Jun 23, 2016

Summer’s here and you know what that means: it’s grilling season! If you spend most of July and August with a spatula in hand, we’ve got some delicious and unique burger recipes for you to tackle. Created by some of the best food bloggers out there, these delectable morsels go beyond your standard beef patty. Try making them at your next BBQ and we’re sure everyone will be clamoring to kiss the cook!

Sweet Potato - Not only are sweet potatoes good for you, they also make one heck of a veggie burger! How Sweet Eats combines rich smokey sweet flavors in this yummy recipe that’s sure to impress herbivores and carnivores. Get the recipe here.

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Korean Barbecue - The Cozy Apron blew our minds with this original burger! This fusion cuisine is just the thing to take your next BBQ to new heights. The kimchi slaw and chili garlic mayo are simply amazing. Get the recipe here.

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Spicy Cauliflower - How much can you really do with cauliflower? Short answer: lots! It may seem like one of the world’s dullest vegetables but Pinch Of Yum showed us just how fun cauliflower can be. Mix it up with some quinoa, a medley of spices, and a few other ingredients and you’ve got one tasty burger! Get the recipe here.

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Caramelized Onion & Turkey - Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving anymore, people! The Foodie And The Fix show us how to make one seriously scrumptious turkey burger with caramelized onions and provolone cheese. Yum! Get the recipe here.

California Veggie - Catching Seeds swears this veggie burger appeals to vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike and we’ve got to say we believe her! Jam packed full of delicious flavor, this tasty patty will not leave you wanting. Plus her guacamole is actually to die for! Get the recipe here.

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Sushi - A sushi burger? Yes, you read that right! The Flavor Bender has completely revolutionized the basic burger with this original creation. Swap your bun for rice, your beef patty for chicken katsu, and add some delicious toppings and seasoning. Get the recipe here.

Chicken & Avocado - Instead of putting avocado on your burger, why don’t you try putting it in your burger! Julie’s Eats And Treats shows us how to take the traditional chicken burger to the next level with some creative ideas and a delicious chipotle yogurt sauce. Get the recipe here.

These burger recipes should help make for one tasty summer! If you try grilling any of them up, make sure to take a picture and share it with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook – we love seeing what you create!

Jun 17, 2016

Celebrate summer with a delicious cocktail – or ten! We’ve found several must-try recipes from some of the top food bloggers out there. Crisp and refreshing, these unique beverages are perfect for sipping all summer long! The only question is: which will you make first?

Perfect Plum Prosecco - This clever cocktail from My Diary of Us looks almost too good to drink (we’re sure you guys can’t wait to gram it!). The mix of plum, thyme, and prosecco is sure to take any get together to the next level, so prepare to throw parties of legend. Get the full tutorial here.

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Wonderful Whiskey Lemonade - This delightful porch sipper comes to us courtesy of Life As A Strawberry. A refreshing combination of blackberries, whiskey, and lemonade, it’s the perfect concoction for long summer days and hot summer nights. Get the full tutorial here.

Marvelous Margaritas - We adore Tastes Lovely’s take on the traditional margarita. Scrumptious and skinny (it’s only 135 calories, people!) it’s a must-make for summer’s hottest scorchers. Get the full tutorial here.

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Magnificent Moscow Mules - This Russian bevvy is more than just easy to make, it’s a crowd pleaser too! A Beautiful Mess shows us how to create this three ingredient drink, and adds a few optional ingredients if you want to get fancy. Get the full tutorial here.

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Playful Peach Mojito - Rum, mint, and peach? Yes, you read that right. Cookie and Kate’s creative take on the classic mojito is one that’s sure to help you get through the summer heat. Get the full tutorial here.

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Sensational Sparkletini - Toast summer birthdays in style! Sipping Salt and Lavender’s sparkletini is so much better than blowing out birthday candles. A fun mix of sweet liqueurs, it’s the perfect cocktail to raise to the birthday girl or boy. Get the full tutorial here.

Spicy & Sweet Treat - Tequila, grapefruit juice, and a little sweet heat? It doesn’t get much better than that! How Sweet Treats shows us how to make the perfect Paloma, with a chili sugar rim. Get the full tutorial here.

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Lovely Limoncello Slushies - There’s something so invigorating about prosecco on a hot day. Floating Kitchen suggests adding some watermelon and a little limoncello, and we think it’s a fabulous idea. Get the full tutorial here.

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Beautiful Berry Mojito - Still working on your beach body? This twist on the traditional mojito from Broke and Chic is delicious and low calorie. Get the full tutorial here.

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Creative Cotton Candy - We saved the best for last! Sugar & Cloth’s wonderfully whimsical cotton candy ice cream shots are the perfect way to add a little magic to any get together. Cute and original, we simply can’t get enough! Get the full tutorial here.

