5 essentials. They’ll make life way easier and you’ll want to fire up that grill any chance you get it.

  1. Stainless Steel Grill Set: Let the magic of stainless steel change your life. High temps and burn marks are no match for a top-knotch stainless steel set. You might even want one for your kitchen.
  2. Grill Basket: Burgers, fish, potato wedges, pineapples! A grill basket is an easy way to flip food to perfection and keep even the thinnest burger moist. Also, only need to use one hand to get the job done!
  3. Kebab Grill Set: These nifty contraptions are perfect for kebab perfection. All the veggies and meat your heart desires on one stick. Who doesn’t love it? No one.Super affordable, too, and makes all the difference in the kebab grilling game.
  4. Microplane Herb Mill: Cut all the herbs with ease wiith a Microplane Herb Mill. Parsley for marinades, basil for pesto, cilantro for tacos, mint for garnish. Save time and counterspace with this nifty culinary gadget.

 

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Super Easy Summer Recipes

Nothing says summer like delicious in-season fare. Munch on these summer recipes that take only minutes to prepare. Lunch or dessert, your only moments away from an unforgettable warm-weather feast.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kabobs with Citrus-Soy Marinade

Marinade chicken overnight and assemble right before throwing it into the grill or under the broiler.

For the chicken kabobs:

Cut chicken breasts into quartes and toss into the bowl of marinde. Marinade chicken in fridge overnight. Add chopped bellpeppers, pineapples, and onions for some extra veggie-ness.

Citrus-Soy marinade:

  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

Mix ingredients together until ingredients are evenly distrubuted. After marinating chicken overnight, cook marinade in a saucepan over high-heat until reduced to thick consistency for extra dipping at the table!

 

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Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties

  • 2 pounds large zucchini, trimmed and grated on the wide holes of a grater or food processor
  • Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped mixed freshherbs, such as fennel, dill, mint, parsley (I like to use mostly dill)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup fresh or drybreadcrumbs, more as necessary
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • All-purpose flour as needed and for dredging
  • Olive oil for frying

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Throw it into a pan with about 1/4 inch of oil. Flip when brown about 5-8 minutes on each side. Use a grill basket, and coat each side of the patty with oil if barbecuing.

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Super Fruity Popsicles

What’s your favorite fruit? That’s the magic of fruity popsicles in the summer. We love pineapples, strawberries, kiwi, mango, and watermelon. If you’re feeling extra fancy add some flowers or mint. You can even puree them and layer the fruit by freezing one layer of juce at a time (about a half hour each layer in the freezer). The real trick is to top off each fruit combination with your favorite juice. Our juice picks are grape and passion fruit!

1. Combine prepped fruit in a mixing bowl, and arrange the mixture into 8 3-ounce popsicle molds.

2. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit.

3. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).

 

Turn Your Deck Into A Patio

Here are three things you need to turn your deck into a delicoius patio:

  1. A sweet place to sit: Comfortable seating is key. Whether it’s straw seats, wicker loveseat, or a small storage unit turned bench with a cover up, having a place to rest and relax makes the deck patio vibe work well.
  2. A centerpiece: Have something with a Wow! factor. A fire pit, mandala, hammock. Having one piece that makes that outdoor spot come together is essential to creating that patio vibe.
  3. Table: Tables come in all shapes and sized and it’s easy to find one that should fit perfectly on your deck. Use a side table or large ottoman to place food and drinks when lounging outside.

 

 

 

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Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy

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Outdoor entertaining is so easy! Here are five must-know tips to get it done right!

  1. Don’t forget the ice! Just because things get chilled doesn’t mean they will stay that way. Especially with rising temperatures. Be sure to have a good amount of ice on hand to keep people cool with satisfying and refreshing drinks.
  2.  Bug spary and sunblock.Alway shave these on-hand to keep guests comfortable. No one like being attacked by mosquitos and being burned by the sun.
  3. Play some games! As much as the adults in your party will relish a laid-back evening, any children at your event will be aching for entertainment. Have plenty of outdoor games ready and waiting for the wee ones. Set up lawn games!
  4. Keep the party going even when the sun goes down. The fun doesn’t have to end. Supply the kids with flashlights for a game of nighttime tag, and the adults can continue to sip some wine and savor the evening.
  5. Keep hunger away. Always have snacks and quick bites like popsicles and hotdogs ready. The fun should always be accompanies by a tasty menu that sits well in the sun and helps to cool of the heat. Think treat trays and fun fruits, like watermelons!

What Your Patio Needs This Summer

Summer is almost here and it’s time to act like it. Here are 4 new additions to turn your deck into the super summery escape:

  1. Hammocks or rocking chairs: A place you can lounge in the sunshine for hours. Channel your inner-kitty with comfortable seating so you can enjoy the sunshine all day until warm summer night.
  2. Christmas or LED Lights. So trendy and so perfect for those late long summer nights of good drinks, good people and great memories.
  3. Firepit: If it gets a little chilly, a firepit is the perfect and pretty solution to make your summer nights memorable and amazing. Just fire it up when the temps start to dip and your outdoor shindig can go from morning until night.
  4. Candles and lanterns: Candles for that perfect late night summer soiree create the perfect ambience whether you’re entertaining or not. Choose tornado holders and cages for extra pretty ways to display them.

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DIY Citrus Wreath

SUPPLIES

  • 23 floral stem wires, 18 gauge
  • 6 wooden skewers, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • paddle wire, 20 gauge
  • 12-inch-square wire wreath frame
  • 30 kumquats
  • 2 small blood oranges
  • 2 tangerines
  • 7 variegated or yellow lemons
  • 25 bay laurel branches
  • 20 privet branches with berriesDIY Citrus Wreath4.JPG

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the fruits. Select eighteen kumquats, and pierce each like a lollipop with a piece of wooden skewer; do not push the skewer all the way through the kumquat. For any remaining fruits that have stems, wrap stem wire around the stems of the fruits, leaving extra wire hanging off to attach to the wreath. For fruits lacking stems, pierce the rind with stem wire and feed the wire through so that it comes out on the same side of the fruit. Twist the two ends of the wire together to form a single wire tail.DIY Citrus Wreath1.jpg
  2. Cut the bay branches and privet branches to lengths measuring 3 to 5 inches. Make sure the bay branches consist mostly of leaves, not just stems.
  3. Stack three bay and three privet berry branches on top off each another, slightly staggered, and secure them with paddles wire into a bunch. Repeat until you have ten bunches. Attach a wired fruit to the base of each bunch, alternating among oranges, tangerines, lemons, and kumquats.DIY Citrus Wreath2
  4. Lay the ten bunches on top of the frame, concentrating them in two opposite corners of the wreath. Attach them to the frame with paddle wire.
  5. Stack three of the remaining bay branches, one on top of another, so they are slightly staggered. Secure them with paddle wire, lay them on top of the frame in between the two fruited corners, and then wrap paddle wire around the frame. Continue stacking and wiring the bay branches in groups of three until you covered the frame.
  6. Wire any remaining fruits onto the corners of the frame, sinking them deep into the bay leaves. Insert the remaining skewered kumquats in groups of three to the same corners to finish.DIY Citrus Wreath5.jpg