BBQ’n for Memorial Day



I don’t know about you, but I love any excuse to have friends over to our house  — for holidays, birthdays, football game watching, or a weekend BBQ. We usually do burgers and dogs or a rack of ribs for summer cookouts. I’m not sure what will be on the grill yet for Memorial Day, but I know it will be delicious! Here are my picks for some great BBQ essentials.


1. The perfect festive tray for hot dogs!

2. A drink dispenser for lemonade or sangria.

3. Striped paper straws are always needed for a party.

4. Wooden Ice Cream Spoons — who wouldn’t love ice cream sundaes for dessert?

5. How appropriate is this cheese board?


And some yummy recipes….

— Refreshing Sangria Bianca for the ladies.

— Festive fruit skewers for kids or adults.

— I’m a sucker for a good burger. Here’s a slight twist on the traditional recipe.

— A healthier alternative to burgers and brats.

— A homemade ice cream sundae bar to finish off the festivities.

ringing in 2013

2013 is here, and with the help of lots of our friends, we rang it in in style. Craig’s bar was finished JUST in time for a “grand re-opening” after
our dinner party. The basement and patio remodel gave us so much more space to entertain, and we love it! Here are a few shots from our
New Year’s Eve party::


Sangria in my fun new mason jar drink dispenser::

Rotel cups with the much-needed addition of ground beef::

Dinner for 10::

Smoked pork butt, hash brown casserole, the best salad ever, corn casserole, popovers, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus::

Time for s’mores over the fire pit::


The hanging pallet bed can successfully hold 5 girls::


Happy to start 2013 off with the guy::