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We hope these neat recipes help keep you cool and refreshed this summer. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more recipes, project ideas, inspiration, and more.

Jun 10, 2016

Not sure what Father’s Day gift to get the man who has it all or simply replies “don’t know” or “whatever” whenever you ask him what he wants? We’ve got you covered. Celebrate Dad with these fun and funky DIY presents. Don’t spend the day hopefully wandering around a hardware store, following a man who looks like your Dad, trying to see what he buys. Instead, surprise your Pa with a homemade treat. Check out the following gift ideas from some of the best bloggers out there, and get ready to wow your Dad. These sweet and simple presents are sure to put a smile on his face.

Cute Clock - Make him something fun and functioning. We love this idea from Make It & Love It; it’s like something out of Harry Potter. Grab some of your favorite family photos and remind him what he’s coming home to every day. Get the full tutorial here.

Groovy Growler - Is Dad a big fan of hoppy beers and flavorful ales? Try making him a monogrammed growler. This fabulous idea from Kristi Murphy is the perfect mix of fun and practical. Get the full tutorial here.

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Sweet Sleeve - Does Dad love rich coffees, teas, and a rustic aesthetic? He’ll swoon over this leather mason jar sleeve from A Beautiful Mess. Take his morning cup of joe to the next level with this cool craft. Get the full tutorial here.

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Cool Case - If Dad’s a big fan of the iPad, we’re sure he’ll be a big fan of this case from Polka Dot Chair. With a zippered pouch for earbuds, chargers, and more it’s an ideal gift for Dads who travel a lot and love to use their iPad on the go. Get the full tutorial here.

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Superior Shave - Bearded Dads (who don’t want to be bearded any longer) rejoice! This pre-shave oil from The Merry Thought helps make shaving easier and skin smoother. With only three ingredients it’s a great last minute Father’s Day gift. Get the full tutorial here.

Creative Cufflinks - Whether your Dad dons a suit every day or just for special occasions, we’re sure he’ll love these geometric cufflinks from Almost Makes Perfect. Unique and stylish, they are sure to make your Pop’s outfit pop. Get the full tutorial here.

Terrific Tools - Treat your grilling guru to the ultimate BBQ accessories: custom tools from Brit + Co. The cook will want to kiss you after he sees this thoughtful gift. Get the full tutorial here.

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We hope these fun ideas help inspire you to make the perfect Father’s Day presents this year. If you try tackling any of these crafts, make sure to share the finished products with us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We love seeing what you create. And from our family to yours, Happy Father’s Day!

Jun 3, 2016

Summer's nearly here and it's a tight race for competitors in our DIY Planter Challenge. For weeks Facebook fans have been voting for their favorite homemade planter, and everything will come to a head June 30th at 11:59pm. Whose planter will receive the most votes? Only time will tell.

Before you visit our Facebook page to cast your vote, try making your own planter. We've already showed you how to make Karen A.'s printed pipe and William Brown's perfect printer, but what about some gorgeous glass? This lovely creation, submitted by our Digital Marketing Director, Joanne C., looks wonderful and is a snap to make. Add some subtle beauty to your indoor space with a planter like this one. Find out how to make it below!

What you'll need:

  • Glass bowl (or any other glass container you want to use for your planter)
  • Alcohol inks
  • Sponge
  • Shellac spray
  • White acrylic paint
  • Plant (Joanne used a Kalanchoe)
  • Potting soil

Step 1: Gather your supplies. Remember to put on your rubber gloves and cover any work surfaces you don't want stained as alcohol ink is hard (impossible!) to remove.

Step 2: Holding up the glass bowl, splash one drop of ink at a time and blow it around the glass until the entire surface is covered. Alternate using different colors until you see the desired effect.

Step 3: Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

Step 4: Once the ink is fully dry, spray it with shellac to seal the color. Two or three thin coats of shellac will ensure the ink doesn't rub off.

Step 5: To make sure the ink colors will still be visible when you have dirt and a plant inside your planter, paint the inside with white acrylic paint.

Step 6: Let the acrylic paint dry overnight.

Step 7: Fill with your favorite plant, (Joanne chose a Kalanchoe), and put it in your favorite space.

We adore this beautiful, stained glass inspired planter. Though one of the more complex on our list, you can recreate it at home in just a few simple steps. Love it as much as we do? Make sure to vote for it on Facebook.

May 26, 2016

One of the first long weekends of summer is here – are you ready? If you’re having friends and family over to celebrate Memorial Day and show your support for the brave men and women who fight tirelessly to help keep us safe, try serving up some of these delicious treats. Here are our favorite red, white, and blue desserts from some of the best food bloggers out there. Check out their scrumptious recipes and throw one seriously sweet bash this weekend!

