Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hormel Weekend BBQ Challenge & Giveaway

This month's Hormel challenge was a BBQ one, which was completely perfect while we were in Canada, since my dad was happy to assist in the grilling part of it all. The mission--host a delicious barbeque feast for friends or family! You must use at least three products as ingredients for your meal from the Hormel Foods portfolio.

Sounded like a plan to me, and my parents have a big garden in the backyard that was already started to produce tomatoes, zucchini and peppers. And my dad did recently buy a pineapple for the kids. All this, plus a barbecue, means kebabs, of course!

Since we were in Canada, I headed over to Buffalo for a little bit of grocery shopping with my product list. My key plan being a) kebabs and b) must go well with pineapple and zucchini (two of Ben's favorite things). On my meal planning days, I usually have a solid list, but I wanted to see this time what inspiration I could find at the store.



After a bit of shopping, I settled on Hormel pork tenderloin and Jenny-O turkey sausage for the kebabs, along with two types of House of Tsang marinades, Classic Stir Fry and Korean Teriyaki to baste the meats and veggies with.



I had a plan in my head for how I wanted the kebabs to look and, other than the pineapple, the veggies are extremely locavore, right from my mom's garden. I sliced the tenderloin into four long quartered sections and cubed those to make the pork pieces, then sliced the sausage into rounds. The meat is alternated with a combination of pineapple, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onion and red pepper, which started out just-so, and ended with a really odd last skewer of random things that were still on the plates.



My dad fired up the grill (since I will NOT turn on a grill) and brushed it with olive oil. The skewers fit perfectly into the grooves and we opted to baste them with the House of Tsang Teriyaki marinade. It is seriously good and I'm sorry I had to leave the rest of it at my parents' house (couldn't take it on the airplane, buying my own bottle at Kroger asap!).

We served the kebabs over steamed rice with soy sauce (something F&B learned from Shaun). We also debated stir frying fresh beans from the garden with the House of Tsang Classic Stir Fry sauce, but it would have been a bit too much food, so that was tabled for a different meal. It's definitely worth trying too!

Keep reading for the giveaway for a Hormel prize pack!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Featured Friday

A little late on Featured Friday, but it took me a few days to get back into our routine now that we're back in Dallas. And it doesn't help when the memory on Firefox is on someone else's computer in another country so you can't exactly go back and find the things you wanted to link to easily!


I love these bento style boxes from Pottery Barn Kids!
Maybe I need one too. ;o)


Rainbow meals and kid choices from In the Kitchen with Audrey are just wonderful.
And the parsley garnish makes me smile. :o)


How awesome are homemade goldfish crackers???
(From Miss Anthropist's Kitchen)


This King Frog bento from Emily's Lovely World is adorable!
F&B love froggies, I'm going to have to try this!

As always, all pictures belong to their blog owners, click on them or their attached links to see the full posts on the original sites. (If you would prefer your link not featured, please let me know and I will remove it.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 61

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!

***Heading home in today from our Canada trip, more bento posts to come soon, the break was quite lovely!***



Friday, July 22, 2011

Featured Friday

One last featured Friday post from Canada, before we head back to Dallas next week!

I've actually been out and about all week, so trying to find a few of my favorites that I saw on my phone instead!


Sweet little dinosaurs from Bento Fun


Not bento, but these baked apples from Skinny Chef sound awesome


A sweet little bear bento from Lia at Bentolicious! So cute!!!


And oh-so-cute Hello Kitty Cupcakes on We♥It

As always, all pictures belong to their blog owners, click on them or their attached links to see the full posts on the original sites. (If you would prefer your link not featured, please let me know and I will remove it.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 60

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!

***I'm in Canada for our annual summer trip. WfLW will post weekly, everything else depends on our plans. If you're not following me on FB, this would be a great time to do it! I do add all posts there.***



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A New Disney Bento, with Phineas & Ferb

I just discovered that another one of my Disney bentos has published and it might be one of my favorite ones, since I have a great love for Phineas and Ferb (and especially Perry the Platypus).



Head over to Disney's Family.com to learn how to create your own Phineas and Ferb sandwich toppers!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Kids Cook Monday - Deviled Eggs


We're still in Canada, enjoying the much more milder than Texas weather. This week, F&B took in their very first baseball game (Buffalo Bisons) and we had friends over for a barbecue. Faith made deviled eggs all by herself for The Kids Cook Monday!



Deviled eggs are a great easy recipe for kids, especially if you have the eggs already boiled. Faith mashed the insides, seasoned them, even scooped them back into the whites all on her own. (Side note: Baby teaspoons work well for this, although I use a melon baller at home.)

She even sprinkled the paprika and added the garnish, and was very impressed with herself to serve them.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Featured Friday

Some more Friday fun from Canada (we're still on our summer vacation). It's hard to pick just a few posts to share, I could easily find 20 things that you all need to see!

Here's a few of my favorites from this week!


