A Guide to Creating Outdoor Christmas Traditions

Outdoor holiday experiences are often the most unique and special. That said, going outside in December is not necessarily anyone’s natural inclination. Because of this, creating unique holiday traditions in your outdoor living space requires thought and preparation. To help you make the best use of your outdoor living space during the holiday season, we [...]

Vote Outdoor Dreams as R•Home’s Best in Richmond!

  Help support Outdoor Dreams in voting for us to achieve our 5th consecutive year as a Reader’s Favorite in R・Home’s 2020 survey. Voting ends TODAY (December 6th) at 5:00 pm.   You can help by voting Outdoor Dreams as your favorite in the following categories:   Hardscape Designer and Installer  (#49) Masonry (#58) Landscape Designer (#56) Outdoor Lighting (#60) [...]

Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

10 Tips for Creating YOUR Perfect Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich   For those who love food, the overtly food-centric Thanksgiving is the Everest of holidays. As delicious as Thanksgiving dinner is, it is often just a preview for the main attraction: the leftovers, and more specifically, the leftover sandwich. Because it only happens once a year [...]

Controlling the Cost of Decor

4 Tips for Controlling Decor Costs   When hosting a gathering like Outdoor Thanksgiving, you want your outdoor living space to look like it is ready for a magazine photoshoot. Often, because outdoor living spaces are open and grand, it can take a lot of decor to make an impact. As with most every aspect [...]

Grilling and Smoking Your Turkey

  Why grill or smoke a whole turkey?   If the picture below is not enough encouragement, consider the convenience of smoking or grilling your turkey. One of the biggest headaches of preparing Thanksgiving has always been lack of adequate oven space for the numerous dishes and desserts. Hosting an Outdoor Thanksgiving should encourage you [...]

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix

Easy to make and fun to eat, Thankgiving Blessing Mix is a simple snack to remind us of our blessings. This is a fun activity for children and great way to reinforce the values of the Thanksgiving Holiday.     Ingredients   2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks 2 cups small pretzels 1 cup candy [...]

A Guide to Hosting an Outdoor Thanksgiving

  With October and Halloween behind us, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. This year, do something a bit unexpected. Instead of stuffy dining rooms and overheated kitchens, consider bringing your Thanksgiving into the great outdoors. Here in Central Virginia, we are often graced with beautiful weather on Thanksgiving. These comfortable temperatures and sunny [...]

What’s Blooming Now – July 3, 2019

  Sunflower   Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower, is a large annual form of the genus Helianthus grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. This sunflower species is also used as wild bird food, as livestock forage (as a meal or a silage plant), in some industrial applications, and as an […]


If you think you love ham now, wait until you try it on the grill. Sometimes called double-smoked ham, the already smoky flavor of a ham is enhanced beautifully when grill-roasted. Seasoned and glazed, the finished grilled ham will be a show-stopping centerpiece of your table. Additionally, you free up the oven for side dishes when you do the ham on the grill.

Picking a Countertop for your Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen enhances your ability to entertain family and friends for an outdoor dining experience. Due to the harsh elements of nature, not all countertop options are appropriate for your Outdoor Kitchen. Here are some countertop materials to consider, and some to avoid, for your outdoor kitchen. Granite Granite is considered by most to […]