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Backyard Grilling + Summer Menu

That time of year is upon us where there are lots of days filled with playing outside, picnics and grilling! Here at Indian Run Landscaping, we love being outdoors and the more food the better!

This blog will have a few simple recipes just in time for all your summer outdoor barbecues. These sides and desserts go great with your grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and kabobs!

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Independence Day is just around the corner, so let’s start off with those patriotic recipes! Strawberries or raspberries and blueberries can make almost any recipe look festive.

Bake your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, add vanilla icing and decorate with a few berries on top – ta-da you have red, white and blue!

Or place fresh blueberries in a small bowl and put in the top left corner of the tray. Then alternate rows of strawberries (or raspberries) and white chocolate covered pretzels and make the design of the American Flag!

If you are looking for a healthier option – you can also try this fruity patriotic recipe from Eating on a Dime.

Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

16 ounces of strawberries (washed and sliced in half)

1 pint of blueberries (rinsed)

3 bananas (sliced)

1/8 cup of honey

1 fresh lime

Combine all fruit in a bowl.

In another bowl, mix the honey and squeeze the lime juice into the bowl

Drizzle the honey lime glaze over the fruit and stir to coat

Serve or refrigerate.

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If your summer plans include a Hawaiian Luau themed party or you just love coconut – then here is a great dessert from Raia’s Recipes.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

¼ Cup of honey

2 cups of coconut

  • Blend together

¼ Cup of coconut oil

½ cup chocolate chips

¼ tsp salt (optional)

  • Melt together on the stove

Pour coconut mixture into an 8×8 pan and push down

Pour melted chocolate on top of the coconut and let set in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.

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Better Homes & Gardens published their July 2019 magazine and there are lots of fun hot dog recipes! BHG reports that the more toppings for your hot dog bar the better – and we couldn’t agree more!

Of course, you need the usual favorites of ketchup, mustard, relish and sauerkraut. But have you thought about having the following condiment options to up your game?

Pickle slices

Jalapenos

Caramelized onions

Cole slaw

You can check out BHG’s full Fourth of July party guide here. And while we are on the subject of food and parties – check out their Burger Bash article here.

Are you hosting all the summer picnics this year? Give us a call (717-285-2750) to get your yard looking party ready or schedule an appointment here.

 

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