Lamb Burger Dinner

lamb burger

I have recently discovered a new way to make burgers… have you ever tried a lamb burger? Oh my, it is so delicious! Your kids would never know that it wasn’t ordinary beef, and better yet, lamb is comparable in price! You can spice them up however you would like, but these are so yummy and simple. Top them with anything you have in the house, but I did feta cheese, tomatoes, onion aioli and lettuce.  So fire up the grill and have a little fun! 

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1. What do you like to do for fun? 
2. What is your favorite way to relax? 
3. What makes you laugh the most? 

Main Dish

Lamb Burgers
For the Burger
  1. 2 lbs. ground lamb
  2. 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  3. ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  4. Chopped basil
  5. Salt and pepper
  1. Feta cheese, or try provolone for the kids
  2. Sliced tomato
  3. Lettuce
  4. Ketchup
  1. Mix all of the burger ingredients in a large bowl to combine. Do not over mix.
  1. You can obviously use regular ground beef, if desired.
Susan Merrill


peach crumble

Peach Raspberry Crisp
  1. Filling
  2. 4 pounds firm, peaches (no need to peel and it’s ok if they are a little firm)
  3. 1/2 pint raspberries
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  9. Topping
  10. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  11. 1/2 light brown sugar, packed
  12. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  13. 1/3 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 cup regular oatmeal
  15. 3/4 pound cold butter, diced
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
For the Filling
  1. No need to peel the peaches! I have made this recipe with peeled and unpeeled peaches and there really in no difference. Slice the peaches into thick wedges and place them into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss well. Pour the peaches into a 9 x 13 baking dish and top with raspberries.
For the Topping
  1. Combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and the cold, diced butter in the bowl. Mix with hands until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly. Pile the topping evenly on top of the peaches and raspberries. Bake for 1 hour, until the top is lightly browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly.
Susan Merrill
Posted On: May 14, 2015     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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Inspiring and Noble

noble and inspiring

Have you ever wondered how some people have so much courage? Have you ever thought to yourself, I am not nearly as brave as so-and-so? Or that because you are ‘just a mom’ you don’t have the grit that some others do? 

The truth is, you are brave, you are courageous–because you are a mom. A mom who loves her kids so much that she would be willing to sacrifice anything and everything for them. To me, that is the most selfless, better yet, most noble thing you can do. 

The Noble movie is coming to theaters tomorrow, May 8th.  I want to make you aware that this movie exists because, like a lot of really good movies that tell a story of hope, it won’t get block-buster advertising dollars. It is a heartbreakingly beautiful movie about a forsaken child who becomes a woman, triumphs over adversity and turns her past into a passion that saves lives–children’s lives. And just like you, her nobility and courage comes from being a ‘mother’ to many. 

Make it a girl’s night out and go see Noble! 


Posted On: May 07, 2015     cat-folder Be Encouraged Leave a comment


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Mother’s Day Bundle Giveaway

mother's day bundle giveaway

Let’s face it–we all could use a little encouragement these days. The school year is rapidly coming to a close (if it hasn’t already), summer is on the horizon and our days are just becoming a frenzy of to-dos. It’s hard to think that our kids aren’t going to remember all of the laundry we do, or the activities we fill their days with. Don’t get me wrong, those are incredibly important things for us to do as moms, but what they will forever remember is the passion that you have as their mom. 

That is why this book, The Passionate Mom, exists–to encourage you to dare to parent in today’s world. Don’t be afraid to passionately teach, protect, study, and prepare your children for what is to come.

Today I am giving away a Mother’s Day Bundle–a copy of The Passionate Mom, a Passionate Mom t-shirt and a print that my daughter, Emily, created of one of my favorite mom quotes. You can keep them for yourself, or give them to a friend who needs a little encouragement.

Comment below and tell me why you are a passionate mom
 to be entered to win this Mother’s Day Bundle Giveaway!

*You must comment by Friday, May 8th at 5:00 pm EST to be entered to win. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 11th*

Congratulations to Lisa Kanagy for winning the Mother’s Day Bundle Giveaway! 

Posted On: May 06, 2015     cat-folder Giveaways 46 Comments


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