Backyard Fun

Autumn is officially here and what a Summer it was! We have compiled a list of our Top 10 Backyard Games this past season. If most of these games aren’t on the deep sale aisles some of them are completely DIY. What better way to spend rainy afternoons or weekends inside making fun games for next Summer? Have them ready for the first sunny BBQ with friends and family, or if you’re lucky enough to still have warm weekends in your forecast, go grab some paint and get creative!

Here’s our list of the best Summer games with quick links below for sales or How-To’s:

DIY Jenga
Pam Garrison’s colorful Jenga post-share of a Beautiful Mess.

Our #2 comes from Maria Provenzano via the Hallmark Channel for a quick and easy how-to for Balloon Dart Board. We suggest filling them up and making it a water balloon game for an even bigger splash!

Four in a row
Giant Four-in-a-Row comes from our friends over The Home Depot where you can shop their handmade project here.

Dominos
Oversized dominoes are always fun with their high contrast and geometric patterns. This version comes from mariage.com as a backyard reception game.

Twister
This highly Pinned Twister game is fun for kids of all ages! You can even spray paint in different colors for your favorite teams, holidays, etc. Stay true to the Twister colors and simply bring the game’s spinning wheel outside. Spray paint more circles for even more players.
RingToss

Bring our your fair game with an oldie-but-a-goodie: ring toss! You can collect all sorts of sizes and shapes and designate different points. Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor (great blog!) gives a vintage take on the classic game in her how-to here.

Tic-Tac-Toe DIY
So many variations of this game are out there. Our favorite is right from Taryn at tarynwhiteaker.com where she mixes neutral stones and a simple walnut stained board to bring one of our favorite games outside. Here is her How-To for the Tic-Tac-Toe project.

Ladder Golf
Amazon has great offers on ladder golf that is perfect for any backyard in various styles and finishes like this ladder golf toss by Beach Bums.

Bean Bag Toss

Across the board favorite game is the bean bag toss or cornhole to some folks.
Check out how the DIY Network spins this game here.

Lawn Chutes

Our last game (in no particular order) is Lawn Chutes and we recommend this all-in-one piece set from Etsy’s 5-star reviewed shop: The UndergroundShop

What are your favorite backyard games to play?
Here’s to a great weekend … have fun!

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Last Summer Bash

After the long weekend, so many of us are ready to call it a day to Summer. Some of us still hold on to our BBQs and plans of hosting outside gatherings until the Fall Equinox is upon us, (13 days left!) not that we’re counting.

After looking into backyard bashes and end of Summer parties online, one can get sucked into the Pinterest vortex. As overwhelming as it is, there are so many simply and easy ways to send off Summer in style.

Lighting in key to any party, but when daylight begins to transition into Fall, lighting can be one of the key features to a party that can be enjoyed into the fire-pit hours. Here are some really great ideas to keep the gathering well lit with dwindling daylight:

Lighting for the last Summer Bash

String lights are a super easy way to add that warm glow to any outdoor patio. If you are more into candles, try the tiki-torch variety or the little potted citronella votives to keep the bugs away around their biting twilight hours. We recommend adding our Patio Umbrella Mosquito Net Canopy to easily screen in the party and leave the bugs out:
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For lunch or dinner, we would suggest making one of our Art Director, Dorik Downing’s, Double D Burgers that we featured in our latest VLOG. They are spicy and delicious!

Double D's Burgers

Summer side dishes are a dime a dozen. Fresh produce is plentiful at any local farmers market. I am a huge fan of Delish.com’s  Watermelon Balsamic Caprese Salad:

and their Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad:

Or basically any kind of grilled corn on the cob!

Outdoor games are so popular these days and there are so many you can make as a simple DIY. Apparently LARGER versions of indoor games are all the rage as well like this fun idea for dice from Megan over at the Handcrafted Life:

The perfect ending to all the parties this season is and oldie-but-a-goodie … S’MORES!
They can be as simple or as elegant as you can dream up. With “bar” set-ups trending more and more each summer, a simple chocolate, gram and “mallow” have been thrust into the lime light with more refined flavors and ways to showcase the offerings. Sky’s the limit to what pairings hosts can serve up:
S'mores Bar
Check out the fun sign you can grab now on Amazon HERE.

