Fully Loaded Burger Bowls

Fully Loaded Burger Bowls

A whole new way to burger.

So for all you carb avoiders, I’ve come up with a whole new way to enjoy burgers without the bun. Instead, you serve all the toppings in – the burger itself! These Fully Loaded Burger Bowls are burgers, filled with your favorite topping! It a whole new way to burger!

 

Summertime, as we all know, is burger time. There’s nothing quite like a nice, juicy burger, hot off the grill, with all your favorite fixings – bacon, cheese, and some nice fried mushrooms.
Of course, a traditional burger also comes with one other thing: the bun. And for anyone who’s trying to steer clear of carbs, that kind of ruins the whole meal.

So for all you carb-avoiders, I’ve come up with a whole new way to enjoy burgers without the bun. Instead, you serve all the toppings in – the burger itself!

Instead of forming the beef into patties, you shape it into a little bowl and load it up with cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. Then put those filled bowls on a baking pan and bake them under a foil tent for half an hour, so all the juices from the meat blend together with those tasty toppings. You can top these with barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, diced chives, or all three.

Here’s another plus: you don’t need to wait for nice weather so you can fire up the grill. These Fully Loaded Burger Bowls are good rain or shine!

 

FULLY LOADED BURGER BOWLS

Ingredients:
2 lb extra lean beef
2.5 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Ground
3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 TB butter
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups of cheddar cheese. shredded, divided
10 slices of bacon, cooked and diced
diced chives, bacon bbq sauce, ranch for topping

Instructions

  • Mix together beef, seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper and worcestershire sauce. On a baking sheet lined with foil, form 4 meat bowls using a clean jar or can. Set aside.
  • In a medium pan, saute mushrooms with butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into 4 equal potions.
  • Fill each meat bowls with 1/4 cup of cheese, mushrooms, 2 slices worth of diced bacon, and then top with 1/4 cup of cheese.
  • Bake at 350 covered with a foil tent (foil loosely coving) covering for 30 mins. Before serving, top with diced bacon, bbq sauce, ranch and diced chives.

Directions:

1. Mix together beef, seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

Fully Loaded Burger Bowls - raw ground beef in a glass bowl with seasoning

2. On a baking sheet lined with foil, form 4 meat bowls using a clean jar or can. Set aside

Fully Loaded Burger Bowls - balls of raw hamburger meat on a foil lined baking sheetFully Loaded Burger Bowls - bowl pushed into center of ground beef, forming a bowl

3. In a medium pan, saute mushrooms with butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into 4 equal potions.

Fully Loaded Burger Bowls - Mushroom cooked in butter

4. Fill each meat bowls with 1/4 cup of cheese, mushrooms, 2 slices worth of diced bacon, and then top with 1/4 cup of cheese.

Fully Loaded Burger Bowls - Uncooked ground beef cup filled with cheeseFully Loaded Burger Bowls - Uncooked ground beef cup filled with mushroomsFully Loaded Burger Bowls - Uncooked ground beef cup filled with bacon, mushrooms and cheese

 

5. Bake at 350 degrees F covered with a foil tent (foil loosely coving) covering for 30 mins. Before serving, top with diced bacon, bbq sauce, ranch and diced chives.

 

 

 

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 690kcal (35%)Carbohydrates: 4g (1%)Protein: 71g (142%)Fat: 49g (75%)Saturated Fat: 28g (140%)Cholesterol: 230mg (77%)Sodium: 2391mg (100%)Potassium: 1146mg (33%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 940IU (19%)Vitamin C: 1.6mg (2%)Calcium: 439mg (44%)Iron: 6.5mg (36%)

 

 

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DIY Easter Bunny Shirt with Rosette Tail

DIY Easter Bunny Shirt with Rosette Tail

This is my baby girl‘s first Easter, so of course, she needed a cute Easter Bunny Shirt! And with only a few days left until Easter, I knew I had to come up with a quick and easy Easter shirt. So I made this adorable Easter Bunny shirt with Rosette tail. It turned out even cuter than I had expected! The rosette tail is the perfect fluff without sticking off the shirt too much. And…I sort of have an ever-growing collection of those shabby rosette flowers and needed another way to use them!

