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Gourmet Burgers | Southern Flair

Its that kind of weather… GRILLING weather.  I know some people like to grill year round. But even the non-enthusiast breaks out the grill when the weather gets warm!  There is absolutely nothing better than a homemade hamburger in my book!  Perfect for a weekend meal with a few friends or even a quick weeknight meal in the warm sunny months.  There is a billion ways to make them and tons of toppings you could add.

 Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Burger

Here are a few tips to ensure a perfectly juicy burger:

  • Start with 80/20 ground beef 
  • Form patties with a dimple in the middle so that they will finish flat
  • Don’t mash or flip! {Leave burgers o the grill until one side is totally done then flip ONE time to finish}

Want some more tips?  There are even more great grilling tips for all sorts of things over here!


Everybody has their favorite toppings.  I personally love mayo, onions, pickles, lettuce, a little ketchup, and a fresh garden tomato!  But sometimes I like to mix it up with gourmet toppings like caramelized onions and pimento cheese.  I like to find yummy local foods like Palmetto Cheese and any locally seasonal veggies are always a good pick! {I love that Walmart marks which fruits and veggies are organic and local so they are easy to spot!}  In these photos I made up a yummy jalapeño pimento cheese burger – it is SOUTH in your MOUTH.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Burger


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Memorial Day Dessert : Strawberry Shortcake From Scratch

Memorial Day Weekend is next weekend. First off, I do not want to make light of why we have this holiday.  While it is likely a time you will enjoy having some time off with your family {since it is a national holiday weekend} and you’ll probably put some sort of dinner on the grill, maybe even visit the lake or take a dip in the pool, it is a day to honor and remember those who gave us this luxury to slow down and spend time loving on our family.  If you are reading this and are a serviceman or woman or the spouse or parent of one, you have my sincerest thank you. <3

family photo

If you are one of the lucky ones who will be spending some time with you family this weekend, I highly recommend you put this dessert together. You can bake the cake a day or two ahead and it will last several days {if you don’t gobble it all up at once}.  Your sweet family will hug you around the neck for it!

Strawberry shortcake has always been one of my personal favorites.  I remember having it at a friend’s restaurant after Sunday church with my extended family. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls {carb overload} and then a BIG helping of strawberry shortcake thanks to my granddaddy {who I called PawPaw} who always saw to it that I had a slice. Those are such sweet memories for me.  This cake recipe also holds a special place in my heart. It is my grandmother’s coveted recipe and she always makes it for me. Now I make it for my sweet littles. Even Ezra likes strawberry short cake. LOL

Ezra in the strawberries

Now, I cannot write a blog post about strawberry shortcake without inserting a note that depending on where you are from, this recipe will vary greatly. In the north strawberry shortcake is more like a biscuit with strawberry sauce and whipped topping.  But, in the south, strawberry shortcake is a fluffy piece of angel food cake {right from the grocery store if you are in a real hurry} OR a slice of pound cake.  I’ve had it all of these ways, but pound cake – especially homemade pound cake – is most definitely my favorite.

Like I said, if you are in a real hurry, run on over to your local Walmart and buy a nice big angel food cake.  Or, if you’d like to go the extra mile to make something really special, you can instead, grab these ingredients at Walmart and whip up this cake.

Strawberry Shortcake



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