After the party leaves and you find yourself starting to think about ending the BBQ season for the year, don’t forget the covers!

Madrona Collection

Check out our new Madrona Collection with taped seams ready for the harshest of Fall’s weather. We are even taking 25% OFF your entire order now through the end of September with discount code: PREFALL at checkout. (site-wide!)

Cheers to the last bash of Summer!

Sources:
BeaniPet
Bower Power
Optimum Garden
Handcrafted Life
Amazon
Catch My Party
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Delish

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Last Summer Bash

Summer to Fall

Is there a bigger hashtag than #Fall? Seems that’s all we hear as Summer draws to an end. The days are shortening, the mornings are growing colder by the day, and somewhere someone is watching out for the first PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte for those of you who have never heard of a coffee shop called Starbucks) sighting.

Labor day is upon us and everyone always asks, “What are you doing to celebrate the end of Summer?” End of Summer?! We don’t want to put limits on when Summer will end so we are celebrating the Sunny Season with 25% off our entire site for the entire month of September! Just use discount code: PREFALL at checkout.

Now for those plans of celebrating the long weekend. We asked around the building what Classic Accessories employees do for the Summer to Fall transition. What are they getting excited for, what activities are already penciled in, etc. Check it out:
Summer to Fall with Classic Accessories Employees

 

Summer to Fall

Why cover your grill?

Why Cover Your Grill

When people talk about BBQ in America, the discussion typically takes a turn towards location. Grilling and smoking are time-honored traditions that have many roots. Some states are divided by sauces, some by smoke, some by rubs and so on. As much as we can chat about the best recipe or our favorite pit to grab a bite, here at Classic Accessories, we take location a little more seriously than a sauce debate. We know the elements can vary drastically just in our lower 48. Since we are in the cover business, we look at what mother nature is serving up season after season if broken down by three of her favorite styles:
Grilling Climates
When we think of humidity, we think hot, tropical days and nights with moisture in the air that feels heavy and thick. Napoleon Grills reminds us that, “humid can also mean damp, like a foggy day in London,” which we may see more than our fair share of in the Pacific Northwest. Our grill covers are designed with air vents that keep weather out while providing maximum ventilation and minimum condensation. Our covers are also designed to not cover wheel or leg bottoms that hang to the ground. This prevents the cover from sitting in any standing water that is common in coastal climates where heavy rain and snow can be a seasonal detriment. Water, in any form, is a damaging element to outdoor kitchens and we have introduced taped seams into our NEW Madrona RainProof Grill Covers to further keep moisture from barbecues and grills

Water on patios, metals and decks
Dry climates pose another threat to your grill over time with damaging UV exposure and lack of moisture. A cover will prevent dust and debris from coating the grill and finding its way into catch pans where fires can easily be started. When we say our covers are designed for all elements, we took these environments into consideration.

Here are some quotes from various BBQ forums on covering grills:

Grill Cover Reviews

One of the best things about grills is that they are meant to be used outdoors, so they are built with some of the toughest materials. Even though price tags vary by brand, style and size, all grills have their weaker points as well. This is where a cover can come in to extend the life of cheaper metals and help keep some of the accessories like side tables, tank doors and controls working like new.

steel, enamel, cast iron, wood and porcelain

From harsh weather to daily use of your grill, you always want to have it ready to fire up at a moment’s notice. There are many tips and tricks to cleaning your grills between parties or between seasons. From informative videos to how-to articles, the last step is always the same no matter if it’s for the day or for the Winter … put a cover on it.
75 % of all Americans own a grill
75% of all us adults, or just big kids, own a grill or smoker. That’s a lot when you think about all the different regions. That’s also a lot when you think about all the different kinds of styles of BBQ and grills out there. What’s more is the style of outdoor kitchens and rooms we have to think about too. From small balconies to lavish outdoor kitchens, we know style is one thing you think about when purchasing a cover. Sure the features of the cover are instrumental to how the cover will perform for you, but we know that your grill is just as much a part of your outdoor decor as your furniture is.

