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Blueberry Crumble Pie

may 29

Raise your hand if you can’t wait to head out berry picking! All those fresh fruits that are available at local farms are just waiting to be poured into pies, right? So, go to it! Remember to fire up your range hood fan so the whole neighborhood can smell the yummy aromas wafting from this delectable dessert!

Blueberry Crumble Pie

Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Filling

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • lemon juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour

Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For the crust, combine flour, salt, and sugar in a 9-inch pie plate. Stir in oil, vanilla, and milk. Use your fingers or a fork to press the mixture together until it forms a moist dough. Remove 1/4 cup of the dough and set aside.
  3. Press remaining dough evenly into the pie plate. Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Bake crust until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven; set aside.
  4. For the filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well and set aside.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. For the crumble, stir together flour, both sugars, and salt in a bowl. Use your fingers or a fork to blend the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Add vanilla and the reserved pie crust dough. Blend together well with your fingers.
  7. Pour blueberries mixture into pie crust. Crumble topping overtop blueberries. Place pie on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes. Then lower the heat to 375°F for about 25 minutes more, until pie is golden. Cool completely.

Enjoy a slice of this blueberry crumble pie with a fun cocktail: Cocktail Recipes from Movies and TV Shows.

Refreshing Pavlova with Lemon Curd

may 25

Did you know that pavlova is the national dessert of New Zealand? It is reputed to have been created when Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova was touring New Zealand. Whether or not you believe that story is entirely up to you. Regardless of its origins, there is one that we can say about pavlova (the food). It is light, refreshing, and absolutely scrumptious! Even better, this recipe won’t heat up your kitchen!

Pavlova with Lemon Curd

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese*
  • 1 cup lemon curd**
  • berries, as garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 250F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw one large (9-inch) circle on the paper. Or, if you’d like individual servings, draw 4 to 6 circles.
  3. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add sugar 1 Tbsp at a time, beating constantly until glossy peaks form. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Fold in cornstarch, vanilla, and vinegar.
  4. Scrape mixture carefully into the circle forms on the parchment paper. Form a slight hollow in the center.
  5. Bake the meringue for 75 minutes or until crisp on the outside. Turn the oven off. Leave the oven door slightly open and leave it to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  6. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold the mascarpone into the whipped cream. Whisk until well incorporated.
  7. Spoon the lemon curd into the meringue nest. Top with cream-mascarpone mixture. Garnish with berries.

Enjoy!

Pair a slice of pavlova with one of these Summer Smoothie Recipes.

*Mascarpone cheese is a high fat, super creamy, and subtly sweet Italian cream cheese. You can find it at Italian or specialty grocery stores. Feel free to use your favorite plain cream cheese (at room temperature) in place of mascarpone.

**Lemon curd can be found already prepared alongside jams and jellies. You can also find it as a powder alongside Jello and other gelatine products.

Do It Yourself Recipes For Glowing Skin

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As wonderful as summer weather is, all that sun really can take a toll on skin. In a few days, fall will officially arrive, and with it will come cooler days. I hate to say it, but the dryness of winter will soon be upon us, too. There’s no need to dread it, though.

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive in terms of money or time. I’ve got a few do-it-yourself home dry skin remedies that will see you through the worst of fall and winter. The bonus is that each of these recipes is quick and easy to make. No mess, no fuss, and especially no noise from the range hood fan!

This first recipe, oats and honey, is one of my favorites. It’s been my go-to skin moisturizer for a very long time. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Oats & Honey Skin Moisturizer

Mix equal parts pure honey and plain, rolled oats. Stir until the mixture forms into a thick paste. Smooth the mixture gently over your whole face and any other part of your body that needs moisturizing. Rinse off completely with a soft cloth and warm water. Store whatever remains in an airtight container, and place in the refrigerator.