I wanted to use bright, happy, and youthful colors and I think the magenta and lime were absolutely perfect for that. You might recognize that cute bunny shape from the Bunny Butt card I did a couple years ago 🙂

Easter shirt for baby girls. Love the addition of the rosette bunny tail!

Little Miss D loves the fuzzy rosette tail on her tummy! Its like a built-in sensory shirt with the smooth heat transfer and fuzzy flower. haha

Easter Bunny shirt. Add a flower rosette for an adorable bunny tail!

 Easter Bunny Shirt Tutorial

silhouette portrait craft

Supplies: Silhouette Portrait, hook tool, magenta heat transfer from Happy Crafters {sponsor}, white shirt or white onesie, iron, thread, needle, and a 1.5″ lime green rosette.

I cut the bunny silhouette out with my Silhouette Portrait. Then I ironed the decal onto the white shirt. {for a more in-depth tutorial on how to use Heat Transfer, click here.}

Use a rosette flower for the bunny's tail. Genius!! Such a cute easter shirt.

Then using the thread and needle, I carefully stitched the rosette to the bottom of the bunny. Be careful pushing the needle through the heat transfer, you may want to use a thimble to protect your fingers.

*Tip: before you put holes in your heat transfer with the needle, double check that the tail is in the right place and that the hole will not be visible when you’re done.  

Adorable Easter Shirt! Love the colors and the rosette for a bunny tail.

This shirt is perfect for that Easter cutie in your life!

Easter onesie

 

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Chocolate Magic Flan Cake combines two favorite desserts in one! Part moist chocolate cake and part creamy custard, it’s the ultimate sweet treat!

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake is easy to make and sure to wow the crowd. A luscious combination of caramel, chocolate cake, and (leche) flan, it’s the ultimate baked treat!

If you love a moist chocolate cake and a creamy flan, you are in luck. I am going to show you how to make a stunning Impossible flan cake that combines these two dessert favorites in one delectable treat!

 

What is magic chocoflan

The cake is made up of three components and baked in a bundt pan. The layering starts with the dulce de leche, followed by the chocolate batter and, finally, the flan. As it bakes, the cake rises to the top, and the custard sinks to the bottom.

Once the cake is released from the pan and inverted the cake on the serving platter, you’ll find that the chocolate and flan layer have magically switched places! You get a gorgeous cake with a luscious caramel glaze sitting on top.

How to make

making chocolate cake batter in a bowl

 

Chocolate cake layer

  • To prevent lumps in the batter, make sure that the milk and eggs are at room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and continue to beat.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and add half of the mixture into the mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the milk. Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
  • Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and the milk and beat just until the ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix as it will result in a dense cake.

Flan layer

  • In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

making chocoflan cake in a bundt pan

 

Assembling layers

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter and add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • Spoon the chocolate batter on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.
  • Carefully pour the flan mixture over the chocolate batter.
  • Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Baking the cake

  • Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan to create steam inside the oven as the cake bakes.
  • In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping.
  • After 60 minutes, check the cake by inserting a skewer in the middle. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan.
  • To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.
  • Invert a cake serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.
  • Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to chill completely.

slice of chocolate flan cake in a white serving plate

And here you have it, layers of decadence in one ultimate treat. Caramel, flan, and chocolate in every slice!

I hope you try this chocoflan for your next baking project. You can also check out my black forest swiss roll and floating island dessert recipes. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

1 ounce butter, softened (for greasing the pan)
¼ cup dulce de leche (homemade or store-bought)

For the Chocolate Cake

¾ cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature

For the Flan

1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
4 eggs
½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Making the Chocolate Cake Layer

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.

Add the egg and continue to beat.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add half of the dry ingredient mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add half of the milk.

Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and of the milk. Beat just until the ingredients are incorporated.

 

Making the Leche Flan Layer

In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

Baking the Chocoflan

Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter.

Add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan. Set aside.

Spoon the chocolate batter into the bundt pan on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.

