Enjoy Fresh Air and a Cookout!: Recipes for a Backyard Picnic

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Whether spring is ramping up or summer is winding down, there are many ways to enjoy warm weather.  One of the best ways to take advantage of sunny days and nice evenings is by having your meals in the backyard! Here at Mosquito Joe we love any excuse to get outdoors, so we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes so you and your family can get your grub on.

Burgers and Hot Dogs – All-American burgers and hot dogs are crowd-pleasers that even your pickiest eater will enjoy. Create variety in your spread with different types of cheese, toppings and condiments. Stick with a classic burger or spice things up with a Chipotle Turkey Burger. Try these bacon-wrapped hot dogs for a twist on an old favorite.

Kabobs – Get your protein and veggies all in one! These are fun to personalize and are easy for kids to assemble. Whether it’s Hawaiian Kabobs with shrimp, pineapple and bacon or Cowboy Kabobs with beef, red bell peppers and onions, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Grilled Chicken – Marinated chicken breasts, thighs, wings and drumsticks are grilling staples. BBQ chicken packs a tangy, smoky punch while buffalo chicken wings brings the heat. A great vegetarian option is a grilled cauliflower steak.

Fish Tacos – For a taste of the islands no matter where you are in the United States, give these fish tacos topped with mango salsa a try! Cilantro lime rice and beans are the perfect side dish for the sweet and savory tacos.

Of course you’ll need something to wash all of these yummy dishes down. Watermelon lemonade is a fruity spin on a classic beverage. Sweet tea is another great option for a refreshing drink.

Don’t forget about dessert! Popsicles or a summer berry cobbler are perfect summertime sweets. For a fun, interactive dessert, try homemade no-churn ice cream! All it takes is a couple ingredients, rock salt and two zip-top bags. Kids will love being able to watch the magic (science!) behind this treat.

There’s no reason that your furry, four-legged friends can’t get in on this outdoor feast! With all of these great dishes for you and your family, your pets are sure get jealous. Whip up a batch of homemade dog treats that will get your pet’s tail wagging.

If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry – order takeout from a local small business! Call your favorite pizzeria, Chinese restaurant or sandwich shop and have a picnic outside.

After spending a lot of time inside, getting out in your backyard is a welcome oasis! By referring your friends and family for Mosquito Joe services, you can Share the MoJo so your favorite people can stretch their legs and get some fresh air without itching and scratching. Plus, when you refer someone you know for a Mosquito Joe treatment, that means $25 off for you and your friend. It’s easy as pie!

With all these delicious dishes, make sure that the only thing getting bitten into is your dinner. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call to schedule your treatment for an itch-free yard. Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks make a meal out of you this spring and summer!