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 [...]

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 […]

How to Protect your Investment

The Outdoor Dreams Journey How ToProtectYourInvestment Though your Outdoor Dreams Journey has come to an end, your Outdoor Enjoyment Journey is just getting started. Your new outdoor living space will provide you with a new, unique room to engage nature, gather with loved ones and create lasting memories. Like so many remodeling projects, outdoor living [...]

What’s Blooming Now

What’s Blooming: The weather can’t seem to make up its mind, but with the first day of Spring right around the corner, landscapes are starting to light up with color. This week’s addition of “What’s Blooming” features some of our favorite bulbs as well as other staples of Spring! Daffodils Along with forsythia, Daffodils are […]

What’s Blooming Now

Believe it or not, late winter features some of the year’s most beautifully scented flowers. Scroll through to learn more about the various plants that are currently blooming throughout the Central Virginia Area. ‘Okame’ Flowering Cherry You can always count on ‘Okame’ to be the first tree to bloom every year. This tree eventually grows […]


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.