Grilled Hot Dogs With Spicy Slaw

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Colman’s.

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“Live a little!” My husband said, when I had a container of Colman’s Mustard in my hands. “Give this meal some HEAT!”

He’s right that I usually have to dip one, two, then three toes into the water before diving in. In this case, it was just a dab of mustard on my tongue, and soon enough I was shouting, “More heat, more heat!” while I added mustard to my spicy slaw.

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Soon enough, we were messy in the kitchen – Cassidy at the helm of the grill with hot dogs and brats, and me at the sidelines – mixing spicy slaw in a large mixing bowl – taste-testing all the while. I have accomplished my first roller coaster and my first public speaking speech within the last few years. Was I ready for Colman’s Mustard? It turns out that I was! Colman’s Mustard is HOT. It’s not throat hot, but it’s nose hot. It’s sinus-clearing hot. That means it’s no mere condiment.

It’s a messy and wonderful star of every recipe show.

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You don’t need a lot. The dry and prepared mustards are used in recipes to bring out flavor and heat. Add a pinch here and a sprinkle there. Add a dab here and a teaspoon-full there. No matter how you use it, it creates next-level food.

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The thing is, slaw doesn’t usually have heat, does it? When you make it yourself, you make it next level. For me that means local vegetables, high-quality ingredients, and a Hot Mess remix with Colman’s Mustard. We’re all a hot mess sometimes!

And I happen to love it.

(Also, you can use the pickle juice from the accompanying pickles in the recipe and that equals YUM.)

Grilled Hot Dogs With Spicy Slaw

Grilled Hot Dogs With Spicy Slaw


  1. 8 hot dogs or bratwursts
  2. 8 hot dog buns
  3. 1 tbsp. Colman's Mustard
  4. ⅓ cup mayo
  5. 1 tbsp. pickle juice
  6. 3-4 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  7. 1 tbsp. sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  10. 3 cups red cabbage, chopped thin
  11. 2 cups green cabbage, chopped thin
  12. 1 cup broccoli stems, sliced thin


  • 1. Make the spicy slaw!
  • 2. In a large bowl, mix together mayo, Colman's Mustard, pickle juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper
  • 3. Add in cabbages and broccoli and toss the slaw to coat thoroughly
  • 4. Set aside
  • 5. Grill the hot dogs
  • 6. Top the hot dogs or bratwursts with spicy slaw and enjoy!
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What do you think? Easy enough, right? I was surprised by how much I could tolerate the heat, and then grow quite in love with it. This is the time of year for grilling. This is the time of year for fresh produce. And this is the time of year for stepping outside your comfort zone and tackling a recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Pair this with any grilled meat, or any grilled non-meat, or anything at all. Use Colman’s Mustard for your next get-together, sit back, and watch people love on it.

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Do you enjoy messing around in the kitchen with Colman’s Mustard?

Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:


And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:


We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle OREO Cookies

Belle OREO Cookies


  1. Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  2. 12 regular Oreo cookies
  3. 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  4. 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  5. Wilton white icing gel
  6. White sugar pearls


  • 1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  • 2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  • 3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  • 4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  • 5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  • 6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  • 7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  • 8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  • 9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  • 10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  • 11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  • 12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  • 13. ENJOY!
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craft, DIY

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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY
Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz




We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY