Plan a Summer Pool Party

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Make a splash this summer by holding the ultimate backyard bash.  A pool party!  Whether you have a pool of your own or have to borrow a neighbor’s backyard, nothing says summer fun like games, nice cool water and delicious food.  So invite all your friends, plan some fun games and activities for the kids, and cook up this delicious menu, perfect for a hot summer day.  And you know our motto here, when throwing a party it’s all about what you can do ahead so you get to partake in the fun rather than slave away in the kitchen.

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“Wet” your guest’s appetite with this delicious appetizer, walnut praline brie and fruit platter.  Sweet and savory this dish is perfect with bread, crostini, or crackers.

image Slow cooker pulled pork sliders with buttermilk slaw are the perfect sandwiches to fill your guests bellies.  Make the pork and slaw the day before and assemble the sliders just before you serve them.

imageUltimate creamy potato salad is simple to make, but full of flavor.  The fresh herbs add so much flavor to this wonderful summer salad.

imageIt’s not a proper summertime meal without corn on the cob.  At it’s best in the summer, who can resist that sweet crunch?  Try Paula’s grilled corn on the cob.  Grilling the corn adds so much smoky flavor to everyone’s favorite summer vegetable.

imageWash it all down with sparkling sweet cherry lemonade.  A perfect summer refreshment.

imageAnd for a sweet treat and to cool everyone down make a batch of raspberry sorbet.  Raspberries are at their peak of perfection in the summer months.  Light and satisfying, this sorbet is a great dessert to close out your yummy pool party meal.

 

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm