I recently got to hang out with some friends over the weekend and when I showed up at my buddy Brian's house, I realized why we haven't seen much of him and his wife. Simply put, they've been busy updating their backyard and growing a few things.

As the evening went on, we got to discussing what enticed them to go all out and add their outdoor kitchen and amazing pergola (with a bar I might add). The other thing we  noticed was that they had grown an incredible vegetable and a flower garden.

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They have both been working from home thus had more time to concentrate on some projects they were working on. My buddy said they don't go out much anymore because they love their place.

So I started looking around on social media and discovered we Texans have a few things we are interested in and have been doing. There are some topics that seem to be trending on social media in the Lone Star State.

Here's what I discovered. They are in no particular order, and yes, I've started doing some of these at my place. First off, planting a home garden tends to relieve stress and anxiety, plus it can encourage a person to start eating healthier. Adding in a small flower garden was Brian's wife's idea and the place looks great.

We Texans love our tacos and mesquite-grilled steaks

The huge pergola, BBQ pit, griddle, and bar were a nice touch. However, I know how much we all like to go eat to out here in West Texas on "Taco Tuesdays". That's when my buddy revealed that scrolling through social media, he found the real restaurant recipes for his favorite foods, from tacos to steaks.

So I've decided to share with you what I found on places like Facebook, Tik Tok, Pinterest, Yelp, and Twitter. These are the top five hottest "outdoor living" trends happening in Texas:

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