Coconut Oil & Peppermint Extract

My poor feet suffer from dry skin more than any other body part. The fault, I’m sure, is completely mine since I don’t give my feet anywhere as much TLC as my face or hands. I always have coconut oil in the fridge because I make my own coconut milk. Once I’ve strained out the solids, I’m left with a spreadable mass. I take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and stir in a drop or two of peppermint extract. Then I rub it into my feet. Because the coconut oil doesn’t always dissolve cleanly into the skin, I like to put on a pair of socks so that the bed sheets don’t get soiled.

What are your favorite homemade skin remedies?

Tips for Cleaning Your Backyard Grill

Backyard Grill                                           Photo Credit: Ferrier’s Hardware

It’s that time of year when you start thinking about summer barbeques and outdoor grilling. If you already have a grill, you’re all set! But you may find that your grill has begun collecting dust throughout the long winter and fall months, especially if you keep it outdoors. Your first thoughts might be somewhat filled with disgust at the thought of cooking ready-to-eat food on your now filthy and weather-beaten grill. Not to mention what your guests might think when they see you cooking their lunch or dinner on the shabby looking instrument. So, how can you clean your grill and get it back to like-new condition for summer?

Burn of Excess Food and Grease
As with most things that can rise in temperature, it’s a good idea to start your grill cleaning by burning off any excess food and grease.  Put the grill heat on high and let it burn for about 20 minutes or until the grill is no longer smoking or giving off food odors. Leaving the grill burning will allow force any remaining food particles to turn to ash and make the grill easier to clean.

Complete Routine Checks
Before you can really start cleaning your grill, it’s vital that you check the ignition system and make sure that the gas is disconnected. Check the pressure regulators to makes sure that using your grill will not create a fire hazard, and that temperatures are evenly distributed throughout the grill to prevent only one side of your meat from grilling properly and safely. Check flame tamers, heat tents, and/or vaporizer bars and brush off any debris that has accumulated on the wire brush.

Clean the Grilling Grates
Possibly one of the areas that need the most cleaning, the grates will most likely need to be scrubbed clean. If possible, we recommend removing the grates from your grill and soaking them in hot soaping water for as long as possible. The hot soapy water will loosen any burnt residue or grime off of the grates, and then you can scrub the remaining debris with a tough scrub brush until your grilling grates start to look like new.

As a reminder:
Gas Grills – Burners MUST BE OFF before cleaning! If using a grill stone, no water is required — the stone will remove residue. After you have cleaned the cooking grates, spray them with cooking oil.

Charcoal Grills – Clean surfaces when the grill is still hot. Use a grill brush that dispenses water to steam-clean the grates. If your brush does not have that feature, a little water sprinkled onto the brush produces the same effect.

Chrome Wire Grates – Coat with vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

Cast Iron Grates– Coat with a vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

Porcelain-coated Steel Rods and Porcelain-coated Cast Iron – No coating is required unless porcelain is missing. Coating prior to cooking will help prevent food from sticking.

Clean the Interior of the Grill
The grates are not the only part of the grill that needs scrubbing. This is also the time scrub under the hood and clean the inside walls. Loosely cover the heating elements with a large piece of foil to protect them from damage and resist creating a fire hazard. Soap and water is are the best cleaning tools for the inside of the grill, as you want to avoid anything with hard chemicals that could possibly contaminate food.

Clean the Exterior of the Grill
To clean the exterior of the grill, make sure to use products that are stainless steel friendly.  Soap and dishwasher water or stainless steel wipes often do the trick. Be careful to use a soft material to wipe down the grill so that you can prevent scratches to the stainless steel outer face.

Keep Your Grill Covered
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your grill, you’ll want to make sure that it is protected from dust and debris so that you don’t have to go through this process every time you want to use it.  Most grill manufactures will include a grill cover when you purchase a grill, but if you don’t have one, there are many hardcore grill covers than can be purchased for about $25 from your local home and garden store. These grill covers normally come with a thick undercoating to keep your grill protected from the harshest of conditions. However, if you have a garage or an outdoor shed, then you might consider keeping it indoors to further prevent harm from the weather.

Get your grill clean and get ready for summer! Do you have any special tips or trick to use when cleaning your outdoor grill? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below and let us know what works best for you.

