Beans and Coleslaw Bacon Burgers and Hot Dogs (YUM)

This post was created in partnership with Wonder. All thoughts are my own.

These burgers are hot dogs are DIVINE! You get the sweet bean flavor and the crunch of the coleslaw. And #bacon of course #ad #SpreadtheWonder #WonderBread

We are all thinking about burgers and hot dogs right now. I know I am. There’s something about summer and the food that is like magic. Especially since my kids have finally found their love of both burgers and hot dogs. It took some time, but it all started with extra pickles and ketchup. Then I decided to branch out a bit. Cassidy grows so much cabbage in our garden that I have taken to making homemade coleslaw. There’s something about that first satisfying crunch. Then, Des helped me realize a genius move – baked beans ON a hot dog or hamburger. I was speechless at first from this brilliance.

This is two recipes in one! Use it for burgers and use it for hot dogs. Right now we’re in summer party mode. My birthday is tomorrow (ahem) and we’re still celebrating all things summer and we will be for quite awhile. So the opportunity to prepare this two in one summer treat couldn’t be timelier, stepping our burger and hot dog game up with a new flavorful recipe – simply perfect for summer entertaining. With next level toppings, only a soft and delicious bun would do.

Then you find that THE iconic brand of your childhood — Wonder Bread, has partnered with the United States Organization (USO), for “Camo for a Cause,” a campaign honoring the selfless service of military men and women. I had all those feelings of nostalgia wash over me, and also pride at helping to support our military friends

There’s only one thing that gets me as excited as good food does, and that’s good food for a good cause! So I bought several packages for summer.

These burgers are hot dogs are DIVINE! You get the sweet bean flavor and the crunch of the coleslaw. And #bacon of course #ad #SpreadtheWonder #WonderBread

These burgers are hot dogs are DIVINE! You get the sweet bean flavor and the crunch of the coleslaw. And #bacon of course #ad #SpreadtheWonder #WonderBread

As part of the campaign, you’ll find exclusive Wonder and USO “Camo for a Cause” co-branded hamburger and hot dog bun packaging on grocer shelves. I was so excited to see the packaging! From now through the rest of July, look for the packaging donning stars, stripes and camo!

Summer is synonymous with honoring and celebrating the United States and its heroes. We have Military Appreciation Month in May, and July 4th. We honor and celebrate with grilling and outdoor entertaining often at the center of how we express gratitude. That’s why this partnership is so timely! You can look to Wonder to round out your picnics, parades, and backyard get-togethers in honor of active duty, Guard, Reserve and military veteran communities. We’re happy to Spread the Wonder.

My recipe is delicious. Make sure to use real bacon bits! You can pre-make the coleslaw or use homemade coleslaw and your own baked beans recipe. It’s such a nice combination because you get the sweetness of the beans, the smokiness of the bacon bits, and then the crunch of the coleslaw. Here’s the recipe as we make it here and feel free to modify:

What You Need:

Wonder Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
3 cups shredded cabbage (we use purple)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup mayo
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp celery seed
Salt, pepper and a dash of sugar to taste
Baked beans
Hot dogs and hamburgers

What You Do:

1 – In a large bowl, combine your cabbage and carrots

2 – In a smaller bowl, make your dressing with mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper, celery seed, and sugar

3 – Toss your dressing into the cabbage and carrots and then let chill

4 – Top your hot dogs and hamburgers with warm baked beans, bacon bits, and then coleslaw

5 – Enjoy!

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Wonder offers breads to satisfy every generation, and its heritage of baking wholesome and delicious bread continues today. It has the taste and quality you remember from childhood, and it’s got several ways for you to instill a little wonder in whatever you’re eating next – from Wonder Classic White and Whole Grain White to 100% Whole Wheat breads and summer essentials – like Wonder Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns. So get out there and enjoy Wonder’s “Camo For a Cause” to help honor our heroes this summer. Remember to grab those buns now through the end of July! I keep showing the packaging to all of our party guests because I totally love those stars and stripes.

Look out for Wonder bread on Facebook and on Twitter where you can receive recipes, tips and special promotions!

Are you Team Hot Dogs or Team Burgers?

These burgers are hot dogs are DIVINE! You get the sweet bean flavor and the crunch of the coleslaw. And #bacon of course #ad #SpreadtheWonder #WonderBread

Outdoor Summer Fun: Ham, Avocado & Corn Salsa and “Freezy Feet”

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I’m proud to be partnering with Smithfield for this blog post, and to share one of my favorite easy and versatile outdoor summer recipes, as well as an outdoor fun summer game we created together to keep cool during the hot days of summer.

