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Good riddance, glacier in our yard

I have exciting news for one lucky winner! The Yard Glacier melted today! Two commenters guessed April 27th as the date it would finally vanish, so I had Elijah blindly pick one of the names. He was so excited to help, can you tell?! 

Can you read the name? Here's a closer look.

Congrats, Tiffany Henriquez! Please send me a mailing address using the CONTACT button at the top of the page in order to receive the $200! Please contact me within the next 48 hours, or the loot will go to the runner-up. 

Needless to say, we were VERY happy to say goodbye to the Yard Glacier today. It was a beautiful, very-cherished and much-anticipated day.


Death is near for the Yard Glacier!

The Yard Glacier is nearly gone! Below is a photo I took about 10 minutes ago. The next few days are expected to be warm, or warmer, at least, so I am predicting that it will be completely gone soon. Someone's winning some moneeeeey!

Below is a list of commenters/guessers who have a great chance of winning the $200!

4/26 guessers -- Katie, Roni, Deanna F, Melissa, Susie and Holly B

4/27 guessers -- Tiffany H and Connie

4/28 guessers -- Kristin W. and Kate4

4/29 guessers -- Heidi, Sadie and Sally @ Splash of Whine

4/30 guessers -- Amy's Cooking Adventures, Misty Cruz and Kristin1969

5/1 guessers -- Bobbi, Terri and Kim T


Good luck! Who knew that an ugly, dirty chunk of ice could be so exciting?!


Cherry pineapple smoothie

It's smoothie season, right?! Well alright, it's nearly smoothie season. More snow is heading our way, so we aren't out of the woods yet here in Minnesota. That hasn't stopped me from making a ton of smoothies for my boys and myself. This cherry-pineapple version is my favorite concoction so far. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients, and you would never know it. Even my picky-eating boys slurp it down!

Tomorrow we are heading to Children's for my son's ear surgery. We would GREATLY appreciate prayers for him! We are all very eager to be on the other side of this.

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Salads salads salads!

I am spending my afternoon in a cozy coffee shop, watching snow/sleet/ice fall from the sky. Spring has to show up eventually, right?! I thought of a good plot for a Stephen King-esque novel this morning. Winter never leaves and by July, yard glaciers that have grown giant teeth are present in every yard north of Missouri. The hungry glaciers are able to swallow humans in a single, swift bite. Humans unite and fight the battle against this new, icy breed.

Uhhh, yeah. As you can see, I have crossed the line into crazy.

I actually sat down to write about something that has nothing to do with winter. Salads! I love salads. Eating salads makes me feel hopeful that the weather will change. And like grilled cheese sandwiches, there is so much room for creativity. So I thought I would share some of my favorites with you on this snowy spring day. Enjoy!  

By the way, our yard glacier (the toothless variety, thank goodness) is still standing. I didn't want to subject my camera to the elements this morning, but I'll take a pic tomorrow so you can gauge whether or not you might be the winner of $200!


Chicken Raspberry Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

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Spicy avocado turkey burgers

It is always hard to write when I have a heavy heart. Boston's tragedy is weighing on me, as they all do. Airplanes, movie theaters, kindergarten classrooms and now marathons?! It is sad, sick, tragic and incomprehensible. Normally I would set my computer aside and try again in the morning. Since we will be traveling for most of the day tomorrow, that unfortunately is not an option. And so I write!

We have had such a nice vacation in North and South Carolina. Dan and I had a solid 48 hours of time sans kids, which was cherished beyond words. My dad and stepmom watched our boys while we enjoyed the ocean and warm sun and friends and each other. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. [insert very deep and strained groan] We will get on a plane and fly back to the land of never-ending snow and cold. Yes, the yard glacier still stands. No, I am not excited about leaving. Yes, I will miss my dad and stepmom and our vacation terribly. No, I am not excited about leaving. No, I am not excited about leaving. No, I am not excited about leaving.

Perhaps grilling season will open its welcoming arms soon. Until then, we will continue to grill burgers in the cold upon our arrival back home. This batch was a great one to start "the season" with last week. Have you noticed that I have had a bit of an obsession with hot peppers lately?


Light a grill over medium heat.

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 pound ground turkey (or beef, if you aren't worried about slimming the burger down)

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Using your hands, mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Divide the mixture into four equal portions and form patties.

Place the patties on the lighted grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until desired level of done-ness is reached.

Layer each burger as follows:

Bottom bun


1 slice of cheddar cheese

1 tomato slice

1/4 of an avocado (peeled, pitted and thinly sliced)

A couple spoonfuls of salsa

1 large piece of lettuce

Top bun


Happy delicious burger eating! 

Spicy Avocado Turkey Burgers

Add a bit of spice and flavor to your dinner with this delicious burger!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Apr 15, 2013

Serves: Four 1/4-lb burgers

Total time: 20 min

Spicy Avocado Turkey Burgers


  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 large pieces lettuce
  1. Light a grill over medium heat. In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, red onions, jalapeños and Worcestershire sauce. Mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Form four patties with hands and place on the lighted grill. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until desired level of done-ness is reached.
  2. Place a burger onto the bottom half of each bun. Top each with a slice of cheese, a slice of tomato, a quarter of the avocado slices, a quarter of the salsa, a piece of lettuce and the top half of the bun. Serve to hungry burger lovers.