May 27, 2010

Hot Dog Feasts and Memorial Day Menus {Webisode #25}

What’s Going on Today: Packing for Memorial Day, pick up dry cleaning and fresh bottles of sunscreen. Plan for walk to the beach after naps.
Naptime Goals: Prepare Cous-Cous Salad with Blue Cheese and Craisins, wrap up blog posts, zip up suitcases!
Tonight’s Menu: Hebrew National Hot Dogs with Toasted Buns, Cous-Cous salad, Green Salad, Chocolate Almond Ice-Cream.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: Never underestimate the appeal of shell collecting to a toddler.

As you’ll see above, last Saturday I spent the morning at an awesome Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic on Randall’s Island. I don’t normally align myself with brands and attend company sponsored picnics, but I really do like Hebrew National. Their hot dogs are tasty and all natural, plus, they had me and the other mom bloggers attending take part in a great service project. I always love it when large brands take the time to help others.

At this particular picnic we decorated reusable lunch sacks for the Magic Summer Lunchbox Program. It is a program run by Feeding America to help feed children during the summer when they are unable to get their usual free lunches at school. The lunch totes we decorated were taken to the Food Bank in East Harlem and distributed, full of food, to children in the neighborhood. To make the picnic even more fun, Cheryl Hines emceed the event beautifully. She believes strongly in helping others and has a new show she is executive producing called School Pride debuting this fall on NBC. I’ll definitely be tuning in – with a wad of tissues at my side – for that!

So, back the hot dogs. I love a good hot dog but steer clear of those filled with gross, unidentifiable ingredients. When I do reach for them I usually buy Hebrew National because they are so authentic and the taste proves it. Being at the picnic really put me in the mood for hot dogs at home, so, as you’ll see above, I came home and did just that.These hot dogs would be perfect for any upcoming Memorial Day picnics. Need some more Memorial Day menu ideas? See below. Also, be sure to check out my newsletter this week for an especially great summer recipe that’s never been seen here. Have a great weekend!

Memorial Day Menu Ideas:
Mint Lemonade
Aunt Ethel’s Blueberry Muffins
Cous-Cous Salad with Blue Cheese and Craisins
Ruth’s Curried Chicken Salad
Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken
Marinated Asparagus
Lemon Squares
Simple Rhubarb Almond Cake