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Grilled Onions & Peppers {Paired with Grilled Hot Dogs}

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

Many people are talking about the wonderful season of fall already. Don’t get me wrong; I am definitely ready for bonfires, hoodies, changing leaves and fun fall activities. However, I am definitely not ready to put that cover on the grill for the last time this year.

Making Onions and Peppers on the Grill

An Easy Hot Dog Bar Idea for a Grilling Party

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

No matter how much we have going on, we make sure each and every weekend is filled with family-time. We may spend a day out and about exploring a St. Louis attraction, or just spend time together in the backyard. No matter what we end up doing, it involves lots of laughter, fun, and good eats.

Hot Dog Bar Idea for Grilling Party

Picnic Kabob Ideas & Family Fun

We made picnic kabobs and had a fun day under the sun with Banana Boat® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #BestSummerEver

Ever since having kids, I go into each summer saying the same thing: This is going to be the best summer ever! And each summer I mean it. I want to have a great time with my family and create the most amazing memories. Each year I have to come up with new things to do and new places to visit.

Family Fun Picnic Ideas with 3 Different Kabob Ideas & Picnic Necessities #BestSummerEver

Creamy Chicken Quesadillas Recipe & Labels for Education #Labels4Edu #cbias

This shop about Campbell’s Labels for Education has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias

I’m excited to say that we have survived two weeks of school. Ethan loves Kindergarten, he hasn’t been late (yet) and I haven’t forgotten to pick him up! That is all an accomplishment in it’s own. But there is one thing I am still having a hard time with… weeknight dinners.

Quick & Easy Creamy Chicken Quesadillas Recipe #Labels4Edu #shop

Jalapeno Jack Turkey Burger with Jennie-O and Wholly Guacamole {Recipe}

Jalapeno Jack Turkey Burger Recipe

Recently, you may have noticed a pattern in my articles regarding my desire to eat healthier. It has not just stemmed as a New Years Resolution, but as my inclination to keep the recently shredded pounds/baby weight off. Sometimes, when I find companies that offer great foods that are also good for me, it really makes my health-eating easier. Two brands I have been using lately include Jennie-O Turkey Store and Wholly Guacamole.

Ham & Cheese Pinwheels


  • 8 flour tortillas (any size works, I use 6″)
  • 16 or more thin ham slices
  • 1 slice of cheese, sliced into 10 strips
  • 12oz Chive & Onion cream cheese
  • 1/2 packet of ranch dressing mix
  • Saran Wrap

Soften the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl, which takes approximately 30 seconds. Stir to insure softness and mix in the ranch dressing mix. Next, warm tortillas for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften, making them easier to work with.

Spread a layer of cream cheese on the tortilla (I leave about an inch uncovered at the top so when I roll it up it doesn’t push out). Next, place 2 (or 3 if you are using a larger tortilla) slices of ham which will overlap (again I leave about an inch uncovered at the top so when I roll it up it doesn’t push out). Put a strip of cheese towards the bottom of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up. Repeat to all tortillas. You will have left over cream cheese. I put the leftovers back in the refrigerator and use it within a week making more. Roll each tortilla in Saran Wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 3 hours to allow them to get firm. Cut into 1/2-1″ pieces and enjoy!

You could always double it. This is just the portion I use for my husband when I make it for his lunch.


Southwest Salad Recipe – Guest Post

Hi! I’m Jill from Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]. Give me an opportunity to share anything related to recipes and clean eating and I’m a happy person. I am a wife and mom of 2 that works full time and lives a wonderful crazy busy life. I love all aspects of health and fitness with a particular passion for clean eating, running and strength training. I am 43 and happy to say I am the most fit and healthiest I’ve ever been. Most often my blogging is about sharing my passion for overall health and fitness along with my passion for photography. What will you find when you visit Life As I See It (Fitness, Health and Happiness]? Weekly menus, weekly workout plans, recipes, challenges, information, guest bloggers and, if all goes as I hope, a lot of inspiration and motivation to make changes (or continue) to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.

I promise a recipe is coming. First, beginning July 1 I started 31-Days of Clean Eating || Summer 2011. It’s not too late to join! More information can be found here Clean Eating Challenge. And, feel free to visit my blog on Friday for Fitness Friday. If you’re a health and fitness blogger or if you want to learn more about all aspects of health and fitness, stop by. A lot of great information shared by other bloggers. You can find the details here Fitness Friday Blog Hop.  AYou can also find me on my Facebook Page Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]. Stop by and say hi.

Now the recipe :)

Southwest Salad
Yields 6-8 servings


2 c. brown rice
1-15 oz. can black beans, reduced sodium, drained and rinsed
2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. Enjoy!


Try the recipe without the rice and add a second can of black beans.
Serve warm as a side dish or chilled as an appetizer with chips.
Add diced grilled chicken for a quick entree.
Add an extra jalapeno for a little more kick.
Double the recipe. Makes great leftovers!

Thank you Samantha for letting me share a favorite recipe that is super easy to make and always a hit with family and friends.