Summer is coming to an end, but it's not over yet! We've got 10 easy and oh-so-delicious ways to soak up every last ray of the season.
1. Gaze at the Stars
Stay up late, find a cozy spot and direct your gaze to the sky. While you're at it, indulge in a Double-Stack S'more. It'll make your search for Orion's belt that much sweeter!
2. Stock up at the Farmers Market
Don't let the season end without taking one last trip to the farmer's market. After all, the best way to extend summer is to preserve it, can it, or pickle it. Even in the dead of winter, these Fresh Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles will bring you right back to summer!
3. Chill Out by the Pool
Lakes, rivers and backyard pools all work equally well. What’s most important is that you have a place to lie out and nothing to do. Except for cooling off with Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Pops, that is.
4. Pack a Picnic
The key to the perfect picnic is one part location, and one part food. This Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli is a can't miss. Pair it with a Craft Mocktail and you're halfway to picnic paradise.
5. Frequent a Lemonade Stand or Host Your Own
Support a young entrepreneur in your neighborhood or teach your own child about running a small business. Lesson one: Providing a great product. This Sparkling Strawberry-Lemonade Slush is just the ticket!
6. Fire Up the Grill
While you can probably grill into early fall, we'd be remiss not to include it in our list. There's almost no limit to what you can throw on the grill (burgers, brats, pizza, fruit) but it's these Grilled Barbecue Chicken Kabobs that we’re promising to make one more time.
7. Host a Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest
Thick, juicy slices of watermelon are a rite of summer. So too are seed-spitting contests. Gather everyone up for one last competition and fire away. What’s the reward for participation? Frosty Watermelon Coolers, of course!
8. Dine Alfresco
What is it about dining in the open air that makes food seem to taste better? We’re not sure, but we do know what makes this Mexican Party Salad a standout: it’s delicious layers. It’s hard to resist such a pretty dish!
9. Eat Off a Stick
State and county fairs are staples of summer. And everyone knows the best fair foods are the ones that come on a stick. So if you haven’t been to your local fair yet, we suggest making Savory Corn on a Stick, pronto.
10. Watch the Sun Set
Late summer sunsets are a thing of beauty. Drink in their striking colors and eye-catching patterns while raising a toast with Summer Fruit Sangria Sparklers. Here’s to you, summer. Cheers!