The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Have you made your summer bucket list? Make this your best summer ever by planning fun things to do with your friends and family. We’ve mapped out the top 10 bucket list items every food-loving family needs to complete this summer. Follow along with us each week starting June 4, 2018. Each week we’ll share a different bucket list activity using the hashtags #howipamperedchef and #bestsummerever on Facebook and Instagram. Want to join the fun? Complete one challenge activity a week and by the end of the summer you’ll have 10 amazing memories.

1. Make s’mores in your backyard. Kick off summer with a campfire—it’s officially s’mores season! Get your friends and family together for a night of fun and delicious treats. Want a twist on classic s’mores? Try a few different combinations and use a serving caddy to keep everything organized. Don’t want to use branches for roasting your marshmallows? Get reusable, retractable s’more sticks that keep your hands away from the heat.

Backyard S'mores
2. Throw a barbecue. Good weather calls for grilling. Change up your menu and add grilled pizzas to the mix. You can customize them by adding your favorite seasonal veggies or fruits as toppings. If you’ve never grilled pizza, make sure you have pizza-grilling essentials on hand including a grill stone, grill gloves, and a pizza cutter.

Pizza Grilling Set
3. Make homemade ice cream. Skip the ice cream shop and make your own dessert at home. Use an ice cream maker to create your own frozen treats any time you want. Bonus: You choose the flavors and toppings. Plus, homemade ice cream is smoother, richer, creamier, and less expensive than store-bought.

Honey Butter Shortbread Ice Cream
4. Have a picnic. Heading to the beach, park, zoo, or poolside this summer? Pack some portable snacks for everyone to enjoy and you’re ready for a picnic at any location. Trays that stay cool and mason jars are easy to pack and transport.

Make and Take Mason Jar
5. Make your own ice pops. Get your kids involved and make homemade ice pops. A quick-freezing ice pop maker is a great addition to your kitchen, especially in the summer. The treats are totally customizable and easy to make in under 8 minutes. Try Berry Lemonade Quicksicles for a refreshing and fruity treat. They’re perfect for a Fourth of July celebration, and you can also turn them into an adults-only treat!

Berry Lemonade Quicksicles
6. Try a farm-to-table meal. Grab fresh produce at the farmer’s market and make a meal out of it. Summer is the best time for fruits and veggies: When they’re at their peak, they’re even more flavorful than usual. If you want to eat lighter this summer, make veggie noodles or a veggie-filled salad.

Veggie Noodles With Greek Yogurt Sauce
7. Have a movie night. You can’t go wrong with a movie night. You can watch movies in your family room or the theater all year, but during the summer, your backyard can become the venue. Project a family favorite or newly released movie onto a sheet or the side of your garage, add homemade popcorn, and make summertime memories.

Microwave Popcorn Maker
8. Create the ultimate ice cream sundae. Once you’ve mastered making homemade ice cream, elevate your dessert with homemade whipped cream. You can make your own sundae bar with your family’s favorite toppings, so everyone can make their own unique desserts.

Whipped Cream Maker
9. Host a brunch with friends. Brunch with friends…do we need to say more? Summer is a great time to reconnect with friends. Plan a fun, relaxing event and add favorites like Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Braid or Crostini With Lemon-Basil Ricotta Spread to the menu. These recipes can be baked on stoneware that goes directly from the oven to your table—beautifully.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Braid
10. Let the kids cook dinner. Before school starts again, have a family cooking night. Get your little ones a kids’ pizza set and let them customize their own pies. It’s a great way to teach them cooking skills while making memories together.

Kids' Pizza Set
Want to join in on the fun? Follow our bucket list challenge throughout the summer. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on each week’s activity. Share your own bucket list photos using #bestsummerever and #howipamperedchef.

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5 Responses to The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

  1. Charlene July 11, 2018 at 12:31 am #

    Love this!

  2. lisa malinowski July 14, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    Great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing

  3. Jess July 16, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    We’ve already done 4 from this list! And hitting repeat many times over! 🙂

    • Patrece July 20, 2018 at 1:44 am #

      That is so awesome! There’s nothing like sharing those special moments with loved ones and friends!

  4. susan Bass August 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    Thanks, great ideas!!

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