23 Labor Day Recipes Perfect for an End-of-Summer Party | Fresh Fridays, September 2

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21 days until fall! I wish someone would tell that to the temperatures; our temps continue to soar into the 90’s — for those of you who love summertime, you are loving it — I’m melting…:-)

But before we get to all things pumpkin, cinnamon, apples, warm and cozy — I’ve got a few amazing recipes up my sleeve to share with you! Recipes that are perfect for your end-of-summer parties.

Pull up a porch chair and let’s sit a bit, sip on some iced tea <– (my favorite) and get caught up. But of course the table of contents is just below and you can jump to any section you want.

People around a barbecue to pin.

⭐️ New Recipe | Perfect Endings

Why shouldn’t we start with dessert first?!? I have a brand new recipe I know you will love. Other than a quick blind baking of the pie crust the rest is all oven free and comes together quickly!

Creamy, cool and so butterscotch-y with a hint of cinnamon — a little nod to the fall flavors.

Butterscotch pie topped with cinnamon whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.

And let’s not forget these two top recipes; perfect endings!

  1. The Best Key Lime Pie
  2. Best Mud Pie Recipe (Ice Cream Cake)

Super Starters

We are heading out of town with some friends for the weekend, I love bringing an easy appetizer that I can put together quickly.

  1. Goat Cheese Log with Hot Honey, Fig and Pistachios
  2. Zucchini Corn Fritters

Sensational Salads

I love a good salad at a barbecue and these are my two favorites!

  1. Healthy Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
  2. Best Italian Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Grilling & Main Dish Recipes

Grilling always seems to be the name of the game, but I’m giving a few inside recipes too, because if your Labor is typically like ours, we invariably get a rain shower at cookout time.

  1. Asian Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe
  2. Famous Flank Steak Marinade
  3. Shish Kebabs {Beef or Chicken Marinade}
  4. Oven Baked Barbecue Beef Brisket
  5. BONUS >> My Best Bison Burgers ever!

Best Side Dishes

These recipes always go nuts over a long holiday weekend — and for good reason, they are amazing and always get rave reviews when I bring them to a barbecue!

  1. Cowboy Baked Beans <– doctored up canned beans topped with BACON! Amazin’
  2. Corn Pudding Casserole <– no Jiffy mix, just soft, tender corn puddin’
  3. Smoked Mac and Cheese <–no Smoker necessary (but ya can if you want to!)
  4. Cheesy Funeral Potatoes <– Made with frozen hash browns and no canned soup, they are the cheesiest!

Summer Sips

It wouldn’t be a barbecue without some fun summer sips! These are my favorites and a few reader faves too! This first section contains alcohol, but they can easily be made without.

Favorite Cocktails

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drinks

More Labor Day Recipes

And if you need more to choose from, don’t forget my robust search (just look for the 🔍 on the right side) and recipe index where you can search by category or by ingredient. And definitely check out this post from with more than 90 Summer Potluck Recipes.

Swimming & Sleeping Update

Confession time! After our vacation I’ve had the hardest time getting up early enough to get my swimming in — that and I just had my hair colored and let’s be honest, chlorine wreaks havoc on colored hair! LOL! Vanity, vanity!

I did swim last Thursday and was so happy that I did, but that hasn’t inspired me to get there again! 😉 Partly because I have had trouble sleeping! I never have trouble sleeping! My hubby swears by the sleep mask I bought him (it has lavender in it) — I might need to steal it or get one for myself.

My husband and I have been reading A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 in the evening before bed — it’s so relaxing, encouraging and soothing. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I offer up that Psalm in prayer and soon fall back to sleep. What are your tricks to get and stay asleep?

Highly recommend that book — it’s short, with easy to read chapters and a truly inspiring look in to that Psalm!

Weekly Inspiration | Amazing…

I have been loving a little more classical music lately and I think that this rendition of Amazing Grace, Il Divo, is well…Amazing. There are certain opera voices that I adore (hello Andrea Bocelli, The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti). Do you have favorites?

Happy, relaxing Labor day! I hope you get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful world we live in!

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. Yay! And a top tip from a fellow swimmer with highlights: pour (lukewarm) water on your hair before putting on your cap. Then, it’s already wet & can’t absorb chlorinated water. At least, it works for me.