Remember last year when I declared a state of emergency on my back patio? Well, we’ve done some fixing up this year, and I’m so proud to share! Over the course of the year, my back patio has morphed from a storage area into a beautiful oasis to enjoy with the family.

Here’s what it looks like now:


One of the items I am most proud of, is our shinny new grill! It’s so exciting because our old one was scary to light – I was always afraid it would blow up in my face when igniting it!

When selecting our grill at our local Sears, I knew in my mind I wanted a stainless steel type. First, I looked at their online catalog to see what they had, then I checked out what was available through their newly re-vamped {Grilling Is Happiness} website.



Both sources are great, but when it comes down to purchasing something like a grill, I like to physically see it assembled and touch it before I make a final decision – so off to the store we went. I’ve always admired how stainless steel looks, and the idea of having a side burner to heat up a side dish was a HUGE bonus. I got a little bit torn when I found this lovely red grill, but I wasn’t sure that hubby would like it.


I even saw a cute red patio set it would go perfectly with. If I didn’t already have a patio set, I might have been really torn!


Shopping their outdoor section for a new grill was exciting! There was so many varieties, colors and levels of quality to choose from. They had some cheap propane grills for less than 100$, small charcoal grills and of course larger more elaborate versions with 5+ burners.


I liked this one, but we ended up choosing this one:


300$ is alot of money at one time, so I discussed layaway options with the sales clerk. He was extremely helpful and worked out all the fine details as to give me pricing for each installment. I really wanted to have delivery AND assembly, I was willing to pay extra for the pleasure – but I didn’t want to wait a week to receive it. I picked it up and the hubby assembled it 🙂

It still didn’t change the fact that I received Shop Your Way reward points! It was free to join and the clerk did it all for me during my checkout process.

Here’s my darling hubby trying to figure out the instructions!


I couldn’t resist buying some gourmet cuts of meat for our first grill out. I thought I’d share how I grill my steaks to medium perfection every time – even my hubby has relinquished his his outdoor apron and lets me do all the grilling now!

First I start with a high quality, thick cut of beef – like this New York strip steak I got from Costco (they have an awesome meat selection, btw) and I season it generously with kosher salt.


Add a pinch of pepper, and repeat on the other side too.

I preheated the grill to be sizzling hot, and arranged everything as quickly as possible and shut the lid as to not let any heat out. I used the brand-new accessories I picked up at Sears to make my hubby some grilled fish and JP some sliders. 3 different meals, 1 grill!!


after 2 1/2 minutes, I open quickly to turn the steak 90 degrees to get my cris-cross grill marks and shut the lid. I grill for another 2 1/2 minutes, before I flip it.


Now flip it….


Ahhhh deliciousness! At this point, I couldn’t wait for it to be ready, but I had to grill it for another 4 – 4 1/2 minutes to finish it.

Once pulled off, I cover with foil and let it sit for 5 minutes.


While I let that sit for 5 minutes, I decided to try out my sideburner and make some instant mashed potatoes. I was so happy to not have messed up the kitchen with dinner-making!


Here it is, in all it’s glory – I would probably have better pictures, but all I wanted to do after all that work was eat my steak!! It was sinfully delicious!



Be sure to check out Sears for any of your outdoor needs this summer – I was not disappointed! In fact I left there thinking, “maybe ill come back to get that (fill in the blank here)”. Even though grilling is kind of a man thing, I assure you that ANY mom would love a brand new grill for mother’s day! Here’s some reasons to consider it:

  • FREE in-store assembly on all gas grills
  • Save $100 on Kenmore 4-burner Gas Grill. Now $399.99!
  • Save an extra 10% off Patio & Grills

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Hi, I’m Jayna, a Wylie mom blogger living near Plano, Texas. I’m a Dessert love & recipe maker. Mom to a rowdy little boy. Coffee lover. Beloved wife and creator of Bellabyte Design Studio. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!





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Love your shiny new grill – have fun with it!


Yummy! I love a good medium rare steak!


Oh my! That grill looks amazing. My hubby and I fight over who gets to cook on the grill. I love the low stress, no mess factor of grilling out. Looks like you’ll be doing a lot of outdoor cooking this Summer!

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