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A Bee-utiful Snack Your kids will “bee” impressed with this treat! Make snack time more exciting with some buzzing food art this summer. To create the edible bumble bee, you’ll need: • Raisins • Cheese • Apple • Veggie straws snacks Cut a few strips of cheese. Arrange them on a plate, adding raisins in between each cheese strip to make stripes like a bee. Trim the cheese strips to make the arranged raisins and cheese have a rounded shape. Then cut a couple round slices from a whole apple. Set them on top of the cheese and raisins to create “wings” for the “bee.” To finish, add two veggie straw sticks to make “antennae.” Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting stories.

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ummer is finally here and its time to relax and enjoy the summer with your kids. But, how does one relax with a house full of kids for the summer? This is the ultimate mom challenge to make the best of a lighter schedule that results in less structure. I eventually found an equation that worked in my house… send the kids to camp! When my kids were small I felt like a camp counselor myself keeping them busy enough, yet allowing spontaneity to create down time and relaxation. Keeping a daily activity like reading can be a great idea to implement structure in the day, but just how to do it… be sure to read, “5 Tips for Motivating Reluctant Readers” (page 14).

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This summer treat yourself by taking time to fill your own bucket. I know, the kids take up most of your time, but how many times have we heard the expression to truly love someone else we need to love ourselves first. Taking an hour yoga class, walking in the park or buying a new lipstick can feel like a new start. South Jersey MOM writers, Rochelle Gilken and Matthew Brenner collaborated on “Don’t Let Summer Be a Fitness Bummer” (page 8). The article was inspiring and I set my own weekly goal to bike 50 miles. For some, this may seem crazy, but it takes me about 5 hours to ride about 50 miles-that I break into 4 to 5 rides. Now, I don’t have any babies crying at home so it’s easier to get a ride in before or after work. Some years back my friend Laurie, a teacher, and I used to meet week days at 6am to walk for an hour before our husbands left for work. It’s possible, just carve out some time for yourself and stick to it! South Jersey MOM will be hosting Riverwind’s Sunset Music Festival July 14th, 5:30pm to 10:30pm. There will be vendors, princesses to grab a photo op with, free face painting and you can dance the night away with the family to live music by the band Don’t Call Me Francis. Lots of great giveaways and a chance to win prizes.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

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Could Your Child Have a

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t’s hard not to cry when you realize that your child can’t hear you when you tell them “I love you”, but don’t worry they know you do. Right before my daughter Bay turned two we discovered that she suffered from a conductive hearing loss. This is when sound can’t properly travel from the outer ear canal to the eardrum and this type of hearing loss can be caused by ear infections, allergies, or fluid blocking up in the middle ear; which is what my daughter had. While this this affects the ability to hear its not the same as being deaf. Medical News Today states, “Hearing loss refers to a diminished ability to hear sounds like other people do, while deafness refers to an inability to understand speech through hearing even when sound is amplified.” While most of the time this type of hearing loss can be rectified with ear tube insertion surgery, Bay’s struggles continued post-surgery. Her time of not hearing made her developmentally delayed and frustrated. This was a strenuous time for our family and I too had trouble not getting frustrated. However, through my own research I was better able to understand her struggles and help her to overcome them. Hearing problems in children are actually more common than people realize. The Center for Hearing and Communication states, “Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss; 1.3 million of them are under the age of 3.” There are various causes of hearing loss in children such as chronic ear infections, premature birth, and genetics. While some hearing problems are not permeant and others are permeant, any hearing problem in a child will affect their development. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association states, “The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child’s life, the more serious the effects on the child’s development.” When a child has hearing problems they cannot not fully process their surroundings; therefore, it has a domino effect on their overall development. Areas like coordination, auditory processing, and verbal skills can be heavily hurt by hearing loss and cause developmental delays. Even if your child passes the initial new born screening there can still be an underlining problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states, “Physicians should seriously consider a parent’s concern that a child cannot hear and perform a formal hearing evaluation.” When I had mentioned my concerns to our pediatrician Dr. Blackman at Marlton Pediatrics that’s exactly what he did. Once Bay was diagnosed she had ear tube insertion surgery to drain the ear fluid. Even after Bay’s surgery she continued to struggle to catch up. Dr. Blackman recommended that Bay have a Child Study Team evaluation to see how far behind she was developmentally. Bay’s delays qualified her for Early Invention and then the Special Needs Preschool at Rice Elementary. Although, there were ups and downs in this process it was my job as mom to just being there for her--and that made all the difference. To any parent or caregiver of a child with this problem—you’re not alone. Any hearing problem in a child is a struggle and they need to feel parental love and support. Although they might not be able to hear us when we say, “I love you”, our actions are what will get them through it. 6 | July/August 2017

