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Hot Dog Plans for Labor Day

Labor Day hot dogs

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

The second week of August is making its way into three-digit temperatures in So Cal’s high desert, but fall is only a month and a half away. That means cooler days are coming soon – and so is summer’s last holiday.

Labor Day, only 27 days away, is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September 1887. Three other facts about the holiday are:

  1. It is the last day of the year to wear white, in high society at least.
  2. It is the beginning of NFL and college football seasons.
  3. Labor Day is the summer holiday famous for hot dogs.

How many of those facts were you aware of? My guess is two – Number 2 and Number 3. If those two were voted on by children and adults, Number 3 could easily be the winning choice.

Planning to serve hot dogs on Labor Day? Most people probably don’t plan what they will eat on the holiday this far ahead of time but run to the grocery store on the holiday weekend and grab whatever sounds good at the last minute. It’s smart to decide on the menu in advance so that you can take advantage of sales.

Blogger Patti Cake at states that her local grocery store routinely sells hot dogs for $.59 per package before Labor Day. She calculated how much she saves per year by stocking up on the hot dogs when they go on sale. Freezing them for later saves her family money throughout the year.

American families eat billions of hot dogs every year, especially between Memorial Day until Labor Day. There is even a poll on “What’s Your Favorite Hot Dog Condiment?”

Hot dog consumers have plenty of kinds to choose from. There are chicken, turkey, port, beef, cheese and mixed kinds available. If you’re concerned about how they are made, check out to learn what the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has to say.

Which of the following selections do you prefer with your hot dogs?

  • mustard and ketchup
  • mustard and relish
  • ketchup
  • onions, mustard, ketchup, relish
  • mayo
  • mayo, mustard, ketchup
  • mayo, relish, onions
  • grilled, wrapped in bacon, with your favorite trimmings

If you haven’t had that last selection – grilled hot dog wrapped in bacon, you’ve got to try it. It’s the best.


Bacon hot dogs on the grill

Sizzling Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Creamy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream for Summer Evenings

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

When hot summer days reach into triple digits like people in the High Desert have experienced this Labor Day week, cool desserts are refreshing to serve after a meal. The lighter the better. Make a simple meal of grilled chicken and vegetable salad. Add grilled corn on the cob if desired. Then choose a light and easy dessert to serve such as jello, pudding, fruit or homemade vanilla ice cream. The nice thing about making homemade ice cream is you can make it as light as you want. Make it low fat if counting fat grams, low carbohydrate if counting carbs. Try this creamy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe:

  • box Eggbeaters
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 14 oz. can sweet condensed milk
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • 1 box rock salt
  • 2% milk (to add to the fill line of freezer)

Mix everything into the ice cream freezer, then prepare the ice cream freezer to turn on. The whipping cream helps to thicken the ice cream. After it’s ready, either serve just the ice cream or serve it with chocolate or caramel syrup and/or nuts.

Shopping is a plan of action

Today is the first of day of school for most in the High
Desert. This is an interesting change because school doesn’t usually start
until after Labor Day. You know what this means? The Back-to-School Sales were
in full force this past weekend. It was time to put the comfortable shoes on and head for the stores.



Shopping, for our family is not an all-day activity. We
get in and get out. I like to wander around a little bit but I’m an amateur
compared to most of the women I know. I went shopping with a group of friends once, they almost made me cry. I was exhausted. These ladies were ruthless.

Keeping that in mind, my son and I discuss what he needs for
school before we go shopping. We have a plan of action and a list. I always make
sure to double check items he’s picking out though. He’s in such a hurry to
leave the store he grabs the first thing he sees off the rack.

“These shoes fit perfect Mom.”

“Son, those shoes are a size 8. You wear a size 6.” He
shrugged and said he could grow into them.

Shaking my head at him, I started laughing. I couldn’t help
myself. How many times have we, as parents bought something a little bigger and
said you’ll be fine, you’ll grow into it.
Sorry kiddo, using my own words to take a shortcut won’t work on me. Grandma
taught me better than that.

Well, the planets must have been aligned properly because we
found everything we needed in one store. That called for a round of applause.
But we settled for breakfast and a movie instead. It turned out to be a good
day. We laughed, talked, and spent quality time together. Spending the day with
my son reminded me how much he has matured and time seems to be speeding up. In class, on his first day back to school, I’m sure he would disagree but then time is all about
perception, isn’t it? Look how fast summer went by.




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China by Peter Koevari

Time by Hunter Emkay

Holiday Weekend and Fire

What a combination for travel on the I15 in the High Desert – holiday and fire! Due to the Oak Hills fire this afternoon the drive that we normally take up the 15 changed to the “back way” up through Crestline. It’s a terrible way to begin the Labor Day weekend or any day for people forced to evacuate their homes. Imagine not just sitting in traffic or driving the long way around but worrying about your family, pets, home, and personal belongings that you cherish. Then they have to find a place to stay, easy for some with nearby family and/or friends but difficult for others like the elderly or ones whose family don’t live close.

Need new tires? PEPBOYS has a special right now: buy three tires and get one free! At least this PEPBOYS does that my husband and I went to today in the High Desert.That’s what we’ve done on this Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Must one go out of town or go somewhere to enjoy a holiday? Sometimes it’s good to just stay home and recoup from a hectic week. To not have to go anywhere or do anything is a nice thing to enjoy on a holiday weekend.

I think the best fun on a holiday is to spend it with family and friends. When you don’t have family and friends nearby, call them.


Labor Day Weekend

What do you like best about Labor Day weekend? I would choose an extra day off from work to go at the top of my like-best list. What High Desert activities can you think of to do this holiday weekend?

  • Barbecue with friends
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to the mountains
  • Shop (Where?)
  • Read a book (What genre do you prefer?)
  • Go to a movie (Which movie would you choose?)
  • Other

I’d like to read your comments. If you know of a place having a Labor Day sale in the High Desert, leave a comment with the information. The best way to learn about special events is by word of mouth, an easy marketing tool.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, and stay safe!

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