Grill and BBQ Cover Collections by Classic Accessories

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We have over 10 different collections of covers, all with unique designer colorways to features. A big part of the design process here at Classic Accessories is keeping our ideas fresh and on trend. One of the biggest we see is the need for design and function have never been more apparent. We are seeing grills with numerous handle, color and finish options. Ryan Bloom, of Urban Bonfire, states that designers that choose to combine “raw cooking power with beauty see the winning combination.” We like to think that our designs nod to both camps. We have the strength and durability built into our covers with the designer features that compliment any outdoor space. Making the choice to cover you grill, barbecue or smoker should be an easy one. Finding the right size and style should be just as easy, and that’s where Classic Accessories can be a part of the solution.

Here’s to gathering around the grill this August with friends and family.
We hope you end the day, or season, with Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Pixabay
Mercury News
Napoleon Grills
BBQ Bretheren  |  The Smoke Ring  |  The BBQ Forum  |  Smoking Meats

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Why cover your grill?

Grill it up!

6 o’clock on any given week day night is one of the best times of Summer. Grilling season is here! It’s takes a whopping 2 minutes after getting out of the car and you can tell someone in your neighborhood is grilling tonight. Whether it’s something planned or a last minute burger, you can’t go wrong if the weather is nice.

Marinated steaks are always at the top of my list to enjoy and I’m not alone. 2,377 other people rated “Kookie’s” marinade the BEST Steak Marinade in Existence! Claiming:
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it’s made me famous in our close circle, but until now I’ve never shared it with anyone.”
Most of the ingredients are already found in your spice cabinets at home. Give it a try here.

At home, we try to use our grill as much as possible for cooking in the Summer. A couple steps away from our patio set and we are ready to eat!

Some of our favorites are teriyaki chicken thighs, fennel and lager oysters, lemon and dill salmon, angus burgers and any kabob you can create. One of the best parts about dinner outdoors is that clean up is a breeze! The weekends bring bigger parties, more people around the BBQ and more mouths to feed – and more memories that last well into the evenings on these warmer nights. Fun on the patio and in your own great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your favorite grilling recipe, and we’d love to be apart of your Summer nights this season with any of our BBQ and Grill covers.

Cheers to Summer!

Photo Credits
Classic Accessories
Pixabay
Colorado Party Rentals
Williams Sonoma

Grill it up!

Love the Great Outdoors

20% off NOW

We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.


Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.  campfire-984020_1920
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.

It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com

How do you enjoy your outdoors?

Photo Credits:
Pixabay
QuoteFancy
Classic Accessories

Love the Great Outdoors

Here’s to …

Happy New Year from Classic Accessories

2016 has been such a great year for us at Classic Accessories. A year full of growth with new programs and new customers with the BEST Loyalty Program to brag about.

It’s almost funny to call this a place of work when you get to spend your creative “working” hours filled with people who constantly push the needle. Always moving forward and learning from what can be improved on. We have spent this year listening to our customers and growing our products to meet and exceed expectations. 2017 will be another growing year for us. We have BIG plans ahead and we can’t wait to share them with you and your friends and families.

May 2017 hold many delights for you to uncover and we hope to be a part of spreading joy and peace of mind with you.

From all of us at Classic Accessories – Cheers!

Here’s to …

Cold start to Winter

 

Thankfully we are just wrapping up the ends of Winter Storm Caly that spread its way from the Northwest to the Northeast. The storm brought the first snow of the season for 6 days straight as it made its path across the US.


Could this mean a colder winter this La Nina year? Maybe so. We can at least say that we started out with a deep freeze and the hopes of a white Christmas and Hanukkah are on the rise.

