June 29, 2011
Retractable Awnings are a great way to turn a sun-scorched deck or patio into comfortable, functional real estate. We purchased a 10 x 12 foot retractable awning for our backyard patio with southern exposure and it has really changed how … Continue reading
June 28, 2011
There are 5 weekends in July. What are you going to do about it? Get outside and enjoy the Backyard Life!
June 27, 2011
Here’s a quick and easy dessert (breakfast?) recipe to make on a campfire or a backyard grill. It is made in individual servings and cleanup is a breeze. This is a really delicious recipe. I was surprised how good it … Continue reading
June 23, 2011
You might be a redneck artist if messy, rib-eating fingers inspires you to fingerpaint. As seen on CMT “Country Fried Home Videos.” What do you think of this? Amazing or a waste of time?
June 22, 2011
Everyone has a favorite summer drink. Here are my top 5 Backyard Life Beverages. Dr Pepper over Crushed Ice Take an insulated Tervis Tumbler glass and fill it almost to the top with crushed ice. Then pour in Dr Pepper to … Continue reading
June 20, 2011
There are a few things to consider when choosing a BBQ Smoker. I’ll go into detail on each of them to help you make an informed decision. On the market, there are backyard smokers and professional & competition smokers. This … Continue reading
June 19, 2011
This is a not so happy Fathers Day. It is my first Fathers Day as a father, but I have no child to celebrate with. My only daughter, Samantha Jean, didn’t make it to term. My wife went to the … Continue reading
June 15, 2011
We recently dined on food from the Chef Shack Food Truck in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Here’s our experience: We sampled a few of their food items to see why there was such a long line of people waiting to … Continue reading
June 14, 2011
I didn’t know geese could surf. Their technique seems to be working. The water was flowing at 25,500 cubic feet per second — the fastest rate in 27 years! Those are some daredevil geese!
June 13, 2011
My Outdoor Cooking Setup: Char-Broil American Gourmet Deluxe Offset Smoker - Charcoal, Hardwood Offset firebox design provides multiple cooking options 738 sq. in. total cooking surface area Easy-clean, porcelain grates for cooking chamber and firebox Full … Continue reading
June 9, 2011
My friend Sutton Parks (@suttonparks) just recorded and released a new song called Summertime. Sounds appropriate for the Backyard life, so I thought I’d pass it on. Click here to listen!
You don’t have to be in your backyard to life the Backyard Life. Here’s how some people spent their free time. What do you do to relax and unwind? Leave your comments below!
June 8, 2011
This summer, Saint Paul, MN invited several food trucks to park at Kellogg Blvd. and Wabasha St. on Wednesday’s at lunchtime. We walked down there to see what it was all about. I’ve been a big fan of the concept of food trucks … Continue reading
June 7, 2011
A clean grill is a happy grill. It prevents sticking and make the experience more enjoyable. Here are a few tips for choosing a grill brush. 1. Choose a model with a long, sturdy handle. 2. Make sure your grill … Continue reading
June 4, 2011
This morning, I decided to do something that I never do. I got a cup of coffee and sat out on my front step. I just sat there and listened and watched. There were dozens of birds singing and a … Continue reading
June 2, 2011
Every region has some culinary specialty that they are known for. In the Twin Cities, it’s the Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy). It’s two beef patties with cheese in between and then the edges are pressed together before cooking. This … Continue reading