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Holiday Discounts

December 7th, 2017

Shopping for the holiday season? We’ve got the perfect gifts for those loved ones that like to live life outside! Two of our customer favorite products are on sale for a limited time only. Now through December 15, save on the below items.

Intrigue Outdoor Table Top Lantern – only $249 (regularly $299)

Naples Fire Pit Table – only $999 (regularly $1099)

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Packs Meals for 640 People in Fun Corporate Volunteer Event

November 30th, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company kicked off their season of giving November 9 with a volunteer event packing healthy meal boxes, called MATTERboxes. This event was to support Matter, an organization whose goal it is to provide access to health locally, nationally, and internationally. A part of that goal is providing healthy, balanced meals to families in need.

This engaging event included all Outdoor GreatRoom Company employees split into teams. The levels of teamwork and company morale were both boosted by turning this event into a fun and interactive experience for everyone involved. 160 meal boxes were packed in a span of two hours and each box will feed a family of four in the Twin Cities community, providing 640 total meals.

The company’s charitable giving committee, Outdoor GreatRoom Cares, also hosted a Thanksgiving meal drive providing 394 lbs of food, which came to equal 15 Thanksgiving meals for local Dakota County residents. During the Christmas season, the company adopts a local family to provide gifts and resources to give them peace of mind and joy.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

November 24th, 2017

Thanksgiving is about getting together with family, celebrating blessings, and eating good food. With Thanksgiving dinner being one of the most anticipated holiday meals, make the most of it by transforming your leftovers into brand new, awesome meals! Love your leftovers by trying out one of these 3 Thanksgiving leftover recipes!

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

This recipe is too easy not to try. All you need to do is layer all your thanksgiving leftovers in a pan and heat! The recipe can be adapted to whatever you have left.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine leftover turkey and cranberry sauce in a baking pan.
  2. Add potatoes over the turkey and add corn over the potaotes.
  3. Mix together milk and leftover gravy and spread over the potatoes and corn
  4. Add leftover studding and drizzle about 1/3 cup of chicken broth on top.
  5. Cover with tin foil and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Next Day Turkey Soup

Turn your leftovers into a satisfying soup with this recipe!

  1. Put olive oil in a large pot, and heat minced garlic until browned. Add 1 carrot, onion, and celery finely chopped.
  2. Cook for about 7-8 minutes and add 64 oz of chicken broth along with a bay leaf and chopped sage.
  3. Once it is simmering add green beans, a chopped sweet potato, and a 1/2 cup of uncooked pasta.
  4. Cook until vegetables are tender and pasta is cooked (about 10 minutes), and then add turkey!

Second Day Turkey and Green Bean Pot Pie

If you made a green bean casserole for thanksgiving, and you still have leftover. Keep your culinary skills going strong with a delicious turkey pot pie! Full recipe found here.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together about 4 servings of leftover green bean casserole, a 1/2 cup of milk, and a 1/2 cup of turkey stock.
  2. Using 2 standard puff pastry sheets, cut out 12, 4″ disks. Place 6 of the disks into a muffin tin.
  3. Fill the cups with the casserole and turkey mixture, and cover with the remaining 6 disks. Pinch edges together.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

 

Closed for Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, November 23-26. We are grateful for time spent together this year!

If you are headed out shopping this weekend consider supporting local businesses by shopping small this Saturday. Participating OGC retailers will have 10% off any OGC product. Find a store near you!

Thanksgiving Grilling Recipes

November 16th, 2017

This Thanksgiving, take your turkey dinner outdoors by firing up the grill and trying some of these Thanksgiving grilling recipes! Try grilling  turkey, acorn squash, and carrots for a unique spin on the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey on the grill:

Although grilling a Thanksgiving turkey isn’t the most traditional way, it might just be the most delicious! Here is how to do it based on a recipe from the Food Network that is definitely a must try!

