The Overloaded Burger

May 19, 2013

In the last few weeks I’ve read a multitude of blogs and articles and posts and heard comments about being busy or overloaded or allowing things to distract us from our every day life. Where people complain about overload or offer tips to combat it or say it’s all about how you choose to set up your life. On the other hand there often is a reason for that busyness or overload and you might not have a lot of control.  Sometimes you read that stuff and you’re like, “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever, same old story, I know”.  But then some every day thing happens to you and suddenly, BINGO, it brings that point home for you personally. Because unless you can really see it in yourself, it doesn’t make much sense to you.

That happened to me the other day.

I went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries for lunch. If you order a burger with everything you get like 10 things on it and it is really good. But all that stuff doesn’t really fit inside the bun, so it falls out and it’s messy and if that’s what you want it’s great. Here is where I saw all those things I read come home to me. I could have an everything burger where things fall out and get really messy or I could choose just a few toppings and still have a really great burger, but it wouldn’t be so messy and I’d be able to handle it. I know there are times when I will have to eat that everything burger, but there will be other times when I can choose to not put so much on so that I can handle it better. I’ll be able to know that if I do have everything on my burger, I’ll be able to pick up the pieces individually at the end.

Now I’m hungry.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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I Love You Mom!

May 12, 2013

It doesn’t get said every day, but it is felt always. I Love You Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Delinquent blogger confession

March 27, 2013

Yes, I know I’ve been a delinquent blogger. As an interim entertainment option for my family: Someone’s always watching to see what will happen. Stay tuned.


Georgia is watching you!

Chili con Carne

September 19, 2012

This slow cooker Chili con Carne* recipe has been popular, so time to post it. I’ve made a number of modifications and it’s a little different every time I make it. I usually cut things in half because I have a smaller slow cooker. [I’ll add my own comments along the way.]

Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne

Works in slow cookers from 3 1/2 to 6 quarts


1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 lbs trimmed stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes [Or 1 lb for a smaller recipe]

2 onions, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp dried oregano leaves, crumbled [Substitute basil if you don’t like oregano]

1  cinnamon stick [First time I made this I didn’t have cinnamon sticks so I used nutmeg]

1 tsp cracked black peppercorns

2 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted [I don’t usually have cumin seeds, so I add powdered cumin]

1 cup beef stock

1 cup lager or pilsner beer [Just use the whole bottle]

2 cans red kidney beans, rinsed, drained [1 can works for my smaller recipe]

1 tbsp ancho chili powder or 1/2 tsp cayenne dissolved in 2 tbsp lime juice [I use juice of a whole lime]

1 jalapeno pepper or chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced [I’m not a fan of really spicy, so I may just leave these out]

2 poblano or Anaheim chiles or green bell peppers, diced [I like Hungarian or Red peppers, not Green]

Garnishes [I rarely have these around]

Finely chopped cilantro

Sour Cream

Chopped red onion

Roasted red pepper strips


1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine flour and salt. Add beef and toss until evenly coated, discarding excess flour mixture. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add beef, in batches, and cook, stirring, adding more oil as necessary, until browned, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and toasted cumin and cook stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware. Add beer and beans and stir well.

3. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on  High for 4 to 5 hours, until beef is tender. Add chili powder solution, jalapeno pepper and poblano peppers and stir well. Cover and cook on High for 20-30 minutes, until fresh peppers are tender. Discard cinnamon stick. Serve with garnishes of your choice.

* From “The Healthy Slow Cooker” by Judith Finlayson © 2006 Judith Finlayson

Shedding Season: A Toe to Head Journey

September 8, 2012

Dogs shed, it’s a fact of life, unless you have some form of doodle or a hairless *shudder* dog. And German Shepherds are especially prolific shedders, but it’s also fun to pull those tufts out, it’s so easy. Of course, the dog is not quite so happy about it. Georgia puts up with it for about a minute before she’s done with you and tries to get away.

Today, I think we are almost done with this round of shedding that started in late May. That’s 4 months of Georgia bunnies all over the house, wisps on the carpet, numerous vacuum cleaner bags, visible hair in the air in the sunbeams.

The hair works its way out from the rear to the front, from toe to head.

June – seriously unkempt rear end.


Pulling it out huge amounts at a time.


July – the vacuum cleaner can hardly keep up.


August – after a dog bath, looks like it’s dissipating.


September – head tufts, this is it, right?


Hopefully, we’ve reached the end for a few months until the next shedding season starts, probably around December or January, when that heavy winter undercoat needs to come in and pushes out the summer coat that is there now.

My Electronic Vampires – photo evidence

August 24, 2012

I spent some time with my nearly 13 year old nephew and 10 year old niece this summer. A weekend at their house and a week at the summer estate of my parents in Michigan. Ok, it’s not an estate and my parents live there year round, but you get the idea. It was a chance for some of the family to get together and the kids to see their grandparents and hang out and go swimming and go for walks and such. Oh, and also to play with my iPad and iPhone.

On the one hand, I didn’t spend too much time getting distracted by my devices and the Internet which gave me a chance to relax. On the other hand, these electronic vampires drained those batteries faster than you could exsanguinate a body.

However, I found some interesting evidence left behind.

From the Daily Monster app:




From my photos:







I think there might be a budding artistic type in my family!

I created a tumblr

June 6, 2012

I realized that the fun photos (well, I think they are fun) I take via Instagram are hidden away from my friends and family who aren’t on Twitter or Facebook. I discovered I can post those photos directly from Instagram to Tumblr. So, voilà!



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