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Labor Day Weekend Recipes

Posted Sep 01 2011 8:47am
Another gorgeous Michigan summer comes to a close and we look back even just in the last few months of all the fun we had. Lots of sunny beach days, water splashing and sweaty car rides. I feel blessed every day to live in such a beautiful part of the country... we have gorgeous lakes, weather (yes, all year long baby!) and fresh food. I would say that summer is my favorite season, but I am definitely a 4 seasons-kind of girl. Yet, I do think it is fun to celebrate each season for it's own gifts. Like long sunny days ending with breathtaking sunsets and pounds and pounds of blueberries.
This labor day weekend, me and my family will be spending it next to Lake Michigan to take a deep breathe of rest. The month of September is always one of the busiest of the year for my family and we need to have some calm before the storm. Some rest and enjoyment. So, to the beach we go.When it comes to food, I like to keep it simple (no surprise here!), and stick to what's in season and have a little fun treat to celebrate as well. So here are a few of my latest favorites that will be making an appearance in my coming weekend, and then there are a few other suggestions for picnic, cookout and lazy end-of-summer relaxing food. The Menu, Easy Packing Picnic Food, and Simple Fresh-ness Recipes:
Tangy Cucumber Salad (vegan) Simple Potato Salad Summer Pesto Pasta Salad Dragon Tongue Beans with Green Relish (vegan) Garden Fresh Quinoa Pilaf (vegan) Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars (vegan) Blueberry Pie Ice Cream (vegan) Stevia Sweetened Lemonade and for a little extra richness.... Zucchini Chocolate Cake
Some other additional ideas for the grill:Grilled Corn on the CobGrilled Organic Chicken Sausage or BratsGrilled Fruit, Veggie and Chicken KabobsGrilled Wild Salmon Steaks with fresh salsa
There is something about the changing seasons that I resonate closely too. The bittersweet ending, yet beginning to something coming. Like the growing babe that I have been watching all year. Next month he will turn one it will be the sweetest, yet bittersweet turning point. There is no going back, yet there is so much excitement for the future. We must fully engage in the gifts we are giving in each season- because life so quickly moves on. Each season has it's hardships and gifts, and sometimes you'll find that they are the same thing. Don't let yourself play the victim to your own life. I guarantee you have a list to be thankful for. Find true contentment in the gifts God so graciously gives.
I hope you find rest and peace this long weekend and enjoy our last hurrah before the fall routine sets in.
Much love to you as always!
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