summer bbq

Back to School Pencil Pops

These uncomplicated Back to School Pencil Pops are a delicious treat to kick off the school year! 

Back to School season is always exciting in my family.  My kids LOVE going back to school and seeing their friends and getting back into the swing of things. 

This year, however, the weather still feels like it’s summer outside because the weather has been in the 90s! 

To keep cool, my kids love popsicles and ice cream.  However ice cream has so much sugar that I find it hard to justify eating ice cream every day during summer. 

So, I make popsicles! 

These simple to make Back to School Pencil Pops are low in sugar and high on flavor!  

Using a pencil shaped popsicle mold gives an extra layer of fun to this sweet treat! 

To make these fun Back to School Pencil Pops you’ll need:

  • pencil shaped popsicle mold
  • juice in yellow and orange
  • popsicle sticks
  • foil
  • freezer

If you don’t have a pencil mold, I’ve seen these made in regular popsicle molds as well and they’re still super cute! 

The sky is the limit when it comes to color combinations and popsicles.  Use your imagination and have fun! 

Here are some more cute, fun ideas for back to school treats! Enjoy! 

Back to School Sugar Wafer Pencil Cookies

Back to School Candy Pencils

Back to School S’mores

Back to School Crispy Rice Treats

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ | #greatergrilling #HebrewNational

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National via Mode Media.

Summer is finally here and what better way to kick off the season than by throwing a back yard BBQ for your family and friends?  But not just any BBQ… a hot dog BBQ!

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ | #greatergrilling #HebrewNational

I planned and hosted this BBQ in just one day using the party decor I already had on hand.  I recycled several tissue paper tassels from other garlands to make the yellow, red and white garland for my party and had a few red paper lanterns then hung them all from the planter rods in my back yard.

Keeping the theme going, I served yellow lemonade in yellow cups with fun red paper straws and red and white napkins.  I only used the yellow, white and clear serving plates and bowls from my kitchen for the hot dog condiments.   A big plate of watermelon rounded out the table’s colors perfectly.

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ | #greatergrilling #HebrewNational

This BBQ was going to be all hot dogs and I used my favorite Hebrew National All-Beef Franks as the stars of the party.  These hot dogs are my go-to every time my family wants to BBQ.  They’re juicy and full of flavor!

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ | #greatergrilling #HebrewNational

For this BBQ, I wanted to offer four options of toppings for these hot dogs.  I decided on a classic, my husband’s favorite with pickles, my family’s favorite with caramelized peppers and onions and a German-inspired variation.

Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ | #greatergrilling #HebrewNational

The Classic:  This hot dog is a favorite that everyone can love.  Top your Hebrew National All-Beef Frank with mustard, ketchup and relish.  Simple perfection.

The Pickle Spear:  My husband had a hot dog like this a few years back in Seattle and wanted me to recreate it.  This Hebrew National All-Beef Frank is accompanied with a pickle spear, diced tomatoes and onions, yellow mustard and celery seed.  The pickle adds a tangy crunch while the celery seeds adds a hint of an earthy taste to the hot dog.

The Italian: If you love Italian food, you’ll love this hot dog! Caramelized onion and bell peppers with a tomato sauce are surprisingly delicious toppings for the Hebrew National All-Beef Frank.

The Kraut: Inspired by German cuisine, this Hebrew National All-Beef Frank is topped with warm sauerkraut and a coarse, dark German mustard.  If you love German food, you’ll love this hot dog!

Please note that some of the above topping combinations may not be Kosher.

As the summer gets going, elevate your back yard BBQ with a few of these delicious hot dog toppings and party decor ideas!  It’s fun, easy and your family and friends will love the care and time you took into planning it for them as they shove these delicious dogs in their mouth!

AuthorLogoWhat makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-‐‐products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit