I just realized when I saw the ideas that maybe the picture was deceiving (not on purpose) on how big this crock is. Next to the crock I put a utensil crock and a water jug crock so you could see the size of this thing. It is very big!
Suz: Your idea is great but we have a soda pop machine in the BBQ area. It is an "ex" commercial one. We also have an ice maker out there in BBQ area too. You are in Florida - I thought it was abuse if you didn't have one ;) I know it IS abuse if you don't have a pool!
I do put utensils in a crock .... but the smaller one that's in the picture.
It's been in the backyard storing small pool toys and some dog toys too. If you want to offer some more ideas - they will be appreciated. Thanks, DeeDee :)