This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware.
I am not a good cook.
Not even close.
Not even in the ballpark of good cooking anytime anywhere.
And so whenever I throw a party it’s usually a potluck—as in they bring the pots and I bring the luck.
I discovered the best idea ever in the history of ever if cooking’s not really your thing and you never met a party you didn’t like.
Aren’t they adorable?
Aren’t they cute?
Don’t they look like they want to be best friends with a little tomato and summer squash and green peppers?
My entire vegetable skewer journey started here.
On the back porch with the setting sun.
This amazing, wonderful, incredible Weber Genesis II E-210 LP Gas Grill.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I’ve been wanting a new grill forever and I didn’t even know where to begin. The team at my local Ace store had a huge selection of high-quality grills and helped me find this one. The handle is so substantial and the knobs are so well-made and it heats up quickly and the heat is so evenly distributed it makes grilling so easy.
It comes with shelves on either side for extra storage.
And even better?
Ace delivered it right to my house and set up it up with their free assembly and free delivery service (can you even believe they set it up for FREE). The grill was delivered and set up and I didn’t have to lift a finger.
It was time to get my party on.
We are trying to eat healthier here this summer, so fresh home-grown vegetables are on our menu.
I also discovered this handy LED thermometer when choosing my grill with Ace, which makes cooking even easier. The iGrill attaches to your grill and the app tracks your food via the thermometer and alerts you when items reach the ideal temperature.
Then I loaded up the skewers with layers of fresh vegetables and added fresh corn to the grill, too. They grilled up perfectly thanks to the smooth porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates that allowed me to cook the veggies without having them stick to the grill grates.
The meal was almost ready.
It was such an easy meal to put together in under 30 minutes.
I added cheese and pita crackers and fruit and baked beans and I also put together a salad tossed with raspberry vinaigrette and cranberries and walnuts and blue cheese as an alternative if people didn’t want grilled vegetables.
Then we finished off the night with watermelon.
Weber makes such a great line of products that made the grilling and getting everything ready for the party even easier and our awesome associate at Ace helped us pick out exactly what we needed when we stopped into our neighborhood Ace earlier this week. We told them what we were looking to prepare for our grill party, and they pointed us in the right direction to what we needed for the recipes we were looking to cook.
Here are a few of my favorites that our Ace associate recommended:
These grilling mitts.
They also suggested long handled tongs and the cutest corn on the cob skewers and of course—my vegetable skewers.
All the ingredients for the perfect party.
Everything was amazing. The food was perfect. The conversation skipped across the deck as we settled into these chairs to listen to the crickets and watch the fireflies as the sun set across the back pasture.
It was a night to remember along with a meal that’s still making my mouth smile.
Even though there wasn’t a pot or a luck in sight. 🙂
PS There’s a great offer right now with Ace. You can go to Ace Hardware to receive $10 off your $100 purchase at Ace or $15 off $150 to purchase to get your own grilling supplies using my code THISTLEWOODFARMS. You can also order online at AceHardware.com and pick up for free at your local Ace until the end of August.
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