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Monday, July 21, 2014

J Dawg Sauce - A Copycat Recipe


Now I am not a hot dog fan
so it took some convincing to
get me to try the local
J Dawg that serves
only beef hot dogs and Polish dogs
but they really were fantastic.



Hubby wants their sauce on
everything and although they
will sell their sauce to you,
I had to come home and try
to come up with a copycat
recipe.

A little taste testing and a
little intuition and I think
I nailed it!




It is three simple ingredients
ketchup and mustard,
of course,
and brown sugar,
lots and lots of it!

J Dawg Sauce Copycat Recipe

3 C. brown sugar, packed
1 C. ketchup
1/3-1/2 C. yellow mustard
(I like the 1/2 C.)

Mix all three ingredients together
in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat and heat through
until the sugar is dissolved.

If necessary run through a sieve to
remove any lumps.

Let cool and serve on hot dogs,
Polish dogs, and anything else
your little tastebuds crave.  Hubby
loves to put it on pizzas as his sauce
and just about anything else he 
might be dipping!



It has just that perfect punch
of sweet and sour and really compliments
the dogs.  I like mine with jalapenos
and pepperoncinis - gives the dog a
little kick!  They also serve it with
a huge pickle slice.  



Yup, even a non-dog lover can love these!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Elsa's Frozen Party Tablescape


In the wondrous land of little
granddaughters, nothing is quite
as popular now as Disney's Frozen
and Elsa tops the list of popular
Disney characters
so when I volunteered to help with
the birthday parties of two
granddaughters, we of course
chose Elsa and Frozen.


I never planned on getting myself
into a huge party but I can blame
it all on this great ice cream cake
that I found at
Baskin Robbins.  
We weren't even in the market for a cake
but while getting an ice cream cone I
wandered over to the pre-made cakes
and saw this one and I just had
to have it, thinking I had some
granddaughters with birthdays 
coming in a month.


So I securely wrapped it in plastic wrap
and popped it in the freezer to await
the parties.  

Unfortunately, someone left that outside
freezer open and the poor thing melted
(only two things melted and it had to be
one of them!!)

So off to the store I had to go again.
The clerk and I had a good laugh over it.
She said she was at least glad I hadn't
put it in the fridge as some people had.


Grandma Jackie had been very lucky
in that she had purchased all the costumes
and a lot of toys before the movie
came out last year so I had lots
of Frozen items to decorate with.

If you have anyone interested in
Elsa costumes or toys you will know
how difficult it is to find them.
We count ourselves very lucky.


I purchased the Frozen castle
at Thanksgiving last year and 
decided to keep it at Grandma's house
so it is special when the kids come to play. One side is Elsa's 
frozen side


and the other is Anna's Erendelle side.


I told people that this was my first
(and probably last) full-on Pinterest
type party, where I went all out
on food, decor and theme.  

I hung a fabric tube between the two 
chandeliers and covered it with white
and then aqua fabric to make a
backdrop on the counter.  Then white
tablecloths went on the counter and they
were covered with aqua and purple
organza toppers to represent both
Elsa and Anna.

Posters that I purchased from Wal Mart
filled in the back side of the tablescape.


My niece Shaunna
created the food cards.





(Chocolate covered peanuts)


(Cotton candy - I had to buy a little
cotton candy machine, but the kids loved
it and I am sure we will get lots of use from it.)






I saw this at
I made blue Kool Aid and added
frozen lemonade concentrate and 
diet 7 Up and topped it with vanilla
ice cream.





She also told how to make these
darling cups on her blog.
I just used a Tulip puffy fabric
paint and while it was still
wet I sprinkled it with glitter.  



Andi made these white chocolate
dipped strawberries.


and these mini cupcakes.



We made sparkling fondant snowflakes
to top the cupcakes.


Jessica made these wonderful 
Ham and Swiss Sliders
and she made snowflake
cookies to decorate later.


(Sparkly bubble gum from Zurchers)


Grandma found these huge Elsa dolls
at Toys R Us a while back so 
after they decorated the tablescape,
each
birthday girl received one.


Here Jacquelyn is looking at the
tablescape.  She just turned 2!


I was lucky enough to find napkins
and plates and cups at Zurchers
and Partyland.



The first guests arrive dressed as Elsa
and they are surprised to find 
Grandma has made an Elsa dress for herself
too.


More Elsa granddaughters arrive.


We were so lucky to find a
singing Elsa who also face paints.
She was amazing and the girls
were enchanted.  
She also appears as other
princesses.  Find her at 
And see her sing as she
sang to the girls on
youtube.  You have to
search Let It Go Kat Nelson.

I couldn't get my video to upload
and I couldn't get youtube's to link
but she is fabulous.

She wears these amazing
contacts to make her eyes
unbelievable.  What a great
singer and performer besides
facepainter!




The girls were just clustered around
her, pushing in to be close to Elsa
and asking her questions about
herself and Arendelle.


This is one of the birthday girls, Goldie.
Elsa first sang to all of the children and
asked them to sing on "Let It Go's"
chorus.  Then she had a coronation
ceremony for the birthday girls
where they both got crowns.


She was busy all night and
stayed in character the whole time.
She painted 28 faces!!
Whew, exhausting!

She was great with the boys 
at the party too.


Many happy customers!



Besides dinner and facepainting,
we had cookie decorating,
snowman building and
a game of pin the nose on Olaf,
but most of the kids had a hard
time leaving Elsa's side.


When all 28 faces were painted it was 
time for the birthday cake.  

We lit 2 candles for Jacquelyn and had her
blow them out and then 4 for Goldie and
she got to blow them out.



Yum!


The cake was a wonderful ice cream cake.


Finally both birthday girls got to
open presents with these huge
Elsa dolls from Grandma and Grandpa
which I found just two weeks before
at Toys R Us.


A fabulous
Frozen Party 
for a lot of special little children.

For more Frozen ideas
visit my Pinterest Page.

Thanks to everyone who helped!

I will be posting this with


Monday, July 14, 2014

Gingered Lemonade


Ice cold lemonade always brings
thoughts of summer and picnic
and porches. 

This easy lemonade is one
that you are going to want
to make over and over.

My friend Tammy made this for us
and my little granddaughter couldn't
get enough so we had to ask
for the recipe.


Imagine my surprise when all it was 
just two ingredients!

Gingered Lemonade

2 - 12 oz cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale

Mix the frozen lemonade concentrate according
to package directions, substituting the ginger ale
for the water.  Add lots of ice to make it cool
and refreshing.  

Serve.


This is so refreshing and easy and
you can have the ingredients on hand
to make some for company any time.
Or perfect for a summer picnic
or BBQ.



Wish you could sit out on the back deck
with me and enjoy a glass.

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