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4th of July Recap

Did everyone have a good 4th of July? We had zero plans for the weekend and it ended up being a great weekend. In a way, it was nice to have no big plans – we just did what we wanted and had a good time together. Sometimes we are so over planned that we are running from one event to the next – so this year we just took it easy.

We still were able to attend some low-key fireworks – Lennox was ready…!

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We were able to be a little silly …

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and play with sparklers with our neighbors….
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All in all we had a good 4th and we hope you had just as good of a holiday weekend!

What was your favorite part of the holiday weekend?

Fire Grilled Berry Cobbler, Grilled Berry Pie, Cook a Pie on a Grill

Fire Grilled Berry Cobbler

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This past father’s day we got Kyle a charcoal grill. We had a propane grill and honestly, we never used it. It was one of the first things we bought when we moved to our house almost 8 years ago and it was just a waste of money. We didn’t like how it cooked, how it tasted, and just never ended up using it. But recently we had been talking about grilling and how much we love charcoal grills – that Lennox and I thought it was a great Father’s Day gift. And you know what? It was! Ever since we got it, Kyle has been grilling dinner almost every night. It’s so nice to get the mess and heat out of the kitchen and get the food cooked outside. Now that we are new charcoal grill owners, we are trying different types of charcoal and new recipes everyday. 

kingsford-grillingAfter having some issues with another type of charcoal, we decided to go back to the basics of grilling and pick up some Kingsford Charcoal and Kingsford odorless lighter fluid. You really can’t go wrong when you buy Kingsford AND while at The Home Depot to pick it all up – they had the Kingsford Original Twinpacks on display, two 18lb bags at half the normal price – $9.88!

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As I said earlier, we are trying new recipes almost everyday and earlier this week I tried making dessert on the grill – a berry pie – that turned into a berry cobbler. This recipe is really easy and I really had no idea that you could bake something like this right on the grill. Fire Grilled Berry Cobbler, Grilled Berry Pie, Cook a Pie on a Grill

Fire Grilled Berry Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pie crust dough
  • Sugar
  • 2 tinfoil pie pans

Directions:

  1. Cup up into small pieces, about a cup of each type of berry you are going to include. I used Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries.
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  2. Combine all the berries together in a large bowl.
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  3. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon water to bowl of berries and mix.
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  4. Take your pre-made pie crust and lay it over a tinfoil pie pan. Carefully press down a little bit to make it dip into the pan. This will not take up the whole pie pan so there is no need to push it all the way to the edges.
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  5. Pour the berry mixture onto the pie crust. 
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  6. Fold the pie crust over the berries carefully, pinching the corners. I added a pie crust star on top as well for 4th of July!
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  7. Now it’s time to cook this berry cobbler pie on the grill! We started up our grill using Kingsford Original charcoal and let the flames die down. Once the grill was warm, we placed the empty tin foil pie pan upside down on the grill. Place the other pie pan that the berries are in on top of this pie pan. Note: Make sure that you don’t cook this with any other foods and that the grates are pretty clean. If you get too much smoke going in the grill, it will give your cobbler a smoked taste.
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  8. Let your pie bake on the grill for 20-30 minutes, or until the pie crust is golden brown and the berries are bubbling. 
  9. Remove from heat, let cool for 20-30 minutes (berries and juice will thicken as it cools) and serve!

There are so many things you can use your grill for – it’s not just for hot dogs, hamburgers and steak, although all those things are delicious – try experimenting with some new recipes like we are! Whatever you decide on grilling this 4th of July and summer – I would recommend going back to the basics of grilling and pick up a Kingsford Original Twinpack at The Home Depot.

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What is your favorite grilling recipe during the summer?

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One of Lennox’s Favorite Birthday Gifts

*I was compensated with product in return for this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

Last week was Lennox’s birthday – and like many kids – every toy that comes on tv, she wants! But one that she just kept going on and on and on about, was the Zippy Sack. This girl loves pillows, blankets and pajamas. She really can’t get enough of them – I think she gets that from me.

Well, we decided to give her a Zippy Sack for her birthday and her reaction? It was a great one! 

zippy-sack-03She was so excited when she saw the bag and even more excited to see which animal she had. She said please pretty please is it the kitty? Yes! It was the kitty!zippy-sack-01I had no idea so much joy could come from this gift – but I’m so glad it has. Ever since she received the Zippy Sack, she has been excited to get into bed each night and it’s been so easy to make her bed and keep her bed straightened. zippy-sack-02

If you are unfamiliar with the Zippy Sack, it’s a soft and cuddly fleece blanket/sleeping bag/sheet all in one. You can just slip the Zippy Sack over your child’s bed sheet, zip it up and your kid’s have a soft and cozy spot to sleep, where the blankets won’t fall off in the middle of the night – and they now have a bed that is easy to make! The Zippy Sack is available in Kitty, Puppy, Dino and Panda and is available at www.ZippySack.com and at national retailers this fall.

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ZIPPY SACK GIVEAWAY

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While Lennox enjoys her Zippy Sack – it’s time to giveaway another Zippy Sack to one of my readers!  Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Open to US Residents Only, 18+.

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