Happy 4th of July! A sneak peak into my weekend!

I LOVE a BBQ get together!

I hope you Ladies have been enjoying the long weekend with your families! Here is a sneak peak into my weekend thus far….

My son and his cousin playing “pool table” in the basement. 
My youngest splashing around in the pool- she never left the steps, lol. 

The “King Cooker” Wood Smoker– I MUST shed some light on this amazing little green thingamabob (which I want for my birthday). My uncle smoked ribs and a pork roast in this and I have NEVER tasted anything cooked better. I was shocked! The meat was tender and moist. He shared with me that he places onions and garlic in the water – while it steams the meat the flavors come out too.

The charcoal goes in at the bottom of the cooker -this causes a nice smokey flavor on the meat. 
My uncles Raymond and Mike cracking me up. Raymond, the one in the blue was the actual chef , but Mike thought he was more photogenic for blog purposes and took the credit. (lol!)
 They are sooo ornery. Love them to death.

The smoked pork roast. I asked what kind of rub they used and it was just a simple store bought pork rub from Giant Eagle! It was so tasty! 

Here is my hubby’s plate. Notice the “Smashed Potato Bites” I featured on Friday’s post!
Thanks Kristi from  “A Fixed Heart”- they were delicious! 

My uncle Mike does get credit here! He brought these amazing stuffed hot peppers. Despite how hot they were, no one was able to take their hands off of them! Mmmm..Here is a recipe from “All Recipes” for Stuffed Hot Peppers. 

YUM….these Peanut butter Brownies brought by my aunt were also a HUGE hit.  She gave me this recipe when Geoff and I first got married. The frosting almost tastes like a fudge…SO good.
 Here it is…
Peanut Butter Brownies
(makes for a crowd!)

1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup butter softened (warm in mic for 20 sec)
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cup flour

Mix all ingredients (will be thick). Spread evenly onto a greased 17×11 cookie sheet with your hands. Bake at 350 for 20 mins. Cool.

1 box confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
hot water
2 heaping Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp oil

Mix sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and oil. Add hot water until spreadable consistency. Pour over brownies. Let sit until frosting firms up before cutting. Keep cool in refrigerator. 

And the beloved “Buffalo Chicken Dip“…a must have at a family party.
Serve with tortilla chips and celery. 

Even the children love the Buffalo dip! (Notice this little guy’s drink is gone, lol)

What a great idea. My aunt boils hot dogs, places them in buns, wraps them in foil and places them in a roaster. My children loved these hotdogs because they didn’t have “burnt” on them. Meaning, they weren’t grilled. This is something to keep in mind for church and baseball lunches! 

She set the heat on 150 and they were good to go! Also freed up space on the grill. 

Thanks for letting me share my weekend with you! I come from a family who is very “Comfy in the Kitchen” as you can see! 
Now, I must go for a run…hehe!

 Love to you , Janelle 



  1. Glad u enjoyed the potatoes! I made your Oreo Madness for today's BBQ! Can't wait to share it with friends. Happy 4th!

  2. Homeschool on the Croft says:

    Looking gooooood!
    Happy Independence Day to you all…. from Scotland!

  3. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Awwww, thank you Scotland!!!!!! 😉

  4. Can I ask for the recipe for the pasta salad pictured with the smashed potatoes? Looks delish!!

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