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The 15 Best Barbecue Accessories For Summer 2018

You'll swear by these grilling essentials.<p>With the unofficial start of summer on the horizon (we see you, we see you), what better way to welcome the warm weather and celebrate than gathering for a barbecue? The undisputed star of every outdoor party is the grill — at what other time during the …

15 grilling tools with a cult following—and why they’re worth it

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Once the weather …

BBQ

Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away

Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their …

The 10 Best Breweries in the U.S. to Visit, According to Yelp Reviewers

For tours, tastings, or both.<p>It’s National Beer Day today, and there may be quite few Americans celebrating: More Americans prefer an ice-cold beer …

Do White Vegetables Have Health Benefits?

“Eat a variety of brightly colored veggies” and “Avoid white foods” have been dietitians' mantras for many years. But if that advice has led you to …

Nutrition

Consumer Reports 10 Top Picks: Best Cars of 2017

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Painting a room is an easy and inexpensive way to freshen it up—or even give it a new look. But if you’re thinking about painting your bathroom, …

How to Easily Maintain a Water Heater

Get more hot water and extend the life of your water heater by following these tips.<p>A well-functioning water heater keeps a household running smoothly. When the water cools or runs out, everyone will notice the next time they want a nice, hot shower. Here are a few steps you can take to maximize …

Wiring an existing home through the walls

Running Wires in an Existing Home<p>This guide explains how to fish wires through walls on an existing home - after the drywall is installed. You may …

Home Improvement

Pick Colors Early in Your Home Renovation | Consumer Reports

Best White Ceiling Paint Color With Gray Walls For Warm Living Room Using Gas Fireplace

Home » Decoration » The Most Popular Ceiling Paint Color for Superb Home Design » Best White Ceiling Paint Color With Gray Walls For Warm Living Room …

Foot fetish: New "smart shoes" can tell you what's wrong with your swing

We’ve heard of smartphones, smart TVs and even smart cars, but how about something we could really use: smart shoes, as in for golf.<p>Yup, that’s a thing.<p>The Kickstarter campaign for the golf business’s first “smart” golf shoes has raised more than $53,000 already and shoes are expected to be ready …

What the Heck Is PMI?

PMI stands for private mortgage insurance. If you can't put down at least 20 percent when you're buying a home, your lender will make you buy it.<p>"PMI …

Personal Finance

Tangy pineapple barbecue sauce that will make your chicken wings sing

It's summer, folks. <i>Summer</i>. Can you believe it?<p>Summer is for being outside, hanging out by the pool, playing golf and grilling. Yes, if you aren't …

Recipes

The Right Paint Color Can Boost Your Home Value

It’s no secret that before putting a house on sale, many homeowners try to boost the value of their property by removing clutter, tidying up the …

The Big List of Clever Ideas for Your Most Organized Kitchen Yet

There's a lot that goes on in your kitchen, so it's especially important that it be organized. Here are 18 ideas that will keep your cabinets and …

10 quick recipes made with farmers market produce

As you shop the farmers markets this week, it’s useful to have a few recipes or preparations in mind before picking your produce — and it’s even better when the dishes are quick to prepare.<p><i>[Map: Farmers markets in the Washington area]</i><p>Here’s a selection to get you started, culled from our Recipe …

Summer on a Stick: Welcome Grilling Season With These 18 Kebab Recipes

Memorial Day, the nationally recognized gateway to grilling season, is still a few weeks away—but any warm day's a good one to fire up the barbecue as far as we're concerned. We'll be sharing lots and lots of grilling recipes with you over the coming months, believe you me, but skewers or kebabs …

9 Portable Breakfasts You Can Make in a Muffin Tin

We know we're supposed to eat breakfast every morning, but on the days when we're already scrambling (so, every day), we tend to push it off. What we …

Breakfast

Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions More!

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how …

Beer Can Cabbage Is the Ultimate Grilled Vegetable

Beer can chicken is a grilling season staple, but now there’s a new beer-steamed entree in town, and it is the hearty cabbage. Sure, it’s a great …

Cooking

Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas - Quiet Corner

Get design inspiration and expert tips for your backyard entertaining and outdoor living spaces.<p>Backyards have become a true extension of the home. …

Ideas for Hanging Pots & Pans from Real Homes

Whether your space is just too small or your storage options lacking, you might find yourself in the position of figuring out where to store pots in …

This watermelon keg DIY will take your barbecues to a new level

Everyone loves a good cookout -- burgers and hotdogs on the grill, fresh fruit and ice cold beer, it doesn't get much better than that!<p>Now, you could throw a regular old barbecue like all your friends, or you could add a little pizzaz and make your summer party one people will be talking about for …

Cook Out

The 25 best kitchen gadgets you can buy for under $25

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There are tons of kitchen gadgets and tools on the market that can make cooking easier and more efficient. A lot of them are also very …

The 4 Oils You Need For Inner And Outer Beauty: A Nutritionist Explains

Fat is an essential macronutrient, and fatty oils make for powerful anti-aging beauty foods when used both internally and externally. Here are four …

14 clever DIY bathroom upgrades to try this weekend

Sometimes a DIY intervention on the weekend is what is necessary to improve our homes. A tired bathroom can be one of the most depressing sights in …

Home Improvement

The Beers, Wines and Cocktails to Drink This Memorial Day

During winter, the senses sharpen. We’re drawn to drinks that challenge us: a heavy stout, a mulled wine. Summer’s not like that. It’s casual — and …

Memorial Day Drink Recipes That Are Good and Easy and Cool

Be the hit of your Memorial Day BBQ by showing up with a gallon-full of one of these.<p>Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means day drinking is now socially acceptable (Just kidding. It's always acceptable.) It’s going to be hot, and you’re going to be thirsty, so we …