I’m having trouble believing next this weekend is Labor Day weekend.

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Labor Day weekend. The end of white pants, white shoes, and more importantly, the symbolic end of summer. Kids are back in school and the mornings are damp with a dew. The chill in the air suggests the whisper of the impending fall, but it quickly fades and is replaced by the muggy summer heat we’ve become so familiar with the last few months.

I’m looking forward to fall like you wouldn’t believe: hoodies, scarves, boots, and lattes. Apples, pumpkins, cloves, and nutmeg. But part of me is mourning the end of summer. There were no weekends on the boat this year. No wakeboarding adventures. No wine festivals. No concerts on the lawn and no running races.

But our summer was full of plenty of joy: laughing, reaching, crawling, standing. The milestones we watched this summer were far more important than a few extra moments basking in the sun.

The cooler weather means more walks and runs with baby. Maybe some family bike rides. Hikes and hopefully some apple picking. But first we have to send off summer in style. With good food of course. Winking smile

Pull out that grill one more time and use it to add that unmistakable flavor to your burgers, buns, and veggies. Your Labor Day feast doesn’t have to mean mayo-laden potato salad and coleslaw, hot dogs and cheeseburgers. Think outside the box and keep things light and fresh this time around with some of these healthy labor day food ideas:


Black Bean and Roasted Corn Nacho Bites with Avocado Crema

black bean nacho bites

Chickpea Quinoa Pineapple Burgers

chickpea quinoa burgers

Potato Rolls

potato rolls

Oven “Fried” Pickles with Skinny Herb Buttermilk Ranch Dip


Grilled Pesto Potatoes


Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob


Honey Balsamic Roasted Cherries

honey balsamic roasted cherries

White Peach Cardamom Crumble

white peach crisp recipe

A unique burger, scratch made buns, fun veggie sides, and out-of-the-box desserts with end-of-summer fresh fruit. What better way to celebrate the end of a wonderful season?

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