A-M-A-Z-I-N-G burger recipes from Ohmaha Steak’s Chef Karl Marsh


Pork and Bacon burger from Omaha Steaks.

Pork and Bacon burger from Omaha Steaks.

Summer is not summer without hamburgers. They go “hand-in-hand” with backyard barbecues. My family and I LOVE barbecued burgers.

To be honest with you, when I think of burgers I think ground beef, a slice of cheese and our favorite toppings like ketchup, pickles and onions. We’re missing out because there are so many great recipes available to create gourmet quality burgers quickly and easily.

Are you familiar with Omaha Steaks? Ohmaha Steaks is an online retailer of quality meats, seafood, appetizers, desserts and more.

My mom used to order from Omaha Steaks often. She was in love with their steaks. I have to laugh when I think about it because I rarely had a chance to enjoy the steaks. My mom considered them food for the grown-ups. Kids were given hamburgers. Now that I’m an adult I can enjoy Omaha Steaks too. :-)

Hamburgers are easy to prepare and require few ingredients, but sometimes you want to offer your family or guests something a little “more”. Ohmaha Steaks has a nice variety of burgers worth checking out.

My family had the opportunity to try out some mouth watering burgers from Ohmaha Steaks. They grill up perfectly on the barbecue or you can enjoy them pan fried in your kitchen. We tried them both ways (on the grill and in a pan  on the stove). Personally I enjoy the barbecue method.

I received to review the following burgers.

Omaha Steak Burgers

Aztec Salmon Burgers

To be honest I was very curious about these burgers. I love salmon, as does my daughter. I couldn’t imagine a salmon burger. I just had to try these.

The Aztec Salmon Burgers are made from Wild Alaskan Salmon with black beans, sharp cheddar, fire-roasted corn and peppers. They are very colorful!

These burgers are SO GOOD! I love the combination of ingredients. Salmon is great “as is” with just a dash of lemon juice. The addition of the beans, cheddar and other ingredients really make the flavor of these burgers “pop”.

You don’t have to eat these like a regular burger. You could put on on top of a salad or with a side of wild rice.

My daughter loved these so much she asked me to get more. She wants to be able to make one for a light lunch.

If you love salmon you must try these delicious burgers.

Pork and Bacon Burgers

Most people love bacon. There are some people out there that are bacon obsessed (I know a few people who love anything and everything bacon). I like bacon too. I would never think to include it inside a burger.

These are not your typical burgers. These are made out of pork, not beef. You can tell when you cook them too. They smell like pork. They even taste like pork (of course!).

Whomever thought to pair pork and bacon in a burger form is genius! The flavor combination is amazing.

Normally I like ketchup on top of my burgers. You don’t need to add anything extra to these burgers. They are packed with flavor just as they are.

Your family and guests will rave about these mouth-watering burgers.

Brisket Burgers

If you love big, juicy, hearty burgers then the Omaha Steaks Brisket Burgers are for you. These thick and juicy burgers are very satisfying. They are thicker then the other burgers. They are quite the mouthful. True burger lovers will flip for these yummy burgers.

The burgers are available in multi packs ranging from 4 burgers upwards to 16 burger packs. Each one is individually sealed so you can make a few and save the rest for another occasion. They are frozen solid when they arrive at your door. You’ll need to let them defrost a bit before cooking them.


These burgers are packed with flavor and convenient. They are available year round too.

Regular ground beef burgers are great but the gourmet burgers from Omaha Steaks are extraordinary.

Speaking of extraordinary burgers, Omaha Steak’s Chef Karl Marsh has some burger recipes that are sure to make you drool just by reading them.

Burger 1

Mediterranean Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Tzatziki Sauce


4 Omaha Steaks Lamb Burgers
2 tsp. Omaha Steaks Seasoning
4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
4 Ciabatta Buns
1/2 cup Tzatziki Sauce
4 Large Beef Steak Tomato Slices
4 Green Leaves


1. Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce ahead of time.
2. Clean and preheat grill to high. Season burgers as desired with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side until internal temperature reads 160°F. Sprinkle crumbled Feta Cheese on each burger before removing from the grill.
3. Lightly toast the Ciabatta Buns on the grill. Then spread 1 Tbsp of Tzatziki Sauce on each half of bun.
4. Place burgers on buns and top with green leaf and tomato slices.

