Tag Archives: Summer

Outdoor Summer Concert Planning Checklist

26 Jun

concert collage 2I love going to outdoor concerts to hear some of my favorite artists.  It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and enjoy music at the same time.  Over the years I have learned some tricks to making it an enjoyable evening by planning ahead.  I thought I would share some of my tips with you on how to plan for a memorable outing!

A week before the concert, start an email with your group to plan for food.  With our friends, we typically volunteer to bring food that’s portable and easy to share.  I usually have everyone “reply to all” to get an idea of what’s being planned so you don’t end up with all desserts or six cheese platters!

I’ve put together a checklist of items you will need for your outdoor concert and everyone can chip in with different items.  Here’s a handy list of items to bring to your outdoor concert:

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This list can seem a little overwhelming.  Just plan ahead and it will be smooth sailing and a great day (or evening) of friendship and fun.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear if you have any other tips I missed!  And feel free to share what outdoor summer concerts you are planning to attend this summer.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

3 Fabulous Summer Salads You Need to Try

11 Jun

Warm weather is finally here.  With it comes an opportunity to lighten up with our food (and mood!).  I love making salads for dinner and parties.  I happen to grow a few varieties of lettuce and spinach in my garden, so any opportunity to use them in a salad is a bonus.  Here are 3 summer salad recipes I can’t wait to try this summer.

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I found this Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing on Pinterest.  I think this would be the perfect salad for a warm night with a glass of white wine.  Or the perfect salad to make for a backyard BBQ.   The recipe is in the link.

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This salad is a meal in itself!  For those who like to kick up the heat, this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad looks delicious.  So many flavors in one bowl.  Recipe in link.

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Now this salad happens to be a staple in my home.  My friend Michele has made this for years and it’s a knock-off from a popular restaurant in Chicago called Portillo’s.  I make this salad all the time for parties and people ask me over and over to make it again (and for the recipe, too!).  Portillo’s Chopped Salad makes a fantastic side dish at a party … or you can add some diced chicken to make it a meal on it’s own.  Recipe in link.

What salads do you make that just scream summer?  Or do you have a favorite recipe that you’re known for?   Share with us in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 Photo credits:  thegardengrazer.com, lexiscleankitchen.com, the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

 

Summer Party Favorite: Peanut Butter Bars

10 Jul

This weekend I have two parties to attend and was asked to bring a dessert.  When it’s summer, I always fall back on my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  I thought I’d share the recipe so you, too, can be the hit at your next Summer BBQ or get together.  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

Frosting:

1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Jennifer