BRINGING THE OUTDOORS CLOSER TO HOME

Helping you #LiveOutdoors in Daily Life

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space: Simple Solutions for Common Issues

Hello, Outdoor Fans! It’s Backyard Brian from Bear Creek Outdoor Living. Is it is winter time and we are all inside, I got thinking about why many people don’t hang out in their outdoor spaces. It’s not just cold weather – when summer comes, there are other problems. Let’s talk about the top five reasons people aren’t enjoying their outdoor living spaces.

Not Enough Outdoor Space:

  • Lots of houses these days forget about having a cool outdoor spot. You step outside, and it’s just a boring lawn or a tiny patio. Good news is, you can do anything with a blank space! Get creative and make your dream outdoor hangout.

Outdoor Spaces Falling Apart:

  • Weather can mess up outdoor places. Decks get old, structures wear out. Some parts can be fixed, but others might need a fresh start. The cool thing is, starting over means you can make something totally new and awesome.

No Shelter from Weather:

  • Being outside is fun, but not if it’s too hot or there are too many bugs. You need some kind of cover. Lucky for us, there are cool new products and solutions coming into the market to make our outdoor spots comfy, no matter the weather.

Outdoor Space Doesn’t Suit You:

  • Everyone likes different things. Maybe your outdoor spot was set up for someone else, and it doesn’t fit your style or your family. By thinking about what you like and need, you can change your outdoor spot into something perfect for you.

Nothing to Do Outside:

  • If there’s nothing fun outside, why bother? Whether it’s a cozy spot to read, a place to eat and chat, or even games and a pool, having things to do outside makes it way more fun.

Fixing these common issues can make your outdoor spot awesome. Hanging out outside is good for your health and happiness. So, let’s turn those boring lawns into cool hangout spots. Enjoy your time outdoors!

See you next time!

#LiveOutdoors,

BRIAN MININGER

Visionary/Build Designer

Meet the Bear Creek Team. Team member bio for Brian Mininger, Visionary/Operations Manager/Vice President

Snow Day Activities

Maple Syrup Snow Candy

AppleCandyTreat

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Bed of clean snow
  • 2 cups of Maple syrup (makes eight)
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • Caucepan or a small pot
  • Food Thermometer

Steps:

  • Pour your syrup into a small pot and heat until boiling. Once boiling, the syrup will start to bubble.  Using a candy thermometer to gauge the temperature, continue to boil the syrup until it reaches the “soft ball” stage (235-240 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Remove the pot from the heat and pour your syrup in lines on the snow. BE CAREFUL. The syrup is VERY hot.
  • Press a craft/popsicle stick into the syrup and then as the syrup is cooling, roll it up around the stick.

Ice Ornaments

IceOrnamentActivity

Materials

  • Nature! Leaves, berries, twigs, etc.
  • Crafts! Twine, yarn, wool, string, ribbon, etc.
  • Muffin Tin
  • Water
  • Freezer

Steps:

  • Arrange material In the muffin tin
  • Make sure a string sticks out of the tin
  • Pour water over material. 
  • Put in the snow and wait for it to freeze
  • Pop the ice out of the tin and display on trees outside!

Winter Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Perfect for a chilly winter day!

SlowCookerChickenNoodleSoup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (your choice)
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 6 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons worstershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons parsley or other herbs, like rosemary, thyme, chives, etc.
  • 3 cups uncooked egg noodles

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Butter or spray your crockpot insert
  • Place chicken in bottom of crock pot
  • Toss the veggies in on top and pour the broth over the top
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours, 3 to 4 hours on high

About 30 minutes before serving:

  • Remove the chicken from the crockpot and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Turn the crock to high, toss in the egg noodles & parsley (or any other herbs or spices) and cover & cook
  • Dice of the chicken into whatever size you want and toss back in the crock
  • Allow to cook until the noodles are tender
  • Add salt and pepper as desired and serve

If you are using this recipe as a freezer meal:

  • Toss everything except the noodles and herbs in a large freezer bag (or two, depending on how many serving you want to make at once)
  • Place the noodles and herbs in a sandwich or quart sized freezer bag
  • Place the noodle bag inside the other bag
  • Label and freeze, use within 2 months following the directions above

Project Highlight of the Month: Waynesboro Backyard Oasis

Completed in early 2023, our Waynesboro client now enjoys a modern outdoor living space featuring Fiberon Composite Decking, an Aluminum Operable Pergola by Temo, a Screened Porch by Miratec and Hardie, and Belgard’s London Cobble 3pc Pavers. The design includes an Outdoor Kitchen and screened-in area, fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere, turning their space into a true home. We hope they’re thoroughly enjoying the modern comforts of their revamped outdoor living space.

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