Tzatziki Sauce (Makes 2 cups)


1 cup Plain Yogurt
1 each Large Cucumbers (Peeled, Seeded and Diced)
1/4 cup Red Onion (Minced)
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (Fresh)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper


1. Combine all and mix well.
2. Store up to 1 week in fridge.

Burger 2

Pork Bacon Burger with Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise


4 each Omaha Steaks Pork & Bacon Burgers
4 each Onion Buns
2 tsp. Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning
1/2 Cup Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise
4 Green Leaves
4 Beefsteak Tomato Slices


1. Clean and preheat grill to high (600°F). Season burgers as desired with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side until internal temperature reads 160°F
2. Lightly toast the Kaiser Rolls and spread 1 Tbsp. of Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise on each half of buns.
3.Place burgers on buns and top with green leaf and tomato slice.

Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise (Makes 2 cups)


2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
1 Tbsp. Butter
1 large Yellow Onion, Sliced
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 cup Beef Au jus*
1/2 cup Bourbon
1 Cup Mayonnaise


1. Heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add butter and brown slightly.
3. Add sliced onions and cook while stirring for about 10 minutes or until onions just begin to caramelize.
4. Add Brown Sugar, Salt and Pepper. Stir well, reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes.
5. When onions are caramelized, add the Beef Au Jus and Jim Beam Black Bourbon
6. Cook until onions have a nice brown color.
7. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
8. Place onions in food processor and pulse until smooth.
9. Combine in mixing bowl with mayonnaise and mix until smooth


Reuben Burger


2 slices Rye Bread
1 tsp. Mayo
1 slice Swiss Cheese
6oz Omaha Steaks Brisket Burgers
Sprinkle All Natural Seasoning
1 oz Corned Beef Brisket Sliced
2 Tbsp. Thousand Islands
1/4 cup. Sauerkraut


Green Leaf
Cole Slaw
Omaha Steaks Steakhouse Fries


1. Sprinkle burger with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning and grill to desired doneness.
2. Spread mayonnaise on rye bread and place on medium grill with mayonnaise side down.
3. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on one slice of bread.
4. Place corned beef and sauerkraut on the other slice.
5. Grill bread until toasted and cheese is melted.
6. Place cooked burger on top of sauerkraut and top with the other piece of toasted rye.

What do you think about these recipes? I have more but it’s hard for me to copy/paste them into a post.

Have you tried Omaha Steaks burgers before? If so, what did you think about them?

Have you ever purchased from Omaha Steaks? Do you have a favorite product?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

For more information please visit www.OmahaSteaks.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites (links can be found on top of the brand’s home page).

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Red, White and PEEPS!


Red White and Blue Peeps

The Fourth of July is coming up. What do you have planned for the day? Hamburgers? Hot Dogs? Grandma’s Potato Salad?

No party would be complete without some sweet treats to follow up a great meal. If you are looking for something festive to serve your guests (or bring to a 4th of July party) let PEEPS provide you with some sweet inspiration.

Most people associate PEEPS® with holidays like Easter (no Easter basket is complete without PEEPS!), Halloween and even Christmas. Did you know that PEEPS® has a 4th of July themed marshmallow goodie.

PEEPS® Patriotic Vanilla Crème Marshmallow Chicks are dressed for the holiday in red and blue sparkling sprinkles. They are sure to add a festive touch to your holiday cupcakes, brownies or cake.

I love their creamy flavor. My kids really like how sparkly and colorful they are.

The Patriotic PEEPS® can also be used in the following recipes which are sure to please your guests.

PEEPS® Red, White and Blue Pudding Cup

PEEPS® Americana Fruit Parfaits

PEEPS® “Salute to the U.S.” Smoothie

PEEPS® Crispy Stars

My family and I have been enjoying PEEPS® S’mores. We don’t have a barbecue so we’ve been making them in the microwave.

