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Organizing Grill Supplies

Grill Supplies
(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Sears to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Sears.)
sears grill
Grilling season is right around the corner in the Chicagoland area (okay maybe not right around the corner…but these girls can dream, right?!), and we cannot wait! Both Casey and I have been practicing our grilling skills (thanks to these amazing grills) and it was time to get our grill accessories & patio paper-ware organized.
bbq tools
No doubt, there are a lot of tools and patio accessories that go hand-in-hand with grilling and outdoor entertaining. Keeping all of this “stuff” organized and in one spot will help make sure you don’t forget to use those adorable napkins or you won’t go out and buy more plastic silverware when you already have some hiding somewhere else in the house. Although it may not be patio season just yet, it’s never too early to get organized (& excited!) for the upcoming festivities.
thrift store box
I scored this $3 wooden box at a local thrift shop. It was the right price and seemed like the perfect size to hold all of my backyard goodies.
dragon lid
One problem …the lid. “Dragons Krystal Wars” was not the look I was going for to organize my grilling accessories.
blue green ikat
My solution to this? Reupholstering the lid. I bought this outdoor ikat fabric from JoAnn and cut it a little larger than the Dragon lid.
padding
Using a knife, I cut the padding to the size of the lid as well.
lid padding
reupholstering supplies
From there, all I needed to do was wrap the fabric and staple it onto the bottom side of the lid.
ikat fabric blue and green
fabric and ring
ikat
staple gun
grill box
In no time, there was no more trace of Dragon warfare, and I was left with a trendy little box that was ready to be filled with lots of summer essentials.
patio and grill tools
bbq corn holders
patio plates
vera bradley napkins
I used an old container I had laying around the house to hold some of the napkins and these corn holders (if that’s even what they are?). Putting the “small” stuff in their own container helps keep the box far more organized and less cluttered.
napkins
patio box
Then, I put the remaining plastic silverware, grill tools, napkins, plates, and drink container into the box…all very neatly of course.
grill tools
grilling acessories
organized grill box
With this ikat lid, you can’t even tell what is in the box, which is my favorite part of this storage solution. The box is extremely functional, but can be used as a decorative piece in the house or even on the patio in a few months. I will eventually spray the fabric with scotch guard, just in case it ends up outside for good. For now, I’m feeling far more organized & ready to welcome some warm weather to get grilling!
reupholstered lid
top of ikat
ikat lid
Looking for more colorful inspiration? Check out our Guest Room Redesign ….

or this chair makeover using milk paint…

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Rookie Griller: Grilled Pineapple

grilled pineapple
Like we said before, Casey and I are not expert grillers. But heck, these new grills of ours are getting us excited to sharpen our skills before the weather breaks! While Casey ambitiously tackled a real meal during her first grilling lesson, I wanted to ease into my grill master status a little more cautiously.
So instead of tackling an entire meal, I focused my skills on one part of the meal, actually my favorite part of the meal. Dessert. Who knew you could grill dessert? I’m liking this grill thing already….
Grilled Pineapple Recipe
 
Ingredients:
Pineapple
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
 
Directions:
1. Cut the pineapple into the size or shape that you desire
2. Cover each slice with plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon
3. Refrigerate the pineapple for 10-15 minutes to allow the cinnamon/sugar to soak in
4. Preheat the grill on medium heat to about 350 degrees
5. Grill pineapple until it is cooked to your desired darkness
6. Enjoy!
The pull out prep table attached to our grill was so helpful! It gave me some extra space to store all of my grillin’ goodies and allowed me to keep my mess in one designated area.
I was pretty excited for my first grilling experience, can you tell?
In about 5 minutes, the pineapples were browned to perfection and ready to be served. This entire grilling experience took me less than 15 minutes, which is a perfect time table for a post dinner-party treat. I can’t wait to serve these to guests on my patio in a few months! Hopefully by then, I’ll be serving more than just dessert from the grill.
Plus, these grilled pineapples are an extra fabulous dessert because you don’t feel as guilty, since they are part fresh fruit!
My first grilling lesson was a huge success! I can’t wait to put this bad boy to work more often and get my grillin’ skills sharpened ASAP. Next on the grilling agenda…. an entree. Any recommendations or volunteer taste testers?
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My First Grilling Lesson

Last week we introduced you to our new amazing grills. They’re pretty darn cool, but we’re also both very intimidated by them. I’ve never grilled a day in my life and mixing my newbie grilling skills together with a dangerous propane tank…made the task of “breaking in” our new toy, a very scary one!

Kenmore grill

Lucky for me, Finn is a master griller and he was willing to show me the ropes. But before we fired up our new grill…he informed me that we needed the right accessories. We whipped out our laptops, and purchased a grill cover, tongs, a grill brush, and a giant spatula all online. Not to mention my favorite purchase…a grilling basket (more on that in a bit…)

grill cover

Since it is wintertime, we knew we needed a cover to keep our grill safe in the harsh conditions. This giant black cover protects our new balcony addition, so we can keep it looking good for years to come.

peppers

Once we received all of the grillin’ goods, it was time to get to work with my first “lesson.” Finn decided to keep it simple for us with grilled veggies, chicken, and steak. A nice basic meal that would be tasty, and hopefully foolproof.

