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Forget The Relish - Put Your Pickle Inside The Burger!

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Forget the relish - let’s put the pickle inside our burgers! I couldn’t resist trying out this recipe I found in a cookbook from the 1960s. The idea of wrapping ground beef around a dill pickle spear made me smile and then wonder how that could even work. So I pulled out a baking sheet and gave it a try. Really, that’s all you need! Not even a skillet is required. The final report: it’s fun. Plain and simple. And it’s surprisingly flavorful. I tweaked a few ingredients and measurements, making it a great Saturday lunch treat. Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef 1 egg, beaten 1 Tbsp onion powder 2 tsp horseradish 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste 5 dill pickle spears 5 hot dog buns 1. Move your oven’s rack to the second rung from the top. Turn on oven broiler and let it heat up while you prepare the meat. 2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, onion powder, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  3. Divide meat into five pieces. Gently wrap the meat arou

Creative Uses For Journal Blocks On Your Planner Pages

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On Tuesday I’ll be going back to work after a 4-day weekend. I feel like I’ve been organized and productive here at home, but I’ll have to change gears when I get back to the office. That’s why I put together this planner spread using some fun journaling blocks for all the lists I’m sure I’ll be making. Sometimes it’s hard to use journal blocks because I have limited space on my pages. The best way to make everything fit is to layer and overlap them with other embellishments. On my Tuesday page, I started with borders of washi tape and layered the blocks on top. Then each block is accented with words and images in coordinating shapes and colors. I don’t believe there is such a thing as too many layers, in my planner and on my handmade cards. I absolutely adore the binder clip washi tape I used on both pages, so I cut some clips off the tape and used them as embellishments all over the spread. I’m excited to start filling in these pages with many ink colors, keeping the multi-colored th

The Puppies’ Solution To Playing Outside In June In Iowa

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June in Iowa is notoriously hot. So are July, August and September, but we’re not quite there yet. Even with acres and acres of trees around the property, the area by the house is pretty sparse. So the puppies don’t get to be outside right now as much as normal, but they love their time on the deck. The deck faces west, so it’s in the shade all morning. By evening, as the sun is setting, it starts to cool off. But in the middle of the day, they don’t even want to be out there more than a few minutes. So our solution was to put up a specially designed netting on the sliding glass door so they can go out onto the deck in the cool times and come back inside when they get too hot. Not only is this easier for them to run around and bark and stuff whenever they want, it also means they’re not barking at me to go outside every other minute. Bonus! What I love more than anything is seeing them happy, enjoying the fresh air. Our work schedules have gotten pretty crazy over the past few weeks, m

A Great Reminder For Feeding The 5,000

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I absolutely adore the book of John. It’s filled with so many stories of Jesus Christ, His miracles and His interactions with people. Last Sunday our teens talked about Jesus feeding the 5,000 men (plus their families) and still having 12 basket of fragments - enough for each disciple to have a full meal once they finished serving.   So for our morning snack, I made goodie bags with Swedish fish and package of crackers. They immediately got the connection between their treats and the fish sandwiches Jesus made for the people. The disciples were concerned that they would have to spend their entire purse on food, and Philip came right out and said as much to Jesus. Imagine having seen three miracles first-hand and still doubting He could do something as simple as feeding a few thousand people. But don’t we have those same doubts all the time? Andrew brought the barley loaves and the small fish to Jesus and watched as the fourth miracle took place. Jesus blessed the broken bread, giving t

99Walks One Year Later

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At this time last year, everything was shut down and we were working from home. I wasn’t able to eat out or go to the gym or visit people and places that were important to me. Depression was settling in, I was very sedentary and I wasn’t eating very healthy.  Then I discovered 99Walks and all that changed. 99Walks is a community of mostly women who motivate themselves and each other to walk intentionally. I set a goal at the beginning of every month, track my walks on the map and receive a themed bracelet when I reach that goal. Sparkle makes everything better, right? I am absolutely delighted to share with you that I received my twelfth monthly bracelet, representing an entire year of reaching my walking goals! They aren’t huge and they aren’t very awe-inspiring, but they are to me. I have a visual reminder every day that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, regardless of how I feel. Because some days, those few miles were difficult and painful. But I didn’t give up. I walked a

Finding A Healthy Breakfast Routine

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Breakfast is a tricky thing for me. I know it’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day, which puts me in a quandary. If I eat a good-sized breakfast, I’m hungry by the middle of the morning. If I eat just enough breakfast to take my vitamins, I can go all the way until lunchtime with no hunger.  So the challenge is whether I want to eat breakfast and take a snack with me, or whether I want to skip it and fast until lunchtime. Hmm... On the days that I do want breakfast, I definitely want something healthy and filling. If you’re the same way, try a couple of these breakfast ideas this week and let me know what you think! * Breakfast banana split bowls, like the one pictured here. * Overnight oats * Any variety of loaded toasts * Breakfast wraps with egg, cheese and spinach * Healthy versions of your favorite muffins and donuts * Omelettes filled with lots of fresh ingredients * Protein-packed sausage and egg muffins * Protein shakes and smoothies