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It’s Summer Grilling Season in Canyon Lake

By Justin Bevins | Featured

Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of the summer BBQ season and it’s no different here in Canyon Lake.  It’s been a busy weekend with the Annual Canyon Lake Fiesta Day parade and activities the last few days.  Boaters are out in force and it definitely feels like summer.  If you plan to get together with family and friends to fire up the barbie, here’s a few surefire recipe suggestions that will impress even the gourmet critics at the table.


Memorial day bbq in canyon lakeAhhh, the traditional hamburger.  Nothing says holiday BBQ like a hamburger, but this year why not dress up the old burger with more than ketchup and mustard.  Try one of these Top 10 Burger Recipes from Taste of Home.  Their top ten includes Taco Burgers, Paul Bunyan Burgers, Terrific Teriyaki Burgers and good ol’ BBQ Bacon Burgers.  There is sure to be something to please everyone at the table with this comprehensive list of top burgers.


grilled steak on the bbq in canyon lakeLooking for something a little fancier.  How about this Grilled Garlic Citrus Flank Steak recipe with marinade from the folks over at Spark Recipes?  This hearty and healthy steak recipe is great because flank steak is a lean, affordable and flavorful cut of beef  It’s a little tough sometimes though, so marinating is a great option to get good flavor and a more tender texture.  Make your marinade in the morning following the recipe and by afternoon, you’ll have the perfect steak.


How about the Ultimate Barbecued Chicken Recipe?  It’s a big claim, but one that the folks over at Food Network stand behind.  This one takes a little more time and a few more ingredients and the cooking is done in the oven instead of the grill, but if you want unbelievably good BBQ chicken, it’s what you gotta do.

Portobello Mushroom Burger

portobello mushroom burgers in canyon lakeWant a little less meat but all the flavor?  How about picking up some beautiful big Portobello mushrooms at the store and grillin’ them up for a more vegetarian option?  The folks over at offer up their best Portobello Mushroom Burger with Grilled Onions for your approval.   Portobellos are known to be high in antioxidants and vitamin D and they make delicious and filling burgers.  Follow the instructions carefully on this one because the trick with Portobellos is to cook them just right.

Shrimp Pesto Pizza

This has become one of our favorites every summer and we actually cook it on the gas grill.  It’s easy and fast and filling.

JB’s BBQ Shrimp Pesto Pizza

  • 1 Boboli Ready Made Pizza Crust
  • 16 oz. Pesto sauce or Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (usually found in the deli or dairy section)
  • 1 lb. pre cooked shrimp – I like to buy raw and throw them on the grill with some Old Bay Seasoning to get them partially cooked and then stick them on the pizza
  • 1 cup of cheese of your choice – mozzarella is good but so is Mexican cheese blend, parmesan works too
  • 1/2 thin sliced onion
  • Handful of cilantro

Spread the sauce, and throw on all the ingredients.  Here’s the trick,: get the BBQ as hot as possible like a pizza oven.  On a gas grill, 400+ degrees is optimal.  Just throw the pizza on the grilling rack or a pizza stone if you use one.  It only takes about 5-10 minutes to cook at this temperature.  If you put it directly on the rack, just make sure to keep the flame low and to turn it often so you don’t burn your crust.  Serve and enjoy!

Shrimp Pizza

So after you pay tribute this Memorial Day or come back from a day of fun on the lake, give one of these great recipes a try.  Happy Memorial Day!

Build a Cardboard Boat for Fiesta Day

By Justin Bevins | Featured

canyon lake fiesta day cardboard boat raceFiesta Day in Canyon Lake is only a few days away but it’s not too late to be the captain of your destiny in the 1st annual Canyon Lake Cardboard Boat Race.  This is your handy guide on how to build the most seaworthy craft that not only wins the race, but hopefully gets you back to shore dry.

First, a little history on cardboard boat racing.  Cardboard boat racing goes all the way back to the ’60’s and it’s believed that it started as a college project at Southern Illinois University.  Since then, it’s become a staple at events all over the world particularly in lake communities like Canyon Lake.  It’s a serious deal in some areas like Heber Springs, AR where the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races are hosted each year for the last 24 years.  Here’s a great video from the 2012 Lake Sacajawea Annual Cardboard Boat Race that will help get you thinking about what’s possible when building your corrugated cardboard yacht.

This year’s boat race, being held in conjunction with Fiesta Day, is the first event of it’s kind in our community.  The Canyon Lake Property Owners Association is putting on the event and offering prizes for “1st Place Finish”, “Judges Choice”, “Most Dramatic Sinking”, and “The Un-prettiest Boat”.  Here are the most important rules of the competition:

  1. Boats can only be constructed of corrugated cardboard and duct tape.
  2. Boat must remain afloat with everyone inside for the full race to qualify for 1st place.
  3. Human propulsion only using only arms hands, or paddles.
  4. Coast Card Approved Personal Flotation Device required for all participants.
  5. All boat materials and debris must be removed by participants at the close of the event.

Lake MonsterIf you haven’t come up with any ideas about boat design yet or you’re unsure about how to construct your boat, there are some great online tutorials and downloadable plans for cardboard boats.  But really how hard can it be?  Just lay out your cardboard and go crazy with man’s greatest invention – duct tape.

If you seriously want to crush the competition, then might consider going to boat building school online.  The City of Arlington actually has an online video of a two hour boat building class they offer to all their annual regatta participants (some people take this stuff too seriously).

