When I think of summer, BBQs come to mind immediately. This was especially challenging when we lived in New York City. Not only did we not have a grill, but we didn’t have a deck or a backyard to grill on in the first place. We got creative by packing picnics and heading to Governor’s Island or Central Park on the weekends, but it really wasn’t the same. One of the first investments we made once we got to California was a nice Weber gas grill.
BBQing and eating out back on our teeny patio has made for some of the most spectacular family memories this summer. The food is almost always good (admittedly we need some practice with temperature), the cleanup is ridiculously easy, and the kids are always into changing up the normal dinner routine. A good meal and wonderful, whimsical family memories are made on these nights, some of my most favorite of all time. When it comes to shopping for these dinners, I don’t worry much about cost as the ingredients are usually pretty basic. Meat, fish, poultry and vegetables plus a bit of lemon and seasoning is generally all we use. My market list doesn’t leave me sweating about the budget, and I can almost always count on Zoe coming with me to the store with our list for the evening or weekend dinners, and I always use my American Express Everyday Credit Card because I get double points on groceries from our local market, and we’re stockpiling these points to put towards a family vacation. I’ve never been one to budget much, but this card has incentives that I can’t pass up.
Admittedly, I splurge on our weekly grocery runs. I don’t clip coupons and I buy mostly organic,as I love to cook, eat, and serve my family good food. Buying fresh produce and making balanced, nutritious meals is a definitely a creative outlet for me, and one that I enjoy quite a bit even though it ends up being fairly expensive. When I think about the fact that my points are doubling and accumulating, and I’m earning rewards on things that I would be spending my money on anyway, that Amex Everyday card becomes the perfect enabler. I’m ok with that.
There truly isn’t anything better than quality time with my family, and I know that we will almost certainly have fun BBQsi and outdoor eating whenever the weather permits. The kids appreciate a change in meal routines, and Justin and I appreciate the good food with very little cleanup involved. While I know that these days are somewhat limited to summers, it makes me appreciate and enjoy them even more. Making memories with my children is what life is all about, and I love even more not sweating the bill when it’s all over.
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