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Have you ever made something that made you so happy, you could not stop smiling? Well look at what has me smiling!

The weather has been getting so nice, and I love it. I like hot weather, I do not like to be cold. Funny coming from Michigan seeing how cold our weather gets. We hit 90 degrees on Sunday and it was perfect. One thing I like when its hot is a frozen fruit bar, but when I saw how much they cost this year I decided to make my own. Who knew it was that easy. Just get some molds, cut some fruit and add fruit juice. I picked up these cute molds at the grocery store. The molds are cheaper than a 6 pack of frozen fruit bars.

So I just chopped up some strawberries and threw in some whole blueberries and topped off the molds with fruit juice. That’s it.

Stuck them in the freezer.

Look at these beautiful frozen fruit bars with no added sugar.

I am loving this. So simple, why have I not been making these all my life. I have so many frozen combinations I can not wait to make. This will be a perfect treat on those hot days.

For dinner I made a Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Burger. Wow, another keeper. I have been slightly obsessed with using ground chicken and making different burgers lately.

The spicy hot sauce and the sharpness of the blue cheese is so good together.

Even though it’s a big old burger, it’s not heavy at all. It’s actually a nice light meal.  Glad this recipe makes 4 burgers, now I can enjoy it again.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Burger

Ingredients

Makes 4 Burgers

  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 pound ground white-meat chicken
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 4 buns
  • lettuce for topping

Preparation

Add chicken, egg whites, carrots, breadcrumbs and cheese; mix to combine. Form chicken mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. In a second bowl, stir cornstarch into hot sauce until dissolved; set aside. Coat grill with cooking spray. Grill patties over medium-high heat for 6 minutes; flip and grill 4 minutes more. Brush patties with hot sauce mixture; grill until internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 2 additional minutes. Garnish with cheese and lettuce, if desired.

Question of the Day: Have you ever made your own frozen fruit bars? What’s a good combination of fruit?

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Sometimes I just have to have this for breakfast. It calls to me. So instead of my Fitmixer protein shake I had an English muffin topped with Almond maple flavored nut butter, sliced banana and chia seeds.

I over loaded chia seeds, but I love the crunch they add. Hit the spot.

Spent the week-end planting my annual flowers and replacing mulch where it was needed. I love gardening, it is great exercise and I love being outdoors. Plus I love to come home from work everyday and water my flowers and watch them grow.

In the summer I love walking, grilling, gardening, boating and riding my motorcycle. I try to fit them all in weekly.

After working outside all day I got busy making dinner. I knew I had to make this Chicken Caesar Burger when I saw it on Courtney’s, Sweet Tooth Sweet Life blog.  It sounded so good with the shredded Parmesan cheese and the Caesar dressing. So having planned ahead I had all the ingredient I needed on hand. Just a few weeks ago I made a Chicken Lime Burger and fell in love with ground chicken. So now I have two favorite chicken burgers for summer grilling.

Also grilled up some Brussels sprouts seasoned with Parmesan gold nuggets.

I used a petite loaf as a bun, it was a large serving of bread, but was so good.

Perfect day to grill out, it was 87 degrees. No way was I going to use the oven today.

Now that’s a big old burger.

Followed by a cup of fresh strawberries. They were very sweet and cold. Perfect way to end a meal.

This recipe was adapted from Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.

Chicken Caesar Burgers

Serves 4 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. Ground Chicken
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Caesar dressing
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Finishing Touches/Garnish:
  • Extra Caesar Dressing
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread of your Choice

Directions:

Combine the ingredients and mix well. Form into four patties. Grill over medium-high heat, 6-8 minutes on each side. Top cooked chicken burgers with freshly shredded parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, and extra Caesar dressing.

Question of the Day: What is your Favorite Burger Topping?

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I am in the middle of preparing a three-part post right now of the Blend Retreat, so please check back for all the activities and eats from the Retreat. 

Since returning home from the Blend Retreat and being away from home for the past two weekends without my husband, I wanted to make him a special dinner.

Best Burger Ever, is what Jeff told me while we were eating this for dinner. I saw this recipe on Iowa Girl Eats and I knew I had to make it. I am so glad I did, it was so flavorful and filling.

I was really excited that it had lime in it, plus I have never cooked with ground chicken before.

So bright and loaded with fresh ingredients.

Found this amazing Ciabatta bread which was perfect for the four servings this recipe called for.  I have to give a big shout out to Jeff for his cutting skills in the kitchen, he was my vegetable chopper and bread slicer.

The topping for this called for fresh avocado guacamole. It was just mashed up avocado seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic nuggets.

Used my handy Cuisinart griddler to grill up the burgers.

They came out perfect, I can see me making this again and again.

It was a meal on its own, we just had a small side of chips with it.

Seeing how I still had a 1/2 of a lime, I decided to have a Vodka and Cranberry with lime with my meal. I have to say good call, it was so refreshing and paired well with the burger.

Vodka Cranberry Cocktail with Lime

  • Lime Wedge
  • 1 Shot of Vodka
  • Cranberry Juice or Sparkling Cocktail Juice

This was a really good meal, I enjoyed every bite of the burger and every sip of my drink.

So here’s the very yummy recipe…..

Chili Lime Chicken Burger

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats and Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 buns, toasted

For the guacamole:

  • 1 avocado
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Combine chicken, green onions, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and juice of half a lime in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined, then form into 4 patties and spray each side generously with non-stick spray.
  • Heat a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Grill burgers for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked all the way through. Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger,  place each burger on your choice of bread, then top with guacamole.
  • For the guacamole: Mash all ingredients together with a potato masher or fork.

Question of the Day: Do you ever step out of your cooking comfort zone and try a new recipe?

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