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Homemade Hamburgers - fun mini Burgers

Homemade Hamburgers - fun mini Burgers

Ok, you saw my wonderful post about the best Hamburger ever, and now I have the "Homemade Hamburgers" fun mini blog post. Ok, I am stuck on burgers!

homemade hamburgers mini It was Saturday morning and I decided to have a fun filled day with the family. What says more fun, or can create a happy fun fill atmosphere than - yes, FOOD. I figured with all my free time, 5 weeks of free vacation time, that I should spend some extra time with the family having fun. After all, I have so much to spare [ unlike my wife who has to work.... I quietly giggle deep down inside ].

So Friday I did some grocery shopping - and decided I, no we, were going to make mini hamburgers. Yeah, let’s get the grill, stoke the fire and get a cooking people.
I had seen several blogs about friends and family coming together to cook. They are all in the kitchen working together to make a wonderful meal. I wanted that. That's right, I wanted to get together with no distractions, no hassles, just us laughing as we build a family bonding moment and memory.

homemade hamburgers miniOfcourse, my family being who they are, let’s just say there were a few snags: wife wants to run the show when I already had a plan and a vision. The daughter was willing to help but didn't want to receive helpful instructions from mom [ that’s why the fries were a bit.... uhm, special?...] and the son, well he just wanted to play and get all the attention - him I put to set the table, which I did mostly myself.

mini hamburgers homemadeBut I have to say, even with some of the headaches, when we sat down to eat those homemade hamburgers, with the music playing in the background - we talked, the food was great, if I don't say so myself, and the time was special. My wife had to admit that the mini burgers tasted great, even if it's not how she would have made them. The kids talked, laughed and said that the mini hamburgers tasted great. I guess what matters most is that we spent time together, enjoying each other’s company as we shared a wonder meal.

My recipe: well...

mini homemade hamburgers2 packs of ground beef
Turkey Beacon
any Bread of your choice *I used some sandwich bread cut in half – see pic
and your choice of seasonings, plus 1 onion
I cooked the beacon [ full pack ] cut in half
[ one half was for strips on top of burger the other was crumbled up ]
Season meat and mixed in crumpled beacon and chopped onions.
Toasted the bread and made some french fries.
Sautéed some onion as a topping
made a salad and some of that went to top the burger

Then the kids grabbed some other condiments in the frig and everyone built their mini burger to their liking.

That’s the basics of my recipe.

homemade hamburgersTo me it's more about experimenting, playing and having fun with it. I must say though - it was fun mixing the beef and physically handling the meat to make the shape - my wife said I made the mini burgers so thick that they almost resembled large meat balls...... Hey, it was my hamburger and mine to shape as I so desired. Just cause I said I was making mini burgers, I didn't mean they would be small.

hamburgers homemade
My son, everything taste better with Katchup......


Best Burger in Village Inn – hungry for meat!

Best Burger in Village Inn – hungry for meat!

best burgerI don’t know if it was the “Best Burger” I ever had because it was, or because I was hankering for a slab of juicy all beef meat. At any rate it was the best burger I’ve had at village Inn in a while. Then again, it’s been a long time, since I enjoyed a real large all you can eat forget the calories, cholesterol and fat burger in a while. All I know is – I started my 5 week vacation, yes I said 5 weeks and I was going to celebrate.

best burger village inn The funny thing about enjoying the “best Burger” ever as you can see – I took lovely pictures – I even made my wife take pictures of me enjoying my delicious burger. But like I said – it was funny because while we’re taking pictures of this massive burger – the manager seems to run on over and tells us not to forget “#villageInn” – what? My daughter had to explain to her usually tech savvy dad that this was a way of “tagging” pictures on facebook. Oh, I thought he was referring to twitter – no she said “you do it on facebook”. Whatever you say kid – but I have seen it on twitter, since I tweet more than I FB.

So it was a bit odd having the rest of the restaurant patrons watching me and my wife taking pictures of my massive burger [ with our cell phones of course ], but when the manager came to point out the need to remind us [ not ask ]to hash tag the pic – now we were the center of attention.

best burger village in The other strange thing that happened – I guess since we were now famous, or infamous, was an older lady came up to me while I was eating and gave me a village inn coupon, she just walked up and said “here, you guys can use this” and then walked away. She didn’t even wait for a thank you or even to be acknowledged. I didn’t even get a chance to look her in the face [ had my face in my burger ].

All in all – it was the best burger I’ve had in some time. Just by looking at it I thought I was not going to be able to finish this massive size burger in one sitting. After all, trying to eat healthy and all, reducing my meal portions – could I really eat and enjoy this entire burger....? Hell yes I did!

Now the hard work begins: how to enjoy my five weeks of free time…. Oh yeah.

best burger village inn

Video Chat with up to 12 people at once - for FREE

Video Chat with up to 12 people at once - for FREE

I've been watching my daughter and this interesting Video Chat system - she has instant messaging, video chat, video sharing and she can talk with up to 12 people all at once. For teenagers and large families - I think it's great. Skype is nice but watching my baby girl talking with two of her friends [ her being the third person ] is kind of cool.

Did I mention you can video chat with a group - all at once, at the same time!
How it works? You use group video to video chat with up to 12 people at one time on a call. Simply start a call and then add contacts from your contact list . All platforms including PC, Mac*, Facebook, Android and iOS currently support the group video chat experience. 12-way video chat for FREE

free group video chat Group video feature is the only service that lets you have 12 video windows for FREE.

The free group video chat service can be used for work with colleagues, or just chatting with friends and family ( in my daughters case - gigling about hunger games with her friends ).

To start a group chat simply launch a video call, and then add up to 11 friends! Sounds simple to me, and if my baby girl can downloaded it on to her laptop, set it up and use it with ease - anyone can.

video chat free more than one personI use skype and I like it, but I realized that there was a short coming on Skype - like the ability to video chat to more than one person at a time. So if your like my daughter, teenagers always seem to learn about all the fun new stuff, and want to video chat with more than one person - follow the above links and try it out. Again - the best thing about it: It's Free....
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