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Entertain effortlessly with global flavors

When the warm weather finally arrives, its easy to get excited about leisurely days spent in the company of friends and family, enjoying delicious, fresh, seasonal foods. At the top of the list are crisp, juicy and delicious California grapes, which are always a favorite snack. For the home cook, grapes are also a versatile ingredient for summertime entertaining — a simple way to elevate any dish.For a crowd-pleasing meal, go Mediterranean. Experts agree that the Mediterranean diet is one... read more
Huge lake home with retaining wall, step risers, seat wall, plantings and gazebo.

The building blocks to a more beautiful outdoor-living space

Segmental retaining wall units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowners and professional landscapers toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just retaining soil, transitioning slopes and preventing erosion. Todays SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose building blocks for outdoor-living features, including stairs, columns, freestanding walls, tiered walls, curved walls, seating...
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5 steps to a healthy spring lawn

After a long winter, its finally time to enjoy the outdoors again. For a healthy yard all season, its important to do a little spring cleaning now for a lush, green lawn. If the work seems overwhelming, projects can be accomplished over several weekends.Here are six simple projects to help achieve a beautiful lawn this season.1. RakeLawn and...
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How to plant what you love this summer

Whether youre new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings!The first step to start your summer garden is considering what plants make you happy and what types of things youll use or enjoy...
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5 steps to preparing for an obstacle course race

With popular obstacle- and ninja-style shows taking over TV, you might be curious what it takes to become a part of the competition. One expert ninja says this curiosity can springboard you quickly to the next level."'I want to try it.' This is the first thing I said before exploring training," said John Wilmas, best known as the...
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