29 May 2012

Island Burger, Memorial Day Cookoff 2012

We were able to keep our annual Memorial Day Cook-Off by having Bob and me travel to Bloomington over Memorial Day.  We celebrated Bob's birthday with a trip to Bub's Burgers.  Huge and yummy!

  We spent some time at the apartment playing with Huxley and catching up on each other's lives.  We also did a bit of shopping for Ashley's upcoming Ecuador trip.  We watched a lot of Missouri Softball, too!

On Monday we planned our cookout.  Ashley and I decided on making an Island Burger and Eric and Bob decided to make a Brandy Onion Burger.  We went shopping at the local Krogers and picked up what we needed.  We each formed our own patties and seasoned them and then Eric and Bob grilled them.

Ashley and I made the drinks and set the table.  We did a pinterest drink with the different layers of red, white and blue.  It even tasted good!

Island Burger Recipe

Form hamburger patties, salt and pepper, grill until desired doneness.
Carmelize a slice of pineapple in a skillet with some teriaki sauce until browned.
Open a Hawaiian roll, toast on grill.
Spread mayo on the bottom bun.
Spreak more teriyaki sauce on the top bun.
Put slices of cheddar on the hot hamburger.
Layer:  bottom bun, lettuce leaf, pineapple ring, hamburger, cheese teriyaki sauce, top bun.

Brandy Onion Recipe

Carmelize chopped onions in brandy and butter.  Cook until softened and glazed.
Form hamburger patties, salt and pepper, grill until desired doneness.
Open an onion bun, toast on the grill
Put slices of Havarti cheese on to melt.
Layer:  bottom bun, hamburger, onions, cheese, top bun

It was unanimous that the Island Burger was the perfect summer burger with the sweetness and coolness of the pineapple ring but we are all eager to try the Brandy Burger at a tailgate!

20 May 2012

Blueberry Muffin

Our house is a shambles.  We are getting ready for our move to Saint Charles, and we have boxes, and crates, and bundles and stacks everywhere.  In the midst of this chaos, I wanted, needed to be domestic.  I looked in the fridge to see the possibilities and in the freezer I had a bag of frozen blueberries.

Bob, Tammi and Ben were off on a mission to Lowes, so I grabbed my favorite Pampered Chef measuring bowl and mixed up some batter using a couple of cups of Bisquick, 1 c sugar, 2 eggs, and 1/2 c of milk.  I mixed the ingredients together and added the frozen blueberries at the last minute.  I used my Pampered Chef scoop to put the batter in my battered muffin tin and baked them for 20 minutes at 400.  When I brought them out of the oven, I sprinkled them with Penzey's Vanilla Sugar.

I ate one piping hot from the oven with a little butter.  The rest I cooled and bagged for our breakfast in the morning.  My house might still be a mess, but I feel so much better now!

01 May 2012

Month in Review-April 2012

April has been a very.... um... interesting month.   In many ways, I am happy to put it behind me!

 Of course, in review, I see so many fun things that happened, and keeping life focused on the positives is really important.  For example, look at the 13th.  I get to work with these ladies every day.   That is an awesome, happy thing.  As you can see by the 4th, 14th, 9th and 25th I love animals.  Any moment spent with an animal is a good thing!  On the 1st I spent the evening with women that have been my friends now for 16 years.  I can say that it was a great way to start the month!!

Onto May!  May all our days be bright!