Beat the bad weather blues with 4 easy and enjoyable home improvement projects.
The weather this past weekend was terrible. Ice, snow, slush and bitter cold are not what we typically like to experience in the middle of April. So, chances are, if you live in one of the areas hit by the weather’s last (we hope) icy hurrah there’s a good chance that you might have a case of the cold weather blues.
April should be about dreams of green grass, blue skies, and colorful tulips. However, instead of bringing out the patio furniture and sparking up the grill, much of the country has gone back to snow shovels and ice melter (if you can find any).
Not to worry, April storms aren’t exactly a rare thing in this country, and we’ll be back to blue skies before you know it. Until then, try to stay positive and keep busy indoors while you wait for the warm weather to arrive.
Nothing signals the arrival of better weather like the scent of grilling food wafting through the neighbourhood. While there are some die-hard BBQ fans who can be found at the backyard grill come sun, rain, or snow, most of us prefer to grill in flop flops and shorts rather than toques and parkas.
The best solution here is to invest in a good indoor grill. You’ll achieve the flavor and enjoyment of your backyard BBQ, but without having to consult the weather predictions, or enduring the nuisance of running out of propane before the burgers have finished cooking (you know you’ve been there).
The 1800-watt Breville Smart Grill is a prime example of an indoor grill that really offers an authentic backyard grilling experience. The Smart Grill can be used as a traditional contact grill or opened up to be used as a flat grill. Top and bottom thermostats and electronic temperature control helps you to achieve perfect sears and juicy centers, no matter what you have on the grill. While 6 adjustable grilling heights means that this grill won’t turn your steak into a pancake. This option is similar to the anti-crush functionality on the Breville Perfect Press Sandwich maker that we tested and reviewed a few months back.
Need a good recipe to inspire your indoor grilling. Check out this video for a mouth-watering New York Strip:
It might be too chilly to enjoy your handiwork alfresco, but at least you can savour the flavours and aromas of meals cooked on the grill, no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Plant a Kitchen Garden
Not in the mood to dig around in the chilly air and slushy muck? Stay indoors and plant an herb garden in your kitchen. If you have sufficient light, you can create an incredibly convenient garden filled with the herbs you love to use in your cooking or for making tea. Whether on a tabletop, shelf or grown vertically in front of your kitchen window, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction and money-savings that comes from growing your own herbs.
You can also start some seeds indoors to be planted outdoors later. Just be sure to check the timing for each plant to ensure that they will make it into the ground in time for a successful growing season.
Add a Splash of Colour
Bring the outdoors in by adding a splash of vibrant colour to your home. Whether through paint or décor, introducing new colour profiles can have an invigorating effect, similar to the feeling of warm sunlight shining through your windows.
Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Colour of the Year –Oceanside SW 6496 might offer the perfect shot of springtime your home needs. This sumptuously rich blue green evokes thoughts of the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Pair this delightful colour with a bit of coastal décor and you’ll feel like you’ve transformed your home into a tranquil, seaside resort.
Indulge in Some Retail Therapy
The undesirable weather won’t be here forever. So, try getting a jumpstart on your backyard makeover by indulging in some retail therapy. Outdoor living retailers have begun rolling out the sales on items like BBQs, patio furniture, décor and more. If you take advantage of these sales now, you’re far less likely to be disappointed by inventory shortages. Plus, it will leave your warm weather weekends free to simply sit back and enjoy.