It seems the natural thing to do -- cooking out on our little charcoal grill keeps the kitchen from getting too hot on already warm days and besides, compare chicken in the oven to on the grill and it's no contest!
On lovely evenings it's nice to get the charcoal going and just hang out together, maybe with a glass of wine, and just enjoy the quiet in the backyard, where -- if we're lucky and they aren't hanging out too high in the trees -- we can enjoy some of the birds that hang around our cottage.
And it's nice to enjoy a bit of cheese and crackers while we wait. Or if we're in a grazing mode!
Some of the best moments are just sitting quietly, talking, enjoying exactly where we are at that very moment and never wanting it to end.
Rick will often buy a pork roast and cut it into chops. They're thick and delicious!
I made Jenna's broccoli/pineapple recipe earlier this summer which was quite good and a nice change of pace for a summer salad.
If Rick has been baking, you can count on some big ham sandwiches for his lunch!
Or, if we're having burgers, he's quite likely to make the buns. Soon these will be golden brown and wonderful!
Some nights are pasta nights. I finally went through all the bags of pasta sauce I'd made last fall. Now we're waiting for tomato season to come so I can start again for the next batch.
Other times, it may be pizza. He makes a wonderfully zesty sauce!
My favorite new recipe of the summer was from Melissa Clark at the New York Times. It was a gingery grilled chicken. We don't have good peaches yet but the marinade was marvelous. On this plate you'll also see grilled pineapple slices (yum!) and my homemade potato salad.
We had a great deal at the supermarket -- three pineapples for $5. We went through two of them in a couple of days, between grilling and a huge bowl of fruit salad with pineapple and Michigan cherries and blueberries (and non-Michigan banana!).
When the good neighbors were leaving, they gave us a bag of apples they wouldn't be finishing. What do you do with a bag of apples? I made apple crisp!
All nice days come to an end.
It's always nice to peek in and see that someone else is doing this dishes.
Am I lucky? Am I grateful? And I happy? Oh yes, I am.