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Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

May is National Water Safety Month! The sun has broken free from its wintry prison and summer is making its way around the mountain. Since you’ve already begun to think about re-opening your pool for the summer, now’s the perfect time to study up on Water Safety in order to protect your children from the dangers of the water.

National Water Safety Month

Among unintentional injuries, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Most of these deaths occur in a backyard pool.

Rising temperatures and drier climates are leading more and more people to purchase backyard pools for their families to enjoy during the hot months, and while pools are a great investment, it is vital to practice good water safety habits around your children to ensure their overall safety and protection.

If we’ve Aqua Quipped your life with a swimming pool, hot tub, or swim spa, take care to read through this whole list and learn as much as you can about Water Safety so you can pass along the knowledge to your friends, family, and neighbors.

Pool entry system

Courtesy of the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program and apsp.org, here are a few simple steps you can take in order to save lives and prevent water-related accidents:

Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or hot tub
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • If a child is missing, check the pool or hot tub first
  • Have a phone close by when you or your family is using a pool or hot tub
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors

Learn and practice water safety skills

  • Teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, updating your skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in pool emergencies

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Have appropriate equipment for your pool or hot tub

  • Install a fence around your pool or hot tub with self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your hot tub
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water

fenced-in above ground pool for maximized safety

At Aqua Quip, you can find everything you need to ensure a safe backyard environment for your kids. Whether it’s fences, gates, stairs, or auto-locks, we’ll take care of the set up while you can rest easy knowing your child is safe; however, while having the necessary equipment can be noticeably helpful, there are always other ways to sneak past. Always keep an eye on your kids when they’re outside near the pool no matter what. Drowning can happen in 10 seconds. Don’t let it happen to your kids.

If you’re in need of a fence or gate for your pool, please contact us at sales@aquaquip.com and we’ll get you set up with the proper safety equipment.

For more Water Safety tips or information about National Water Safety month, visit nationalwatersafetymonth.org/Consumers/Safety-Tips

5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do in a Swim Spa

5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do in a Swim Spa

If you didn’t already know, a Swim Spa is a two-in-one swimming pool and hot tub, and it’s revolutionizing exercise and relaxation. Ranging in length between 12 and 19 feet, Swim Spas can be used by the whole family. Or, if you’d rather keep it to yourself, that’s okay too.

Swim Spas are endless pools that combine powerful jets with plenty of room so you can swim laps without actually swimming laps (AKA who needs to turn when you can swim in a forever-straight line?). Once you’ve beat your personal record, you can sit back and relax with hydrotherapy jets to massage your muscles after your workout. It’s the best of both worlds! But that’s not all you can do in a Swim Spa. Surprised? We’ve got news for you: the possibilities are endless. (Like your pool!)

1. Water Walking

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You know, you don’t have to swim in your swim spa. With the jets on a low setting, your Hydropool swim spa becomes a water treadmill so you can walk with less impact, and slight resistance to strengthen your legs. Add water weights to your workout for an upper-body exercise while you walk.

 

 2. Canoeing, Kayaking, or Paddle Boarding*

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If you’re a big fan of row, row, rowing your boat, guess what! You can practice your kayaking and canoeing skills in your swim spa. Just grab a boat or board and an oar or two, adjust your speed, and get going! You’ll be a master in no-time.

*If Paddle Boarding is your go-to water activity, we suggest you remain seated; standing in your swim spa can be dangerous.

 

3. Body Surfing

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Attach a rope or cord to connect your surf board to the front of your Hydropool swim spa, and hold on tight! Turn up the speed and watch your friends and family hang on for endless fun. You can also tie an inner tube or a knee board to your swim spa to brush up on your skills before showing off your mastered talents at your next lakeside retreat.

