Fun on the waterPineapple Upsidedown Donut CakeSaint Paul Food Truck AdventureTurkey Burger stuffed with Ham and Provolone - StufzNot So Happy Father's DayIt's a Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodChef Shack Food Truck ReviewStay Cool and Cut Energy Costs with a Retractable Awning
June 29, 2011

Stay Cool and Cut Energy Costs with a Retractable Awning

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

There are 5 weekends in July. What are you going to do about it? Get outside and enjoy the Backyard Life!

June 27, 2011

Pineapple Upsidedown Donut Cake

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 24, 2011

Tim McGraw — My next 30 years

June 23, 2011

BBQ Art Made With Ribs and Sauce

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

Top 5 Backyard Life Beverages

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

Choosing a BBQ Smoker

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

Not So Happy Father’s Day

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 17, 2011

Kenny Chesney – Summertime

June 15, 2011

Chef Shack Food Truck Review

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

Geese Surfing on the Colorado River

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 – Part 1 [Smokers]

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 10, 2011

Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried

June 9, 2011

Sutton Parks — Summertime

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!

Fun on the water

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

Saint Paul Food Truck Adventure

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

5 Things to Look For in a Grill Brush

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

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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 3, 2011

Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville

June 2, 2011

Turkey Burger stuffed with Ham and Provolone – Stufz

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