Let’s kick off the summer with this three day Memorial Day weekend filled with good friends, great BBQ, and remembering those who have lost their lives while serving.

Memorial Day Menu

Appetizer: Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Aioli

Main Dish: Gruyere Cheeseburger

Sides: BBQ Baked Beans & Cornbread

Dessert: Honey Vodka Popsicles 

Gruyere Cheeseburger Sandwich } www.sweetteasweetie.com I did this cheeseburger in a cast iron skillet and it was seriously good. You can modify it for outdoor dining by throwing it on the grill. Just be sure to remember the avocado and Gruyere! Every good cookout needs a big dish of baked beans. This BBQ bean dish has three different kinds of beans, is super high in fiber, and can be made ahead of time so if you are heading to a friend’s house and need something to bring, this guarantees that you will be a hit.

BBQ Baked Beans | www.sweetteasweetie.com Garlic Artichoke with Lemon Garlic Aioli | www.sweetteasweetie.com You can’t eat BBQ without cornbread right? I am partial to homemade cornbread used to soak up the extra sauce. Which cornbread camp do you fall into? Sweet, cake like Northern cornbread or savory Southern cornbread? For a quick cheat, make boxed Jiffy cornbread and add a can of creamed corn to it! You will get light, fluffy cornbread with chunks of corn and it is done in under 15 minutes from start to finish!
Southern Cornbread | www.sweetteasweetie.com

What better way to wrap up a delicious, start of the summer meal, than with homemade popsicles??? These honey vodka popsciles are just the thing to cap off the meal. You can also give Boozy Peach Popsicles a try if you want some options. If you’ve got kids celebrating with you, they can make their own popsicles with fruit juices too! Honey Vodka Popsicles | www.sweetteasweetie.com

This Memorial Day, Ben & I are headed up to Bodega Bay to do some kayaking, hiking, and coastal driving. We will be enjoying as many oysters as humanly possible, but hope to make it back home in time to fire up the grill and make some really Memorial Day BBQ! Is anyone taking any fun trips this weekend?

What are you making for Memorial Day weekend?

Garlic Chicken Thighs | www.sweetteasweetie.com

I don’t normally cook with chicken thighs. I tend to use chicken breasts 90% of the time. They always look so gorgeous in the store, but I think that I have been missing out. The chicken thigh is so much more flavorful and tender. I opted to use chicken thighs for this dish and I […]

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Duck with Plum Sauce and Asian Pears | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Duck is my favorite dish. I get it whenever I can find it on a menu, which seems to be mostly at French restaurants. When in Paris, Ben and I had the opportunity to eat at La Fermette Marbeuf. It is one of the most gorgeous restaurants I’ve ever eaten in. The Belle Epoque room […]

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Paris, France | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Luckily our room was ready soon after we arrived in Paris after our miserable overnight train from Milan (details from the ordeal are below) for a much needed shower. The hotel was everything I’d dreamed of a Parisan hotel being complete with windows that opened onto the most charming neighborhood. If you go to Paris, […]

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Pizza in Naples | www.sweetteasweetie.com

I didn’t originally share our visit to Naples because it was pretty stressful, very hurried, and I didn’t feel like we really had the best photos to share, but then I found the mini clip of the guys making the pizza at the famous L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and I just had to share it. I […]

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Milan, Italy | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Thanks for joining us as we took a Wanderlust Wednesday break to head up to wine country. I’m back to wrap up our Italy travels! If you missed any of the previous posts, check them out in Travel. A trip to Milan wouldn’t be complete with out being steeped in the history of the Sforza […]

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Corned Beef Hash & Eggs | www.sweetteasweetie.com

My favorite breakfast food is corned beef hash. Some of you also grew up loving it and know what I’m talking about. The Mary Kitchen kind right out of the can & cooked until it has crispy edges is the best, although there is a homemade Corned Beef Hash at my favorite breakfast spot in […]

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Thankful for my Mother in Law | www.sweetteasweetie.com

This Mother’s Day I am thankful for all of the wonderful mothers in my life. I am so grateful to have a wonderful mom, mother in law, grandmother, and grandmother in law.  In honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of my Mother in Law and Grandmother in Law from […]

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