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Throwing a Father’s Day Barbeque: Recipe Ideas

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

With Father’s Day right around the corner, many children (and some mothers) are scrambling to find the perfect gift. But what does your dad want? The truth is that most fathers want nothing more than to sit back and relax this Father’s Day. So instead of giving your dad an elaborate (and probably expensive) gift, give him something he will really enjoy – a nice relaxing backyard barbeque. Because let’s be honest, the one thing most dads like more than relaxing is food.

So this Father’s Day, take your dad to his favorite place to eat – his backyard. Below you will find two delicious recipes perfect for your Father’s Day celebration.

1) Best Ever Barbeque Burgers

These grilled burgers taste like gourmet, infused with a saucy blend of sweet onion, garlic, pepper, tomato, steak sauce and crispy breadcrumbs, and are sure to turn your next cookout into one to remember.

Ingredients

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons steak sauce

2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a blender or food processor, gradually place sweet onion. green bell pepper, garlic and tomato. Blend into a thick liquid. Mix steak sauce into the mixture.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl. Place ground beef into the bowl, and thoroughly mix together. Set aside approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Mix again if liquid is present, then gradually introduce dry bread crumbs until the ground beef mixture is firm enough to form hamburger patties. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Form the ground beef mixture into hamburger patties. Cook on the prepared grill to desired doneness.

2) Grilled Chicken and Mango Kabobs

Succulent chunks of chicken, drizzled in a honey-lime marinade and skewered with sweet mango, are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate and bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen island.

Ingredients

1 tsp (5 mL) grated lime rind

1/4 cup (50 mL) lime juice

2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 lb (500 g) total

2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey

2 mangoes

1 sweet red pepper

1 small red or sweet onion, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks

Cooking Instructions

  1. In small bowl, whisk together lime rind and juice, oil, garlic, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes; place in separate bowl. Pour half of the marinade over top and toss to coat; let stand for 20 minutes. Stir honey into remaining marinade; set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 4 hours.)
  3. Meanwhile, cut off mango flesh from each side of pit. Cut grid pattern of 3/4-inch (2-cm) squares in flesh of each side down to (but not through) skin. Gently push skin to turn inside out; cut off flesh. Chop any flesh left on pit.
  4. Core, seed and cut red pepper into 3/4-inch (2-cm) pieces. Onto each of 4 long or 8 short skewers, alternately thread mango and red pepper pieces; brush with half of the reserved honey marinade.
  5. Alternately thread chicken and 2 or 3 onion pieces onto each of 4 more long or 8 short skewers. Discard marinade used for chicken. Place kabobs on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning and basting chicken once with remaining honey marinade until fruit is softened and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes.

Substitution: Use a small cantaloupe instead of the mangoes.

For more great recipe ideas, visit Kaboose.com

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Decorating Your Backyard Fence

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

If you are looking for a way to spice up your backyard, look no further. We have the perfect solution for you. You can decorate your backyard fence to add an extra aesthetic touch to your yard. This article from eHow.com explains how you can turn your boring fence into the focal point of your entire backyard.

You want your yard to feel as cozy as any room inside your home, correct? Well, do you leave your walls bare and boring inside the house or do you spice them up a bit with pictures, paintings and other decorations? Yea, I thought so.

Why not give your backyard fence the same attention? After all, the interior of your fence acts the same way as the interior of your walls.

How to get started…

  1. Measure your fence. Determine how much of it you want covered with your outdoor wall décor.
  2. Brainstorm for a decorating theme. Good outdoor themes include motifs like sun and moon, grape growing or under-the-sea if your fence is by a pool. Write down your ideas on your spiral notebook, naming some possible pieces that you want like a wall fountain, a sundial or terra cotta plaques.
  3. Shop for the pieces and supplies you’ll need for your project. Purchase the pieces from your list. If you don’t find everything that you’re looking for, but do find comparable pieces instead, buy those as your budget permits.
  4. Create a sketch of your backyard gallery in your drawing pad. This allows you to see how all the pieces will fit together in the composition. All the pieces you purchased from your shopping spree should be on the sketch. The rough measurements between the pieces as well as how much space in inches each piece is going to take up should also be on the sketch. Don’t forget to add the areas where you plan to stencil on designs.
  5. Prepare your fence by sanding down any rough spots and washing it down.
  6. Paint the fence as your decorating plan dictates. This includes the stencils. Let dry.
  7. Mark your back fence using pieces of masking tape. Then use your markers to write the name of the piece that goes on that piece of tape. The tape is the marker for your nails.
  8. Drive nails into the fence where you have placed masking tape markers. For heavier pieces like a fountain, you may need multiple nails or even some sort of heavy-duty wire.
  9. Hang each piece in your backyard fence gallery according to your sketch and the places marked by the pieces of tape.
  10. Assess your gallery to determine if you have enough pieces, too many or not enough. If you have too many, take some down. If you have too few, go buy more pieces or rearrange the pieces you do have until the gallery is just right.

