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I love holidays. Especially those where my husband is off work, we take the day off from school, and we are able to kick back, relax and enjoy time together. Our days are rushed throughout the week and weekends have even become hectic. So, luxurious holiday weekends are a definite treat.

Labor Day is an all time favorite of mine. It’s close to my husband’s birthday, my Mother’s birthday, our anniversary, and I know that cooler weather is just a few weeks away.

And I do love cooler weather!

I compiled a list of favorite recipes from my friends kitchens and my own to share with you all. If you are like me and still refining your menu for the big weekend, this list will most definitely come in handy.

Photo courtesy of Amy, She Wears Many Hats

Amy’s Blackeye Pea Salad/ Dip is the perfect labor-less quick-fix to get your weekend started just right. Tasty, simple, and definitely a dish your guests will gather around and enjoy.


Photo credit: Other Such Happenings

Marsha’s BBQ Babyback Ribs are a definite hit and the perfect star of the show for Labor Day. Tender, juicy and gone in no time flat.

You may want to include another option for your main course if you have picky little eaters. If so, these Cheddar Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers from Dine and Dish are a perfect choice.

Liz’s Deli Style Pasta Salad pairs well with Marsha’s ribs and is great for warmer weather. Honestly, I love pasta salad even more the next day. If there is any left over for the next day, that is.

A medley of grilled summer vegetables of summer squash, zucchini, and eggplant and a plate of sliced tomatoes rounds out the main course.



It just wouldn’t be a get together if we didn’t have sweet tea to drink. I’m not sure we’d know what to do. And I know everyone will love Cheryl’s Strawberry Lemonade, too.


To finish up the meal, a simple Peach Tart with vanilla ice cream will definitely hit the spot and leave a lasting reminder of summer’s goodness. Light and crispy and full of flavor.

And for the kiddos who aren’t interested in peach tarts, I know their eyes will glaze over when they see Wendy’s Ice Cream Pop-Tart Treats. Well, mine sure did when I first saw them.

And now for the essential part to guarantee the success of any gathering – You feeling relaxed and enjoying the festivities – no matter what you serve!

What’s your plan for the holiday?

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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