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The Perfect Burger

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The Perfect Burger

My husband and I have been trying to come up with the perfect burger for a couple years now and after some research, and a lot of experimenting, I think we have the perfect burger.

The best part – it’s so simple!

Meat: 80/20 ground beef (fat = flavor)
Lowery’s seasoned salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Mix the meat and seasoning in mixing bowl.
Tip# 1: Don’t overwork the meat when you are forming the patties. They will be tough if you overwork them. I usually like my burgers on the bigger size so around 1/4-1/2 lb each. I flatten as much as I can while forming into a circle. Tip# 2: Once you have formed the patty, make an indention in the center with your thumb. This will keep the burger from turning into a meatball on the grill. Tip# 3: Never press down on the burgers with your spatula as you cook them & don’t flip them more than once. (This will just dry them out) Tip# 4: My hubby says to look for the juices starting to gather on the top of the burgers and that’s when you know to flip them. I’ve also read to watch the edges and flip when the edges start to pull away from the grill. Just follow these tips and your burgers will be juicy and tasty! Enjoy!

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Fresh Blueberry Bars

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Fresh Blueberry Bars

This tastes so amazing with the fresh blueberries and cream cheese frosting. It’s nice and light and makes you think of summer. * Note: you will bake the crust and filling one day then refrigerate over night before frosting the next day. Or at the very least make in the morning and refrigerate until completely chilled before frosting. *

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Crust:
1/2 lb butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup + 2 T flour
Pinch of cinnamon

Filling:
5 whole eggs
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
3/4 t salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
Flour to coat berries
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Pinch of cinnamon

Icing:
1 lb cream cheese,
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the flour and cinnamon and mix until combined. Spread dough into the bottom of a buttered 9×13- inch pan. Bake until lights brown, or half-baked, approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove and let cool.

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Filling:
Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth; stir in vanilla and salt. Toss the blueberries in flour, shaking off any excess. Fold walnuts and blueberries into sugar mixture; add cinnamon and mix. Pour into pre-baked crust and bake until firm, approximately 30 minutes. Remove and chill overnight.

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For the icing:
Cream powdered sugar and cheese until smooth; add vanilla and almond extract and drizzle over bars. Ice the bars the next day and cute into squares.

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Big Thank You to my dear friend, Mindy, for assisting! 🙂

Pepperplate

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I am so excited to spread the gospel of Pepperplate! I am a busy wife and mother of an energetic two year old, so it’s very easy for me to get lost in all the chaos of our daily lives. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up to find that it’s 6pm and I have to come up with dinner from whatever is currently in our fridge. Well, that was before my Pepperplate app!! (if you do not have an apple product you can access the program directly at Pepperplate.com) With Pepperplate I can index new and old recipes electronically, form weekly or monthly meal plans and create shopping lists from my meal plans, and download recipes directly from supported websites. This has been such a huge stress reliever for me and I hope you find it useful too!

Specs from the website:

Manage your recipes –
Import and edit recipes from the most popular recipe sites by simply pasting a URL.
Add and edit your own recipes
Create your own unlimited categories to organize your recipe library.

Plan meals and create shopping Lists – (My favorite part & big time saver)
Plan menus for special events or regular meals.
Add meals and recipes to the calendar so you’re always on schedule.
Automatically arrange your shopping list the way you shop in the store.
Scale recipes to make the right amount.

Cook with ease –
Cook several recipes at the same time and set timers for each one.
iPad Cook Mode prevents screen from dimming.
Eliminate stacks of books and piles of paper in the kitchen.
Recipes, menus and schedules appear on the iPad without connecting to a computer.

Be mobile –
Carry your shopping list with you and add to it in store with your recipe collection (no internet connection required).
Monitor cooking time without being tied to the kitchen.
Track and update timers remotely.

I’m sure you can see all the reasons for my infatuation with this program! I encourage you to check it out. Enjoy!