Living Poolside

Perfect Poolside Popsicle

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

 

With only 3 ingredients.

Gluten free & under 100 calories a serving!

 Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Makes: 6 POPSICLES

Prep time: 10 MINUTES 

Total time: 6-8 HOURS 

These super simple, protein-packed 3 Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles will help keep family and friends hydrated on those poolside summer afternoons!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons agave or honey
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt

Equipment Needed:

  • Popsicle molds
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Blend the blueberries in a blender or a food processor at a high-speed setting until nearly liquefied.  You want to achieve a smoothie-like consistency.
  2. Pour the blueberry mixture into a large bowl adding the agave/honey. Next, slowly stir in the yogurt, gently mixing the three ingredients.
  3. For a tie-dye look do not fully blend the yogurt and blueberries. The mixture will be thick.  Give it a taste and adjust by adding more sweetener if needed/desired.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle molds inserting sticks before freezing.
  5. Quickly run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove the frozen treats & enjoy!!!

*Try replacing the blueberries with other summer favorite fruits and enjoy a variety of versions Living Poolside!

 

 

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Hot Trend In Outdoor Kitchens: Pizza Ovens

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

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Outdoor pizza ovens make for easy summertime entertaining. In today’s poolside kitchens, pizza ovens are becoming more and more popular as Mediterranean-style living continues to rise in popularity.  For many, a pizza oven is a natural component of an outdoor kitchen.  It is essential if your family loves a slice of authentic-tasting pie - the delicious smoky taste of a pizza pie baked in an outdoor oven is truly hard to mimic.

Fortunately, these private pizzerias can be included in your outdoor kitchen without sacrificing a great deal of space.  Costs for an oven to make the perfect pie can run from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on various factors so working with your swimming pool designer will help you maximize space and minimize the impact to your budget.

One popular trend is to incorporate a pizza oven as part of the outdoor fireplace. These custom-made ovens sit atop a standard outdoor fireplace. The more traditional approach has pizza ovens constructed in a free-standing style by building a masonry bottom to hold the domed pizza oven.  

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Whether you opt for a new styled pizza oven or one more on the traditional side,  including a pizza oven in your poolside kitchen plans, will expand your kitchen’s flexibility and enhance one of your family’s favorite dinner choices while living poolside!

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Grilling, Outdoor kitchens, pizza oven, Time To Build A Swimming Pool, Master Pools Guild, Poolside entertaining, Family Outdoors

A Fathers Day Reflection: Why Dads Love Swimming Pools

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

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He takes that final turn into the driveway and with a slow roll he enters his parking spot.  He has had a long productive day and now its time to unwind.  Walking into the house he feels like royalty when the little ones come running with the “Daddy play with me” list.  Off he goes to get changed on this warm summer evening. 

He walks out the back door into the lush green surroundings and hears the calming sounds of water falling across the rocks.  Relaxation is just a few steps away.  He hears a “Daddy watch what I can do” from his son and ducks the beach ball coming at him from his little girl.  He grew up with a swimming pool in his back yard and can't help but pause and remember all the fun times growing up in and around the pool.

He remembers never wanting to get out of the swimming pool – no different than his kids are now.  He remembers never picking up the toys around the pool – just like they do now.  He remembers working all day on that new trick, waiting to show it to dad when he gets home…just like now.  Memories of the goofy times, family celebrations and memories created around the swimming pool are too many to count.  Then, a perfectly timed cannon ball brings him back from his trip down memory lane.  He smiles thinking that his children want the same things from him that he wanted from his dad, attention, time, love and encouragement.  His definition of the happiness of summer: time spent with his family in and around their swimming pool. That's why dads love swimming pools.  

Wishing all dads a happy, healthy summer spent Living Poolside!

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Fitness & wellness, swimming and fitness, Fathers Day, Family Fitness, Family Outdoors, swimming

Staying Cool as a Cucumber Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 29, 2015

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Water infused with cucumber has long been served at day spas, health clubs and many of the world’s most exclusive resorts.  Its popularity has grown largely due to its health benefits and great taste. The basic cucumber water recipe contains just two ingredients:  Cucumber and water.  Simple but oh so refreshing!  Here’s a quick how to: 

Cucumber Water Instructions 
1. Slice a cleaned, peeled cucumber into slices of ½ thickness (unpeeled can be used if that is your preference)
2. Combine cucumber slices in a pitcher of water and top with ice. The slices tend to float and the ice will help to keep them submerged.
3. Allow to sit for at least an hour. (Best results if allowed to sit overnight in the refrigerator.) 
Alternative:  Purchase a fruit infusing water pitcher.  The pitcher holds the cucumber slices in an internal fusing chamber. 
Whether using an infusing pitcher or a regular glass or clear plastic pitcher they all look fantastic and will encourage poolside family and friends to drink more water and stay hydrated in style. 
Refill the pitcher as needed.  One pitcher can be refilled several times over the course of a day and the cucumbers will continue to flavor the water.  Discard your cucumbers (or devour them) after 24 hours. 

