Outdoor Living

Brazilian-Style Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Looking for a perfect summer meal that won’t heat up the kitchen? This Brazilian-Style Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe is super easy.  Spicy marinated shrimp is grilled and served with a delicious roasted corn salad for a simple and flavorful dish. Summer has arrived! I (Lauren) know this because today it was 100 degrees outside. Despite the intense heat I absolutely love summer food. You can find me over a hot grill any day, 100 degrees or not. Okra, cherries, watermelon, corn on the cob also have my summer heart. So this week I’m …

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Our Austin Casa || How We Designed Our Backyard, Progress and Plans

I’m not sure if everyone feels this way, but the outdoor space surrounding our home has always felt just as important to me as the indoor space. We designed the kitchen specifically so that I could see the girls playing in the backyard as I was cooking. One wall of our living room opens completely to the yard so that we can swing it open when the weather is nice. However, as we were rounding the corner to move-in day– probably about two months out– I realized that I needed to start prioritizing an actual plan for our outdoor …

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10 Dreamy Before and After Outdoor Projects

It’s still spring here in Austin which means it’s not just bearable outside, it’s down right gorgeous. These days I am looking for every excuse I can find to get outside and have been checklisting outdoor projects for at least the last month. It’s helpful for me to focus on one space and really nail everything down before moving on to another and right now my whole focus is our backyard. I’ll be sharing our before and progress shots of our space in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime wanted to share some …

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Grilling 101: Everything You Need to Know to Feel Confident Behind the Grill this summer

I really love to cook.  I enjoy the rhythm of chopping, dicing, and sautéing; waiting while faint scents become tantalizing aromas that engulf a space, and the pleasure of knowing that friends and family have been nourished by food.  It’s like therapy.  (Is cooking therapy a thing? It should be!)  I can poach and chiffonade like a pro and have single handedly cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner, but for whatever reason, have always been intimidated by a grill.  Is it the open flames? The propane tank? I have no idea, but it was on my …

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