Saturday, August 30, 2014

BLT Hot Dogs #NationalBaconDay

Happy National Bacon Day!! Woot woot! Can you tell I am excited? I can't help it. I mean, a day set aside for us all to worship enjoy all things bacon? Yes please sign me up SIR! Of course it is not like I abstain from bacon the rest of the year, holy crap I don't even want to think about that! But there is something about an official holiday that brings out extra excitement to celebrate right? Heck, I am always game for a good party, and I don't even care if it is BYOB (bring your own bacon.....ya that was weak I know).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs for Beef Checkoff #WeekdaySupper

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

I love the fact that we are working with the Beef Checkoff for Weekday Supper! Why? Well, for one it makes Kevin happy. He is a true and I mean true beef lover. He will suffer through a few nights of chicken, pork, or seafood, but if I don't give him beef (and often) you would think that he was a grizzly bear being starved before hibernation! Don't get me wrong, I love beef. But since my gastric bypass surgery I just can't eat a whole steak by myself. Unless it is a filet. Oh yes my friends, I can be an expensive pet. 

Usually I work with flank steak, or maybe a chuck roast. Things that are inexpensive and that we can share. Plus you can prepare them in so many different ways. Grill, broiler, stove top, slow cooker. Marinades and sauces make the possibilities endless. They can also easily be saved for a nice leftover lunch as well. 

Occasionally I will make my carnivore verrrrrrrrrrrrry happy and buy his favorite cut, which is a nice marbled thick-cut ribeye. Oh boy you want to see a gleam in his eye, and a pep in his step? Yup that will do it! 

But for this Weekday Supper I really wanted to concentrate on meals that would be quick and easy for a family to make. Plus I just wanted to have some fun. Kids love to play with their food, heck I love to play with my food! So why not take one of America's favorite dishes, the humble burger, and make it fun for the whole family? 

I absolutely love kabobs of all kinds, so when trying to figure out what I wanted to make burgers and kabobs were bouncing around in my head. They kind of collided and BAM these little babies appeared. Kevin was even excited about them!

We both love the flavor of grilled veggies, it adds a nice smoky flavor while it develops the sugars to make them fabulous with the nice juicy meatballs. I knew that if people had some finicky eaters when it came to veggies that grilling would be the way to go. Plus if your kids are older, they can have some fun assembling the kabobs with you to go on the grill. 

I paired the kabobs with my Deluxe sauce to give them a little zip, but if you just want a more traditional sauce replace the Sriracha with regular ketchup. 

So have some fun with the family and give these Deluxe Cheeseburger kabobs a try!

Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/28/2014
Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs


  • 8 wooden or metal skewers
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 16 cherry or small vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 16 Bread and butter pickle slices
  • 4 slices cheese (I used American)
  • Deluxe Sauce


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes
  2. Roll the ground beef into 16 golf ball sized balls. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Quarter the red onions
  4. Start the kabob by feeding on some of the red onion, followed by a tomato, pickle slice, and meatball. Repeat, ending with more red onion to cap it off.
  5. Heat your grill to medium-high.
  6. Grill the kabobs, turning several time, until the veggies begin to brown, and the meatballs are cooked through. Approx 10 minutes (time depends on the size of the meatballs, interior temp should reach 160 degrees)
  7. Place a square of sliced cheese on each meatball for the last minute or two of cooking time.
  8. Serve with the Deluxe sauce.
Yield: 8 kabobs
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: ground beef, red onion, tomato, dill pickle, Budget Meals, 10 Ingredients or Less, #WeekdaySupper, #BeefCheckoff

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Now check out the other delicious beef recipes we have for you this week!

Monday – Banh Mi Burger by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Tuesday -Secret Ingredient Sliders by girlichef
Wednesday – Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Thursday – Asian Beef with Peppers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Friday – Steak Quesadillas by The Foodie Army Wife

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Win a 5 Quart Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer Plus a Free E-Cookbook #giveaway

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chili Cheese Hoagies

Sloppy Joe, Meatball Sub, and Chili, all got together and created this quick and easy dinner dish!

You know it is funny. It is back to school time and, even though I don't have any kids at home, I am finding myself focusing more on quick and easy meals.Maybe it is because I have been trying to squeeze as much cooking and photography time in as I can before we start to lose the evening light (I love to take my photos outdoors for the best light). Maybe it is because Kevin gets up to get ready for work right around dinner time so I don't want to spend all of that time in the kitchen when I could be spending time with him. Or maybe, I am just tired of cooking and want to sit down as quickly as possible. I think it is all of the above really. So kids or no kids, I am looking for some simple weeknight meals just as much as you parents out there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 8/23/14

I have been so excited this week. The weather is still pretty nice here in Western Washington, and my tomatoes are growing like crazy! Last year I did OK, but they didn't produce a lot of tomatoes and the size wasn't the greatest. This year? TONS of tomatoes, and I even have some green tomatoes that are big enough for me to finally try my hand at making fried green tomatoes. Last year I was lucky if they were much bigger than golf balls. This year they are more like tennis balls, so I think these will work well. Do you have any tried and true recipes for fried green tomatoes? I would sure love it if you would leave me a link in the comments!

My birthday celebration kind of slopped over into this week too. My son and his girlfriend took me out to dinner Wednesday night. Her birthday was on Tuesday and they only have Tuesdays and Wednesday off together, so it was our chance to all be together. They know I love Mexican food so they took me to a local Mexican restaurant. It isn't the best Mexican food on the planet, but the company more than made up for it. A couple of Coronas, a shot of tequila, and some tacos with them made for the perfect evening. I really enjoy it when I can spend time with my kids.

So the summer is winding down my friends. I am so torn. I cherish the summers here because they are so short, and so absolutely beautiful. But one of the things I did love about moving to the Pacific Northwest from San Diego was that there was plenty of soup weather. When I think of soups, stews, chowders, and chili I think of chilly overcast days. That is when a nice hot bowl just warms your soul and that makes me incredibly happy. So even though I hate seeing summer go, I do look forward to my soup pot and slow cooker making an appearance in my kitchen again. How about you? Are you looking forward to the coming fall?

OK, enough about me, let's get on with the show here!

My Favorite App
Pocket (for android) lets you save webpages for offline reading. It's super-easy to use, installing a shortcut into your mobile browser so you can send articles over to it with a click; extensions for desktop browsers are also available, so if something catches your eye at work you can whisk it over to the app for reading at a later time. Once in the app you can easily share articles with other people or to social media and it'll even strip out ads from the articles if you want it to.

My Favorite Food/Drinks
Maple Bacon Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie from Pinch of Yum
Homemade Gnocchi from Will Cook for Smiles
Peach Dumplings from Seduction in the Kitchen
Bourbon Bacon Jam from Cravings of a Lunatic

My Favorite Craft/DIY
DIY Cookie Sheet Chore Charts from Craftaholics Anonymous
DIY Magnetic Framed Chalkboard from Pink When
DIY Apple Jar Tutorial from The 36th Adventure 

My Favorite Gardening/Backyard Ideas
10 Creative Bird Feeders from The Garden Glove
What to Play When Chart from Saving Dollars & Sense

My Favorite Fashion

Cozy Neutrals


Fun Casual with Animal Print

My Favorite Giggle

(We watch a LOT of Alaska shows)

So that is it for this week my friends. I hope you found something that tickled your fancy!
Foodie <3