Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gourmet Burger Salad

So right now, I am taking a lunch break and listening to my Sinatra station on Pandora (common theme) right?  I just finished my tuna veggie pasta salad and I got to thinking.  I always get more and more creative with salad making over the summer.

I love to mix some different ingredients with the regular salad veggies and sometimes, after being inspired in Grand Cayman a few years back, I will even add fruit.  

So if you come to my house and I serve salad, you will find the lettuce, tomato, cukes and onions but you will also find avocado, corn and berries in my salads too!

Anyway, I digress. A few weeks ago, Tuesday was crazy for us.  Rob cooked cheddar burgers on the grill so we could just do a grab and go.  He had a school board meeting.  I had an important client meeting and then I headed to the Windham Middle School Academic Recognition Night where I presented a couple of PTA awards.  Always one of my favorite ceremonies of the year and so happy to be involved in it again.

Okay okay back to the food!

I have seen various burger salad recipes on Pinterest like "Big Mac Salad" and "Cheeseburger Salad".  So I got inspired and friends?  It was a WINNER!  So yummy and so healthy and just different and  just wow!

Here is what you will need:

1-2 hamburger patties (you can also used ground beef or even ground chicken- I just liked the texture of the grilled burger, chopped).  *Now I call it gourmet because we used gourmet burgers and the more creative you get with your burgers, the more gourmet this salad becomes!  The burgers we used were cheddar onion burgers- delish!

Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber and Onion (and whatever else you like throwing in your salads)

1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (here is another place where you can kick it up a notch; if you want something a bit more "gourmet" then toss in some Gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles instead OR how about an herb goat cheese?
Now the next two ingredients are what makes this a winner!!

One large half sour pickle, chopped


Thousand Island Dressing- oh yeah!
We used Ken's Light Thousand Island as seen below

Here is what to do:

Chop all of your ingredients into bite size pieces and...
Toss it all together- seriously! 

Dress to your delight

That's it...seriously...insanely delicious, healthy and Oh...So...Easy!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Recap (June 19, 2017)

We had a lovely little weekend.  I say lovely because it was the perfect mix of fun activities and some relaxation too!

Friday Night

The photographer who took Beth Ann's Birthday pics sent out a few as a teaser.  The general consensus is that we LOVE the black and white shot.  It captures the laughs we had and it is flattering of all of us.  What do you think?

 Rob had to speak at the WHS Graduation- the Chairman of the School Board always makes the welcoming speech.  The girls and I were going to go because we are so proud of him but the rain moved the ceremony inside and the tickets were limited.  We were happy, though, that they broadcasted it live on our local cable station.  We watched and we loved it.  I taped it at home but also video'd it on my phone.  If you watch the video, you can see Pidge walking back and forth with her doll carriage- so glad we will always have this!


It was time for Eva's last gymnastics class of the season and her celebration ceremony- precious...that's all.....

After gymnastics, we divided and conquered.
Rob took Eva up to Hampton to a sports shop to get her first hockey skates and hockey helmut.  
Diana and I had a breakfast date and then we headed to do our Father's Day shopping.  As Diana put it, "it is good that we are having some alone time...without Eva." I chuckled to myself but told her I agreed...it is important to have our alone and special time :)

After that, we got to relax for awhile.  It was so nice not to have to race off anywhere.  I had picked up a few accent pieces at TJ Maxx for our family room and got those out.  I think they changed the room completely.  It is amazing to me that a little pop of color can change an entire room!  (Zach agreed- hysterical)

We headed to 4pm mass for a change and that was nice and the girls headed down for a sleepover with Papa and Grammy.  Rob and I had an awesome date night!

He had a gift certificate from his birthday last October.  It is to one of our favorite restaurants, Seaglass in Salisbury.  The view is outstanding and the food did not disappoint.  Our favorite part though, was having some alone time...we haven't had that in a really long time and it was wonderful.

After dinner, I put my toes in the ocean for the first time this year....pure bliss

On our drive home, I made Rob take a detour so I could see the beach cottage we stayed in every summer.  I snapped a pic of the outdoor shower because that was my Dad's FAVORITE part of the whole house.  It was such a family joke!


The boys headed out to play golf and the gals met Cass and Alexis at Village Bean for coffee and such.  Great way to start our day.

After that, we headed home and all the kids came over to present Daddy with his gift- a Fitbit Watch- so awesome!  His favorite part though? Having them all home and their meaningful card...priceless

 After that, we headed to a late lunch/early dinner for my dad at Fusion Taste in Stoneham- one of our faves!  We had a great time and the food was incredible as always.

 We ended the day by enjoying my mom's homemade pies and the girls got to run and play outside for a bit.  The Dads all agreed that they had a wonderful day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites (June 14, 2017)

It's Friday....Praise The Lord!
Linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci HERE

Here are some faves from this week.....

Fave MEMES of the Week!

Narci's Photo Challenge

Day 1= Summer Selfie 

Day 2= Sun

Day 3= Smiles


Summer Means Steamers- thank God we live so close to the beach and can make a quick jaunt up for a simple supper :)

My Handsome Hubby!