You can follow the office PEEPS recipe or you can make them the way we’ve been making them.

Patriotic PEEPS


  • PEEPS® Patriotic Vanilla Crème Marshmallow Chicks (or your favorite PEEP)
  • Graham Crackers (1 full one/2 halves per person)
  • Chocolate Bars (1/2 of a bar per person)

Place one half of a graham cracker on a microwave safe dish. Top with 1/2 of a chocolate bar. Place it in the microwave 10-20 seconds (depending on your microwave). Carefully remove from the microwave and top with a PEEP. Place it back in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. Watch out because the PEEP will blow up in size quickly. Once you see the PEEP is “growing” remove the dish from the microwave and top it with the other graham cracker half and enjoy.

Be careful because the S’more will be very hot and you don’t want to burn yourself on hot marshmallow or chocolate. It’s best to let it sit for a minute or two before enjoying it.

Peep Smore


You can stop off your S’mores with chocolate drizzle and red, white and blue sprinkles if you want to dress them up a bit.

Try the S’mores with dark chocolate and use Cinnamon graham crackers instead of the regular ones for an extra special treat. YUMMY!

PEEPS® Patriotic Vanilla Crème Marshmallow Chicks are only available for a limited time. You can find PEEPS at many retailers across the country.

For more PEEPS® recipes, where to buy PEEPS, fun things to do with PEEPS and more visit www.MarshmallowPEEPS.com.

You can also find PEEPS® on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest under PEEPSBrands.

Do you have a favorite flavor, or shape, PEEPS®?

Have you ever made recipes that included PEEPS®?

Feel free to share your recipes and thoughts in the comments section.

Peep Cupcakes


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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FREE Downloadable/Printable RIO 2 Activity Pages & More



Coming soon to a store near you is the fun family film RIO 2. It will be available on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD on July 15, 2014.

The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg1), Jewel (Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway2) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law!

I am giving away a copy of the film. The giveaway ends on July 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). Here is the link in case you are interested in entering – RIO 2 Giveaway.

With school out of session for the summer I’m sure many parents and caregivers will be looking for fun things to do with their children.

In honor of the movie’s release here are plenty of RIO 2 activity sheets you can download, save and print out to enjoy with your family.

Here you’ll find activities, recipes, sing-a-long song sheets and more.

To enjoy simply click on the activity/image and a larger one will appear. From there you can either save and/or print it out.



















*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Three must-try DIY beauty recipes with five ingredients or less



I’m all for products that you can make yourself. The cost of beauty products is crazy sometimes. For example mascara remover. Why pay upwards of $10 a bottle when I can just go “old school” and use some soap and water or Vaseline?

The same applies to exfoliates. Why pay a small fortune when you can just use a little sugar and olive oil?

Here are a few recipes, compliments of Whole Foods Market, for quick, easy and affordable DIY beauty products.

If you don’t have a Whole Foods Market near you (please visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com for store locations) you can substitute the products for something similar.

Makeup Remover

Eye Makeup Remover

Made with plant-based ingredients, this gentle eye makeup remover will dissolve even the most stubborn mascara.


1 small glass jar with a lid

3 tablespoons Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera gel

1 tablespoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil

1 tablespoon 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil 


Warm a clean saucepan on very low heat for 60 seconds, then remove from heat and add the coconut oil. Stir until the oil is liquefied. Next, add all ingredients to a clean jar and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to preserve freshness.

To use, scoop out a bit, rub between your hands to liquefy and gently massage into the skin. Wipe away makeup and follow with your regular cleanser.


Smoothing hand scrub

Exfoliation is the key to keeping your hands smooth and supple in every season.


1 ½ teaspoons 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil

½ teaspoon Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

½ teaspoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil

3 drops essential oil (For calming and pampering, try jasmine, lavender or geranium. For energizing, try lemon, grapefruit or orange.)

