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Cheeseburger Salad
June 26, 2011, 3:59 pm
Filed under: recipes

I had a Pampered Chef Party the other night and learned how to make this awesome dish.  It sounds weird, but it is delicious and super easy!

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

4 sesame seed hamburger buns

1 small red onion

2 plum/roma tomatoes

1 lb ground beef

4  dill pickles

¾ cup ketchup

1 tbsp yellow mustard

romaine lettuce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Slice bun tops into 1/4-in. (6-mm) strips. (If bun tops are very thick, slice bottoms off horizontally before slicing into strips). Arrange in a single layer and bake 8–10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool completely.
  2. Cook ground beef in pan over medium-high heat 5–7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles. Meanwhile, chop onion, finely dice pickles. Combine chopped onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Add cooked beef; mix well.
  3. To serve, arrange lettuce on large serving platter. Spoon beef mixture over lettuce. Top with cheese, tomatoes and sliced onion. Arrange hamburger bun croutons around edge of platter. Serve immediately.


Current Song Favorites…
June 14, 2011, 6:46 pm
Filed under: song favs

Ellie Goulding – The Lights

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – The Golden Age

Lady Gaga – Marry The Night

Chris Brown (featuring Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes) – Look At Me Know ….I love Busta on this song

Civil Twilight – Letters From The Sky 

Sophie – 4 months old
June 14, 2011, 6:32 pm
Filed under: photos

Here is little Sophie at 4 months old…these photos are about 2 months old (oops!)

Humachine – One Half Nelson
June 2, 2011, 9:09 pm
Filed under: song favs

My very talented brother has added something else to his creative portfolio….MUSIC!

Download and preview on iTunes HERE.

Stone Mountain Family Trip – April 2011
June 2, 2011, 8:59 pm
Filed under: travel

I wanted to plan something special for my Dad and Sister, Rachel for their birthdays this year, which are just 2 days apart.  My family is all spread out….Dad in Athens, Rachel at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, my brother Eric in Denver and brother Kyle in NYC.  It is hard to get all of us Pitts kids together and it normally only happens about twice a year.  I decided I wanted to plan a fun mini vacation for us all, and finally decided on Stone Mountain for its central location and affordability. We had all gone to Stone Mountain as kids, since we lived outside of Atlanta for years, but it had been at least 15 years since we had all gone.  Plus, Dad used to take us all camping as kids, and I had been really wanting to go camping, so this seemed like a great plan.  IT WAS AWESOME.  I would totally recommend this trip to anyone and I will for sure be visiting again!

Originally, I wanted to surprise my Dad with flying Eric in from Denver and Kyle in from NYC, but logistically I needed his help arranging the airport pickups.  He helped getting Eric from the Atlanta airport, but we kept Kyle a secret as he flew into Charlotte and rode down to Stone Mountain with Michael and I.  It was so much fun surprising my Dad – all four Pitts kids from around the country in one spot!

The campgrounds at Stone Mountain were really cheap, only about $90 for the 2 nights.  There were hot showers and toilets – which is my idea of camping.  Our friends the Budas had loaned us some great camping gear too.  You MUST book campsite #190 if you ever go camping there.  It was the best campsite with a huge spot right on the lake overlooking the mountain.

We all arrived by about 4:00 on Friday and set up camp.  Michael and I even brought some air mattresses to fit in the 10 person tent we had borrowed!  Eric got the fire going, we set up a ladder ball game, we grilled hamburgers/chicken sausage and had some baked beans for dinner.  And, then of course we made s’mores and celebrated my Dad’s birthday 🙂

The next morning we cooked breakfast and all laughed about how much we froze in the night.  It got pretty cold and we didn’t bring enough blankets.  Eric had slept in his hammock that he brought and we woke up early hearing him scream and my Dad laugh as ducks came flying toward him from across the water.  We had plenty of laughs all weekend.  Always a good time with all of us together.

