Are you ready for the most patriotic season to begin? Military Appreciation Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day, are a big deal in my family. I come from a long line of service. My father, grandfather, and most of my six uncles have served in the armed forces.
My husband was a submariner and was a reservist. He still works very closely with the US military. Both of his parents were in the US Navy along with one of his brothers. His other brother is in the Marine Corps. Although I never joined the military myself, despite my Dad conspiring with an Air Force recruiter, I did spend a few years working as an analyst in DC. Since it was a government job that I was recruited for, my Dad says it counts. (My husband doesn’t!)
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The military is a large part of our family history, so I am honored to tell you about the USO’s partnership with Sam’s Club and Coca-Cola™. The USO helps connect military personnel serving overseas with their loved ones and country. Join Coca-Cola as they donate care packages to troops overseas. Coca-Cola is hoping to donate 3000-5000 USO packages overseas. Remember, when you’re shopping for your barbecues, grab Coca-Cola with the USO packaging on it from Sam’s Club. When you buy it from Sam’s Club you are helping to provide care packages for our troops.
When my husband was deployed, sending him care packages made the time away easier for him. Each time we sent a package, we’d start another one. The open box would remain in the living room and we’d put things in it each day. The kids would sneak in odd things and loved it when he discovered them. Neat little Lego contraptions would make the trip overseas.
We’d laugh over the random lego pieces, barrettes, figurines, and notes that he would ask them about during our early morning FaceTime sessions. Bring a smile to a service member who is missing home with a care package. That little thing makes a huge impact.
Bring a smile to a service member who is missing home with a care package. That little thing makes a huge impact.
Find out more and grab some Coca-Cola to serve at your family’s Memorial Day and July 4th Celebrations at Sam’s Club. Also, be sure to check Ibotta for rebates! Last month, I got a deposit of over $60 into my paypal account from buying groceries.
And make sure to save a can to use in my delicious Coca-Cola Chicken and Vegetable kabobs!
Marinated and Grilled Coca-Cola Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs
- 1 can Coca-Cola™
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium teriyaki
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 TBL rice vinegar
- 4 TBL Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 TBL olive oil
- 3 chicken breasts, cubed
- 2 zucchini
- 1 pint mushrooms
- a red onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- grape tomatoes
2 zip top bags
Cube your chicken. Tip: it is easier to cut the chicken if it is slightly frozen. Place in a zip top bag.
Cut all of your vegetables into bite sized pieces. Place in a zip top bag. I prefer to separate my meat and vegetables when marinating.
In a mixing bowl, pour all of the marinade ingredients. Stir well.
Pour one-third of it into the bag with the chicken.
Pour the remaining marinade in with the vegetables. We are moving towards a plant based diet and are slowly reducing our meat intake.
Marinate the vegetables and chicken for at least one hour. Be careful not to over-marinate the vegetables! The mushrooms soak up the marinade like a sponge.
If using a charcoal grill, prepare your coals.
Once the chicken and vegetables are done marinating, prepare your skewers. I like to cook the vegetables and the chicken on different skewers but my kids love it when I mix them up.
Grill them until done.