16 June 2011

Thankful Thursday - Summer

About 4 years ago I met my friend StarryNews.  She and I were part of a travel abroad summer in the UK.  It was fabulous.  When we returned she introduced me to many of her friends and one of their great traditions.  They try to get together weekly and have a theme potluck.  This is a good idea for fun any time, but when it's with people who can actually cook, it's fantastic!

To celebrate summer and perfect weather, we ate in V&G's backyard.  This is the view of the adjacent lake.  It's a relaxing dinner setting.  On this day, they also had a tent set up, so the one little one at the dinner loved getting to eat in her special place.

Tonight's theme was tropical.  So, we had tropical chicken lettuce wraps, coconut rice, and fruit salad.  In keeping with summer, all were cold dishes.

 D. and her little rugrat brought this YUMMY Asian mango pudding with coconut ice cream (made with coconut milk, not dairy).  I absolutely need to find this in the store to complete my summer stock in the freezer.

And what would a summer dinner be without a camp fire and s'mores?  For the gluten free among us, StarryNews and I can attest that using chocolate to hold the marshmallow is just as yummy as graham crackers!

Linking for the first time to Thankful Thursdays (at Black Tag Diaries), because I am thankful to have good food, good friends, and good times!


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black tag diaries said...

oh.my.goodness. that coconut ice cream mango pudding dish looks AMAZING. please let us all know if you find the coconut ice cream, because i will definitely be needing it in my own freezer now:) so glad you joined in this week!

Jan n Jer said...

Looks like a wonderful way to spend the evening. All those dishes look so delicious and refreshing.

texwisgirl said...

the dessert looks awesome!!!

Our Family of Four said...

What a wonderful way to spend your summer.. very fun! Thanks for linking up with us this week and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Ashley said...

Umm..DELICIOUS!! What nice summer dishes.

Flor said...

yummy! that first picture with the lettuce looked especially appetizing. hope you're having a lovely day and keep up the great work- this blog is very sweet.

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