Celebrating A Southern Summer With Dollar General

June 9, 2020
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Dollar General; all opinions expressed, as always, are my own.

Hey, y’all!

Saturday, June 20th is the first official day of summer. Can I get an amen? Summer – most specifically, warm weather and being by water – is what makes my soul the happiest; the season is also just a little sweeter south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but that’s just my (incredibly biased) opinion.

Growing up in rural Southern Kentucky, I was blessed to have a one-stop shop in my community: Dollar General. As the most readily-available store in the region, Dollar General has proven to be my family’s go-to for years.

In the summer, when we’re by the pool or at Lake Cumberland, I know that Dollar General has everything that I need for a fun, well-fed, enjoyable summer.

Summer Hosting

Most of my hosting during the warm months happens by the pool. With beautiful, warm weather – I can’t stand the thought of being inside!

To host, there are two things that I must always pick up: sunscreen and Citronella candles. Both are necessities in the summer. I also think that to have an activity to enjoy after being in the sun all day is important; as for my family, we are card players! All of these items can be found in your local Dollar General.

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Another tip for making your party extra special? Glass bottle beverages! They are nostalgic and will definitely make your backyard party stand out.

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Summer Holidays

Now y’all know that I love food; and while I enjoy “eatin’ high on the hog” at times, there’s nothing that I love more than a good cookout. On my most recent trip to Dollar General, I picked up the perfect southern tablecloth ($2) for my outdoor table – I noted the red gingham and it immediately went into my cart. To complete the table, I grabbed the tableware (napkins ($1), plastic ware ($3), paper plates ($3.85)), additional Citronella candles ($3-$5), American flags ($1) (perfect for the Fourth of July!), a cooler ($13.00), and the perfect glass serving dishes made by Anchor Hocking ($3-$5).

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Dollar General JCP Eats Summer 2020
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

What’s on the menu for a summer cookout at my house, you ask?

Hot dogs (Nathan’s – $4.25). Case-closed. I like classic toppings + chopped southern Vidalia onions. On the side, I like to serve deviled eggs, Clover Valley Baked Beans ($1.40), chips ($3.00) + dips ($3.75), fresh vegetables (roughly $2.00 each) and sweet, fresh-cut fruit for dessert (roughly $1 each).

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog
Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Speaking of deviled eggs, I make many different varieties of them; however, this is the easiest version that I focus on this time of year (less time in the kitchen = more time with family).

Kentucky Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

12 Clover Valley Eggs: boiled, halved, yolks removed

1/3 c. Mayo

1 tbsp. Clover Valley Yellow Mustard

1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

1 tbsp. Sugar

2 tsp. Minced Onion

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

Paprika, to taste

Directions:

  1. Once eggs are boiled and peeled, remove yolks from the whites and place all yolks in a separate bowl.
  2. Using a fork, cut the yolks into small pieces. You do not want to over-cut, as that will take away texture in the final filling. However, it is important to make them smaller.
  3. Add mayo, yellow mustard, dijon mustard, sugar, minced onion, kosher salt, and black pepper to the yolks.
  4. Mix until well-combined.
  5. Spoon egg salad mixture into boiled whites.
  6. Top with paprika.
  7. Serve!

Saving Money With The DG App

The best part of summer family fun at Dollar General? It’s an easy way to save money! On top of the already-low prices, the DG App is a fantastic place to search for DG Digital Coupons. You simply add them to your account and check out with them once in-store. There are hundreds, y’all!

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Another feature of the DG App that I love is the option to make a shopping list. This keeps me on track with what I need once in the store, which is another great money-saving tactic.

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Oh, and shall I mention my favorite weekly coupon? Each Saturday you can get $5 off of a $25 purchase – an additional 20% savings!

Celebrating Summer with Dollar General - JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Southern Lifestyle Blog

Be sure to sign up for the app, y’all! As my granny taught me: “A penny saved is a penny earned”!

What is your family doing to enjoy the summer months? Do y’all have any specific traditions? I want to hear about them!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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