Guacamole Burger on an English Muffin (TT#16)

Wow. I really stink at naming recipes.

Doesn’t matter because this burger is flipping’ good.

You know I love grilling and I definitely love a good burger.

They’re fun to put together – hey, you get to get messy! – they’re easy to cook, and they’re super fun to eat! :)

One of the best things about burgers is that they are highly customizable from what you put IN your burger to what you put ON it. Or even what you put it on!

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Have you ever put a burger on an English muffin? This was actually our first time trying it! I’ve seen recipes that call for English muffins instead of burger buns and decided we needed to try it.

The cool thing about an English muffin as a burger delivery system is that it’s not overly bread-y. Yes, that’s a word. Trust me. Buns can sometimes be too much. (um, no, not if you’re a CrossFitter! ba-dum-bump! Thank you, thank you very much.) The English muffin is the perfect size and gives a whole different flavor to the burger without taking away from it or overwhelming it.

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Pssst…I make Dagwood style burgers. You can make your patties thinner if that’s not your thing.

The burger is the quintessential backyard BBQ food. Want to stay traditional? Fine. Want to change it up a little? Here’s your burger.

And, now it’s your turn! Wait, did you get so wrapped up in the thought of a burger that you forgot it was Tasty Tuesday?!

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What sort of food awesomeness have you been cooking up or Nomming down lately? Enquiring minds want to know!

Don’t forget to check out what my partner in crime (okay, not LITERALLY!), Lean Lena, is up to!

And, don’t forget to tell me what your MOST FAVORITE burger topping is!

Link ’em up, my friends!

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Guacamole Burger on an English Muffin
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Guacamole Burger on an English Muffin
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to high.
  2. In a small bowl, using your hands, mix ground beef, Worcestershire, and seasonings until just blended. Do not over mix or burgers will be a tough. Form into 4 patties.
  3. Cook patties on grill, or grill pan, turning occasionally, approximately 8-12 minutes on each side. Less time for medium, more time for well done.
  4. Toast English muffins in toaster or on grill.
  5. Add cheese to burgers during the last minute of cooking, or remove burgers from grill and add cheese. (Your choice)
  6. Place burger on one side of English muffin. Spread top of English muffin with guacamole. Add lettuce and tomato, and other toppings, as desired (like, if you love onions on your burger, go for it!).
  7. Put it together and gobble it down!
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Successes, failures, and lessons learned

So, I’d planned on writing this post about failure and learning difficult, and expensive, lessons about hard work but I kinda got a reprieve. Although, I still learned some valuable lessons.

I took my Chemistry final last night.

My lab grade was a B- heading into the exam but I did so poorly that I obliterated any chance of passing the class. I think I squeezed out the failing grade I got because I spelled my name correctly.

I’m not an excellent test taker. Especially when I’m nervous (um, online proctoring is a little creepy) and I haven’t prepared as much as I should have. I could have – should have – spent WAY more time reviewing concepts, working problems, and studying but I got a little complacent. I easily got As in the other 2 classes, I was managing through the chapter problems and I was okay with my B, even with the – behind it! I guess I kinda thought I could skate my way through the final. Besides, I don’t fail things. It just doesn’t happen.

Um, well, that changed last night!

I had emailed the professor after I finished and let her know I’d completed the exam. It was a self-paced course so she wasn’t constantly checking up on us. I received an email back from her this morning with my final grade and my options.

Which include retaking the exam.

Wait, what?

I CAN RETAKE THE EXAM!?!!?!

I have to take it by August 1 and I have to pay more for the online proctoring of the exam but that cost is minimal compared to what it would cost to pay back financial aid for this one and then retake (and repay for) the entire class!

I about fell out of my chair when I read that. I had resigned myself to my poor grade and was trying not to stress about it and she swooped in and made my day.

Not that I’m excited about Chemistry but I have a good, solid 6-7 weeks of additional study and work time and I plan on making good use of it.

My plan right now is to go on vacation (tomorrow!!!), NOT think about Chemistry at all, and get back into it after we’re back and we’ve celebrated Thing 2’s birthday.

So, what did I learn? Well, first of all, I learned that a self-paced, online science class is difficult and that I maybe should give up some time and take them in person instead. I also learned that I’m an excellent procrastinator. Oh wait, I actually already knew that. And I learned that I’m not a fan of failing. At all. I had a feeling it wasn’t going to go well and still, when it didn’t, I was a little surprised and I wasn’t sure how to process all those emotions. I just couldn’t believe I wasn’t able to pull it off.

But, I got a second chance and those don’t come around all the time. I’m thankful when they do and I take them very seriously.