 

4. Strength and Resistance Training

Each Hydropool swim spa comes equipped with small attachments on both ends so you can connect bands, ropes, and cords for your various water activities and aerobic exercises. With the jets turned off and resistance bands attached, you can choose from a plethora of different workouts to help strengthen your arms and legs. Exercising in the water adds another level of resistance and ensures you’re getting both your strength and cardio workouts in. The buoyancy of the water also takes away a lot of the impact you would get in a regular workout, saving your knees in the long-run.

 

5. Lazy River Inner-Tubing

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Just because you can exercise in a swim spa, doesn’t mean you have to. Hydropool’s self-cleaning swim spas create a circular jet cycle. You know what that means. Set yourself up in your favorite inner tube and let the jets push and pull you around your swim spa for a make-shift lazy river! Grab a book, set the jets to a slow speed, and relax as you float around your swim spa.

 

This is just the beginning! Hydropool swim spas are incredibly versatile when it comes to water activities; if you can think it, you can do it. For more information on Hydropool swim spas, go to our website: www.aquaquip.com/swimspas

How Hot Tubs Can Ease Your Arthritis Pain

How Hot Tubs Can Ease Your Arthritis Pain

Have your joints stopped moving as smoothly as they used to? Creaky joints are inconvenient and frustrating. Put that WD-40 down and relax in a hot tub instead.

Hot water and strong jets provide optimal relief for your whole body. One, thirty-minute soak in a hot tub can substantially reduce the tension in your bad knees, achy elbows, and cracking fingers and toes.

Hot water benefits your health and well-being

Warm temperatures release everyday tension in your muscles, and while you’re in a hot tub you’ll have an easier time regaining comfortable movement in your sore limbs. The buoyancy of the water allows for greater movement, and hot water relaxes your muscles to ensure an easier time with therapeutic exercises. Not only will your time in a hot tub help your muscles relax, but it will help put your mind at ease. Arthritis is just as painful as it is frustrating, so let your hot tub massage your aching body and soothe your stresses.

In-water exercises help to ease your pain

Arthritis might prevent you from exercising the way you want to on land, but since water dilutes Earth’s gravity a bit, doing small exercises in the hot tub could help significantly reduce your arthritic pain. Now that you can freely move your aching arms, legs, hands, and feet, small movements that help stretch and strengthen your body will be much easier. Here are a couple of suggested exercises that you can try in the hot tub to help ease your arthritic pain:

  • Extend your fingers to stretch, then gradually curl your hand into a fist. Repeat this motion slowly to get the blood flowing in your hands
  • While sitting, raise your feet one at a time, extending your knees to get your muscles moving
  • Allow the hot water to relax your body and slowly extend your arms to relieve any tension in your elbows. Bring your hands back in towards your chest and repeat this motion gradually.
  • Slowly trace the alphabet with your feet to loosen the muscles in your ankles

Do these exercises gradually, and limit each movement to 5-15 times; you don’t want to over-extend your body or risk injury. But don’t take it from us; we sell hot tubs, not prescriptions. Speak with your physician before doing any exercises on your own.

Other Considerations

  • Talk to your physician before any kind of physical exercise
  • Limit your hot tub time to less than 30 minutes
  • Sitting and breathing in high heat can make you dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your time in a hot tub.
  • For hot tub exercises, keep the water temperature below 100 degrees to avoid overheating your body

 

Don’t have a hot tub? Check out our selection here for your first step in soothing your arthritic pain: www.aquaquip.com/hottubs

How To: 8 Easy BBQ Grill Cleaning Tips

How To: 8 Easy BBQ Grill Cleaning Tips

The summer might be winding down, but with football season starting, there is still plenty of grilling left to do! Here are a few tips to make grill cleaning easy, keeping your BBQ in the best condition so it will last you and your family a long time.

Regular Maintenance

1. Brush the grill grates

Weber Grill Grates

When you’re finished cooking, take your grill brush and scrub off any excess food from the gas or charcoal grill grates while the grill is still hot. Hot grill grates will make it much easier to brush off any hardened food build-up. Brushing regularly only takes a couple of seconds and will help maintain the cleanliness of your grill. You can use Piggy’s BBQ Grill and Grate Cleaner and a plastic putty knife to return your grates and other inner proponents of your grill to their original grease-free shine.

