The month of July is both National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month. Here are some ways to upgrade your favorite summer dish or upgrade a classic.
Hot dogs are a classic and necessary item for a BBQ spread – dress up this staple in a variety of ways. Load up your hot dogs with a number of toppings. Try Chili Dogs when you smother hot dogs in chili, cheese and onion. Make Prosciutto Pesto Hot Dogs for something much different when you top hot dogs with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and a pesto aioli made with pesto and mayonnaise! Visit Nathan’s Famous for a list of other options to try. From a California Dreamin’ Dog using slices of avocado to a BLT Dog or Homestyle Mac and Cheese Dog, they offer mouthwatering recipes!
Cool down this summer with a sweet and cold treat. Enjoy a bowl of ice cream, put together an impressive sundae or make it homemade. Take an ice cream sundae to the next level with toppings. Opt for popcorn, crushed cookies or candy bars, marshmallows, sprinkles, granola, gummy bears, chocolate covered pretzels and more! Don’t forget hot fudge, butterscotch or caramel along with whipped cream. Take a peek at Buzzfeed’s 7 Insanely Delicious Sundaes You Need To Eat Before Summer Is Over for a list of drool worthy sundaes.
Make homemade ice cream with few ingredients to save money. It also doubles as a fun summer activity to keep the kids busy. With just four ingredients make Cake Batter Ice Cream – whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, pure vanilla extract and funfetti cake mix. Start with a Simple Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and switch it up from there. Add different extracts and ingredients for flavor and crunch!
When heading to the beach this summer, be sure to prepare for a long day of sun and f un. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water and pack a cooler full of beach friendly food options.
Pack an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun and beach chairs or blankets for sitting comfortably. Stay hydrated with water, Gatorade, tea or more. Freeze water bottles for ice cold water that doubles as an ice pack in the cooler. Pack food in airtight containers to prevent from crushing and to keep food fresh.
When packing a cooler for the beach, prepare as many finger foods as possible. Foods that can easily be held with one hand are ideal. Opt for wraps instead of sandwiches so ingredients stay protected inside. Place snacks and more on skewers for easy eating and clean up. Anything that doesn’t require utensils makes a great beach dish. Make fruit salad skewers for light snacking or try a sandwich on a stick. Take a look at this recipe for Turkey Sandwich Skewers for inspiration. Substitute turkey for any cold cut.
Snack on something sweet with hand held desserts like trail mix, cookies or brownies.
Bring baby powder and/or baby wipes for cleaning up. Both will help rid the sand from your hands and face.
Keep busy while at the beach by bringing games and more. Frisbees, a football or baseball and glove are easy to pack activities for the beach. Bring a game of Kan Jam or corn hole to stay occupied. Sit back and relax with a portable speaker or book while you sit on the beach.