Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Deli Cucumber Salad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fresh garden cucumbers and thin sliced onions in a sweet vinaigrette - just like the salad from your favorite deli!




I know when back to school time rolls around, a lot of families like to put the cover on the grill until next season.

HA! Not this family!

I LOVE grill nights and you know why? Because Paul does the grilling. :) 





No really, it gives me a night "off" of cooking. In reality though, it really just causes me to focus on some great side dishes and condiments to go with whatever we're grilling that night. Whether it's roasted garlic veggies, or corn on the cob, or this wonderfully easy Deli Cucumber Salad, I love being able to focus on the side dish for once!





My dad is actually growing a TON of vegetables in his backyard garden this year, and most weekends this summer I came home with a few cucumbers to snack on. This salad is the best with home-grown garden cucumbers! Cut the work of slicing it by using a hand-held slicer set on thin, you'll have the entire bowl filled with cucumbers and onions in a fraction of the time of slicing by hand.




Deli Cucumber Salad

Ingredients
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 onion, sliced in thin rings
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Fit tightly with a lid and shake to fully coat cucumbers and onions. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.


We really enjoyed this salad paired with Ball Park Park's Finest hot dogs, slow smoked hickory flavor. Paul really grilled these perfectly and I served them on our favorite top-split potato rolls with just a bit of mustard. I can't even tell you how amazing these were with the Deli Cumber Salad! The perfect tangy flavor to off set the deep, smoked flavor of the hot dogs. They are made with 100 percent beef and contain no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or fillers, and no nitrates or nitrites added. I'm really excited to try the other varieties: Jalapeno Cheddar, Slow Cooked Chili, Signature Seasoned, and Cracked Dijon Mustard next time!





On August 13th, Ball Park brand set the Guinness world record for the Longest Team Barbeque Marathon after grilling for 34 hours and 35 minutes in NYC! Finest Grillathon Winners Andrew Battistelli and Susan Bulloch, along with Food Network chef Tyler Florence, grilled more than 3,000 Ball Park Park's Finest hot dogs, which were donated to City Harvest, a food rescue organization. What a cool event, huh?!



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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tyson Project A+™ - Why I'm Nominating Our School!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate when companies decide to give back financially to our local schools. I sincerely wish we didn't HAVE to make up budget shortfalls in this way, but as a former elementary teacher and now mom of an elementary schooler, I know that's not at all a reality anymore! 





Paul is gone for work through the entire weekend, so needless to say we eat a lot of kid-friendly dinners around that time of the week! Which is why I was super excited to hear about Tyson's Project A+ program - we go through a lot of chicken nuggets around here! I usually pick them up on my weekly grocery trip to Walmart. 





I really like how they are 100% natural all-white meat nuggets that are crispy on the outside and juice on the inside - I love eating them, too! If you check out the back of the bags of Tyson® Fun Nuggets, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets, and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (there are other Tyson products in the Project A+ program as well), you should see a label that looks like this:





All you have to do is clip that label before throwing out the empty package and give it in to your school. They can then turn the labels in for cash to spend on much needed projects and supplies. As a bonus, you can nominate your school here and the school that receives the most nominations Tyson will send a packet of labels worth $1,000 to give your school a head start on collecting Tyson® Project A+ labels!

I was quick to nominate our local elementary school. We are actually in the midst of raising money to construct a special needs, all inclusive playground on our school's campus. It's all in honor of a little boy who attended our school and sadly passed away a few years ago. I can think of nothing better to remember him by giving our students here a playground in which ALL children, regardless of ability level or handicap, can play together. 

What reason would you nominate your school? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Looking for an easy kid-friendly dinner idea using Tyson® Chicken Nuggets? Check out my Sweet & Sour Chicken Nugget Skillet!





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Box Tops Scoop & Dump Collection Folder - No Counting! Free Printable

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

The easiest and quickest way to bundle 50 Box Tops - without counting any of them!





Last year when Silas was in Kindergarten, I had signed up to volunteer in his classroom. And until about February I was in his room about once per week with various tasks his teacher would set aside for "parent helpers" to complete. Sometimes it was meeting with students to go over some difficult skills, sometimes it was finishing a fun seasonal project that was to go on the bulletin board, sometimes it was just menial tasks that teacher really wouldn't have time to finish. Not without taking it home, that is.

Ask me how I know this! ;)

I remember many a night when I taught 2nd grade where I would pack my canvas tote to almost breaking capacity and ride the bus home to our little duplex apartment in Philadelphia. More times than I care to admit, Paul and I chose to order out because I simply had no time to cook with all the homework to check and project pieces to pre-cut out for the students.

And to be honest with you, once baby Silas came along, a lot of those fun things I liked to do with my students simply had to go to the side for the time-being. Seriously, you guys. Teaching is a 24 hour job!

With that being said, I simply adore when certain companies come up with programs, like the Box Tops program, to support schools. If you're not familiar, each Box Top is worth $.10 that when turned in to your child's school, can be used for whatever expense is needed. Looking for a way to help your school/teacher? Collect Box Tops with your family and volunteer to count and bundle Box Tops! This method is SO easy and require ZERO counting - those of you that have done this before late at night will understand what I mean!





-Collect Box Tops by purchasing specially marked products. I found some Yoplait yogurt, Go Gurt, and Mott's Applesauce with Bonus Box Tops on my last grocery trip to Walmart - score!!





-Print out both pages of PDF printables (below) and tape the pages to the inside of any folder you have laying around. Place a Box Top inside each of the boxes on the grid of 50 (this is a great time to make sure all are within expiration date). 

Download Scoop & Dump 1-25 Grid

Download Scoop & Dump 26-50 Grid






-When all 50 boxes are filled, lift up side of folder and allow Box Tops to collect in the middle. Tilt folder and dump directly into a Ziploc baggie.





-Don't forget to label with how many Box Tops are in the bag!


Seriously - this method makes it SO SO SO much easier to count and bundle Box Tops - I can't tell you how many times I was distracted in the middle of counting last year when the kids interrupted me! If you have an older, responsible child at home, you could certainly have them help out with this activity as well. 





Does this encourage you to volunteer some of your time to help out your child's school this year? How do you plan on helping this year? Leave it in the comment section below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.


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