Red Gold’s Summer Grilling Giveaway

rg_summer-grillingSummer is now in full swing. I love how meals are more laid back during the summer. I wish it would be like this all year long. Some day I really need to move to a warmer climate!

I’m happy to have had Red Gold along with Laura’s Lean Beef contact me to see if I’d help promote their annual summer giveaway. From now until July 22, Red Gold will be giving away a large Big Green Egg each week! as well as 800 insulated tote bags. I got one of these tote bags from Red Gold, and it’s great for putting groceries in and for using for when we pack dinner to take to the pool.

Red Gold sent me a gift pack along with some great ideas for summer grilling. We’ve tried out the grilled chicken fajita skewers and roasted corn. Both were amazing!  Here’s the recipe for the grilled chicken fajita skewers. 

Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers


red gold grilled chicken skewers1/2 cup fresh cilantro, leaves, finely chopped
1/3 cup lime juice, about 6 limes
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 pounds chicken thighs, (or chicken breast) cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Whole Peeled Tomatoes, drained
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
wooden skewers, that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes or longer


  • To make the marinade whisk together cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and cumin in small bowl until well combined.
  • Place chicken cubes in large resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Place in fridge for 1-5 hours.
  • Thread skewers by alternating with chicken, tomato, peppers and onion until all ingredients are used.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place skewers over direct heat and grill 3-4 minutes per side until chicken is cooked through and veggies have a nice char. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

And here’s a link for all of the great recipes. My son is really looking forward to making the pizza recipe on the grill. That looks both fun and delicious. Be sure to like Red Gold and Laura’s Lean Beef on Facebook, and be really sure that you sign up to win in their summer giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a gift pack from Red Gold and a coupon from Laura’s Lean Beef. 

Okayest Mom in the World

World's Okayest MomI saw someone post a photo of a coffee mug this week with this on the side. I feel that it fits me, and my role as a mom.  I didn’t actually think I was going to be a mom. I was married for 12 years before we had our first child — it just didn’t seem to be in the cards. But, I always wanted to be a mom, and I’m so thankful that I am. 

Some days, actually, many days, I feel completely clueless about being a mom – what I’m supposed to say or do, be, think, act. I know for a fact, mom, or not, I stink at cleaning and cooking. I don’t have much patience, and I regularly jump to the wrong conclusions. I have high standards and expectations for everyone in my life (husband, kids and dogs included – cats are out. Too free spirit for me to try to control). 

I know that becoming a mom has taught me infinite patience. Compassion. Sorrow. Joy. Forgiveness. I have loved deeper than I would have ever thought possible. I believe that loving my kids has taught me how to love not only them, but how to love my husband more as well.

The main thing that I’ve learned in being a mom over the course of the past 12 years, is that in reality, the quality isn’t so important. It’s the time. My presence, my willingness to just sit, and listen intently (even when I really don’t want to), is what my kids need/want from me. 

The making of special traditions, and therefore memories, is high on my list as well. Things we do regularly–making homemade pizza and then eating it in the living room while having a Friday night movie night in the winter; road trips specifically to just go buy donuts; and spending as many summer evenings as possible at the pool are just a few of things my husband and I consciously try to schedule. We make them appear random to our kids, but I know/hope when they’r adults looking back they see and appreciate the efforts made for them to have a great childhood.

I know I don’t want to , and would fail miserably, being a Martha Stewart pinterest crazy crafty I make everything from scratch and it’s awesome mom. That’s not me. I’m proud to be one of the world’s okayest moms. 

Happiest of Mother’s Day to all Mom’s out there.


Monster Jam Giveaway

MJ ART(1)“As BIG as it gets” is the theme for this years show, and I love it!  You know spring is really on the horizon when this show comes to town. “Monster Jam® is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet.  The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – OR smash through. Continue reading