2. Clean out the Ash Basket

To keep your charcoal grill clean, clear out the ash basket every so often to keep your grill from getting too clogged. If you’re going for a long, slow cook, make sure the basket is clean before hand so you don’t have to worry about an inconvenient pile-up.

3. Cover your Grill

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Covers protect your barbecue from the weather and dust build-up, and they significantly decrease how much grill cleaning would be necessary to maintain your BBQ, which means less work for you in the long run. It’s a win win!

4. Make it Shine

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After a while, your grill might start to pick up some dust and dirt, so wipe your grill down with vinegar for a quick fix to maintain your barbecue’s shine.

Deep Cleaning

 5. Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat*

If your grill is in need of some tender loving care, it might be time for a deep clean. Using warm, soapy water, start on the inside of your grill and move from the top down as you make your way to the outer shell. Non-stainless and chrome surfaces can be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner. You can repeat this process again to clean away extra tough dirt and grime. A deep clean will extend the lifetime of your grill and in turn, you won’t have the need for BBQ grill maintenance anytime soon.

*don’t actually use shampoo to clean your barbecue.

6. How to: Stainless Steel

On stainless steel and chrome, avoid using abrasive cleaners and brushes. You’re grill has provided you with great food, so be gentle with it in return. Piggy’s BBQ Cleaner works well on stainless steel and chrome so you don’t have to worry about scratches. Buff your grill by rubbing a thin layer of flour into the surface, and wipe off the excess when you’re done. To top it off, use Citrushine stainless steel polish to ward off fingerprints.

7. Don’t forget to clean your accessories!

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Make sure to clean all of your grilling accessories while you’re in the process of washing your barbecue. And while you’re soaking your spatulas and bathing your brushes, don’t forget about the burner tubes and the cook box on gas grills, or the ash tray if you have a charcoal grill. To truly get a deep clean on your barbecue, you must wash everything. 

8. Just Ask Aqua Quip!

Aqua Quip BBQ Grill Cleaning Services

If cleaning your grill is proving to be a daunting task, you can set up an appointment with our BBQ cleaning specialist to come out and do all the tricky work for you. And while we service your barbecue,  you can relax and plan what you’ll be grilling for dinner!

10 Ways to Clean a Green Swimming Pool

10 Ways to Clean a Green Swimming Pool

By now, you’ve probably seen this picture circling the internet:

Olympic Dive pool has Green Water Problem
Green Pool at the Rio Olympics 2016

This last week in Rio, the Olympic dive pool turned murky green over night, and it didn’t take long for the water polo pool adjacent to it to begin it’s new color transformation as well. Green swimming pools are a common problem, and the likelihood is that if you have a pool, you’ve witnessed something similar. We’re taking this opportunity to let you know the top 10 reasons why your pool might be off-colored, and instructing you on how you can clean your green pool. We also want to share with you the importance of cleaning and maintaining your pool on a regular basis so you never have to look at a green pool again, because despite it being a normal issue, green pools are 100% preventable.

Pool Infected with Green Algae
Green Algae

Green Algae

Green Algae is the most likely reason as to why your swimming pool is off-colored, and luckily, the easiest of the types to clean. In order to clean it up, brush the sides of your pool and shock the water so the chlorine level is at least 10ppm. Depending on the severity of your algae problem, it could take a couple of weeks of pool cleaning to get your water back to its sparkling self.

Swimming Pool Infected with Yellow Algae
Yellow Algae

Yellow Algae

Yellow Algae collects like pollen, and all equipment, toys, and bathing suits need to be treated. In order to clean yellow algae, brush the sides of your swimming pool and use “Yellow Treat” algaecide. You may have to repeat this process a few times in order to ensure a good clean for your water.

Pool infected with Black Algae
Black Algae

Black Algae

Black algae looks like mold and is the worst kind of algae, making it the most difficult to clean. In order to keep it out of your pool, you’ll need to sanitize everything (equipment, toys, bathing suits, children, etc.), brush the sides of your pool, use Banish for Black Algae, and repeatedly shock your pool. You’ll need to complete this process several times to make sure the algae is completely gone from your pool. And, if the task is too daunting, we can come to you and clean your pool for you.

Copper and Iron Infected Pool
Contaminated Equipment

Contamination from Equipment

If you’re cleaning your pool with equipment that hasn’t been treated for algae, then your equipment could be infected and covered in algae spores. Leave your equipment in the pool when treating algae-infected water in order to clean away every possible candidate. Look to us for quality pool repair and maintenance to ensure your pool stays clean and functional.

Dirty Pool Filter
Dirty Pool Filter

Dirty Pool Filter

Make sure you’re cleaning your filter regularly. Dirty swimming pool filters create poor water flow, which lets algae easily grow and thrive. Luckily, filters are easy to clean with a Filter Flosser, which will clean out every nook and cranny. And, as part of our cleaning and maintenance package, we will provide pool filter cleaning on top of helping you rid your pool of its green color.

Copper or Iron infect pool
Metals Turn Pool Green

Metals

Once in contact with chlorinated water, copper and iron can react and turn pools and surfaces green, brown, or both. Bring a water sample into your nearest Aqua Quip so we can help you diagnose your pool for free and put you on the right path to a cleaner pool.

Crowded Swimming Pool
Too Many People

Too many People

A heavy bather load can tax your chlorine leaving less of it to sanitize any contaminants brought in, making your pool turn green. To avoid this problem, try not to overcrowd your pool and make sure everyone washes off before and after getting into the water . This will keep dirt, oils, and debris out that might clog your filter and use too much chlorine.

Rain water increases need for chlorine
Pool Effected by Weather

Weather

Rain Water can change the pH balance in your pool by increasing the need for chlorine, and hot weather means warmer pools and ideal conditions for algae growth. After long periods of time without use or after heavy rainfall, come in for a free water test to see what you need to do in order to bring your pool back to life. And if you don’t have one already, a pool cover is a great investment, as it can defend your pool from the elements and keep your water nice and clear in any season.

Low Chlorine Levels turn Pool green
Low Chlorine Levels

Low Chlorine Levels

If you’re pool is green, it might be a result of low chlorine levels. A water test will help to identify which chemicals you’ll need to re-balance your pool so you can get back to swimming as soon as possible!

Party Pool Pool Dye
Party Pool Pool Dye!

Party Pool Water Dye

If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your summer pool parties, Party Pool Water Dye can color your pool red, green, blue, and anything in between! But don’t worry, you can still swim in this green pool!

9 Pro-Tips for Grilling your Best Burger

9 Pro-Tips for Grilling your Best Burger

Of all the things to cook up on a grill, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Burgers. And why not? Burgers are delicious. Especially if they are made the right way. So, your friends here at Aqua Quip did some digging to figure out the best tips for grilling the perfect burger. No need to thank us.

1. Don’t buy pre-formed wannabe burger patties

You want to be in total control of the outcome of your burger, right? You can’t leave anything to chance, and that includes your burger meat. So instead of reaching straight for the already-formed, two dimensional “hamburger” meat, grab the ground chuck instead.

2. Make sure the beef has an 80/20 lean to fat ratio

Here’s a tip from one of our very own: never, ever, ever, use cheap 90% lean ground beef; avoid the hockey-puck burger, and get it right the first time. With 20% fat, you’re on the right track to a nice juicy burger.

3. A little goes a long wayolebobhickory

Speaking from experience, adding a lot of spices will make you feel cool, but it won’t actually do much for the burger itself. Do your burgers a favor, and just stick with the basics: salt and pepper. Or, if you want to have a little fun with your burgers, pick up a jar of your favorite John Henry’s BBQ seasoning from your nearest Aqua Quip store!

4. Be extra gentle while forming your patties

This burger is your baby: caress it; love it; give it a nice warm hand hug before laying it down for a quick nap in the grill, and remember that if you’re too aggressive with your burger baby, it will become too tough and it might not come home for holidays.

5. Separate the ground beef into 5-8 oz. patties, flatten them out to 1 inch thickness, and make sure the patty is the same width as the bun

Because nothing is worse than finding that perfect bite, only to find out that it was just bread.

6. Create a small divot on the top of the burger patty to ensure that it doesn’t puff up while cooking

Ever tried to pick up a big, rounded burger, plus toppings and buns? Hint: It doesn’t end well. So for totally flat, yet juicy burgers, all you have to do is make that tiny dimple with your thumb.

Photo from the Food Network
Photo from the Food Network

7. After preheating your grill to medium or medium/high heat, throw the patties on and LEAVE THEM ALONE.

It’s always tempting to poke and prod and push down on our patties while they cook, but the best way to do it is to just leave them be. You really only need to flip the burgers once after 4 or 5 minutes. And whether you’re using a Big Green Egg or a Weber grill, always keep the hood open, or else you might overcook your burger.

8. Cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side and use a thermometer to test the internal temperature (make sure it hits 160°); do NOT cut into that patty.

For a perfect medium rare, four minutes on each side is all you need; if you want your burgers done more medium, just add an extra minute on each side. Then, when the burgers look close to done, check the temperature, not the color. Use a meat thermometer to test if the patty has reached 160°, but don’t cut into it because you’ll release all of those wanted burger juices.

9. In the final few minutes of grilling your burgers, add cheese to the tops of the patties and throw some buttery buns on the grill.

A toasty bun creates that delicious “crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside” texture, and adds a layer of delicious flavor to your already mouthwatering burger. Just one to two minutes on the grill should do the trick. Then while those are toasting, move your burger to a cooler side of the grill and toss a slice of cheesy goodness right on top and watch it melt away with all your troubles.

And there you have it! Your perfect burger. For more fun burger recipes, look no further than here! 

7 Perks of Having an Above Ground Swimming Pool

7 Perks of Having an Above Ground Swimming Pool

Having access to any type of pool during the summer is sure to provide your family with a ton of family fun; and as we start the summer season today, we wanted to tell you all about the exciting perks of having your own Doughboy above ground pool!

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1. They’re simple to install, and you don’t need to dig up your lawn!
The construction necessary for an above ground swimming pool is minimal. Unlike an in-ground pool, there is no required digging, just building! But, while digging is not necessary for an above ground pool, it is still an option if you’d prefer to have a deep end in your pool.

 

2. You can customize them more than you can an in ground pool.
Not only can you specify the size, shape, and material of your above ground pool, but since Doughboy pools don’t end up buried in your yard, you can also customize the pool’s exterior walls to perfectly suit your backyard!

 

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3. They’re portable!
Doughboy pride themselves on the portability of their above ground pools. Moving? Take your pool with you! Is the oak tree looking suspiciously older than it was before? Relocate your pool to a safer spot! Though it sounds easy, high quality pools like Doughboy really
shouldn’t be moved because they’ll become the central point of your backyard. And, though they are temporary, the average Doughboy above ground pool will last well over 20 years, and with a lifetime warranty, you can be sure your family will be enjoying your pool for a very long time.

 

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4. It’s an excuse to get a new deck or revamp your landscape!
Above ground pools may be portable, but a quality pool will stay in its original place. You can also choose to build a new deck or patio. Having a deck or patio with an above ground pool is the perfect way to centralize all of your backyard activities like grilling, and relaxing in the hot tub. And, not only could it end up giving you more space in your backyard, it would also make cleaning your pool much easier due to easier access.

5. They’re safer!
For obvious reasons, a small child or pet is far less likely to accidentally fall into an above ground pool than an in ground pool; however, it is important to note that the addition of a deck would increase these risk factors, so it is important to maintain good safety habits around your pool.

