Cook Out @ Karen’s

August 14, 2012


Mondays make fun nights for parties! And I just wrote that thinking it was Monday.

Ahem. Let me start over.

TUESDAYS make great nights for parties!! Middle of the week fun at Karen’s place!


I had a cheese + cracker snack and went to prenatal yoga, and afterwards, walked over to Karen’s.


She invited our bakery employees and a few neighbors and friends for a house warming cookout!


I sipped red zinger tea + seltzer while we waited for the burgers to cook


The party was potluck style and we had a delicious spread of salads, sides, and bread


The burgers were ready after the sun set, and both No Bull Burgers and Organic Butcher beef burgers were served on Dakota and Cheddar Garlic buns and Whole Foods’ Seaside Smoked Cheddar



I had a mix of delicious sides to go with


And for dessert – Hannah Banana made Hannah Bars – a twist on our bakery’s Savannah bars! They were lemon-blueberry-shortcake and delicious with a little vanilla ice cream.


Matt and I walked home to the tune of 1,000 cicadas and distant thunder. So fun that Karen lives so close now! A fun, fun time.

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1 Sana August 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

cicadas are back???


2 [email protected] August 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Awwww so fun to see pretty familiar faces!!!


3 Elisabeth August 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Looks like a fun cookout at Karen’s! (Who looks fabulous, by the way :) )


4 Silvia @ skinny jeans food August 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

“great that Karen lives so close now”? —baby siting in walking distance!!


5 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Looks like a delicious and fun evening…especially the Hannah bars! Yum!


6 Alison August 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Looks fun! Getting me excited for a bbq my family and I are going to this Thursday! :)


7 OliePants August 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I love potlucks, which is a great way to have a variety! Love the different salads.


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Hannah Banana Bars – love it :) And yes, Tues Nights make for a great party night in August – for sure! Good times and good food and good company..perfect.


9 Michelle @ Fit Girl Blogs August 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Oooooh lemon-blueberry-shortcake?! Sounds like the perfect ending to a wonderful evening.


10 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

Perfect summer evening by the looks of it!


11 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 15, 2012 at 1:31 am

I’m from the Midwest and the thought of the sound of cicadas gives me the chills! Food looks delicious, I am still on the hunt for No Bull Burgers.


12 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) August 15, 2012 at 5:12 am

What a great cookout!! And what a delicious (nutritious!) spread of food! 😀


13 Erica August 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

What a delicious spread! The dessert bars sound amazing. I agree with Elisabeth- Karen looks fabulous!


14 Molly @ RDexposed August 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

Wow, what healthy choices for a cookout. Perfect 1 carb choice slices of watermelon even!


15 [email protected] August 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

Your pictures always make me hungry! That seeded bread looks awesome.


16 Cait's Plate August 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

The cicadas have been CRAZY near us this summer! Looks like such a fun night – and those Hannah bars sound incredible!


17 Katryn August 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

How fun! What a perfect way to spend an August evening.
I must search out these no bull burgers…I live in DC and I hear they’re available at some choice locations!


18 Meredith Philipp August 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Will you please post the recipe for the lemon-blueberry Hannah bars- they look amazing!


19 KathEats August 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

I don’t have it… sorry


20 Emma August 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

Yum! I love a fun gathering.

You really set the tone in just a few words – I love cicadas AND thunder; what a nice setting for a lovely summer’s night stroll.


21 ali August 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

yum!!! love this healthy take on burgers!!! and the sides look delish!
check out my food posts on 😀
ali :)


22 Erin August 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

Karen looks so great! I hope she’s been feeling well :)


23 Angel7 August 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

I am sure that it will be nice to have Karen so close to you & Matt so she can have lots ‘o playtime with Baby Younger-Monson :)


24 Rachel August 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

That bread always looks delicious!


25 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

What a fantastic spread! Looks like a great time!


26 Chantal August 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

Love red zinger – it makes the best iced tea!


27 Judith August 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

You are so lucky you can walk everywhere: Karen’s, work, downtown. I feel like I’m always in my car :-(


28 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Tuesday’s are totally for parties! Haha any day works for me!


29 beth August 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

So lucky to have Karen close for babysitting! All our family lives far away.

And now I want red zinger iced tea…


30 MommyPage August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

That looks like a very fun dinner!! All the food looks amazing and so “home-cooked”.


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