Hawaiian Grilled Franks – A Pop Of Summer In Every Bite

I’m all about the grill in the summer and my kiddos are all about the Hebrew National beef frank hot dogs!  Those of you who stop in often know that my youngest has severe food allergies so I trust and appreciate Hebrew National’s pure ingredients to keep everyone in the family craving the all-American treat.

Hawaiian Hebrew National Franks | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

Although my kiddos prefer Hunt’s ketchup and Gilden’s Mustard above all other topping choices, I talked everyone into trying a new flavor combination: a Hawaiian inspired frank! Let me tell you… it was a HUGE hit!

I thought the blend of sweet and savory flavors would be the perfect summer bite. And I hate to toot my own horn and tell you I was right… but I was right. {wink} It’s a mouthful and you’ll enjoy every single chomp!

You’ll need:

  • Peaches (cut into slivers that can slide along your bun like the pickle in a Chicago Style frank)
  • Pineapple (cut into small chunks)
  • Red Onion (cut into slivers)
  • Mango Chutney (you can find it on your spice isle, or you can whip up your own from scratch with the recipe below)
  • Hebrew National franks (we like the Jumbo!)

Sweet & Savory Summer Food Pairing | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Homemade Mango Chutney Recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups diced mangos
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Simple instructions: Place all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25 minutes until thick. Allow to cool. 

Hawaiian Sweet & Savory Pairing | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Go ahead, push the proverbial flavor envelope with my Hawaiian Hebrew National frank. You won’t be disappointed!

Hebrew National Recipes

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut… and what doesn’t {wink}. Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts. Just the way I like to feed my family!

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Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar

Picnic tables, grilling, campfires for s’ mores, sparklers and laugh out loud jokes… {sigh} It makes me think of my childhood 4th of July gatherings with my mom’s huge family and “make your own” hot dog bars!

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For summer entertaining I love setting up “make your own” and “serve yourself” options. And with grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog! What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

Next to the cut of meat, a successful hot dog bar must be kept covered. When you’re gathering in an open space like your backyard, people to tend to wander and mingle and no one is eating at the same time so keeping your hot dogs and fixins fresh is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure your tableware is easy to manage while standing or sitting so there are no juggling acts. These little hot dog baskets are the perfect answer!

Summer Grilling & Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When it comes to your hot dog fixins, that’s the fun part. I set up my families favorites with red onion, yellow onion, Hunt’s Ketchup, Gulden’s Mustard and tomato. The hubby sometimes likes a little jalapeno too!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Another important favorite for our hot dog bars…

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my mom’s southern style potato salad. It is amazing! I’ll be posting a step-by-step pictorial of this yummy recipe using Gulden’s Yellow Mustard tomorrow, so stay tuned!

You can find more 

Hebrew

ideas and recipes by visiting Hebrew National or by following them on facebook

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And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Strawberry Cocktail + Pink, Orange & Yellow Bridal Shower

Think pink. And orange and yellow. This pretty color combo just makes my heart sing. And this strawberry cocktail will make your taste buds flip!

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While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! Help your bride stave off the nerves with these yummy Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy cocktails full of strawberry, watermelon, lemon and guava. I added a few strawberry slices for color and some lovely pink stripe paper straws embellished with Sparkle Tape (from Darice) flags… and you’re done!

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ve pinned some beautiful pink, orange and yellow ideas including cakes, table settings, floral arrangements, and more that will help have your party planned in no time.

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Party {in Orange, Pink, Yellow} on Pinterest.

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Cheers!

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Peach & Mint Bridal Shower + Peach Cocktail

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! I’m in love with the soft hues of peach and mint. This color combination makes me think of the south… of home.

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Peach Cake – The Perfect Palette, styled by Michelle Leo Events / Peach Cocktail – Kim Byers, The Celebration Shoppe / Peach Cookies – Cooking Classy / Coral and Mint Table  - Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jennifer Cress / Shimmer Mint Circle Garland – Couture by Ayca / Mint Placesetting – Magnolia Rouge

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Peach & Mint Bridal Shower Ideas | Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, choosing the color palette for your wedding has to be one of the toughest decisions for the big day… beyond choosing the right man of course. {wink} Everything from your bridesmaid dresses, flower arrangements, invitations, linens, ribbons, favors… and on and on… and on… will reflect the colors you’ve chosen.

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But no matter the color palette you choose, rest assured that Seagram’s Escapes can help you Keep It Colorful for your bridal shower, bridesmaid brunch and even reception.

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Or… if you were like me… for those moments when you just needed to “escape” from all the pressures of planning the big day. {grin}

This sparkling Peach Fuzzy Navel cocktail is one of my favorites! Not only is it yummy and light, but it’s so pretty when paired with fresh fruit.

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No bridal showers in your immediate future, no worries.

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All the light and refreshing flavors of Seagram’s Escapes make them perfect for every gathering. And you can enter to win a summer party pack of your own! Just join them on Facebook to enter!

