Stuffed Burgers

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Hey Everyone!

This is Christopher Wiehl (Sara’s fiance) coming at you today with a new segment to the site called, “I think I know what I’m doing”. This segment is of the things I do, either cooking or crafting, that I’m taking a stab at and it might come out great, or horrible. Basically, I do the messing up for you!

This week Sara and I had some friends over for some Hamburgers. I didn’t want to serve them plain basic burgers, so I stuffed em up!

Whatcha Need:

1lbs Hamburger: 85%-15%

Burger Meat
5 strips of Bacon (or however much)

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1 Onion
1 Bell Pepper

Pepper Onion
1 Cup (or so) Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 Package of American Single Cheese
Package of Hamburger Buns

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Weber Chicago Steak seasoning

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Fixings (ketchup, mayo, whateva)

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400degrees

2. Lay your bacon out on a baking sheet (with raised edges) (you can also put aluminum foil for easy clean up).

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3. When the oven is heated, throw in the bacon for about 9 minutes

While you are waiting for the bacon to cook, you can do some other preparation.

4. Cut the peppers and onions into small cubes to put in the burgers

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5. Weigh out the ground beef to make balls of 1/4-1/3 lbs of burger.

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6. Take the balls of meat and cut them into two even pieces.

7. Cut some sheets of parchment / wax paper into squares to help with the pressing of the burgers

8. Take a half of the meat and put it in between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten with hand or rolling pin. Do the same with the other side.

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9. Take the bacon and break it into small pieces and place on one-half. Put onions, peppers, and cheese on top.IMG_20150720_165206

10. Take the other half of meat and put on top of the filled piece and push edges closed. Flip over the burger and form with hands into a nice patty.

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11. Don’t forget to put seasoning on it!

12. Start your grill. Grill the patties over the flame for about 4-5 minutes then flip and cook for 2. Add cheese and put to the side of the grill.

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13. Grill your buns if you wish.

DONE.

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That is it guys. Check out the video below on a visual look on how to make these awesome patties! I cannot wait to make more!

Christopher Wiehl

The best ever {Strawberry Jam}

Last weekend we finally made it to the U-Pick strawberry farm just in time to pick {the very last strawberries}. We’ve been so busy this summer, but I was determined to get there before the strawberry picking “season” came to an end. We made it just in time, it was like playing “Where’s Waldo” … I wasn’t leaving empty handed!

I’ve been trying to come up will all different ways to use our fresh picked strawberries and decided to give homemade jam a try. It was pretty easy and tasted amazing!!

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The best ever *Strawberry Jam*

  • 4 cups of freshly picked strawberries
  • 4 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
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  • Mix the sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan on low heat until it melts and gets bubbly.IMG_20150705_154304878
    Cut up the strawberries into little chunks so it’s easier to boil down.
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  • Next, mix in the chunks of strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice. Make sure to stir frequently.
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  • Meanwhile, bring the jars to a boil in a big pot to get them ready for the hot jam and canning process.
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  • After the strawberry mixture has boiled for about 25-30 minutes or until it reaches 220 degrees, check to see if it sticks to the spatula without falling right off and has a jelly consistency. If it does, then it’s ready to be put into jars.
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  • Make sure to leave about 1/2 inch at the top of each jar to allow enough air to escape during the canning process.
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  • Bring the jars back to a boil in the pot for about 5 more minutes. You will begin to see the air bubbles come out of the top.

Allow the jars to cool completely for a couple of hours. You can check the seal on the jars by first seeing if the indent on the top is pushed in. Secondly, you can unscrew the jar lid and carefully lift up on the disc. If that does not come off, they’re sealed. Once the jars and jelly are set you can refrigerate or freeze & Enjoy!

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Easy Apple Crisp

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Well it’s officially fall in Central New York, and boy is it feeling like it! Have you gone apple picking yet? What is your favorite kind of apples? Our favorite is the Honey Crisp, it’s so crispy, juicy and sweet! We enjoy Honey Crisp the most for eating. For baking we usually pick out some Cortland too.

There are so many different recipes that use apples, but apple crisp has to be the one I make the most during the fall time! And that’s mostly because it’s quick and easy to make. This recipe will taste better than any other apple crisp you’ve made before and you can be sure to impress!! Trrrust me!

