I have been loving this beautiful spring weather, how about you? After this long winter it feels so incredibly wonderful to get outside! Soon it will be time to start planting my herb garden and picking out flowers, which is one of my favorite things to do. The trees are all blooming right now; I wish they would stay that way all year!
Yet again this year I missed seeing the Cherry Blossoms in D.C. I swore last year we would make it downtown to see them. I thought it was so perfect this year that our Spring break even landed right when they were blooming. Well, when my friend and I loaded my car up last week with the kids and headed into D.C., our goal was the zoo or one of the national parks in D.C. After a stop for one child getting car sick, then running into construction everywhere we turned, and the gps taking us through all the residential areas, we finally pulled up to the zoo at 10:45 a.m. to find the parking lot completely full! As we passed the entrance to the National Zoo, we saw that it was packed and there were still people coming from everywhere! Yes, I understand, it’s the National Zoo, but this is one of our favorite places to go, and I have never seen it this busy. Not even on the 4th of July! I guess everyone thought it was a great day to go.
So we set forth to find one of the National parks in the area, although we couldn’t remember the name of it so we hopped on Google and well, let’s just say it was supposedly “the best kept secret” in Georgetown, that led us to a park with no parking.
Then the second child got car sick. So we finally found some street parking, all got out to stretch our legs, and at the same time did a little more research. Thankfully, we packed some lunches and snacks which we ate at that time. After lunch we got everyone loaded back up and set forth to the next park. So, just so you all know how one shouldn’t rely too much on technology, the GPS now led us to a road on the wrong side of the Potomac parallel to the park.
Well, we got a good laugh out of the whole ordeal and decided to head home and do something back in “our neck of the woods.” We told the kids we just took a residential tour. They didn’t think that was very funny, but I can see why people completely fall in love with D.C.; they have some beautiful houses there!
So…..food…. The other night we decided to have a girl’s night. I thought, perfect, I had an idea for a burger, and they could test it out. The following Taco Burger recipe was a hit and I can’t wait to make them again!
Recipe type: Meal
- 2 lbs ground chuck, sirloin or beef
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 8 slices pepper jack cheese
- 8 hamburger buns
- Place ground beef in a medium bowl and add kosher salt, oregano, cumin, paprika, garlic, and chili powder. Using your hands combine all of the spices into the beef. Shape into 8, ¼ pound patties. Let rest in refrigerator for at least ½ hour up to 8 hours.
- Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill patties until medium well, about 4 minutes each side. Of course you can always grill to desired doneness, I just prefer medium.
- When patties are done cooking, place a slice of pepper jack cheese on top of each burger. Pull burgers off grill and place a burger on each bun.
- Top with a tablespoon of guacomole and 1 tablespoon of pico de gallo.
- Serve warm.
(Originally Posted: April 23, 2014)