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Tailgating Essentials For the Love of Football

Thanksgiving is upon us and with that, comes my favorite “f'” words: food, family, friends, and football! We have some big rivalry games coming up this Thanksgiving weekend, including:

  • Michigan @ Ohio State
  • Okhlahoma State @ Oklahoma
  • Auburn @ Alabama
  • Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

If you plan on going to any of these games, or even watching from the comfort of your couch, we’ve got everything you need (short of body paint) to grab a big W for your team without even entering the stadium. A sport in its own right, tailgating is not for the faint of heart. There is no limit to what can be grilled, chilled, or painted with your team’s colors.

 

Step it up from the keg in the trashcan routine and drink your beer the way the brewer intended with the EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator with Stainless Steel Door.

 

Stainless Steel Kegerator

KC2000SS- EdgeStar Stainless Steel Kegerator

 

Break out the Keg-a-Que Portable Stainless Steel Propane Grill at a moment’s notice to challenge any opponent to an impromptu grill-off.

Stainless Steel Portable Propane Grill

Keg-a-Que Grill

 

NEVER run out of ice for your mixed drinks with the EdgeStar Titanium Portable Ice Maker.

Titanium Portable Ice Maker

IP210TI EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker

 

And make sure that everything from your Kegerator to your Ipod dock has all the power it needs with the Peak 400 Watt Tailgate Inverter.

Tailgate Mobile Power Strip

Tailgate Power Strip

 

These products can help you throw an awesome tailgate party or a thanksgiving get-together that people will be talking about for years to come. I hope you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family and may the best team win!

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Great Products for Outdoor Summer Fun

This time of year here in Austin, and I’m sure across the country, most people want to be outside – in the evening anyways. The heat can get pretty unbearable during the day in many places, but it’s the perfect time to throw an evening cook out. Families and friends can gather outside for barbeques and other outdoor fun. That’s why I’ve put together a list of products to help your outdoor get-together go off without a hitch!

1. Patio Sets

Royal Teak 5 Piece Patio Set

Everyone will enjoy hanging out and chatting with each other in your beautiful patio set. The Royal Teak Collection 5 piece patio set encourages your guests to take a seat and stay for a while.

2. Grills

Bayou Classic Grill

Your hungry friends and family will love you for cooking them up a tasty meal in this Bayou Classic smoker grill.

3. Frozen Drink Maker

Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker

Long, hot summer days will have you looking for relief. Cool off with a fun and delicious frozen drink! With this Margaritaville frozen concoction maker you can make an assortment of refreshing, cold drinks.

 4. Outdoor Lighting

Real Flame Fire Column

Your party can go late into the night with the right lighting.  Lighting can create such a welcoming and beautiful environment.  This Real Flame Modesto fire column is sure to give your backyard a touch of flare!

5. Outdoor Electronics

Sunbrite Outdoor TV

What better way to entertain your guests than with an outdoor television!  You can enjoy being outdoors while still watching your favorite sports or TV shows.  This SunBrite 32″ all-weather outdoor LCD TV is a durable high definition television with aluminum casing designed for outside use.

 

Whether you’re hanging out with your family or entertaining friends, these items are sure to be winners.  Make your outdoor space into the welcoming oasis you’ve always wanted it to be.  And be sure to invite me over once you do!

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A Baby Shower with a Splash

Nostalgia Electrics Party Fountain

This past weekend I threw my very first baby shower for some amazing friends!  In my beginning ventures to pick out the perfect theme I was caught up in cookie cutter themes that have been done a thousand times over.  If you have a boy you should expect trains, baby bears or prince themes to name a few.  It wasn’t until I starting looking online that I found the perfect custom theme “Woodland Creatures” and all things natural and outside.

So I went to town on creating little woodland creatures, and beautiful flowers that felt random and fresh picked in mason jars, and crinkled grass.  But I wanted something that made…well a splash and found the  Nostalgia Electrics Vintage Party Fountain.

Because this was a baby shower I made lemonade for the fountain and it turned out amazing!  It became the hit of the party and what everyone was talking about.  It just added that extra bit of sweetness and whimsical delight needed!  It was extremely easy to put together and operate and sounded so relaxing in the background with the trickling lemonade.  So I hope when you plan your next shower, party or get-together this inspires you in finding those extra special touches and maybe even your very own fountain!

