A grill. I have been wanting a grill for the past 9 years. We kept saying we were going to buy one, but we never did. There was always an excuse for why we didn't buy one. We wanted to wait till the end of the season to save money. We wanted to wait until the deck and back yard was done. Things like that.
Well, this year we decided we were not going to wait. We were going to buy one and we were going to enjoy it all summer long. But the problem was, neither one of us had any idea what made a grill a good grill. We we went into our super nerd research mode and, well, frankly, didn't really learn all that much. All the reviews we read said that if you want a good grill you have to spend at least $500-800. That can't be true. There has to be a reasonably priced grill that doesn't cost as much as a stove. So we asked J's parents, and this is the exact one they have and they love it.
It's a Infrared grill. Now I'm not exactly sure what that means, but it does use less propane and it doesn't get flair ups. And it seems to cook food really well. We've used it almost every night since we bought it. And we are loving it.
We've made ceder plank salmon, grilled asparagus, grilled sweet peppers, grilled mushrooms, grilled steak fries, kabobs. Well you get the idea. It's fantastic.
The best part about the grill, it was on sale for $199 and we got an 11% rebate as well. That's another $22 that can go towards our deck fund (which has reached over $1000, so we will be starting that soon).
We're in love. Now we've only had the grill for a couple weeks, we'll see how well it holds up. Maybe in six month's I'll write an update to let you know if it's still as awesome as it is now.
And in other outside related news. We planted some ferns this past weekend and most of the flowers have been planted. I'll have an update on that soon.
I leave you with a picture of our neighbors back yard. They have a LOT of pine trees in there back yard, so grass will not grow. So they have planted all sorts of pretties that will grow. I love their backyard. It always reminds me of a tropical forest or even an ancient forest, one that dinosaurs would be roaming. It's very pretty and relaxing. I hope our backyard has that tropical escape feel by the end of summer. I'll keep you posted.