Hamburger Sanity Un-Recipe

May 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm 16 comments

Well it’s been a while.  I’m surprised that mothers haven’t gone extinct since nearly every one has survived their toddler(s).  My two year old is about to put me in the nut house.  He is so busy and so cute at the same time.   Not to mention he is stinkin’ loud and I’ve told him so on occasion.  Today he shrieked “Stinky Woud, Mom!”

Trying to get ahead is a joke, let alone keep up. I start one thing to be outdone three times over by his speed and agility at UN-doing things just around the corner where I can’t see.  He has taken to getting himself  “coffee” and “feeding” the dogs as well as letting himself into the great outdoors with nothing but a pair of mud boots on.  Thankfully we have a lot of space and no neighbors within earshot, but it is quite shocking when you think your littlest walking member of the family is happily playing cars and suddenly, as you are starting the babys “smoothie” you spot a bare bunned “wild animal” trotting through your backyard on a chilly afternoon.  YIKES!

This week I dreampt up all kinds of things to post while cleaned marbles out of my shag area rug. Yes, I intentionally bought a shag rug and yes it is difficult picking out marbles and even worse fishing out cereal and raisins.

After all that thinking and planning magnificent meals to wow the world, I came up with this…


That is MY naptime face!

Hamburger Un-Recipe-gluten free, dairy free (if you please) and worry free

Pre-made burger patties from Costco. “Boo, hiss!”  I know I know, even I was doubtful when my husband picked them out.  Despite my protest I had used nearly the whole bag by the end of the first week and sent him back for more the next time we went to Costo.  I complained, “We can make them just as easily.”  Yeah right, between rocks that ruin menu planning and body painting toddlers I’ll take the patties. Sigh!

BBQ the hamburger patties, melt cheese add condiments and wrap up nice and snug in lettuce.

Did you see the veggies!? I called them Kid Carrots but they are really for me.

Kid Carrots:

I boiled baby carrots in water for 2min then saute’d them in olive oil with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Does it still count as my veggie?  I do think so…

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.


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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wendy  |  May 6, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Another great day-in-the-life post. Glad to see you are eating your veggies.

  • 2. Rachel  |  May 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Haha, I love hearing about your little guys. Mostly because I too have a toddler and your life mirrors mine in many ways right now. This meal sounds like something I put out frequently, haha.

  • 3. Stacey  |  May 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

    “Un-recipe”, I love that. Sometimes we just need things like that.

  • 4. JoAnn  |  May 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I have to laugh (I guess it’s either laugh or cry, right?)….we are raising a two year old and a three year old simultaneously. And doing it for the second time because we adopted our biological grandbabies! 🙂

    Fortunately we have all hardwood floors, but there are still lots of nooks and crannies to dig things out of….and of course there’s always the toilet! Our three year old has been experimenting with what will and what won’t go down the toilet.

    Your hamburger meal sounds exactly like like something he would LOVE…simple and nutritious.

  • 5. Gina  |  May 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Bunless burgers for a boy who has enough buns of his own! I have been guiltily enjoying pre-made burgers recently too. I just can’t wait til I can BBQ them outside on a sunny day!

  • 6. gfe-gluten free easily  |  May 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Good pre-made burgers are a good thing. I just threw some horrid ones away the other day. I think some bad burgers were hiding under those buns for many years … we just didn’t know. LOL Cute burgers and I like those carrots!

    Try making a game ouf of picking up those marbles … not for you, the two year old. Got a time, see if he can beat the timer and then hug and kiss him profusely. 😉


  • 7. Kathryn  |  May 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Busy, busy mama! You do what you can within bounds of health!

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  • 9. Linda  |  May 7, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I’ve been busy lately and doing a lot of hamburgers. I haven’t bought the premade ones, but I have in the past. Remember, it’s cheaper and better for you than McD’s. The carrot recipe sounds good. I’m not big on cooked carrots, but I think I would like those!

  • 10. Brian  |  May 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I like the ketchup smiley face. I’ll have to try that on my daughter. Maybe she’ll eat more that two bites of dinner. Great, simple dinner idea. After a long day at work or with kids, it’s nice to fix something quickly. Which usually translates into less mess to clean up as well. Thanks

  • 11. purplemoose  |  May 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    It’s the toughest stage when the child has the ability to run rampant, without the wisdom to know that what he’s doing isn’t a good idea!

    Come to think of it, we really never grow out of that, do we? Just increase in our abilities. *Sigh!*

    And them Costco burgers are really tasty! I don’t think you could make them yourself for much cheaper, and then you have to consider the value of your time.

  • 12. glutenfree4goofs  |  May 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you everyone for being so supportive of my strange and less than gourmet ideas! 🙂
    Wendy- Yes eating veggies and liking them!
    Rachel, Stacy, JoAnn and Kathryn -Ha ha, writing for my own sanity and hoping to give others a way to see the positive even in hard times. Sometimes I cry, then pull myself together and come write about it! Glad you come back each week. 🙂
    Gina- Those are some really cute buns though!
    Shirley-Love the hugs and kisses/game idea, I need to slow down most days and just enjoy the craziness but oh that’s hard, I’m still learning.
    Linda-True that we have not eaten out almost at all since I started the blog, yipee!
    Brian- you should also check out my fried eggs post if your little girl likes the unusual.
    Purplemoose-rampant is correct, he is big enough to get out of anything yet small enough to get INTO all kinds of trouble 🙂 I’ve never grown out of that, thank God for His grace and patience. I had dreams of making patties chock full of disguised veggies and therefore saving money with healthy “fillers” BUT in this stage of life (and maybe in all stages) time is money!

  • 13. Diane-thewholegang  |  May 11, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Short cuts are key when the kids are little. I feel your pain. I’m happy that my kids are now 15 and 19. Let me tell you it does go by fast. I’m always impressed that you get the meals on the table that you do and have a blog and everything else. I hope you had a good Mother’s Day. Here’s a piece of advice I was given and never took and of course eventually paid for. Take time for your self. Self care is so important. Check out Cheryl Richardson’s books like Extreme Self Care and Life Makeovers. Have a great week.

  • 14. Rose Biles  |  January 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Is this your own website? Or is anyone welcome to add glutenfree recipes?

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