Spicy Guacamole Burgers

A&W has Spicy Guacamole Teen Burgers now. And they’re delicious. They also come in at over 600 calories before you get a root beer or French fries. I figured out that I could make my own, and maybe cut down on some of the calories.

According to myfitnesspal.com, these clock in at around 325 calories. It will obviously be more if you put cheese and whatnot on them. I like lettuce, tomato, and Dijon mustard. My 3-year-old likes ketchup. And where I was also making them for the boys, I made some for them first without the hot spices, and then added them for ours.

Spicy Guacamole Burger

Serves 6

In a bowl, mix together 1lb of lean ground beef, 1 clove of garlic, 1tsp of smoked paprika, 1tsp of cumin, 2 tbsp of cilantro, and a bit of salt and pepper. Mix together and form into six patties. While the burgers are cooking, you can mash together 1 ripe avocado, 1tbsp cilantro, 1tbsp lemon or lime juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt.

Throw it onto a whole wheat hamburger bun, and you’re good to go!

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We had them with sweet potato fries. I bake them with a bit of salt, garlic powder, and oil at 425.

What do you like to eat on your burgers?

Homemade Iced Tea Recipe

You can now purchase large cans of iced tea where I live. They hold a little more than a 591mL bottle. My aunt, who watches her sugar, bought a couple of cans and brought them home. She then noticed how many calories and sugar were in them (it was a lot, something like 26g of sugar). So here’s a recipe for a sugar-free iced tea. If you do like it sweetened, honey or agave nectar can be added.

The first thing you’re going to do is to boil some water like you would normally do. I boiled about 4 cups of water. I then poured it over 4 tea bags, and I let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Try out different flavours of tea and see what you like. I’ve done passion fruit green tea, mint tea, and this morning I made lemon ginger. Remove the tea bags and pour into the pitcher that you’re going to use.

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If you’d like to sweeten your tea, this is where you add the sugar. You want to sweeten it while it’s hot so the sugar dissolves. Next, add an equal amount of cold water.

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Let it cool completely in the fridge. This final step is optional, but I like to pour my tea over ice until the glass is about 3/4 full, and then I top it off with club soda. Club soda is sugar free, but it adds some nice bubbles to your tea.

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Now you can sit back, and enjoy your cool treat. Let me know if you think up some yummy flavour combinations. My husband makes a delicious one with orange pekoe tea and orange juice that definitely hits the spot. Cheers!

How to Frame Needlepoint

So after being told it was going to cost hundreds (that’s plural!!) to frame 2 cross stitch pieces, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It’s fairly easy, and doesn’t take that long to do. If you wish, you can wash your piece first. I use non-chlorinated bleach and warm water, and I wash it by hand. After rinsing, lay it flat to dry. Once it’s dry, you can iron on a low setting without steam. Iron all over the back, and go over the parts on the front that are free of stitches. If the front requires more ironing, you can lay a towel over the top.

Next, cut some foam board the same size as the back of your frame. I take the back off and trace it.

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Take a ruler, and lay it diagonally from corner-to-corner. Do the other corners, making an ‘x’.

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The centre of the x is the middle of the board. Find the middle of your piece of work, and stick a pin through the middle into the middle of your board. I like to use pins with the balls on the end for easy removal.

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Stretch your work, and put a ball-topped pin on each side.

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Now, you have two options. You’re going to stretch your work as you go, securing it with pins. If you want, you can just leave the pins in. If you want to do this method, use the type of straight pins with flat heads:

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Your second option is to go all around your work with the ball-topped pins, and then use thread to tighten your work. For this method, you sew through a few spaces, pull tight, and repeat across the other side, moving back and forth across your work. Both methods work fine, it’s just a matter of preference.

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You may have an idea for something that looks a little prettier (I’m also going to shop around for a more neutral-coloured tape), but the last step is to tape around the foam board, attaching it to the back of the frame. If your frame has a back, it may not fit well over the board and cloth, so you’ll put the back in place, and then take the back to the back of the frame.

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Attach any necessary hanging hardware, and you’re done!

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This piece is a housewarming gift for my parents-in-law. Next on my agenda is to frame the ones to go in the boys’ room. Hopefully before they move out.

*note – the cross stitch that I made is a Lizzie Kate pattern.