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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Considering A Lazy River or Swim In Place: A Must Read

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Considering a lazy river or a swim in place water flow system for your pool?  Check out this except from a recent release on Riverflow Current Systems:

For river swimmer Mimi Hughes, taking on a challenge is nothing new. “I like doing open water swims in the lake or in the ocean. I meditate while I swim, that’s my quiet time. That’s how I get through swimming 8 hours at a time.” Hughes said.

Hughes, an accomplished and revered open water swimmer from Tennessee has made open water swimming a part of her life. From swimming the Bering Strait between Alaska to Russia, to conquering the foreboding waters around Alcatraz through the San Francisco Bay to the mainland then tackling the Tennessee River in her quest to raise public awareness about the river’s polluted conditions Hughes is no stranger to a variety of water current and unusual conditions. “I was worried when I was trying out the Riverflow Pump system that I would get bored. But I was wrong, very wrong.”

Within the current of the pool, Hughes found her comfort zone, her swimming rhythm and worked with the current. “I actually like the feel of a water current as opposed to just a swim. For someone like me who loves open water swimming, I didn’t think I’d like the confinement of the pool. But, the Riverflow current gave me the feeling of being in the open water. I truly felt like I was there. ” Hughes explained.


However, Mimi was not the only challenger in the Riverflow try. Tesla Hughes, Mimi’s daughter also has a lengthy list of swimming accolades. A former Michigan State University swimmer and an Olympic trial candidate, Tesla was ranked 27th in the world for the mile freestyle in the early 2000’s.

Now, an established police officer, Tesla continues her training to compete in the World Police and Fire Games, where she has brought home a number of gold medals. “I felt like I was getting a really good workout in. We turned up the current and I could only maintain my speed training for about a minute.” Tesla explained. “ I was completely surprised by the Riverflow system. I’m always judgmental about swim-in-place type of training pools and honestly had my doubts. I was worried it would be a leisure swim and I wouldn’t be able to work on my speed, that wasn’t the case with Riverflow, I was very impressed.” Tesla said. So impressed, she is hoping to put in her own Riverflow system. “My husband and I have already spoken about it, open pool times are difficult and my work schedule is hectic, having a Riverflow system available to me at all times would be ideal.” 

For more information/resources on swimming pool design, visit our online resource center!  Here's to a lifetime of wellness & memories Living Poolside!

Tags: swim in place, Riverflow Current Systems, Living Poolside, Swimming Pool Design Trends, Swimming Pool Design, Time To Build A Swimming Pool, Master Pools Guild, Family Fitness, Lazy river

#SummerIsComing

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

#SummerIsComing and we are sharing a little fun, as we count down the days to the official beginging of the season!  Are you a member of "The Watch"?  Take 30 seconds to see....

 

 

Tags: Living Poolside, #SummerIsComing, Master Pools Guild

Insider's Tip For Getting The Best Deal On Your Swimming Pool

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Apr 07, 2015

 

Contributed by Jeff Clarkson, President - Florida Bonded Pools & Master Pools Guild Member.

This is the season for swimming pool contractors to visit a prospective client’s home to provide 
a pool design and a cost proposal. On the surface this may seem like the best way 
to begin the process for shopping for a pool and pool contractor in order to ensure that you get the best deal. After all isn’t getting the best deal what we all want?

But, just what does “getting the best deal” actually mean? Does it mean getting the lowest price, cheapest product, or fastest completion time? When it comes to a complex product like a swimming pool I think that the best deal means having expectations met or, better yet, having those expectations exceeded. So if having your expectations met or exceeded means the best deal, how do you go about shopping for just the right company to build your swimming pool?

Florida Bonded Pools Aerial View Project

In speaking with consumers, when asked what they would compare shopping for a pool to, most answered shopping for a car.  But, a client can actually see, touch, and test drive a car before they buy. At some point, if the client feels that they have made a mistake, they can remedy the mistake by simply trading the car in or selling it. A swimming pool in the beginning stages is a conceptual idea put on paper accompanied by pictures or illustrations representing the finished product.  It’s of the utmost importance to find a swimming pool professional who is willing to spend time listening, asking the right questions and willing to walk through the complete process with you, guiding you while sharing their expertise and the industry’s best practices. The process will include defining who will use the newly created space and what activities are anticipated. The requirements may be as simple as swimming pool size, shape and patio area or as complex as creating a project to be built in multiple stages resulting in an amazing outdoor living area that you control with a swipe of your thumb across the screen of your phone. In either case, a design professional will follow a carefully charted sequence of activities to determine the needs and budget of the client and how those needs and budget are best served. This results in a clear understanding of your vision and maps out a project that will ultimately surpass your dreams and expectations.