Carefully pour the flan mixture into the bundt pan over the chocolate batter.

Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place it inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan.

In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping. After 60 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs, the cake is ready.

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan. To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.

Invert a serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.

Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to completely chill.

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Golden Seismograph Easter Eggs

Golden Seismograph Easter Eggs

Dubbed “seismograph” eggs after their beautifully uneven design, these cuties have quite a few steps but are definitely worth it.

A couple years ago a friend told me about dyeing eggs with silk ties – an idea she picked up from Martha Stewart Show staff member, Jackie Manzolillo, who picked it up from her Great Aunt Helen, who picked it up from her grandmother. It’s a family tradition. And if there is one thing I can’t resist, it’s a craft project with lineage. Of course I had to try it, and of course the eggs came out great. If you haven’t seen the original video, you should, ‘cause there be some serious granny cuteness going on. And yes, the results are mucho mucho impressive.
Since I like to try a new egg dye technique each year, and that one came out so well, as did my tissue paper eggs from last year as well, I thought; why not cross the two?

 

 

The end result is a swirling dervish of sparkly pastel Easter goodness. This is an easy project that relies on little more than bundling and soaking — both are very kid friendly, especially if you use hard boiled eggs instead of fragile, hollow eggs. Of course, I would avoid eating eggs that have been boiled in garment dye but I wouldn’t think twice about setting them out on the coffee table.

 

 

Materials

  • Eggs with their guts blown out (see this video)
  • Silk neckties (can also use scarves or fabric scraps – must be 100% silk)
  • Tissue paper cut into long strips (dark colors work best)
  • Non-metal pot (I used my slow cooker, but you can find ceramic and glass pots at the thrift store – no metal)
  • Vinegar
  • Coffee filters
  • Dental floss or strong white thread/twine
  • Mod Podge
  • Gold Paint Pen
Again: watch the original video. That way you can skip most of these directions. Or piece it together from the pictures. I love craft tutorials with more pictures than words, don’t you? Brevity is a virtue. I ramble too much but I’m good with sequins – that’s my virtue.

 

 

The number of eggs will determine how many neckties you need, but I would estimate 4-6 eggs per tie (I found these ties at the thrift store for 50cents each. Not all neckties have obvious fabric indication tags, but if a tie is 100% silk, there is a decent chance the manufacturer will brag about it with a big ol’ tag).
Cut the tie apart into pieces large enough to surround each egg, roughly 5″ square or larger.

 

 

The dying process is based on a simple bundling technique.
Egg > Tissue Strip > Silk Piece > Coffee Filter > Tied Together with Floss

 

 

Use tongs to submerge the egg bundles in hot water (not boiling) with a splash of vinegar. Leave them there to soak. Be sure to use a non-metallic pot, as it will react with the acidity of the vinegar and effect the dye process. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any non-metallic pots sitting around so I resorted to using my slow cooker with a ceramic insert. The slow cooker also allowed for a clamp-on lid, which was helpful in keeping the eggs wet, even if they insisted on floating (fully submerging eggs in a crowded pot isn’t easy).

 

 

You will have to experiment to see how long they stay in there. Some dyes will release in a few minutes, some will take a few hours.

 

 

As you can see, the paisley print was a direct transfer in some spots, while the strip of green tissue created reverse-print stripes in other spots. The overall effect is very muted and pretty. And abstract. Which is a nice way of saying no one will notice if you make a mistake. Don’t you love that?

 

 

It’s important to coat the outside AND the inside with diluted Mod Podge (we went over this last week). I also added a dash of glitter paint to the mix. Because, you know, I’m tasteful.

 

 

Now for the fun! Use the ‘stripe’ created by the tissue paper as a guide on where to use your gold paint pen. I chose to draw staggered vertical stripes along the outer borders of the stripe. I was trying to give the visual impression of “music” but it came out looking more like an “earthquake.” Hence the name of this project, Golden Seismograph Eggs.

 

 

I almost gave them the name Earthquake Eggs but I like the word seismograph. I also like the words mercurial and besmirch. Last week I was on the phone with a guy who used troglodyte in a sentence without even trying. Man, some people are so cool!