Now your backyard is complete. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

How To Protect Your Wooden Fence Posts From Rotting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Your new wooden fence looks great now, but if you do not properly maintain it, it will not last very long. Sun, wind and especially water can wreak havoc on your fence. But a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to extend the life of your wooden fence.

While simple staining and powerwashing will work wonders to protect your wooden boards, your fence posts are still at risk. But there are measures you can take to ensure your posts last as long as the rest of your fence.

This article from eHow.com explains how to protect your fence posts from rotting.

1.   Remove the wood fence post from the ground. If your fence posts are set in cement, dig under the cement to form a pocket beneath the bottom of the wood post.

2.   Dig a hole with a shovel about 10 inches beneath the area where the fence post will rest. Add about 10 inches of gravel to the hole. Gravel is a loose rock that supports the wood fence post but creates drainage, eliminating pooling of water beneath the wood posts. Pooling water saturates the buried and ground level portion of the wood post, hastening decomposition of the wood.

3.   Paint with a paintbrush the entire wood fence post with a waterproofing sealant intended for exterior wood, such as decks and fences. Paint the portion of the fence post that will be beneath the ground. You can use a garden sprayer to spray the wood sealant if preferred. Home improvement stores sell wood sealant as well as rent and sell garden sprayers for your outdoor projects. According to Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls, when wood absorbs water, it expands. Once it dries, it contracts. This expansion and contraction causes the wood to crack. Cracks allow moisture inside of the wood, which leads to rot.

4.   Pour waterproofing wood sealant into a bucket and immerse the end of the wood fence post that will be buried below ground into the sealant. Allow the post to remain in the sealant overnight. According to We Build Fences, untreated wood posts buried below ground have shorter lifespans because of rot.

5.   Install, according to your method of choice, the waterproofed and sealed wood fence post on top of the gravel drainage layer placed in the fence hole.

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How to Stain Your Wooden Fence

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Nothing looks quite as nice as a wooden fence surrounding your yard. A wooden fence adds a certain element of elegance and aesthetic appeal that other fences simply cannot compete with. But whether you have an old fence that needs a little touch up, or you have just had a new fence installed, all wooden fences need to be annually stained. This will not only keep your fence looking its best, but it will also protect your fence from the harsh outdoor weather (rain, sun, snow, wind, etc.).

This article from eHow.com explains how to stain your wooden deck in 5 simple steps.

1.   If your fence is new, skip to step 4. If you’re giving your fence a touch-up after some years of use, you MUST clean it first. This will prepare the fence so that it will look “like new” when you’re done. Plan to clean it on day 1 and stain it on day 2 (not the same day).

2.   Use the inexpensive deck sprayer to apply the deck/fence cleaner (which is basically a bleach). Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Do one or two sections of fence at a time.

3.   With the power sprayer, hit the fence with a generous supply of water. You will be spraying off the cleaner along with the dirt and mold that the cleaner is intended to remove. If the fence was really dirty this step could take a while. Stick with it, cause this is all worth it.

4.   Now that the fence is nice and clean (or new), it’s time to apply the stain. Ensure that the fence is dry. I highly suggest renting or buying a Wagner power sprayer for the application of the stain. Attempting to use a tray and brush/rollers ends up using a lot more product and will cost you much more in the end. With the power sprayer, you’ll spray up one slat and then down the next. Take your time. Do one or two sections at a time.

5.   With a paint brush or roller go over the fence section to ensure even coating of the stain. You will quickly notice how beautiful your fence looks!

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Pools Safety Tips to Protect Your Family

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

It is almost that time of year. The birds are chirping and the weather is heating up; summer is almost here. But before you take that cover off of your pool, make sure you have taken every step necessary to ensure your family’s safety. This article provides a few helpful tips to protect your family.

A swimming pool can be a very dangerous place for children. But there are several steps you can take to keep your child out of harms way.

•     Always supervise your children when around the pool – never leave them alone. An adult should be within arms’ length of the child at all times.

•     Keep rescue equipment and a telephone by the pool.

•     Air-filled swimming aids are no substitute for approved life vests.

•     Remove toys from the pool after use.

•     Secure the pool when it is not in use.

•     Put up a fence to separate your house and pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all 4 sides of the pool. This fence should completely separate the house and play area of the yard from the pool.

•     Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children’s reach.

•     A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) may add to the protection of your children. But this is not a substitute for the fence between your house and pool. Even fencing around your pool and using a power safety cover will not prevent all drownings.

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