Backyard Grilling Tools

Our Favorite Essential Grilling Tools

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If you are an amateur or an expert on the matters of grilling, keep in mind that barbecue cooking utensils and toolkits can vary in sizes and quantities. The great majority of BBQ utensils come with the basics; spatula, tong and fork. It is very important to check the length – the longer the better.  This means that you won’t …

Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Great Pumpkin Recipes for the Fall

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Halloween was just here, and Thanksgiving’s around the corner.  So, if you’re looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner by the pool, keep in mind that what you serve reminds your family and friends of the holidays to come. Pumpkin is the most symbolic emblem of autumn.  There is no way to avoid it.  It is also the vegetable known …

BBQ Grill

How To Choose The Right BBQ Grill

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If you think the backyard is the only place to cook outdoors, imagine how it would be for a city dweller to have a hibachi on the fire escape, a portable-size grill at the stadium parking, or just enjoy a flavorful outdoor meal right from your kitchen. According to barbecue expert Steven Raichlen, there are 6 major types of grills: …

Spring Break Pool BBQ Party

Spring Break BBQ Party

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Spring break is just around the corner! Are you ready to host the best BBQ spring break party ever? Kids are out of school, and the Texas heat is cranking up. It’s the perfect time to break out the grill and throw a backyard poolside BBQ party. We’ve compiled a list of some amazing finger lickin’ good grilling recipes. Side …

outdoor fire pit

Winter Time Activities by the Fire Pit

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Ignite your backyard patio and pool with luxurious fire bowls, pits, and other custom fire features. Luckily, Houston winters can be mild, and bearable at times. Which allows for some fun in the cold. Enjoy the brisk cold air by a nice and cozy fire pit or outdoor fire place. Activities by The Fire Hot Chocolate and Ghost Stories Make …

Poolside Friendsgiving Party

Poolside Friendsgiving Party

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What’s better than spending quality time with your friends? Spending it by the pool of course! November in Houston is the perfect time of year to throw an outdoor poolside party. Depending if Houston wants to play nice, November weather tends to be mild and ideal for an evening dinner party. Here are some great ideas on how to wow …

Hosting a Football Themed Pool Party

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Summer is winding down, but the hot weather means there is still plenty of time for pool parties. And with football season just getting started, it is the perfect time of the year for a football-themed party! To get your party planning started, here are a few options to consider. Choose the Party Day The first decision is whether you …

Pirate Themed Pool Party

How to Create, Organize and Plan a Pirate Themed Pool Party

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Summer has finally arrived, which means pool season is in full swing! Get ready for good food, fun party games, and lots of splashing. Want to make your next pool party fun and unique? How about having a theme? How about a pirate-themed celebration in your own backyard? You already have the water and guests can just throw on a …

Charcoal vs. Propane grills

The Great Debate: Charcoal v. Propane

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It’s official. Americans are divided over one of the most important debates our country has yet to face: Is charcoal better or is propane better for our grilling needs? Well, as the debate rages on, let’s hear from the experts. Team Propane Experts estimate that up to 75% of Americans use gas grills when they cook outdoors. Their main argument …

Margarita Flavors

Swimming Pool Expert Poolside Recipes

Looking to mix it up from you typical margarita? Here are some options of different margaritas you can enjoy by the poolside. Poolside Margaritas Triple Orange Margaritas 1 1/2 oz. super-premium tequila 3/4 oz. Orange Liqueur 1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1/4 oz. agave nectar (a natural sweetener; you can sub simple syrup …

Houston Pool Party With Best Food

Southwestern Chicken

Swimming Pool Expert Poolside Recipes

What’s better than a relaxing day by the pool? Eating this amazing Southwestern Chicken that is great for any pool party or event by your pool. Pool Recipe Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, pressed 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp dried oregano leaves ½ tsp salt 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast halves …

Potato Salad

Swimming Pool Expert Poolside Recipes

 Ingredients •    5 potatoes •    3 eggs •    1 cup chopped celery •    1/2 cup chopped onion •    1/2 cup sweet pickle relish •    1/4 teaspoon garlic salt •    1/4 teaspoon celery salt •    1 tablespoon prepared mustard •    ground black pepper to taste •    1/4 cup mayonnaise Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add …

American Flag Cake

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Are you trying to think of what to bring to your family 4th of July pool party? Nothing screams patriotism more than an American flag cake. Learn how to make this patriotic cake for your next 4th of July pool party. Ingredients 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 pint blueberries, …

buying a new grill

What to Consider When Purchasing a New Grill

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Combing a poolside deck with an outdoor meal in the summer air is the perfect, relaxing combination but like indoor cooking, outdoor cooking requires the right equipment and the most important piece is the grill.  With dozens of different kinds of grills on the market, it is important choose carefully when determining the perfect grill to complement your poolside.  Here …

Apple and Pear Crisp

Apple and Pear Crisp

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Get ready to curl up in a blanket and snuggle with your special someone as you indulge in this fall treat! Apple and Pear Crisp makes for a lovely Saturday afternoon of reading on the couch or a romantic candlelit evening in our outdoor living room. And a scoop of ice cream or dollup of whipped cream (or both!) for …

baked corn dogs

Baked Corn Dogs

Swimming Pool Expert Poolside Recipes

Corn Dogs are a favorite for kids of all ages. This yummy baked version is an easy, healthy alternative to fried corn dogs that your child can enjoy any night of the week. It’s also a great outdoor party food for youngsters, especially for a carnival or fair-themed pool party. Don’t forget the balloon animals, too! Ingredients Serves 4 1 …