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This Kitchen is for Dancing

This Kitchen is for Dancing 0

Kitchens are a place for families to spend time together - to hang out, to have fun, to dance, and to cook amazing food.  In this week's post I share the recipe for my pregnancy-craving-inspired spin on a French dip!
  • Jordan Van Maanen
Dreaming of Porch Swings and Summertime

Dreaming of Porch Swings and Summertime 0

March in South Dakota has us dreaming of porch swings and summertime.  The weather being nice, being able to actually hang out outside, chilling on our porch swing watching the kids play in the backyard, all of it.  Our Luxcraft 5 ft. Recycled Plastic Porch Swing is one of my favorite products to go along with summer. It's high quality, comfortable, will last forever, and best of all it's easy to clean!
  • Jordan Van Maanen
This Is Us

This Is Us 0

Every family is unique and is their own little version of crazy.  This is our story, and the story behind The Porch Swing Store.
  • Jordan Van Maanen
Glider vs. Rocker- The Debate Ends Here

Glider vs. Rocker- The Debate Ends Here 0


Rocking chairs go back hundreds of years. Gliders came around only in the last century. And ever since we ran out of things to argue about, a debate has raged- which is better? What’s the right time and place for each? What should we look for when buying them?

Make All Things Fair

There’s no easy way to settle this debate, but we must begin with a disclosure: The Porch Swing Store sells both rocking chairs and gliders, and our expertise in this matter is as experts of outdoor furniture. You should buy whatever you want. But if you don’t know what you want, this article will light your path.

The Question of Quality

It’s easy for us as Americans to say: “the better-quality chair is better.” Quality is king, after all. If one were a clear favorite in comparing quality, how could one claim the other is better? The truth is, gliders are designed and crafted with more comfort and customization in mind than rocking chairs. The classic rocking chair- despite its nostalgic and calming experience- can’t compete.

But people still buy rocking chairs for the same reason the Honda Civic is the most-bought car in America and not a BMW. Quality is great, but it may not be worth the price. Gliders are more expensive- sometimes by as much as 80% for similar products. Does the increased cost merit the ability to swivel?

Our Nature is to Rock

We rock babies to sleep. We turn four-leg chairs into rocking chairs by leaning back. We want our office chairs and living room furniture to recline with the same arc as a rocking chair- not scoot back and forth like a glider. It’s in our nature to move with the motion of a rocking chair, so if nature has any say in this debate, it must be for rocking chairs.

The Simple Truth

The rocking chair won’t be dethroned that easily. It’s ubiquitous across the country and has been for generations. Although the glider is making strides (or should we say, glides) in getting into American homes, porches, and patios, it still just doesn’t compare to the classic simplicity of a rocking chair.

If you’ve had your fill of rocking chairs and think a glider is more your style, we accommodate that too.

  • Jordan Van Maanen
The Wide World of DIY Porch Swings- and Why It May Be Worth Leaving Them Alone

The Wide World of DIY Porch Swings- and Why It May Be Worth Leaving Them Alone 0


When we build something, we love it. There’s something about creating something that attaches us to our creation, and that value cannot be found in a retail item. A lot of people would love to build their own porch swing- there are countless articles and videos available for instruction just a google search away.

But the DIY life isn’t for everyone. The less handy we are, the harder it is to motivate us to build something. That’s why we’ve compiled some great reasons to abandon the DIY jobs and focus on finding something you can love for years to come.

DIY does not always mean cheaper

In many cases, creating something yourself saves you money. If all you need are the raw materials, surely, it’s cheaper to make it yourself. Wrong! For many of the DIY projects we found, The Porch Swing Store offers a comparable product at a similar price. Plus, ours come with warranties, delivery, and expert customer support.

The key here isn’t initial cost- but the total cost of the project. Buying wood, screws, and paint will undoubtedly be cheaper. Many of the DIY instructions we found do not include methods for treating the wood for outdoor weathering OR instructions to find pre-treated wood, or what treatments would suffice.

Saying goodbye to the homemade family porch swing because it couldn’t withstand the elements is an unnecessary- and costly- loss. Getting one you can count on for years may end up saving you money and a headache.

DIY requires a basic level of hardware and expertise

Amateurs can build porch swings. But soon you’ll see you don’t have the right tools or can’t follow the instructions correctly. Now you’re stuck with half a porch swing and not enough will or expertise to see it through.

For anyone already wielding a small carpentry operation, a porch swing could be a breeze. For those without the space, knowledge, or equipment, building one yourself may be a mistake.

DIY does not ensure safety

No one should be afraid of building a porch swing, but amateurs operating saws and sanders must come with some precautions. Not only does your project come with certain risks, your porch swing installation may not be able to support the load that we guarantee to our customers.

If you want something safe that lasts at a great value, I encourage you to start by looking at some of our products. Our LuxCraft porch swings are designed to be comfortable, fashionable, and last for years with warranties to back them up.

  • Jordan Van Maanen
Guest Post: Alicia Van Maanen Sausage Ramen Soup Recipe

Guest Post: Alicia Van Maanen Sausage Ramen Soup Recipe 0

Sausage Ramen Soup 

10 hour work days on Wednesdays are always fun.

I came home tonight, seriously exhausted, to an empty house. Took a bath (it was glorious), did the dishes and cleaned a bit, and decided that I was starvin marvin and couldn’t wait for supper until hubby got home.

I was going to make this sausage gnocchi soup that I had planned on my menu, and then I realized that the spinach in the fridge had water in it and the mushrooms… well they didn’t look good either. So those got put in the garbage and I decided to get creative 

I had turkey breakfast sausage that I had browned the night before so I needed to use that (before that went bad too )… and I felt like soup and something warm and cozy-feeling.

So here’s what I made… I really didn’t know about it. Like seriously I was putting it all together fully preparing to make a frozen pizza afterwards.

Then I did my mandatory taste test… OMG you guys. It made my heart happy.

Here is the recipe 

  • 1# breakfast sausage (browned)
  • 1 bag oriental/stir fry veggies (broccoli, peppers, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (I use the kind in a squeeze bottle… its bomb)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp (ish) soy sauce
  • 1/2 c (ish) teriyaki sauce
  • 2 bags ramen noodles, minus the seasoning

Throw some olive oil in a pan and saute the bag of veggies with the garlic and ginger for a bit.. until they are about at the point where you want to eat them.

Cook the ramen noodles in some water. Throw away the ramen seasoning.

Add the cooked ground breakfast sausage, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce. Mix it all together.

Add the ramen noodles (with the water) to the veggie mix.

Do the required taste test and add things like salt and pepper and whatever else your heart desires.

This made 4 adult sized meals 

  • Jordan Van Maanen