National Hot Dog Day and WIN an Applegate #Wienervention Kit!

Today is National Hot Dog Day! Not that we need an excuse to eat hot dogs at our house. I’ll admit, we used to eat a lot more hot dogs when the kids were younger but then I kind of stopped buying them when I realized just what kinds of stuff (and not great!) goes into traditional hot dogs. But about a year ago, I discovered Applegate and their awesome line of meat products that are organic and not filled with a lot of extra junk. Their hot dogs have four simple ingredients AND you can pronounce them all! Just Beef, Water, Salt and Spices. That’s it! Hooray! We can now have hot dogs again and I can have a clear conscious when I serve them.

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Since buying Applegate products more regularly in the last year, whenever we have friends and family over for a backyard barbecue, we serve Applegate All-Natural Beef Hot Dogs. Many have never heard of Applegate, nor tried it. So it’s always a good time for a Wienervention when it comes to learning how to eat a bit more clean! Applegate hot dogs taste a lot more like real meat, too. They don’t have all those extra fillers that can make them seem squishy and weird. Applegate shared with me that a new survey finds that while 92% of Americans bought hot dogs in the last year, 80% agreed that most hot dogs are low quality and unhealthy. It’s worth it to me to spend the extra dollar or so (really, not that much more expensive surprisingly!) for good quality food for my family. We like our hot dogs pretty simple, usually just with ketchup and pickle relish and occastionally cheese. Sometimes I’ll go for a chili dog too! What do you like on your hot dogs?

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So I was super excited to receive a Summer Grilling Wienervention Kit from Applegate recently since we moved and have an awesome big backyard (our old yard was pretty tiny!) to do some grilling. We are looking forward to doing a lot more entertaining in our new yard. And the folks at Applegate want to share the yummy goodness that they shared with me and act as a “Meatiator” and provide one of YOU with a “Wienervention” kit of your own so you and your own family and friends can enjoy cleaner wieners and never look back! So I’m giving away a kit just like what I got (valued at around $100!) It includes:

  • Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dogs
  • Rudi’s Hot Dog Buns (White and Gluten-Free)
  • Annie’s Organic Ketchup and Mustard
  • Rick’s Pick’s Relish
  • Applegate Apron
  • Grilling tool set
  • Frisbee
  • Mini Applegate Cooler
  • Susty paper straws and napkins

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Entering it easy–just add a comment below that lets us know you or your family’s favorite way enjoy hot dogs. For extra entries, you can choose to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, tweet about this giveaway or follow Applegate on Facebook or Twitter too. I’ll be using Rafflecopter to choose the winner so see the entry form below to get started with your entries (it will help keep track of when you follow on Facebook or Twitter and notify me that way). Winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and given 48 hours to respond. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.


Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I received a Summer Grilling Kit from Applegate and have been compensated for this post although all opinions are my own!

We Moved–and It’s Been A Little Crazy

Almost three weeks ago we moved to a new house. So that explains my absence here lately and the number of guest posts I had in the months leading up to our move. It’s been a little crazy but I’m calling a good crazy because we are loving our new house and extra big yard! That is if the boxes will ever be unpacked. I think they actually multiply overnight.

Our new house is only a couple of miles away from the old house, in which we spent nearly 20 years. Despite thinking I had been purging regularly, I have realized during packing that we have way too much stuff. There’s a lot of stuff that gets collected over 20 years, y’all.

Way. Too. Much.

I’m working to get my kitchen set up first and I’d say I’m about three quarters of the way there. It’s been challenging to figure out what will work where. I know it will be a work in progress and things might change over the next few months. We’ve had more take-out dinners in the last few months than we normally have in a year because it’s just been crazy and at the end of the day, I’m just too exhausted to even think about cooking!

Oh, and it’s also because right now, this is a lot of what I face when I walk into the kitchen:

Or this:

Or this dishelved pantry (just throwing things in there at this point–it’s smaller than my old pantry–wah!)

But at least my kitchen cabinets are starting to look a little more normal as I start to unpack:


And our new yard brought the bonus of this:

A mature Meyer lemon tree that is loaded with tons of tiny green “lemons” right now! (anyone care to share their favorite recipe ideas using lemons? Good thing we like love lemon!)

So right now, I’m going to be focusing a bit more on getting settled, trying to actually enjoy a normal-ish summer with the kids, keeping up with my volunteer commitments (that I made before we knew we decided to move) and do a little bit of blogging in between. There will still be some posts here and there and even a giveaway planned, so be sure to check back often!

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Brownie Bites With Marshmallow Cream Cheese Topping for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s #blogfilmfood

#BlogFilmFood - Creating our own little dinner and flick pariring for a fun theme meal! |

When I was little, they didn’t have DVDs or even VHS (yes, I’m dating myself here). So it was a special treat when movies like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Sound of Music came on television. We’d get to stay up late to watch those special movies. Willy Wonka has always been one […]

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Eating A to Z Roundup – Letters I and J #EatAtoZChallenge

Eating A to Z Roundup - Letters I and J #EatAtoZChallenge

It’s the 15th of the month and that means it’s time for another Eating A to Z Healthy Recipe Challenge. This month, I’m bringing you another round up of recipes from bloggers all over the web. The letters I and J are tricky! Lots of recipe including jalapenos but also a few with different ingredients […]

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Planning a Perfect Picnic {Guest Post}

Planning a Perfect Picnic | Meal Planning

I’ve got another guest post for you this week and I think you’re gonna like it. Kirsten blogs over at Kirsten Oliphant: An Eclectic Celebration of Chaos. She’s writes a bit about food, a bit about home stuff, a bit about kids and family and a little in between. Today, Kirsten is sharing some tips […]

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Spring Herbed Brie Quiche Recipe {Guest Post}

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Today I’m welcoming another guest post from Tara of Noshing With the Nolands. I know Tara through various blogging groups and especially through the Sunday Supper movement that shares recipes weekly to encourage bringing families back to the table together at least once a week. Today, Tara is sharing a tasty spring recipe for quiche. […]

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Bulk Cooking with the Slow Cooker: Cook Once, Eat Four Times!


Today I’m happy to welcome another guest post! Kristen from The Slender Kitchen is sharing her ideas on how to make the most of bulk cooking. There are so many things to love about bulk cooking: saving money, saving time and saving sanity on busy weeknights are just a few of my top favorites! And […]

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Easy Shrimp and Pork Spring Rolls a la Karate Kid for #BlogFilmFood

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Hey y’all! Remember, last month when I introduced you to the #BlogFilmFood series featuring some of my favorite bloggers’ recipes and the movie Steel Magnolias? Well, this month (the third Friday of each month), it’s my turn to host! There are SO many great movies out there to choose from! Last year, I got on […]

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Simple Garlic and Green Beans Recipes #EatAtoZChallenge

Simple Garlic Green Beans With Parmesan | #EatAtoZChallenge |

In general, my family is not a fan of green beans. Not even in the famous green bean casserole that makes an appearance at holiday tables every year (which is fine with me because that means more for me, right?!) But I like green beans so I wanted to find a recipe that would hopefully […]

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Planning the Perfect Summer Picnic PLUS Free Printable Checklist! {Guest Post}

Planning the Perfect Summer Picnic {Guest Post from Moms Confession} PLUS FREE Printable! on

Today I’m excited to welcome another guest poster for you all! Kristi with Moms Confession. I met Kristi at a local Houston Bloggers group a couple of years ago and she is lots of fun! She blogs about all things lifestyle related: recipes, home care tips, insights on family and more. She’s also super organized! […]

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