The Best Hot Dogs and a Lazy Family Holiday

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The Best Hot Dogs and a Lazy Family Holiday

To me the best part of holidays is always family and the traditions that join us together.

July Fourth is one of those holidays that has changed through the years. When the kids were younger it usually involved homemade ice cream and hours waiting for dark and the commencement of fireworks.

More recently we go to my brother’s lake house and enjoy boatin’ and floatin’ and eatin‘ but this year it was a little more low key.

A little girl posing for a picture

Since my husband had rotator cuff surgery for the second time in six months (yep, that’s a whopper of a tale!) we were confined to our house and part of our family came to us.

My niece and nephew and their three kids came over as well as our daughter and her family.

A little boy that is eating some food

It had been an exhausting week and I didn’t want to work too hard so I kept it simple.

A group of items on a table

Most of my entertaining usually involves yard sale and dollar store bargains and this gathering was no exception.

A couple of hot dogs sitting on a table

I used a fence board base with a $1 yard sale tray and these adorable plastic hot dog baskets I found at the dollar store. 

A hot dog on a bun

I found these star shaped bowls at a yard sale for $2 and was so excited to use them for serving chili, sweet relish and cheese. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t their original purpose but it worked for me!

A sign on a wooden table

The woven mats are from the dollar store as well as the blue and red plastic plates which I love so much! I also made the star cut outs one July 4th with my Cricut dicutting machine, saved them and have sprinkled them around the table every year since.

A basket of food on a table

Even though my husband was “handicapped” he still served as the grillmaster and did an excellent job.

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A plate of food with a slice of cake on a table

They are available in five great-tasting, bold varieties including Jalapeño Cheddar, Slow Cooked Chili, Signature Seasoned, Slow Smoked Hickory and Cracked Dijon Mustard.

I made homemade chili this time and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to canned. It was GOOD! 

A plate with a hot dog

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ball Park. The opinions and text are all mine.


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