Fun Ideas to Celebrate the End of Summer

When it’s warm and sunny outside the summer breeze seems to be begging for us to unplug the TV, turn off the computer, and relax with friends and family. So grab a pitcher of lemonade and a few lawn chairs. There’s no need to wonder, “What’s next?” Summer is all about going with the flow!

Whether you’re thinking activities, food, or family time, having fun outside doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few ideas that involve common household items and ingredients — things that won’t take all day to cook or organize. You’ll want more time to bask in the summer fun before it’s gone!

Barbecues

Nothing says “outdoors” or “summer” more than barbecue. So why not spice up an outdoor gathering with a “specialty” sauce tasting? This could add a little kick to the picnic table and give friends and family something tasty to dish about.

Here’s how to organize it: Before friends come over, use this super basic barbecue recipe to create three or four batches of different sauces. Try a batch with lots of garlic, one with a little honey, or one with hot sauce and herbs. Write down each ‘recipe’ in a spiral bound notebook so you can keep tabs on each batch.

Serve each sauce and a variety of small plates (French fries, grilled veggies, grilled steak tips, and chicken fingers) in a dip platter. Once everyone has voted on their favorite sauce, announce the favorite and give it a personalized name. Your friends will be clamoring for you to bring over your “gourmet” batch when they grill out!

posted by razz @ 11:33 PM,

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