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Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Lucky us: Mark’s show closes Sunday and we both have Monday off, so it actually IS a long weekend in our house. Georgia moved up to the toddler room at day care (sob) where she is eating at a preschool table with miniature chairs, napping for three hours a day, learning Montessori works and bonding with a more intimate group of classmates. She also did her first somersault last weekend so we are signing her up for toddler gymnastics. Where did my baby go??

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We are visiting with Mark’s Grandfather, a World War II veteran, this weekend and probably cooking out at his house in New Bedford (the onetime whaling capital of the world, still a major fishing port). In fact, if you’re ever in the area, New Bedford has a world-class whaling museum, historical waterfront and even a zoo!

Are you grilling at home or with friends, too? When you have the basics covered, here are my picks for what to serve on the side, at dessert and as appetizers.

Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Kielbasa

(Vegan) Spinach and Artichoke Dip (serve with the homemade pita chips in my salsa recipe, above)

Pillsbury Sausage Party Bites

Refreshing Basil Lemonade

Pimm’s Cup (for the adults!)

Apple-Fennel Slaw

Meatball Pizza (cook it on the grill!)

Belgian Salad (a cold, tangy vegetable salad that doesn’t spoil if kept outdoors all day)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble (what a crowd pleaser!)

Orange Creamsicle Cake (egg-free! with whipped cream…mmm)

It isn’t exactly hot out yet, but to be ready, I just ordered Georgia this awesome-looking water park table (!!!) Can’t wait to see her with it when the dog days of summer hit.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Enjoy the outdoors, friends, family and food. xoxo

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