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Kale, Mushroom and Broccoli Burgers

Kale Broccoli and Mushroom Burger with Spicy Mustard Sauce

 

These are delicious! Taylor and I loved the Kale and brussels sprouts burgers I made awhile back, so I decided to give another go to our green burger! The spicy mustard barbeque sauce makes this meal! You can get the recipe for the mustard here.

Kale Broccoli and Mushroom Burger with Spicy Mustard Sauce

You can see a more in depth recipe below!

Recipe makes: About 8 small patties | 4 normal patties

2 cups chopped kale
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped mushroom
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1 tbsp chopped onion
1 egg
Pepper, salt and spices to taste
Bowl of flour
Vegetable Oil

Preheat skillet to a low heat. Add vegetable oil.

Mix kale, broccoli, mushroom, crackers, onion, egg and spices together in a bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are coated with egg. Let sit for a few minutes so the mixture can begin to meld together.

Using your hands, form small parts of the mixture into patties. Sprinkle/dip the patty into flour on both sides. Carefully add the patty in the skillet to begin browning. Be careful not to move/mash them as they are quite delicate!

After browning both sides, set aside to cool. Make the spicy mustard sauce and enjoy with whatever you like! We used toast and cheese.


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Christmas in Canterbury

cc1Yet another holiday has come and gone in Canterbury, England.

We absolutely enjoyed ourselves by learning old English Christmas traditions and mixing them with our own. We missed our families but enjoyed many new things we’ll remember for years to come.

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We wanted to start by incorporating our traditions into our celebrations. My mom sent over a gingerbread house, which is a super fun Baker Cousin tradition. Usually it involves several small children and a table covered in icing. We also commemorated a Langford tradition with hot chocolate. At my dad and step mom’s house hot chocolate is handed out to all my brothers and sister filled with marshmallows. This year we added mulling spices and wine to our hot chocolate! Christmas eve was spent carrying out these traditions, watching Christmas movies and eating English mince pies and chocolate covered oranges.

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Christmas day wasn’t as exciting as spending it with family, but we made it enjoyable with more hot chocolate and opening some packages we received from family. Taylor and I also popped Christmas crackers, which is a very popular tradition in England. We then prepared for our Christmas lunch, which we reserved at La Trappiste. The food was delicious, although the meal lasted a very long time! We popped more crackers, ate several courses, played charades at our table and enjoyed live piano music.

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The day after Christmas, or in England, ‘boxing day’, was spent shopping at the massive Christmas sales, and going to the Marlowe Theatre to watch the pantomime, ‘Aladdin.’ It was a cute show!

We enjoyed our Christmas very much. Old and new traditions were made, making our first Christmas away from home lovely!

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Our First Thanksgiving in the UK

Taylor and I just spent our first major U.S. holiday away from home. Thanksgiving is a holiday we usually spend over-indulging in delicious food, and enjoying time with all our families. This was the first Thanksgiving  we weren’t able to do that and we had no clue how to celebrate!

Early on we decided to just make a simple ‘Thanksgiving’ pizza then see how the rest of the day unfolded. No fuss or stress about it.

I spent a good part of the day being thankful for our last Thanksgiving, which our family put together for us in September right before we left the U.S. My dad and stepmom’s house was decked out in Thanksgiving (and Halloween) decor, and they didn’t hold back on making it seem like a real Thanksgiving with ham, tons of dressing, sweet potatoes, broccoli salad (who knows what I’m missing!), and tons of pie. Taylor and I made lemon and pumpkin pie and I tried my hand at a U.K. ‘banoffee’ pie, made with bananas, caramel and marscarpone cheese. (It was a shot in the dark, and too sweet for my liking, but turns out nearly every restaurant here serves banoffee pie, so my pre-UK research hit the nail on the head!) We were so grateful for the efforts put into giving us an early Thanksgiving!

On the actual day of, we decided to go into the city centre and fulfill some ‘Thanksgiving wishes’, or rather– we had a determination to do some things we’d been putting off. I wanted to mail off some letters, so we stopped by the post office for the first time, and Taylor wanted to grab a latte from Pret a’ Mangier. The latte is called the Love Bar Latte, named after their Love Bar granola bar and is one of the most delicious smelling and tasting lattes you can get. This wouldn’t be a big deal if the only Pret coffee shop in our town didn’t close at 5:30, since we rarely visit the city centre during the day. While we were there we saw all their Christmas-themed sandwiches, and one fit our Thanksgiving-filled day perfectly, with turkey, cranberry and dressing.

Once we succeeded in our mission, we walked to Sainsbury’s grocery store to begin shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner. While we were shopping it was interesting to note how ‘irresponsible’ it was of us to shop for our Thanksgiving meal on the day of Thanksgiving. I have no doubt in America if we weren’t fighting the empty shelves of Thanksgiving ingredients long gone, then we’d be fighting the desperate crowd of people. And of course, here, the only thing we were fighting is actually finding the ingredients at all.

It took us a while, but we managed to find most of what we needed, even though they had no pumpkin pie filling or canned cranberries.

It was really fun cooking. In order to speed up the process we took several shortcuts, since all of this effort was just going to go on top of a pizza crust. However, it was really fun boiling our cranberries and creating cranberry sauce to our flavor preference. In lieu of pumpkin, I decided to chop up some apples and make homemade mini apple and orange zest pies. The pizza turned out delicious and we even had enough to make a second pizza for the day after (leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving!)

Taylor was in charge of the entertainment, and tuned us in to the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Thanksgiving marathon, which we watched late into the night since it was on U.S. time.

We really enjoyed our Thanksgiving. We missed our families, missed the great food, but I’m happy to see we made the most of it and had a great time!


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Homemade Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Pizza

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Taylor is the big cook in the family. He’s made homemade pizza before. But what do I do when I’m alone for a couple hours? I guess decide to play with yeast, despite me being a terrible cook.pizza_detailsI found all these weird ingredients in our fridge that Taylor bought and decided to throw them in the mix.

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The after picture turned out blurry, but I was completely happy with the end result.

 


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DIY Icing Cake Transfer

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Clearly, at this point, my icing skills went to the wayside, but even then, I had such a fun time making this. And what is this you say? This is an icing transfer that I made for my boss!

It’s a joke cake, obviously, so the creepier the better!  I will be making more joke cakes using this method very soon!

 I used this instructional which I found on Pinterest. The blogger makes an adorable Dora the Explorer cake which clearly is much prettier than my catastrophe!DIY Icing Cake Transfer | Mismatched Mess

STEPS:

1. Print out desired image
2. Tape an image in between a piece of glass and a piece of wax paper.
3. Trace the outlines and details of the image onto the wax paper
4. Fill in the rest of the icing
5. Freeze icing creation
6. Flip icing onto cake, quickly
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Bacon Topped Kale and Brussels Sprouts Burger!

It’s not a vegetarian burger ’til you put bacon on top of it, amirite?

A few clarifications:

– This is my first homemade burger
– I clearly had no idea what to do
– I got the idea here, where they make a delicious looking spinach burger
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I should add I ate these burgers with ranch, hot sauce, and a little sour cream. Delish!


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Blueberry Biscuits & Some Coffee

biscuit coffeeicedcoffeegif Last night my husband made blueberry biscuits and they were absolutely delicious. Also, I’m still enjoying my iced coffee so so much. Remember the blog post regarding that coffee recipe? I made a gif with the leftover photos just for the heck of it. I know, I know. Sheer talent.


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Bacon Ice Cream Sundae

bacon_headerYep. I did it. I love the mix of bacon with sweet ice cream and chocolate. When Burger King came up with their own bacon sundae, I was skeptical, but after I tasted it there was no more doubt in mind. Now, I really don’t even think twice about adding bacon to whatever I want.

Here’s my recipe for the bacon sundae. (It’s so easy!)

  • Oatmeal crunchy cereal
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Bacon
  • Chocolate Syrup/Fudge
  • Caramel Syrup

I laid out the bacon on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I added the cereal to the bottom of the glass, then ice cream, syrup and added the bacon on top. It’s a delicious, crunchy, sweet and savory mix. If you like bacon, you should seriously try this! It’s a versatile item!

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Easy Iced Coffee Recipe!

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I love this iced coffee recipe so much because it’s so easy to make. Just chill black coffee over night, add milk and sweetened and condensed milk. The sweetened and condensed milk is what makes it sweet, but sometimes I also use caramel or vanilla syrup for flavors. I use all sorts of methods to make coffee, lattes, iced coffee…but a method so easy and fast is always going to be on the top of my list for when I’m rushing to work. (Afterall, I do have to be ready, make lunch, make some kind of breakfast and commute thirty minutes to work. No time!)
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Ranch & Gravy Baked Potato

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My husband and I have been in such a rut. We’ve gone out to eat more often than not the past two weeks. We blame it on stress or feeling uninspired, but at this point, it’s really just laziness.

We finally got fed up with ourselves and decided to start cooking again, but with a condition: to force ourselves to use up the food we already had in our kitchen. It’s going to get really interesting (or we’re going to give up and go to the grocery store and/or get some fast food).

We are officially out of meat. But, we bought a ton of vegetables last time we were at the store, so maybe we’ll get creative.

Speaking of creative…Adding ranch mix to anything makes it so much better, to me. I can’t get over this strange baked potato recipe, because it sounds so wrong but it was so delicious. I added roasted brussels sprouts and roasted corn as sides.

What’s funny is, I’ve been getting so creative (compared to my usual shallow cooking skills) but I’ve yet to break out of my breakfast, mexican or baked potato zone.

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