Country Fair Blog Hop: July 15

It's time for another great link up here at Country Fair Blog Party! Come meet my fellow cohosts!
A Kansas Farm Mom
Country LINKed
Corn, Beans,Pigs & Kids
It's smack dab in the middle of summer! Here in Virginia that means heat and humidity!

I am up to my eyeballs in gardening:
I am about to harvest my garlic, which has done very well in the new location I used this year!
Here are a few of my other goodies!

June's Favorite link from last month was:
Fajita Turkey Burgers by: 
My Other More Exciting Self
I mean look at that! Yummo! Go check it out! (but stay and link up with us first!)

Now,  Lets get on with the party!

July's Theme is: All American

What is your July filled with?  Reunions? Fireworks? Cookouts? Camping? What foods do you cook? Favorite reunion foods for a crowd? Patriotic themed crafts or decor? 

Here is one of my favorite wreaths. I actually get requests from people to make them one, so I pick up old flags when I find them, or sometimes use new ones.

Come Share what you are up to this month!

  • Grab a copy of the button at the top, we'd love for you to post it somewhere!
  • Link up to 3 of your best posts!
  • Visit a few other party goers and let them know you stopped by to see them!

Ready? Get set... Go!


BBQ Chicken Pizza

One of my favorite shortcuts is to use leftover rotisserie chicken for quick meals. Today I am featuring my BBQ Chicken Pizza made from just a bit of leftover chicken.

Whenever I head to the wholesale club I buy several of the precooked rotisserie chickens and put them in the freezer. Sometimes I just take one and shred it down first into easy to grab bags for even faster dinners.

I have tweeked and tweeked my pizza recipe to just how my family. I think my bbq /pizza sauce combo is just right. The other secret trick is the seasoned chicken meat. Just adds to that bbq taste without all the sauce!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 12-14 inch premade pizza crust (store bought or homemade)
1/8 cup bbq sauce
1/8 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
1 1/2 cups diced precooked chicken
1/2 packet of bbq dry rub. (I use McCormicks Tennesee BBQ)
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
Optional: Onions: either green onions, or diced red onions, or even caramelized onions.

In small bowl mix together bbq sauce and pizza sauce. Set aside.
In another bowl toss together the precooked diced chicken with the  bbq seasoning. Set aside.
Place prepared pizza dough on pizza pan or stone.
Spread pizza/bbq sauce over pizza dough.
Top with shredded cheese.
Sprinkle seasoned chicken and bacon bits over the cheese.
Top with any optional toppings such as onions.
Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until crust is lightly golden and cheese is bubbly.


Friday Feature: Fillable Paint Touch up Bottles

Sharing a few of my new favorite things in a monthly  post called Favorite Things Friday: Today I am talking about paint touch ups. We recently had our kitchen cabinets painted. These cabinets are those straight from the home improvement store kind that have a thin veneer on the front so you can't really sand them down to repaint.  Purchasing all new cabinets is out of the question.

Although we had someone come in to paint them, and he applied a product that would help the paint stick to the cabinets. I am finding that it is fairly easy to knick the paint on the cupboards.  I wanted a quick and easy way to touch up the little annoying spots whenever they pop up.

 I had seen those fillable paint pens on tv commercials but there price was ridiculous,so I searched for something small, handy and inexpensive.

I found these ez mix 2 oz. touch up bottles that hold just the right amount of paint and have a small paint brush attached to the lid. They also have a small marble/ball in them so you can shake and mix the paint before you use it, and it only cost me a few dollars.

Now that's more like it!

I am not getting paid to say this, I really just happen to like and use the product! I have one now for every room in the house!

Here is where I found them: amazon.com




Spicy Hot Dog Marinade

This recipe for "Hot Wieners" aka "Spicy Hot Dogs" is an easy marinade for your next cookout. I like to make a batch of this up a few days before I want to cook them so they get nice and spicy! It is a fun addition to the traditional hotdogs, and your guests will ask you where you bought them at! Little do they know you spiced them up yourself!

You can certainly play around with the quantities in this recipe to adjust the hotness level. The recipe came to me in an old community cookbook and when I read it, I couldn't wait to try it. As with many old recipes a few of the ingredients didn't list exact quantities, so I have tweaked it a little for you to adjust for that. Feel free to play with it a bit yourself!

Jan's Tips: 
  • I usually use 2 different kinds of hot dogs for my cookout so I can tell the difference from the spicy and the regular. I personally use the Hebrew National brand hot dogs for my non spicy hot dogs, and I use an all beef hot dog from another brand such as Ball Park for the spicy. This is for 2 reasons. the regular hot dogs need a great flavor too, and it makes it easier to tell my guests which ones are which since they look so different.
  • This recipe makes a marinade for 3 lbs of hot dogs (That is 3 regular sized packages). I cut it by 1/3 if I only want to marinade 1 package.
  • I leave out the optional hot pepper, but feel free to pop one in there if you are brave enough!

Spicy Hot Dog Marninade:


3 lb's of hot dogs
1 sliced onion
1 small 3 oz. bottle of hot pepper sauce (such as Texas Pete)
1 qt. white vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
Optional: I sliced hot pepper such as jalepeno

  • In one gallon sized jar with tight fitting lid, or other sealable container place hotdogs, onions, and optional sliced pepper.
  • In large sauce pan over medium heat stir together vinegar, pepper sauce, salt and cumin. Bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  • Pour Vinegar marinade over hot dogs to cover. Seal jar/containier.
  • Let stand in refrigerator for a few days before cooking hot dogs.

Behind the scenes:  Note to Self: Next time, do not dry off hands from the marinade on a towel and then rub your eye. You WILL regret it. Stop and wash your hands first.  


Upcycled Old Flag Wreath

Have an old flag and you hate to have to get rid of it?  I have repurposed mine into a patriotic flag. You can certainly use a new flag though too!
Here is how I make mine:

3x5 or 4x6 ft. flag

Grape Vine Weath
2  Rubber Bands 
Hot Glue Gun
Flowers/Star as embelishment


 Decide on placement of any flowers yo may wish to use and hot glue in place.

Lay out flag on work table.
Gather the "Star" end together and secure with rubber band as shown:
PLace this gathered section on wreath at approximately 11 o'clock postion, tucking the rubberband onto the back. Secure with hot glue

Drape reamining part of flag across wreath in a diagonal and wrap around and through the center of the wreath at about the 4 o'clock postion as show below. (End of flag should now be pulled up slightly through the center of wreath).

Gather the end of the flag and secure with rubberband approximiately 4 inches or so from end.

Wrap end of flag around wreath again at the 4 o.clock position next to where you wrapped it before. try to hide rubber band just inside the center of the wreath with the gathered portion draping over the wreath.
Hot glue in place by gluing underneath the flag to the wreath.

Hot Glue /tie down Star over the top of the draped portion/flowers. This will help hide any rubberbands showing as well.  

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