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ummer is the season of sun, sand and surf. We explore more outdoors. We go on vacation. Our pace of life changes. The air is different. For many of us, though, the warmest months of the year are when we chill out about our fitness and nutrition goals.  We get off-track, skip our routine, and it makes it harder to restart. Here are some simple tips to avoid the summer slack. 

Stay hydrated. Water is the essential ingredient of good health. Drink water between meals and during every meal. Drink more water on hot summer days, and be aware that dehydration is also dangerous.

Set a realistic goal. Set a goal of running 100 miles over the summer or taking a minimum of 80,000 steps a week. Keep the goal in mind, and you can split it up any way you want. As you make progress toward the goal, you know you’re on target.

Drink summer lemon water. Start each day with a room temperature glass of water with half a lemon squeezed into it. It’s simple and it’s summery and it’s healthy. The commitment to do this will start each day with a healthy twist, balance out your body and remind you to get a refreshing start. It’s a great summer goal and something you can then continue throughout the year.

Schedule outdoor activities. Trips to the beach or park or going on a walk will keep you moving and active. There’s snow excuse!

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Try new lunch options. Experiment with some healthy lunch combinations that you can integrate into your meal plan throughout the year. Replacing one marginally good meal with a delicious healthy one will have long lasting benefits.

Plan for a reasonable number of indulgent meals on vacation. Do not feel guilty. A vacation can be a vacation from your dietary restrictions, but not every moment and every meal. Decide in advance which meals are going to be indulgent and go all out. Enjoy every second of it. I repeat, do not feel guilty. You’ve given yourself a treat. Choose which indulgent meals you want most, and make healthier choices for the rest of the meals. Go in the pool. Take advantage of the warm weather and spend more time in the pool than sitting beside it in a lounge chair. Tread water, swim laps, play volleyball, do handstands. Make a vacation fitness plan and stick to it. Skip a few workouts, but don’t skip all of them. Commit to working out a few days on your vacation. Check out the hotel gym in advance or plan out a 15-minute hotel workout of push-ups, jumping jacks and lunges. This doesn’t have to be a strict, prescribed workout but it has to give you a decent challenge.

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The Summer Blues of Working Moms By Cheryl Lynne Potter

Experts offer these suggestions on how working moms can keep their youngsters busy during the summer months.

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If a working mom’s schedule won’t allow them to take time off, they can ask a friend, a relative or even a grandparent if they can lend a helping hand. Spending time with an older relative can often be a lot of fun. It’s important to always get input from your child about who they want to hang out with, so they won’t be with someone who they think will help to ruin their vacation.

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or kids, summer is filled with fun, plenty of visits with family and friends and lots of activities. That’s not the case, however, for most moms and dads. For them, summer is nothing more than spending another day at the office. Summertime can be especially hard for working moms who try and juggle their professional responsibilities with their desire to spend time with their children, who are home all day from school. Experts say, the summer months is also the time of year when most working moms want to quit their jobs because their workload doesn’t allow much summer fun with their children. This lack of availability makes working moms feel like they’re shortchanging their youngsters and can make them feel extremely guilty, which is also known as mommy guilt. Working mom, Judy Jusko, knows this scenario all too well. She says it’s “natural to feel guilty.” She tries, she admits, to “do things on a whim during break,” when she is able. “If there is a couple of hours, we may go to the shore, or to see a movie. Make a trip to the park with sandwiches to eat there for dinner. It could just be sitting at home with a picnic on the living room floor and building a Lego.” Yet, it doesn’t seem to get easier as youngsters get older. This rings true for working mom, Keri Murschell, who has two children, who are 10 | July/August 2017