Want more peach and mint bridal shower and party ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Party {in Coral, Mint & Black) board.

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10 Healthy Cold Summer Treats

Along with the summer heat come cold summer treats. And since I’m always looking for ways to keep my kids healthy, and my little one with food allergies included and happy, I buy “all fruit” treats as much as possible. Thank goodness for amazing fruit bars like Frutarre.

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Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars are bursting with real fruit taste, creamy milk, or refreshing juice. My boys loved them…

Balloon Fight

and as you can see wouldn’t even put them down while balloon fighting at our Memorial Day friends and family party. {grin}

There are 10 delicious flavors to choose from like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, and more! We celebrated with the Strawberry & Milk and the Mango. Oh… the Mango! It was like eating a real one and only 60 calories!

I picked my Fruttare up at Kroger, but they’re available nationwide.

You can find out more about this wonderfully refreshing treat by following them on facebook!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! And happy belated Memorial Day everyone! See a soldier, thank a soldier.

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Raspberry Acai Pineapple Cockail for Girls’ Night In

Summer is almost here and that means more gatherings with my girl friends. And since we all have kids, that is often a girls’ night in. But no worries… with my Raspberry Acai Pineapple cocktails in hand and good conversation, we won’t even mind when the kids squirt us with water guns. {grin}

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These are amazing! And what’s best, if you have a few friends who are watching the calories or pregnant, they can still enjoy this recipe as a mocktail.

Cocktails and Mocktails with Trop50 | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s the super simple recipe:

  • 2/3 Trop50’s Raspberry Acai
  • 1/3 Champaign (or Gingerale)
  • 1 scoop pineapple sorbet (fat free if you like!) per glass

In addition to amazing drink recipes, you can doll up your stemware (and make your besties feel special) with a little bling. I’ll be sharing more about these simple but fun drink stirrers and labels in my next post! Hosting your own party this summer, love acai and want more yummy recipes? Join us on Pinterest for our Girls’ Night In Board and  browse Inspiring Ideas for a Girls’ Night In” Trop50 Foodie Collection on Foodie! You’ll find a fun recipe for everyone in your group!

Trop 50 Recipes

Trop50 has the great taste and goodness you expect from Tropicana, but with 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners. And guess what… my kiddos LOVE it. They didn’t even notice a difference. That tells you Tropicana has kept all the flavor!


As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make Hand Apple Pies {Skinny Recipe}

Hand apple pies. The smell of cinnamon and sugar sautéing on the stove and pie crust browning in the oven. It makes me think of my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama.

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When I was a little girl she fried hand apple pies most every Sunday. They were crispy and amazing. And although I loved the yummy goodness of those pies, I prefer a little lighter recipe for my boys. Don’t worry, my southern roots won’t let me stray too far. I promise, with this recipe you’re not sacrificing the flavor. {grin}

Plus, with a little semi-homemade ingenuity, you can whip these up on a school night!

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How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients for filling:

  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (I use a vegan butter so my little one can eat them too, plus it has less fat)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (reserve for sprinkling on tops)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (+ a smidge to sprinkle on tops)
  • 1 pkg chilled pie crust (my grandmother’s buttermilk recipe is amazing… I’ll share it next time… but for the sake of only 4 grams of fat per mini pie)
  • 2 tbsp. Mazola corn oil (cholesterol free and 0 trans fats)

Make:

Filling: Heat a skillet over medium-heat. Add the diced apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to the pan and stir. Cook until the butter is melted and the apples are soft, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to make them mushy or to burn them and lose all the juice. Remove from the heat, and transfer the apple filling to a mixing bowl to cool. Set aside and let come to room temperature.

Pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Remove dough disks from the refrigerator (work with one at a time to keep your dough chilled and in shape). Using a 3-inch-diameter cookie cutter or saucer, cut out six circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary to achieve all 12. Dough should be 1/8 thick.
  3. Lay the pastry circles on one of the sheet pans and top with half of the apple mixture, being sure to reserve as much of the apple liquid as possible. Adding too much liquid to the pies will get messy, quickly.
  4. Brush another round with Mazola oil. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create a fluted seal along the edge. (Note: If not sticking well, put a little more Mazola along the inside of the seam to help it seal. You don’t want those yummy apples to escape.
  5. Sprinkle tops of mini hand pies with granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon rubbed between your hands to give it a light dusting. shaped slit in the top of each pie.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes (depending on your oven), until the pies are golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

I like to serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla yogurt. {wink}

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find more amazing and heart healthy recipes on Mazola.com. A new study shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil! Wow! Try it today for sautéing, stir frying and baking. I’m actually making parmesan encrusted zucchini fries for the kids this weekend. Can’t wait!!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Craft Room Organization Tips

I’ve been working on organizing my craft room. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely seen a few pics of my freshly painted space, my new photography softboxes, and these lovely jars.