I WILL learn those concepts, I WILL work hard, and I WILL end up with a grade I’m proud of. :)

Talk to me: What was your favorite subject in school? Have you ever failed a class?

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Weekend Things – spending ALL the money

Um, I seriously could not be more overwhelmed right now. I kinda feel like hiding under my desk or sticking my head in the sand.

We’re prepping up to go on vacation, I have to take my Chem final (online and proctored. how weird is that going to be? taking it tomorrow after work.) before we go, I still have to go to work (well, until I go on vacation that is), and I still want to get some workouts in before we go.  It’s too much and I only have 3 days left.

We won’t discuss how I think I’m going to do on that final. :/

Needless to say, this past weekend was pretty busy. And I really only had one day for trip prep because Sunday was an all-day nutrition seminar at my CrossFit box. It was definitely worth going to but there went 8 hours!

I didn’t even work out on Saturday! That’s how you know I’m overwhelmed – when I willingly give up a workout that I really want to do because there aren’t enough hours in my day.

We did stop by the box though – had to get at least a little fix! 😉 – because we were in the area shopping.

We bought so much stuff for our new camper! We had stuff from the old one but I needed some new pots and pans – the others were ridiculously cheap and you could tell – and some bedding.

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How cute is that?!

We also picked up some new flatware, camp chairs, a cooler that my sailor had been eyeballing at the RV store, lights for the awning, etc. It was a fun and busy day spending money.

I needed sustenance while we were out so we swung by Panera and I got their Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad.

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It was actually pretty tasty! And HUGE! And that’s something coming from me because you KNOW I can pack away a salad.

After the shop fest, I got a haircut and we were going to try to squeeze in a date night but it didn’t happen.

Our a/c quit working.  Did I mention it was 90 degrees? :/

So, we ordered a pizza (#fancy) and ate dinner in the camper, where the a/c WAS working. And then, we hung out testing out the new camp chairs while the laundry was going inside.

My hair is SUPER short!!

My hair is SUPER short!!

The chairs that we got are Kijaro.  Those things are super awesome. They are like camp chairs on crack. They lock into place and provide support rather than sagging in the middle. After spending entirely too many years sitting in cheap-o camp chairs and working hard to launch myself out of it after sitting for too long, these are a welcome relief! And, the really cool thing is (man, why didn’t I take a picture?!) we discovered there’s a nifty little storage pouch/cell phone holder hanging from the side of the seat!

We bought a purple (that one’s mine, thankyouverymuch), red, and blue one. Here’s a stock picture of the blue one so you can get an idea of the chair and see the nifty pouch! And, no, I’m not in cahoots with Kijaro. I just think the chairs are really awesome!

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We had a guy come out on Sunday morning to fix the a/c and, $300 later (yay. #sarcasm), we had a/c. Thankfully, it was just the capacitor. It could have been so much worse.

As I mentioned, I spent Sunday at a Nutrition seminar at CrossFit. I didn’t take any pictures but one of the coaches did so I stole this one from Facebook. 😉

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It was interesting, from both a personal and professional level.  Jeremy Mullins, MS Nutritionist came out and taught the seminar. He owns CrossFit Thunder out in West Virginia and he also owns some little coffee shops called Butter It Up. He’s a big proponent of the butter in the coffee craze. I’m personally not sold on it (I just can’t see how starting your day with caffeine and a whole bunch of fat is a good thing. If you love it and it works for you, then you go!) but I did learn some new things and some of the things that he said has made me think. Which is good! Thinking is good! I’m going to try a couple of things and see how it works for me.

After the seminar, I helped Thing 2 with some laundry and did some chemisty and registered for my final. If I could skip it, I totally would. For reals. I just don’t think it’s going to go well at all. I’m really nervous. :/

So, that was my weekend. I’ll try to get some posts up between now and when I get back from vacation but I can’t promise anything. What I will promise is a big, photo-filled, “I’m back from vacation” post! I need this vacation. I need it bad.

Talk to me: Did you do anything fun over the weekend? What’s your favorite pizza topping? Have you ever put butter in your coffee?

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Weekly Workout Recap – holy squats & sore muscles!

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, I’ve been thinking a lot lately that I want to train for something. I need to train for something. I’ve even looked up ultras to see when any are being held near me. There’s a 50k in Virginia Beach in December. That’s doable, right? I just have to figure out how to manage it now that my work schedule is back to early. I just can’t quite see myself getting up at 3am to go for a run. I used to do it in Florida but the neighbor was different – totally residential whereas now I’m in a residential/commercial neighborhood. I don’t know. I have to figure this out.

