Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Grilled Pork Roast

Early last week, I posted a link to a Kingsford Charcoal Coupon. On Monday, we got a chance to put the coupon to good use. With the purchase of the charcoal, which was on sale for the holiday weekend, we had to purchase another item. We selected the KC Masterpiece BBQ which was on sale for 99 cents with a $1.00 coupon with the purchase of Kingsford. That got us a $6.00 coupon for pork. We selected a pork roast for $6.19 to use with the coupon.

Additionally, Kingsford had also partnered with Budweiser and Bud Light for $3.00 off of a 18 pack or larger of cans or bottles with the same charcoal purchase. $8.99 for a case of Bud Light. Along with the Bud Light came a 12 pack of bottled water for free.

I put a Cugino's Garlic Rub on the pork roast and tossed it on the grill with indirect heat.

River Street Gourmet carries a wide variety of spices and rubs along with almost enything you'd need to put together a fun meal for you or your guests

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

As a lasting tribute to Memorial Day, spend some time in the yard and create a Memorial Garden of your own. You can use traditional items such as plants and trees, but take some time and consider some different possibilities as well.

A rock garden can become an interesting focal point in a yard. Maybe a water feature such as a fountain or a pond. Even a simple seating area such as a bench or bistro set to enjoy your yard and take the time to reflect and remember what Memorial Day is all about.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Outdoor Lighting

This week I was able to purchase some small, solar powered outdoor lighting to add to some planting areas that I put the edging around last weekend. The solar lights are environmentally friendly and should provide just the right amount of light in a fairly dark part of the property.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wine cocktails becoming more trendy again

As we often see, life runs in cycles. It is the same with trends in food and beverages. Wine cocktails are once again making a comeback onto the scene. While a nice glass of wine will always be something you can enjoy by itself, with summer coming on, don't be afraid to try something different along the way as well.

For something a little bit sweet and refreshing, try something like this:


½ lime
2½ teaspoons sugar
3 ounces Merlot
Lime spiral to garnish

Muddle lime and sugar until all lime juice is extracted.
Add wine. Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour into a lowball glass and garnish with a lime spiral

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Free Oscar Meyer Hot Dog Coupon

It's for a mail in coupon from Kraft and Oscar Meyer that should arrive in time for the 4th of July cookout with the family.

Free is always a good thing! It's only good today so hurry.

Ready to get into the garden?

I know that it's starting to warm up and looking a little less like a swamp outside, so it must be time to start working in the garden. Here's a place to look for some of your gardening needs. They have a current sale that is $20.00 off an order of $50.00 or more. That's like a 40% discount on whatever you'd like for your garden.

Check them out.

Click here for $20 off your first order of $50 or more at Michigan Bulb!

Free $20 Off First Purchase!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Something I found today

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Great idea for the Memorial Day Holiday

Save $6 on on "The Other White Meat" from Gather Round the Grill when you purchase any 13.5 lb of larger Kingsford or Kingsford Match Light Charcoal and one (10) of the following participating brands: Ball Park Franks, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, Glad Product, KC Masterpiece Product or Vlasic Pickles or Relish. Coupon expires 12/31/2009 and you can pair it with coupons for the other products to save more.

Makes a great way to get the party started!

Steak Marinade

This morning I entered the following recipe on the submit your recipe contest at It's a favorite around here and might be fun to try for the upcoming holiday weekend BBQ. Try it with some friends.

Awsome Steak Marinade


1/2 cup favorite steak sauce
1/2 cup bourbon
1 medium onion
2 tblsp favorite hot sauce

Dice onion and add to pther ingredients. Mix together. Place steaks in a large flat baking dish or freezer bag. Pour marinade over the steaks and let marinate for 1-4 hours.

Grill steaks to your liking and place remaining marinade in a sauce pan. Bring to a slow boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. The sauce can then be served over the steaks.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Last nignt

Last night, I stoked up the gas grill and added wet hickory chips to the smoker box. Knowing this is going to be one of those hectic weeks, I planned ahead and was able to cook 3 separate meats while I had the time. BBQ Rips, Butterfly Pork Chops and Chicken Tenderloins all on one grill.

We have a son that plays travel baseball and knowing they have two games, a practice and a Memorial Day Tournament, it seemed like a good idea for me to get some food ready before spending the evenings wondering what to have when we get home or annoying the neighbors with the grill going at 9:00 pm when we get home from a game.

It also helps to use a bit less propane when cooking in quantity for a few days. Saving a bit here and there never hurts at all these days.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hosta plants

Maybe it will warm up enough this week to split some hosta plants.

Sunday gardening

It's been a bit wet and chilly to do a lot of gardening so far in Illinois. Today I was able to get a few tomato plants in the ground along with some edging that I was able to reuse from Freecycle. Hopefully it pays off later this summer,

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A couple of links to get started

I added a few links on the right side to get started. The link on the top is for Boca Java Coffee. That is what is in my cup here this morning. They have a variety of blends and flavors to choose from. Light roast, medium roast and dark roast too. Click on the link and try the 4 bag starter set to find a favorite.

Something Old, Something New

After years away from working with specialty foods and fun stuff for the yard and garden homes, I am beginning a journey back to a place that will encompass a lot of information about the things that I enjoy most.
My wife and I have always looked for great food and fun things to share with friends as well as to make the quiet moments we can share together special. That is what this will all be about. Making special moments and memories and doing it with simple things and ideas.