We are nearing the end of social distancing and I’m beyond excited to have friends over for a BBQ. There is something special about a classic BBQ with friends that just makes me happy.
With a few months in lockdown we have had extra time to spruce up our patio and work on our grilling skills. I say we but I’m in charge of the patio being pretty and my hubs is our grill master!
Now our patio is the perfect area to escape after dinner & the kids are in bed. We also love motion lights around the exterior of our house. The electrician from Hoffmann was able to offer his expert advice on placement of the motion lights too!
We love mixing up our own fresh burgers! I usually add salt, pepper, garlic salt, bread crumbs, eggs! Mix together • make patties • put a thumb print in the middle • toss on the grill! Don’t forget to wash your hands between touching the meat and moving onto the next project! You might have heard on stories last month that we woke up to a flooded kitchen.
A pipe under our sink had busted, luckily I called Hoffmann and one of their plumbers was there within 3 hours. I felt completely comfortable having him in our house even in the middle of Covid. Our plumber wore a mask, booties and was super helpful. We needed to replace our faucet and pipes under the sink. He gave me a few options for a new faucet and had the work done in no time!
Its so easy and fun to make a huge tray of toppings for everyone at your party!
We used to be team boil BUT grilling corn tastes better and is super easy! Mix together olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic salt then brush on each ear of corn before wrapping in foil. We grill them for 10-12 minutes then add Parmesan cheese before serving.
We use our gas grill a ton in the summer and are constantly running out of tanks! At our previous home our grill was hooked directly to our gas line, #soeasy! I’ve got Hoffmann Brothers coming out to give me a bid as a Father’s Day present to my grill king.
At a BBQ everyone should be able to easily grab snacks to add to their plate! I love making several trays to have in and outside the house.
Since the Midwest temps are so unpredictable I always try to have snacks inside for friends too! Guacamole, chips and fruit are easy crowd pleasers if for all ages. (Find my famous guacamole recipe here) We have our AC checkup early each year and I feel better knowing we are set for the summer heat – again thanks to Hoffmann Brothers! They call each year to schedule for maintenance since we are under their Home Protection Plan.
We also love a having yard games around for everyone between snacks + dinner + drinks! A few of our favs are :
Washers, bags, don’t forget the famous backyard projector!
If you are ready to kick off summer, get your patio ready + recipes planned and AC checked from Hoffmann Brothers!
Find our favorite summer cocktails here.