The contractor should start with discovery questions, site evaluation, design functionality, material use, and equipment needs in relation to operational requirements. This way the contractor
 or company representative can responsibly provide a proposal that not only meets your needs but is right for your home.

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A swimming pool is a lifestyle purchase and will bring years of enjoyment for you and your family.  Choosing the right contractor sets the perfect foundation to building an active, healthy lifestyle living poolside!  Check out our free downloadable resources Planning Your Pool Checklist & How To Choose Your Builder for more information.  We look forward to seeing you, Living Poolside in 2015!

- Jeff Clarkson, Florida Bonded Pools, Jacksonville, Florida

Founded by WE Clarkson in 1957, Florida Bonded Pools builds commercial and residential swimming pools in Jacksonville Florida. Today, W.E.’s son Jeff Clarkson, runs the family business and Florida Bonded is Jacksonville’s oldest pool contractor. With over fifty years experience and 8,000 pools.

Tags: Florida Bonded Pools of Jacksonville FL, Living Poolside, Time To Build A Swimming Pool, Master Pools Guild

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.

Memphis Pool Pool designed and constructed by Memphis Pool, Tennessee

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

 

 

Tags: Living Poolside, Memphis Pools of Memphis, Swimming Pool Design Trends, Family Outdoors, Galloway Pools of Corpus Christie TX, Morehead Pools of Shreveport LA

Take A Look At Spending The Day Living Poolside...

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 18, 2014

We hope you enjoy watching this video as much as we enjoyed making it to share!  Life lived poolside is the ultimate!  Watch, enjoy, repeat.

Tags: Living Poolside, Mission Pools Inc. of Escondido California, Master Pools Guild

Poolside Potluck Doesn't Have To Wait For Warmer Weather!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

No Need To Wait Till Temperatures Soar, Host A Potluck Dinner Party Poolside Now!

Poolside Living

For many of us Spring is officially here per the calendar, although it may or may not be the perfect temperature for a splash in the pool.  But, for poolside entertaining, in most areas, the season is in full swing the moment the first warm breeze blows by and the flowers beging to bloom.  We WANT to be outside entertaining by the pool.  A fun spring activity can be to host a potluck poolside dinner party.   Potluck dinner parties can be fun and relaxing as long as you spend a bit of time organizing from the start.  Here are four of our best practice tips:

1. Pick A Theme

Having a theme can get everyone excited about your event.  Get creative & move beyond generic themes, like Italian or Mexican; instead, choose a specific ingredient, like seafood or spinach.  It will be exciting to see the results and the reflection that each cook's background brings.   Finalize the theme two weeks before the dinner so guests have plenty of time to prepare.

2. Plot Your Courses

Make sure to include every course – Appetizers, soup or salad, entrees, desserts and an alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage.  We even like to include an after dinner drink too.  It is good practice to plan more than one for each course.  There are times when one course does not work well and providing guests with more than one option will be a plus.  There is also the chance that a guest could have a last minute conflict and cancel.   For that reason, it is always good practice for the host to provide the main course, this guarantees without a doubt that it will be on the table J

3. Provide Portion Guidelines

Say for example, you have 20 guests and two of them are bringing desserts, they will each need to prepare to serve 10 people.  While you don’t need to be exact, providing guests with approximate portions needed will help make preparation that much easier.

5. Plan for Presentation

When entertaining, presentation is ALWAYS a big part of the experience.  Have guests bring their dish nicely presented in a serving dish or, have additional serving pieces available for a quick transfer if needed.  As host, having appropriate garnishes on hand is also a good idea.  We also like to keep a supply of small photo frames handy – quickly insert the name of the dish & voila! your potluck is a fun, themed, event your guests will long remember.  Of course, hosting this event poolside definitely takes it up a notch !