Perfect Patriotic Pie - What’s more American than apple pie? An apple pie with a star-spangled crust, of course! Visit Broma Bakery to learn how to make this fabulous Miss American Pie and other playful pastries. We’re sure your guests will love it. Get the full tutorial here.

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Scrumptious Strawberry Snacks - Worried about your beach body, but still want a sweet treat to enjoy this weekend? You’ve got to try one these Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from The Kitchen Is My Playground. Simple to make and very pleasing to the eye, they’ll add to any Memorial Day spread. Get the full tutorial here.

Gooey Graham Goodies - Can’t wait for the bonfire? Enjoy a s’mores inspired dessert, without having to roast marshmallows. Plain Vanilla Mom shows us how to make graham cracker ice cream sandwiches (which look a lot like everyone’s favorite campfire treat, just sub in chocolate ice cream and sprinkles for marshmallow). Get the full tutorial here.

Sweet & Savory Sticks - Finger food that isn’t sticky or messy? Sign us up! These fabulous pretzel sticks from Our Best Bites are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and are a breeze to serve and eat. What could be better? Get the full tutorial here.

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Spectacularly Sprinkled Sandwiches - Cute and creative patriotic desserts don’t have to cost a fortune or take days of preparation. Say Yes teaches us how to achieve a unique and on theme treat in a matter of moments. All you need is ice cream sandwiches, sprinkles, and popsicles sticks. Get the full tutorial here.

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Delightfully Darling Donuts - Hosting a Memorial Day brunch? These sweet donuts are a must-serve! A Pumpkin & A Princess shows us how to make baked vanilla bean donuts (yum!) that are just calling out for some fun red, white, and blue decorations. Get the full tutorial here.

Cool & Creative Cookies - Although this may be one of the messier snacks to eat, we’re sure your guests will enjoy every homemade morsel. The Benson Street teaches us how to make our own ice cream sandwiches, with cleverly decorated red and white cookies to boot. Get the full tutorial here

We hope these sweet creations help spice up your Memorial Day celebrations and wow your friends and family. Tackle any of these bloggers’ creations? Make sure to share what you whip up with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram – we love seeing what you guys make. And of course, from our family to yours, have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Freedom isn’t free, and we’re so grateful for all those who’ve sacrificed so much to help keep us safe. Happy Memorial Day!

May 18, 2016

The DIY Planter Challenge is in full swing and the competition is getting fierce! To help get in the spring spirit and prepare for summer, Marketplace Events team members crafted some fun planters, and now the online voting has begun. Whose planter will receive the most votes and be crowned the winner? It's up to you (and our other Facebook fans) to decide.

Before you visit our Facebook page and vote for your favorite, why not try making your own planter? We've already showed you how to make Karen A.'s printed pipe, but what about William Brown's perfect printer? The Landscape Coordinator for Marketplace Events and owner of William H. Brown Landscape Inc. made this unique piece using an old printer. Here's how you can make one.

What you'll need:

  • Printer
  • Tinfoil
  • Potting mix
  • Variety of plants

Step 1: Find an old printer and remove its ink cartridges and any other extraneous parts.

Step 2: Using tinfoil, create a tray for some plants in the middle of the printer. Fill it with potting mix.

Step 3: Add more plants of varying height and style to any additional compartments your printer may have to create a lush "printer-scape".

We're big fans of this creative upcylced planter. Not only is it a great way to find new use for that old printer you've been hesitant to throw away, but it's a truly unique and original piece to display in your home or garden. Love it as much as we do? Make sure to vote for it on Facebook.

May 13, 2016

To help put a little spring in all of our employees' steps, we challenged our Marketplace Events team members to a friendly DIY competition. Folks had just over a month to create a cute, original planter. There were no restrictions on size, style, or influence - it just had to be homemade.

Check out the full list of entries on our Facebook page and vote for your favorite. But first, learn how Karen A., Exhibit Sales Consultant for the Birmingham Home + Garden Show, created her fabulous printed pipe planter.

What you'll need:

  • PVC sewage elbow
  • Grinding disc
  • Glue (Karen used Goop)
  • Stylish duct tape (Karen used leopard print)

Step 1: Start with a trip to your local hardware store to grab supplies. Karen went to Habitat for Humanity and bought a PVC sewage elbow and grinding disc. Total cost for both was $2.

Step 2: Using a sturdy adhesive, (Karen chose Goop), glue the disc to the bottom of the PVC.

Step 3: Cover the PVC in stylish duct tape. Karen used leopard print to give her planter a funky look, but you can use any style.

Step 4: Fill the planter with the plant of your choice. Karen selected an air plant from her property, but any species would look nice.

We love the simplicity of this craft. A few dollars can go a long way when it comes to making planters. What do you think of Karen's creation? If you're a fan, make sure to vote for it in our DIY Planter Challenge. Visit Facebook to cast your vote today!