I can not tell you how much I’ve enjoyed our deck and patio set. Ok, I suppose I can tell you! I LOVE IT. We hardly ever had guest over or had cookouts at the old house but with this new house and deck, I think we’ve had like three cookouts within the past month, (not including the times I just dragged Thomas and our dinner out there to enjoy the evening). Those bright blue chairs, under that blue umbrella, oh it’s pretty much turned into my favorite spot.
I normally over do it big time with food for cookouts. It’s not that I think everyone is going to eat it all, it’s just that I like for there to be variety. I like for there to be options. But I tried to scale that down for this cookout. After all, I have so many leftovers in the fridge it’s crazy. (yes, I pawned some left overs off on my brother, not that he minded getting beef stew, crockpot mac and cheese and whatnot for his lunches) So for this cookout we opted for hot dogs and hamburgers with french fries. (But of course that just wasn’t enough and I had to add in some baked beans and mac and cheese as well, ahh it’s a curse I tell ya!)
Let’s take a second to talk about hot dogs. I have to be honest. Hot Dogs freak me out. I saw a video when I was in high school on how they were made and I about died. All I can think about when I think about hot dogs is “pig tails, pig tails, pig nose, ahhhh”. Let’s just say that Thomas did not enjoy “hot dog” shopping with me the other day. Who knew it would take so long to pick out hot dogs.
Well I’m sure anyone else would just grab a pack and be on their way, but no, not me. I had to inspect them all, looking for “non-pig tail” hot dogs. I wanted those kosher hot dogs because those are suppose be only be the “normal” parts of the cow, but of course I couldn’t find any of those. After a while Thomas convinced me to buy a pack of regular beef hot dogs and so that’s how that ended. I’ve only had like two hot dogs in the past ten years, last night was probably my third since I graduated high school.
To be honest, between the cheesy chili that we made to go on them and the sweet Kings Hawaiian hot dog buns I couldn’t even taste the hot dog that much. I may have actually enjoyed it! gasp! I know! haha
Everyone else was in love with both the hot dogs and the cheeseburgers on the King’s Hawaiian Buns!
Kings Hawaiian rolls and buns have pretty much become a staple in our house. I always loved their sweet rolls, but now their hamburger, hot dog and sandwich buns are the only kind I buy.
We used my new french oven to fry up some little french fries (ok Thomas did it, but whatever)
Grilled some non-pig tail hot dogs.
Grilled up some hamburgers.
And sat down to enjoy great company and great food.
The Cheesy Chili for these hot dogs is one of Thomas’ favorite dips/chilies. We normally just have it as a dip with chips, but he knew that it would be perfect for Cheesy Chili Dogs and Chili Cheese Burgers and he was right! It’s so easy to make too! Chili Sauce, cream cheese and cheddar cheese is all you need for this dip/chili!