 

 

Interested seeing some other folks dye eggs with neckties?

 

3 Ways to Introduce Arts and Crafts to Your Kids

3 Ways to Introduce Arts and Crafts to Your Kids

Many people developed a passion for art from childhood, including famous artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Albrecht Durer, and Paul Klee. They prove how early exposure to art and craft can spark a lifelong passion for this field. How art and craft savvy are you? The arts and crafts market value is pegged at over $ 41 million. Aside from its recreational value, art also gives your child the potential to develop a budding career out of it. Here are a few ways to introduce your kids to art.  

  • Consider your child’s interests

Every child is born with a talent, and sometimes, until you pay close attention to what that might be, it may not be easy to steer them onto that path. Children, in general, go through several stages of intense obsession with drawing and toys. While some love flowers, others prefer building blocks or enjoy the thrill of jumping hoops. No matter what interests there are, it’d help if you determined which ones are more arts inclined.

For instance, if your child is absolutely thrilled with trains or cars, now will be the time to introduce them to creating crafts. Fortunately, you can find many of these supplies in your local neighborhood store. Miniature tires, blunt metal connectors, etc., are not hard to come by. Also, the internet holds a wealth of information on how to create mini trains and toy cars that you and your little learner will find exciting.

On the other hand, if your little one is not interested in creating toy trains and cars, there’s an alternative. With adult supervision, guide them to cut out every train or car image they find in a magazine. The objective is to encourage them to create a children’s book project or a scrapbook with the cut-out images.

  • Draw inspiration from the environment

Arts and symbols abound everywhere in the environment; church buildings, skyscrapers, the Ferris wheel, and a long list of others have various shapes and colors. These are themes you can subtly introduce to your youngsters. For example, regarding church windows, you can encourage your little ones to make out shapes they see in the structure. It’d be best if you did the same for other structures at the playground or any child-friendly areas.

With time, a well-engaged child will begin to keep an eye out for inherent shapes they see in the environment. Some might even begin to draw their own versions of things they see around them. To make this exercise even more purposeful, you can introduce the concept of mosaic, which involves cutting out different images and gluing them together to tell a story.

  • Stock up on art and craft supplies

This works on a child’s psychology as what they see readily available is likely what they’ll be attracted to make use of. Supplies such as paper glue, art paper, markers, etc., should always be in stock to bring out your child’s inner artist. However, be cautious when dealing with children under five years who’ll likely put these in these mouths. To be on the safer side, make a few empty cardboard boxes available with varied markers. A child’s imagination will run wild even with the most basic of art and craft supplies.

As earlier indicated in previous paragraphs, you can only generate interest in a child when you make options available. Believe it or not, arts and crafts are one of the foundational blocks to early childhood learning. And you can make it fun and educational.

Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Bunnies are the simple (and cute) mascot for Spring, and they inspire these fun fruit bags. They’re made from paper bags and will instantly liven up lunch time fruits and veggies. Place a basket out at brunch and your guests will be instantly drawn to the tied ears, colorful nose and sweet peak of fruit inside.

paper bunny baggies

 

To make the bunny paper bags you’ll need; paper bags (look for fun paper bag designs at your local craft store), a roll of colorful tape, ribbon to tie off the ears, and fruit to place inside.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

To make the bunny fruit bags, cut the edges off your paper bag so that you are left with two open sides. The bag should be cut to be a little narrower than your fruit. Cut the open end of the bag into the shape of rabbit ears, the ears should meet around a third of the way down the bag.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

Sit the apple inside the paper bag and gather at the top, being careful not to tear the paper. Fix the gathered bag in place with some paper ribbon, knot the ribbon twice and fan out the ends into a bow. Cut a small triangle of pink washi tape and add it to the front to make a cute bunny nose.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

Use different patterns and colours to create a fruity Easter display — you could also use any type of round fruit or vegetable to fill these paper bunny bags. They look sweet in a bowl as a grab and go snack, and would make a lovely easter surprise inside a lunch box.