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Fun Ideas for a Summer Vacation that Recharges and Reconnects

By Carly Price, June 25, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Carly Price

Basil in the garden.

Plan a summer filled with homegrown adventures to reconnect with the kids and feel more deeply rooted in your community.

Get started with ideas for frugal fun inspired by Whole Kids Foundation®’s mission to support healthy families.

  • Visit a pick-your-own fruit farm, ranch or farmer’s market. Kids love seeing where different foods originate. Encourage them to ask questions about the crops, animals, bugs, climate and growing conditions. Take home some fresh ingredients and cook together (find ideas from Whole Kids Foundation’s collection of...
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Top (Hot) Dogs

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, June 24, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith


Hot dogs on a platter.

They may be the longstanding choice of children, but hot dogs have learned some new tricks that can appeal to everyone. You can now choose between beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veggie dogs. Look for organic and grass-fed options too!

No Mystery In This Meat

The better the meat, the better your meal. Whether you reach for delicious Nature’s Rancher Uncured Hot Dogs, Wellshire Premium Beef Franks or any other hot dog brand in our store, grill with ease knowing that the hot dogs we sell are held to the same high standards...

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Great Idea: DIY Summer Bars

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, June 24, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Fizzy Lemon Floats

Fizzy Lemon Floats

One of the most memorable summer afternoon parties I’ve attended included a DIY cocktail bar with a muddle station. There were homemade simple syrups, berries and herbs to add flavor to the liquor of our choice. We muddled, tested and tasted until the sun went down perfecting our personalized cocktails.

These days with two kids, I’m more likely to be found at the food table at a party trying to see what my picky eaters will eat. That’s why I’m a fan of parties with a DYI...

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Secrets to Sublime Summer Condiments

By Alice K. Thompson, June 23, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

Hot Honey Mustard

Hot Honey Mustard

You don’t have to settle for summer standards like ketchup, mustard and mayo right out of the jar. Better burgers, hotter hotdogs and tastier sandwiches are just a dollop or squiggle away. Try these simple tricks to elevate the flavor of store-bought condiments, or get really crafty with outstanding recipes for making a few classics from scratch.


Add soy sauce: Soy sauce is an umami power house, so mixing a little into your...

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Celebrating Cherries

By Jennifer Cheng, June 22, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng


We love celebrating cherries, especially when they’re at their seasonal sweetest. You too can join in on the cheery cherry festivities with our favorite tips and recipes.

How do you pick the best cherries? Here are some tips that we like to follow when we choose them for you:

  • Check the stems: fresh cherries have green stems
  • Give them a feel: cherries should be firm, no soft spots or bruising
  • Look for good color: depending on variety, ideally they should be deep, bright red to mahogany
  • Give them the once over: fruit should be free of insect damage and pitting (little indentations caused by dehydration)...
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