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For the Crisp You will need:

1 box of YELLOW cake mix

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup butter or margarine (softened but not melted)

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp Cinnamon

4 large apples or 6 small

(For the Cinnamon Sprinkle: 1/3 cup white sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon to sprinkle on top of the apple slices. )
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First, you will need to peal the apples. Then cut them into equal size slices.

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Divide the apples into two separate layers. Sprinkle both of the layers lightly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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Then mix the cake mix, softened 2 sticks of butter, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a big bowl until well combined. I use a baking blender (as shown in the photo) to mix this all together and make the crispy topping crumbly. If you don’t have one, I urge you to consider purchasing one, you will use it more often than you’d think for baking, but if you don’t want to, that’s okay too just make it crumble using a fork to break it apart.
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Layer the crumble topping on top of the apple slices and bake at 350 degrees for about 25minutes or until the apples are soft and the outside is just lightly browned.

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Enjoy warm with some vanilla ice cream or cool whip!

 

~Quick Bread: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Fall is officially here in upstate New York { if you ask me} . The leaves are changing color and the days are getting colder & shorter. As much as I will miss the sunny summer, I am so ready for the fall time. Something about a cold fall day screams time crank up the oven and get the house warm with some fresh baked goodies.

Today, I baked this lovely quick bread, you know the kind that doesn’t involve using yeast. Anything that is easier is better in my book, especially if it still tastes amazing. This bread is sweet and fluffy, much of the texture of a cake. Mmm it’s the perfect fall time treat.
Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Ingredients

    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cinnamon Swirl:
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the Crumble Topping:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
For the Simple Glaze:
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water

1. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:  flour, sugars, baking powder and baking soda with a whisk until evenly distributed.
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2. Add oil, mix until small lumps begin to form.  Then add the sour cream, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Mix just until batter begins to form, do not over mix. (Batter will appear lumpy, and that is okay!)

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3. Now for the cinnamon swirl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
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4. Add 1/3 of the batter to the bread pan, then layer 1/2 of the cinnamon swirl on top of it. Take another 1/3 of the batter and do the same thing.
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5. Add the rest of the remaining batter on top of that. Now time to prepare the cinnamon crumble. Mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Use a pastry blender to cut in the soften butter until a nice crumbly texture appears.
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If you don’t have one, that’s okay. Mix together then shift it using a fork.

6. Add the crumble on top of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for about 65 minutes. Or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.
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7. Once it’s all done baking allow it to cool for a few minutes. In the mean time mix up the glaze. Pour it into a zip-lock baggy and cut a small section off the corner of it to squeeze onto the warm bread {just before serving}.
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The cinnamon swirls bake all by themselves.

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This bread makes the perfect fall dessert. I Hope you enjoy this lovely treat as much as we did!

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Recipe was found originally on Pinterest. I borrowed it from the blog of: http://www.somethingswanky.com/cinnamon-swirl-quick-bread/

Bath and Body Works *Sale*

Bath & Body Works happens to be one of my favorite stores. I am addicted (yes, I’ll be the first to admit I have a slight problem) to buying their body products, as well as their home products because they’re always having a sale!

Going on right now throughout next Sunday (September 21st) is their [2 for $22] 3-Wick candle sale! This is my most favorite sale they have, because it’s like buying one candle and getting one free. Then, to top that all off you get can each additional candle for only $11. You can combined this sale with any coupons you have. I bought 3 candles on sale and then used my coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase and my total come to just under $24.00!!!

Want to know why I love BBW candles so much? Well- first off… it’s because they smell amazingg!! I’m serious! And they smell even better when their burning. I also love how they fill the entire room with the lovely scent, just kidding, they fill my entire down stairs! They also burn evenly because they have 3 wicks. These candles last a while too. I usually buy certain scents for each season and they usually last past that!

My current favorite obsession is the smell of cinnamon & pumpkin. Their Hierloom Pumpkin is just that with a hint of nutmeg. MMM mmm MMM it smells just like fall time.

