Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Grillin' it up!

I hadn't intended to blog this lunch item, but when all the girl's exclaimed that it was so good and that I had to make this regularly, then I decided that you needed to know about it. I quickly grabbed my camera before I devoured mine, so there are no pics of the process....sorry!

I realize that some of you might not want to fire up the grill in the middle of the day, so you can easily make your patties ahead of time or the night before.

I ran to the grocery store today and for some odd reason, after grabbing my eggs and heading to the register couldn't get the Swiss Cheese craving out of my mind as I passed all the dairy items....

I've been doing an Eat Clean challenge since February 1st. Do you hear me people.... NO Cheese, white sugar, sugary carbs, flour etc for about 8 weeks now.

I've had my cheat meals, but very few. I decided this past week, to go off the challenge, but not because I was tired of it, but it had already taken over our life, in a good way.

I had forced myself (and my family) to "Eat Clean" and so with out thinking, my menu and lifestyle recently changed easily to it. Because of that, I decided to take myself off the challenge, because I would just plan to "eat clean" always, and instead of having a "cheat day" (a day per week, you can eat anything you want), I would just monitor and limit what I eat that is not the greatest for you ;)

With that in mind, my absolute love of bread isn't an issue at the moment, and I find myself coming up with alternatives immediately for it. When I had a "burger" for the first time on the challenge, I just used lettuce to wrap the burger up in like a wrap, which I still love, but today I wanted to mix things up.....when I wanted Swiss cheese all of a sudden, I immediately wanted an ooey gooey cheese burger. So this is what I made....

For the patties-

2lbs ground beef
 salt to taste (maybe about 1tsp...I just sprinkle, so not exactly sure)
3TBLS Dijon mustard
1/4 of medium size sweet onion, finely chopped
1/2 of a jalapeno pepper finely chopped (I left some seeds for heat)
1 egg

Smush altogether and form into 8-10 patties (we don't make large ones)

Grill over medium heat for about 20min, continuing to flip. If you make ahead of time, make sure you leave your patties slightly pink in the center. I like to eat mine medium anyway, but if you are to reheat, you surely don't want to cook them all the way through on the grill first or you will have one dry burger when reheating.

After patties are done, I laid out a large flour tortilla, placing spinach and then a few slices of swiss cheese, then my patty. I didn't add any other condiment. To me, it didn't need it, with the mustard, pepper and onion in the meat; that was plenty of flavor and kept things juicy.

Fold up all sides the tortilla (meeting in the middle, like you would a corner of a present when wrapping), and place seam side down in a skillet heated with a drizzle of Olive Oil. Grill both sides until desired crispness and long enough for cheese to melt inside. Seam side will end up sticking closed.

Slice at an angle, serve with sweet potato fries and enjoy!  :)

This little one, is teething up a storm.....

and a strong little thing. I'll be back with an update soon, peeps!

Happy Hump Evening!

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's another Give-Away!!

Whoop Whoop!

I've been meaning to post about Dothan Nurseries for a few weeks now. Whew! My days have been full and once again, I sound like a broken record.....Just NOT enough time in the day :)

I'm not going to share too much, because I believe the pictures will give you a small taste of where you need to visit this weekend!

Dothan Nurseries is owned and operated by JD Boone. He and his wife Mindy, have two sons (one of which, I've secretly arranged a future marriage with one of our daughters), and are truly one of  the sweetest families I know.

I've been completely blessed by them personally, for having the opportunity over the last year to "play" at the Nursery. I know I've told y'all time and time again, that Dothan Nurseries has always been one of my favorite places to visit in Dothan. It is a sanctuary. And the more I've been involved there, the more I've seen how JD strives to make it that way for the community, and for his staff that work along side him. Speaking of which, it's hard to beat his staff..... such a wonderful group of people work for him. You will want to spend hours at Dothan Nurseries just to soak it all in!

When JD asked me to help him come "fluff" the showroom, I literally thought that it would probably be my biggest design/decorating challenge yet.... I mean, how do you make perfection better?!?!?

Please enjoy these photos, then meet me at the bottom for details on how you can enter to win something GREAT from this magical place....

 Dothan Nurseries is located at 1300 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan, Alabama. Springtime hours are M-F 9am-6pm and Sat 9am-5pm.

So are you ready to play???? To enter the drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to one of my favorite places, you must share this blog post on your Facebook page! If you share from my Facebook page you will not have to comment on this blog post with your info. If you share from this blog or from someone else's Facebook page, you must comment below with your name and email address for the drawing.

But wait, there is more! (I sound like an infomercial!)..... If you visit Dothan Nurseries before April 15th, and mention this blog post about them at the checkout, then you will receive 20% OFF one (1) regular priced item of your choice! Win Win!!

Drawing to be held Tuesday, April 1st @ noon!Please share all you want, but only one entry per person for drawing, and only one special 20% OFF discount per person.

Now, aren't you glad I made your weekend plans for you! Head on over there and enjoy!!

See you soon, peeps!

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