Bison Burger

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The last time that we were in Colorado we had Elk chili and Bison burgers. Now, if you know me you know that I’m not a huge meat eater, never mind meat that is ‘out of the norm’ but I cannot deny that both were good! Since we moved to the middle of nowhere in North Carolina without great grocery stores I have made even LESS meat… but then I found my new favorite store – Harris Teeter! Some people may think, ‘oh, just a Harris Teeter?’ but clearly you’ve never seen my other options- yuck! This place doesn’t have 19 year olds with 3 kids running around the store, you don’t find deodorant in the dairy section because someone just up and thought, ‘hmmm deodorant? who needs it’ when looking at yogurt. This place plays soothing music, has LED lit aisles to save $ and energy AND their produce is not only locally grown but SO fresh and beautiful.

Anyway, back to the Bison Burger. I found some very lean very organic bison and decided to try to reproduce the bison burgers I saw in Colorado- here it is!

1 pound Ground Bison*
4 Gluten Free Buns, split and toasted, try these: http://udisglutenfree.com/products/classic-hamburger-buns/
Salt and pepper

1. Shape Ground Bison into four 1/2 inch thick patties.

2. Heat your pan with olive oil, do not add your patties until the pan is hot.

3. Pan fry, turning once, just until the pink has disappeared.

4. Toast your buns in the oven.

**I added, two pieces of turkey bacon, a slice of tomato, provolone cheese and a small amount of chopped onion to each burger**. 

Serves 4.
Per patty: 156 calories; 9.1 g fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium.

10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean

10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean

I stumbled upon this great post and wanted to share the 10 points with all of you. Growing up my mother was very adamant about each of these points. Generally speaking, in my own house I follow them! Do you?

1.  It just looks better.  This should be fairly obvious right?  Straightened sheets and comforters with pillows in their proper place are far more esthetically pleasing than disheveled blankets and a pile of pillows on the floor.  A sink full of dirty dishes just looks ugly, whereas I could stare at my clean and sparkly kitchen all day long. 

Let’s break this down… in my life, if things aren’t in a certain order I go nuts! A sink full of dirty dishes? I want to barf. Not only does it look entirely lazy but when you have dogs going in and out of the house all day… so too do the flies and fruit flies. A sink full of dirty dishes will attract ANY and ALL bugs. GROSS

2.  I get more done when my house is clean.  Taking the time to focus on putting things in order–especially when I set the timer and race against the clock–seems to jumpstart my productivity.  When I ignore the mess and try to work around it, I am more easily distracted by whatever comes my way, and at the end of the day I’ll find I accomplished almost nothing.  It doesn’t mean I always keep my house clean, but I do get more done on the days that I do.

To me, this screams routine. When you have a cleaning routine *brush your teeth, wash your face, make the bed, get dressed * life becomes easier, I promise! Whenever my office is unorganized with task 1 here task 2 here, press release 3 there… I go nuts! IF everything is in it’s proper place it becomes one thing after another and you can bang out as many things as you want to!  

3.  I’m not embarrassed to have people over.  I love entertaining and throwing parties and get-togethers, & greatly value hospitality.  When my house is clean I am more likely to invite someone over on the spur of the moment.

I have a few people in the neighborhood that at any moment could and do text me, “I’m coming over for a glass of wine” “I’m on your street with the dogs, coming over” “Can I borrow some spices?” and they literally will be there within 3 minutes… I once was caught off guard/having a total lazy day and the house was a mess… = I ended up embarrassed. It never happened again.

4. I can find things.  When everything has a rightful place, it is so much easier to put it away and–surprise surprise–to find things again when we need them.

I struggle with this… my mother has said it for years, my husband says my mother-in-law does the same thing, I put something somewhere specific so that I remember exactly where I put it … then I forget that special secret hiding place. **MUST WORK ON THIS**

5.  My kids play better.  My children have the incredible ability to make a mess instantaneously.  Do your kids possess this talent?  Sometimes it seems like they spend their entire day just dragging stuff out so they can leave it on the floor.  During our great purge I got rid of 4 huge bins of toys, and there is still more purging yet to be done.  I have noticed, however, that when we keep their room clean (and I do make them help with this), they actually play much better.  Just like me, they can find the things they are looking for and focus on just one thing at a time instead of being overwhelmed by 5,000 toys staring at them from the floor.

We have no children but this sounds brilliant to me. 

6. It makes my husband happy.  Who wants to come home after a hard day’s work to a house full of chaos? There are far too many days when Husband comes home at 5:30 and the kids are hungry and crabby and screaming, dishes are piled in the sink, dinner isn’t made, and the rest of the house is a disaster.  (For the record, he never says anything negative and will dig right in and help with dinner, then do the dishes.)  But on the days the house is clean and dinner is made and the girls happily run to greet him at the door, there is an unspoken joy that lights up his face.

Replace kids with dogs and this is spot on in our house! 

7.  It saves money.  Taking care of my home and my things means I am less likely to need to replace something that gets lost or broken.  When things are messy I want only to escape the clutter, which can often mean going to Target and mindlessly filling a cart with even more stuff we don’t need.  When things are clean, I have no desire to be any place but here.

Nothing is better than a clean home. If your life is chaos and unorganized with clutter everywhere, do yourself a favor and take a weekend to clean out – it is AMAZING the things you’ll find that you bought at one time and hid somewhere and forgot about! I did this when we moved, basically I will never need any body soap/hair products every again! 

8.  I am more creative.  Instead of seeing nothing but the mess, my mind is clear to see the creative potential around me, and my desk and table are clear to spread out and complete a project.   Likewise, when my kitchen is clean, it makes me want to cook things!  I know this doesn’t bother some people, but I have a really hard time creating anything–or enjoying the process–when I am surrounded by clutter.

Amen

9.  It helps me get a good night sleep.  There is nothing I love more than crawling into a carefully-made bed.   It is so comforting!  Rather than needing to wrestle with tangled sheets or scoop up blankets from off the floor, I am instantly relaxed and ready for a night of rejuvenation.  Even if I can’t manage to get to the rest of the house, I almost always make my bed because I hate sleeping in a messy bed.  A made bed just feels better, the blankets stay on all night long, and I sleep much better.

I have this thing … I HAVE to shower before bed, I truly cannot stand going to bed without showering and getting that all over clean feeling. Now, we have dogs. If the bed isn’t made… and one of them happens to jump up on the bed… then the chances it’s dirty are high! I’ll stick to making the bed in the morning! 

10.  It’s my job.  When I signed up to be a stay-at-home wife, I agreed to all the duties that came with it, including keeping house.  It’s not Husband’s responsibility to go to work all day then come home and do my job too.  Yes, I work too, but my “work” is out of my house.  

This is not a sexist thing. If my husband is even home his hours are absurd. If the situation was flip flopped cleaning, laundry, cooking etc. would be the LAST thing I wanted to do. I work from home therefore I have the ability to do the laundry, stick something in the crock pot, make the bed in the a.m. as part of my routine etc. Now, on the weekends – it’s all about team work but during the week – I got you babe!