1 heaping teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Turbinado Raw Sugar


Mix the oils in a small glass bowl or jar until fully combined. Add sugar and mix just enough to blend evenly into the oils. Scoop the scrub into the palms of your hands (best done over a sink) and work it into the skin. Allow the mixture to rest on the hands for 2 minutes, and then spend another minute scrubbing, with particular emphasis on dry and calloused areas. Rinse with water and use a towel to pat dry and remove excess oil. Do not follow with soap.


Lip scrub

Here’s an easy, 5-minute fix for chapped lips. 


1 teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon of raw honey

1 ½ teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Turbinado Raw Sugar

½ lemon


Mix ingredients in a small bowl to make a sugary paste. Use a small toothbrush (a baby’s toothbrush works well) to dip into scrub. Use soft circular motions across your lips to exfoliate. Rinse with water. Don’t forget to apply lip balm afterward to seal in moisture and shine. 

Here are a couple of more recipes you might be interested in trying.

DIY Hair Conditioner That You Can Eathttp://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/hair-dressing-diy-conditioner-you-can-eat

DIY Body Misthttps://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/beauty/summer-body-care

Do you enjoy making your own beauty products? Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment. I love hearing from readers.

*Recipes courtesy of Maren Giuliano, global executive coordinator for Whole Foods Market’s beauty and wellness department.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 


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SOYJOY’s “Paired Perfectly” Challenge


SoyJoy Products

I am trying to make a conscious effort to eat healthier. I don’t necessarily eat a lot (as in the amount) of  “bad foods”, but rather I make not-so-smart choices. For example, instead of reaching for an apple I’ll grab a cookie. I don’t grab several cookies – usually just one or two. There is nothing wrong with having a cookie or two (everything is OK in moderation) but the smarter choice would be an apple or maybe some baby carrots.

I stock my fridge and pantry with “better-for-you” snack options for my family, as well as other snacks. I am proud to say that both of my kids usually make great choices when it comes to snacks, especially after school when they are most hungry. They usually opt for the healthier choice, but will also enjoy junk food from time to time.

Recently I was asked if I wanted to participate in the SOYJOY “Perfectly Paired” Challenge. The challenge is to come up with a creative way to enjoy SOYJOY bars and pairing them with something else.

I have heard of SOYJOY before but have never tried them until now.

SOYJOY are all-natural and certified gluten-free snack bars baked with pieces of real fruit and non-genetically modified (a.k.a. non-GMO) ground whole soybeans. They are a great way to incorporate plant-based protein into a healthy diet.

To be honest with you I thought this would be easy. It took me some time to think of an interesting way to enjoy SOYJOY bars. I decided to pair them up with fruits and let my kids dip them in yogurt and warmed hazelnut spread.


I was sent to review (and use in challenge) a few samples bars in four different flavors – Banana, Blueberry, Berry and Strawberry. I thought it would be fun to pair each bar with the fruit that matched it’s flavor, meaning banana pieces on top of the banana SOYJOY, a blueberry on top of the blueberry SOYJOY and so on.

I cut the SOYJOY bars up into individual bite size pieces. Then I topped the with a piece of fruit with the exception of the Berry flavored SOYJOY. I left those plain.





In two small serving bowls I put yogurt and hazelnut spread. I popped the hazelnut spread into the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up and make it a more creamier consistency.

Dipping Sauces

I gave each of my kids a kabob stick/skewer to pierce a piece of fruit and SOYJOY and dip it in the “sauce” of choice (yogurt or hazelnut spread).

Some pairings went great together like the strawberry SOYJOY with a piece of fresh strawberry dipped in the hazelnut spread. The banana and banana SOYJOY dipped in the yogurt was great too.





Its safe to assume that my kids loved the idea because between the three of us we ate everything up (my kids even asked for more).

My daughter thought it was a fun idea and wants to make this again.

Dip 1

Dip 2

Dip 3

I think this idea is a lot of fun. What kid wouldn’t want to eat a snack off a stick and be able to dip it into things.

My son came up with the idea of marshmallow to dip the SOYJOY bar pieces in. I like that idea. I wonder if Marshmallow Fluff would work?

