24 July 2014

Horseradish Burgers

We sort of got in a rut around here -- cooking and eating the same old thing over and over and over again. And I for one, got a little tired of it. Since I had a stack of older cooking magazines that I had never really looked through, just sitting in my pantry, I dug them out recently, flipped through the pages and found a few new recipes to toss into the mix. A little something new never hurt anyone, right? We've tried rhubarb pancakes {which were awesome} and some different barbecue sauced chicken recipes, too.

But the one thing we love, and are always on the look-out for are good burger recipes.

As much as I love a burger, there has to be something a little ... special about it. Whether its mixing bbq sauce in the meat, and covering the burger with bacon and pepperjack cheese, or stuffing the inside of the burger with cream cheese and sliced jalapenos {which is one of my favorites} -- we like our burgers zesty and with a little kick.

So I was pretty excited when, in those magazines, I found a Rachael Ray recipe for some horseradish sauce. Although it was shown as a dipping sauce for some fries beside the burger, I knew it would honestly go better on TOP of the burger. And that's just what we did -- a little cheese, some romaine -- and a spoonful {or four} of that creamy kick!



1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 TBSP dry breadcrumbs
1 cup sour cream
2 rounded TBSP horseradish
1/4 cup finely chopped chives

Mix the applesauce and breadcrumbs together and let sit for 10 minutes. Then stir in the sour cream, chives and horseradish. Season with some salt and pepper, and load it onto those burger buns!

Beware -- this recipe makes a lot of sauce! So unless you have a houseful of people, you'd be best to cut it in half or even thirds! I stored the rest in the fridge, and plan to serve it up alongside some steak later this week!

If you are looking for something fun to dress your burger up with this weekend, you should really try this sauce. I don't think you'll regret it!

22 July 2014

Gilligan Should Have Packed Ice Cream

Man Crates recently contacted me to write a post about my 4-5 do-or-die essentials I would want/need anywhere I may be in order to "survive" -- and since I often find myself daydreaming {usually while the kids are throwing epic tantrums over absolutely trivial things}about being stranded on a beach-y deserted island, a la Gillian's Island, I thought, "Why not?!". I've noticed a few other bloggers who took the "items I just can't live without" approach, but I decided to go a different route.

So you see, if I was stranded on a desert island, and just so happened to have packed my "survival" essentials to bring along, because, you know -- everyone plans for the just-in-case situations these days -- here's what I would make sure to bring along:

1. Mint Chip Ice Cream. Seriously -- a lifetime supply. I can live without meat, if I have to. I could do without bread, even though its one of my major weaknesses. But a life {or a year -- however long it takes someone to find me!} without that minty delicious-ness? That's just cruel.

2. An endless library's worth of books on kindle {and an endless battery, of course!} Heck, I would take that here at home as it is, as long as I had all the time in the world to read. Of course, my kids don't let that happen these days ... so its okay when a battery dies and I need time to charge it. But on the beach? Let me read forever!

3. This water filtration pen. Sure, ManCrates said matches weren't necessary. But I'm on the beach. Surrounded by water. I can eat all the fish I want. Have all the ice cream at my disposal. But what am I going to drink? The crystal clear water {after it's filtered, of course!}!

4. A Hammock. Some days, there is nothing better than hanging a hammock, laying back with something cold to drink, and enjoying the little breeze as the sun goes down.

5. My Nike Flip Flops. It may sound crazy ... but these things are super comfortable. I've had the same pair since college -- they last forever! Great beach wear, easy walking footwear in case I decide to "discover" where I'm stranded ... and they are sturdy enough to kill a decent sized bug. Win-Win in my book!

With a water filtration device, I could eat my ice cream {and fish} and drink water til the cows came home. Kick back in a comfy place to enjoy the breeze and the view, read endless books, and just enjoy. I'm sure I'd miss my family -- it really would be mighty quiet compared to my house. But wi-fi connection might just be a little too much to ask. After all, I'm requiring a never-ending kindle battery {Amazon ... get on that!} so we better not get too greedy, right?!