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IF you do decide on a seafood theme, here's a great casserole you may want to consider:

LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE CASSEROLE

Lobster Casserole

Ingredients:

• Coarse salt and ground pepper

• 1 pound elbow macaroni

• 6 tablespoons butter

• 1/2 medium onion, chopped very fine

• 1 garlic clove, minced

• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

• 3 cups whole milk

• 1 pound chopped cooked lobster

• 4 cups mixed grated cheeses (Parmesan, sharp cheddar and fontina)

• 1/2 cup bread crumbs  (Panko) 

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook macaroni for 2 minutes less than directions call for al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. 

Over medium heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Transfer 2 tablespoons melted butter to a medium bowl and reserve. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook until softened (about 3 to 5 min). Add flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until sauce has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. 

Remove pan from heat. Gently fold in lobster, macaroni and cheese and mix. Spoon into a shallow 4-quart baking dish. 

Add bread crumbs to the bowl of reserved melted butter and toss. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. 

Place baking dish in oven on a baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and sauce is bubbling. Allow dish to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Whether you enjoy a potluck dinner party now, or any time during the year, we'd love for you to share your tips/tricks/best practices too so we can all ENJOY LIVING POOLSIDE! Just send us a note in the comments section.  Happy Spring!!!

 

 

Tags: Casserole For Pot Luck Dinner, Living Poolside, Best Casserole Dishes, Poolside entertaining, Lobster Mac & Cheese

Mega Juicy Hamburger Recipe - A Master Pools Guild Grilling Favorite!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Mega Juicy Hamburger

Mega Juicy Hamburgers

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 egg using yolk only
  • 3/4 cup of dry bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. evaporated milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 Tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

Prepare grill for high heat & lightly oil grate.

In a large bowl place mix all the ingredients (using your hands works best).  Separate the mixture forming 8 hamburger patties. 

Grill patties 5 min. per side or until the patties are well done.

Serve Poolside with all the usual fixins'!

Tags: Living Poolside, Grilling, best hamburgers, celebrate poolside, Food & Fun, juiciest hamburgers, Poolside entertaining, BBQ Recipes

Pineapple Ginger Ale Splash A Master Pools Guild Beverage Suggestion

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Sat, Aug 24, 2013

Cool off on those long, hot summer afternoons with a:

Pineapple Ginger Ale Splash                                                                     Serves 4   

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce can ginger ale
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • Optional fresh pineapple slices for garnish

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, combine the ginger ale & pineapple juice. Serve over ice (with an optional piece of pineapple).
  2. For a cocktail: Stir in 1/2 cup light rum.
Pineapple Ginger AleNow does that look refreshing or what?!

Tags: Living Poolside, poolside snacks, summer beverages, Poolside entertaining, brunch by the pool

Kids Summer Fun Series Week # 7: Oodles of Noodles & Smoothies

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Sat, Aug 10, 2013

Pool Noodle Fun

Noodle Fun

When we were looking for pool noodle game and craft ideas, we came across SO many and several of our favorites can be found  on this Pinterest Pool Noodle Fun Board

It is worth clicking thru and we guarantee the photos will

1) bring a smile to your face

&

2) light a spark of creativity for your next swimming pool noodle project!

 

This week, in addition to suggesting oodles of fun with noodles (thanks to the Pinterest link above) we'd also like to share a favorite summer snack staple...the Smoothie :)

Smoothies

Playing in the pool can work up quite a thirst. Smoothies are a wonderful, nutritious alternative to sodas and fruit juices. They provide a ton of nutrients and are satisfyingly refreshing on a hot day.

Making smoothies is a very easy process. A basic smoothie recipe calls for:

  •  a serving of fruit such as blueberries, peaches, bananas or strawberries

  • and any kind of liquid as a base; water, milk, juice and yogurt all work well.

To save time, freeze pre-measured servings of fruit so you can just toss them into the blender.

It's better to serve smoothies immediately, but you can make a big pitcher and keep refrigerated for a few hours just remember to stir before your pour. 

One of our favorite combinations:

Smoothie :)
1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

2 cups ice cubes

Put everything in the blender & pulse till smooth – DELISH!

Tags: Living Poolside, poolside snacks, Kids Summer Fun Series, Food & Fun