6. They require less maintenance and are a lot less expensive
An above ground pool is just as much a pool as one in the ground, except they are far less expensive overall and above ground pool maintenance is much easier. In general, the equipment expenses and liner replacements are DIY-friendly for above ground pools, meaning that unlike an in ground pool, though we still recommend it, you don’t necessarily need a service technician to come in and replace your liners, equipment, and more; you can just do it yourself!

7. They’re just as fun as any other pool.
One thing is for sure: Having an above ground pool is way better than not having an above ground pool. After all, a pool is a pool is a pool, am I right?

 

Safety First!

Safety First!

Happy Friday! Labor Day weekend is upon us this coming Monday, which means two things:

  1. Three day weekend!
  2. It’s the biggest day for grilling of the year.

But, with all the wildfires spreading around, we want to help you to make sure you’re grilling safely and efficiently this Labor Day, so here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep you, your family, and your forest out of harms way:

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Check out more of our blog for fun grilling recipes, and have a wonderful and safe Labor Day. how to determine the value of a domain name

Back to (Old) School

Back to (Old) School

Parents! It’s that time again! September is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Back to school (AKA spending all sorts of money on new crayons and markers that your kids insist they “need”–trust me. Been there, done that). But instead of stressing about back-to-school errands, just remember there are still a few days left before school starts, and you still have time for one last hurrah! Now’s your chance to throw one last pool party for you and your kids, and we’re here to help with the planning.

No matter how old we get, we’re all still kids on the inside, so here are some tasty recipes that bring delicious twists to some of the classics.

To skip to the good stuff, click here ↓

Cup o’ Dirt
Pizza Grilled Cheese
S’mores Bar

Cup o’ Dirt

Think back to your childhood. It’s a sunny, summer day; there are grass stains on your clothes that are so fresh you can still smell them, and in the far right corner of your yard, you see it. That big, beautiful, brown mud pit. It’s calling your name, and like any other kid, you neglect any hygienic common sense, so you dive right in and start building the most perfect, sloppy, and delicious mud pie. 

Since eating said mud pie wasn’t very tasty (and frankly, looked down upon), we’ve discovered a happy and just as lovely alternative: Dirt Pudding Cups (Cups o’ Dirt). Chocolate pudding, Oreo crumbles, and gummy worms combine wonderfully to make the grossest and yet most deliciously muddy dessert you can find. Here’s how to do it!

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1, 15 oz. package of Oreos (or similar cookie)
1, 3.9 oz. package chocolate instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
8 oz. whipped topping (cool whip/reddi whip)
24 gummy worms

Directions

1. Make the dirt: put all of the sandwich cookies into a gallon-size ziploc bag and then use a rolling pin to crush them until they are at what you consider “good quality soil”.

2. Make the pudding: Pour the dry pudding mix into a large bowl and add cold milk. Whisk it all together until it’s smooth, and then let it sit for about 5 minutes until it thickens.

3. Mix it all together: Add the whipped cream and most of the cookie crumbles to the pudding, and gently stir until you have a good, muddy-looking texture. (If you really want it to look gross, mix the gummy worms into the pudding mixture as well). If not, go ahead and stick them right on top and surround them with the Oreo cookie crumbles.

Now you’re ready to go!

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Here is an obvious, and well-known fact: People love pizza.
Obvious, well-known fact number two: People love grilled cheese.
So….why not put them together?!

