Grilled Salmon

Looking for easy and delicious?  This flavorful marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, preps and cooks in a pinch.  Serve up scrumptious, smoky salmon for dinner tonight!

Grilled Salmon Recipe

Grilled Salmon
Yield: 6 servings    Prep Time: 15 min    Cook Time: 16 min    Marinade Time:  2 hours 
Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets

lemon pepper to taste

garlic powder to taste

salt to taste

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

1.  Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.

2.  In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

3.  Preheat grill for medium heat.

4.  Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Recipe & Photo courtesy of Allrecipes.com

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Maximize the value of your home with outdoor living spaces

Are you looking to maximize the value of your home?  Outdoor living spaces have become the latest trend to take home improvement by storm.  With more homeowners moving their fun to the backyard, a deck or patio creates the perfect space to blend indoor comfort with the open outdoors.

HGTV goes over the current trends for decks and patios, mistakes to avoid, and expert tips for every budget.

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Custom design low maintenance deck with vinyl pergola - Archadeck of Chicagoland

DIY: Top 5 Fourth of July Decorations

Make this year’s 4th of July party one to remember with these easy and creative Do-It-Yourself decorations and party favors!

Patriotic Star & Stripes Sign

Bold and beautiful, this patriotic sign may be used as a decorative piece long after 4th of July.

Stars and Stripes Sign- Archadeck of Chicagoland

4th of July Jar Candle

Quick and easy, this fun craft is perfect for all ages.  Place around the edges of your deck or patio to create a soft glow for your nighttime lighting.

4th of July Jar Candle - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Fabulous Faux Firecrackers

Festive center pieces your guests will love!

Fabulous Faux Firecrackers - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Patriotic Party Favor Bags

Patriotic party favor bags your guests will be able to use time and again.

Patriotic Party Favor Bags- Archadeck of Chicagoland

4th of July Glow Stick Party Favors

Quick and easy party favors your guests can use during firework celebrations.

Glow Stick Party Favors- Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Looking for tasty 4th of July recipes?  Click Here!

5 Awesome Gifts for the Awesome Dad

Looking for the perfect gift for the awesome Dad in your life?  Here are five unique gift ideas that are sure to make his Fathers Day a memorable one!

 

Wood Beer Caddy

Showcase your favorite brews in this rustic, handcrafted beer caddy.

Wooden Beer Caddy

 

Maple Chocolate Bacon Skewers

Can you ever go wrong with bacon and chocolate?  These tasty treats are perfect for the bacon loving dad!

Bacon Maple Skewers

 

Baseball Glove Oven Mitt

Perfect for the grill master who loves to knock his guests’ taste buds out of the park!

Baseball Glove Oven Mitts

 

Natural Branch Coasters

Unique and creative DIY Branch Coasters for the outdoor lover.

Tree Branch Coasters

 

Father’s Day Photo Collage

Give Dad a timeless gift that won’t fail to pull at his heart-strings; perfect for the hardworking family man.

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Recipe of the Month: Root Beer Ribs

Wow your friends and family with these sweet, tangy, fall-off-the-bone ribs.  Everyone will want to know your secret ingredient!

root beer ribs recipe

Root Beer Ribs

Yield:  4 – 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 bottle (2 liters) root beer
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ribs in large baking dish (I use my big roasting pan. I also generally cut each rack in half so I can get everything nestled in the pan easier). Pour all but 1 cup root beer over ribs. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons salt over ribs; cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight, turning once if possible.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove ribs from root beer and pat dry with paper towel. Discard root beer in pan; wipe pan dry. Place ribs back into pan. Add 1 cup water; cover tightly with foil. Cook 2 hours or until meat is nearly falling off the bone.
  3. Meanwhile, make Root Beer Barbecue Sauce: In small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is soft, stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients (including reserved 1 cup root beer and 1/2 teaspoon salt); heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
  4. Just before ribs hit the 2 hour mark in the oven, preheat grill for indirect grilling over medium-high heat. Put bones on cooler side of grill, bone side down. Brush with some Root Beer Barbecue Sauce and cook 10 to 15 minutes, then flip. Brush with sauce again and cook until ribs are lightly charred and meat is falling off bone. Serve with any remaining sauce. Bring wet-naps to the table.

 

 

Recipe courtesy of foxeslovelemons.com

Memorial Day: 10 Ways To Show Your Gratitude

Our soldiers and veterans have sacrificed greatly for our country.  While we should always show our gratitude for their service, Memorial Day is a great time to do something a little extra special for our brave and faithful soldiers.

1.  Reach out to a military family in your community  

Invite them over for dinner or bring them a meal.  Something as simple as running an errand, taking a walk with them, or watching children for a few hours can mean so much to a family who has a deployed spouse.

2.  Visit an older or wounded veteran

A happy visit can brighten a day and help a veteran to know they are not forgotten.  Contact your local nursing home or VA hospital for guidance on who you may visit.  Need some inspiration?  The Walter Reed National Military Center provides plenty of creative ideas on their Facebook page.

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3.  Make patriotic cookies

A thoughtful treat and a heartfelt “Thank You” goes a long way.  You can pick a local veteran or speak to your local nursing home about passing them out to the veterans in their care.

Memorial Day Cookies

4.  Offer to do yard work or home repairs

Having a spouse or parent deployed overseas is stressful for families.  If the children are young, this time can be especially difficult for the parent at home.  Mowing their lawn, repainting a fence, helping out with home maintenance, or planting flowers will not only help the family tremendously, but can also give the deployed solider peace of mind that their family is being cared for.