Benefits of Cucumber Water

  • Keeps you hydrated.
  • Helps flush and detox your body.
  • Keeps you feeling more full so you don’t eat as much.
  • Reported to increase metabolism (which can aid weight loss).
  • Helps your skin & muscles – The silica in cucumbers helps the skin stay soft and smooth and also helps your muscle tissues stay healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen to your healthy lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best (a must for swimmers). A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your body in general.
  • Known as a “superfood”, which basically means they’re very nutrient rich and good for you.  Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B and rich in potassium and magnesium (which may help to lower blood pressure).   
More Cucumber Water Ideas
The mild flavor of cucumbers can be paired with many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Here are a few combinations to consider:
Cucumber & Lemon
Cucumber & Mint
Cucumber & Lime
Cucumber & Pineapple
Get creative and try several.  Here's to your finding your favorite cucumber combination and keeping your family and friends hydrated and loving the life of living poolside this summer!
 

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Fitness & wellness, swimming and fitness, Easy Poolside Recipes, Food & Fun, #SummerIsComing, Family Fitness, Family Outdoors, Celebrating Poolside, Cucumber water

Food For Thought...And Weekends Spent Living Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 22, 2015

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Many of us are busy planning for a holiday weekend and excited at the thought of possibly having an extra day to spend poolside.  Here are a few ideas that may help you simplify your planning while still adding a splash of holiday feel to your weekend: 


Keeping It Simple

Grilling or a BBQ by the pool has become more than a summer/holiday tradition, for many of us, it is a way of life.   Hamburgers (beef, turkey or veggie) and hotdogs with the fixings are a simple, fast & easy way to feed family & friends.  Gather & prepare fixings in advance (slice tomatoes, onions, lettuce) and store in plastic containers.  Tackling this task in advance will have your fixings ready to go and keep you enjoying the fun.  Plastic cups in holiday colors are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive splash of color. 

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Ice cream Sundaes make the perfect desert, again, plan ahead and have your toppings ready to go - letting guests create their own masterpiece.  

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Have a little fun with this and include red &/or blue berries and sprinkles and of course, no sundae is complete without chocolate syrup! 

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Layers of Fun  Kids of all ages can have fun making layered iced beverages.   The process is simple, just remember that the liquid with the highest sugar content goes on the bottom.  Follow the directions below and make sure to chill the beverages you will be using in advance!


Red White & Blue Beverages 

POUR EACH LAYER IN SLOWLY 

Step by Step

  1. Refrigerate the drinks before starting so the ice doesn’t melt as you pour.

  2. Fill glass with ice to the top.

  3. Pour the highest sugar content drink first (FYI, this is also the heaviest)

  4. Carefully pour the next highest sugar content drink. You can pour it into the ice or along the side of the glass to reduce splashing/mixing.

  5. Pour the lightest or lowest sugar content drink on top.

  6. Enjoy! 

Red = Cran-Apple juice = 40 grams of sugar this goes in first

White = Pina Colada SoBe  = 25 grams of sugar this goes second

Blue = Cool Blue Gatorade = 21 grams of sugar this goes in third

A little planning & you can keep your weekend festive but fun for everyone!   Here’s to a many weekends spent #LivingPoolside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Holidays Poolside, poolside snacks, Grilling, celebrate poolside, Food & Fun, #SummerIsComing, Master Pools Guild, Poolside entertaining, Family Outdoors, Celebrating Poolside

Fired Up For Winter And Living Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

After investing in the perfect outdoor space, many homeowners are finding ways to extend the usefulness of these areas well into cooler months.   Outdoor kitchens, dining rooms and entertainment areas can be warm and welcoming with the addition of infrared heaters, fire pits, fire tables, and/or fire places offering additional warmth when temperatures dip outdoors.  Pair these elements with cozy setting areas and your guests will be delighted to remain outdoors well past the traditional swimming pool season. 

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Another updated option for poolside living is today’s pool cabanas many of which are heated and equipped with retractable walls that allow a swipe of the thumb to block the winter wind. 

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Pool designed and constructed by Morehead Pools, Louisiana 

Hot tubs, while not a newcomer to winter’s outdoor landscape, have an updated list of options.   Providing the warm caress of hydrotherapy helps soothe away the stiffness and aches brought on by a cold winter’s day. 

Galloway sec 2276   Pool designed and constructed by Galloway Pools, Texas

Heating the water in your swimming pool is also an option, with a heat pump, a gas heater or a solar blanket – add an automatic cover and an app on your mobile device for control and you can stay in the swim of things year round.

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So here’s to Living Poolside 365 days a year….or close to it!

 

 

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