Summer Smoothie Recipes

Whether it’s because you’re trying to lose weight for those days by the pool or at the beach, or whether it’s because it is just so hot that you need something cool, smoothies seem to be a staple of summer in most places. Go down to your local smoothie shop, and you’ll find that it’s packed most days during summer, but why spend the money to buy your summer smoothies when you could make them at home and perfect them to your unique preferences? Have you ever walked into a smoothie store and found yourself disappointed that there were no smoothies that had the exact proportions or the precise fruits you wanted? It’s easy to find a low-cost blender and set up your own smoothie shop in the comfort of your kitchen. Get some of your favorite fruits, ice cream, milk or orange juice and flax seeds, granola or your favorite filler, and you’ll be all set. Need some fun ideas for smoothie recipes? Check out the ones below.

Watermelon Frosty
Watermelon is one of the less seen fruits in smoothies, but it is delicious. This delicious smoothie is light and airy, the perfect cooler for beside the pool or at the beach. It’s so good, you might have trouble keeping your friends at bay as you try to enjoy this delectable drink!

Watermelon Frosty

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups frozen watermelon, cubes
1/2 cup coconut water or water (add more as needed)
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup, grade B
1 large lemon or 2 limes, squeezed
1 fresh banana
Optional: add a few pinches of cayenne for a spicy kick!
Party cocktail version: add 1-2 shots of your fave alcohol

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender like a Vitamix and blend until frosty. Note: Start off with just 1/4 cup of the water liquid and add more in splashes as needed to blend.
Pour into frosted glasses to keep cool, garnish with lime or fresh watermelon sliced.

Recipe via Lunch Box Bunch

Grapefruit Green Smoothie
Grapefruit isn’t for everyone, but those who enjoy it tend to be grapefruit fanatics. If grapefruits tend to be a little sour for your, sweeten them up by adding some bananas and yogurt or vanilla ice cream. If you’re feeling extra healthy, add some spinach and you’re all set.

Grapefruit Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 grapefruit, peeled, seeds removed (reserve juice)
1 large sweet apple, cored and skin removed (I prefer honeycrisp)
2 cups spinach (I like to freeze mine to keep it extra fresh)
1 large ripe banana, previously sliced and frozen
2-3 ice cubes
Unsweetened almond milk, water or orange juice to thin (~1/2 cup)
OPTIONAL: 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a blender (including reserved grapefruit juice) and blend until creamy and smooth. Add more liquid if too thick, ice to thicken, and banana or apple to sweeten. Serves two.

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Kiwi Basil Smoothie
Another healthy smoothie with a fruit that’s not widely advertized for smoothies is the kiwi basil smoothie. Kiwi is a great blend of sweet and flavorful fruit that is a wonderful ingredient for your ideal smoothie recipe.

Kiwi Basil Smoothie

Ingredients:
3 frozen kiwis (freeze in small cubes for easy blending.
1 banana
1 pink grapefruit, juiced (about 3/4 cup juice)
1 Tbsp agave syrup
Small handful of fresh basil
Handful of ice cubes

Instructions:
Blend. Pour. Serve!

Recipe via Lunch Box Bunch

Blue Acai Smoothie
A classic favorite, this blueberry smoothie will delight your taste buds and cool your senses on the hot summer days to follow. Acai is high in antioxidants, protein and it is a great source of healthy omega fats. If you are looking to keep your figure without sacrificing flavor this summer, this smoothie might be your life savor.

Blue Acai Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 Sambazon Acai Frozen Smoothie packs
1 bottle (10.5 oz.) Sambazon Acai Juice, Trinity Blend Flavor
2 handfuls ice (coconut water ice cubes preferred)
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 ripe banana, raw
2/3 cup soy milk

optional:
1 tsp agave syrup
1 scoop Macro Greens green supe food powder

Instructions:
Blend smoothie until smooth.
Add the fresh banana last.
Adjust soy milk amount for preferred thickness of smoothie.

This smoothie blends up dark black purple-just the way true acai should be! Yum!

