Slider burgers, summer grilling, and wine is a summary of today’s blog post! You excited?! Me too! CK Mondavi got a face lift & it is really pretty. (Insert heart eyes emoji here). It just hit stores starting in June! Maybe you’ve seen it already & didn’t even realize it, but next time you’re out & about, just pause and look how pretty. K?! Thanks. There are brand new flavor descriptors on the front of the bottles like “bright and fresh” and “rich and velvety” providing consumers with an easy way to identify the perfect wine for their celebration and make wine easier to grab on the go. Don’t you just love that?! I do!
Did you know that it was the dream of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi to offer wine to your family at a low price? And now the 4th generation of Mondavis are involved in the winery winemaking! Isn’t that just neat?! I think so anyway. I love knowing little tidbits like that.
I’m teaming up with CK Mondavi again this month to bring you burgers, buns, wine, and more. Okay – well I’m not really bringing you any of that, but I am going to tell you how to make the perfect little slider burgers. Ready?!
We love to grill. It’s our go-to almost nightly in the summer especially when it ends up hotter in the house than it actually is outside. Cooking inside becomes a horrible, sweaty, grumpy task so we avoid it at all costs! Haha. That means a lot of grilling, which is perfect for summer anyway, so no major complaints from me (Plus, grilling means David cooks and that I don’t have to!)
Shape your little patties. Add some salt & pepper to both sides. Grill. Sizzle, sizzle. Top with cheese if you wish. Prepare the bun. Add burger to bun. Eat & enjoy.
We like to grill ours with flavored woodchips but that’s totally optional.
CK Mondavi is doing summer in-store promotions for burgers, buns, cheese and charcoal. Look for in-store promotions wherever you can find CK Mondavi and Family wines!
Today’s post is brought to you with the help of CK Mondavi Wines. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
I love a good BBQ get together, don’t you? Food smells amazing, it’s a nice day, you’re together with your group of friends, what could you not love about that?! Over our decade of Army life, David and I have hosted more than our fair share of BBQs and attended more than our fair share of BBQs.
So today, I thought I’d share with you some BBQ hosting tips as well as a simple dessert because game days and BBQ season are upon us!
Plan: I make a list of who we’re inviting and what food we want to make. Sometimes we have people bring things, and sometimes we don’t. Make sure you have a full menu, and appetizers, and desserts. People at BBQ love food. The more, the better. You’ll want drinks as well. Don’t forget something for kids, and adults.
Meal –> Burgers & Hotdogs, (the meat usually depends on the amount of people we have coming). Potato salad, Macaroni, Corn cobs,
Desserts –> Anything from ice cream to cake or cookies. It just depends on my mood, who’s coming, how many kids, etc etc. If it’s a larger BBQ, more people = more food, we usually skip desserts. I like simple desserts, grab & go. (This Monkey Bread is one of my go-tos)
Drinks –> We always offer up whatever we have in the fridge (juice, milk, water) but for BBQs we also set out beer, soda, and wine. (You know for wine, I’m gonna recommend CK Mondavi)
CK Mondavi has a game day special promotion going on until March 31st! It’s the perfect game-day wine, amazing quality and great taste! (Keep reading to see which pairs best with your food choices)
Next up, prep your yard. You don’t want people to hang out in your backyard if the grass hasn’t been cut, or if the dogs haven’t been cleaned up after… take a bit and just do some yard work. Make it look appealing, the best you can.
(tidy up inside too if you plan to entertain inside – if not, at least tidy up your bathroom)
Don’t forget the kids. If you know that there will be kids, try to plan something fun for them as well. I like to set up a DIY bubble station and I always stock up on chalk.
Entertainment –> Assuming there isn’t a game on to be watched, you’ll want to provide your guests with some entertainment of some sort. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. We usually just pull out the cornhole boards and people take turns with that. Other options include cards, darts, board games, etc etc. Just know your guests and plan for what they enjoy.
See, simple tips. Nothing major. Now onto the recipe I promised above.
Mini No-bake cheesecake bites
To make the crust you will need:
1 package of graham crackers (crushed up) 5 tablespoons of melted butter 1 tablespoon of sugar
Crush the graham crackers. Stir in the melted butter and sugar. Spread into mini muffin pan. Let sit in the fridge while prepping the filling.
For the filling you will need:
8 ounces of cream cheese (room temp) 1/2 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8th cup lemon juice
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese (medium-high) until smooth. Beat in condensed milk slowly, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spoon into crust, cover and refridgerate for an hour. Top with whatever you feel like topping them with. This time, I topped them with diced strawberries and caramel syrup.
CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is always a crowd pleaser and pairs well with almost any food which is why its goes great with appetizers. CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio Tasting Notes: Pinot Grigio is bright with balanced acid and pairs well with seafood, chicken and light sauces. CK Mondavi Moscato Tasting Notes: Moscato is a sweet and juicy wine. Delicious with spicy foods or fruit.
It’s Holiday madness around here, is it for you too? My brain is going 90 nothing with a nonstop to do list of all the gifts I need to purchase still, all of the things I need to pop in the mail, wrap, etc etc. I wanted to pop intoday though and share some exciting news (and some tasty foods) with you guys. I’m a CK Mondavi ambassador! That means for the next few months, you guys get to listen to me talk and share some yummy recipes as well as some yummy wine.
Today though, since it’s the Holiday season I wanted to share some Holiday recipes. Two actually. One is a cheeseball (that I shared here a few months ago) but made again with the RONDELÉ® BY PRÉSIDENT® cheese. YUM! And the other is more of a dessert. We whipped up some quick & easy Brie & cranberry tarts. SO good!
On to the tarts! These were my favorite out of the two.
For these, you will need:
Dough (I used a crescent dough sheet) Cranberry sauce PRÉSIDENT® brie 1 egg.
*Cranberry sauce: 1 bag of Cranberries 1 cup Orange juice (or just water) 1 cup Sugar
Start by making your cranberry sauce. Mix orange juice (or water), sugar, and cranberries in a pot and bring to a low boil (over medium high heat).The cranberries will start popping or you can kind of help them along the way. I smash a few here and there to help get em going. Once done, set aside to cool.
While you have your cranberry sauce cooling, prepare your dough.
Use a cookie cutter (or a glass) to cut out your dough. Whisk your egg and coat one side of dough with egg mix.
Place dough on prepared (oiled) cookie sheet, egg side down. Top with chopped brie pieces and cranberry sauce. We cut our cheese into tiny squares.
Once you have them ready to go, top with another piece of dough. Use a fork to press the dough together and then eggwash the tops of them.
Sprinkle your tarts with powdered sugar, sugar granules, or nothing at all. Bake according to dough (mine was 350 degrees for 13 minutes).
Be sure to look for CK Mondavi’s special holiday promotions on their wine bottles in stores now through January 31, 2017. You can receive $1 off PRÉSIDENT® Brie, $1 off RONDELÉ® BY PRÉSIDENT® and $1 off any crackers now through January 31, 2017. Stores include: Walmart, Albertson’s, Lowes, HEB, Sprouts, CVS, etc etc. To see a location near you, just click here.