Form beef into three 5 to 6 ounce hamburger patties. Use your thumb to imprint a dimple into the middle of each burger. (This prevents the middle of the burgers from puffing up while cooking). Season both sides of the hamburgers with salt and pepper.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Cook hamburger patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like it.
Rest burgers covered loosely with aluminum foil for 5 minutes then serve on a buttered bun with lettuce, tomatoes and onion (or how you like it).
Easter dinner (or just a fun, spring dinner) just isn’t the same without a festive ham and fun side dishes that capture the essence of spring. After searching for the best recipe, we have settled on Martha Stewart’s Apricot-Bourbon Glazed Ham. This delicious entree will make you the Queen of dinner!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with rack in lower third. Wrap ham in a large piece of parchment-lined foil and place, cut side down, on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; bake 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring jam and bourbon to a rapid simmer over medium-high. Cook until reduced by half, about 40 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and pepper and cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup glaze for serving.
Remove ham from oven and increase temperature to 425 degrees. Unwrap ham, carefully flattening parchment-lined foil against baking sheet. With a sharp knife, score fat with long cuts, 1/2 inch apart. Bake 15 minutes.
Remove ham from oven and brush all over with some glaze. Bake until ham is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 145 degrees, 45 to 60 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 15 minutes (wrap tip of bone in foil if it begins to overbrown). Transfer ham to a carving board, tent with foil, and let rest 30 minutes before carving. Serve warm or at room temperature with reserved glaze.
It’s that time of year.. SPRING BREAK! If you’re about to leave, just got back or are having a stay-cation, this recipe will give you the Hawaiian-feels. Turn on the Beach Boys, light a tropical candle and enjoy!
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 boneless pork butt or shoulder, fat cap scored (about 5 pounds)
Sweet Chile Sauce, warmed, recipe follows
Unsalted butter, softened, to toast rolls
4 soft potato rolls or sweet Hawaiian bread rolls
Grilled Pineapple Relish, recipe follows
Shredded red cabbage, to garnish
Sweet Chile Sauce:
2 cups rice vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Grilled Pineapple Relish:
Oil, for grilling
1 fresh pineapple, skinned, cored and cut into 1-inch slices
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sandwich Build:For the roast pork: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin to make a dry rub. Massage the rub over the pork, making sure to rub it in between the scored fat cap. Wrap the pork in plastic wrap and let it sit for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F with the oven rack in the middle position.
Remove the plastic wrap from the pork and place in a Dutch oven with a lid. Cover and place in the oven to roast for 3 hours. After 3 hours, uncover and cook for another 45 minutes to brown the fat and cook until the pork registers 200 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the oven and let rest for 20 minutes.
For the sandwich build: Using two forks or your hands, pull apart the warm pork. Toss with the Chile Sauce. Butter and toast the buns until golden brown. Place ample quantities of pork on the bottom bun and top with Grilled Pineapple Relish and shredded red cabbage. Do your best hula dance and enjoy.
Sweet Chile Sauce:
Bring the vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper, salt and garlic to a boil and cook until the sugar and salt dissolve. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, and then set aside until the pork is ready. Right before you toss in the pork, remove the smashed garlic cloves.
Grilled Pineapple Relish:
Preheat a grill pan or grill over high heat. Rub the grill with a bit of oil and grill each side of the pineapple slices until dark grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes a side. Roughly chop the pineapple and add it to a bowl with the cilantro, ginger, lime juice, jalapeno and onions. Season with salt and pepper.
Try this awesome balloon bowl craft with your kids! They will have a blast making it and love having it as a decoration in their room or around the house! Check out some pictures below to see how easy it is to make! For detailed steps to make the bowl you can click on any of the photos or click the link at the bottom!
What you will need:
Glue, wallpaper paste, or mod podge
Pie pan, cake pan, or another flat and round container
For directions on how to make this awesome confetti balloon bowl click here.
The Oscars last night were incredible. We don’t know about you, but we’re not ready to wait 365 days for more Oscar fun.. so we have planned your next dinner party to be Oscar themed! If this dinner isn’t worth an Academy Award then we just don’t know what would win!
Boyhood – 12 Hour Pulled Pork
Boyhood was made over 12 years, and this entree takes only a fraction of that time!
Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper: rub over the roast.
Place the roast over the onions in the crock pot.
Combine the vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, mustard, garlic salt and cayenne; stir to mix well.
Drizzle about 1/2 of the vinegar mixture over the roast and cover. Refrigerate the remaining vinegar mixture.
Cook on low up to 18 hours, but at least 12 hours. Drizzle the other half of the vinegar mixture over the roast during the last 1/2 hour of cooking.
While the meat is cooking, prepare the barbecue sauce. Mix all ingredients except soy sauce, butter and smoke. Simmer, uncovered, on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, for 10 more minutes. Set aside to cool.
Remove the meat from the crock pot and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. (Very important step — longer is better).
Remove the onions and chop to a fine consistency.
Pull apart the meat with a couple of forks. Meat should have a shredded look to it.
Mix chopped onions and shredded pork along with a little bit of juice from the crock pot to taste. Add sufficient barbecue sauce to the mixture to achieve desired taste. Meat should have distinctive barbecue flavor.
To serve, spread barbecue sauce on bottom of a hearty bun.
Put layer of pulled pork on bun. Spread barbecue sauce over meat.
Add layer of your favorite cole slaw on top of meat. Layer some more barbecue sauce over cole slaw.
Spread top of bun with more sauce.
Grab a fist full of napkins, and enjoy.
Into the Woods – Black Bean Salsa
Nothing says magic like a delicious, magical bean! Click HERE for the recipe!
American Sniper – American Flag Cake
Have a patriotic dessert with this American Flag Cake to top off your night! Click HERE for the recipe!
Enjoy this movie-themed dinner at your next party and you’ll be sure to win the award for best host!
What was your favorite Oscar nominated movie this year? Comment below!
With Valentine’s Day coming up on Saturday we thought these adorable handprint crafts would be perfect for you and your kids to make! All kids love to put paint on their hands to these cute crafts will be a ton of fun for them!
To see the directions to make all of the crafts above and more click here!
This adorable handprint suncatcher will look great on your window this Valentine’s Day! Click here to see how to make it!
Thee adorable pigs are extremely easy to make and will be tons of fun for the kids! Click here for directions! If you have some other great ideas for Valentine’s Day crafts that your kids like to make share them with us in the comments section below!
In the rush that is life- balancing work, family and friends- it is easy to forget to take a little “me” time. Personal well-being is a crucial part of your health… and more importantly your sanity! Even if it’s just 10 minutes everyday, don’t forget to sit down, relax and do something to promote your own emotional well-being.
Below are a few ideas to help find which techniques work best for you!
Read a great book – getting into a story line that inspires you, or even gives you a little time away from your own worries, will let you come back to your life with a fresh perspective. Check out this list of best sellers to choose your next read.
Call your girlfriends – talking about your life with a friend can relieve stress and get problems off your chest before they build up to be overwhelming.
Take a bubble bath – those rom-com movies you watch are on to something! Bubble baths help your body to physically relax, which relieves tension in your muscles.
Exercise – even if it’s just some deep stretching, moving your body will release endorphins! Otherwise, these 10 minute workouts will get your heart pumping!
Take some TV time – Watching an episode of your favorite television show gives you a familiar laugh while allowing your mind to float somewhere else for a bit of your day.
Make a checklist – by making a list of everything you need to do or remember, your mind won’t need to focus on everything that is piling up and instead can work on each item step by step.
We hope that these ideas inspire you to take a little “me” time this year. No one likes a stressed-out zombie, so be proactive and make time for yourself!