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Beast Burger

It’s a beast because it performs consistently well and WOWs.

Now, sure… you can buy the pre-made patties, throw them on the grill this weekend and call it a day.  I’m not beyond convenience.

But for an extra 2-5 minutes (no really, that’s it!) you can take burgers to a melt-in-your-mouth level.  Not to mention it’s almost always cheaper to buy ground beef as ground beef than a pre-made patty.  (Regardless if you’re buying it from the farmer or the store!)

Here’s my story: my children have been resistant to trying burgers (again).  We deal with some legitimate texture aversion so I haven’t pushed it.  The last time I asked my kids to try it, I got a “thank-you” bite out of it, but that was it.  You should know it was plain ole hamburger.  I didn’t make those burgers.

I made these burgers – with these few minor extra steps as detailed below – my texture-averted kid actually asked for a SECOND.  It’s a huge deal for her, because I know she’s not a big fan of the ground meat texture.  This tells me the flavor was ON POINT.

You see my thoughts?

Without further ado, here’s how you do it:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1tbl Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbl dried minced onion
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

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Dump all ingredients in bowl and mix well.  Y’all, hands work best.

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Work into patties.  Personally, I usually make 1 pound into about five burgers. You could easily make it into quarter-pounders if you preferred. Also… note how easy this would be to double or triple to suite the size and needs of your family or feast!

Note that the burgers do not have to be perfect. This is not about perfect looking burgers. This is about perfect tasting burgers.

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Grill to your preferred doneness.

Enjoy that beast burger.

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Summer Lovin’

Why I love summer:

Praise THE LORD school’s almost out.  I know there are lots of people that are anxious (or flat-out don’t like) summer vacation because they have to occupy their kids… or so they think… I’m a proponent of teaching them to self-occupy, but that’s another blog post for another day!  I miss my girl SO MUCH when she’s gone.  Her sister does, too.

That, and it means NO MORE PACKING LUNCHES.  I really hate doing it.  But I hate what they serve in the cafeteria more (and how much it costs!) so packing it is.  That, and I feel that I can convince her to eat well and a more diversified plate if she’s home.  She’s my texture-aversion kid, and for those of you who don’t know, part of getting them to conquer this anxiety is consistency, lots of affirmation, lots of experimenting… in other words, impossible to do for that middle meal for a whole 9 months. I have to give her whatever she’ll eat that whole time. I have to save up the work of coping with the fear for the evening meal, which can make for some stressful times. In other words… I would like to have another meal or time of day to deal with this! Looking forward to it!

The other thing I’m greatly looking forward to – my schedule permitting (I hate that I have to say that!) – is strawberry picking.  I’m looking for jelly/jam/preserve recipes for which I don’t have to use white sugar, and my hope is between strawberry and blueberry season I can manage to put up enough for a year! (And believe it or not, I think it can be done between the two seasons!)

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If you follow on instagram, you might have seen our chickens were moved to the tractor up in the orchard.  (For the record, this agriculture/homesteading venture is joint with family… so if you ever think this stuff seems so huge for one family to bite off, you’re RIGHT! We all have certain responsibilities, and most of us work another job… which is why we’re doing it together).  I think my unofficial job title is the animal husband-er.  I’m raising the chickens, and have plans for layers… and have my hopes on a pig, goat, sheep, dairy cow…. and the list goes on.

I’m ready “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver and I A-D-O-R-E it.  All locavores, or real foodies, or homesteaders should be required to read it.  Her chapter on her daughter’s chickens was spot on.  I agree with her, when she says she’s so glad that baby poultry don’t stay looking like this:

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They would be impossible to cull! Instead, they turn into moody teenagers, then into brutes that attack each other.  I am so humbled and thankful I get this experience of knowing where my food comes from.  These chickens are getting an incredible life (compared to the chickens raised commercially) and maybe it’ll all just be in my head, but I just KNOW the experience of eating them will be hands-down better.

Also on instagram, I excitedly presented some of my early carrot seedlings.  Gardening I can do, (no black thumb) but I’m still cautious and learning ALOT.  My mother-in-law’s thumb is so effortlessly green I think she just has to wave it around dirt and things magically sprout!  Needless to say, my little carrot seedlings I am so proud of!  Carrots take a long time to germinate, and you have to direct sow (no transplanting), which in my humble opinion, gives lots of room for things to go wrong.  At least when you start seeds indoors, you can pick which ones get transplanted, and get them established before you let the bunnies and deer anywhere near them.

I’m desperately trying to raise green beans again – which I LOVED growing last year, but the bunnies are killing me, here.  My mother-in-law has the right idea on her property: they installed a fabulous hoop house.  Duly noted, duly noted. I’m not sure my beans are going to make it unless I figure out a way to fence it all in.

