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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Burger Bake and Hellmann's Review

This post is a two for one, you get a review and a yummy recipe all rolled into one. Influenster just sent us a bottle of Hellmann's mayonnaise to review. Let me start by saying I love the new bottle design. Easy to squeeze, no mess, and nothing wasted. The Mayo is great with just enough tang and no sour taste. Just a good creamy mayo. With that out of the way, on to the food!

My kids love burgers but rarely do I have everything on hand to make them for just us on our average week night. So this recipe is for those nights when you are craving a good burger but don't have the fixings. You may notice from my photos we didn't even have buns or rolls, we used hot dog buns, and it still turned out great.

It's a pretty basic stack and bake recipe. Bun, meat, cheese, bun, glaze, bake, and devour! Enjoy!

1 pound lean ground beef
2 cups diced onion (about 1 whole onion)
1 (10-oz) can Diced Tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheese (whatever type your prefer)
12 dinner rolls

½ cup (8 tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Brown ground beef in a pan. We did not add any seasoning to the meat in this recipe, but if you like you should season as the meat browns. Add the onion (optional) and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and onions are golden. Stir in drained tomatoes until well combined. Place bottom half of buns in the prepared pan. Top with beef mixture and cheese. Finish off with the top half of the bun. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a sauce pan over medium heat until melted and combined. Pour over the buns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Makes: 12 burgers.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Graduation Money Origami

It's that time of year again, when school goers of all ages are graduating. So instead of just slapping some money in a card, I say why not have a little fun, origami style!

I had to search high and low to find a mortarboard (graduation cap) money origami that had the tassel included. These instructions are from Green Origami Gifts by Sy Chen, so unfortunately I can't post his step-by-steps directly.

These are actually really easy to fold, but if you are scared, practice with a piece of scrap paper before you fold the bill. Even though it has the tassel folded already, I decided to add some twine in school colors. Just a fun little touch and way cooler than just handing someone cash!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Carefree Liners Review

Time for another Influenster VoxBox, this one brought to us by Carefree®. For review this month we got to try out some panty liners as part of the #FreshisFierce campaign. I let 'A' try these out as well to give her opinion, so this one is a dual review.

As far as size, shape, and coverage these are great liners. The sticky backing covers the entire back to give a smooth adhesion. However, this doesn't prevent bunching up during physical activity. 'A' says she would not wear these to gym ever again.

Moisture absorption is fine but the plastic baking really traps humidity against the body making you feel very sweaty, which is not a comfortable thing.

Finally the surface of these is soft but with long term (day long) wear there is pilling on the surface, which is uncomfortable.

All in all I would say that for short term, low activity, or over night wear, these would be fine liners. Otherwise I would go with something else.

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The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Apple Pie Coleslaw

Spring to me means the beginning of salad season. We have some sort of salad with just about every meal during the warmer months so I've had to come up with some variety and surprises to having the normal boring tossed green salad every night. With that in mind, I thought I'd share one of our favorites.

Apple Pie Coleslaw
1 small head cabbage
1 large green apple
2 stalks celery
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
pinch Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or sour cream)
1 tsp. lemon juice

Shred or thinly chop cabbage. Cut apple and celery into small chunks. If your prefer, you may thinly slice apples. Place in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well coated. Serves appx 10.