Snow season is our season … and it can be yours too. We hope that this gift giving season you spread a little Joy and Peace of Mind from your patios to your autos. We are offering 20% off site-wide from now through the Holidays on classicaccessories.com



Here are the shipping dates to receive your order by December 23rd, 2016:
Ground Shipping = December 15th
3 Day Shipping = December 19th
2 Day Shipping = December 21st
Overnight Shipping = December 22nd

 

Cold start to Winter

A grilled Thanksgiving

As good as a cooked turkey smell is on the best Thursday of the year, would you skip the delicious homemade smell and swap out a kitchen empty of dirty dishes? Why not think about grilling up your Tom Turkey this holiday? We found a great, and more importantly EASY recipe for getting the perfect bird on your table this year with at What’s Cooking America.

Prep Time: 30 minutes  |  Cook Time: 20 mins. per lb.  |  Yield: serves many

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 to 20 pound) turkey, fresh or thawed, with giblets and neck removed.
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature or softened, divided
  • Turkey Stuffing or your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe
  • 3 to 4 slices uncooked bacon
  • Basting Juice (see recipe below) or use the juices that drain off

Instructions:

Clean turkey well, removing any bits of pin feathers and cleaning the cavity of any remaining pieces of innards. Pat dry with paper towels. Secure legs with twine or a clip (optional).

Preheat barbecue grill. Instead of using a roasting pan, it is easier to use a homemade pan from extra heavy duty foil (using three layers of aluminum foil and making it just big enough to hold the bird – the sides need to be about 2 1/2-inches high).

Rub the inside cavity of the turkey with 1/4 cup of the softened butter.

Stuff the inside cavity with your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe. Also place a little stuffing in the neck cavity, tuck the neck skin under and skewer shut. With any remaining turkey stuffing, stuff a little of it between the skin and the breast meat.
With the remaining 1/4 cup butter, rub some over the skin of the turkey.  Salt and pepper the turkey and place the slices of uncooked bacon on top of the prepared turkey.

Place the turkey crosswise on the gas or charcoal grill so that the pan is evenly distributed over the two sets of jets.  Set the flame so that a temperature of 300 to 325 degrees F. is maintained (usually the lowest setting).  Cover with heavy duty aluminum foil for the majority of the cooking time.  Estimated cooking time is approximately 20 minutes per pound at 300 degrees F.

Remove the aluminum foil for the last hour of cooking.  Every once in while, baste the turkey with the juices (or with the basting juice recipe below).  If you have “hot spots” in the jets of the grill, twice during the cooking turn the turkey around (and the pan, of course) so that one side is not more cooked than another.

Toward the end of the cooking time, open the grill and insert the meat thermometer into the fleshy part of the thigh and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. (remember that the turkey will continue to cook after it is removed from the heat of the fire).  NOTE: The USDA has come up with a one-temperature-suits-all for poultry safety: 165° F.  For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a meat thermometer.

It is important to use a meat thermometer with a cable attached to the meat probe tip.  This will allow for the meat probe tip to stay in the turkey during the entire cooking process while the barbecue lid is closed and give you a continuous temperature reading of the meat to ensure it does not overcook.

In the absence of a meat thermometer, pierce the turkey with a fork in several places; juices should be clear with no trace of pink.  NOTE: The old-fashioned way of wiggling the leg to see if it’s loose will give you an indication that the turkey is ready, but unfortunately, by the time the leg is truly loose, the turkey is sadly overcooked.  The only reliable test for doneness is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone.

Allow the cooked turkey to sit for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Basting Juice:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Neck and gizzard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary
  • 3 cups chicken stock or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sweet Marsala wine or port wine*
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine*
  • Juice from two lemons

*Use any red wine that you have.  You could also substitute the vermouth for additional red wine.

In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, melt butter; sauté onion until just translucent.  Add the neck and gizzard; continue cooking for approximately 4 minutes.  Add the rosemary and chicken stock or water; simmer until reduced by halve.  Remove from heat and strain well.

Use the gizzard and neck in the stuffing or the gravy.  For the basting juice, mix together the strained stock mixture, marsala or port wine, vermouth, and the juice of the lemons.