Monday

Hoooboy, I was not feeling well on Monday. My stomach was pretty disagreeable and I felt run down. I actually packed my workout gear but, by 3pm, I knew I wasn’t going to do well at all so I just went home after work. I felt a little like my brain was in a fog.  I definitely needed to take an impromptu rest day.

Tuesday

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My stomach was feeling better on Tuesday. I was still tired but not as bad Monday. I still had my gear packed and ready in the car so off to the box I went after work!

We started with a nice little warm-up of jumping jacks, push-ups, groiners (think spidermans + mountain climbers), air squats, frog jumps, sit ups, and burpees. Shoot. That whole “Our warm-up is your workout” business was right on point today! Okay, fine, it wasn’t that bad but I was tired so there’s that.

Strength/skill was 4 rounds of high back squats, 7-9 reps each round at 3010 tempo. They’ve increased the rep count but dropped the round count by 1 and the idea was to go up on the weight, if possible, from the last time (last time for me was 65#.) and if you were able to get 9 reps easily, you weren’t doing enough weight. This time around, I did 85# and worked really, really, really hard on keeping my right knee from tracking in. In fact, I was pretty focused on it each and every rep and it was paying off! Coach said they were the best squats he’s ever seen me do and my knee was staying out! #winning

Then, the WOD was more squats. More, more, more squats with a handful of burpees tossed in. And some handstand holds. We did 5 rounds of 90 seconds of work (30 air squats, 7 burpees, and a handstand hold for the remaining time), and then 90 seconds of rest. Man, by the time I got to the handstand hold, I had a devil of a time just kicking up. My legs were screaming, “NOOOOOOOO!” Or maybe that was me. I don’t know. It was all a blur.

After the workout, we walked 200m for a cool down. Then, me and my brilliant self decided I needed to run a little. So I grabbed a buddy and we jogged/ran an 800. I say jogged/ran because my buddy is like Lightning McQueen to my tortoise and I ran so he could actually jog instead of walking. 😉

Wednesday

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Coach posted the WOD last night and I knew today was going to be a “Holy Hell” kind of day. In fact, I think that’s a perfect name for this workout. Especially after all those squats yesterday. You know I take the stairs at work, right? 5 flights? Well, I got to the 4th and had to take a break. Holy. Squats. I was definitely feeling those 85# tempo back squats.

We warmed up with a fun little 200m run – forwards and backwards. When was the last time you ran backwards? Then, we did a little AMRAP of band pass-thrus, push ups, chin ups, and 30 seconds of dead hanging from the bar.

Strength/skill work was bench press and Pendlay rows. (Don’t remember what a Pendlay row is? Check it out here.) The last time I worked on these, I got up to 70# on the bench press and 65# on the Pendlay row. This time around, with the rep count higher than before – 7 to 9 instead of 4 to 6 – I got up to 70# on the bench press and 75# on the Pendlay row. Getting stronger!

Then. Holy Hell.

I had to laugh when I saw that there was a 15 minute time cap. I mean, really? I wasn’t the only one, either. The question was asked, “How many people have actually finished?” Ha! I may or may not have snorted when coach said we should all be able to finish in the time allotted. Okay, I definitely snorted in my head. Whether it made it out and into an actual noise is the question. 😉

Anyhoooo, I used 55# for the thrusters and 4 count M.C. means 4 count mountain climbers. And somehow, by the grace of God, I survived. And finished in 12:25. Surprised me, too! In fact, I think everyone finished in the time cap. Seems coach was right. Who knew? 😉

Thursday

Rest day! Mother daughter pedicure time! And, in my usual forgetful fashion, I forgot to take a photo. If there’s no photo evidence, did it really happen? Well, my toes say yes. :)

Friday

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I was a little meh today. I mean, I was totally stoked that it was Friday but I just felt meh.  I would have much rather been outside than inside at work. And, Thursday was much cooler and the a/c blows super cool so we all froze on Thursday. So, building services decided to turn the air off. Except, it wasn’t as cool outside. And the building is very old and musty and stale. (gotta love an ancient government building!) Ugh.

I was glad to get CrossFit after work. Fresh air! And my sweat would be from something sweat worthy and not just sitting in my chair in a warm, airless room. Blech!

We warmed up with a 400 and 3 rounds of handstand kick-ups (5 each leg), pull ups, and Kossack squats. I am nowhere closer to getting handstand kick-ups with my opposite leg. I look ridiculous. This is going to take a while. Thank goodness I can laugh at my own ineptitude otherwise I might get really frustrated about it!

