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Home Canning: How to Get Started

July 25, 2013

If your summer garden is  overflowing with more produce than you can eat (hello,bumper crop of tomatoes!), then you might want to give canning a try. Don’t worry–it’s easier than you think. Canning fruits and vegetables is a time-honored cooking method that allows you to preserve just about any type of produce and enjoy it…

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Coolers: 3 Must-Know Facts

July 17, 2013

At last! The season of  picnics, barbecues, and camp-outs is here. And no matter which summer fun you’re attending, the right cooler can do wonders to keep your food and drink cold, safe, and tasting fresh. Ready to buy a cooler? Here are 3 good things to know before you shop.  1. The size you…

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Outdoor Fireplaces: 5 Must-Know Facts

July 09, 2013

When the sun sets and a chill descends over the back yard, you don’t have to rush indoors. If you had an outdoor fireplace, you could just hang out by a backyard fire instead. An outdoor fireplace makes it easy to warm up and enjoy the drama of open flames in the great outdoors. You…

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Setting an Outdoor Table

July 03, 2013

Dining alfresco is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime: With Mother Nature as a backdrop, food just seems to  taste better and conversation is relaxed and flows more smoothly. And although having a meal outside is usually a more casual experience than a dinner party indoors, that doesn’t mean it’s less…

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Shop Talk: Choosing Patio Umbrellas

May 28, 2013

If the lack of shade on your back patio has you pondering the purchase of an outdoor umbrella, we’re here to help. While this may seem like a simple task (it’s only an umbrella, after all), there are a few key considerations to take into account before picking your place out of the sun. Shapes…

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