AD My Ham, Avocado and Corn Salsa recipe is incredible! It's easy, versatile, and made with tasty ingredients. Best paired at an outdoor party with games!

I know I sound like a broken record here, but we spend most of the summer outside.

It comes with the territory of having two dogs, 10 chickens, neighborhood kids on all sides of the house, and four acres of lush gardens and woods. It’s hot and humid at times, muggy, buggy, and just plain rainy, but if it’s a weekend with no other plans, we’re all outside together. We seriously do everything together outside. We read, nap, play games, and even camp out on the lawn. I love to set up my favorite area and watch the sun move across the sky. And I love any excuse to make my Ham, Avocado & Corn Salsa. This is a unique recipe because we all four have vastly different taste and we all four love it.

You all know I love ham, right? Well if you didn’t, you do now! It always reminds me of wonderful chef salads as a kid. Now I’ve stepped up my ham game with Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham. Smithfield Ham is the perfect protein boost for your summer recipes. I love to add pre-diced, cubed, or sliced ham into my morning scramble, my afternoon chef salad (YES), or as an addition to my pool or beachside picnic plate. You know I love spiral ham, but this line of ham has the legendary Smithfield taste, without having to prepare a full spiral ham. You know I love to prepare a full spiral ham, but it’s summer!

AD My Ham, Avocado and Corn Salsa recipe is incredible! It's easy, versatile, and made with tasty ingredients. Best paired at an outdoor party with games!

My salsa only takes minutes to make, and feeds a party! You can choose from 20 different cuts of Anytime Favorites – including sliced, diced, chops and steaks. I go for cubed for my Ham, Corn, & Avocado Salsa.

Get local and fresh ingredients and throw it together beautifully:

Ham, Avocado & Corn Salsa

Ham, Avocado & Corn Salsa

Ingredients

  1. 1 package of Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham (cubed or diced)
  2. 1 can whole kernel corn
  3. 1 red bell pepper
  4. 2-3 medium avocados
  5. 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  6. 1-2 Tbsp olive oil (enough to coat the salsa)
  7. Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  8. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  • 1 - Chop vegetables and mix together with corn and ham
  • 2 - Add enough olive oil to coat the salsa
  • 3 - Add salt, pepper, garlic and Parmesan to taste
  • 4 - Enjoy!

Notes

You can also add more olive oil if you want to use the salsa on top of grilled english muffins. Make the salsa and have it sit overnight in the fridge. Grill your english muffins with butter and then spoon your salsa mixture on top. Take a few spoonfuls of garlic infused olive oil from the bottom to seep onto the muffin. Top with fresh Parmesan and enjoy!

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And you know what pairs perfectly with the salsa, right? If you guessed outdoor family fun, you’re right! I find that summer is even more jam-packed with activities than the school year. It’s camps, graduations, reunions, birthdays, work, and more. We miss those moments to just enjoy time together. That’s why we’re so excited that Smithfield wants us to celebrate those simple, yet memorable backyard moments with friends and families. It makes the summer more unforgettable.

And let’s face it – summer is already pretty unforgettable.

Warm summer days and nights offer us a chance to get outside and revel in the season with loved ones. There are balmy, relaxing evenings and there are laidback weekend mornings. Every moment feels like an opportunity to soak in the sun, have ice-cold drinks, and enjoy delicious recipes. And can we all agree that no summer should go by without checking essential activities off your bucket list? Your memories are waiting to be made. Invite your loved ones over for late-night fun spent stargazing and/or watching fireworks – just soaking in the great outdoors. And in the day? Create unique games!

We play “Freezy Feet” and I can’t remember the origin! We just made it up! We fill a baby pool with ice cubes and have contests of who can take the most ice cubes out with their feet. I can do it with one foot, but my kids usually use two.

Kids love a good game and they often get competitive. The best part of the game is that it keeps us cool and we have fun doing it. We can get some nasty heat waves, even up here in New England. Although we think even 75 is hot!

There you have it. A wonderful recipe and a party game! We love Smithfield’s vast portfolio of simple, wholesome, and hearty ingredients. Make this summer memorable with tasty dishes and fun games that keep you cool. Summer rocks!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

AD My Ham, Avocado and Corn Salsa recipe is incredible! It's easy, versatile, and made with tasty ingredients. Best paired at an outdoor party with games!

How do you keep cool in summer?