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Previous: Oktoberfest Beer Tasting (10/24/2013) I mentioned the vertical format (one brand, several varieties). Other formats include blind: one style, several brands with guests tasting and naming which brand is which. Another is microbrews from lightest in color and alcohol to darkest in color and highest in alcohol. Or several brands of one style appropriate to the season (Oktoberfest, summer ales, etc.)
Set up a large table anywhere as the stage for your tasting. Since guests will be swallowing and not spitting out their beer when tasting, provide water to rinse tasting glasses and a “swill” bucket to empty them between each beer. Guests should have a clear tasting glass, glass of water, and pen and paper to take notes. If available, provide beer guides or style books for your guests’ convenience. Also handy is a beer menu: each beer tasted (in order), brewer, style and other relevant information.
Cheeses, fruits, and breads and crackers, maybe some deli meats and patés pair well with beer. Or pair your food to the style of beer. Oktoberfest beers pair with German food but also with baked ham, barbecued beef or pork, pizza, grilled veggies and chicken, and steak.
Labor Day approaches, so a few tips on successful outdoor entertaining are appropriate. Get organized (making a list will help)! Ensure adequate equipment and supplies you need for the type of party you’re having. For example, if you plan a cookout, test your fancy gas grill to be sure it’s working properly. If you use a charcoal grill, stock plenty of charcoal and charcoal lighter; clean the grill and grilling tools (this applies to the gas grill also).
Check bar supplies to ensure enough liquor, mixers and garnishes for the cocktails you plan to provide. If your guests enjoy beer and wine, provide buckets or coolers to keep those libations chilled. Check your pantry to ensure an adequate supply of condiments and accompaniments for the food you’ll be serving.
Survey seating arrangements and display space for side dishes, desserts, condiments and other food items. Do you have enough tables and chairs? (Still time to order additional Western red cedar or teak chairs!) Plenty of napkins (cloth or paper, depending on the food)? What about dishes, glassware (plasticware?) and tableware (nice for a nice dinner, rugged for ribs and other barbecue)? (Continued)
Wow! It’s been awhile since I posted a blog! I’ve been busy implementing marketing ideas that the company’s members approved at the annual meeting in May. Some of these ideas take time to design and implement, so please bear with me.
One of the measures already implemented is the repricing of all the items available at GardenFurniturePatio.com. In fact, approximately 75 percent of my items are now priced lower than before … up to $80 lower in some cases! So, if you had your eye on something before, check it out again. You could be pleasantly surprised! Remember, shipping to sites in North America is always free!
Another marketing measure that was approved is adding more items, mainly teak table sets. Look for them in my Teak category. Also coming soon: coupons and/or discounts. And I hope to be accepting credit cards soon, in addition to PayPal, which I already accept.
Do you feel you’re stuck in a rut with your annual July 4th barbecue/cookout menu? Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, ribs, maybe some French fries and watermelon. It can become predictable and boring after a while, don’t you think?
Well, if it isn’t too late for you to do a bit of shopping for your holiday eats, I’m passing along a link to a collection of Fourth of July recipes that can also be found on The Washington Post‘s Lifestyle/Home-Garden Page on its Web site. Most of the recipes are variations on traditional items, such as cole slaw and burgers. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/recipes-for-a-scrumptious-fourth-of-july/2011/06/30/AGPsrbtH_gallery.html#photo=1
If you’re looking for something new and different this July 4th, try one or two of these. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. And to enjoy your spread, why not buy one of my table sets, such as the Teak Oval Extension Table Set…with umbrella, of course! Your purchase might be late for July 4th; but there’s always Labor Day!
Not everyone lives in a house with a large backyard and patio. Many people live in small townhouse-style homes or high-rise buildings with small balconies. But even those of us who have small outdoor areas can provide a cozy, comfortable area in which to entertain. Just remember: Less is more.
Your first chore is to measure the space. You don’t want to purchase a 6-foot-long bench and a couple of sprawling lounge chairs if your space measures 6 feet by 4 feet by 6 feet. You’ll be packed in like sardines, but maybe not as comfortable! One idea is a bistro set comprising a small table (about 30 inches in diameter) and two chairs. Or consider a 4 foot bench with a small table (or two); if you have sufficient room to spare, add a folding or adjustable chair with an ottoman (which can double as another seat).
GardenFurniturePatio.com stocks several items for small spaces: cedar footstool (as a chair/table), folding Adirondack table, oak bistro chair, teak bistro set and Athena tete-a-tete (see photo). To maximize your area, angle some of the furniture. If there’s room, add a planter box for some bamboo or other shade plants.
