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September 20, 2019

Food Cooking Safety

Other than the flavor, the most important part of barbecuing is serving safe-to-eat meats.

Preparing meat to the safe-to-eat temperature is the only true way to ensure that you and your fellow diners are getting the safest experience, and remember, you can’t tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it.

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Also, you don’t want to overcook your meat; meats can be pink in the middle even when they have reached a safe internal temperature.

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Plus, check out the new Big Green Egg Thermometer! It makes food safety easier than ever without overcooking or drying out your delicious meal.

September 19, 2019

Tailgating Tips

It’s Time for a Tailgate Party

Fall is in the air, football has started, and…
A true sports fan knows the start of a good football game is the tailgate – the food is almost as important as the game! Here are some tailgating tips:

Make a Plan:

Make a list of everything you need to take with you and the dishes you are making. Check out your stadium rules for tailgating and make sure you are up-to-date.

Do some of the preparation before hand so you have things ready to go and people are only waiting for the food to cook.

Get There Early:

Start your tailgate party at least two-three hours before the game. Call the stadium to see when vehicles can enter and if there are designated tailgating areas.

Remember that not all parking spaces are created equal. Find a spot next to a grassy area or at the end of a parking row so you’ll have more room for your tailgating.

When you’re done, be sure to leave your spot clean. You don’t want to be known as the tailgater who leaves the mess.

Be Festive:

Wear team colors, use colored napkins or decorate the back of your vehicle!

Bring your grill:

If you own a Big Green EGG, it’s time to get hitched. The tailgate hitch fits a variety of EGG sizes.

Stock Your Supplies:

Keep your tailgate supplies ready-to-go. Fill a large plastic container with paper plates, utensils, napkins, paper towels, dish rags, salt & pepper, a bottle of water, etc. Just toss it in your vehicle and go!

Label your coolers so guests know where to find their favorite beverage. You can even freeze water bottles before hand so they are the perfect temperature as they melt.

Pack a first aid kit – just in case.

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready to go, here one last bit of advice. Download the tailgating cheat sheet for even more tips!

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September 12, 2019

Spas for a Cause

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), this year alone, more than 41,000 women will die from breast cancer in the United States. Almost all of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

Because we believe in hot tubbing and the power of warm water to bring people together for comfort and support, we’re glad to join hands with Watkins Wellness (the maker of our Freeflow Spas) for their annual Spas for a Cause™ campaign in October. Over the last four years, they have raised more than $65,000 for NBCF, they’re excited to contribute more this year!

What is Spas for a Cause™?

This campaign helps them give the gift of hope through health education, early detection, and assistance navigating the complex cancer care system.

Watkins Wellness is donating a portion of all PINK hot tub sales now through October 31, 2019 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., which helps educate the world about breast cancer and provides free mammograms to women in need.

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The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Mission Walk

We are participating in this walk and hope you will join us!
This walk is Sunday, September 15, from noon-3pm. It begins at Distillery 244 with a Survivor & Caregiver Luncheon and Opening Ceremonies, followed by a walk through Old Town. It ends with Closing Ceremonies at The Wave. Event includes entertainment, food, games, and fun! For more information, please click below.
Register a team for FREE and help us save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

September 6, 2019

Tips for Extending Your Pool Season

In Kansas, the warm weather seems to last forever. So, why is it that many pool owners only leave their pools open for a few months each season?

Did you know that you can leave your pool open longer for maximum enjoyment? Let’s look at tips for extending your pool season. (more…)

August 28, 2019

Watch a Movie in Your Swimming Pool

There’s nothing more fun than watching a movie in your backyard. Setting up a screen in your yard isn’t hard to do, and you can bet your kids, friends and family will love it.

But, what if you took it one step further and had a Dive-In Movie Night?

What’s this? This is where you set up a screen in your backyard and let everyone watch the movie from the pool. They can stay in the water or hang out on a float. And, for those who don’t want to get wet, they can still watch from dry land.

Just imagine the backyard memories!

In this article, we look at how to watch a movie in a swimming pool this weekend.

Here’s What You Need

  • Laptop or DVD player and a Table or to sit it on
  • Projector
  • Projector Screen or large wall that functions as a backdrop
  • Speakers
  • Your favorite movie
  • Pool Floats or other comfortable seating
  • Some great snacks

Watch a Movie in Your Swimming PoolHere’s How to Set It Up

You either need a flat surface like a large wall or a projector screen to watch your movie on. You can also hang a white sheet to the wall as your screen. Just make sure it’s securely on the wall so it doesn’t move in the wind.

Get a projector. You can either borrow one or buy one of your own. You should be able to find one for $100 or less. Do make sure you also have the cables you need to hook it up to your laptop.

Make sure your projector is in a safe place. You don’t want it near the pool in case someone bumps into it.

You want to add some external speakers to your laptop as its speakers won’t be loud enough. Consider portable outdoor speakers for the best sound.

Finally, make sure you have enough floats for those who want to watch from the pool and chairs for everyone else on your pool deck.

Set up a movie refreshment stand to give your backyard theater a drive-in feel.

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Tips to Make the Night Run Smoothly

  1. Tie a rope across your pool so your movie watchers can hang on to it as their pool floats start drifting
  2. Measure the correct distance and test it to make sure everyone can see your screen.
  3. Consider floats with drink holders so it’s easier for your guests.
  4. Keep the food out of the pool. Your guests can pop out for a little popcorn.

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