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Summer Barbecue, S’mores and Father’s Day

Father's Day and barbecue

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A sprinkling of barbecue flavor brings out the taste of summer.

Our little Weber grill is out in the backyard and is being put to use again.  This Father’s Day weekend will be filled with many activities for us as a family. Starting early Saturday morning, Dad and the kids will be running in a 5K race, followed by our little town parade, then four soccer games {Saturday & Sunday}, and a Father’s Day barbecue dinner will end the weekend nicely.

Father’s Day Menu

grilled salmon
grilled marinated flank steak
grilled vegetables
{green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms}
crusty rustic bread with dipping sauce
watermelon and Rainier cherries

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Zinnias {the sweet flowers of summer}

Zinnias - White Gunpowder . Zinnias

This is the last weekend in the month of August and it feels like the change in season is approaching just a little faster now.  The official start of fall is not for a few more weeks, but for now I want to enjoy these bright and colorful zinnias I have growing in my garden for a while longer.  They are a favorite flowering plant by gardeners for many reasons; they are easy to grow, yield multiple blooms, and they attract butterflies and bees to the garden.

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Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed greens and strawberries drizzled with tangy-sweet homemade balsamic vinaigrette make for an ideal fresh and light summer salad.  This is a nice side dish to accompany almost any entree {chicken, beef, pork, and salmon}.

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