This project is part of a campaign with Blueprint Social and Plaid, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! 

Craft Room Organization Ideas | Kim Byers

I like to keep my space very bright and clear because I’m always flipping holiday crafts, parties and home projects. I tend to use black, white, silver and clear a lot in my studio décor so that whatever I’m working on doesn’t clash terribly with the space. It’s just a visual thing that helps me. This said, I love color. And because I have so many craft and party supplies, I tend to organize by color. And this new Mod Podge Sheer is the perfect embellishment for all my clear jars and white containers.

Most of these items sit behind closed doors, but it helps me to quickly see what I have when it’s time to get crafty!

Organizing Your Craft Room | Kim Byers

5 Tips and Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your craft room floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my craft room, I’ve organized mine by candies, tools, embellishments, surfaces, gift wrap, etc. and then by color.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy (aka clear and stackable when possible) – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t h when little people are helping you tidy up!

And for this project, I labeled with COLOR! These podgeable facet cut shapes are darling in clear, but I have so much candy, ribbon, etc., that using them to organize my colors was a no-brainer.

You’ll need:

  • Podgeable Facet Cut Shapes
  • Mod Podge Sheer
  • Brush
  • Baker’s Twine

Make: Brush the desired color onto the back of the facets, allow to dry for 20 minutes and repeat until desired shade (these have two coats), string with baker’s twine and hang!

Craft Room Organization Tips | Kim Byers

Connect with Plaid and learn more about using Mod Podge Sheer:

You can find Mod Podge Sheer Colors, Facet Shapes and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge in Michaels or on PlaidOnline.com. And all these pretty candies are available at Candy Galaxy.

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Ice Cream Football Sandwiches {Super Bowl Party Food}

With three boys in the house (yes, I’m counting my husband), you bet football and the Super Bowl are big around here! So let’s talk Super Bowl parties and my simple and fun football ice cream sandwich idea!

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Super Easy Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Making football fare for any game or tailgate is fun, but the Super Bowl… well… it’s the Super Bowl! I’m a fan of all the savory sandwich recipes and dips, but I have to have a bit of sweet too. And what’s best about my little football ice cream sandwiches, they’re super easy to make and store until your guests arrive!

Super Bowl Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Sharpie (coupon details for Target below!)
  • Rubbermaid storage containers (coupon details for Target below!)
  • White cake icing
  • Resealable bag
  • Icing tip #4 and connector
  • Knife
  • Optional: Chocolate sprinkles

Simple steps:

  1. Using a Sharpie, draw football plays, referee stripes or team colors on wooden spoons
  2. Unwrap your ice creams and lay them on a sheet of wax paper or in Rubbermaid container
  3. Pierce one end of the ice cream with a knife so that your wooden spoons can be inserted easily later
  4. Cut the edge of resealable bag, insert your icing connector and tip, spoon in icing and pipe football design
  5. Place in Rubbermaid container and freeze until guests arrive.
  6. Insert wooden spoons, sprinkle container with chocolate sprinkles (to finish the look) and serve.

Tip: If you serve them at halftime and they’re hard frozen, they should last the full 30 minutes!

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Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Scene {DIY Tutorial}

Our faith holds first place in our house at Christmas time and I love reminding my children in the mix of all the excitement what this season really means.

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I warn you… the painting of the feet is ticklish so you may want to place a towel… or two… down. I warned my boys and they still flopped all over the place. {grin} In the end, it was so worth it to have their little (or not so little anymore) feet cradling their version of the baby Jesus.

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To make your own Footprint Manger Scene, you’ll need:

  • Square white canvas
  • Sharpies – 12 ct. multipack, 4 ct. metallic assortment and either the silver or gold 4 pack (I LOVE them all and they’re all on sale at Staples right now!)
  • Brown craft paint for foot
  • Pearl white craft paint for head (we chose to stamp his head on with a finger but there are light Sharpies in the pack)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: white Kraft paper

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And now for the easy kid crafting steps:

Footprint – paint your child’s foot liberally with brown paint and then press evenly to the center lower portion of the white canvas. Allow to dry completely.

Prep and practice – since canvas is unforgiving, I put white paper (available in rolls like gift wrap) out under the canvases so my kids could practice what they’re planning to draw before they put Sharpie to canvas. You can see in the top image my youngest practicing his stars. {wink}

Draw – then just let them go! You can see from the side-by-side shot below that our manger scenes are slightly different, but in my mind that is what makes them that much more precious.

Artist signature – and don’t forget to let them sign their art. We like to date ours too!

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Staples has all the Sharpies for your holiday needs! I mean $6 for a 12 ct Multi Colored pack of Sharpies! Woo Hoo! And the Sharpie Metallic Assorted 4-CT pack, including the Silver pack and the Gold pack are only $5. I’m personally a bit obsessed with all my Sharpie colors, but the metallic are my new favorites!

Sharpie Craft

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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