Summertime Grilling with Johnsonville

Celebrate Summer Johnsonville Style : ImageLast week we did what mil­lions of other Amer­i­cans did — we cel­e­brated the 4th of July by hav­ing a big old cook­out. This year, we took our back­yard grill­out to an entirely new level with the help of John­sonville.

Sum­mer­time is a per­fect time to cel­e­brate the pas­sion for Amer­ica! Will you be among the 160 mil­lion peo­ple esti­mated to cel­e­brate one of the sum­mer hol­i­days at an out­door pic­nic or cook-out? Then bring a piece of the Amer­i­can flag with you on your next grilling occa­sion, as John­sonville has con­verted its pack­ag­ing to red, white and blue on select pre-cooked sausage and brat products.”

I didn’t find any of the super cool pack­ag­ing at my local gro­cery, but it didn’t ham­per our party.

We had brats, we had Chipo­tle Mon­terey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausages, Bacon & Ched­dar Grillers, and Andouille Split Rope Sausage.

I’m always a bit ner­vous about grilling brats as I’m not great at know­ing when the bad boys are com­pletely cooked.  Because of this, I was very happy to find this recipe to try out on the John­sonville site:

John­sonville® Brat Hot Tub


  • 1 large (11-inch x 9-inch x 2 3/8-inch) alu­minum foil bak­ing pan
  • 2 to 3 cans (12 ounces each) beer
  • 2 table­spoons butter
  • 1 medium yel­low or white onion, sliced
  1. Put the pan right on the grill, being care­ful not to singe your knuckle hair. Pour in the beer, and add the but­ter and onions.
  2. Grill your John­sonville Brats to a juicy, golden-brown perfection.

Pure. Utter. Genius! These are def­i­nitely cooked and def­i­nitely delicious!

Product ImageI’ve never heard of John­sonville Grillers before, but these were very good as well — you can either get them in the frozen food sec­tion or fresh in the meat sec­tion. We got the Bacon and Ched­dar Grillers, because, well, every­thing is always bet­ter with bacon and cheese. Yum! We served these just like burg­ers — I had fresh sliced toma­toes on top of mine, and I’ve been crav­ing another ever since.

Be sure to stop by and sign up to be a part of the John­sonville Enthu­si­ast Club. By sign­ing up, you’ll get access to pro­mo­tions, coupons and infor­ma­tion about products.

For more infor­ma­tion on John­sonville you can check out their web­siteFace­book page or Twit­ter account.

This post was spon­sored by John­sonville. All opin­ions, thoughts, and feed­back were purely my own. 

How to Train your Dragon 2 is coming to an Imax near you!

Look­ing for an action-packed week­end of fun for the whole fam­ily? Head to your local IMAX® The­ater for the pre­miere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Start­ing this Fri­day, June 13th, the sec­ond chap­ter of Dream­Works Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon fran­chise is soar­ing to all IMAX the­atres domes­ti­cally in select engage­ments. The IMAX 3D release will be dig­i­tally re-mastered into the image and sound qual­ity of The IMAX Expe­ri­ence®, cre­at­ing a unique envi­ron­ment that will make audi­ences feel as though they are fly­ing along­side heroic Viking Hic­cup and his faith­ful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Ger­ard But­ler, Craig Fer­gu­son, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christo­pher Mintz-Plasse and Kris­ten Wiig reprise their respec­tive voice roles, joined this time by Acad­emy Award® win­ner Cate Blanchett, Dji­mon Hon­sou and Kit Harington.

Dis­clo­sure: This infor­ma­tion was pro­vided to me by Imax — I may or may not be cho­sen to receive free tick­ets to see the show. Fin­gers crossed!

Cincinnati Cyclones Advance to Kelly Cup Playoffs Final Round: GIVEAWAY

This, my friends, is excit­ing news! Fri­day, June 6th, the Cincin­nati Cyclones play the West­ern Con­fer­ence Cham­pion Alaska Aces in the final rounds of the Kelly Cup Play­offs! Join them in their efforts to #Take­Back­The­Cup and have a great time with your fam­ily. This is a best of four, so this might just be (and should be) the only chance you’ll get to see the Cyclones take the Kel­ley Cup. That is unless you are plan­ning on fly­ing up to Alaska.

If you haven’t been to a Cyclones game, going to this game will make you a fan for life. Excite­ment will be the name of the evening. The Cincin­nati Cyclones have won the Kelly Cup twice, back in 2008 and 2010.

Here is the sched­ule for the Kelly Cup Play­offs, lead­ing up to that excit­ing game #4!

Cincin­nati Cyclones Schedule:
AWAY: Game 1 at Alaska – Fri. May 30, 11:15pm ET
AWAY: Game 2 at Alaska – Sat. May 31, 11:15pm ET
AWAY: Game 3 at Alaska – Mon. June 2, 11:15pm ET
HOME: Game 4 at Cincin­nati – Fri. June 6, 7:35pm ET
HOME: Game 5 at Cincin­nati – Sat. June 7, 7:35pm ET*
HOME: Game 6 at Cincin­nati – Mon. June 9, 7:35pm ET*
AWAY: Game 7 at Alaska – Wed. June 11, 11:15pm ET*
*if nec­es­sary

Tick­ets for the games may be pur­chased on line atTICKETMASTER or by call­ing (513) 421-PUCK and are just $20. You should also visit the Cincin­nati Cyclones web­sitefor more infor­ma­tion and the lat­est news.

