Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

Or is it?

I could NOT get to sleep last night. At all. Finally, around 2:00 am, I awoke, ran to the bathroom and puked my brains out. Ugh. Then proceeded to be in the bathroom (ok, TMI--with one end or the other in the toilet) for the next four hours. Finally fell asleep around 6:00, woke up at 8:00 and am at work. I work from home, so it is all good. My tummy still feels cartwheely, but I'm thinking (and hoping) the worst is over. There go my big plans to go to Walmart tonight. I don't think it was food poisoning as there was no pain, plus I've heard there's one of those 12 hour stomach bugs going around.

To top it off, my boss' mom had a stroke they think. She rushed out of the office right after our day started. So please, any prayers, good thoughts, mojo, you can spare. My boss and her family are some of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet.

My highlight today is the fact DH is going to the family cabin this weekend with his cousin and uncles. I'll miss him, but am looking forward to a weekend of reading, snacking and just all around "do whatever the heck I want" ness.

On another positive note, I lost 2.2 lbs over the past two weeks. I'm really trying to eat better. I have about 50 lbs to lose. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TMTT-Stuffed Border Burgers

I missed TMTT, I love blogs for recipes! Go visit everyone and see all the yummies they came up with! Lisa's post is about her friend's lasagna. We had lasagna too this weekend. MMM!

Ok, a disclaimer here. I did not follow this recipe exactly.

I did make the TexMex sauce, but didn't like it...I'm a plain ole ketchup and mustard gal or flavored mayo gal when it comes to my burger...oh, I do like pizza sauce if I'm making Italian Burgers. So I didn't use that. I don't know if it was the combo of sour cream and ketchup or what.

I also did not use the olives, as we don't like olives.

I also did not stuff the burgers, but mixed everything together and topped it with the cheese. For some reason I found it difficult to make 12 burgers from 1.5 lbs of ground beef (one for the bottom, one for the top).

Stuffed Border Burgers
Southern Living magazine, May 2004
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 (4.25-ounce) can chopped ripe olives, drained (omitted)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning
6 (1-ounce) slices Monterey Jack cheese with peppers (sold as Pepperjack round here)
6 onion rolls, split and toasted
Tex Mex Secret Sauce (recipe follows)
Toppings: shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, guacamole

Combine first 6 ingredients.
Shape mixture into 12 (4-inch) patties.
Fold cheese slices into quarters; place cheese on each of 6 patties.
Top with remaining 6 patties, pressing to seal edges.
Grill, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until done.
Serve on rolls with Tex-Mex Secret Sauce and desired toppings.
Makes 6 servings

Tex Mex Secret Sauce
Southern Living, May 2004
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup ketchup
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
Stir together all ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes 1 cup

Long time no see!

Hi All!

I've been MIA, I know. It's because life got in the way. Work has been super busy, which is great with this economy. I had my breast lump surgery in January, which turned out to be benign (not cancer). DH was laid off, but they are hoping it is temporary. So things have been hectic!