Man Crates is a great new company who have compiled a few "gift boxes" to send to men, or any survivalist/beer drinking/athletic women who might be interested, all sent in a wooden crate. Instead of your every day "another necktie?!" or coffee mug with a kid's face on it type of gift, these crates are stuffed with all the jerkies your beef {and other meat} eater could enjoy. Barware, shaving gear, and some pretty awesome "Zombie Apocalypse" survival crates. There's a little something for everyone! Check 'em out the next time you need a gift for that man in your life who already has everything!

21 July 2014

A Laid Back Kind of Weekend

I've really gotten used to these laid-back, no-plans, stay-at-home kind of weekends we've been having lately. While normally I would love to get out and about, as I am *not* a homebody, the weather has cooperated for the most part, and there is always plenty of cleaning around here to do to keep me busy if I should get "bored". So, we kept the pattern going this weekend, and outside of church, and a couple minor errands, stuck around the house. We played outside and enjoyed the cool, breezy weather. We played in the sand. We cleaned and watched movies. And Sunday?! Well, Sunday we did NOTHING. We went to church, visited my father-in-law at work, and all napped in the afternoon. No cleaning. No nothing. It was nice! But today is Monday ... which means back to "normal" -- cleaning, errands, and Lord knows what else!

18 July 2014

Blogmopolitan Quiz pt. 3

It's been a pretty laid back week around here. We haven't done much of anything, other than enjoy the sunshine, and get out the play-doh, leaving us with little inspiration for writing. It's life ... sometimes it just happens. So I figured, why not play along with Erin and have a little fun before the weekend kicks off?! She's got her third installment of the Blogmopolitan Quiz up on her blog, so if you'd like, snag it, fill in your answers, and post to "play along"!

Seriously, put me on the beach ANYWHERE, and I'll be happy forever. {As long as it has a public library, and plenty of mint chip ice cream!}

17 July 2014

Currently ...

This month, we are: 

Counting down the days until we are heading to Maine for a week. We're looking forward to seeing family, and friends, cooling off in the less-humid weather, and enjoying our time in town. We have a few things planned for our time there, and cannot wait!

Going To library story time! Finally! It only took us until the next-to-last week of this summer's already short program to get there, but we managed to make it and enjoy a few stories and a coloring project. The kids are already looking forward to next week's party!

Listening to Pandora non-stop these days. I turn it on when I'm in the shower. When I'm cooking dinner. And whenever I'm not listening to it, the kids are asking to take my phone so they can turn it on and listen, too. We're a country music loving family, what can I say?!

Picking lots of blueberries. Our neighbor has a bush they have told us to help ourselves to, since they don't eat the berries themselves. We went one day last week and got 10 cups of berries from half the bush. And haven't checked it much since. So yesterday S and I went to take a look, and wound up picking 12 cups in a matter of minutes, and barely making a dent! Yum!

Reading lots of good stuff lately. A combination of stuff I already have at home, a few new books, and some library books, as well. Currently, I'm reading MWF Seeking BFF -- its cute and funny and real easy going. A good summer read without being cheesy and lust-lit-like.

Sleeping together in S's room during thunderstorms. Although she has a full sized memory foam mattress, with two bed-hog toddlers, and a Mama in there, its not always the most comfortable situation. And of course, the kids think its an excuse to stay awake all night talking and giggling ... and then wake up cranky when the sun rises!

Watching Netflix, for the most part. M has been turning it on for movies lately, a lot, but I'm more the "whole tv series" type of person. I have to admit, we haven't finished Orange is the New Black, even though we both are enjoying it. Slow and steady, so it lasts a little bit, I guess. But I have been watching a lot of Heartland {a good Canadian tv show}. And the kids love that they can watch Arthur or Curious George anytime they want!