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Our little family of three celebrated the long weekend by breaking out the grill and kicking off summer in true American fashion. While it certainly wasn’t the first time we’ve grilled this year, it felt like the first time as it was a rare occasion when the toddler took a good nap and was able to stay up and {be pleasant enough} to have dinner with us.

I have to admit, our meal was a home run. We grilled fish for fish tacos, veggies, and corn on the cob. {Have you tried grilling corn on the cob? It’s delicious.} The toddler dug right in.

It got us excited for a summer filled with grilling and outdoor dining on the porch, one of our favorite places to enjoy meals and drinks. The standard favorites are always good options: grilled chicken, fish, burgers, etc., but sometimes it’s a little more fun to get creative. Here are a couple ideas to get your grill-juices flowing, plus some other fun ideas for outdoor dining that don’t involve the grill or even any cooking at all. {Homemade freezer pops anyone?!}

Check out 14 Fab Summer Recipes for Outdoor Entertaining

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What are your favorite things to grill? Feel free to leave a link to your favorite recipe or pin.