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Some of my other personal favorites for all year, are what I like to call “man candles” .. because they smell like a mans cologne. I’m talking like… Abecrombie & Fitch.. you can’t walk by that store without taking in a breath of handsome hunk-ness! Well if your like me, then this candle for you is called {{ Mahogany Teakwood }} trust me you wont be disapointed!! My other favorites are Citron Cedarwood, Bergamod Woods and Flannel! You’ll thank me later!😉
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Happy shopping & great sales!

 

 

Review: EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream

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I’ve had my eyes on this new shaving cream since it hit the shelves at Wal-Mart. The EOS brand is famous for their lip-balm. The kind that comes in a circle ball, you have probably seen them in the checkout line… if you haven’t tried them yourself they’re super moisturizing and come in many different flavors.

So, I’ve been thinking to myself.. if the lip balms are so great the shaving cream must be too. The only thing holding me back was the price, while $3.50 is cheap, it’s twice as much as most of the other brands. And to be honest, I wanted to spend my money elsewhere (than on a product used to shave my legs).

A few weeks went bye, and my shaving cream at home ran out… so I decided to give it a try. At first I noticed a pretty pleasant smell, and an ever so soft, so rich shaving cream that came out of a pump. While applying it to my legs it felt nice, but like I said rich.. So you need to use twice as much as you normally would of the leading kind. When shaving the cream gets clogged in my razor, which is annoying when your in a rush and have to keep rinsing it under the water. It did leave my legs soft, but not any softer than normal.

With that said, I will not be buying this product again. I find myself annoyed by how thick it is, and how many times I need pump out the product, which gets stuck I might add from the thickness of the product, that the cons out way the pros (great smell, rich cream). And like I said.. this stuff is not cheap compared to other brands. It’s a “No Go” for me.

{Cherry-Pie} Cookie Bars

Love a homemade cherry pie and baked sugar cookies? Then you will die for these Cherry-Pie Cookie Bars!
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Mmm mmm mmm the buttery-sugary dough taste amazing with just a touch of almond. Cherry pie filling and a glaze frosting. To die for!!! Perfect for summer time. So much easier to make than baking a homemade pie, yet has all the yummy flavor. Trust me, you’ve got to try these! You can whip them up in just under 20 minutes!

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Ingredients:

Bars~

  •  1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (if unsalted butter is used)
  • 1  1/2 (21oz) cans of Cherry Pie filling

Glaze Topping~

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix together butter and sugar until fluffy.|
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  2. Add eggs one at a time, vanilla and almond extract, and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Then mix in dry ingredients slowly, until well blended.
  4. Prepare a 9X13 baking pan. I recommend using parchment paper to line the pan. This makes it so much easier to take out once cooled and cut into nice squares.
  5. Use 2/3 of the batter and line the bottom of the pan with it. Smooth it out so its nice and even.
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  6. Add the cherry pie filling on top.
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  7. Use the remaining dough and spoon balls of it on top of the pie filling.
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  8. Bake for about 3o minutes or until lightly golden brown.
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  9. Allow to cool completely. Once cooled prepare the glaze topping.
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  10. Blend together until you get the consistency you like. For easy application I use a plastic ziplock baggie over a cup, then pour the glaze into it.
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  11. Ziplock the baggie up, cut a small corner off and use
    to glaze the top of the cherry-pie bars!
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    * You can try this same recipe with many other pie fillings too! My other personal favorite its blueberry and lemon extract (instead of almond) Just as amazing!!*

4th of July * Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Have you ever tried a cookie cake before? It’s a big giant cookie with frosting on top. Mmm Mmm Mmm it’s soft and chewy and taste so yummy.

For the 4th of July I made a flag themed one for dessert. (It would also be great on Flag Day or Memorial Day.)
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I used blueberries around the entire outside and for the stars. Then I cut up strawberries for the red stripes.