Nostalgia Electrics Party Fountain  Nostalgia Electrics Party Fountain  Nostalgia Electrics Party Fountain

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Must-Have Products for Holiday Entertaining

Tis’ the season to entertain!  Many of us love entertaining and the holidays but entertaining during the holidays can be downright stressful.  As a child you enjoyed all the festivities had to offer whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah or, for some, maybe even Festivus! As we become adults we get to see the behind the scenes of it all and unless you have super powers you have had your challenges.  So here is a helpful guide on must-have products to make your entertaining season full of cheer!

Slow Cooker:

One of my favorite must-haves is the infamous slow cooker. This is a great product for even those nights when you have to fit in some holiday shopping and still manage to cook dinner for the family. The options are endless: you can make a wonderful, warm apple cider, an amazing dip for Christmas Eve, baked applies for dessert or, on Christmas, a hearty soup as an appetizer. Growing up every Christmas, we had Escarole and Bean Soup, super delicious and super easy!

Simply any appliance that allows you to get all of your other duties done while it does all the cooking is a life saver. There are some great options to choose from depending on your family/guest size. I typically have small get-togethers and find the perfect size for me is a 3.5 qt, like the Cuisinart 3.5 Programmable Slow Cooker, but if you have a larger family a 6.5-7 qt might be right for you. Check out the Cuisinart 6.5 qt Programmable Slow Cooker or the Kalorik 7 qt Slow Cooker for larger groups.

Knife Set/Food Processor:

Whether you are a purist or practical, you need a great tool to help with food preparation.  For the purist who really takes cooking to a higher standard, a great knife set is key. I highly recommend any knife set from the Ginsu Knife Collection as they are the epitome of high quality! For the amateur chef or the professional, you have a range to choose from. A couple of my favorite knife sets are the Ginsu Chikara 5  Piece Bamboo/Stainless Steel Set and Ginsu Shoku Ebony 8 Piece with Magnetic Strip.

For the practical chef who doesn’t have enough hands to keep up, a great food processor can help out a lot. Preparation is half the battle and these are some of the great options available: Cuisinart 4 Cup Food Processor, Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor and, for the budget-minded, Black & Decker Food Chopper.

Gravy Boat:

My father (who is a chef, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about) always said a good gravy boat is essential to a holiday meal as the gravy ties the entire meal together.  There are many wonderful gravy boats on the market today, but I have a new favorite.

What is better than a regular gravy boat? A heated gravy boat with a wide handle and nice design, the Next Level Gravy Boat.  Not only is it great for serving gravy, but it can also be used for morning brunch as a syrup warmer!  You could probably use it for many other sauces as well. I believe anything that warms something dear to your heart is a great product and a must-have!

Wine & Beverage Refrigerators:

If you are the type of entertainer to throw big lavish dinners, cozy get-togethers or rowdy parties (so pretty much, any type of entertainer), then enjoying a holiday beverage is key. Whether you love a cold beer, tall glass of wine or some bubbly, a great beverage or wine cooler is a big convenience. There are so many different options available that you are sure to find the right product for your needs.

Here are some wonderful units for all of you different types of entertainers:
– Cold Beer: EdgeStar 84 Can Beverage Cooler
– Cozy Get-Together: Koldfront 4 Bottle Wine Cooler
– Red OR White Wine: Koldfront 30 Bottle Wine Cooler
– Red AND White Wine: EdgeStar 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Coffee Makers:

Lastly, but definitely not least, is a great coffee maker!  Coffee is many things for different people. Some use it as their alarm clock to wake up, it’s what keeps others going throughout the day and for people like me, it is just nice to sit and enjoy a lively conversation over a hot cup of coffee.

If you’re going to be hosting a crowd this holiday season, then make sure you have enough joe to go around! Get a large coffee machine like the Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker or the Cuisinart Grind & Brew 10 Cup Coffee Maker. And don’t forget about the tea drinkers in your family, the Kalorik-JK31099 Dome Jug Kettle will help them feel right at home.

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