Recipe via Lunch Box Bunch

Key Lime Pie Protein Shake
Okay, so it’s not technically a smoothie, but it does fall into the category of perfectly chilled drinks that are ideal for a hot summer day. Not only that, but it’s still healthy and nutritious, while tasting like dessert!  This shake could even substitute your weekly or nightly dessert for something a bit less sugary.

Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

Ingredients:
2 scoops DailyBurn Fuel-6 in vanilla
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon key lime juice
Zest of one key lime
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon crushed graham crackers

Instructions:
In a blender, mix protein powder, almond milk, frozen banana, key lime juice, maple syrup and ice until smooth. Top with a dollop of yogurt and graham cracker crumbs.

Recipe via DailyBurn

 

These are just a few examples of the many possibilities that become available once you create your own smoothie shop in the comfort of your kitchen. We encourage you to experiment with your favorite fruits and veggies and find out what your favorite smoothies might be.

Beach Body Summer Recipes

Summer will be here before you know it, and around this time of year, everyone starts caring about what they eat just a little more than usual. Now is the time to work off all those Christmas cookies and holiday feasts, and to get ready for beach days and sun bathing. But what kind of recipes can you continue to enjoy throughout the spring and summer season without sacrificing flavor for your summer figure? After the sweets and treats of the holiday season, it can be hard to get back into the swing of eating healthy. Mentally, it can be tough to convince yourself that healthy foods can still be tasty, but with a few savory, health-conscious recipes, we’re certain that you can be back on health food train again in no time. These recipes might just have you so hooked that you start using them as hosting and entertainment food.

Turkey Burger
If you’re having a pool day or brought the supplies to grill at the beach, a turkey burger can be the perfect stand-in for the popular beef patty cheeseburger or hamburger. Season the turkey patty with fresh herbs, a sprinkle of Dijon mustard or your favorite sauce, and use a whole wheat bun, and you’ve got a delicious and healthy recipe that won’t let you miss a beat or feel left out of the summer food fun.
Turkey Burger                                                     Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ cup low-fat buttermilk
1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey breast
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

Instructions
1. Combine bread crumbs and buttermilk in a medium bowl; mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
Add turkey, green onions, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper (if desired) to bread crumb mixture; mix well with clean hands.
Shape into 4 patties.
Grill or broil for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until patties are no longer pink in the middle.

Recipe via Beach Body

Chickpea Salad
When it comes to eating healthy, salads are almost always a safe choice, and this chickpea salad is no exception. Crunchy radishes, cherry tomatoes, mild green onions, avocado, juicy jalapenos, chickpeas and your favorite, fat-free dressing make this salad an excellent choice for healthy summer eating. Throw in some fresh spinach and your favorite kind of lettuce, and you’ll have a great meal that keeps you feeling full longer than the average, empty-carb meal.

Chickpea Salad                                                        Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
6 medium red radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes
6 cups salad greens
2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese (½ oz.)
½ medium avocado, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Combine lemon juice, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Slowly add oil, whisking continuously until blended. Set aside.
  3. Combine radishes, green onions, chickpeas, and tomatoes in a large serving bowl.
  4. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.
  5. Evenly arrange greens on six serving plates. Top evenly with chickpea mixture, cheese, and avocado.

Recipe via Beach Body

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl
Have you ever wanted the perfect breakfast or the perfect snack, but you just couldn’t figure out what that would look like in the moment? Well, this delicious smoothie will ensure that you always have something that hits the spot when you’re craving a good snack, and this smoothie will boost your mornings and leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the day. It is delicious, healthy and sure to become a new household favorite.

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl                                                   Photo Credit: beachybody.com

Ingredients:
¾ cup almond milk
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries (reserve some for garnish)
1 cup ice
¼ large banana, cut into thick slices
¼ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
2 Tbsp. sliced raw almonds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Instructions:
Place almond milk, Shakeology, blueberries, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Place smoothie in a medium bowl. Top with remaining blueberries, banana, blackberries, almonds, and chia seeds; serve immediately.

