Summertime Recipes For a Crowd

http://www.smockityfrocks.com/category/4-momsThe 4 Moms, 35 Kids have a great link-up going again – I really enjoy these! Today we are invited to share our favorite summertime hospitality recipes.

We love to have people over to our house, and my husband is always saying, “The more, the merrier.” Seriously, when you already have 11 people at home, what’s 10, 20, or 40 more?

For planned get-togethers in the summer, we will usually eat outside by the pool or inside where it’s cool. We often provide hamburgers, baked beans, salad, and the kids make a lot of homemade brownies. Guests bring whatever meat they’d like to grill, plus a dish to share – in the summertime we usually have a LOT of watermelon (the moms keep cutting it and sending bowls outside where the children have seed-spitting contests). Some people have special diets so they just eat out of their own cooler, but that’s ok with us – the point is to share each other’s company.

If it’s not terribly sweltering and we are cooking on the outside fire pit, we love to make our simple Oak Chicken. A cool and delicious summertime hit, Blueberry Pie is so simple my kids can make it. If we have a lot of Leftover Popsicles already in the freezer, we pull those out to help cool off the children.

Sometimes we have unexpected company or last-minute “hey, we’re 10 minutes away, can we stop by?” calls. (It’s those times you see how fast your children can really pick up the house! :-) ) Keeping tortilla chips and cheese on hand makes it easy to whip up a batch of cheesy chips – everyone can make their own plateful in the microwave if they want. Salsa and sour cream transforms this into “deluxe cheesy chips”, pre-cooked chicken or ground beef in the freezer, plus some veggies, turns this into a meal. If our company become overnight guests, I consult my list of large family breakfast ideas – all of them feed a crowd.

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