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!

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!

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!

 

Grilling Pic

Chicagoland Event Calendar: February – March

Are you experiencing a little cabin fever during this cold, cold Chicago winter?  Chicagoland is always full of new and exciting things to get you out of the house and keep you busy.  Check out our event calendar for local shows, events, and fundraisers.  Enjoy the winter activities while you can, Spring will be here before you know it!

Chicago Event Calendar

Macbeth Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 14 – Mar 2
Blue Man Group Chicago – Lake View Feb 14 – Ongoing
Phantom of The Opera Chicago – The Loop Feb 14 – Mar 2
Trapped in a Room With a Zombie Chicago Feb 14 – Ongoing
Aquatic Show Chicago Feb 14 – Ongoing
Indoor Farmer & Artisan Food Market Evanston Feb 15 – Apr 26
Late Nite Catechism Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 15 – Ongoing
Chicago’s Original Brewery Tour Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 15 – Ongoing
Chef Fest Oak Brook Terrace Feb 20
Daddy Daughter Dance Plainfield Feb 21
Girls Nite Out Elmhurst Feb 21
Mighty Con Comic Book Show DuPage County Fairgrounds Feb 22
Wedding Expo West Chicago Feb 23
The Rocky Horror Picture Show St. Charles Feb 28
Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli Naperville Feb 28
Breaking Free – Kinetic Dance Company Naperville Mar 1
An Evening w/the Stars Oscar Night Gala Benefiting Autism Speaks Rosemont Mar 2
First Friday Gallery Night Crystal Lake Mar 7
Pink Droyd:  A Tribute to Pink Floyd Crystal Lake Mar 8
Healthy Children Conference & Expo Rosemont Mar 8 – Mar 9
Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade Elmhurst Mar 8
Handmade Market Chicago Chicago – Ukranian Village Mar 8 – Apr 12
Reptile Rampage Lake Forest Mar 9
Imagine Dragons Allstate Arena Mar 13
New Shanghai Circus Crystal Lake Mar 14
Comedian Bill Bellamy Schaumburg Mar 20 – Mar 23
Northwest Celtic Fest Hoffman Estates Mar 22
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Glen Ellyn Mar 22
Chicago Beer Festival Chicago – West Loop Mar 22
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live Chicago – Gold Coast Mar 26 – Mar 30
Bill Cosby Naperville Mar 29