Sunday, July 31, 2011


Summer is not complete until you've had burgers cooked on the grill. Whether you prefer charcoal or gas, you can't go wrong with this recipe.

There are 2 different surprises in my burgers. Each has a purpose and help to make this a spectacular hamburger.

I use 73/27 Ground Beef. Grilled hamburgers need that extra fat to make them good. Extra fat makes everything good. I'm just sayin'.

The first of my unique hamburger making steps involve bread. I use 1 slice per pound.

Break up the bread into your mixing bowl. To this add 2 tablespoons of milk per slice of bread. Let the bread absorb the milk. At this point I add my seasonings: Worcestershire sauce, my favorite hot sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Mix this big sloppy mixture into the burger. At this point it looks nasty but believe me, it's good. Get in there and use your hands. It's the only way.

For each patty, divide your meat in half and make 2 thin patties.

Put about 3 to 4 pieces of cheese onto the thin patty and put the other patty on top. Seal the edges and complete your patty.

I had a helper today. The Kid played the Cheese Man and placed the cheese pearls onto the patty for me since my hands were a mess from making the patties.

I used mozzarella for that fun, stringy effect. It doesn't hurt to have fun with your food.

Once all the patties are made, generously pepper the outside. I don't think you can ever have too much pepper on your meats.

Next, send the hubby out to the grill to do the hot work. I do this because Daddeee has amazing grilling skills. By amazing, I mean awesome, spectacular, and incredible.

See. I told you. Do those burgers look amazing or do they look amazing? Daddeee, you outdid yourself on the grill tonight.

And you can't have grilled burgers without some homemade French fries.

Am I making you hungry?

The burger is so big it wouldn't fit into my mouth so I had to do a little smooshing.

And surprise! There's the melted cheese in the middle. You can see the juices oozing from the meat too. Fat, bread, and milk worked together to make that possible.

I'm so full I must go take a nap...for a week.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


How could you ever go wrong with a recipe that includes some of the most wonderful foods in the world?

The Teenager and I visited Noodles & Company again last week and this is what I order. It was really good but I thought the bacon to burger ratio was a little off for my tastes.

I decided to make it at home and do a little adjustments.

Ingredients that I used (no exact measurements because you'll just have to adjust it to your own liking):

Ground Beef - I just used the basic stuff. I cooked it in the skillet and drained the grease from it. I seasoned the meat with some light Italian seasonings such as garlic and oregano but once again, go with your own tastes.

Bacon - I can bring it home and I can fry it up in a pan.

Pasta - I just boiled up a pasta. At Noodles, they serve it with rotini. I used mostaccioli because it's what I had.

Shredded Cheese - Again, use what you have. I used colby-jack.

A fresh diced tomato - Mine came from the corner stand. I wish I could say they came from my own garden but I just don't have one this year.

Pile it on. Grab your plate or bowl and put in the pasta, ground beef, bacon, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes (not necessarily in that order - use your imagination!)

Thank you, Noodles & Company for the idea. Don't worry. I will still come see you because when you cook it, I don't have to do dishes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Last Thursday the babysitter called as I was leaving work to let me know that The Kid took a nap and woke up with a 101.1 fever. She said he had complained earlier in the day of a sore throat.

I picked him up from her house and took him to Urgent Care.

Strep. Not fun but at least we diagnosed it fast and a few doses of amoxicillin later and he's as good as new.

Fast forward to this morning.

I awoke with a sore throat and an awful headache. I showered hoping it would make me feel better but no such luck.

I called in to work and went back to bed.

Now I'm up and I still have the sore throat and the headache.

Thanks, Kid. I know I taught you to share but this is going beyond.

So now I'm waiting for the doctor's office to call back to see if they'll just call something in or if I have to make an appointment.

In the meantime, I'm going back to my bed. My head feels better when it's comfortably resting on my pillow.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Since The Teenager has his driver's permit, I have to share the car. That means adjusting the seat every time I get into the car, moving the mirrors back into place and, most important, making sure the vents are blowing on all the right places. It's been really hot here lately so that is an essential part of driving.

Now, this one thinks he should get to drive too.