Here’s a few simple tips to help with the boat construction and with getting across the finish line.

  • First, before you start building, seal all the edges of your cardboard with a strip of duct tape and reinforce all the cardboard seams.
  • Use double cardboard on the boat bottom for added strength and support and even consider building cross braces across the bottom for strength.
  • Cover every inch of your boat with duct tape inside and out.

Now for the obvious…

  • Try not to get water in the boat.
  • Paddle as fast as you can.
  • Wear swim trunks.

There’s still time to pick up a race application at the POA.  Boat drop off and registration is Saturday morning at 6:00 am at Sunset Beach and the race starts at 12:30.  Contact the POA  Activities Department at 951-244-6841 x. 610 for more information.

One more thing… don’t forget boat length limit is 21′ in Canyon Lake so don’t get too carried away with your yacht or you may get pulled over by the Marine Patrol.  ;)

canyon lake cardboard boat race

*images from Casey Lessard on Flickr and Heber Springs Area Chamber

Pet Adoptions Near Canyon Lake

By Justin Bevins | Featured

IMG_0456Canyon Lake is definitely a pet loving community and it’s likely either you or someone you know might want to find that perfect pet.  As it turns out, that perfect pet is probably looking for you.

With an influx of pets coming into the shelters as a result of today’s economy; now is the best time to adopt a pet who is hoping for a loving owner to come rescue them from the dog pound… which incidentally is just down the road in Lake Elsinore!

There are many benefits to adopting from a shelter.  The one that tops the list is; a lot of times you can find a dog that has already gone through ALL the housebreaking, walking on a leash, and you just might find a dog that already knows a ton of tricks!

Think of it as getting a pet-to-go!

Serving the Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar & Menifee communities is the Animal Friends of the Valleys Organization (also known as LEAF ~ Lake Elsinore Animal Friends).  LEAF is located within the walls of the Southwest Communities Animal Center, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours till 7 p.m. on Wednesday. It is closed Sunday.

Animal Friends of the ValleyBesides being the largest center in the area to house displaced animals, the  beautiful 32,000 square foot facility also offers Animal Services & Licensing and Spaying & Neutering.  Not to mention, they have their very own Humane Educator ~ Farren Mahone.  In Farren’s own words, “The Humane Education Program has been developed to help foster attitudes of respect, compassion and kindness toward animals. It is in building compassionate experiences and attitudes that leads young people to compassionate actions.”

Animal Friends of the Valleys has been helping people in the area attain their wish of adding a pet to their family for years.  The wide selection of available animals that are up for adoption range from big to small, young to old, athletic & calm cats, dogs, and other animals.  Adoption fees include a microchip (lifetime membership in Home Again), DA2PPV-C and Bordetella vaccinations, collar, AFV ID Tag and a free Vet Check.  Actual fees depend on whether you are adopting a dog, cat, and age of the pet.  If you’re interested in checking out Animal Friends of the Valleys’ website, click here.  If you’d like to make a visit to the center to take a look at the available pets for adoption, here again is the address and additional details.

33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar   *  Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm (Wednesday 10 am to 7 pm)  *  Phone: 951-674-0618

Don’t forget to check out the adoptable pets that are not housed at the facility, but are being taken care of at foster homes.  Click here to see them.  You might find your forever pet amongst the Foster Page.

Good luck in your pet adoption journey!

Storm Baseball Season in Full Swing

By Justin Bevins | Featured

lake elsinore stormIt’s baseball season again and The Storm are already 12 games in and playing their hearts out.  If you never seen a Storm game, you owe it to yourself to get out to the stadium this season for some great quality, affordable, family entertainment.

The Storm play several days each week and there are always promotions like “2 for 1 Tuesdays” or “Fireworks Fridays” that make it fun and affordable for Canyon Lakers to make a game.

Originlly affiliated with The Angels, The Storm are now a Padres farm team since 2000.  Every season the Boys of Summer entertain the crowds at Pete Lehr Stadium with great baseball.  Storm Stadium seats approximately 8000 people and game attendance is always strong.  The stadium is only 4 miles away from Canyon Lake and the facilities are world class.  It’s a great ball field for watching a game and The Storm organization really excels at entertainment with lots of crowd interaction, great music, fun contests and things to do in the stadium that make it more than just a baseball game.

One of the entertainment highlights is always the team mascot, Thunder.  Thunder and his friends have been entertaining both adults and kids for years and they keep the games light and enjoyable.

The Storm are scheduled to play 140 games this season in the California league against teams like San Jose Giants, Bakersfield Blaze, and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.  For game stats, recaps and the latest news the team website is loaded with a ton of information about the team and the league.

Ticket prices range from $7.00 up to $14.00 depending on seat location with discounts for military and seniors.  Season tickets are very affordable and they have a great Family Fun Pack promotion for 4 box seats, hot dogs, soda, and several other perks for only $60.  For a full listing of promo nights and special events, check The Storm promotions page.

Here’s a few tips to help you make the most of spring games:

  • It’s still spring and nights get a little cool so bring a jacket, sweatshirt, or blanket.
  • If you are bringing the kids, Sunday is the day that kids rule the diamond with all kinds of fun events for kids.
  • Come a little early for best parking and fun pre-game entertainment.

So whether you’re a baseball fan or not, make the short drive from Canyon Lake to give a Storm game a try this spring and expect a great night of entertaining ball and activities.


*Player photo of Robert Perry courtesy of Tom Clifton via Flickr

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