I have a huge weakness for purses
(just got a lovely new Michael Kors bag)
so this bento from Cookie Cutter Lunch is simply awesome!


I found these popsicles on Pinterest, which took me to We ♥ It.
Not bento, but oh so yummy & adorable!


Just in time for the Pooh movie,
a Pooh bento from Mama Elaine's Cooking Adventures


A friend linked this on my Facebook and it is so adorable!
Panda bread (found on Tablespoon.com) has serious bento potential.

Want a chance to win samples of the new Betty Crocker Fun-da-middles Cupcakes? Hop over to my review pages and leave a comment on this post to win!

As always, all pictures belong to their blog owners, click on them or their attached links to see the full posts on the original sites. (If you would prefer your link not featured, please let me know and I will remove it.)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Celebrating Summer with Hormel Foods

Summer marks the beginning a season full of fun with family and friends. How do you celebrate graduations and/or the end of the school year? Do you host a party? Bring a favorite dish to a family pot luck?

For us, summer starts in Texas sometime around May and doesn't quite end till October. During that time, we move out to the pool for most of the days and enjoy plenty of time hanging out in the yard & playing in the sun. F&B both love to swim and they could be outside all day, every day. Of course, I'm always looking for quick, easy ways to eat that don't involve turning on the oven in the Texas summer heat. This might be cold dinners, it might be the crockpot or it might be the grill, with the grill (and someone else doing the grilling) being the preferred scenario.

I've been jotting down a few of the new recipes we can't wait to try, including BBQ Blue Sandwiches and Applewood Bacon Spinach Salad.

BBQ Blue Sandwiches:
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Lloyd's Woodfire Barbeque™ Beef Brisket
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 8 slices Hormel® Black Label® Fully Cooked Bacon, heated and slices cut in half
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Barbecue sauce
-Prepare brisket according to package directions.
-Spread mayonnaise on cut sides of each roll. Place 1 leaf lettuce on bottom half of each roll; top with brisket, bacon and cheese. Drizzle each sandwich with barbecue sauce.

Would both of these be perfect after a long day enjoying the outdoors and swimming in the pool? I think they'd be awesome with a side of fruit or some homemade popsicles, then a little more night swimming.

Any other great suggestions for yummy summer food ideas?

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 59

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!

***I'm in Canada for our annual summer trip. WfLW will post weekly, everything else depends on our plans. If you're not following me on FB, this would be a great time to do it! I do add all posts there.***



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

11 Zucchini Ideas from F&B's Taste-Tested Collection

Someone asked on a forum I'm on for ideas of what to do with a whole lot of zucchini. Because of that, I went through my blog and cataloged all our zucchini recipes for her. I shared them in a note on my personal Facebook, but since I couldn't figure out how to do that on the blog Facebook, I'm sharing them all here in a single post. Enjoy!


Wishing you all a lovely, zucchini-filled summer!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kids Cook Monday - Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies


It's July and we are in the midst of our yearly Canada trip. For The Kids Cook Monday this week, it's time for a something yummy using one of our all-time favorite summer ingredients, the zucchini. And today, we are making zucchini-oatmeal cookies, à la Rachael Ray.



I found the recipe in my Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine and adapted it a wee bit for F&B. I'm thinking it might be really awesome with chocolate chips instead of raisins too.

1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz butter (1.5 sticks)
1 egg
1 cup shredded zucchini
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins

Combine butter and sugars till creamy, beat in the egg.
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix in oats, zucchini and raisins, let stand for 1/2 hour.
Drop into spoonfuls on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Yields: about 45 smaller cookies

Friday, July 8, 2011

Featured Friday

More Friday fun, though it's actually Saturday morning (I'm just backdating this because the inconsistency of not being a Friday would bother me immensely).

So, what am I loving this week?


This absolutely adorable Goldilocks and the 3 Bears lunch
from Making Bento is a Blessing!


How to bake a heart (or other shape) into a cupcake
from Made with Love by Me


Printable Fruit Tags from Alphamom


And since we are at my parent's house with a plethora of collies,
this puppy bento from She Likes Bento is too cute!


Want a chance to win samples of the new Betty Crocker Fun-da-middles Cupcakes? Hop over to my review pages and leave a comment on this post to win!

As always, all pictures belong to their blog owners, click on them or their attached links to see the full posts on the original sites. (If you would prefer your link not featured, please let me know and I will remove it.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 58

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!

***I'm in Canada for our annual summer trip. WfLW will post weekly, everything else depends on our plans. If you're not following me on FB, this would be a great time to do it! I do add all posts there.***



Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Friday

A few 4th of July fun things this week! Less bento, more fun food, although some of them do have bento potential! (I found most of these on Pinterest, but tracked down original links if possible.


Patriotic toast with bananas, blueberries, and strawberry jam


Patriotic strawberries with sugar


Flag pizza!
(I saw one, somewhere, using pepperonis
as the stripes, but cannot track it down again)

So many beautiful things to do with strawberries, blueberries and cream


This cake is too awesome, I love the layering!

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