This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s not just because it’s pizza on a grilled cheese. (Okay, you got me. That’s most of it). The other reason is because pizza is so versatile, that regardless of what you put on your pizza grilled cheese, it will be absolutely delicious. For now, here’s the recipe for a basic pepperoni pizza grilled cheese:

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1/4-1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded or sliced is easiest and melts the best, but if you want to be fancy, feel free to go with the really fresh kind)
5-6 Pepperoni rounds
1/4 cup of Marinara Sauce
2 slices of Bread (Sourdough, French bread, whole grain…whatever makes you happy, it’s all delicious)

(Quantity depends on how many you are serving. For now, this recipe calls for one sandwich)

Directions:

First! You must prep your grilled cheese: Spread the marinara sauce evenly along one slice of the bread. (If you put too much on, it gets really messy, really fast.) Now, layer on that cheese–I suggest just enough so that you can’t see the marinara sauce under the cheese. Up next, you’re going to put on the pepperoni (5-6 small rounds works well on one sandwich)–At this point, you may be done loading your sandwich, however if there are other delicious toppings the kids would like, I might suggest a “Pizza Grilled Cheese Bar” where each person can pick the best toppings to go on their sandwich.

Once you’re all prepped, put your sandwich together and butter the outer side of each slice of bread. This will give you a nice, crispy coating when you’re all done. If you want to add some more flavor, sprinkle some Italian seasonings over the butter or even better, Parmesan cheese.

The best way to cook this delicious pizza sandwich? The grill. I mean…it’s called Grilled Cheese for a reason! So, set your grill for 350º F. Once it’s all heated and warm, align your sandwich with the grates of your BBQ so it really gets that “grilled” look to it. Cook on each side for about 2 and a half minutes or until the bread is a nice, golden brown color. Just make sure to keep an eye on it! After 2 and a half minutes, flip your sandwich and repeat. If the cheese isn’t melted all the way, turn the grill down to low and let it sit until your sandwich is what you consider to be the perfect consistency.

This sandwich will have everyone asking for a “PIZZA” that grilled cheese!

S’mores Bar

There aren’t many people in the world that would turn down a classic S’more. These melty chocolate, boiling hot marshmallow, and crunchy graham cracker sandwiches tend to win, hands down, in the “best campfire dessert” category. Kids these days love switching things up daily, so why not create an exciting twist with a classic S’more? Here are some ideas of what to get:s'mores bar with reese's butterfinger hersheys nutella and other great ingredients!

1. Various chocolate bars (Reese’s, Butterfinger Cups, Kit Kats)

2. Different sandwich options (graham crackers of course, chocolate chip cookies, Nilla wafers)

3. Spreads to pump up the flavor (Nutella, Cookie Butter, Peanut Butter, Caramel)

Don’t have a campfire? Keep your barbecue on! S’mores cooked on the grill will make sure your marshmallows and chocolate sandwiches are perfectly melted, and wonderfully gooey. All you have to do is prep your S’more, wrap it in heavy-duty foil, and put it over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until the marshmallow is melted. Perfectly classic S’mores, customized to your liking, and absolutely delicious.

Side note:

Want some pool party themed decorating tips? In our last post, “Use your Noodle” I included a link that has over 50 different ways to use pool noodles, including ways to decorate your home. Here is that same extensive list. Enjoy!

 

Use your Noodle!

Use your Noodle!

If you’re anything like me, you love golf, but your golf swing looks a little like this.

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But not all hope is lost! We found a fun new way to better your golf swing by using something that anyone with a pool already has floating in his or her backyard: a pool noodle.

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PGA senior instructor Greg Greksa has added “fixing your golf swing” to the extensive list of things you can do with a pool noodle. All you need is a pool noodle and a piece of conduit to help you go from feeling like this…

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to feeling like this…

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You go, Phil.

First thing’s first. Simply place a conduit in the ground at an angle and put the pool noodle on it. For the correct angle, get into a comfortable swing position and make sure the top of your head touches the pool noodle.

Why are we going out of our way to look ridiculous, you ask? Well, the pool noodle acts as a guide to keep your head from coming up or moving too much when you swing. By keeping your head steady, you can achieve a smoother and more accurate golf swing. Who’d have thought that you could use your noodle for your noodle?

Watch the video below for full instructions. ↓↓

Don’t have a pool noodle? Feel free to swing by any of our Aqua Quip locations to get one!