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(Two years ago green beans!)

On top of raising our own food, we do buy into a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). (We don’t yet produce enough to be entirely self-reliant.) Basically, a farmer sells shares of his/her produce.  I bought a share, so every week I get 1 share’s worth of vegetables, and a little bit of fruit.  This is worth EVERY penny.  Aside from the locavore aspect – supporting a farmer in the community – this was the BEST way I learned to try new foods, and it felt risk-free since I already paid for the share.  It almost feels free. (It’s not, but it feels that way because you go to pick up your food every week and don’t leave any money behind!) My first “found” veggie – that I just had NO idea what it was, or what it tasted like – was garlic scapes.  I wrote up an explanation and recipe on it two years ago here.  I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR MY SCAPES!

Bag of scapes!

I hope what you hear here is EXCITEMENT.  Anticipation.  Never in my whole life did I enjoy summer until we started our homesteading venture.  This land explodes new life, new life which God allowed me to participate in growing.  The farmer plants the seeds, but God makes them grow.

Easy Summer Meal Plan

Hello, hello!

This week we have a nuts week – we won’t be home ANY evening this week, which means I had to figure out how to eat real, wholesome food, without spending much time cooking.

How do I plan on doing this?  Some of it is going to be this weekend – I’m making sure I’m stocked up on homemade bread, zucchini muffins, fruit leather, pale-O’s cereal.  I am making homemade yogurt, soaked granola.  I’m soaking beans for chili, and also to have around to throw in as an extra side for meals (read: Husband needs more calories. He will get some beans this week!).  I’m relying more on these snacks this week to fill in meals and inbetween meals since we’re short on time.

Sound like alot?  Here’s the best part … NOT REALLY.  With exception to the bread, muffins and cereal, they are ALL “prep and wait” recipes.  In other words, you might do the “first” step and then not have to come back to it for several hours.  (And truthfully, the bread is a little bit like that, too!)

So… I hope this helps you plan out an easy week when you know you’re week is going to be nuts with little time to do things from scratch.  Folks, it’s possible!

Sunday:

BREAKFAST: toast, egg/hashbrown casserole, fresh fruit of choice
LUNCH: big batch of chili!, smoothies (hidden greens!)
DINNER:  Healthy Chicken Nuggets, homemade coleslaw, side salad with the dressing from this recipe
EXTRAS: —

Monday:

BREAKFAST:soaked oatmeal, fresh fruit of choice, pastured cottage bacon
LUNCH:  turkey, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce in almond-flour wrap, steamed broccoli, apple slices
DINNER: fried rice loaded up on chicken, cabbage stir fry
EXTRAS: —

Tuesday:

BREAKFAST: scrambled eggs, smoothies (hidden spinach!), toast with this soaked bread
LUNCH: Peanut butter jelly sandwiches, roasted garlic scapes, apple slices
DINNER:  pan-fried/grilled chicken with this spice rub, carrot salad with yogurt, side salad with the dressing from this recipe
EXTRAS: soak flour for biscuits

Wednesday:

BREAKFAST: super berry smoothie, soaked biscuitshomemade breakfast sausage (I make a bunch at once, and then just pull out what I need from the freezer!)
LUNCH: sprouted pizza (using this dough recipe) + sauce and fresh mozzarella, fresh fruit of choice, *CSA Vegetable*
DINNER: Sloppy Joes (sub rapadura for brown sugar), *CSA Vegetable*
EXTRAS: —

Thursday:

BREAKFAST: scrambled eggs, smoothies (hidden veggies!), toast with this soaked bread
LUNCH: apples with peanut butter, grilled chicken topped with BBQ Sauce, *CSA Vegetable*
DINNER: chop salad, toast, fresh fruit of choice
EXTRAS:

Friday:

BREAKFAST: toast (from this soaked bread), homemade breakfast sausage, bananas + strawberries
LUNCH: leftover day!
DINNER: hot dogs with leftover chili, side salad with the dressing from this recipe  
EXTRAS: soak flour for bread

Saturday:

BREAKFAST: coconut flour pancakes with added blueberries, bacon
LUNCH: peanut butter sandwiches with homemade bread, fresh fruit, yogurt
DINNER: garlic chive green beans, tri-color sage potatoes, pomegranate-glazed baked chicken (I won’t roast a whole, maybe a half or pieces)
EXTRAS: bake bread,

Snacks:

zucchini muffins, sweet potato apple fruit leatherhomemade yogurt, soaked granolapale-O’s cereal

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