5.  Volunteer to place flags on grave sites

Contact your local American Legion or VFW organization to volunteer your time.

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6.  Send a letter

AMillionThanks.org will help match you with a soldier.  Even a gesture as simple as a letter expressing your gratitude and support can brighten a soldier’s day.

7.  Grant a wish

WoundedSoldiersWish.org gives you the opportunity to help grant the wish of a wounded soldier.

8.  Fund a scholar

The Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund is a non-profit corporation that financially assists the educational needs of the surviving children of the U.S. Military men and women who lost their lives.

9.  Adopt a soldier

Why only show your gratitude on Memorial Day?  Adopt a soldier and show your support during his or her deployment.  SoldiersAngels.org will match you up with a soldier that would love your support.

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10.  Never Forget

We often view Memorial Day Weekend as a kick-off to our summer.  Beach trips, camping, and backyard barbeques will soon fill our warm summer days.  However, the real reason behind this holiday weekend is to honor, remember, and show gratitude to America’s fallen heroes.  We must never allow ourselves to forget!

DIY: Top 8 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s day is just around the corner.  Over the years, your mother has sacrificed, worked tirelessly, and shown you unconditional love.  Show her your appreciation with a thoughtful gift.  Here are eight Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to touch her heart.

Tea Cup Herb Planters

Give your mother a lasting gift that will flavor her dishes and brighten her kitchen or deck.

Tea Cup Herb Planters - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Bloom a Smile

Smiles are contagious!  This creative gift is sure to make any mother or grandmother grin from ear to ear.

Bloom a Smile - Mothers Day

 

Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar

Perfect for the busy mothers on the go.

Mommy Survival Kit - Mothers Day - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Paint Swirl Vases

This easy craft creates a beautiful center piece.  Fill with flowers and bring the outdoors in!

Paint Swirl Vases - Gift Idea - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Photo Flower Pots

What better way to showcase the precious little smiles of the children and grandchildren?

Photo Flower Pot - Gift Idea - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Spa in a Bag

Mothers that work tirelessly deserve a little spa treatment.

 

Spa In A Bag - Gift Idea - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Herb Garden Gift Basket

Everything she needs to start her herb garden all in one basket.

Herb Garden Gift Basket - Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Footprint Step Stool

Create precious memories with footprints painted on a step stool.  Mothers and Grandmothers will adore this memento.

Footprint Step Stool - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Deck Safety Checklist

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May is deck safety month. With barbecues, outdoor parties, and summertime fun around the corner, now is the time to inspect your deck and make any repairs necessary. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Follow these guidelines to ensure a thorough inspection.

Boards
Look at the condition of your deck boards. Most wood will show some cracks and splits over time, but is the general condition of the boards good, or are the boards splintering and unsafe to walk on?

Every Connection
A deck should be built using a variety of fasteners and metal hardware connectors to create a continuous pathway to ensure deck stability and safety. Check to see if the appropriate fasteners and connectors were used when constructing the deck. Is the hardware in good condition or need to be replaced?

Structure
If visible, look at the posts, beams and joists that provide the structural framework of the deck. What is their condition? Is there any noticeable sagging between supports?

Attachment
The attachment of the deck to the house (at an area called the house band) is the area where most deck failures occur. Pay special attention to this area and check to make sure that the deck is properly attached to the house band with appropriate screws or bolts and that it is properly flashed for water protection. Nails should never be used for this type of attachment.

Foundation / Footings
The foundation / footings receive and support the weight (also known as the load) on a deck and the columns that bear on them. A footing that is sinking may cause a noticeable sag in an area or a column separating from a beam.

Exits
Check the areas where people exit from the deck. These exits usually involve stairs so be sure to check the condition of the material used on the stair stringers, stair treads and risers.

Rails
Look at the condition of the rail posts and sections of railing on the deck to make sure that the railing is secure. Check to make sure that the pickets/balusters are fastened securely and spaced no more than four inches apart.

If you’re not sure you want to take the responsibility of inspecting the deck yourself, look up a local company in your area and have a professional complete the inspection. Nadra.org and AngiesList.com are great places to find competent, trustworthy professionals or go to Archadeck.com to see if there are deck safety inspectors in your area.

Sizzling Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Fire up the grill and give your taste buds a little “south-of-the-border” flavor!

Cihcken Fajitas

Sizzling Grilled Chicken Fajitas

6 servings (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture, 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 tablespoons sour cream, and 1 tortilla)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup green bell pepper strips (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper strips (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup bottled salsa
  • 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
Preparation
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients; reserve 1/4 cup marinade. Combine remaining marinade and chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 3 hours, turning occasionally.
  2. Prepare grill.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and cover and grill 10 minutes on each side or until done.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and onion; sprinkle with seasoned salt. Sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add reserved 1/4 cup marinade, and cook 2 minutes. Cut chicken into thin slices; add to vegetable mixture.
  5. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, upside down, over high heat for 1 1/2 minutes. Turn pan over, and add chicken mixture. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Serve chicken mixture immediately with warm tortillas, salsa, and sour cream.

 

Courtesy of myrecipes.com

Win an Archadeck Cooler!

This weekend is going to be beautiful – perfect for grilling. Post a picture of your grilled dinner on our Facebook page and you could win a new Archadeck cooler!  Hurry, have your picture in by Thursday, April 3, 2014!

 

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