I love to grill.  We actually grill all year long, but summertime means a lot more grilling!  But when it comes to grilling, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

You can’t control Mother Nature.  Two weekends ago we had plans for one of our favorite family meals – Flank Steak Sandwiches with Dill Butter.  The grill was prepped, hot and steaks were seasoned and ready to go…….. when suddenly……..

grilling in the rain at TidyMom.net

That’s right! A big ‘ole summer thunderstorm rolled in!  The water hissed and evaporated immediately as soon as it hit the fully-heated grill.  I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me, so I put on my rain jacket, went out to flip the steaks, only to discover we had also run out of gas!  RULE #1 of gas grilling……..ALWAYS check your tank BEFORE you start! lol  We have a spare tank, but changing it in a thunderstorm wasn’t an option.

So what did I do?  I wasn’t about to abandon our plans for a fabulous meal, I popped those steaks in my oven to finish up on broil, and dinner carried on as planned!!

Sometimes, things just happen and you have to “sparkle through unexpected challenges”. 

Since summer grilling season is upon us, I thought I’d share some great Summer BBQ Food ideas, and remember to check the gas and weather forecast!! 😉


Summer BBQ Food at TidyMom.net

Aloha Sliders | Grilled Italian Pizzas | BBQ Ribs | Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes | Grilled Corn on the Cob | Fruit & Nut Slaw | Parmesan Asparagus | Watermelon on a Stick | Oatmeal Brownie Shortcake | Ice Cream Sandwich Strawberry Shortcake | Apple Pom Spritzers 

I was recently sent some fruitwater® to try and it has quickly become a new favorite beverage around our house.  This naturally flavored sparkling water beverage is great tasting and contains no juice.

Glaceau Fruitwater® at TidyMom.net

 fruitwater® comes in five delicious flavors to fit whatever mood you’re in — or whatever mood you want to be in.

  • black raspberry flavored
  • orange mango flavored
  • strawberry-kiwi flavored
  • lemon-lime flavored
  • watermelon punch flavored

Let’s hear your #SparklingTruths. Those moments when you sparkle through unexpected challenges, brushing your shoulders off in bubbly style.


Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Glaceau Fruitwater ® all opinion and sparkling truths are my own 😉