1. Start Simple - Potluck Style.
Warm weather months are ideal for evenings spent outside under the stars. Whether you're looking to create a romantic atmosphere for two or craft an evening filled with friends and family, your own backyard is an excellent place to start. With a few simple additions, any outdoor space can become the perfect venue for everything from evening entertaining to simple relaxation.
Barbecue season is on the horizon for those in the colder states, and it's already arrived for those fortunate enough to enjoy barbecue season nearly year-round. In any case, now is a good time to get prepared with some new ideas and new skills to make this year's first outdoor grilling party your best ever! Who better to look to for some grill-savvy tips than a top chef. The following 7 tips for a better barbecue season are courtesy of professional chef, Jamie Oliver.
Spring is literally right around the corner and that means it's time to make your list of spring chores, many of which are outdoor chores. Fortunately for most of us, it's not quite as bad doing chores when you get to spend times outdoors during the first mild, sunny days of springtime!
If you're like most of us today, you'd prefer to have a plan with specific tasks you can tick off as they're done. Plan on your clean up taking at least a couple of afternoons to complete.
Fall is one of the prettiest seasons and one of the busiest. Everybody spends a fair amount of time "buttoning things up", so to speak, for the winter weather that's coming all too soon.
While you're checking fall chores off your "to do" list, add one more item: your patio. A few years ago, the experts at home design site, Houzz shared a few tips for winterizing your outdoor patio. Here's a recap of their advice:
Fall is a hot-bed of events for sports fans. Bring your couch-gate outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and crisp air. Fall entertaining is the perfect time to combine a love of sports and your love of outdoors. There is an added bonus with using your patio, you can save the money of tickets and watch any sporting event you want.
Before you enjoy your patio gate party, take a good look at your space. If you have been thinking of upgrading your furniture now is the time to do it. Some of the elements to look at and upgrade are:
Grilling should be an enjoyable experience, not a nerve racking anxiety attack inducing nightmare. Weber grills when properly cared for and used as was intended by the smart people who designed them, can create magnificent meals routinely. The secrets for great grilling are actually not all that heavily guarded and are readily available to you from Weber's website and from numerous other on-line sources. To save you some time and get you back outside grilling we went ahead and complied some techniques we have found useful over the years.
Barbecuing has been an American staple since the onset of America itself, although its roots go back much further. Basically from the moment fire was discovered and mankind grew tired of food born illnesses meat has been cooked. Smoking meat was a primitive way of keeping a freshly butchered animal from spoiling. The smoke kept the insects away and the heat allowed the meat to slowly cook extending its “best-if-used-by” date considerably. The Arawak people would build wooden structures to roast meat while burying pigs in fire pits was popular amongst Polynesian Islanders.