Here’s what you will need to make your own:
1 – 2lb. Toll House cookie dough (I used chocolate-chip but you could use sugar as well)1- 8oz. of cream cheese (softened)
1- 8oz.  frozen cool-whip (thawed)
4- squares white chocolate (melted)
1-  cup confectionery sugar

Preheat oven to 350.
First roll out the cookie dough on a cookie sheet. I slice the cookie dough roll into circles and arranged on a cookie sheet. Then using wax paper, I roll over the cookie dough until smooth. (Don’t roll to the edges as the cookie will get bigger while it bakes.) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
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Take out of oven and allow the cookie to cool completely (about an hour). The cookie will continue to bake while its cooling down, so it’s important not to over bake it in the oven. Hey now, we want a soft and chewy cookie after all.

While the cookie is baking lets mix up the frosting. Using a mixer beat the soften cream cheese and melted white chocolate together until fluffy. Then mix in half of the cool-whip with the beaters and slowly add in the confectionery sugar. Once all of that is mixed together with beaters hand mix in the rest of the cool whip. Allow to refrigerate while the cookie is cooling. This will help harden the frosting.

After the cookie is completely cooked you can frost it.
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Then add the blueberry boarder
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Slice the strawberries
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And add them to the flag for stripes
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With the remaining frosting you can pipe some white stripes between the strawberries.

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And there you have it.🙂

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*Red, White & Blue* Themed Mantel

With 4th of July in just a week away I thought I would share with you my DIY *Red, White and Blue* themed mantel in our living room. It’s perfect for both memorial day throughout the 4th of July!

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On the mantel I have a few picture frames, our initials “C&S” for Christopher & Sara, and a candle pillar. To add the special red, white and blue touch I picked up a few things at our local Joann’s.
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I found this really cute star made out of grapevine and I thought it would be perfect to take the place of the wreath I normally would make to hang on the front the mirror.  I also found a smaller star (red, white and blue) to hang in the middle of this one to add a little color. Next, I am going to show you how I made the star banner. It’s so easy to make, no one would ever guess it was homemade. I found some red, white and blue paper in the scrapbook isle. I cut out some stars to attach to the banner.
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 I cut out some burlap paper into the banner shape (7 to be total). Then fold the back down enough to hot glue the string behind it.

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Once that is done you can flip it back over and hot glue your cut out star shapes to the front. Color coordinating red, white then blue.

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Hang this up in the center of your mantel.

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I found this FREEDOM wood sign at Joann’s as well. Snatched this baby up 70% off! I love a great sale.

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This cute mini pillow is hung from one of the picture frame, adds just enough color to the left side of the mantel. Sometimes I think less is more. 

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This 4th of July themed candle is one the right side. On the candle are all differnt words that describe that special day, such as fireworks, bbq, picnics, america, freedom, and so on.
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Just a couple small things make a big difference. ENJOY!

Ruby Red Rose Martini

Here is anther yummy drink just in time for summer.

{RUBY RED MARTINI}
Oh yeahh, this is a sweet and savory drink you can enjoy all summer long. It’s a twist on the classic “Shirley Temple” using Red Moscato Wine.

A while back I ordered one of these at the bar, and learned that a truely classic Shirley temple is made with ginger ale and not a lemon-lime soda.  And if your like me you’re probably wondering why.. the reason behind that was because… Shirley Temple was a “ginger” of course! Well, now that makes a whole lot of sense!

When I was younger I used to order these all the time (because it was the only cool looking non-alcoholic drink, oviously, oh and it tasted yummy!). Something about sweet cherries and bubbly soda{mmm mmm mmm}.

Now as I get older I would rather something a bit more refreshing to sip on while laying in the hot sun. The Red Moscato Wine does just the trick, now the drink is not overly sweet.

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For two Martini’s you will need:

  • 4 oz Red Moscato Wine
  • 4 0z Ginger Ale
  • 1  oz Cherry Juice or Rose Grenadian
  • some Maraschino cherries and slice lemons for garnish

You can use a bar shaker if you have one and shake up the wine, cherry juice and ice. If you don’t that is okay too, just stir the wine and Grenadian together. Then add the ginger ale slowly and top off with some cherries and add a lemon for a garnish.
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If you want to make this ahead of time in a pitcher you can do that as well. One bottle of wine, a half liter of ginger ale and 4 oz of cherry juice should do the trick.😉

* Add cut up slices of lemons to a muffin pan and fill with water then freeze it and add to your pitcher to keep your Red Ruby’s colder for longer.

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