DIY Backyard BBQ set-ups

DIY Backyard Smokers & BBQ Pit ideas:

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More ideas:

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Cement block:

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Animal trough + landscape yard pavers:

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Shopping cart BBQ:

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Truck BBQ:

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Computer case BBQ:

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Brick BBQ:

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Cute + affordable terra cotta flower pot BBQ smoker:

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Animal trough from Tractor supply / Lowes / Home Depot + landscape pavers:

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Brick & walkway backyard pavers + buried trash can:

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Welded horse shoe BBQ with tire rim base:

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Fancy concrete fire pit:

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BBQ pit:

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Tire rim BBQ with wood base & roller wheels:

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HUGE concrete rebar DIY BBQ:

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Tire rim wheel BBQ pit:

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Turmeric Lemon Water – so many benefits!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 glass lukewarm water (nut milk works too)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Juice of ½ lemon (or 1 lime)
  • Pinch of black pepper (to increases turmeric’s bioavailability)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)...[feel free to substitute 1/2 to 1 packet of Splenda]
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional: for extra anti-diabetic effect) … [I used a stick, as seen in photo]

Directions: Add lemon juice, black pepper, turmeric, honey, and cinnamon to a glass of lukewarm water.

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for the best energizing effect. Stir constantly while drinking to prevent the turmeric & honey from sinking to the bottom of the glass.

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Q. Why should you drink Turmeric Lemon Water? A. Lukewarm lemon water is great your body. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers. This adds healthy nutrients, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, and hydrates & energizes the body.

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  • Turmerics boosts the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon water. Curcumin, or turmeric’s active compound, is a potent anti-inflammatory compound which matches the effectiveness of many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Improve brain power. Lemons are an excellent source of brain-boosting potassium and magnesium, while turmeric has been found to reduce the risk of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Antioxidant activity. Both lemon and turmeric possess strong antioxidant activity to keep your skin in perfect condition and keep tumors at bay.
  • Improve digestion. Eating or drinking turmeric on a daily basis stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas, and prevents inflammation of the digestive tract, while lemon juice helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive system.
  • Heart-friendly. Curcumin reduces LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevents blood clotting, and removes plaque build-ups in the arteries.
  • Weight-loss aid. Lemons stoke the metabolic fire, which helps you to burn more calories from the food you eat.
  • Cleansing properties. Lemons and turmeric stimulate your liver to produce more enzymes. It enables the liver to work more efficiently in eliminating toxins and waste materials.

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Exact items I used (from image above):

  1. Simply Organic Turmeric
  2. Watkins Black Pepper
  3. Organic Cinnamon Sticks from HEB Grocery (but any will do, like these)
  4. Natural Clover Honey
  5. Organic Lemons from HEB Grocery

JG

 

 

I found this recipe & information on NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/heres-will-happen-body-add-turmeric-morning-lemon-water/

Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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A fail post…don’t ever, ever, ever mix these things together…

99% of the time, I can toss a smoothie together and it tastes great. Once in awhile I make something gross and this is one of those times! This thing tastes like sour grass! This is what I used: bok choy, baby kale, pineapple, a tomato, and a squeeze of real lemon. Greens + citrus (in this case) did not = delicious. It looks like something from a horror movie:

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On a side note, try cooking bok choy or kale (they taste similar) with mushrooms + meat (chicken, beef, etc). <<< tastes great!

If you make a smoothie with citrus fruit or berries, it’s always a good idea to use a banana to neutralize the strong flavors.

How to make ice cream in a coffee can

No ice cream maker? No problem! You can make ice cream in a tin can, a jar, or even a ziploc baggie.

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Coffee Can Ice Cream How To:

http://theysayitsmylife.blogspot.com/2012/09/tin-can-ice-cream.html (step by step pix)

http://meinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/tin-can-ice-cream.html

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/303-easy-fun-homemade-ice-cream/4

http://chewnews.com/originals/how-to-make-ziploc-bag-or-coffee-can-ice-cream/

Jar Ice Cream How To:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-save-your-sanity-with-single-serving-coffee/?ALLSTEPS (lots of pix)

Ziploc Bag Ice Cream How To:

http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2010/08/ice-cream-in-baggie-kids-project.html

 

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider Beer – Gluten Free

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One of my favorite beverages is Smirnoff No. 21 with some citrus such as oranges or limes. I’ve kept my eye out for a lighter alternative. I recently discovered Michelob Cider. I’m not a huge beer fan, but this stuff is light and delicious. It’s 4% and tastes even better than a cold corona or bud light lime. I’ve been seeing it in more & more gas stations, Brookshires, HEBs….. If you want to indulge a little, but not go crazy, you should try a 6pk. Enjoy! 🙂

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Raw Zucchini Pasta and Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce

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Ingredients

1 large zucchini (1 per person)

Grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved

Arugula

Zest of one meyer lemon or regular lemon

Pea shoots (optional)

Jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed (optional)

Avocado-Cucumber Purée

1 medium avocado

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick

1 meyer lemon or regular lemon, juice of

2 garlic cloves

1/4 tsp white pepper or black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

A few large leaves of basil (optional)

Directions

Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiralized. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice, about 8 ounces.

For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like.

Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.

Thanks to: Dr. Oz & Julie West