Easy Make Ahead Labor Day Weekend Snacks

Labor Day weekend is upon us and as we celebrate the ending of summer, we wanted to throw together a few quick and easy make ahead snack ideas perfect for a weekend at the cabin or a day on the boat.
Hawaiian Cold Cuts

I make these whenever we have a boat day with friends. They're more than just a ham and cheese and in my opinion, anything with Hawaiian rolls are delicious. Another perk to these sandwiches is that they're easy to make and put back into the cardboard and Hawaiian roll bag and throw into the cooler! Here's what you'll need:

-Thin Sliced Smoked Ham

-Thin Sliced Pastrami

-Thin Sliced Roast Beef

-Sliced Swiss Cheese

-Sliced Colby Jack Cheese

-Hawaiian Rolls


I like to layer mayo, cheese, then a layer of each meat, another layer of cheese, and then mayo on the top bun as well. Wait until you have the layers assembled and then set the whole loaf on the cardboard from the Hawaiian roll package and then cut each sandwich apart. Throw back into the bag and it's ready for the cooler. 

Seasoned Oyster Crackers 

This is something my MIL introduced me to and it's so addicting! Here's what you'll need:

-2 Bags of Oyster Crackers

-1 Cup Oil

-1/2 Tsp Onion Powder

-1/2 Tsp Dill Weed

-1/2 Tsp Lemon Pepper

-1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder

-1 Package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

Sprinkle all the dry ingredients over crackers, pour in oil and shake well. Quick & easy with endless combos. Try adding parmesan, Gold Fish, or Cheez Its!

Fruit Pizza

Perfect to make ahead and at least a liiiiitle bit healthy. Here's what you need:

-Sugar Cookie Dough (Can be homemade if you'd like but I always buy the ready to bake stuff from the refrigerator section)

-Cream Cheese

-Marshmallow Fluff

-Fruits of Choice

Bake the sugar cookies in a pan according to the directions on the package. While that's baking, pop the marshmallow fluff in the microwave for a few seconds for easier mixing (Keep a close eye on it as it expands FAST) and combine with the softened cream cheese. I use the whole package of each of those! Then, cube up any fruit you'd like. Good options are strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi, apples, and mango. Any fruit will suffice! Spread the cream cheese mixture on the cooled sheet of cookies, sprinkle the fruit on top, cut into slices, and you're good to go. 

Mexican Street Corn Dip
This street corn dip will remind you of the fair and such a light fresh option! What I love about this recipe is you can adjust the add in's as you like! 
-2 cobs of grilled corn (one can of corn toasted on the stovetop in a pinch)!
-1/2 pint sour cream
-1/2 mayo
-juice of 1/2 lime
-s&p, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika
-sliced cherry tomatoes
- a few pieces of bacon, crumbled
- a sprinkle of feta cheese 
Begin making the bacon first! If you're really going for it, sautee the corn in the left over bacon grease (shouldn't be much if you make 2-3 pieces of bacon)!  In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, mayo, spices,lime juice and combine until smooth. Add in all the rest and serve with choice of chips! My fav is fritos!
Special K Bars with a Twist
There's never an inappropriate time for chocolate and PB. This recipe is a little less sweet, leaving out 1/4c sugar and swapping the milk chocolate chips for semi sweet than a traditional special K bars. Are they even allowed to be called special K bars when I prefer corn flakes......?
-1c Light corn syrup
-3/4 c granulated sugar
-1 c pb of choice (i prefer smooth)
-1 teaspoon vanilla
*secret ingredient* a sprinkle of salt (salty sweet and savory)
-1.5 c semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt corn syrup, sugar, vanilla, salt, and peanut butter together and stir until a smooth pb color. Add cornflakes and stir until evenly coated. Add to a 9" x 13" baking sheet to cool. Melt semi sweet chocolate chips with a tiny but of butter or oil in 30 second intervals to ensure no burnt chocolate. Top your pb mixture coated corn flakes with chocolate and refrigerate a few hours to set. 

Veggie Dip

For the last suggestion, i''ll be honest..... I love my veggies. A good ol' platter of veggies (cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, snap peas, broc, cauli, radish, you name it). They're especially good when you enjoy them with a special ranch! My favorite veggie dip recipe is SUPER easy. Literally two ingredients. 

- 8oz sour cream (you can swap to lite if you're feeling frisky)
-a packet of ranch seasoning. 
that's it. combine until smooth. 
Overall, all of these snacks would complement each other well and would make a beach or boat hangout day even better!! these super easy make ahead recipes take the stress out of finding things to make! 

1 comment

  • Bethany Wills

    These are all such great ideas! I am going to the lake on Monday and will definitely be trying out a recipe or two!

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