I am finally one of those people. One of those fun people that truly utilize the beautiful and historic boulevards of Chicago (thanks Daniel Burnham). Don't get me wrong. I have taken many a stroll down the scenic Logan Boulevard, but I am always jealous of the fabulous people that have picnics on the boulevard, and now, after seven years of living on or near one, I've done it!
|Party flags are a must for any boulevard bash!|
This Labor Day weekend we dragged the grill, party flags (tutorial to come someday), and a variety of lawn games down Mozart Street for a day of grilling and leisure. And that is just what it was. Yes, I did work up a sweat while playing an intense game of badminton and Jennifer did get a war wound from the game, but mostly I just enjoyed visiting with my friends over a grillable, while watching a game courtside, or during a game of croquet.
I opted for an easy and mobile grillable for this special barbeque, so I made kabobs. Several people brought corn on the cob which is always a crowd pleaser and highly transportable as well. The kabobs were delicious and highly functional, envision a croquet mallet in one hand and a k-bob in the other.
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 cup veggie oil
If you are able to try and marinade these for 12 to 24 hours so the juices really get in the meat and veggies. I've also used this on chicken and it tastes great.
So what about a picnic? Fall is in the air, the leaves are falling. There is still time to enjoy and take advantage of our public spaces. Special thanks to my friends that came and shared this special day with me. It was the perfect culmination to a wonderful summer. I love you all!
** P.S. If you are thinking that my photography skills recently took a turn for the better, you are wrong. These lovely photos were taken by my good friend Lisa, who moved here to Chicago, along with Jennifer and Patrick, seven years ago. Seems like we just pulled up to Kedzie Blvd. in that big old moving truck, huh?! :)