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Double Decker Summer Burgers

Double Decker Summer Burgers

Is it getting warm where you are?

This week, we have been having one lovely and glorious heat wave that has pushed us outside to the grill! Since my pots and pans are already en route to NYC, I’m sort of forced outside to use the grill anyways, so this recipe was a lovely coincidence.

Of course the most perfect dinner you can make with a grill is a burger! It never gets old and it tends to taste better the hotter it gets outside.

Over the *almost* 10 years I’ve been married, Gordon and I have been pretty big burger connoisseurs. We never turn one down. Even the super dry burgers my father-in-law makes 🙂

I’m confident everyone in the Brennan Family knows they are “very well done” but him.

Actually, for a time when Brooke was 2 years old, we lived with my in-laws for a few months and thats how we became familiar with the weekly “very well done burgers” my father-in-law made.

One week in August though, my mother-in-law approached me and said “could you grill the burgers tonight and not tell John that I asked you to?” So me, not being one to cause any trouble, grilled them with the excuses “I thought I’d grill them for you” and “I was hungry earlier in the day today”. What a nice daughter-in-law I am, right?

We had juicy burgers that night and all was well with the world.


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Since I like to procrastinate in getting the last few details of this move together and I google all things New York late into the night (a bad habit!!) I decided a few weeks ago to start a Family NYC Bucket List. Actually, it started with my kids asking questions about our new home and sort of evolved into a bedtime ritual in place of a story (because all the books are packed).

“Tell us something else we can do in New York!”

Explain explain explain.

“Oooooooohhhhh!!!!”

So, here is what we have on our list so far. Please tell us more if you have other ideas!


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I’m just going to preface this post by saying this was a bad week. Like, if I could murder the calendar, I would. And by calendar, I mean humans.

Here’s What happened this week:

I touched down in SLC from JFK with the news in my inbox that we got the apartment we applied for! We paid the nice people, signed their 24 page document and are planning on starting our lease June 1, even though we won’t be there until mid-month. So hooray for that! I’m starting to overthink our decision to get this apartment and am having second thoughts…but we have no other options. So here goes nothing.

I got back from NYC to some sick kiddos. Blake had thrown up while I was gone and Eddie had started up with this nasty stomach bug and was nearly through by the time I rolled into town. I have good friends to clean up my kid’s puke. Just throwing that out there. So, instead of leaving Monday night with a sick baby, my friend let us stay one more night (bless) and we left early Tuesday morning. I thought I was in the clear of this stomach bug, but Wednesday night/early Thursday morning I woke up and started hurling.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I HATE THROWING UP. I’d rather have a week long cold than the stomach flu.

ANYWAYS, some really kind people came to my aid and helped me out so so much by taking my boys, taking Brooke to the bus stop, taking Blake to preschool, bringing over dinner, picking Brooke up from school, etc. etc. I could not sit up without throwing up, so there was no way I could parent effectively.

Brooke had her last volleyball game Thursday night and she DID NOT want to go with anyone else but me, so I tried my hardest and by around 4pm was able to sit up without having the need to lose my cookies. Nauseous, yes. But none of the pukey pukes. By the time 7pm rolled around, I had a sprite and some soda crackers in me and off we went. I tell ya, that was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Keep to myself, be all up in the hand sanitizer and keep it pulled together.

By Friday, I felt so-so. I could walk around and stuff, but please don’t make me eat anything! I stuck with toast and tea for most of the day.

Friday is also when the movers called and said they would be a few days late picking up my stuff. HALLELUJAH! Because with all the traveling and vomiting I had been doing, I haven’t packed a whole lot of boxes. So that is a very good thing.

VERY EARLY Saturday morning, Eddie started waking up sporadically with a high fever and runny nose. He is not happy about it and neither am I because today I felt my throat starting to get scratchy and my nose runny. I’m not busy or stressed as it is, lets add on another cold.

I’ve been talking to my husband this entire week about how awful everything has been and basically today, I told him I’d leave him if he does any more trainings for any more jobs beyond this. This week has been the worst experience of my life. Literally the worst experience of my life. I want to scream and punch allthethings. But, that gets me nowhere because it doesn’t change the fact that (1) I’m getting sick (for the 17th time in the past 4 months….all the swear words) (2) I’m still behind on all things work and (3) I still have to pack up our house alone.

NEVER WILL I DO THIS AGAIN, GORDON. NEVERRRRRRR!!!


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This post was created in partnership with Kroger. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

When a craving hits you at 10pm at night, you just gotta go for it sometimes.

Now that my husband has been gone for a solid two months, I can safely say that I stay up late at night and worry…and then crave foods.

I worry about everything and then crave everything.

It’s typically very manageable because I don’t ever have the items on hand to make what I’m craving. But the other night when this Mama wanted nachos, she opened up her laptop, navigated over to ClickList and made all her nacho dreams come true.

Incase you’re wondering, ClickList is an online grocery ordering service through Fred Meyer (a Kroger store) and it is glorious. Basically, I order groceries from my bed late at night and then I go pick them up the next morning. Read: I don’t have to get out of the car! They bring all my groceries to me and they load them up.


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