We chopped up the peppers and onions, and then coated them in a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Finn marinated the meat and before I knew it, we were all ready to bundle up and head outside.  The whole propane tank thing totally freaked me out at first. But my handsome teacher showed me how to open the valve and light the grill. I had no idea how simple it was…it’s just like using a stove top. So far, I was off to a good (& safe) start…

grilling meat and vegetables

Our Kenmore grill was hot in no time, and we threw on our meal and got to work. See that amazing metal basket above? That is quite possibly the best grill accessory ever! My mom always uses one when she grills vegetables, and we knew we needed to get one immediately.

grilling basket

It’s great because you can grill smaller things (like chopped veggies) and you don’t have to worry about anything falling through the cracks of the grill. Just be careful and use tongs when you’re moving it around on the grill because the metal basket gets really hot!

finn grilling

Here’s my teacher taking over for a few minutes, while I snapped away. Notice the earmuffs and gator to keep warm. I think it was about 12 degrees outside at this point (This article gave us a few tips about wintertime grilling!). We kept running inside to warm up while our food cooked, so it made for an interesting grilling lesson. But, I do think I learned all of the basics.

Casey grilling

So do I feel like a grilling master? Definitely not. But I must say I’m not quite as intimidated by this big metal box.  And I still have plenty of time to practice before grilling season officially begins. Who’s coming over for dinner?

Casey DIY playbook
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Grillin’ Gals

Casey-Grilling
(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Sears to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Sears.)
 
Grilling just screams summertime…doesn’t it? Having a cocktail on the patio, throwing a few burgers on the grill, and hanging with friends….that sounds like a fabulous summer day to us! Unfortunately it’s the dead of winter, and those sunshine filled days are a looong ways away!
But who says you can’t fire up the grill in January? Grilled food just tastes better and it’s worth it to freeze your tush for a few minutes, in exchange for yummy food.
Since Casey recently acquired a balcony (big enough for a grill) and Bridget recently built a patio (totally big enough for a grill)…these 2 rookies decided to take the plunge and find 2 fabulous BBQs to complete our outdoor spaces. We figure that gives us a few months to practice our grillin’ technique, and by the time summer comes along we will officially be grillmasters! #wishfulthinking
Bridget: Here’s my tricked out grill. Isn’t this bad boy insanely huge & awesome? There are so many “secret” features that make this grill seem like the celebrity of all grills.
In true celebrity fashion, this paparazzo tried to capture all of the details that make up this Kenmore Grill model. Take this side burner for example. #genius
The grill itself is very large, yet the side burner is the perfect addition to grill something that may not want to mix with the other food. If a whole bunch of big ol’ steaks are taking up the entire grill surface, you still have the top shelf for additional grilling space, and you can sauté some asparagus in the side burner, making sure cross contamination is not.a.problem.
This thermometer is a great addition the the top of the hood. Not only does it make this grill look very “official” it is also the perfect tool to make sure your grill is the right temperature before throwing on your grub, or in some cases, taking it off to serve to your guests.
Possibly one of my favorite parts of the celebrity status grill is the side of the grill that pulls out & doubles as prep table with ONE easy step. This fold out table is genius and beyondddd functional. You can set your pre-cooked meats here, lay your tools out, or mix your “rubs” here before slapping them on the meal. I love that you don’t have to clutter a nearby patio table to do your pre-grill prep, which eliminates the risk of cross contaminating this social space with raw meats or accidental meat juice (too graphic? My apologies to any vegetarians tuning in). When you’re done cookin’, all you have to do is sanitize this prep table and fold it back down. How amazing it that?!
Red Kenmore Grill
But enough mushing & gushing about the new addition to Bridget’s patio, here’s a peek at Casey’s grill.
city grilling
Casey: Here’s my fiery red grill from Sears that is fabulous for city grilling (you see the skyline right out there?) This bad boy adds a pop of color to our balcony area, and it fits perfectly in our corner nook.
kenmore grill
We don’t have a ton of room out there, but there is still plenty of space for our table, 2 chairs, and the grill. Heck yes baby! I always thought that “city people” could only have a baby sized grill (ya know the ones that people use at tailgates that fit about 2.5 hamburgers?)…but boy was I wrong!side burner
Our Kenmore grill is plenty big and like Bridget’s, it even has a small prep table and side burner. It’s a tad intimidating for me…but it’s the best “toy” my husband-to-be could have ever received. He’s been itching to freeze outside and fire that thing up. But for now he needs to move aside, as I learn how to work this thing!
So these are our two new “home accessories” and you better believe that we will be blogging about our adventures in grilling. Next week, Casey & Finn will tackle a homemade recipe on their city grill. Then stay tuned for the newlyweds to christen theirs. We’re all hoping that these amazing grills do most of the work for us, because if it was just left to our cooking skills…we may not have many edible dinners in our future.  We’ll also be hitting up this website for plenty of grilling tips, tricks, and recipes, because we need all the help we can get. #grillingnewbies
Casey and Bridget DIY Playbook
Do you own a grill? Any tips for these 2 grilling’ gals?
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