We are a year-round grilling family.
Generally, it’s low-key. Just my husband and I, and the kids too. It usually consists of a main dish and then two side dishes — anything from beans to fruit to salads. Our everyday grilling is easy going, no stress, and I love it!
One of the commitments I made after my Dad passed away is that we will do our very best to BBQ every week. He loved cooking outside and in honor of him, I want to make sure we do too. Unfortunately, now that we’ve been on the patio in a much more regular basic, I’ve realized that our grill, grilling accessories, and patio has been a bit neglected. And boring.
And what does all that mean? It means I get to go SHOPPING! However, I tried something different this time. I did almost all of my shopping online at the Sears Grilling Is Happiness site…and picked it up at the store that same day!
I was quite surprised when I arrived at my local Sears store and found a kiosk when I was able to scan my receipt and within 5 minutes, my purchases were brought out to me. It was super easy!
My husband’s favorite item I bought? This Craftsman 4 pc Barbecue Gift Set. He loves it…isn’t it cool? It’s so sturdy too. You can see all of my shopping photos here.
I finally got myself a grill topper for grilling vegetables and fish:
And a digital meat thermometer…believe it or not, it’s my first one ever!
As I mentioned, the patio was looking quite boring, so with Memorial Day coming, we thought it would be a good idea to get some patio items too. I’m so excited that I bought was a fountain for our patio.
I’ve always wanted a fire pit so that my family and I can sit around it at night and roast some marshmallows, so we also bought one of those. I would love to show it to you, but when David was putting it together, we realized that there was an issue with a few parts being wrong, so we have to take it back and exchange it for another one.
I even bought decorative lights for our patio. When I saw the lights that Monica Wants It bought for her patio, I knew I had to get them. I looked for these at Sears, but they didn’t carry the ones I wanted, so I picked them up at Kmart.
With the help of the Sears Online Catalog and the Sears Local Ad, I found lots of other great things too. I oohed and aahed over beautiful patio sets (such as the Garden Oasis Grandview 7-piece Dining Set, which was only $399.99, marked down from $599.99) and shiny new grills (free in-store assembly on ALL gas grills during May). And I found out about lots of other great promotions that have been going on:
- Shop Your Way Rewards members (free to join!) save more each and every season and for every $1 you spend you get 10 points
- Lock in today’s low prices for all of your upcoming events with Sears Layaway!
- All Patio Furniture, Decor and Grills on Sale
- Save $80 on Kenmore 4-burner gas grill with stainless lid (5/13)
- Free Delivery ($69.99 value) on any patio set (over $249) or grill over $399.99
- 20% Off all cushions and folding lawn furniture (5/13)
One of the ways I keep our grilling low-key and easy is by using marinades. It’s really easy to mix up a yummy marinade and leave it in the refrigerator while your let your chicken soaks in it for several hours.
Then grill the chicken breasts…
And grill sliced vegetables, such as onions and bell peppers on a grill topper. Don’t have a grill topper? I’ve also done this by peeling onions and cutting them in half and cutting bell peppers in half too. Then I placed them directly on the grill grates.
When everything is done, the chicken is sliced. Place some of the chicken and the vegetables in the middle of a small tortilla. You can top this with shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole or sliced avocados, etc.
- 1/2 vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
- Cracked black pepper
- 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips
- 2 large onions, peeled and slided
- Small flour tortillas (often labeled fajita or soft taco size)
- Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, sliced avocado, tomatoes
- Combine first 8 ingredients, in a large bowl.
- Add chicken to marinade, making sure all chicken breast are coated. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 6 hours.
- Heat grill to medium-high heat. Lift each chicken breast out of marinade and place on grill (discard marinade, do not reuse). Cook chicken until it's cooked through and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from heat. When ready to serve, slice chicken into thin pieces.
- On a flat grill topper or vegetable basket, cook bell peppers and onions until softened and starting to brown. Remove from heat.
- To make a fajita, lay a small flour tortilla on a plate. Lay several slices of chicken breast and vegetables in a line across middle. Top with optional toppings, if desired.
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