Backyard Barbecue

June 5th, 2016

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Enter the Backyard Style Sweepstakes 

Summer has officially arrived here in Connecticut. The other day Matt & I woke up to 90 degree weather, soooo we decided to call up all of our friends and throw a impromptu Backyard Barbecue. 

As many of you know, I’m not the fanciest of chefs. Matt calls me a mini Betty Crocker because basically everything I cook comes from a box, but I decided to keep the boxed food in the cabinet & whip up some healthy treats for my little Barbecue. 

I went with a Caprese Salad, Garlic Grilled Tomato Kabobs, ice cold lemonade, slices of watermelon (a barbecue essential) & hot dogs. 

Nothing super fancy, but perfect if you’re looking to throw an affordable & fresh barbecue for your friends. 

When it comes to styling your outdoor dining space, I like to keep things simple and white! I usually buy all white platers & dishes, just so everything matches. It drives me nuts when things don’t match. 

If you’re looking to invest in just one piece for your outdoor dining space, I would suggest a large pitcher! They are super affordable and work for basically any drink!  Lemonade, ice tea, sangria, whatever you want to make, a classic pitcher works & doubles as a chic decor piece for your spread. 

& it just kind of completes your dining space! I’ll link a few of my favorite pitchers below!

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 So let’s chat recipes! I think it’s essential to provide your guests with a refreshing salad, & what’s easier to make then a Caprese Salad. I broke down my go-to recipe below…

Caprese Salad: 

What You’ll Need: 

1 pint Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomatoes, I sliced mine in half.

4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut in slices

A large handful of fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

& Balsamic Dressing

Throw It All Together:

You can really make caprese salad your own way, but I would recommend placing the mozzarella on the bottom, a few leaves of basil, then finally the tomato. Top it off with a pinch of salt & pepper & a splash of balsamic! Now you have a instagram worthy salad! 

Also check out this Watermelon Caprese Salad, from Backyard Farms. 

I also tested out this Garlic Grilled Tomato Kabobs, & this recipe is a keeper. I honestly love anything on a Kabob, especially because they are so easy to serve at backyard barbecues.

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As you know The Coastal Confidence is all about embracing a New England lifestyle, so I love to incorporate local brands on la blog. So when I heard about Backyard Farms, a local New England tomato farm, I had to share the brand with you! 

I usually pick up their cocktail tomatoes from Whole Foods, they come in the cutest little package & are perfect to throw in summer salads. I especially love them, because they add a perfect pop of color to any salad.

Backyard Farms is currently holding their 2nd Annual Backyard Style sweepstakes, which you can enter here! When you enter the sweepstakes you’ll have a chance to win a $2,500 Pottery Barn gift card to restyle your backyard! On top of the amazing grand prize, you’ll also have the chance to win weekly prizes, and this week you have the chance to win a Stonewall Kitchen barbecue gift basket! 

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of a good sweepstakes, and I’m kind of obsessed with Backyard Farms #BackyardStyle sweepstakes, especially because it’s the perfect way to restyle your outdoor dinning space. 

Enter the Backyard Style Sweepstakes

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Backyard Barbecue Style: 

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