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Every year in November, we get out our griddles, rolling pins, flipping sticks, and flour.  We’ve all done our prep work, boiling the right number of Russet and Red potatoes, ricing them, mixing in the cream, flour, salt, and other ingredients.  Yes, it is that special day of the year:  Lefse Making Day.

Remembering my Grandma Ruth, my sisters, mom, and I dutifully carry out this labor of love.  I always get a little teary as I remember the day Grandma gave me her lefse griddle and lefse flipping stick, carefully made for her by my Grandpa Wallace many years before.  Although I use the griddle throughout the year for pancakes and crepes, the day it’s used for lefse is a special day.  Some years cousins join in the fun, and some years it’s just a few of us.  We work together to make the huge batches of lefse—we need enough to last us through the upcoming holidays.

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Salmon Burger

Summer meals are all about the grill! If you’re tired of the traditional fare of hot dogs and hamburgers, change up your dinner plans for the rest of the season. Fire up the grill and test these new ideas!

Who says the only main dishes you can make on a grill are the ones topped with ketchup and mustard? Prepare something new tonight that your whole family will love, like eggplant parmigiana, salmon burgers, or even pizza! For side dishes, toss up a grilled salad, mix up grilled polenta, or bake some potato skins.

Grilled Skillet Peach Pie

When it comes to dessert, the grill can be your friend there, too! Try a pineapple berry “hobo pack” or even bake up an entire grilled skillet peach pie! Be creative and try your hand at grilling bananas, apples, and pears in any combination or by itself with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tonight, when the kids ask, “What’s for dinner?” you can surprise them with something new and exciting, fresh off the grill!

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Hard to believe that August has arrived…which means there is only one month of summer left!  With entertaining, traveling, adventures and fun abounding, it will be hard to see it go.  But it’s not too late to make the most of these weeks.  Here are a few ways to pay homage to what’s left of the precious days:

Take a mystery day trip: Packing a cooler full of picnic food and drinks and heading out to wherever the road leads is a great way to take advantage of the time off school and the freedom summer brings.  Pull out the map, find a cool road and begin to explore with the kids – just be sure you remember it is about the journey, not the destination.  Don’t rush to get somewhere – treasure the places you find, and savor your picnic along the way in a newfound location.

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One of the most exciting things about cabin life is discovering new things about a different locale or property.  As for us, we stumbled upon a goldmine as we embarked on our first summer at the cabin.  Nestled behind the grand pine trees, between the woods and our driveway, was an abundant, thriving raspberry patch.

Imagine our joy at discovering that plump, ripe fruit right outside our door – having done nothing to deserve its rewards.  From picking parties with grandma and early morning dashes for cereal topping, to the rain and mosquito filled harvests for exquisite company worthy desserts, those bushes have delivered!

My favorite dessert of the summer is a Raspberry Tart found online at Epicurious.com from the August, 1995 Gourmet magazine.  It has quickly become highly requested by all of its privileged tasters.

No raspberries of your own – no problem.  CobornsDelivers prides themselves on their daily produce rating, and rapsberries are considered “BEST” right now.  So skip the mosquitoes, order up and try the tart today!

Blogger, Sarah, and her family

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Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Summer is the time for get-togethers. Family reunions, high school reunions, cookouts with neighbors, and company picnics go non-stop from June to September. I’m not complaining! I love spending time with my family and friends, many of whom I don’t get the chance to see very often with our differing schedules.

I also like the opportunity that I get to try my hand at a variety of recipes to accompany me to the picnic table. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and veggie plates are wonderful, but I’m looking for something new and exciting this season – What do you think about these creative concoctions?

Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Jalapeño Potato Salad

Mini Fish Burgers

Crock Pot Spanish Rice

PB&J Cookies

Or how about these Petite BLT’s from CobornsDelivers.com (Easy Eats under “Picnic Food”)

Petite BLTs

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My kids love popsicles in all of their melting, dripping, sweet-tasting glory.  I usually buy the all-fruit varieties so that my children get some vitamins while slurping their “‘cicles.”  Now and again we decide to make our own.  It’s a fun, creative, kid-friendly activity; we get to explore different flavor combinations; and I know first-hand how nutritious the ingredients are.

Fresh Fruit Popsicles
You could take your favorite fruit juice, add lemon juice, and toss in whatever fresh fruit you happen to have on hand.  Here’s the combination I tried:

1 cup apple juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup bite-sized pieces of fresh strawberries, peaches, and grapes
Mix ingredients together and freeze in popsicle molds.

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My dad’s side of the family just had a reunion.  Most of those who came were my dad’s cousins and their kids, some whom I vaguely remember from when I was young, and some whom I’ve never even met.  It was interesting—all of these near-strangers, all somehow related to one another, gathering to meet or get reacquainted.

I chuckled to hear my 11-year-old nephew look around at the crowd and ask, “Am I actually related to all of these people?”  He had the critical duty of helping carry in the crock pots, platters, trays, and bowls of food from the cars pulling in the driveway.  He gleefully said to me, “Look at all of this food!  And half of it’s dessert!”

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