Monthly Archives: March 2018

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Hosting spring parties on your patio

Your beautiful backyard with all of its blooming flowers is the perfect backdrop for hosting all of your spring events. Easter brunch, Mother’s day and graduation parties are all just around the corner. Investing in new furniture for your outdoor living space gives you the perfect space to host all of these events outdoors and will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood.

Outdoor Eating

No matter which event you are hosting, you will likely be serving food so you will certainly want to have a beautifully set patio table with chairs for people to enjoy your food. Choose a color pallet for your flowers and table decorations that will complement your event and highlight your new patio furniture. Yellow is a fantastic choice for your color scheme. It is cheerful and compliments any style of furniture. Whether you choose wood furniture, white furniture, or a modern color, yellow will likely be a perfect accent color. It is also easy to find gorgeous yellow spring flowers, from sunflowers to daisies and tulips, they all make for fun accents to your patio table setting. Hosting outdoors does tend to limit the amount of space you have for serving food. Tiered trays are very trendy and are a great way to maximize your space. With a few bouquets a couple of well-placed tiered trays, your table will be ready to greet your guests.

Outdoor Lounging

Now that your table is all set, you can turn your attention to an outdoor lounge area. We carry a huge selection of outdoor couches and loveseats, adirondack and rocking chairs, side tables, and coffee tables. The possibilities are endless for creating a relaxing lounge area for your guests to enjoy drinks, appetizers, desserts or good conversations. You will want your color scheme and decorating ideas to flow from your eating area over into your lounge area, so flower arrangements that compliment or match the one from your dining table can be placed on the coffee table and side tables in your lounge area. For a totally coordinated look, fun accent pillows can be purchased to place on your outdoor couch or rocking chairs. Your whole look will be tied together and the flow through your outdoor living space will be perfect.

The right outdoor furniture can make or break your outdoor parties. At Brothers Pool, our huge selection of outdoor furniture is sure to hold the perfect patio and lounge pieces to make hosting all of your spring events fun and easy. Stop by today and let our staff help you design the perfect outdoor living space that will make your backyard the talk of the neighborhood!

We are excited to host our first ever Hot Tub V.I.P. Night!

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This is an exclusive event with only fifty spots available.  You must RSVP to confirm your spot as this event will be at capacity and only confirmed guests will be allowed in. RSVP by calling 203.265.5980 or email Info@brotherspool.com.

 

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

5:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Catered by Liuzzi’s of North Haven

Confections by Blondies

Live Music

 

Service Department Hands-on Training

*Proper Fill w/ hose fillers ( variety )

*Cartridge Cleaning Chemically

*Cleaning a Hot Tub screen / Tips

*Removing and cleaning Hot Tub pillows

*Cleaning & Conditioning Hot Tub Cover (cost of a new cover 500.00+, let’s take good care of it)

*Floating HT Covers save you

*Purge & Drain, why

 

Whether you are searching for a spa or are a seasoned spa owner this event is for you.

 

This will be a relaxing night as well as an educational experience for those who wish to learn spa insider tips. Be the first to hear what is new and happening in 2018.

 

We will have exclusive discounts and giveaways for confirmed guests. RSVP quickly so you won’t miss your opportunity!

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Activities for your above ground pool

Imagine yourself spending your summer relaxing poolside, while your kids enjoy splashing around with their friends. Now, imagine that scene without having to endure a lengthy pool building project. That carefree feeling is exactly what you will get when you invest in a Doughboy above ground pool. Don’t worry, skipping out on the building project doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the fun. Above ground pools still offer fun activities that are available to you with in-ground pools.

Water Activities

Many people think that the size of an above ground pool will limit what can be done in the pool. We beg to differ. Doughboy pools come in sizes up to 41’x21’ that can accommodate pretty much any activity you can think of. If sports are your thing, you can get a floating basketball goal or volleyball net that can instantly turn your pool into the court of your choice. Want something with a little slower pace? Get a floating ping pong table and show off your mad ping pong skills in the pool. Floating tables and waterproof cards can make your above ground pool the perfect place for a poker night. Lap swimming more your style? Doughboy pools can be special ordered in a couple of sizes specifically designed for lap swimming. What more could you want from a pool?

Poolside Activities

We’ve convinced you that the water activities are the same, but what about poolside activities? After all, sunbathing while you stare at a pool wall definitely doesn’t give you the same vibe as laying right next to the crystal blue water of an in-ground pool.

Fortunately, there are some great options for your poolside activities. The main way that you can accommodate these activities is with proper decking. Well-planned decking around your Doughboy Pool can provide the same pool surround space that you would get from an in-ground pool patio. You can have a space for your lounge chairs and pool toys. You can even create a great flow from your pool area to your Kamado Joe and your outdoor eating area.

If the raised decking of an above ground pool is still not speaking to you, there is another option. Recessed pools are becoming more popular. Basically, part of your pool is set in a dug out area of your yard and the other part is still exposed. Think of a walkout basement design but for your pool. It is a great option if you have a sloped backyard. The recessed pool gives you a smaller, less expensive building project, when compared to an in-ground pool, but still allows you to have an even elevation across all of your outdoor areas.

