onion, gruyere and arugula burgers

the_best_burger_1Jettie thinks hamburger is the funniest word in the english language. She probably says it 30 times a day, at least.

“Jettie what shall we name that squirrel?”

“Hamburger! Hee,hee, hee!”

“How do you like my hair?”

“I think it’s hammmmm…burgery!”

“What shall we have for dinner?”

“Lots and lots of hamburgers!!!”

Girlfriend wouldn’t touch a hamburger with a 10 foot pole. And neither would I. (Well, not literally but I certainly wouldn’t take a bite of one.) Sticky on the other hand…he loves to say and eat hamburgers.

the_best_burger_2Being so close to Father’s Day I wanted to post something manly and meaty for all the men. In fact last year’s bourbon barbecue ribs were a such a huge hit that Sticky insisted I could never top those. I am no fool husband. Your challenge is merely a way to get your wife to whip up more meat dishes. Of course I am more than willing to play along – there’s something so satisfying about seeing your husband smile while he is devouring your food.

the_best_burger_3 the_best_burger_4Having not eaten a burger in almost 2 decades the only thing I can tell you is that the companions to this beef patty are excellent. Sticky claims it is one of the best burgers he has ever had. (Yeah!) The cheese, arugula and onions blend perfectly with the juicy meat – he begged me to take one bite for confirmation. I’m okay with taking his word for it. He was spot on about the ribs after all. Plus he scarfed down 4 of these within 3 days time. I’d say that’s a fairly good indication that they are darn good burgers.

Enjoy!

brandyjsig

 

 

 

onion, gruyere and arugula burgers
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • 1tsp kosher salt
  • ½tsp black pepper
  • few dashes of your favorite tabasco sauce
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 whole red onion sliced about 1" thick
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼cup mayonaise
  • 1tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 slices gruyere cheese
  • fresh arugula
  • 2 good quality hamburger buns, split lengthwise
  • butter for spreading on buns
Instructions
  1. Mix meat, salt, pepper and tabasco with hands and set aside.
  2. Preheat grill on medium. Put 2tbsp of butter in a medium pan and place on stove at low heat. Add onions and brown sugar. Toss to combine and let set on low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are caramelized and light brown.
  3. Meanwhile combine mayo, dijon and lemon juice in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Grab buns and butter inside of each slice. Place on preheated grill and toast until there are char marks. Let buns cool.
  5. While buns are cooling form 2 patties out of the beef. Place both patties on grill and cook for 3 minutes, rotating about 45 degrees and continue to cook for a minute. Flip burgers, cook for 2 minutes, rotate 45 degrees again and top with a cheese slice and onions. Close grill lid and allow to cook for another minute. Take off of grill and let sit for a minute or so.
  6. While burgers set smear mayo mixture on inside bottom buns and top with a handful of arugula. Place burgers on top and serve with the other toasted bun. Get ready for some happy burger lovers!

 

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dark chocolate cherry scones

Dark Chocolate Cherry SconesAfter insisting we purchase a giant bag of cherries it dawned on me that I love all things Bing. Bing Crosby, Chandler Bing, Bing Cherries – I mean, what’s not to like? And oh yeah…our kid is named Bing, so there’s that too.

To be fair, naming our son Bingham had nothing to do with a crooner, Friends character or yummy fruit. (Or maybe I was secretly plotting this all along whilst Sticky thought it was just a fantastic name. Tee, hee, hee…)

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Good news is his name is fantastic, and so are these scones. Sweet, juicy fresh cherries nestled inside of a light scone with bits of dark chocolate throughout. Every single bite is decadent. And perfect. And food euphoric.

Dark Chocolate Cherry SconesDid I mention there is a glaze that you drizzle over these…while still warm? Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. You should be drooling by now. If not check your pulse.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones Dark Chocolate Cherry SconesChances are these will not last in your home. But if everyone comes down with polio or something, you can throw unglazed scones in the freezer for future consumption. Or whip up a double batch and make someone’s cherry chocolate dream come true at any moment.

Dark Chocolate Cherry SconesNow, on my way to the store for more cherries. I simply cannot get enough Bing in my life.

Enjoy!

brandyjsig

 

 

 

dark chocolate cherry scones
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Scones
  • 1½cups plus 2tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1¼tsp baking powder
  • ¼tsp baking soda
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 6tbsp ice cold butter, cut into cubes
  • ½cup buttermilk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 3oz high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • half&half, heavy cream or melted butter for brushing
  • Glaze
  • ½cup chopped fresh cherries
  • 1tsp water
  • ¾cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 425F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times. Add cubed butter and pulse until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Dump contents of food processor in a large bowl, add buttermilk and vanilla. Stir just until combined. Gently fold in cherries and chocolate. Do not over mix!
  4. Take contents of bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Form a 7" disc and cut into 8 wedges. Place on your prepared sheet pan. Brush tops with half&half, heavy cream or melted butter.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes - until tops begin to brown ever so slightly.
  6. While scones are baking prepare glaze. Place cherries and water in food processor and blend until almost smooth. (There will be tiny cherry bits.)
  7. Place cherry puree in bowl and add powdered sugar. Whisk until well combined. Glaze should be runny but if it seems too runny add a little more sugar.
  8. Drizzle warm scones with glaze and top with additional chocolate (optional).