I told him his paws couldn't even reach the pedals and he laughed at me.

I told him he couldn't even see over the steering wheel. He laughed at me again.

I told him we were going to the groomer and he jumped from the car.

I still made him go to the groomer but I drove.

He's still mad at me. I just don't know if it's because I took him to the groomer or if it's because I wouldn't let him drive.

On a side note, did you notice the cup? Yes, I am a Twilight fan. I admit it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Yes, I said daughter.

I've adopted a little girl. Ok. So she's not so little.

She turned 16 on Friday.

She's The Teenager's friend that's been spending a month with us this summer.

She's been such a good kid. It's been nice not being the only female in the house for a change.

So since she turned 16 while she was with us, The Teenager decided to throw a surprise birthday party for her.

Lots of friends, lots of pizza, and too many 2 liters to count, I think everyone had a good time.

I lasted until about 10pm. I think the kids lasted much longer.

There's rumor of a trip to Quiktrip around 3am.

I don't want to know.

Happy Birthday, Daughter.

I've enjoyed having you here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Yesterday Daddeee and I decided we needed something different to drink.

We hadn't made Red Apple Sangria in a long time so we made up a pitcher and shared it with the neighbors.

It was delicious!

It was delightful!

I'd forgotten how much I love Red Apple Sangria.

Seriously, I think I love it as much as I love my dogs.

And those of you that know me know that I really love my dogs.

I drank 3 glasses of it. I was happy.

I was tipsy.

I had a good time.

I think I talked a lot.

I'm going to share the recipe with you again so that you can be happy.

I love to spread happiness.

Red Apple Sangria

1/3 cup Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/4 ounces apple liqueur (schnapps)
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
Lemon-lime soda

Mix all in a 16 ounce glass and garnish with your favorite fruits.

Friday, July 08, 2011


I hate public bathrooms. I hate them but yet it seems I always have to go while in public.

I can pretty much tell you where the cleanest bathrooms are near my house.

The front bathroom at my Wal-mart is usually cleaner than the bathroom in the back of the store. I do not know why.

I think it's hilarious that people will flush the toilet so that others using the nearby stalls will not hear them poop.

We all poop, people. Don't be embarrassed about it.

And, please, please, leave a buffer zone between stalls. If I'm in the bathroom in stall 3 and I'm the only other person in there when you come in, I beg of you to not use stalls 2 and 4. It's just common courtesy.

And now for some interesting facts about toilets that I'll bet you didn't know:

The film “Psycho” was the first movie to show a toilet flushing – the scene caused an in pouring of complaints about indecency.

Over $100,000 US dollars were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind; the answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front.

I prefer mine with the flap in the front. It comes from the days when toilet paper came with patterns (remember the flowers?). The pattern was on the top so therefore the flap needed to be in front.

The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.

Now that there aren't as many White Castles around, I'm sure this figure will go down.

The first toilet stall in a row is the least used (and consequently cleanest).

Good to know. I'll have to remember that.

The Roman army didn’t have toilet paper so they used a water soaked sponge on the end of a stick instead!

I cannot imagine life without toilet paper. I'll admit I use a lot. I don't skimp on price for toilet paper either. That's one item on my shopping list I will not be frugal.

In a 1992 survey, British public toilets were voted the worst in the world. Following quickly behind were Thailand, Greece, and France.

The survey obviously didn't include The Teenager's bathroom.

And last, I'll leave you with this:

The toilet handle in a public restroom can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch.

I'll never touch another toilet handle again.

Sunday, July 03, 2011


We had our 4th of July party a little early this year.

I made pasta salad and potato salad.

Daddeee made apple-smoked pork burgers.

Dinner was scrumptious!

Afterwards, we retired to the drive way for some fireworks and visiting with friends and neighbors.

I've always heard that you know it's been a good party if the police show up.

This was a good party.

The police came and confiscated our fireworks!

Evidently, if it goes up in the air, it's illegal in Kansas City.


No harm done, though. We continued to party until the rain headed in.

Today, I slept until almost 2pm. The older kids are still asleep. The younger kid and his father are napping right now.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Independence Day.

And I hope the police don't ruin your party!