Monday, June 3, 2024

A Quick Dessert and Hot Dogs with Chili Sauce

We've had so much rain lately! 

I finally had time to set up a tea on the patio.  I used my tablecloth that I made from a vintage cloth that belonged to my friend Joy's mother-in-law.

This beautiful Strawberry Royal Grafton teacup was from my friend Rosie's mother's collection.

This petite dessert was just the right treat and oh so easy!  The strawberry plates came from Pier 1...I sure miss that store as they had the prettiest plates.

These mini tart shells are really good and I found them at WalMart awhile back.  I just put a little on leftover tapioca pudding inside and topped with a slice of strawberry.  I would definitely buy these again.

I love a chili dog once in awhile and made my own chili sauce.


Yield: 8
Author: Kitty
Hot Dog Chili Sauce in Slow Cooker

Hot Dog Chili Sauce in Slow Cooker

I have a slow cooker that I can brown the meat in which makes it easy and less pots to clean.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4-1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 T. mustard
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • about 1/8 t. cayenne pepper


  1. Combine the beef and water in a skillet over medium heat. Break up the beef constantly while it is cooking to get it very fine. (I used my slow cooker that has a separate heating element and cooked the meat in the pot of the slow cooker on top of my cooktop.)
  2. Drain off any water/grease.
  3. Add the beef to your slow cooker.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients to and stir together and let cook on low for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. I removed the lid towards the end of the cooking time, to thicken the sauce. If you want to serve this later, just keep the slow cooker on warm.
  5. Serve on hot dogs with toppings of grated cheese, chopped onion, jalapenos, etc.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. My son and I were just talking about chili dogs yesterday (that versus coney island dogs and the pulled pork hot dogs we'd seen the previous day!).

  2. Oh I just love your summertime strawberry plate, tablecloth and teacup set. And that's a great idea about using your leftover pudding in those cups. Be glad you have been having rain - they're predicting the hottest summer in recorded history. Not sure if it is true but I sure hate heat and would take rain and our cooler weather any day. But the birds and garden just doesn't know what to make of it - and that's never good. Need our pollinators.

  3. Such a pretty table for summer using the strawberry theme. I love how the tablecloth has special meaning as well as the teacup. I always enjoy a hot/chili dog for patriotic holidays. I love you make your own sauce and the recipe sounds delicious. Happy June Kitty........

  4. Such pretty strawberry pieces Kitty! I especially love the vintage tablecloth your reworked and your sweet teacup. I do miss Pier1. So smart to use leftover pudding in your shells for a petite, sweet treat. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for those. You have me craving a chili dog now with your homemade chili sauce! We had 7 inches of rain in May so it was an unusually wet month for us. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥

  5. Everything looks so very pretty .. strawberry plate perfect. You have a wonderful way of decorating -- thank you for sharing.

  6. I love the strawberry cup and saucer and the tablecloth. I haven’t seen those tart shells, but I will look for them. Your sweet treat is delicious, I am sure and so pretty. Now, I want a hot dog for lunch. Happy June, Kitty!

  7. Your strawberry teacup is adorable! Love the strawberry tarts, what a great idea!

  8. What pretty strawberry dishes! We have Strawberry Days coming up in our new city, so I picked up some things for the grandkids. I think our house won't have sold before I can go pick some from my old garden! Those tart shells look amazing. I will have to look for them - the ideas are endless. And your chili dog has my mouth watering!

  9. I love your pretty strawberry table and those strawberry plates are so cute. We all miss Pier 1, you can shop Pier 1 online but it's just not the same. Chili dogs are perfect for summertime, and I love your shortcut dessert! Have a wonderful week Kitty!

  10. The chili dogs look delicious. I love a chili dog once in awhile too. In fact, I love a good hot dog with onions and relish now and then. ; ) The table cloth you made is so cute, and I like that strawberry pitcher. You know, Pier 1 used to be my favorite shop, really miss it as well. Glad to hear that you have been showered with rain! That's always a good thing. What a sweet post this is today.

    May you have wonderful June days.


  11. We just had chili dogs recently, also! We like slaw on ours with the chili, and also onions. I butter and brown the buns, and the combination is so good! May God bless you, sweet friend.

  12. Your strawberry-themed tea vignette is adorable!

    I don't think I've ever had a chilli dog...

  13. Love those little shortbread dessert cups, Kitty, thank you for passing those along! What a cute set up for your tea.
    A West VIrginia hotdog has chili and cole slaw, along with ketchup, mustard and onions. There's even a "slaw line" marker on one of our interstates that marks those above who choose no slaw, and those below (like me!!!) who choose the slaw. It's the bomb of hotdogs. And we have a WV company who makes and distributes their chili. It's called Custard Stand. Not sure if it's in Texas or not, but yours sounds every bit as good!

  14. Adorable and inviting table! Charming tablecloth and gorgeous teacup.

  15. Such a summery scene with the red and white strawberry tablecloth along with chili dogs. Yum! June is a wonderful month to start off summer.

  16. Love the teacup and tiny pies!

  17. The chili dog recipe sounds like a good one Kitty! I also like the idea of the dessert cups:@)

  18. I hear ya....I miss going to Pier1 stores, too. Your little strawberry platter is so cute as are all of the strawberry pretties on your table! What a great idea for a quick and light dessert for summer. Super idea!

  19. Nothing says summer like chili dogs and strawberries!! Just perfect!!

  20. Kitty, thanks for sharing the idea of making chili dogs. The chili sauce is perfect for the hotdogs this summer. I bet that dessert tasted so good. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

  21. We've had a ton of rain too! I'm worried about the mosquito population this summer :( Love your strawberry dessert and plates. I miss Pier One also. Delicious looking chili dogs. Would you believe I've never had one?!

  22. I love your summer Tea on your patio. And I sure enjoy chili sauce on my hot dogs.
    Visiting today from Talking About It Tuesday #49&50


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