12 and 14 years of age. When her children were younger, she and her husband, Wayne, looked for day camps that appealed to their children’s interest. Now that her kids are older, they “manage things differently and we do have our fair share of juggling,” she said. Today, the Murschell’s “rely on babysitters, family and each other to keep everything moving in the right direction.” Yet, Keri Murschell, wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have never viewed work as a burden but as a positive part of my life that fulfills needs for our family,” she said. Still, it’s hard trying to find activities to enjoy with your children while you work. “It’s definitely a struggle, but I do my best to keep them busy,” admits an Elk Township working mom, who has two children, ages 11 and 13, and wants to remain anonymous. Yet, some parents have discovered creative ways to keep their youngsters occupied during the summer months. Working mom, Tracie Wolf, saves all of her vacation time for the summer months. “I try to pack as much family time as I can into those two short months,” she said. She even creates a Shutterfly book of photos for her family, which includes 14 year-old son, Jack, of things they do every year from May to October. This book helps the Wolf family to “remember the fun things we do each summer.”

Working moms and dads can schedule separate vacations, so they can have summer fun with their children individually, while the other parent works. One problem with this arrangement is the family has to forgo family vacations together. One solution, if it’s possible, is to save all of your vacation time for the summer months and you can then pack all of your fun time into a family summer vacation.

Have a Staycation

If your budget is tight or a working parent can’t take time off from work, the family can have a cheap, fun vacation at home. Some ideas include having a movie marathon in your basement or even in your backyard. You can have, along with your movie night, such goodies as popcorn, pizza and chips and dips, along with age appropriate drinks. Another idea is to invite family and friends over for a super soaker, where they bring their own water squirting toys, so you can all have a water soaking good time.

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College Bound: Leaving Younger Siblings Behind


By Dolores Hoffman

oing to college is a rite of passage. Moving out is a time filled with big change.  When it’s time for your teen to head to college, remember it affects everyone in the home.  Staying connected and helping the younger siblings adjust takes planning to make the transition go well.  Here are a few suggestions to help make it go as smooth as possible. Keep the communication flowing: Establish a time for calls between siblings to connect on a daily basis. Connecting through Facetime, Skype and texting are all methods that help in keeping the communication open and will keep the sadness away. Be careful not to pressure your college freshman to call too often, they have a lot of adjusting to go through at college. Share in the excitement: Get everyone involved in the preparations. This not only will distract everyone from feeling stressed and worried but you benefit by being able to spend the extra time together before moving day.

Create Memories: Pictures or frames make great gifts to take to college. Give younger siblings a college t-shirt or other school mementos from the campus to ease the feeling of emptiness. Matching items like a special pillow or stuffed animal make for a cute gift for those much younger siblings. The gift doesn’t have to cost a lot to be effective in helping with the adjustment.

Make “Move-in” Day Fun: When your college student leaves, it’s helpful for the entire family to “drop him/her off.” Once there, you might want to give the younger ones a task so they feel included in the process.  Touring the campus is a great way to make them feel more involved and stay connected.   Celebrate Change: Siblings may feel excited about the change yet at the same time they may feel a sense of loss.  Go ahead and focus on the positive changes that will occur once the older one is away. That might include things such as no more fighting over the remote, choosing the next movie to watch or picking a restaurant for dinner.  Another great idea is decorating their bedroom.  Whether it’s a new room or the same one, it symbolizes a new chapter for the whole family.   The most important part of helping children manage this big change is to let them express their feelings to make the adjustment less traumatic. This may take time and patience, but it’s well worth it for the kids at home and it will set a blueprint for them when it’s finally their time to leave the nest and spread their wings.   