Recipe via Beach Body

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze
When you’re trying to stay health-conscious in your meal choices, you just can’t go wrong with seafood. It is one of the best choices for heart health and it is a great dinner solution for a meal at home and for entertaining. This salmon recipe can be thrown on the barbecue, or you can cook it in the kitchen, but the outcome is sure to please no matter it’s prepared.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze                                                      Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
1 untreated cedar plank (about 17-by-10-1/2 in.)
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bunch green onions
2½ lbs. raw center-cut salmon fillet with skin

Instructions:

  1. Soak plank in water for 3 hours before grilling.
  2. Bring water, maple syrup, ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and pepper (if desired) to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced to about ½ cup. Let cool. (Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead of time and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before using.)
  3. Preheat grill on high.
  4. Lightly cover the cedar plank with oil. Arrange green onions in one layer on plank to form a bed for salmon.
  5. Place the salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank.
  6. Drizzle with half of maple glaze, reserving other half of glaze to serve with grilled salmon.
  7. Grill, covered, without turning, for about 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  8. Serve salmon with reserved maple glaze.

Recipe via Beach Body

Grilled Watermelon Wedges
While it might not be something you’ve tried before, we promise this recipe please your guests and delight your taste buds. This recipe works great as an afternoon snack, but it can also be a great after-meal treat for those of you with a sweet tooth that rebels against diets and their kind. With enhanced sweetness and that slightly smoky flavor that comes from grilling, these watermelon wedges will have your mouth watering in no time.

Grilled Watermelon Wedges                                                    Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
¼ medium watermelon, rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Place cookie or baking rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
  3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.
  4. Grill or broil for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Recipe via Beach Body

These are just a few of the savory and health-conscious recipes that we’ve uncovered to give you a head start in building your summer physique while staying ahead of your life by putting only the best fuel into your body. What are some of your favorite summer recipes? Do you have any healthy go-to recipes when you’re trying to watch your weight? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

5 Outdoor Summer Recipes

If you’re from Southern California, it’s probably still warm enough that you’re planning out some of your last few barbeques of the summer.  If you have a luxurious outdoor patio kitchen, this is the perfect time of year to go outside and enjoy the weather while it’s still warm.  With Labor Day just around the corner and the holiday season not too far behind, it’s a great time to invite friends and family over for a backyard feast.  Crank up the old range hood, get the fire pit rolling and take a look at these mouth watering recipes as you plan your outdoor dinners.  Patio Kitchen                                                        Photo Credit: tovtov.com

The Cheeseburger Classic
Always a first choice, and something that’s sure to please everyone present, the classic cheeseburger is a simple and delicious menu option for outdoor grilling. Just pick up your favorite brand of beef patties (or form your own!) from your local grocer, and you’ll be all set. For this simple meal you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Hamburger patties
  • Cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup, mustard and/or mayonnaise.

Grilled Tenderloin
Another American favorite is the tenderloin, and it’s also easy to make when prepared on an outdoor grill. Add some pepper and garlic for an absolutely savory flavor, and your mouth will be watering in no time. Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to make this meal complete:

  • Cut tenderloin
  • Your favorite seasonings
  • A couple of your favorite side dishes

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
For the chicken lovers in your home, this recipe will earn your chef skills a five star rating in no time. Here’s what you’ll need to bring that envied buffalo chicken recipe straight to your table:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in halves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Your favorite haut sauce and/or buffalo sauce
  • Hamburger buns
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Ranch dressing

Striped Bass
A delectable treat on a hot summer day, the grilled striped bass is another great option for the grill. With a pinch of garlic and a few squirts of lemon, this dinner promises to have your guests inviting themselves back for more.  For this meal you’ll need:

  • Striped brass
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • A few sprigs of thyme or oregano

Gyros
If your local grocery mart has any cuts of lamb available, consider gyros as an option for your next full course meal. Gyros can be great by themselves and also make for delicious tacos and sandwiches. Serve up some rice and salad on the side, and you’ll be all set to produce the perfect Greek meal. To start, you’ll need these items:

  • Gyros (leg of lamb)
  • White rice
  • Salad

With all the grilling, don’t forget to make sure your outdoor range hood filters are cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance. If you have a covered or enclosed patio space, it can be easy for smoke and debris to be caught up within the patio area and remain there for days. Your range hood will ensure that harmful air pathogens are deposited away from the communal area.

