Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Recap - Garage & Birthdays

We've had another busy weekend....two birthdays and one garage project.

Here's what we've been up to:

Garage Project - Tutorial to come later this week.

Gavin - 3.5 months


Brandon & Carrie

Grant & Ashley

My sister - the birthday girl

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Home Help - Office Placement

I'm sure you are all wondering what our new house looks like - and I promise to start showing rooms as we get them completed.  Right now, I need help in choosing which spare bedroom to turn into an office.  Patrick has a lot of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia and he can't wait to put together a Redbirds office. 

Here is what our bedroom layout looks like:

The blue room on the left is the guest bedroom and the blue room on the right is the master bedroom.  The orange is the hallway and the green and purple rooms are what we are trying to decide what to do with.  We want to use one room now for an office and the other room will *eventually* become a nursery.  The big question is, which room should be which?  Patrick & I have differing opinions, so I'm asking for your opinion.  Which room would you use for the office and why?

Thanks for your advice!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jucy Lucy Burger

Last week I showed you a picture of this burger Patrick crafted.  Today, I wanted to share with you the recipe for this masterpiece.

It all started a couple weeks ago at Kohls.  I had some Kohls cash to spend and was browsing the kitchen aisle when I came across this:

A burger-stuffing press?  How cool!  A couple years ago, Patrick & I went to Minnesota for a wedding.  While we were there, we had the opportunity to eat at The Nook which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives. The Nook is famous for a cheese-stuffed burger they call the Jucy Lucy.  I knew I just had to purchase this press for Patrick.
The press is super easy to use.  The instructions are on the back:

I'm sure everyone has their own special burger recipe.  Patrick mixed 1 pound of hamburger with 1 egg, some breadcrumbs, worcestershire sauce, minced onion, some other spices...for an exact recipe you can check out this burger from  We used slices of Velveeta cheese inside the burger but you can be creative with your stuffings.

The key to the Jucy Lucy is to make sure that all the sides are firmly closed.  You can make this burger without the press, you just need to be careful to thoroughly seal all edges of the burger.  If you don't have all the seams closed, there could be a cheese explosion on the grill!

Also - these burgers are HUGE!  The press makes a 3/4 lb burger.  This is one stuffed burger next to a normal 1/4 pound burger.  When grilling the burgers, there is one important step.  After the burgers are flipped, you will want to pierce the top of each burger.  This allows steam from the melting cheese to escape the burger.  This will also help minimize any chances of a cheese explosion.

There you have it: a yummy cheese-stuffed burger!
Patrick thought the burger was delicious and, like the name implies, it was super juicy.  


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Get Organized in August

Happy August!  I can't believe we are already half way through the year!

In case you need a reminder, here are the tasks I am currently working on:

April 22 - Swap out winter decor for spring decor. (I'm considering this one complete - see my post about my front porch decor.)
May 8 - Shoe Parking! Many families take shoes off at the door to avoid tracking outside dirt into the house and onto carpets. A bench with a handy shoe rack makes it easy for family and guests to stop and remove shoes before going further into the house. (Still working on this one, I purchased a small bench, but not sure if I have the right spot for it.  I'm thinking of doing something in the coat closet for shoes.)

May 17 - Open that mail right over the recycle bin. Handling mail sometimes leads to stacks here and stacks there. So when you bring it into the house, sort it immediately. Shred anything that has personal information on it and recycle the rest. Keep any bills or important mail in a separate file. (Also working on this one.  I am looking for a good mail tray - let me know if you have any suggestions!)

May 24 - Organizing the car is something we let slide while we take care of our house and families. Containerize loose items so things don't fall out when you open the door.

June 17 - Create a kitchen annex. Store seldom used appliances and serving pieces together in a closet. If you don't use it regularly, it shouldn't be taking up valuable real estate in the kitchen. (Working on this one - waiting on some shelving units for the basement.)

June 19 - Manage your money. Some simple things to keep on top of your finances are balancing your checkbook, paying a couple of bills each evening, reconciling your credit card statement, reviewing that bank statement for errors and filing your weekly receipts. These simple tasks give you a good view of your finances. (Done!  I created a finance binder and Patrick & I just went over our July expenses.  He liked to point out all the trips I made to Target....ooops!  We also hashed out a budget for the month of August based on what we spent in July.  I would totally recommend reviewing your finances at least monthly.  It was a real eye opener to see everything written down on paper.)

June 26 - Clean out your old makeup in your cosmetic drawer. There are items that should be replaced frequently, such as mascara. It should be replaced every 3 months for safety sake.

July 8 - Straighten up your garage as much as possible. Then sweep it.
July 16 - Time to restock your summer first aid kit. Essential and basic items are: sunscreen, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, bandages, aloe vera, hydrocortisone ointment, and cold compresses.  (Done!  We just went through our summer supplies and made new purchases - suncreen, aloe, bug spray, itchy cream - all together in one basket.)

July 17 - Thoroughly clean the kitchen sink. Clean in and around the drains. Use a brush to scrub around the faucet and sprayer.

Here's what's on the agenda for August:

Aug 2 - Walk around your yard and check for fading flowers. Cut out (dead head) these flowers to keep the plants producing more flowers instead of going to seed.

Aug 11 - Wash down outside patio, driveway or decks after sweeping.

Aug 18 - After clearing off the top of your refrigerator, dust and clean the top. Consider finding other locations for items or discard everything!

Aug 22 - Go through your pen and pencil junk drawers.  Empty drawer and wash out and clean. Then test all pens and pencils to see if they work. Throw away anything that does not work, is not used or not wanted.

Once again, the task list comes from the Get Organized Now website.  Also, don't forget to jump over to The Hyper House to see what Julie has on her list for August.  I'll give you a hint - it involves making some delicious ice cream!

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