What other ways can you think of to enjoy SOYJOY bars? What would you pair them with? Feel free to share your thoughts.

For more information about SOYJOY visit www.SOYJOY.com.

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*I received free product samples and other goodies to help facilitate my review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How do you “kick off” your day? (giveaway ends 6/7/14) #OwnYourMorning


Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits Yoplait Greek Yogurt

Mornings have to be the craziest time of the day with my family, especially during the week. Both of my kids need to get ready for school and my husband has to get ready for work. I don’t leave our home, per say, but I too have to plan out my day from cooking, cleaning, running errands and blogging. We also have our “mini-zoo” to tend to (feed, medications, walk the dog…).

I’m NOT a “morning person” so it’s often difficult for me to get motivated in the morning and have the energy needed to tackle my mornings. Coffee doesn’t work for me. Caffeine doesn’t provide me with fuel – good foods do.

I’m not a big breakfast eater. A bowl of cereal, oatmeal or a scrambled egg or two are fine for me. Unfortunately I am bored with my regular breakfast foods. I’ve been trying to switch things up a bit by adding salsa to my eggs, using different cereals and topping my oatmeal with something crunchy like Wheat Germ, nuts, fruit or crushed up cereals.

I recently saw these interesting breakfast ideas from Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits and Yoplait Greek Yogurt.

NV BB + Yop Greek Infographic (2)

I have reviewed both Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits and Yoplait Greek Yogurt in the past. I would never think of combining the two to make a yummy breakfast that can help provide me the fuel to energize my morning. Not only that they both taste great!

I had to try the Freeze and Go recipe. It is SO EASY to make and my kids are crazy about them. In fact I have made them several times because my kids can’t get enough of them. They have enjoyed one with breakfast or as an after school snack.

I haven’t done it yet but I want to chop up blueberries and put them in the middle with the yogurt and then freeze them for added sweetness and health benefits (blueberries are good for you). I haven’t done it yet because I want to buy the blueberries from the farmer and I haven’t had a chance to stop by yet.

Frozen Breakfast Bars


Nature Valley Yoplait

There is a wee bit of ice on top of the biscuit – that is what that white area is.

Crumbling the Breakfast Biscuits in the yogurt is so easy to do. It’s also a great topping for oatmeal.

I found it easier to put the Breakfast Biscuits in a sandwich bag or baggie and whack them a few times with a soup can or rolling pin. You can crush them up with your hands but the pieces will be a bit bigger.

Not only does the Breakfast Biscuits crumbled up go great on yogurt but they are also great to put on top of oatmeal and ice cream. Yummy!


I like the idea of using both products to make a parfait (alternate crushed Breakfast Biscuits with the Yoplait Greek Yogurt). I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t have any dessert dishes or flutes I can use to make it. That is one recipe I still want to try and I plan on doing so. I think the Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits (my favorite) with Blueberry Yoplait Greek Yogurt with fresh blueberries all layered one on top of the other would be amazing. It would not only make a great breakfast and snack but also a yummy dessert.

I think the idea of using a Breakfast Biscuit as a “spoon” is something that would really appeal to children. My kids are teenagers and they have fun using the Breakfast Biscuits as “spoons”.


I can think of other fun things you can use the Breakfast Biscuits as spoons with like soft ice cream and peanut butter.

Speaking of peanut butter, the Breakfast Biscuits are SO GOOD with a smidgen of peanut butter spread on them. They make a great snack too – even a lunchbox treat.

For more information on Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits visit the Nature Valley website, www.NatureValley.com.

To learn more about Yoplait Greek Yogurt visit www.Yoplait.com.

How would YOU enjoy Nature Valley Biscuits and/or Yoplait Greek Yogurt? Tell me for a chance to win a prize package.

One winner will win 2 boxes of Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits (one in each flavor) and 6 Yoplait Greek Yogurts. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about a creative way you would enjoy either the Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits and/or Yoplait Greek Yogurt – OR – Why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are not influenced in any way. 

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