For strength/skill, we worked on the full squat snatch. My hip mobility and flexibility has definitely increased and improved but these are still very difficult for me. BUT, the good news is I’m getting better at them. I actually started with 55# but that was too much so I grabbed a 15# bar and put 10# plates on it and worked on form with 35#. Then, I went up to 45# and was doing pretty well. Coach had me try something where I don’t pull the bar right up to my shins at the start – I keep it about 2 inches away. This prevents me from going forward when I’m pulling up – I’m pulling the bar back and up in a “swooping” motion instead. It really worked! And, my transition into the overhead squat is improving too. Baby steps. Small gains over time will lead to improvements, too. It’s like putting together a puzzle. :)

The WOD was 3 rounds of running, hang power snatch (no squat), and double unders with a 15 minute time cap. They’re really liking that time cap business. I’m starting to like it, too. It’s kinda cool to see something, learn it has a time cap, wonder how the hell you’re ever going to accomplish THAT, and do it. Pretty satisfying, actually. :) I used 55# for the snatch and did a combo of double unders and singles and finished in 13:01. I’ll be honest – this was fun but it kinda sucked, too. That final 400 was tough – my legs felt like lead. I blame work. And the fact that I did the stairs 3 times today. 3!!! And, then, for cool down, because this is what every runner does when they’re legs feel like lead, I jogged an 800. An ugly 800. Very, very ugly and slow. But, I felt better after I did it. :)

Saturday

Hero WOD Saturday!

And, I didn’t go. I had planned on going. I told coach I would be there. I lied. Not on purpose!

We’re going on vacation in less than a week. (!) I’m going to an 8 hour nutrition seminar at the box on Sunday. I will be at work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Today is my only day to really accomplish vacation prep work. Laundry has to be done, shopping finished, cleaning done, camper packed, etc. Life is my WOD today.

Talk to me: Do you take the elevator? Are you taking a vacation soon? Do you love to go camping?

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Grilling Recipe round-up!

Hooooboy, we had some serious downpours come through my neck of the woods yesterday. Ana made landfall and let her presence be known, that’s for sure! But, even so, we definitely had it easier that the folks out in the midwest. I hope if that’s you, you and yours are safe and sound. That’s some scary business right there. :/

Even with the downpours, Mother Nature cooperated and we (and by we, I mean me) were able to grill dinner. I made a mean pork tenderloin and grilled up some pineapple alongside it. YUM!

We’ll be grilling fools when we’re camping at the reunion in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait. There’s just something really awesome about cooking food over a fire. And, the possibilities are endless! Sure burgers and dogs are the standard picnic/bbq food but why stop there? Get creative!

Because I need to start deciding what sorts of things I’ll be wanting to cook and eat while we’re traveling, I figured now is the perfect time for a grilling recipe round-up! Whether you cook over gas or charcoal, you can make some really delicious meals (and even dessert!) in your back yard – or in your front yard, if that’s how you roll. And, the bonus is, you’re not heating up your kitchen and clean up is super easy!

First up is my recipe (shameless recipe plug!) for Bourbon BBQ Chicken Wings. Have you tried them yet? No? What are you waiting for? Don’t have bourbon or don’t do alcohol, that’s okay. I’ve told you how to substitute!

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In the mood for pizza? Of course you are! Have you ever had grilled pizza? Grab a premade crust (thank you Boboli!), pile it high with veggies and you’ve got a delicious and easy “take-out” dinner. :)

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Love burgers? Want to spruce them up a little? Try these Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers from Cooking Light!

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In the mood for Mexican food? You can make these Steak Fajita Bowls from Krystal’s Kitsch all on the grill! And, they’re paleo and Whole 30 friendly! Don’t they look absolutely amazing?

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Photo credit: Krystal

In the mood for a chicken salad that’s chock full of goodness? Grill ALL THE THINGS and make this Grilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

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Photo credit: Lexi

Want seafood? Try these Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Foil Packets from Eating Well! Hey, wasn’t I just talking about foil packets? :)

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Photo credit: Eating Well

Vegetarian? Don’t worry – you’re not left out! Try this Grilled Eggplant with Ricotta Salata from Delish.com. YUM! I <3 grilled eggplant!

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Photo credit: Delish.com

Wait. Didn’t I mention you could grill dessert? And I don’t mean s’mores. Well, not regular s’mores. I’m talking grown up s’mores. Fancy pants s’mores. Like these grilled banana s’mores from She Knows.

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Photo credit: She Knows

I know, right? She really DOES know!

If you’re not wiping drool from your chin, there’s something wrong with you. #justsayin

Now all you have to do is go outside and light up your grill! Go on. Go. 😉

Talk to me: Gas or charcoal? What’s your favorite thing to grill? 

PS. The Tasty Tuesday link-up party is taking a much needed and tasty little vacation. It’ll be back next week! :)

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