I’m sorry that my blog posts have slackened off lately. It’s that tedious tax time; and, no matter how well organized I think I am, it still takes time to get all the receipts, statements and forms together. Whew!
Well, it’s getting close to spring, a time for cleaning up the garden, planning and designing new flower beds and shrubbery plantings, and selecting fine-quality furniture and gardening benches and storage hutches to help you realize your garden plans and relax in your oasis. As I have mentioned before in this blog, lower prices abound among the items I sell. And this year I am offering several different styles of umbrellas, which I will introduce in a few weeks. In addition, the TU90 Teak Umbrella now ships as a two-piece pole, which reduces the freight charges for this item.
The next few blogs will feature these new umbrellas, so I hope you’ll return often … and, of course, visit my Web site to purchase items for your garden, patio and poolside. Pictured is my new Shanghai Umbrella, featuring a 9-foot umbrella and 8-foot aluminum pole.
Following is a basic method for oiling (check the oil manufacturer’s instructions first; if different, follow the manufacturer). After cleaning the furniture (see 2/16/2013 post), ensure it’s dry before starting to oil. Examine the teak furniture, and sand areas requiring it before oiling. You need teak oil, a clean 1″ or 2″ paint brush, some clean cotton rags, good light and plenty of space. Wear overalls or old clothes, and household gloves to keep the oil off your hands.
Apply with a clean brush, working downward from the top. Leave the surface wet by the brush but don’t leave too much surplus oil behind as you work. After a few minutes (maybe five to 15 depending on the temperature), the oil will start to become “tacky.” At this point wipe the surface of the furniture with a clean cotton rag, carefully removing all surplus oil. One coat is usually sufficient, but you can apply a second coat if necessary after a minimum of one hour for the first coat to dry.
When the surface is touch dry, use a second clean rag to buff it. Dispose of used rags and cleaning cloths carefully in accordance with the oil manufacturer’s instructions.
If you buy your furniture already oiled, such as the outdoor teak furniture available at GardenFurniturePatio.com, the teak oil imparts a deeper than normal mid-brown color and a soft sheen. Teak wood is naturally oily and requires no treatment whether used indoors or outdoors, and applying teak oil won’t increase the life of the timber.
Teak oil changes the color of the wood slightly, and it can also help prevent stains from seeping into the timber grain. It also slows the graying effect caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. To maintain its appearance, teak oiled furniture will need to be re-oiled periodically.
Follow this basic method for oiling teak furniture: First, clean the furniture (procedure appeared in “How To Clean Teak Outdoor Furniture,” published February 11, 2013). Afterward, ensure the furniture is nice and dry before starting to oil. Examine the furniture first, and attend to any areas requiring sanding before you begin.
If your teak furniture requires cleaning, use a normal household bristle brush (not too hard) and some warm, mildly soapy water. Rinse with clean water. Proprietary cleaners are available that will clean various deposits and accumulated dirt and stains. Do not use high-pressure hoses, and do not use steel wool or steel wire brushes since any residue from the brush left in the grain will rust and discolor the wood. If the furniture has some stubborn, heavily ingrained stains, you can remove these by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper, being sure to work only with the direction of the timber grain.
Naturally occurring oils that saturate teak wood are its blessing and, if improperly cared for, its curse. Teak is used for outdoor products because of these oils, which impart an attractive appearance and, more importantly, inhibit the tendency to rot. However, the sun brings the natural oils to the surface, where they dry to a discolored gray, ultimately becoming black due to the mold and mildew that tend to feed off the oil.
So, be good to your teak outdoor furniture; and it will return the favor!
Fine-Sanded Teak Outdoor Furniture
If you buy your furniture fine-sanded, it will exhibit the natural color of the wood coupled with the raw natural texture of the teak grain. When fresh, the untreated timber is a very pleasant yellow-brown-olive color. If your furniture will be used under a shelter and away from a lot of natural sunlight, over time, six months to a year, the wood gradually becomes a darker shade of brown. If the furniture is left outdoors, the effects of the sun’s rays will “bleach out” the timber’s natural color gradually turning it a soft silvery grey color called “patina.” Think of the color of the unpainted shingles covering the sides of a traditional Cape Cod cottage.
This patina gives teak furniture a distinctive appearance. Many people find the silver-gray color resulting from this natural aging process very attractive. They believe it enables the furniture to blend well with many outdoor environments and decorating schemes. Teak furniture in its natural state is easily maintained and needs no treatment to provide many years of attractive, durable service. This is as easy a maintenance schedule as it is possible to get!