No matter what option you choose, an above ground Doughboy pool is sure to deliver all of the fun and relaxation that your family is looking for along with superior quality and durability. Best of all, you get to spend your summer enjoying your pool, rather than stressing over a building project. Our skilled staff at Brothers Pool would be happy to help you design the perfect pool for your family.

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Easter Lunch on the Kamado Joe

Easter is the perfect holiday to spend outdoors. The crisp Spring air gets everybody in the mood for summer. Unfortunately, the one who is in charge of the Easter meal usually gets stuck inside slaving away while the rest of the family enjoys the fun in the backyard. That is, until this year. Why not cook Easter lunch on your Kamado Joe? The chef gets to enjoy more family time and the family will love the rich flavors of food fixed on the Kamado Joe. We’ve put together a couple of recipes to get you started.

Standing Rib Roast

INGREDIENTS:
12-pound bone-in rib roast
12 cloves garlic
1/3 cup canola oil
Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh rosemary – chopped
Kosher Salt
Freshly cracked or ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:
Purchase a 12-pound bone-in Choice rib roast. (Where I buy my rib roasts, the bone is cut from the meat, then tied back on.) I let it age for 4 days in the refrigerator.
About an hour before I put it on:
Start the fire and set up for indirect heat
1. Chop up a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and add to about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of canola oil
2. Cut the twine tying the meat and bones
3. Pierce the roast about six times on both sides and insert a clove of garlic into the hole as far as you can push it
3. Tie the bones back onto the meat
4. Brush the roast with the oil / rosemary
5. Season liberally with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Bring the temp in the Kamado Joe to about 325°.
Throw on a chunk of pecan (soaked it for about an hour)
Roast on – add another chunk of pecan after about an hour
Try to keep temp between 325 – 350°
Cook until internal temp is 125° – right at 2 hours
Let it rest, cover with foil, for about 30 minutes

Smoked Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS:
6 cups uncooked macaroni
1 1/2 sticks butter
3 1/2 cups milk
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
8-10 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1-2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat your Kamado Joe to 350°. Add a couple smoke wood chunks (apple is fantastic for this.)

Cook the macaroni noodles per the instructions on the box in salted water and then drain. Add the butter and stir to melt into the macaroni noodles. Add the milk, beaten eggs, and chipotle chili powder and stir to mix. Add six cups of shredded cheddar cheese and mix well. Place the macaroni mixture into a deep 9×13 baking pan. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese (or however much desired) on top of the macaroni mixture. Sprinkle the shredded parmesan cheese on top of the cheddar cheese. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top.

Place the dish on the Kamado Joe and let cook at 350° for 30-35 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, open your vents to bring the temperature up to 425-450° to brown the top a little. Let stand for 10 minutes and serve hot

If fixing Easter Lunch outdoors sounds perfect, but your old grill just can’t keep up with the demand, then stop by and visit us at Brothers Pool. We can get you set up with a brand new Kamado Joe so you will be up and grilling long before Easter.

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How to choose the perfect diving board

Sit back, close your eyes, and think back to all your favorite summertime swimming pool memories …

  • Your favorite song playing on the radio (Maybe even on cassette tape!)
  • The smell of tanning oil in the air (Who thought about sunscreen in those days?)
  • Sipping on a soda while your friends swim and play, competing to see who can make the biggest splash jumping off the diving board.

That’s right – a diving board. It wasn’t all that long ago that nearly every backyard pool had one. But these days, they’ve become hard to find. Pool trends and concerns about safety (even though fewer than 10 percent of all pool diving injuries involve a diving board) are mostly to blame. But now, diving boards are beginning to make a come back. If you’re thinking about including a diving board in your pool project, here are some things to think about.

Not all types of diving boards work with all types of pools. Or all types of divers.

The type of board – its size, shape and “springiness,” must be appropriately matched with the dimensions of your pool. So, too, must it be matched with the divers who’ll be using it. For example – small children probably won’t have the necessary coordination to use an exceptionally springy board with success. Divers who are quite tall or those with excellent diving skills may need a diving platform instead, to lessen the chance that they’ll come in contact with the pool bottom.

Types of diving boards

Diving Platforms – these are rigid boards on rigid stands that provide no bounce. Platforms are a good choice for divers who don’t want (or don’t need) the extra thrust a “springy” board provides when they enter the water. They may also be a good option for pools that don’t quite have the specific dimensions of a true diving well that a bouncy diving board requires.  

Diving Boards – diving boards are flexible boards on rigid stands. They may be made of aluminum or wood, and the board provides a small amount spring.

Flexible Diving Boards/Jump Boards – these flexible boards on flexible stands provide a significant amount of spring. They should be used exclusively for jumping, or only by experienced divers in pools built to accommodate them.

As you’re planning your backyard oasis, we can help you plan your pool to accommodate the diving board you want most. Then, you can start re-creating those summertime memories with your own family. Cassette player not included.

 

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250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601
E: info@brotherspool.com

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In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

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