Summer’s Last Hurrah: Happy Labor Day from Home-Ec 101

Heather says:

Well, we’re already here, Labor Day Weekend, the last official hurrah of summer. Oh, here in the Lowcountry of SC we’ve still got a long way to go before cooler temperatures set in, but this is still the last weekend that says watermelon and lemonade, sprinklers and popsicles, beaches or lake, picnics and barbecues. Even though I have to work all weekend, I plan on milking Sunday afternoon for all it’s worth.

Maybe I’ll pack a picnic and drag the kids to the beach (not that they would object) or maybe I’ll just put the slip’n’slide out in the yard and kill one more strip of grass (you’re welcome, neighbors).

Whatever we do, there will be food. Why? Because in my little world, food is awesome.

Pork Spare Ribs
 Grilled Buffalo Wings  Loaded Bratburgers
 Steaks Fried Chicken
 Lowcountry Boil  Grilled Vegetable Packets
 Coleslaw  Broccoli Salad
 Potato Salad  Heather's Pasta Salad
Dill Cucumber Salad  Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
 Tomato Salad  Chipotle Mayo

Hopefully these picnic / cookout ideas will get you inspired. Are you cooking out or grilling this weekend? What are you making?

Do you have big plans for this Labor Day?

Don’t forget to practice basic food safety, you don’t want to end the summer with a trip to the ER, do you? Avoid cross-contamination, keep foods out of the bacterial danger zone, and when in doubt, throw it out.

Oh and finally a random aside:

Would anyone be interested in my taking the time to throw together a cleaning playlist (the stuff I tend to blare when no one is home to make fun of me?) I can do it in a variety of ways, if you’re on Spotify, Amazon MP3s, or whatever. . .  It just crossed my mind as I was looking at something late last night and you never know, sometimes those last thoughts before you drift off are good.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and please, if you drink, do so responsibly, I want all of you back here, bright and early on Tuesday!


  1. Bobbie Laughman on September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Cleaning playlist=YES, please.I had one on my old XP computer which, not having been connected to the internet for over year and a half, promptly died of shock when it was re-connected. Oh well…my son says we can at least get my data off the poor thing before it heads out for scrap)

  2. LisaMichelle on August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

    A cleaning playlist sounds Great!I could do with all the help I can get 😀

    • HeatherSolos on September 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

      LisaMichelle cool, hope you like 90s alternative. . .  (I listen to other stuff, too, don’t worry)

      • LisaMichelle on September 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

        HeatherSolos LisaMichelle 90’s alternative sounds great to me Looking forward to it 😀

  3. pamela1 on August 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Happy Long weekend!!  We plan to BBQ a brisket Texas style with some friends at our cabin at the lake.  Corn on the cob.  Fresh garden vegetables.  Home-made lemonaide and ice tea.  And don’t forget home made ice cream. Yes, I am so excited!! We have a Big Steel Keg (Broil King Keg) which we adore. 

    • HeatherSolos on September 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

      pamela1 that sounds awesome. If you share your recipe, I’ll do my best to get it posted with pictures within a semi-timely manner (with credit of course)

      • pamela1 on September 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        HeatherSolos pamela1  Heather, you are wonderful and you take my breath away.  Moi?  With a recipe credit??  I feel so special.The problem is, we really don’t have a recipe.  It’s a process, and the key is our komado style BBQ cooker (  No, I am not selling the darn things.  My husband starts the night before with a dry rub all over the brisket.  He then gets up a 4:00am to start the fire and put the brisket on.  A meat thermometer is inserted.   You then close the lid and the meat needs to cook at low heat (220) for about 13 hours.  You don’t open the BBQ until the meat is done.  The meat comes out tender and juicy.  We tend to like Rudy’s Rub and BBQ sauce, but I am looking to develop my own, if possible.   I don’t think that this meal is possible with a regular grill BBQ.  Thank you for your sweet interest in my silly post.  BTW – the meal was fabulous and we enjoyed our weekend.  I appreciate all your work, Heather.  

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