Don’t Minimize Feelings:  Don’t be afraid to show emotion and let others do the same.  Losing the daily presence of a sibling is especially hard so acknowledge that it’s normal to miss someone you care about when he or she is away and be sure to look for signs of loneliness, because they are not only losing a friend but also their comfort person. 12 | July/August 2017

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hen I chose to homeschool years ago, my oldest was in kindergarten. He wasn’t quite reading yet nor did he have a huge interest in books. Therefore, my goal was not only to teach him how to read but to also encourage him to continue exploring books on his own. Once children begin reading, they have the entire world at their fingertips, and it’s important for us as parents to reinforce that. Simply stated, the more a child reads, a better reader they become and the more they learn. It’s true that some children just don’t like to read. However, there are a few things you can do to motivate reluctant readers: Read to them Read aloud to your children, no matter what their age. It may seem silly to you to read aloud to your fourth grader, but the benefits are tremendous. Choose interesting books and be sure to read with enthusiasm and passion. Reading to our children allows them to develop a positive association with books, not to mention precious bonding time, and it’s a great way to develop a lifelong reader. Let them lead If children are forced to read something they’re

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fiction or comic book, it all counts as reading. For example, my son loves reading the series, Guinness World Records, in his spare time. Best of all, he enjoys telling me about what he’s read. In addition to sharpening his vocabulary, he learns some pretty cool facts as well. The point is that a child can learn from a variety of texts.

not interested in, they are going to be much less engaged. Take trips to the library and let them choose books on topics that appeal to them. This allows them to read for pleasure and they become more enthusiastic about what they’re reading. Gradually introduce new books if you have a really reluctant reader and always have interesting books lying around the house or in the car. Even if it’s a topic you feel they don’t necessarily need to dive into, allow them to discover and explore on their own as long as it’s not inappropriate in any way. Introduce a variety of reading material Whether it’s a magazine, poetry, fiction, non-

Bring books to life Get your children involved in the book they’re reading by adding your own fun activities to further enhance their enthusiasm. Are they reading about a specific country? Find some famous recipes from that country and bake. Reading about world landmarks? Pull out some clay and have them recreate the Great Pyramid of Giza. It’s not only about reading but about the adventure too. Simply acting out characters from a book while reading is fun too. Be a good role model Read in your child’s presence often, whether it’s books, recipes, maps, or newspapers, and talk about what you’re reading. Chances are they’ll want to follow. Most importantly, keep reading light, fun and engaging and children will soon discover how much opportunity awaits behind every cover. July/August 2017 | 15


n a time when social media and television portray unrealistic images of young girls and bullying is a serious issue in adolescents, one local non-profit organization is promoting positive images in young women and strengthening their bonds through community activism. The organization, Girl Talk, got its roots in the fall of 2002 when its Founder Haley Kilpatrick, just 15 at the time, decided she wanted to make a difference. Her inspiration was to form a group that would help girls get through the challenges of middle school years with the help of high school girls, who had shared similar challenges. Kilpatrick created a peer-to-peer mentorship program that would inspire high school girls to become positive role models to their younger peers. So committed to her venture, Kilpatrick invested her entire college savings into the idea. From the founding of the Atlanta chapter came South Jersey’s local Marlton, Girl Talk chapter in 2003. Marlton, Girl Talk, founder Mary Beth Iannarella was inspired to start a local chapter, after meeting Kilpatrick. “I met Haley 5 years ago and was blown away by her kindness and huge heart. I knew at that moment I wanted to start a chapter because 16 | July/August 2017

I saw the need for a program like this when my daughter was in middle school,” said Iannarella. She believes that the media contributes to the idea of how girls should look and causes low self-esteem when they do not meet those expectations. “Self-esteem is a state of mind, and it can be changed. In our group, we work with our young women to develop good leadership skills, such as being a good listener, showing empathy, setting goals and inspiring other girls to do the same. We work on reinforcing positive self-esteem in our young women,” she said. The group has grown from 1 high school freshman to 116 girls, since that time. The overall Atlanta-based organization has chapters in 48 states and has grown to include 60,000 girls. One of the philanthropic activities Girl Talk members participate in is distributing blessing bags to the homeless in the local community. The group meets once a month with space donated by the Marlton Elks, and items donated by member, to put together bags full of different personal care items; deodorant, soap, cards, tissues and snacks.

