Peyton Manning

One of the greatest players of all time, retired a few days ago, Peyton Manning.  After 18 years in the NFL Peyton is walking away from the sport he gave so much to.  I’m glad I got to watch Manning’s career as I grew up playing pee wee football, this future NFL Hall of inductee has just about every record in the book. Some records most likely will never be broken. His retirement speech was well prepared and thoughtful and you could tell who means the world to Peyton. And he could have not ended the speech any better.  His last word before walking off stage was “Omaha”.

Filet Mignon

Here’s an interesting little recipe I ran across for your Green Egg or Kamado Joe.


4 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1-inch thick (about 6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon butter

11?2 cups assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, straw, cremini, button or chanterelle), whole or cut in half if large

1?4 cup minced shallots

11?2 cups beef broth

1?2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1?4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water



Set the EGG to direct cooking 600°F/316°C.

Cook steaks 2 minutes, flip, cook 2 more minutes, then flip one last time and cook for 2 additional minutes. Check internal temperature with food thermometer for doneness. Remove to platter, season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm.

Set the EGG to indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

In a Stir Fry and Paella Pan, heat butter until melted. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Add beef broth and thyme to pan, stirring until browned bits attached to bottom of pan are dissolved; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into mushroom mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Serve steaks with sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Tents Are Up!

Are you looking for a new outdoor patio set, a couple of chairs, or maybe just a table?  I encourage you to stop in and check out all the furniture we have in stock or what we can special order. With that said the tents are up, loaded with lots of patio furniture including closeouts, floor models, and brand new 2016 sets.  There are some ridiculous savings under the tents and in our showrooms right now.

70 Degrees Has March’ed Into 2016!

Happy 1st day of spring! With the warmer weather, but rain in the upcoming forecast, could we get an early jump to the swim season this year? I hope so! The quicker we get the warm weather and not the so rainy weather, the quicker we can start to install our backlog of new pools. But it also allows customers to get their current pool open so they can enjoy another fun and safe swimming season.  I have my fingers crossed for a nice spring and summer, not a rain filled year like it has been in the past.

Warmer Days

Well, it is only a couple of days until the first day of spring and quite frankly, I’m ready for it.  I like being warm but I like being outdoors. Wearing a down parka and shoveling snow is not my idea of fun. I look forward to nice evenings on my back deck, with something tasty cooking on the grill.  Spring—bring it on.  Please.

Brewed By Aliens?

OK maybe not, but with St. Patrick’s day being right around the corner I had to pause and wonder where green beer tradition came from? As it turns out the origins are not from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but from up the east coast. The first recorded reference to be found leads the origin to a St. Patrick’s Day party at a New York City social club in 1914. It was found that 1 drop of wash blue dye into a certain amount of beer would change the color into the desired green hue. It is however safe to say that this was not done with Guinness, as you know the only color you can dye Guinness is into a darker shade of black. This did however lead to the creation that is loved by college kids just up the road at Miami University and the founding of their Green Beer Day in 1952.

We Have Big Green Egg!

That’s right.  Eastgate Pools & Spas is now home for the most famous ceramic grill in the world—Big Green Egg.  Special thanks to our sales rep, Robert Coriell.  Robert was recently here cooking up pizzas and an egg souffle. WOW!  We ate great that day.  I’d never eaten a grilled kamado-style pizza but now I can’t wait to do this at my home.  His pizzas were the best I have ever had.  We also carry all the most popular accessories too, from cookbooks and Big Green Egg Organic Lump charcoal, to pizza stones and remote temperature sensors.  Stop in and see everything.  There is some really neat stuff there– truly EGGcellent!

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Enjoy The Patio Year Round

Let’s face it, none of us really like winter. I know there are things that can only be done in winter like skiing, playing in the snow, ice skating on Fountain Square. Other than that though we really are trapped indoors by Mother Nature and her unwelcoming temperatures. Properly furnished though, your deck or patio can be welcoming for more of the year. A fire pit will add warmth and a legitimate gathering point outside on the nights with a bit of nip to the air. A grill of any type, be it a smoker, a traditional gas grill, or a full outdoor kitchen gets us out of the house while keeping the family fed. Spas are a great way to warm the bones, and the soul after a long day of outdoor winter work or play. The long and short of it Mother Nature may be in control, but let’s wrest a little bit of her power and keep those four walls expanded for as much of the year as possible.

A Widely Celebrated Death

I remember being much younger, and thinking that I was never going to grow up and sound like my parents. As get older though I find that there are certain things that were said to me that I am now saying to my children such as ” how can you listen to that garbage music?” I understand types of music and the artists (if you can call some of them that) go in cycles. What is the hot thing today may be looked at 5 years from now with disdain and utter disgust of one’s self for not only listening but singing along with that drivel. Then you look in the bottom of that one seldom accessed dresser drawer to find that you not only reveled in the music, but have the t-shirt to prove it. I think without question the death of the musical genre that was met with the most fanfare and revelry was the day that disco died. Don McLean recorded his most famous hit about that tragic February in 1959, where 3 young and talented musicians left us far too early.  Is it odd though that no one has bothered to write a song about the death of disco? Is it because disco isn’t really dead and it is working at a burger joint in Kalamazoo Michigan, or is it the fact that the death is less mourned and more celebrated?

Get Ready For Warmer Days

It happens every year about this time. The days grow longer with the warmth of the day increasing little by little, until we are fully into spring. For those of you out there that feel like I do, and are looking forward to the spring’s arrival but know that the furniture outside should have been retired many moons ago come in and take a look. Our main showroom has been transitioned from winter type items, and is now stuffed full of new 2016 casual furniture. For those of you looking for a great deal our second showroom has fantastic values on remaining 2015 stock. Either way there are prices and styles to fit most budgets and styles. For those of you that have a particular design, or color that is not in stock now is the perfect time to custom order furniture and have it in plenty of time to enjoy the full 2016 season in your new furniture. I welcome you to stop in and take a look, and find that set that fits your criteria.

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