Monday, May 21, 2012

We're Smokin' Baby! - #summerWithSears

It got warm hot earlier this year than normal and when it gets hot the first thing that comes to my kids mind is OUTSIDE. The first thing that comes to my husband's mind is COOKING OUTSIDE and the first thing that comes to my mind is WHAT ARE WE COOKING? :) If you've seen pictures of my grill then you know that the cooking and the food are the most important things for us. I would never think a grill like this:
could whip up some a-maz-ing food! And our patio, if you could call it that, is way too small to do anything with. We've been wanting to revamp it and extend out the cement or place pavers but that takes a little thing called money. Until then we still wanted to spice it up a little with a few quick and easy decor.

We decided to shop at one of my my husband's favorite stores, Sears. We're a military family and I love that Sears supports our troops with programs like Heroes at Home and discounts on items like tools. Not to mention you can use your Shop Your Way Rewards card to rack up some points on your purchases that can be redeemed later as gift cards!

 We're both big time online shoppers so it seemed obvious for us both to pull out our computers and start there. Luckily, Sears has an online Outdoor Catalog (like their Christmas catalog-don't get me started on that! LOVE IT). I started looking at grills immediately. I wanted a new one. The hubs immediately went to the patio furniture because he hates our glass tabletop. There were so many choices and we couldn't agree on who was right UNTIL we saw this page:

A SMOKER! We have a very old smoker that a neighbor gave us but it was charcoal so my husband never uses it. His eyes lit up when he saw these because they were propane! He didn't have to see anything else. He was ready to go shopping. Of course I personally wanted to see what deals I could find first. So of course I want to share them with you. We actually utilized two of these great deals including the shop your way rewards! I totally left my card at home but they were able to look it up with our phone number! Score!
  • Shop Your Way Rewards members save more each and every season and for every $1 you spend you get 10 points (All Summer)
  • Lock in today’s low prices for all of your upcoming events with Sears Layaway! (All Summer)
  • Free In-store Assembly on ALL Gas Grills (All of May)
  • All Patio Furniture, Decor and Grills on Sale
  • Free tool set when you buy a Hamilton Beach grill @sears now thru 7/31
  • The Sears Simply Outdoors 2012 catalog is now optimized for iPad
Shopping at Sears is so much fun for my family. My kids loved going up and down the escalator while my husband and I got lost looking at all the outdoor catalog items in real life! We decided the best thing to do was plop the kids in one of the awesome patio displays (one that we would love to own) and start our shopping! 

We went straight for the smokers, found the one we wanted and continued shopping while the cashier went to see if it was in stock.

 I didn't want our grill to feel lonely so we found some great grilling accessories and some necessary items for the smoker. 
Then to end our trip we grabbed some cute items to brighten up our patio furniture. The kids even picked out their favorites. 
 Next we took our receipt and drove over to the loading area. My husband took the receipt in scanned it, waited on the screen for our name to come up and then we got curb side service to have it packed into our truck! And off we went! You can check out my entire shop, along with our curbside service in my google + album.

 This weekend the festivities began. We set up the smoker and started smokin' baby! The smoker was awesome! We had brisket and ribs along with my homemade BBQ sauce. We grilled some hotdogs for the kids and grilled corn on the cob. My neighbors brought in some awesome desserts, salad, and mashed potatoes.

 It was a blast! No one wanted pictures because they were too busy eating...LOL. At the end of the meal all everyone could say was, "What are we smoking next week?" You'll have to stay tuned to see. I'm thinking salmon and sausages for Memorial Day! 

 Have plans for Memorial Day? Need a few grilling accessories or seating for all your guests? Then head on out to Sears! Before you go you can check out the Sears Local Ad online, check Sears out on Twitter and Facebook. And if you're a SYWR (Shop Your Way Rewards for those who don't know) member then keep up with the latest by following them on Twitter.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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