The group spreads their message through Girl Talk clubs. An afterschool group, open to fourth and fifth graders, the clubs meet to discuss issues prevalent in this age group; bullying, social media, drama. In 2016 the group hosted an event at Evesham library to spread their message of hope. They group created a sign and invited the local community to post their wishes. The sign was created in memory of Marlton resident, and the voice star Christina Grimmie. Her family and friends were invited to attend the dedication. The Wishwall Foundation chose one wish to grant. Some of the values and ideals the group tries to instill are to love themselves. They encourage members to listen to others, not to let anger or negativity rule your life; let it go, and be kind to others. Laugh at yourself, but laugh with others. Choose your friends wisely. Not everyone is your friend. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, stop comparing you to others. They stress members not to give in to peer pressure and to stand up for themselves and do what is right. For Founder Iannarella, the most rewarding part of being the Director is having an outlet and being a support system for the girls she mentors. “The best part of being the Director of Girl talk is that the girls in the group have me and others to turn to for positive support and encouragement when needed. And that they are also inspired to want to help each other and those in the communitywithout anyone forcing them to do so. This is what makes my heart full.”

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Use Sunscreen. Apply sunscreen (with a minimum recommended 30 SPF) 30 minutes before leaving the house and reapply every 2 hours. Most people focus on face, arms, legs and back but don’t forget the back of your hands, feet and lips. One of the worst sunburns I’ve ever had was on my lips. Having trouble finding a sunscreen that you like? Consider making your own. Sidebar Recipe Below.

Eat healthy. Add foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, lycopene, beta carotene and antioxidants to the menu. Sweet potatoes, avocados, pomegranates, carrots, walnuts, salmon, yellow and red peppers, beans, berries and spinach are the perfect ingredients for a skin friendly summer salad. Drink plenty of water to help wash out toxins and plump up cells. Sip a cup of green tea for its anti-aging and antioxidant benefits (plus sipping tea is a nice stress reliever for an added bonus). While increasing healthy fluids helps our skin from the inside out we can assist from the outside in by moisturizing daily with lotion. If you already have a favorite lotion and would like to give it an added boost, you can turn it into a sunscreen by adding zinc oxide to it.

◗ Hydrate your skin internally and externally.

Seek Shade. After a cold winter, we’re all excited to get outside and warm up in the sun but after that initial warm up limit your exposure by sitting in the shade. If you can’t find natural shade under a tree, consider caring a rain umbrella with you, wear a wide rim hat, a baseball cap or a sun visor. If you have any suspicious moles, blemishes or marks on your skin see a doctor and get it checked out. Take pictures so that you can compare the shapes and sizes and note any changes.

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Cover up by wearing long sleeves, maxi dresses, long pants and long skirts. Consider carrying a light weight scarf in your bag to use as a cover up when you are outside in the sun and unable to get to a shaded area.

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rowing up on the Jersey shore meant that we lived for the beach. We couldn’t help it but we were sun seekers. It felt like it was in our DNA. After school, on the weekends, during summer break – we were at beach. All we needed was a towel, baby oil and sometimes a foil reflector. We were out there for as long as possible, hours upon hours with no protection from the sun. Maybe for you it wasn’t the beach. Was it your backyard, by the pool, on a rooftop or at the lake? Fast forward to now. 2017. We all know that it’s probably not a good idea to use baby oil on our skin and lay out in the sun with a foil reflector. But realistically what can we do to have happy healthy skin? Here are some, quick and easy tips.

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can improve it by using a laundry aid that adds UV protection to your clothes.

Homemade Sunblock Lotion (approximately 20 SPF)

Ingredients: • 2 oz shea butter • 2 oz coconut oil • 1 oz zinc oxide optional: 8 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together. (use a bain-marie / double boiler until ingredients are softened) • Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide (wear a mask). Pour into container. • Let cool completely before use. Store at room temperature.

Summer is the prime time for swim fun and safety! With swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School, your little fish will learn key, life-saving skills to help them prepare for fun in the water while you gain peace of mind. A few more reasons to try Goldfish: Shiver-free, 90-degree pool Year-round swim lessons Lesson for kids 4 months to 12 years Small class sizes!




Goldfish Swim School — Mount Laurel 2036 Briggs Rd. | Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 856.316.7200 |




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Don’t Let Ear Infections Ruin Your Kids Summer! Outer ear infections occur when water stays in the ear canal. Keep your children’s ears dry. Use silicone earplugs when at the beach or in the pool. Blow dry ears after swimming. If your kids experience severe ear itching or drainage from their ears, see a specialist at Advanced ENT as soon as possible!

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things 2 do

July/August Calendar

For a complete list of events, log onto

To submit your event, send an e-mail to Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited.


25th Annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival

Saturday, July 8 - 11am–7pm Sunday, July 9, 12pm- 5pm Kings Highway & Tanner St. in Haddonfield, NJ The Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival is one of the area’s premier events, attracting crowds

of more than 100,000 people. Artisans will exhibit a wide range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawings, paintings, photography, and wearable art. www.

The best spot to view them is between 5th and 14th street on the boardwalk


Logan Library Happenings Branch of Gloucester County Library System

CAPE MAY COUNTY Fourth of July Fireworks On July 4th, 10pm Ocean City NJ

Build your Own Kite with South Jersey Kite Flyers

Thursday, 7/6, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Ages 6-12. Advance registration required; limit of 30. Summer Movie Matinee Rock Dog 7/5, Storks 7/12, The Secret Life of Pets 7/19 showing 12:00pm1:30pm; Moana 7/26 showing 12:00pm-2:00pm. All Rated PG and open to all ages. Please feel free to bring lunch or snacks and a blanket for seating. Library Scavenger Hunt Tuesday, 7/11 6:30pm – 7:30pm Ages 5 – 12; 856-241-0202

Outdoor adventures close to home.

Dam Release Whitewater

Family-Style Whitewater

Skirmish Paintball

Rail-Trail Biking

5-6 Hours of Class III whitewater.

3-4 Hours of Class I-II whitewater.

Open Year-Round.

Bike Rentals and Shuttles available!

Check out our website for dates!

(Memorial day thru Labor day)

Mininum age 8 years

FREE riverside BBQ

We can handle ANY size group!

Minimum age 4 years

Minimum age 10 years

Hourly & Full Day Rentals Minimum age 1 year

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recipe corner

Get Your Grill On! E

very year my mom, sister and I rotate having the family over for barbeques during the spring and summer holidays. Memorial Day is at my parents, July 4th is at my house, and Labor Day is at my sister's. Whoever is hosting the BBQ grills the poultry and meat being served, and we all share in bringing the side dishes or desserts. This is the perfect way to enjoy one another’s home, and share in the hosting duties. Each July 4th, since my husband and I purchased our home four years ago, we’ve hosted a fun family BBQ, and our niece, Christina helps me cook and decorate for the festivities, we really enjoy this special time together. I hope that if you haven’t already hosted family get-togethers, that you’ll give it a try, with everyone sharing responsibilities and favorite dishes, and not having to do all of the preparing and cooking by yourself helps it be a fun celebration, and not simply another chore! Happy Independence Day!

“GET YOUR GRILL ON!” BURGERS • 2 lbs. lean ground beef or turkey 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • 2 tsp. grill seasoning • 1 small onion, minced or grated Sea salt, to taste • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 8 slices cheese of choice, if desired • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns Preheat grill or grill pan. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, olive oil, grill seasoning, onion, salt and pepper. Form 8 patties and grill for 3 - 4 minutes on each side for medium rare, 6 - 7 minutes per side for medium well to well done.Add cheese to burgers the last minute of grilling time, cover with lid until cheese melts.Add burgers to the buns. Serve with slices of tomato, onion, lettuce and pickle if desired. GERMAN CUCUMBER SALAD • 8 large cucumbers, peeled and very thinly sliced 1 tbs. sea salt • Water to just cover over cucumber slices

In a large bowl, add the cucumbers and water. Add in the sea salt and give mixture a good stir. Cover and refrigerate cucumbers overnight. Next day, drain and rinse cucumbers very well in a colander. Pat dry excess water and place cucumbers into a serving bowl, set aside while you make the dressing. Dressing • 6 - 7 tbs. apple cider vinegar 3 - 4 tbs. raw sugar • Black pepper, to taste • 1 small onion, thinly sliced In small bowl mix together vinegar, sugar and black pepper, pour dressing over the cucumbers in serving bowl.Add onion slices and toss. Refriger- ate for 1 hour and toss mixture one more time before serving. Refriger- ate any leftovers. Note: My Mom makes this salad for every BBQ we have, our family simply loves it! Feel free to use any sweetener of your choice in place of the raw sugar

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page

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