The Perfect Date Night (Cook)Out // PLUS Party-Perfect Potato Salad RECIPE

June 20, 2017 in #MomLife,brews + food,busy mom,cookies,date night,drinks,family,food,life,NEO,Ohio,parenthood,recipe,sponsor

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Summer has officially arrived in Northeast Ohio, and one thing that my husband and I love to do in the summer, is use our grill and entertain friends. Well, since Remy was born (yes, 16.5 months ago…), we’ve fallen a tad bit short on the date nights and having friends over for barbecues. In fact, most Summer nights we find ourselves eating the kids leftovers and falling asleep before dark. It’s true!

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!

Found in the butcher section, these patties are ground fresh daily, mixed with thick-cut bacon and chunks of sharp cheddar. Amazing!

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!

In and out in 15-minutes, flat! That’s what I like to call the perfect one-stop shopping trip! PS. Had I planned my date night cookout sooner, I would have just used the Giant Eagle Curbside Express to order online and pickup from my car! Silly me…

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.

We rounded out our date night with a couple of Farmhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies and called it a night. Okay, we called it an 8:30PM 😛 😛 But seriously, it was much-needed, both the company of each other and the delicious meal. In fact, we even reminded ourselves to slow it down and chew our food! You know, because the kids weren’t there to distract us! 🙂

Okay, now for that Party-Perfect Potato Salad recipe!

Party-Perfect Potato Salad

Allergy Egg
Meal type Salad, Side Dish
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue
This recipe is perfect for Summer barbecues!


  • 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


Step 1
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.
Step 2
Once cooled, chop the cooked potatoes and set in a large bowl (cut to bite-size). Add eggs, onions, celery, and red peppers.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, mix Hellmann's Mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add mayonnaise mix to the cooled potato mixture. Fold thoroughly.
Step 4
Chill potato salad for 1/2 hour to an hour before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste!
All in all, I’m grateful that we did this. I’m grateful that we spent some time together and reconnected — even if this version of a ‘date night’ is a tad bit different than it used to be!


So tell me — what’s your favorite grilling tip!?

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Trish June 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

Oh man, sign me up on the Bacon Cheddar Patties!! I’ll have to tell my hubby about these so he can make some of these and slap em on the grill! My husband and I too love to grill out!


Jessica Wagner June 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

I love potato salad! This sounds amazing!! I live in Ohio too, and the weather has been perfect for dinner cook-outs! Enjoy! XO


Brittany Putman June 20, 2017 at 9:55 am

Yum! This is definitely perfect for a cook out!


This Messy Season June 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Ohhh yum! I’m a sucker for a yummy potato salad! And especially a good cook out haha


Marie, Mamma's Cooking June 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Looks like a great date! I love cooking things in foil packets on the grill, that way you can prep everything ahead and just throw it on the grill when you are ready.


Tabitha Blue June 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Love a good potato salad!!! And what’s crazy, I’ve never tried making it myself! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂


Belle June 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Yum! Those look amazing! I need to try this!

Belle | One Awesome Momma


Heydy June 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

my mouth is watering!!!Potato salad is my fav 😀


Amy Desrosiers June 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Your potato salad recipe is almost exactly like my mother in laws. I think it is so delicious! #client


Jen June 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm

This is the perfect menu for a cookout…though I don’t think I could squeeze a date night in because my kiddies would devour those burgers too! lol


Harmony, Momma To Go June 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Im obsessed with potato salad, or pot sal as we call it! I like to throw different stuff in… i like the red pepper addition!


Megan June 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm

This looks awesome! My husband would have a cookout every night if he could so it would make for the perfect date night for us as well! Hope you guys enjoyed!


Brittany June 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

This all looks SOOO good!!


Jen June 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Yes! Love potato salad with mustard! And MAYO, it’s gotta be mayo-not miracle whip! This spicey mustard is what’s going to really set it apart. I can’t wait to try it, with so many BBQ’s happening, I won’t have to wait too long. Thank for sharing


Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy June 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Those burgers sound so good!


Shadia Brown June 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Everything looks so good and Potato salad is my jam!!!


Leslie June 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

This looks delish! I love potato salad. Looking forward to trying this recipe!


Krysten June 20, 2017 at 11:37 pm

This is the most perfect date night that I could imagine. We have a toddler at home, so it’s hard to go out for date night, I might have to make this up one night after the little one goes to bed!


Erika ortega June 21, 2017 at 12:21 am

Bacon cheddar patties sound soo good right now. Love your picks, date nights at home and an early bed time are always AMAZING to me. Hardly happens but when it does it sure feels good


justine June 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

I’m a sucker for BBQs — i love the smell of food on the grill and a cold beer!
this potato salad sounds bomb! gonna have to try it.. i like adding dill to my potato salad


Jenna June 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

Kids are a game changer for the social life for sure. I can’t remember the last time my husband and I went out alone let alone with friends that don’t have children.


Clair June 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

What a great idea! Plus all of this looks and sounds delicious 😋


Joanna June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I LOVE mustard potato salad. This food looks so yummy:)


Janette Shearer June 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Totally have to save this for later! My husband loves potato salad! I unfortunately do not so I have no idea how to make it! Thanks for sharing!


Stacey June 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm

This sounds so brilliant! Love this, saving for later!


Stefanie June 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

Everything looks so good! I absolutely love potato salad…and Giant Eagle!


Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesses June 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Looks like a great cook out! Yum I looove potato salad! I’ve never tried making it but your recipe sounds doable for me so I’ll definitely need to try It out!!!


madi June 23, 2017 at 12:31 am

this looks delicious! I will have to try it!


Shannon June 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

I love potato salad and this one looks and sounds amazing!


Annie June 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

I love a fun cookout! That potato salad looks soooo good, definitely a must-have for any summer cookout and one of my favorite sides ever hahah



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