Can the Cincin­nati Cyclones take home the cup again in 2014? Will you be there to cheer them on? Here’s your chance to win tickets!

WIN WIN WIN — Ticket giveaway

In order to win, you must be 18 years of age and live in the sur­round­ing area. Tick­ets will be avail­able at Will Call the day of event. A pic­ture ID is needed to pick up tick­ets. Please note: Lines for the Kelly Cup Play­offs are his­tor­i­cally VERY long, so the win­ner should arrive early! The win­ner will be drawn ran­domly on Wednes­day June 4th using the WP plug in “And the Win­ner Is”, and will have 24 hours to respond or another win­ner will be chosen.

Please leave a sep­a­rate com­ment on this post for each entry:

  1. What do you love most about our Cincin­nati Cyclones?
  2. Check out Lit­tle World After All and Cincin­nati Cycloneson Face­book
  3. Tweet about this give­away, includ­ing @kareneborall and @CincyCyclones in your Tweet.

Dis­claimer: In exchange for this post, I was offered tick­ets which I declined as it’s the last day of school for my kids and we are BUZZZEEE.

Discount Offer for Green BEAN Delivery

GBDI try very hard to feed my kids great food (notice not greatly pre­pared food), as much as pos­si­ble. Over the past few years, this has meant pur­chas­ing more organic food and less processed food. Some­thing that I just don’t enjoy, though, is gro­cery shop­ping. It’s either com­pletely crowded with nowhere to go, or the store, and the shelves are empty. Plus, I always come home with­out some­thing that I had meant to pur­chase. This hap­pens to me every sin­gle blessed week even with a list in hand.

I’m digress­ing, though. Back to fresh, good food. I was asked if I’d like to try out Green BEAN Deliv­ery, and I was happy to jump on board. I’ve heard about this pro­duce deliv­ery ser­vice for a few years, have thought about singing up, but haven’t taken the plunge. We received our deliv­ery last week and I was really pleased with both the ser­vice and the food delivered.

I received what’s called a “small pro­duce bin”. This is the min­i­mum order you can pur­chase and it costs $35 an dis deliv­ered in a green insu­lated bin with cold block in it. I didn’t cus­tomize it, but just took what was included. Which was:

      • 6 ears of corn
      • 1 bunch of carrots
      • 1 small can­taloupe melon
      • 1 bunch broccolette
      • 1 vidalia onion
      • 5 nec­tarines
      • 6 ounce con­tainer of red raspberries
      • 6 ounce con­tainer of blueberries
      • 2 large poro­bello mushrooms
      • 1 local bok choy

It was really nice. We enjoyed every­thing we received. You can not only cus­tomize your bin, but you can pur­chase lots of extras — tons of choices for food, dairy, bev­er­ages, etc. There are weekly spe­cials that you seem to be great deals.

I have to say that all in all, I was pleas­antly sur­prised with the ease of our expe­ri­ence, the qual­ity of the pro­duce and the avail­abil­ity of so many things that we hon­estly look at as sta­ples in our home. I hope to be able to con­tinue to receive this as it really is a nice convenience.

I’m happy to offer a dis­count to my read­ers. You can receive $15 off your first order. Use code 15LWAAml at check­out. Please note this code expires in one week.

Dis­clo­sure: The small pro­duce bin was com­pli­men­tary to me.

Red Gold Easy Aioli Recipes — Enter to win

When Red Gold reached out to me ask­ing me if I’d like to help pro­mote their Aioli recipes and Face­book con­test, of course, I was in. But hon­estly, I was scratch­ing my head won­der­ing what aioli was. Well, it turns out to be some­thing sim­ple to make and deli­cious to eat!

Basi­cally aioli is some­thing mixed with may­on­naise. In this case, that some­thing is Red Gold toma­toes. Red Gold has cre­ated numer­ous aioli’s which can be used to make some pretty tasty meals. Which of their great cans of toma­toes to use will depend on the recipe. I made chicken and avo­cado pitas for din­ner last week and they were a hit. For this recipe, I used a can of petite diced toma­toes with green chilies — just a touch of heat that my kids don’t seem to mind. It was a quick and deli­cious meal that all of us enjoyed (well, all but my veg­e­tar­ian, but I mixed her aioli with ground soy crum­ble instead of chicken and it worked out good and delicious!).

aioliHere’s the recipe for “Chicken & Avo­cado Pita with Green Chile Aioli”:
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Toma­toes With Green Chilies, drained
4 bone­less skin­less chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 tea­spoon fresh lemon juice
1 small red onion, sliced thin
Salt and black pep­per to taste
4 flat bread
1 cup shred­ded lettuce
1 avo­cado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup shred­ded ched­dar cheese

Red Gold has shared 10 dif­fer­ent recipes using var­i­ous kinds of Aioli sauce. I think if you’re a cre­ative cook, it would be easy to come up with even more.

Enter to win on Facebook

Red Gold has a con­test on Face­book — “How do you Aioli?” where you can enter to win a $250 party prize pack. Check it out here. This ends in just a few days on May 28, so be sure to enter now!

Dis­clo­sure: Red Gold sent me some cans of toma­toes and a big recipe card in order to try out Aioli and to get the word out.