Although this post is a little late, I wanted to share today all the photos from my relaxing Labor Day weekend barbecue. In the past, I’ve never done anything particularly special for this holiday, aside from taking advantage of a Monday off and sleeping in a few extra hours. So this year I wanted to do something special, so I gathered my friends together for a late-afternoon barbecue to enjoy good food and great company on a relaxing 3-day weekend.
Lucky for us, the courtyard outside the apartment complex is well-equiped for such an event; furnished with new gas grills, plush outdoor seating, and a cozy central brick fireplace to tie the space together. All that was left for us to do was provide the food!
Because I was feeling ambitious, I decided to go all-out with the menu and make everything by scratch. I used some classic, no-fail, family recipes, as well as a few brand new ones that I created based on similar tastes I’ve enjoyed lately at various restaurants. I also discovered the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, that resulted in a batch of the most picture-perfect, delicious treats I’ve ever made!
It was a pretty low-key afternoon, but it was a great way to close out the three-day weekend. There’s always something rejuvenating about getting together, laughing, and chatting with good friends after a long week. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of life, so moments like that are a great opportunity to ground yourself in the more important things of life. And when you add some homemade burgers & dessert, there’s absolutely nothing better :).
If you’d like the recipes for some of these dishes, let me know in the comments! And let me know if you’d like to see more cooking/baking posts in general, as I’m a huge foodie and love to share that passion with others!
Hope everyone has a happy Monday!