I asked Rob to paint an accent wall in our kitchen.  I had gone back and forth deciding whether or not I wanted to paint the wall and once I painted out name sign last week, I decided I wanted the accent wall so we could display our sign on that wall.  Well I thought I knew what I was doing.  I picked the color that my friend Beth Ann has in her downstairs bathroom- I always admire it.  Well, to make a long story short, that color totally works in a bathroom but not so much in a kitchen and I hated it. I wanted to like it so bad!  Anwyay, I asked Rob to find a light gray and to paint it and it wouldn't be a big deal but I was hosting wine club last night and I wanted it done for that and wanted my name sign to be up AND he did it. Between work and kids and life....he still got it done...for me.
He is my prince :)

Wine Club

So speaking of wine club, I hosted last night.  Our theme was "A Trip to Niagara."
You may remember that I got to stop at a few wineries during our trip to Niagara.  I had a ball but knew I wanted to enjoy the experience and the wines with my wine club pals.  So I brought a few bottles home and they were part of our evening last night.  Everyone loved the wines and my friends made some awesome food to accompany them!

(The tablescape in the kitchen was for apps- I made the peach basil flatbread again and will be sharing that recipe soon.  I also made goat cheese and blackberry tartlets and served them both with grapes, olives and crackers)

(We opened the night up with prosecco too! Though it is not from Niagara, it was a refreshing start)

(Cass in her glory!)

That's a wrap!  Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ladies Who Link: Summer Plans Edition

It's time for our fun monthly linkup!  This month we are talking about our Summer Plans and Summer Fun.  If you are blogging about your summer plans, don't forget to link up with us at the bottom of this post!  I am looking forward to getting inspired by all of your plans and ideas!

Also...I am announcing the winner of my 10 Year Blogaversary prize!  It is a $25 Nordstroms Gift Card- woot woot!

Here is what we will be up to this Summer......


Diana will be at Triple Threat Theater Camp for 3 Weeks and then Math Camp for 1 week.  She will also have a couple of Cheer Camps that are three days here and there.  I talked about how I keep my kiddos busy over the summer in yesterday's post.  Check that out HERE


Mama and Daddy plan on playing in a few of the Couples Golf Tournaments again this season at the Windham Country Club.  Our favorite one is the "Lobstah Trap" one and this year, we pulled our friends Heath and Tracy in for that fun.  Can't wait!
Mama also enjoys golf with the ladies on some Wednesday nights and plans on doing so through the Fall this year!

Family Trips

So we have some fun little getaways planned.  As I always say, New England is the BEST place to be in the summer, so we never travel very far.  We try and soak up every piece of sunshine and ocean and lake and outdoor fun as we can every summer and most of that happens within an hour of our home!  This year, we are venturing a little further away, but you will see why....

Portland, Maine
We are heading up to Portland over the 4th of July Weekend with Mimi and Papa and we are SO EXCITED...can't wait for beach time and lobster and browsing in the little shops...Mimi and Mama have their "planning session" all scheduled for the night of the 22nd.  We always plan our activities, meals and of course our outfits ;)

Laurel's Lake House- Laconia

 We were invited to Laurel's last Summer during Memorial Day Weekend.  The kids had so much fun and we really enjoyed cruising around Lake Winnipesaukee in Laurel and Tom's boat.  This year, we are headed up for a weekend in July!

New Jersey

So...My Best Friend from High School Dawn came up over the winter.  It was the first time she met Eva and the first time I met her kids and boyfriend Jeff.  We had such a great time and it was one of those random, whacky warm winter weekends.  It was actually warmer than most of our spring up here in New England- crazy!  Anyway, we  made a pact to see each other a couple of times/year.  Our kids LOVE each other now so there is no excuse and we missed each other too much.
Dawn and Jeff bought a house on a lake in NJ and invited us and we are going for a weekend in July- the girls CANNOT WAIT!  Some more boat time and more importantly QT with friends.  So this is why we are venturing outside of New England this summer :)
(Here she is in her glory!)

Storyland and Santa's Village

So last summer, we made the trek up North (only about an hour) to Storyland and Santa's Village with our friends The Grahams.  The kids had so much fun and the adults did too!  We drove straight up to Storyland and spent the first day there and then we grabbed dinner at one of Jill's favorite places- so good and super kid friendly- the kids actually sat in a separate room to play and watch a movie (for the most part). After dinner, we made the drive to our hotel near Santa's Village- about an hour away.  We stayed at the Mountainview Grand and it was incredible- just beautiful- awesome accommodations and so much fun.  The service could've been better in the restaurants, especially for what you pay to stay there but it was still great.  We then spent the 2nd day around the resort and then headed to Santa's Village after 3.  If you check in after 3, you get the next day free.  Despite the rain, we had some fun and the kids had an absolute ball.

We are changing things up a bit this year.  Even though we tried to stay at Mountainview Grand again, there was not enough room, and I see this as a blessing in disguise.  We are completely reversing our trip this year and staying near Storyland at the Attitash Summit Hotel.  (and the winner is really that we are spending HALF of what we would have at the MV Grand- really- FTW)

So the first day, we will be driving straight to Santa's Village and doing the day there.  Then we will make the hour drive to our hotel and do some swimming and grab dinner.  On the 2nd day, we will probably do some more swimming and hanging out and then we will head to Storyland after 3 so we can get the 2nd day there free!  We can't wait!

Other Summer Fun

I am excited for all of the "other summer fun" too!  I have two cousins getting married this summer so Rob and I have two date nights!  I LOVE weddings...actually I'm kinda obsessed with them always have been.  We have a few nights out planned with friends, our Annual Hot Dog Hoe Down with the Grahams and Beans, Jill's 40th Birthday Celebration and as many days at the beach that we can squeeze in!

Summer is really my favorite time of year!
Don't forget to link up with us below-can't wait to read all about your summer plans! :)

and the winner of the $25 Nordy's Gift Card is.....
Tara at Mommy In A Nutshell!  Oh Yeah Tara- so happy for you!  Email me your address and I will send your card along!

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