Cherry Limeade Punch

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 10, 2013

So this past weekend, this happened. It happens about once a year, and goes against all that I teach, preach and live by. I went to the grocery store without a list.  Danger. Danger. Danger. I caution you against shopping without a list. I did it, but ended up making a list in the store. […]

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Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 5, 2013

So we’ve turned up the A/C downstairs to help keep the utility bill as low as possible, and I’ve already found myself not using the oven much anymore! That means the majority of our dinners are being cooked outside. (And those that aren’t grilled are “no-cook” dinners, as in the case of last night, when I […]


Balsamic Meat & Mushroom Kebabs

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 29, 2013

Y’all…the grilling bug has hit our house. It seems we are outside grilling and eating at least 3 nights a week these days. The last few weeks have been out of town on the weekends, so during the week it’s been a “pantry and freezer clean-out.” Literally…clean out the food and then clean out the […]


Alea’s Korean Barbecue Chicken

by Alea on May 28, 2013

I really enjoy the Korean Barbecue Chicken at one of our local restaurants and occasionally find an excuse to stop in. However a while back I realized that for less than the cost of one meal at the restaurant, I could make enough at home to feed my whole family and the neighbors. Seriously! And […]


Grilled Banana Splits

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 24, 2013

(Turns out, it’s SUPER RIDICULOUSLY HARD to photograph ice cream on smoking hot banana slices!) That’s right y’all…bananas grilled, then split-ified and topp-ified. Well, technically they are split then grilled…but I thought Split Grilled Bananas wouldn’t sit right. So we have Grilled Banana Splits.  Here’s how it works. Split the banana down the middle, lengthwise […]


Perfect Recipes for Your Memorial Day Gathering

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 20, 2013

Summer is here. It seemed to come out of nowhere this year. I know the weather has been wonky all over…but just last week we were enjoying what was to be the last of some late spring weather. Then I went to LA for some meetings, then to Houston for LegoKidsFest, returning last night to […]


How to Season Hamburger Patties

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 17, 2013

So I might be the last one on the planet to do it this way… In the past, I’ve seasoned hamburger patties on the grill…while they were grilling. And while it works, it wasn’t going to work for me last weekend when we were having a bunch of family over for dinner. I wanted to […]


Grilled Pomegranate Chicken with Mango BBQ Sauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 6, 2013

Grilling season is officially upon us. Well, it’s been upon us here in South Texas for a few weeks…some days better than others for grilling. I’m thinking the last “really cold” front has passed through and we’ve been enjoying some lovely weather as a result. This weekend we had my sister and her family over […]

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Grillin’ Time – Pinterest Board of the Month

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 1, 2013

So it’s time to feature another board. (Hardly believe it’s already May!) This month, I’ve chosen the Grillin’ Time board…as it’s grilling season for most parts of the country. (Or all parts…my uncle grills year round in northern North Dakota! Brr!) I’ve teamed up with a slew of bloggers to bring you the best grilling […]


Grilled Mashed Potatoes Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 22, 2013

  Mashed potatoes with grilled potatoes. Delish! I’d like to introduce you all to the Klondike Rose potato. I’m sure you are familiar with Russet potatoes, baby red potatoes…what they look like, how to cook with them. But don’t pass these guys up in the produce department. I love that you don’t have to peel […]