1. Popsicles – Everyone has a favorite popsicle flavor and I suspect that most of us determined our favorite by the age of 5. I’m absolutely torn between my childhood favorites – bomb pops and Mayfield’s Brown Cows. Every now and then when I’m in Nashville during the summer I swing by Las Paletas on 12th South for a creamy coconut bar.
2. Lemonade. – Hot and humid summer days are perfect for a thirst-quenching glass of lemonade. Mix up my homemade lemonade recipe in under a minute.
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup sugar (or stevia in the raw for a skinny version)
3 ¼ cups of water
Lemonade is also a great mixer for cocktails. Try these refreshing concoctions at your next get together.
Mix 2 1/2 cups lemonade and ¾ cup tequila in a pitcher. Garnish with lemon slices and rim glasses with lemon juice and sugar.
Mix 1 cup lemonade, 2 cups sparkling wine, and ¼ cup cranberry juice cocktail in a pitcher. Garnish with lemon twists.
3. BBQ’s. – Summer wouldn’t be summer without firing up the grill, bringing out the sprinkler and enjoying lazy days with friends and family. Try this recipe for a quick weeknight dinner or a hassle-free patio party.
SIMPLY GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Mesquite BBQ seasoning
Your favorite BBQ sauce
Liberally season both sides of each chicken breast with BBQ seasoning. Baste the top side of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Grill chicken over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes per side or until cooked through, turning occasionally. When you turn the chicken, baste the chicken. Serve extra BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.
4. Drive-in Movies. – In many parts of the country, drive-in movies are things of summer’s past. Luckily, Middle Tennesseans are a short drive from the nostalgia of the drive-in movie experience. Be sure to check out Macon Drive-In in Lafayette or the Stardust Drive-In in Watertown. Shows start at dusk.
For features and more information: www.macondrive-in. com or www.stardustdrivein.com.
Wilson Bank and Trust’s Free Family Entertainment series returns to the West Lawn of the Main Office in Lebanon this summer. For dates and more information, please call 444-BANK.