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But last week I decided to change that. Sure, our schedules are mostly determined by two small people; but we can still enjoy an impromptu cookout/date night at home, right!?
I was determined — determined, ya’ll! But I still had to remain optimistic. I mean, I was taking two kids with me to shop for this date night, so getting in, finding my items, and getting out were of top priority! So I stopped by Giant Eagle on my way home from work. It’s close, it’s convenient, and they always have exactly what I’m looking for.
And what I was looking for were their amazing Bacon Cheddar Patties. A friend from work turned me onto these bad boys and they do not disappoint!
I also picked up some Hellmann’s Mayonnaise for my delicious potato salad (keep reading for the recipe!), cookies for dessert, and some fizzy lemonade for a mocktail!
That was the easy part. The difficult part was actually getting our date night dinner together while wrangling two toddlers. Luckily, I kinda know my go-to potato salad recipe like the back of my hand. And I was able to chop and dice all the veggies while Remy was napping (thank goodness she takes long naps!).
Although I am no grill-master, I can actually operate a grill (I know, I know… it’s a surprise, right!?). Well my hidden ‘secret’ of grilling is to actually throw the burger toppings on the grill, too! That’s right — I throw those sliced mushrooms and onions into a foil packet and let them get all grilled before serving them right alongside my burger! No buns even necessary on a burger that’s this good! 🙂
And, since we were squeezing in this date night cookout just after the kids went to sleep, I figured a mocktail was in order. I made a delicious frozen blueberry sparkling lemonade with Nature’s Basket frozen blueberries and Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade! It was perfect! It just so happened to be a 90+ degree night, so the chill from the frozen blueberries was honestly the perfect touch.
Okay, now for that Party-Perfect Potato Salad recipe!
Party-Perfect Potato Salad
|Meal type||Salad, Side Dish|
- 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes (quartered)
- 1 Sweet Yellow Onion (diced)
- 1 Red Pepper (roughly chopped)
- 4 eggs (hardboiled, peeled, and roughly chopped)
- 1.5 cups Hellmann's Mayonnaise
- 1 heaped tablespoon Spicy Mustard
- 3 celery stalks (chopped)
- salt + pepper to taste
|Bring potatoes to boil in a pot of salted, cold water. Boil until the potatoes break when poked with a fork (about 10-15 minutes). Drain and let cool.|
|Once cooled, chop the cooked potatoes and set in a large bowl (cut to bite-size). Add eggs, onions, celery, and red peppers.|
|In a separate bowl, mix Hellmann's Mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add mayonnaise mix to the cooled potato mixture. Fold thoroughly.|
|Chill potato salad for 1/2 hour to an hour before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste!|