Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrating Father’s Day with Sears #GrillingIsHappiness #Giveaway

All summer long my family gathers outdoors. The kids play in the yard while my husband mans the grill. We spend most evening as a family preparing dinner and we like to grill out as much as possible. Grilling enables the whole family to spend more time together as a family while enjoying the great outdoors.

My husband especially loves to grill and he is great at it. He likes to find new marinades and rubs and he loves to try new recipes whenever given the chance. He is my family’s grilling specialist and when it comes to grilling I defer to his expertise. Like any art form, the correct tools are essential.

A broken handle, a rusty grate, and a shredded grill cover are not the best tools to use when trying to create a grilling masterpiece. We received our grill well over six years ago from my parents and it has not held up well over the years. In fact it is falling apart. I decided that for Father’s Day this year my husband deserved a new grill that was fully functional and looked great. 

Before and After Grill 
This weekend we went to Sears to pick out a new grill and some great grilling accessories for my husband’s Father’s Day gift from the whole family. I knew that I wanted to make this purchase through Sears after I had the opportunity to peruse my Sears Local Ad as well as their online catalog.

 After spending a fun filled afternoon at the local Sears store we found just what we were looking for. Everyone had an opinion and everyone needed to experiment with all of the grills!

My son is already trying to man the grill!

A fire engine red grill has caught my childs eye!

SEARS grilling accessories

Simply Outdoors at SEARS

To make my shopping experience even better I was able to get free assembly on my grill! I was also able to sign up for the Shop Your Way Rewards program {which is a free rewards program} through Sears. Since I used my Sears credit card I earned 2x the reward points and saved 5% on my purchase! We could not be happier with this purchase. We saved money and earned rewards! We will definitely be heading back to Sears next month to purchase our new washer and dryer. 

Check out our entire shopping experience in my Google+ Album..

We have been a big fan of Kenmore and look forward to using our Kenmore grill all summer long. To celebrate the purchase of his new grill my husband decided to make one last meal on our old grill as a final farewell. He used his brand new grilling accessories to make grilled Greek chicken {and it was delicious}. He has been kind enough to share the recipe and some grilling tips and tricks.

Grilled Greek Chicken
Preperation Time: 20 minutes
Marinate Time: 4 – 12 hours
Grill Time: 30 – 40 minutes

Greek Chicken

What you need:
  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup red wine {He uses Merlot}
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of sliced lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic- minced
  • A pinch of salt and pepper {about ¼ teaspoon}
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

How to make it:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine red wine, olive oil, red onion, lemon peel, oregano, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the boneless skinless chicken thighs in a re-sealable plastic bag, pour marinate into the bag, seal the bag, and turn the bag over to coat the chicken in the marinate.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 4 – 12 hours prior to grilling.
  4. Preheat grill {gas grill} and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Drain chicken thighs and reserve marinate to brush on the chicken.
  6. Place chicken on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill for 30 – 40 minutes {or until chicken is no longer pink and has reached 180°F}, turning once halfway through {brush with marinate once after turning and then discard remaining marinate}.
  7. Remove chicken thighs from grill and sprinkle with feta cheese.
Making Marinade
When making Grilled Greek Chicken we pair it with a Greek pasta salad and whole wheat dinner rolls. For desert we slice up some watermelon and get messy!

Father and Son grilling

Since my husband loves to grill he has decided to share some of his tips and tricks for being successful when manning the grill.
  • Don’t over marinate – Most foods only require a short amount of time to marinate. If soaked too long some food turns to mush and other food gets tough.
  • When using a rub be gentle.
  • Know when your meat is done. Pay attention to the time you are cooking and if all else fails use a meat thermometer to get an accurate reading on the readiness of your food.
  • Don’t pour water on a flare up! Reduce the heat and place the lid on the grill.
Need more tips and tricks? Are you going to be in the Chicago area? I would love for you to join me on June 30, 2012 at Ribfest where you can stop by the Sears Grilling Is Happiness Tent for the Kenmore Grill demos and to get expert grilling advice.

Need some more motivation to come out for Ribfest? Ty Pennington will be joining the grilling and outdoor living authority, Sears, to heat up one of Chicagoland’s most beloved summer events – Ribfest – on June 30. From noon to 6 p.m., Ribfest attendees can experience demonstrations by Sears grilling experts, get a photo with Pennington, have a chance to get their grill on with him or even enter to win a grill and other great prizes. Join the live tweeting during the event from @Sears #GrillingIsHappiness.

As if that is not enough motivation to come on out for Ribfest… there is more! Joining Pennington at the Sears “Grilling is Happiness” tent are some of the most knowledgeable grillers in the country. Television host and author George Hirsch, “Grill Grrrl” Robyn Lindars, and “Burnin’ Love BBQ” chef Perry Perkins will be demonstrating their favorite dishes, including healthy meals, quick fixes, desserts, and BBQ.

You can pre-purchase your RibfestTickets and stay up to date on all things Ribfest via the Facebook Event and through Twitter.

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Planning on doing a little pre-Father’s Day shopping as well? Check out these great deals and promotions:
  • All patio furniture, decor, & grills on sale at Sears this week {Circular 6/1 & 6/2}
  • Free in store assembly on all gas grills at Sears {Circular 6/3}
  • $20 gift card w/purchase of a Hamilton Beach 3 burner gas grill at Sears now thru 6/10 {}
  • Outdoor Living Saving Center Sales

This Father’s Day my family is planning on having some great outdoor grilling fun! There will be fabulous food, fun games, and family! Maybe even a surprise or two for dad! 

What are your plans for Father’s Day?
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