Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Must-Makes!

The tail end of summer is just around the corner.  Even though we’ve started another academic year, it’s still hard for me to believe another summer has passed us by. 

Of course, like most of you, we will seize grilling weather until the snow flies… but, Labor Day is one of the last summer gatherings with family & friends. 

If you are looking for something fun to take to your BBQ, here are our suggestions:

Roasted Green Bean Potato Salad
{This is a family favorite – especially with the garlic dill sauce!}

Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad
{This pasta uses your garden cucumbers & tomatoes … and feeds a crowd!}

Beer Brats
{Boil those brats in beer before your grill them… trust me.}

Grilled Smokehouse Maple Chicken Fajitas
{Do something a little different – build-your-own fajitas!}

Personal Grilled Pizzas
{This is a really fun way to customize your dinner – each person makes their own!}

Grilled Potato Fries
{To cook these faster, par-boil the potatoes! These are simply the best!}

Crockpot Baked Beans
{Because everyone loves baked beans!}

Corn on the Cob
{Either on the grill, or an easy, silk-free version!}

Easy Refrigerator Pickles
{Have cucumbers? Make 1 batch of these & you’ll be the hit of the BBQ!}

Ice Cream Cake with Raspberry Sauce
{Celebrate the end of summer with an ice cream cake!}

Strawberry Brownie Layers
{Yep. No introduction needed}

Berry Lemon Trifle
{The perfect way to use up those summer berries!}

Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars
{Not going camping?  No bon fire?  You can still enjoy s’mores!}

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake or Cupcakes
{Super fun for kids – make up some whipped cream & let them frost their own cupcakes! Not to mention, they’ll get some veggies too!}

Hope this inspiration is helpful!  What are you making? 


  1. WOW what a spread. I'm certainly inspired by are amazing too. I'm going to visit friends in Maryland/Northern VA so we are bringing fruit--summer fruit and a Spinach Salad with lots of great toppings. I believe BBQ and Potato salad is also on the menu. Thanks for sharing your beautiful dishes. Happy Labor Day!

  2. I'm drooling over here! I'll have some pizza, corn, pasta salad...and of course that brownie layered dessert! HA!

  3. That all looks so amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!


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