 

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diy home acne treatment

Mirrors – our fun, yet brutally honest BFFs. A couple of days ago Bingham and I were blowing kisses to each other in front of a full length mirror – fun, right? Yes, loads of good times…that is until we turned to leave and my eye caught a glimpse of tiny pimples setting up camp on my chin. ERGH!

I’m not sure what sparked the pesters. Could be a hormones, could be from working out, could be diet. Or maybe…and this is just a possibility…it could have been caused by the Smashbox free sample of BB Cream I smeared allover my face the day before. (Curse my cheap ways!)

Upon further inspection I was horrified to find the camps had spread. Tiny little clusters of acne here, there and every damn where. Sure I get the occasional pimple but this sort of breakout is not typical for me. Which means I am fairly lost in the sea of acne products available for such situations.

Thankfully there are a few ways to combat acne on the spot with items that are almost always on hand in my home. The 3rd (egg white trick) is my go-to but all three I have tried and can attest work fabulously for occasional acne flares:

DIY ACNE TREATMENT

 

1The trick to this one is you must use organic apple cider vinegar (not the cheapest kind that we use to clean pots/floors and make volcanos out of). Next you mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water (more if you have super sensitive skin – ALWAYS test a small area before rubbing all over your face) and then apply to a dry, clean face with a cotton ball. This is basically a homemade toner that you use every time after you wash your face./2Over a year ago I posted a cinnamon honey mask that is still put to good use today. The only reason this is not my constant go-to is because raw honey does not last in our home. You’d think there is a Pooh bear living here with how much honey is consumed. Oh bother… (click on link for more details)/3This is the easiest, and unless you’re strictly vegan or allergic to eggs, the most accessible of the three methods. Simply separate the whites from the yolks (2 or 3 eggs – depending on how much) and whisk the whites until slightly frothy. You will not use the yolks for this mask, but save those suckers for curd, custard or something else fabulously divine. Allow the frothy whites to set 5 minutes at room temperature and then apply to face using an old makeup brush. Grab a couple of cucumber slices if you got them, throw them on your closed eyes and chill for 15 minutes, give or take. You will feel your skin tighten during this time. Rinse with water and pat dry. Add a little moisturizer to finish.

Remember to never try a homemade skin treatment without testing a small area of skin first. If you have highly sensitive skin or are allergy prone this is especially important. (Hmmm…maybe I should have tested the BB cream.) Always keep treatment away from openings such as eyes.

Just like people, acne is not one of the same. There are different types spurred by different occurrences. Not all treatments will work for all acne. These home tricks work for my occasional flares, but every person is unique, we have to do a little experimenting to find what suits us best.

Now, off to throw out a certain BB Cream…

xo,

brandyjsig

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memorial day 2015

Memorial Day 2015Thank you to all who serve, all who love them and all who have given the greatest sacrifice so that we can live free. You will never be forgotten and always be appreciated. This country is an amazing place to live because of you!

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Jettie and I’s weekend style. You will find me in denim and a floppy hat from here until the end of summer. Sorry to be so boring but I love it (and it hides my ongoing postpartum hair regrowth).

Memorial Day 2015

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I’m proud to say we have servicemen in our family, with one of them being my step-grandfather Wally. Shortly after he passed away we found out we were pregnant with Jettie. Wally had a dry sense of humor, one I very much appreciated. There was an unspoken sort of connection between us because of that humor. Even though I miss seeing him sitting at my Granny’s dining room table, there is something so special about knowing he is looking down on these kids of mine with the best smirk he can muster.

Wally served our country and my family in the best way he knew how. So grateful for him and all the brave men and women who make weekends like this possible. You make us all so proud.

Memorial Day 2015

xo,

brandyjsig

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these six

these six

 

1While it takes a lot of searching to find one that is just right, rompers are my warm weather 2015 favorite. Per usual, Forever has the best selection with the least amount of monetary commitment./2Where there’s a holiday weekend there will be sales. Lots of them. Go getcha something pretty!/3A good friend of mine posted this spot on insight into the life of mothering a “difficult” child. I often go on the defense over Jettie’s strong-willed, passionate, defiant behavior and the reactions or comments of others. If you never parented a kid who threw fits than good for you. My kid does and it’s not because we promote or give into them. She just does. She also doesn’t listen and will argue whether or not the sky is blue. This is Jettie – and it’s only a small part of who she is. Because at the end of the day my little girl is flipping awesome, definitely not an a-hole and someone who I couldn’t be more proud of. I for one can’t wait to see what all her fired up passion leads to./4Seems like everyone is going a little shorter these days. I have been on the shorter side – sported a chin length bob shortly after Sticky and I got married. It was okay, I needed the change, but longer hair suits me. And a according to this guide, long hair is my thang./5Last year I made this raspberry beer cocktail while 8 months pregos with Binger boy. It was torture to watch others partake in every refreshing sip. Not this year…not this year./6There are certain songs that push me to run a little harder, and a little longer. When I hear “Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…” it’s on! I want this song played at my memorial. Spice Girls forever!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

brandyjsig

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