Family Dollar’s Just Add Family Event, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs AND a Giveaway for $25 Family Dollar Gift Cards (4 Winners!)

I worked in collaboration with Family Dollar on this sponsored blog post and giveaway.

Family Dollar's Just Add Family Event PLUS a #Giveaway for Family Dollar Gift Cards! #justaddfamily

Family is special.

And family memories are treasures that last forever, which is why Family Dollar held its national “Just Add Family” contest this year. They wanted to give one amazing family the opportunity to receive an all expense paid family reunion for up to 100 guests! The winning family would also receive a year’s worth of free groceries from Family Dollar. How fantastic is that? :)

In case you missed it, the “Just Add Family” contest winner was recently selected from thousands of online entries, and the winning family was the Williams family of Chicago! They received the Ultimate Family Reunion with Celebrity Chef Pat Neely at Washington Park in Chicago on Saturday, July 11th.

The Food Network Star, Pat Neely, surprised the Williams Family on July 9th at their home, and the Just Add Family reunion took place two days later with Chef Pat Neely serving as grill master!

Family Dollar's Just Add Family Event PLUS a #Giveaway for Family Dollar Gift Cards! #justaddfamily

Because what’s a family reunion without good food, right? 😉

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs! These are easy to make outside on the grill or inside on a griddle! #bacon #hotdogs

One of the recipes Pat made for hungry guests was his classic grilled bacon wrapped hot dogs.

I recently created that recipe at home for my own family, and they loved it! Hot dogs are one of those super easy foods to grill, and adding the bacon and cheese only takes a small amount of extra effort that’s definitely worth it.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs! These are easy to make outside on the grill or inside on a griddle! #bacon #hotdogs

Here’s the recipe for Pat’s bacon wrapped hot dogs:

Pat’s Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Ingredients

  • 6 hot dogs
  • 3 slices of bacon cut in half
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 6 slices of Kraft cheese
  • black pepper
  • condiments of your liking (such as mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and pickle relish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat using Hickory and Charcoal chips. Carefully wrap each slice of bacon around individual hot dogs. Cooking tip: Use wet toothpicks to hold bacon in place. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  2. Place hot dogs directly over charcoals on grill for 3-5 minutes. Cook until bacon becomes crisp and hot dogs become plump. Place hot dog buns on grill face down to toast. Fold cheese in half and place over hot dog on grill for last 30 seconds of cooking. Remove buns and dress with condiments of your liking. Place hot dogs onto buns.
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Family Dollar's Just Add Family Event PLUS a #Giveaway for Family Dollar Gift Cards! #justaddfamily

Food, Family, and Fun

Overall, the Just Add Family reunion with the Williams family was a huge success! They celebrated their time together, ate delicious food, and strengthened family bonds while creating memories they will never forget!

Family Dollar's Just Add Family Event PLUS a #Giveaway for Family Dollar Gift Cards! #justaddfamily

And now…an Opportunity to Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card!

Now that you know more about Family Dollar and how they brought a whole lot of happiness to one terrific family, how about the chance to win one of four $25 Family Dollar gift cards? :)

That’s right! FOUR of my fabulous readers are each going to win $25 Family Dollar gift cards!

How to Enter the Giveaway

Simply enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. I’ve included options for extra entries, too!

This giveaway will run from now until August 7, 2015 at 12:00am. The giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above. The winners will be randomly chosen. I will promptly send the winners an email notifying them that they’ve won, and the winners must respond within 48hrs. of the giveaway’s end. Otherwise, I will have to draw a new winner(s).

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Fun, Easy and Delicious Mango Snacks (and Mango Tips!)

This is a sponsored collaboration with The Motherhood and the National Mango Board. #MakeItMango

Fun, Easy and Delicious Mango Snacks (and Mango Tips!) #MakeItMango

I love mango.

It’s the one fruit that brings up fond childhood memories almost every time I eat it. Growing up, I remember eating it often during the summers I spent in Mexico. There, mangos were about a two-minute walk to the nearest neighborhood store.

Or, my family and I would buy pre-sliced and (literally) ready-to-eat mangos from someone selling them at the market, and we’d eat them as we walked, talked, and shopped.

I treasure those memories.

Making Mango Memories with My Kids

My children have never been to Mexico, but I share my stories with them. I’ve told them about how mangos are sold right on the street, and how people buy them to eat right then and there. It’s all very wonderful. 😉

And I recently had a chance to make lasting ‘mango memories’ with my kids at a Kids in the Kitchen cooking class at The Chopping Block in Chicago.

At The Chopping Block Kids in the Kitchen Class

Mango Class at The Chopping Block

The class was awesome!

I took Breanna, Isaac, David, and Elisabeth with me (I’m pretty sure I was the only mom there with four kids. 😉 ), and we had a great time even though Isaac and David didn’t end up liking all of the mango recipes.

Kids in the Kitchen Mango Cooking Class at The Chopping Block  in Chicago

The kids learned about different varieties of mangos, how to properly cut a mango, when a mango is ready to eat, and, of course, a few easy snack recipes.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mangos are the world’s most popular fruit and are available year-round, so you can always get your hands on a perfect mango.
  • Six varieties of mango make up most of what is available in the U.S. Because each variety comes into season at a different time of year, you’ll always find a mango in your produce aisle.

Kids in the Kitchen Mango Cooking Class at The Chopping Block  in Chicago

Isaac’s favorite part of any meal is dessert, so he loved the frozen yogurt dipped mango pops.

At The Chopping Block Kids in the Kitchen Class

Elisabeth is like me and loves mango, so she was more than willing to give the different mango snacks a try. :)

At The Chopping Block Kids in the Kitchen Class

Mango and Banana Smoothie

We left the class at The Chopping Block happy and excited about eating more mango! The first recipe that we learned in class and tried at home was the mango and banana smoothie.

This is a delicious recipe for a mango and banana smoothie! #MakeItMango

This smoothie is so delicious and healthy. We used a recipe we brought home from the mango class and only changed one ingredient. Instead of using low-fat milk like the original recipe called for, we used rice milk with fantastic results.

This is a delicious recipe for a mango and banana smoothie! #MakeItMango

I’ll definitely be making this smoothie again, and I’m looking forward to exploring even more smoothie combinations using mangos!

This is a delicious recipe for a mango and banana smoothie! #MakeItMango

Vlog of Our Kids in the Kitchen Mango Class Experience

Since I’ve started vlogging twice a week, I decided to vlog about our trip to Chicago for the mango class. It’s a fun family vlog, and if you start watching it here, you can find out exactly how to properly cut a mango! :)

Visit mango.org for additional information on mango varieties, availability and recipes.

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