Do you know of any other great outdoor dinners? If so, leave them in the comments below, and let us know about your favorite summer recipes.

July Blog Hop Post #3: Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

Can we get a drum roll, please? Range Hoods Inc would like to announce the publication of the third post within the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop! This contribution comes from Bill Buyok at the Tile Talk blog. Bill contributed Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash; this post should guide you through choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash.

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Don’t forget that in addition to reading the blog post contributions, you have only 3 days left to enter for the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here for a chance to win; we hope the funds help you throughout the summer in your DIY projects and home improvement goals.

Tile Talk is the blog at Avente Tile, a company that specializes in ceramic, handmade tile for interiors and exteriors in elegant home design. In his blog hop contribution, Bill explains how artisan tile can complement your kitchen within the backsplash. As you can see in the photos in Bill’s blog post, artisan tile pops in the back of the kitchen and gives personality and character to the space and the kitchen design. Click the link above to learn more and learn how to choose backsplash tile for your kitchen.

You can find each contribution from the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Here:

5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen on Artful Kitchens

Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on Snazzy Little Things

Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash on Tile Talk

The Blog Hop Giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card ends at midnight on August 31st, 2015. Visit our blog post (Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card) to enter for multiple chances to win by visiting the Facebook pages of the participants above. It’s easy and fast to enter.

Thanks for reading, and stay cool! We wish you the best in your Summer DIY & Home Improvement endeavors this year.

July Blog Hop Post #2: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks… By Snazzy Little Things

For those of you following the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop event, we’re excited to announce that the second post of the campaign is live on the Snazzy Little Things blog. You can follow the blog hop and past blog hop posts here on the Range Hoods Inc blog. (If you haven’t been following, don’t worry. You can still go back and read the previous posts and you still have time to enter the giveaway.)

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The Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop is celebrating Summer DIY & Home Improvement through a collaboration of blog posts with other bloggers, as well as a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope this blog hop inspires you in your DIY and home décor projects as the summer goes on.

We’re excited to read Jeanette’s contribution to the blog hop, which you can find here: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on the Snazzy Little Things blog. Jeanette is an experienced DIY-er, lover of vintage décor and the host of the #30DayFlip on Hometalk.

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Don’t forget to check back to the Blog Hop this month as more people post their blogs, including a contribution from Tile Talk.

Also, throughout the Blog Hop, you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card up until midnight on July 31st, 2015. Enter here; you can get multiple chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the Blog Hop participants. Just follow the instructions in the link. Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck and happy reading!

July Blog Hop Post #1: 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen by Artful Kitchens

We’re happy to announce that the first blog entry in the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway has been posted. The July Blog Hop, hosted here on the Range Hoods Inc blog, celebrates blog posts about Summer DIY & Home Improvement.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito has contributed a fantastic blog post on the 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen. Read the post on her blog here. We are so happy to share Gloria’s article with you, which walks you through five important elements that go into designing a graceful and beautiful kitchen. Maybe it’s time to update your kitchen or make a few changes, and Gloria’s blog can help inspire you and/or give you ideas.

Artful Kitchens

Don’t forget to check back as we post updates to the July Blog Hop event, including posts coming soon from the blogs Snazzy Little Things and Tile Talk.

We’re hoping these blog posts inspire you to make those home improvements you’ve been pondering about throughout the years. The summer months are a great time to get working on some DIY projects.

Also, remember to enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card here. You can get up to 4 chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the participating blogs. It’s fast and easy; the gift card can help the winner as they work on home improvement projects this summer. We’ll announce the winner here on the Range Hoods Inc blog on August 3rd, 2015.