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Summer is officially here.  I love summer.  It's my favorite season.  I don't mind the heat one little bit, in fact, I thrive on it.  Nothing better than summer to this California gal.

What I love the most is the way that even if you are stuck inside a building all day, you come out and there's still plenty of daylight and warmth around you.  This year my husband and I bought a patio set.  No, we haven't done the whole "outdoor" living space thing.  After all, we have grandkids playing in that yard and a 13 year old lab mix to consider.  Our yard is filled with plastic cars, lawn mowers, wheel barrows and the most necessary-whale blow up pool.

We also have chalk, a bubble blower, a shovel handy (that's for the lab) for fast clean up and our trusty BBQ.

But this year, we really want to eat some of our meals outside.  So we splurged and bought a table and 4 chairs and a new umbrella.  They're not even padded, but we don't mind.  We bought the set about a month ago, during one of our early season heat waves.  We immediately took the time to have about 4 meals on our new eating area-heck; we even bought place mats strictly for the outdoors!  We're styling now.

The weather quickly turned and we went back to eating dinner indoors.  This past weekend the weather seems to be perking up in anticipation for both the official summer season and the end of June Gloom.  So we're gearing up for some great meals on our patio!

If you've read this column at all, you know that I love my BBQ-no matter what the weather.  Many's the time hubby and I have gone out there and used our grill while holding an umbrella.

My personal motto about our BBQ:  If God had meant for me to use the broiler in my range, he never would have invented the BBQ.  

This is how much I love to grill.  With this in mind-Friday's column will be about how to make entire meals out there-Carine style:  fast, easy prep and delicious!

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