Stone Mountain Park has become quite an attraction.  They have all sorts of activities to keep you busy all weekend.  We all got the buy 1 day get the 2nd day free Adventure Passes so we could do whatever we wanted for the weekend.  We started our adventure in a lame train ride around the mountain.  Then we went to see a 3D short movie and had lunch at Miss Katies where the wait staff actually tosses the hand tossed rolls to you.  Pretty fun.  Kyle loves the southern food since he lives in NYC.  We were all pretty stuffed from lunch so we decided to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain.  It was a beautiful view.  Stone Mountain is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite!

And then we met this little guy at the sad petting zoo…

That night we picnicked before the laser show.  Our friends Brooke and Zach drove up from Atlanta to join us.  It was a lot of fun.  The laser show was interesting and very entertaining.  I called it “a roller coaster of emotion”…the themes in the show jumped all over the place.

The next morning Michael and I set up an Easter egg hunt and we celebrated Rachel’s birthday over breakfast.  Since we had extra adventure passes for the second day, we ventured back over to the attractions where some did this awesome ropes course and we all played putt putt together.  And of course, one more stop to Miss Katies for lunch 🙂


I love hummus.
June 1, 2011, 8:25 pm
Filed under: product favs

I love hummus and here are some of my favorite brands/flavors….

April DC Trip
June 1, 2011, 8:13 pm
Filed under: travel

We went up to DC at the beginning of April with our friends, Brooke and Zach to visit Brooke’s good friend, Mara and her husband.  We had an absolutely amazing time and crammed a lot into a short weekend.  We flew in on Friday night and went out for dinner and drinks on H Street.  We were told that this was one of the hip new areas of town.  We decided to try out something new at SOUK – Moroccan Tapas.  It was delicious, but had some awful ventilation issues with smoke from the kitchen grill seeping into the dining room.  I sure hope they fixed that, because the food was really yum.  After dinner we headed to a couple of bars for drinks. Fruit Bat was fun.  Brooke and I had some crazy martini there.  Next we headed upstairs from Fruit Bat to Church & State for one last drink before heading back to Mara and Neal’s house.  It felt like you were in a church, complete with private rooms that were like confessionals.  Pretty hilarious for a bar theme if you ask me.

The next morning we were pretty slow moving from our night out on the town.  We hung out at Mara and Neal’s super cute townhouse, which they were so nice to let us all crash at.  Thanks kids!  Around noon we finally ventured out of the house and headed to the Nationals game.  It was one of their first of the season and they were playing the Atlanta Braves!  Michael knows a few people that work with the Nationals from when he worked at the Bobcats, so we got hooked up with some awesome tickets.  FIRST ROW BEHIND HOME PLATE!!!  It was amazing.  Something to cross off of a bucket list.

Friends and family started calling us telling us that we were on TV every time they showed the batter.  We DVDer the game at home, so we could see ourselves on TV when we go home.  Pretty cool.

After the game we headed back to the house to get cleaned up for dinner.  We decided to try one of Mara and Neal’s favorite restaurants Dukem – Ethiopian food.  I am proud of myself for trying it, but it is not for me.  After dinner we went to an awesome bar right down the street from the restaurant.  A gay sports bar, Nellie’s.  The place was packed and the decor was awesome.  I only wish drag queen bingo would have been going on when we were there.

The next morning we walked over to Eastern Market just a short walk from the house.  This is a must if you are in DC.  Eastern Market is the city’s oldest continually operated fresh food public market.

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and it was a beautiful day.  We grabbed some bagels and shopped around.  I scored some great scarves for cheap and an awesome Yak hat.

This is Mara and Neal and their super cute pups.  They were great hosts and we really enjoyed getting to know them!

After wandering around the market for a couple of hours, we headed over to the Mall and National Monument to check out the cherry blossoms down by the river.  It was such a gorgeous day and all of the blooming trees were amazing.  Zach enjoyed showing off his toe-touches and him and Michael tried to work out the world’s issues.  I love the photo below of them in deep conversation with the Capital behind them.

It was an awesome trip and we hope to go back soon!