Holidays, Smooth Sailing for Labor Day

I’ve tried to really keep the E’s in Entertaining this summer with easy recipes and entertaining ideas, like a Backyard Picnic

 

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Last weekend we had our family summer finale since we can’t all be together for Labor Day

 

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All it takes is a little advance planning,  and you will feel like someone did the cooking for you!

Here’s some effortless things to keep in mind to take the labor out of your Labor Day

Breakfast

Breakfast on a Stick is popular with everyone, skewer a variety of fruits, bagels, sweet rolls and donut pieces, even bacon!

 

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Almond Danish,  look like they came from a fancy bakery, but they are crescent rolls filled with almond paste and a little brown sugar-

You can also bake them with bacon, eggs & cheese for a unique breakfast casserole Buried Danish Breakfast Bake

 

almond danish

 

Bacon Biscuit Bake made with bacon, canned biscuits and cheese is perfect for morning nibbling…make a big batch, it will go fast!

 

bacon biscuit bake

Lunch

Hot Dog Bar- make everyday hot dogs special by laying out a spread of different mustard and condiments

Make some Bacon Jam in advance for a real treat on burgers and dogs…

 

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Amp up your burgers with Bleu Cheese Buns

 

bleu cheese buns

 

or serve them on Alexia’s Sourdough Cheese Rolls, found in the frozen bread section

 

sourdough rolls

 

Serve BLT  Skewers with a BBQ Bloody Mary to kick off the weekend

 

 

bloody mary thepaintedapron.com

 

 

Italiano Morsi are a great grab and go sandwich on a stick made with pesto and favorite Italian meats and cheeses

 

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Naan Pizzas can be made in minutes

 

basil pesto naan

Try a savory Basil Pesto version or a sweeter Summer Fruit

 

berry topped naan

 

Appetizers

 

Try 5 Minute Mystery Dip,  the ingredients sound weird, but there’s never any left!

 

5 min mystery dip

 

 

Chili Lime Corn Nachos are so good and so different!

 

chili lime corn nachos

 

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Chili Shrimp, oh boy, do these ever swim away…

 

bacon wrapped sweet chili shrimp

 

Salads

 

Cool Cucumber Salad can be served by itself or atop salad greens

 

 

cucumber salad thepaintedapron.com

 

Lazy Day Grape Salad can be made in advance and will keep for several days

 

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Bleu Cheese Lite Coleslaw   pairs nicely on the side or on top of BBQ pork or chicken sliders

 

 

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Sides

Cherry Tomato Tian

 

summer vegetable tian

 

Pantry Potatoes  are effortless, prepped in 5 Minutes with frozen hashbrowns

 

pantry potatoes thepaintedapron.com

 

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Boats  are very figure friendly 👗

 

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Dinner

Go kebab crazy!  Let everyone pitch in-

Blackened Lemon Shrimp Skewers

 

blackened lemon shrimp skewers

 

Hawaiian Chicken with Smoked Sausage, Peaches & Apricots

 

summer kebabs thepaintedapron.com

 

Teriyaki Steak Kebabs are a complete meal on a stick!

1. Marinate the meat ahead of time, then let everyone make their own

2.  Slice squash or zucchini, onions, mushrooms, peppers, pineapple, anything goes-

3.  Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds to make them look festive

 

teriyaki steak kebabs

I like this bottled sauce from Soy Vay

 

teriyaki sauce

 

Dessert

Keep things cool on these last days of summer with these easy ice box and freezer desserts

Lazy Lemon Pie

 

lemon pie jar

 

Inside Out Berry Pie

 

inside out berry pie

 

Chocolate Mint Cookies & Cream

 

mint chocolate ice cream

 

Have an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Get a gallon bucket of vanilla ice cream and set out a variety of syrups and toppings-crumbled cookies, M&Ms, chopped candy bars, chocolate chips, berries…and don’t forget the whipped cream!

 

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Hope your Labor Day is fun and laborless!!

 

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29 Responses to “Holidays, Smooth Sailing for Labor Day”
  1. Jenna, what great ideas for an easy Labor Day! I want breakfast on a stick with my coffee, do you deliver? Pam @ Everyday Living

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  2. Mary says:

    Thanks for the round-up for a laborless holiday weekend Jenna! Breakfast on a stick or pie in a jar sounds pretty good to me this morning 🙂

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  3. Jodi says:

    so so many great ideas! fabulous Jenna! love them all – easy, delicious, and beautiful!

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  4. Lovin’ the little sandwiches on sticks:@)

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  5. Kim says:

    Oh, my, how do I choose? Everything looks so delicious! Looks like y’all had a fun weekend early for Labor Day. 🙂

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  6. Those are lucky grandkids! It all looks so fab!

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  7. Emily says:

    Jeana, you are my go to “queen” of southern entertaining for fabulous recipes. If I had all of these dishes in front of me I would be totally confused as to what to eat, it all looks so yummy. I really like your hot dog bar set-up and the sundae table. The skewers, burgers and sides are all Labor Day perfect. I love that last photograph with you grands in the boat, so sweet………..

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  8. Summer Daisy says:

    The pizza looks so tempting! Love your ideas ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  9. Kathleen says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of food! You’ve made me hungry! Looks like you had a great time!

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  10. doodletllc says:

    Fabulous Ideas for Summer entertaining…with just enough left in Summer to try a few. Thanks!

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  11. Some wonderful ideas — thanks for so many good tips and links!

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  12. You blew me away with this blog post. Surely it is the best one ever! So many great ideas, tons of yummy sounding recipes, and a glimpse of your family to boot. That bloody mary looks good now, and I love the skewer, so I’m going to try that. I’ve been curious about bacon jam as well, so thanks for the link there. What a fun post!

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  13. Patricia says:

    Would love to be your neighbor.

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  14. Ellen Shook says:

    I am putting this post up on my favorites bar because there are so many goodies in it, you almost don’t need to look anywhere else. I love that grape salad, and I think it is time to make some. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

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  15. Stacey says:

    Oh my goodness, you have so many wonderful recipes. Your family is mighty lucky to have you cooking for them. 🙂

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  16. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Breakfast on a stick is pure genius, but then I saw the Bloody Mary . . . how can one person be so smart?

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  17. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Oh I love all of these recipes and they are all great ideas for cooking for Labor Day weekend! Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. I hope you have a wonderful week and labor day weekend!! 🙂
    Julie

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  18. JESS44903 says:

    Everything looks so tasty!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  19. Sandra Garth says:

    I’ll take a little of each please, everything looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your links with us at Celebrate Your Story. Have a wonderful holiday!

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