What are your Labor Day plans? Off to the beach? Mowing the grass? Taking a nap?
If you’re planning a picnic or an outdoor get-together, try Heaping Hot Dog Sandwiches. This is our go-to hot dog recipe when the grill is already full with burgers and veggie kabobs.
Because this recipe is kid-friendly, it’s a great way to keep the kiddos occupied while you man the grill. They may just feel so successful that they’ll volunteer for other household duties as well. (Then you really can get that nap!)
While these cheesy sandwiches are cooking in the slow cooker, throw Bourbon Chicken on the grill and whip up Crunchy Pea Salad for a picnic-y side.
Eating together has been one of the great human pleasures since forever.
Potlucks Make Eating with Friends Possible
But now more than ever, sharing the job of preparing that food is important, maybe even necessary, if eating together is going to happen. Otherwise, we may not sit down to a meal with friends anymore—except in a restaurant.
Mercifully, most of our good friends and family also live over-full lives. They know we aren’t lazy, disloyal, inept, or cheap if our invitation to a meal together comes with a food assignment.
Family Reunions and Fellowship Meals
When I was growing up, we took a hot dish and a cold dish to family reunions and church fellowship meals. That’s when I learned that Dorothy’s deviled eggs were the best and Luetta’s rhubarb pie was unmatched.
When our kids were growing up, we lived between two great families. Our kids played together, but we grown-ups seldom had more than two-sentence-long conversations. That’s when we instituted three backyard picnics a summer.
Each time, one of us made a main dish (usually grilled), another provided salad and veggies, and the other brought dessert. We took turns bringing the different foods. Whoever hosted the event took care of dinnerware. Unless we were running short on plates or silver and asked for a little assistance from the others. It was that kind of easy atmosphere.
Many of you tell us that you love using your slow cooker in the summer. We agree! It is a great way to avoid a hot kitchen and still serve a full meal to your family for dinner without spending a lot of time and effort.
These enchiladas are great for summertime. You prepare the main part of the dish (the beef) in your slow cooker, and then assemble the rest of the dish whenever you want. You can even make this a picnic lunch, assembling all of the components when you arrive at your picnic destination.
The recipe calls for cans of chilies, but for a bit more kick, add some fresh chilies from your garden. Use your discretion, of course, since fresh chilies are usually spicier than the canned varieties!
It’s picnic time! Well, maybe not quite yet, but the beautiful spring weather here in Lancaster County is making us anticipate being outside this summer. I mean, just look at the beauty we get to see each and every day! (Warning: This will make you want to visit our area and picnic here with us!)