  1. First prepare the turkey: remove the neck and giblets, rub the cavity with salt, and brush the turkey with olive oil, salt, and pepper or however you prefer.
  2. Ignite the grill, turn the burners on high, and preheat it 10 to 15 minutes to bring the grill to around 500 degrees.
  3. Place the turkey on a roast holder in a drip pan, breast side up, and turn the burners down to medium heat. Set the front and back burner at medium, and if you have a 3 burner grill, turn off the center burner.
  4.  Cook 11 to 13 minutes per pound or until the thermometer (inserted into thickest part of the thigh not touching bone) reaches nearly 180 degrees.
  5.  Let the bird stand at least 15 minutes, show it off with pride, carve it, and enjoy!

 

Acorn squash on the grill:

Replace mashed sweet potatoes with grilled acorn squash! It’s different and delicious especially if you are already planning on mashed potatoes. This is a cheesy acorn squash recipe – a fan favorite!

  1. Cut the acorn squash down the middle lengthwise and remove seeds and strings.
  2. Over the stove, melt butter and mix in brown sugar, sage, onion, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. Brush the mixture all over the inside of the squash.
  3. Preheat the grill on medium-high heat, and place the squash in the grill with the sliced side up.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes, and then cover the squash with grated Asiago cheese. Cook until the flesh is very soft and the cheese is brown, about 30 more minutes.

For the full Asiago and sage acorn squash recipe directions, check it out on Serious Eats.

 

Carrots on the grill:

Carrots are easy, delicious, and an original side dish of Thanksgiving. Carrots are often left out, but if the weather outside isn’t frightening, fire up the grill, and bring these heavenly grilled carrots back on the menu. Full recipe found here.

  1. Turn the grill on medium heat.
  2. Wash and peel carrots if desired. Melt butter or olive oil and add preferred seasoning. Brush mixture on carrots.
  3. Grill for about 20-30 minutes or until the carrots are soft. About halfway through, turn them over and apply more olive oil and seasoning.

With these grilling recipes, you are sure to impress your family and guests your Thanksgiving dinner and grilling skills! Enjoy!

 

 

Get your Outdoor Room ready for Winter

November 9th, 2017

Winter is approaching us fast, so for those of us living in areas where winter means snow and freezing temperatures, it’s time to start winterizing our outdoor rooms. As our outdoor living days come to a close and we begin to spend all our time inside, we must begin to get our outdoor products ready for the harsh realities of winter. For those of you with gas fire pit tables, follow our 8 step list to getting it ready for the winter!

1. Remove any debris (leaves, dirt, etc.) from the burner.

2. Close the gas valve on the fire pit base or shut off the gas line for natural gas.

3. Shut off and remove the propane tank from the base.

4. Remove the glass wind guard or any other accessories and store inside.

5. Remove the glass fire gems or fire media from the burner. (this is optional and can be done in winter or spring for cleaning)

6. Cover the Crystal Fire Burner with a burner cover

7. Wipe down the fire pit top and burner.

8. Cover the gas fire pit table with a protective cover.

 

Halloween Party Ideas

October 26th, 2017

If you are planning a Halloween party, looking for a dish to bring, or inviting some family and friends over after trick-or-treating, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has some fun ideas for everyone to use.

The first thing to think about is the decorations because having a Halloween themed space is what makes the party a Halloween party. There are endless Halloween decor ideas you can find online, in stores, or make yourself! Whether or not you decide to make your home or backyard look scary and haunted, kid friendly, or really simple with some effortless decorations, Halloween decor will complete your party.

  

Check out our blog for more Halloween decoration ideas here.

After decorating your space, next is Halloween themed cooking! There are so many fun Halloween themed food and deserts to try and add your own twist to. Some of our favorite ideas are decorating cupcakes, brownies, or pretzels with spooky Halloween symbols, mummy hot dogs, spider web taco dip, or any food dish served with Halloween themed party ware. Also, with all the candy, it might be a good idea to include some healthy snacks too.

  

Other fun ideas include playing Halloween music, having games and activities for kids, hosting your own costume contest, and having friends outside to enjoy the cool night with a fire.

Check out our Halloween Party Pinterest board for more great themed party ideas!

Happy Halloween!

Brand New Gas Fire Pit Tables for 2018

October 16th, 2017

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to launch four new gas fire pit table products for 2017 and 2018, available to order now. All models are UL listed for safety and feature the latest trends in the outdoor room.