Now that it’s done … Check out how to carve it with Thomas Joseph @ Martha Stewart’s Kitchen Conundrums:

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
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Photo Credits:
Classic Accessories
Con Poulos/Food & Wine
beccajulia @ All Recipes
The Foodiciary

 

A grilled Thanksgiving

Brad’s – “One Happy Island” Trip

Brad Dorcik is our Associate Online Merchandiser in our E-Commerce department here at Classic Accessories and wears many hats. On any given day, Brad has his hands on our items’ full lists of content as it is fed to our retailer’s websites. Shopping online? Brad is the guy who makes that happen!  Brad focuses heavily on ensuring retailer sites have all available, up to date content whether that is images, video, text copy and/or fit guides. He ensures our retailers have everything they need to keep our products purchasable and reviews most websites for opportunities to showcase our products even better. Brad also assists fit matching our products to what our customers have in their homes. He is also the ear to many reviews (for the better or worse) and gathers what our customers say and helps generate those reviews into actionable steps for our teams here. Many, many hats that he wears so well. When he told us he was going on vacation, everyone here said “We  hope it’s a relaxing one!” And he did not disappoint. When asked where, he said without hesitation – Aruba!  The tropical island isn’t just a vacation spot, it’s a home away from home for Brad and his family.

Aruba –  ‘One Happy Island’

When mentioning a vacation spot like Aruba, the most frequently asked question is, “Where is Aruba!?”

The sunniest island in the Caribbean, Aruba is located below the hurricane belt approximately 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela. With an average of 82-degrees year round, Aruba provides cool, blond beaches, gentle surf, constant trade winds and warm, friendly people. These are just a few of the reasons why so many families return to Aruba year after year.

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Our family knew in an instant we wanted to make Aruba a big part of our lives. With numerous places of interest and activities, Aruba has something for everyone.


With the constant trade winds garnering Aruba as a world-class destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing, there is plenty more to see beneath the water. Recognized by Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba offers a diverse selection of dive sites to satisfy any level of scuba diver.

Over the years our family has tried a bit of everything the island has to offer. Whether it is parasailing, tubing, jet skiing, horseback riding, plenty of volleyball, snorkeling and scuba diving, the fun doesn’t stop at the beach (especially when the crowd favorite is Happy Hour!)
One of many places of interest, to name a few, is Aruba’s Natural Pool. Also known as “conchi” or “Cura di Tortuga,” is a natural pool of water formed by rock and volcanic stone circles. The rugged terrain surrounding the pool only allows all-terrain, four-wheel vehicles. Or depending upon your mood can be a beautiful hike.
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Another favorite spot, frequented by locals and tourists alike, is Aruba’s Baby Beach. The water is so calm and shallow it’s safe for small children and anyone new to snorkeling. Water levels can reach waist high but deepens significantly towards the inlet. Marine life towards the inlet includes barracuda, squid, parrot fish, blowfish, angelfish, eels, and many other small fish.

Away from the ocean and covering approximately 18-20% of the island, Arikok National Park is an incredible nature preserve and is the largest national park in the Caribbean. The park includes 3 primary geological formations: the Aruban lava formation, a quartz diorite formation, and a limestone formation. The Natural Pool is located in the northeastern section of the park
A diverse culture and European influence shows in both the language and architecture. The local tongue, Papiamento, is derived from African and Portuguese with some influences from American Indian languages, English, Dutch and Spanish. A Sovereign State of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Dutch influence can still be seen from national holidays to the cuisine. With that said, there are now over 90 nationalities harboring the island. You can certainly taste the international diversity in Aruba’s cuisine!

If ever you find yourself on the island, highly recommend Madame Janette’s. The ‘Lobster Thermidor’ is oh so good! Not prepared as it once was but nevertheless good if you fancy lobster.

Brad’s family has called Aruba a ‘home away from home’ for over 10 years. No matter the gained knowledge, the constant wind can fool you with the true temperature. A lesson the island eventually teaches us visit to visit. So be sure to layer up with the sunscreen.

Nonetheless, we love Aruba! If you’re looking for this kind of vacation – don’t wait!

Photo Credits:
Aruba.com
Deborah @ Taste and Tell Blog
Tori @ Gustatori
Ann Angela
occidentalhotels.com
saraquiriconi.com

 

Brad’s – “One Happy Island” Trip