Labor Day: Fun & Food With Our People

By Cheryl Ryan

I took this summer off from blog writing to travel relax. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed some carefree summertime of your own.

It’s been a travel, go to concerts, BBQs and family reunions type of summer. Several friends of mine got Covid while traveling internationally and had to stay in their rooms, missing part of their vacation. I can’t think of anyone that complained. They would rather have gone on their trip and missed some travel than not gone at all.

And now we’ve all made it to Labor Day. I’m starting to hear talk about days getting shorter as we head into fall. I love it. I love that we’re here.

So how are you going to celebrate this year? We’ve got family coming into town and it’s supposed to be a hot one, so we’ll be planning our activities around that. 

Since it’s going to be hot, I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen. So all the things listed below are dishes that are either simple or do double duty!


Here are some BBQ ideas for a traditional Labor Day cookout. I like this veggie and meat chili recipe, which is also great as leftovers. I think I’ll double it, freeze some and serve with cornbread for next weekend’s football games. I’m always trying to get as much mileage out of my cooking as possible. 

This peach, tomato and burrata salad is amazingly good and so simple. And, of course, s’mores always feel summer special and are easy if you have a place to toast a marshmallow.

You may see a theme here – keep it simple so you can have fun too.


And if you’re having a party or hanging with family, this weekend is the perfect time to play the fishbowl game. It’s so much fun. I’ve found that eight to ten people is just about right.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

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