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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sapporo Surf and Turf Burger Recipe

Sapporo Surf & Turf Burger Recipe #NationalHamburgerDay

I was recently asked to create a recipe using free samples of Sapporo in honor of #NationalHamburgerDay, and because I love to cook, I jumped at the chance!

After drilling my friends for ideas and finding out what toppings they love best, I finally pulled together this beast of a burger. Special thanks goes out to my good buddy Mike Pinchak for being my sounding board & awesome idea-man on this one.

To be honest, I didn't know how this one would turn out until I took the first bite, but this is hands-down the BEST burger I've ever cooked, and it's the best I can remember having in a long time. (That's including restaurant burgers!)

So fire up the grill and get ready to sink your teeth into burger-heaven.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How-To Clean Microsuede Furniture

How do I clean microsuede?

I have longed for a red couch my entire life. When my husband and I (FINALLY) got our own apartment (sorry mother-in-law, we couldn't live with you forever!) the first piece of furniture we bought was that couch.

And I immediately regretted it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Easy Way to Clean Oven Burner Drip Pans


When it comes to cleaning, needing to scrub at oily or baked-on messes probably falls somewhere in the least-favorite category. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean we can just ignore those messes forever. (Well, we could. But then there would be ants.)

Out of all the uck-worthy-baked-on-scrub-chores, cleaning the oven & burners probably irks me the most. I hate using the harsh chemicals (even though they tend to work pretty well) simply because it bothers me to put such a hazardous liquid next to where I'll be cooking my food. (Not to mention that if you miss a spot when you take the chemicals off, it heats up when you start the oven and causes the kind of fumes that'll singe off your nose hairs!)

Thankfully, there still exist a few clever little tricks using good-ole natural ingredients that will take care of problems like this easily & quickly! This method of cleaning oven burner drip pans has been passed down by many of my fellow green-clean loving friends, and I've always had great success with it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Constantly fatigued? Don't ignore it - seek help!

Falling asleep during the day, diagnosing sleep disorders

When I was in my late teens I started feeling constantly tired. I was involved in a variety of activities and assumed my busy schedule was to blame. As I moved into my twenties, I blamed my usual lack of energy on the fact that I overworked myself at my corporate job. I always managed to stay awake when my mind was active, but as soon as I'd sit down or my workload lulled, I'd start to nod off.

By the time I was 27, I knew that there was no denying I had an underlying problem. I was drinking about a pot of coffee a day, I had alienated some of my closest friends because I was too tired to spend time with them, and it was all I could manage to write a blog post each day and look after my kids. My house was a mess, my life was a mess, and I was the ultimate procrastinator. I knew I should make a doctor's appointment, but even the process of finding out what was wrong seemed like an overwhelming prospect. Everything that I needed to do was continually pushed off for a day when I would have more energy.

Unfortunately, that day never came for me.