The first of its kind, the Boreal Complete Heat gas fire pit table provides total warmth from top to bottom keeping both your hands and feet cozy. The Boreal Complete Heat features a stunning flame, which creates radiant heat to warm the body. A portion of this heat is captured and is then directed out from the bottom of the base through hidden ventilation to warm the feet; perfect for extending the outdoor season into the cool fall nights. Modern design with optional LED under lighting resembles the Aurora Borealis.

The modern Cove Square gas fire pit table comes after overwhelming popularity of round and rectangular models. The unique feature of the Cove Square gas fire pit table is the extra storage space in the base for a 20 lb. LP tank. The beautiful natural concrete Supercast base complements a black color coated stainless steel burner.

After the huge success of the Brooks gas fire pit table, the Kenwood Collection was born. Featuring a brown composite decking, this small but stylish fire pit table is both affordable and made of quality materials.

Also new for 2017 and 2018 is the Vintage gas fire pit table featuring a smaller 12×24” Honey Glow Brown color coated stainless steel burner. This on trend fire pit table joins two larger models in the Vintage Collection. The colorful faux-wood tile top complements the cedar wood paneled base. Perfectly sized for people with smaller outdoor spaces who don’t want to sacrifice style for size.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

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Plan a Fall Party

October 5th, 2017

Autumn is the perfect time to have a bonfire with family and friends, and there are so many fun fall party ideas that are sure to bring people together. All you need is a fire, food, and friends and you have yourself a party! If you like reasons to throw a party, pumpkin carving parties, Halloween costume parties, or scarecrow making parties are fun fall ideas that are sure to get guests involved! Check out our quick tips on planning a fall party.

If you are having a fall party, then you need a fire, especially if you plan a party that will last later than the sunset. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has many styles and varieties of gas fire pit tables that are perfect for entertaining and complete any outdoor living space. With cooler nights upon us, people love to cozy up around a fire and a gas fire pit table is perfect entertainment for a fall party.

 

Food is the next thing you need to plan, so fire up the grill and serve your favorite meats and veggies. There are also some really fun fall party foods you can serve like caramel apples, hot chocolate, doughnuts, or apple cider. You could also get festive and turn all of these fun treats into self serving bars!

   

Then, decorate your outdoor living space with fall decor such as pumpkins, fall flowers, corn stalks, or hay bales, which could also make for some extra seating! If you are throwing a party for the whole family, don’t forget fun games like apple bobbing, candy corn spoon races, horseshoes, or any giant yard games. There are so many fun fall party ideas that provide us with a great reason to get outside with friends and family and enjoy outdoor living while we still can.

For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page. Happy Fall!

 

Tailgating Essentials

September 28th, 2017

Fall brings cool weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin patches, but most importantly, it brings us football season. We had been anxiously waiting since February, and now that it’s finally here, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company has the tailgating essentials you need to get outside and cheer on your favorite team in style.

The Stonefire Fire Pit Table

As the weather gets colder, the Stonefire Fire Pit Table is the perfect accessory to extend your tailgate parties into late fall. Having this gas fire pit table centrally located at your tailgate will open up the environment and provide a warm atmosphere. This fire pit table is especially easy to move and will make your tailgates the place to be on every game day.

The Intrigue

The Intrigue Table Top Fire Pit is the perfect fire pit for you, if your tailgating lot is a little tight on space. The Intrigue is small in comparison to most fire pits, but it creates just as cozy of an atmosphere and provides a warm setting as people gather around a beautiful, swirling flame. The Intrigue is a wonderful focal piece and is sure to impress your tailgating buddies, and even make the fans of the opposing team jealous.

Grilling, games, and more

 Here are ten of our favorite tasty tailgating snacks! Super Bowl Party Ideas - The Idea Room

There is no such thing as a tailgate party without any food. If you have a portable or an electric grill, cooking up some hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, or chicken can be quite a tailgating staple, but there are also so many grilling recipes to try like Hawaiian kabobs, grilled corn, or barbecued pork and apple skewers. It’s also fun to get creative and make some football themed side dishes or deserts! Another tailgating essential includes yard games like cornhole, ladder toss, or giant jenga that make for great entertainers. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a football, and theme your party in your team’s colors!

Fore more great tailgating ideas check out our Pinterest Page here!