Grilling Sides – Southern Style Potato Salad Recipe

One of my mom’s most loved recipes is her southern style potato salad. I have to admit, it is amazing. She makes it for all of our summer family gatherings and my hubby eats the most. {grin}

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple to make Southern Potato Salad! You’ll need:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 7 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 10-12  hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • Paprika, salt, and black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup  mayo
  • 4 tbsp. Gulden’s Mustard

Easy steps:

  1. Boil chopped and salted potatoes in a covered dish for 14 minutes or until until tender. Drain.
  2. Add onions to bowl, pour hot potatoes over top and allow to set for five minutes. Hot potatoes will cook the onions a little and soften them up.
  3. Peel and chop eggs. Add to bowl.
  4. Add pickle relish.
  5. Add mayonnaise.
  6. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add mustard.
  8. Gently fold and refrigerate.

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Want to know how to set up a Hot Dog Bar?! So easy and a great way to get grilling this summer!

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It’s the season of picnics and these are some of my favorite ideas!

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From simple romantic picnics to family reunion picnics, my Entertaining {Outdoor Party Ideas} board on Pinterest will inspire you to pack a basket, grab a blanket and head out.

I’m off on a little business trip, but until I can share what I’m up to I wanted to leave you with a bit of summer inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big, complex or even really planned, just get out with your family and have fun!

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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!

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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…

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

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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! 

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.

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Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Skillet S’ Mores

The fourth of July is just around the corner and we always roast s’ mores before the fireworks. This year I think we might add the fixin’s to make Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup S’ Mores. They are amazing!

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The ingredients are just what you think… graham crackers, marshmallows and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Easy peasy.

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And what’s best, you don’t have to wait until the fourth of July or any other holiday if you want one now. My kids and I make skillet s’ mores at least once a week. {grin}

This particular skillet is rod iron and it’s original purpose was to bake homemade biscuits. My southern grandmother seasoned it and gave it to me, among other things, as a wedding gift. I use it almost every day. Oh how I miss her…

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And to serve, I trimmed red, white and blue sandwich sleeves from World Market into 3×3″ pockets. This keeps all the yummy… gooey… chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow from running away. These fun little baskets are from World Market too.

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Cherry Pie Fries With Cherry Filling Dipping Sauce

Love pie? Want a fun way to serve pie?! Hand pies are darling of oh so easy. Now think smaller. What about pie fries?! Mmm! These will be perfect for Memorial Day celebrations. {grin}

Cherry Pie Fries

Don’t you just love how cute they are? The talented Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers is sharing the simple recipe with us today!

Ingredients:

  • Pie Crust Dough
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and grease with Pam.
  2. Slice dough into strips about 1/2 an inch wide and 2 inches long.
  3. Arrange fries onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with cherry pie filling and in small fruit baskets to complete the look. I’ve seen these baskets at farmer’s markets, the grocery store and World Market.

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sangria {strawberry, apple & lemon}

Sangria

 

I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria this past weekend as a bit of party prep for our 4th of July celebration! And of course I’m sharing the recipe with you. It’s yummy, but also quite refreshing! Oh, and want a peek at our Americana table décor? {grin}

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

Sangria
 
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Americana {entertaining ideas for summer}

 

This post brought to you by World Market . All opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! {grin}

Americana

My hubby was in the Air Force, along with his brothers and dad, so Americana party décor gets a lot of use around my house with Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations. Whether or not our boys will serve remains to be seen, but we want them to have a strong sense of country and the sacrifices that others make for us daily so that we can live free.

 

Long story short, patriotic holidays are not only celebrated, but truly a time of thankfulness and remembrance for our family.

 

Americana

 

This year, I shopped World Market’s Americana collection (Outdoor Entertaining, Outdoor Furniture) for our 4th of July BBQ and then meandered over to their linens section to add a few extra touches! The pewter placemats may be my favorite. I chose them, along with the gray and white paper straws because they reminded me of sparklers. One of my favorites from childhood 4th of July picnics, and a fast growing favorite with my boys. They’ve gone through two boxes in the past week!

 

Americana cupcake stand

 

Americana cupcakes

 

And if you know me, you know I love paper goods to bring a pop to my tables. I found these fun and creative Americana Meri Meri cupcake tins and toppers at World Market, along with this wire dessert stand. It’s the perfect way to bring some height to your table.

 

Americana party

 

An easy way to make a table feel cozy and inviting outdoors, is to hang lanterns. World Market has the lighting kits so you could bring them alive if you’re celebrating at night! I also had to have the little nutcracker. Or, I should say, my son just had to have it! {grin}

 

Americana

 

And, especially when serving guests outdoors, you need service trays. This one pulled in both of my major colors, red and pewter. LOVE it for carrying all the supplies to set up the table and then later to serve dessert.

 

Sangria

 

Did you know that World Market isn’t only about home décor and entertaining supplies? They also have a large food and wine section. I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria with World Market’s Castaneda White Sangria!

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

 Sangria

 

Not only am I sharing my 4th of July plans with you this morning, I’m also sharing an amazing World Market’s Great Summer Getaway Sweepstakes! You can win Southwest Airline tickets, hotel room and $500 World Market giftcard! If I won I’d buy a new kitchen table (they have AMAZING choices) and I’d fly the kids to Orlando. We always fly Southwest when we go see Mickey. {grin}

Good luck and happy summer entertaining!

 

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rice krispies cake

My kiddos love Rice Krispies Treats… okay… I love Rice Krispies Treats too… and I really wanted to try my hand at a Rice Krispies Cake.

So with Memorial Day celebrations and Fourth of July parties and picnics just around the corner, I decided to make a patriotic red white and blue themed Rice Krispies Cake plus FREE printables for my latest contributing post at Red Barn Blog.

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