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This year has just flown by, no?

For the Nadel clan it’s always grilling weather (less the former few days of rain in CA and the upcoming monsoon season here in AZ).  

As by now you know, my motto is and always will be:  If God had meant for me to use the broiler in my oven, I would not have a grill.

Besides the fact that I don’t have to turn on the self-clean program during 100 plus degree days, the grill also gives me the chance to do other things and let my husband take care of the heating portion part of the meal.

The only problem with this is that he seems to get all the credit for the quality of the finished product!

Case in point-our younger grandson told him that this was the best dinner he ever had.  I had trimmed and rubbed (with a homemade rub no less)2 racks of beef ribs, made potato/onion and garlic foil pouches and marinated and grilled mini bell peppers.  Guess who sliced and cleaned all of those too????  

I give you a hint-not my husband.  

When I asked Aidan why grandpa got all that thanks and I didn’t even get a “you too“.  He told me “because grandpa cooked it all“.


We also hosted a “birthday bash” for 3 of our 4 kids:  ribeye roast, sirloin steak, garlicky grilled asparagus and I made my mashed potatoes.  I was so sore for the next 2 days I couldn’t see straight-yet, it was “dad” who got the credit.


We did do a great and different idea for dessert that night.  After talking about it for a while, hubby and I came up with the idea of hosting a “s‘more bar” rather than the truly unwanted cake.

It was a total hit!  Aidan helped pick out the items.  We went with:

regular and chocolate graham crackers

campfire sized marshmallows and a caramel swirl version
(for those who haven’t seen them-campfire size are about 4 in one and perfect to both only use 1 in your smore and easier to deal with on your toasting sticks)

instead of chocolate bars-we went with chocolate/mint pieces and the 70% chocolate chips

For those that wanted even more richness-we had bordeaux cherry ice cream and the usual coffee bar.  Milk for the boys.

Goes to show, with a grill (we did use the fire pit for the marshmallows)you can truly do everything from the start to the finish of the meal-even for birthdays.

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