Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Best Friends, A New Baby and Artichoke Turkey Bugers

Collins and I took our first girls trip this past weekend to Lafayette to see a dear, best friend, Jessica. We had one mission and one mission only on this trip: Operation Baby Nursery! We sat on the floor of the nursery Saturday morning trying to find a "vision" for the nursery and then off to shopping we went. Collins was such a little shopping trooper and we were successful! By the time we said our goodbyes, we had a game plan for a beautiful nursery for a special baby boy and a couple of hundred dollars spent:)

Jess and I have been best friends since we met at Northwestern quite a few years ago. We stood by each other in the dating saga with our high school loves and we both ended up marrying those loves. We stood in each other's weddings and by each others during quite a few moves across the country. And now we have each other for this new season of being moms. Jess was in the waiting room when Collins was born and I plan to be there waiting too when Baby Pitcher arrives in April. I can't wait and it is such a blessing to walk this road together.

Jess and Blaine came to visit this past September for Labor Day. See, nothing was very fishy with this because the "Fab 4" has spent many of Jessica's birthdays together. But there was a tiny feeling that I had in my heart wondering," Hmm... I wonder if they are going to tell us that Jess is pregnant?". Well, I didn't have to wait for the answer long. Just moments after they arrived, Jessica asked if have ever read the new book that she was reading. The title? What to Expect When You're Expecting. Well, at that point there were tears, hugs and laughs all around. And we talked about nothing but babies that weekend. 

And we cooked too, of course:) Artichoke Turkey Burgers and they were delicious! They freeze perfectly so make half and freeze half.

Artichoke Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey
2/3 cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
5 ciabatta buns
1 (14oz) can quartered artichoke heart, drained and chopped
1 cup light Alfredo sauce
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
seasoning to taste

1. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, mushrooms, seasoning and egg. For mixture into 4 hamburger patties, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
2 Preheat grill to medium high heat. Grill burgers, covered with grill lid, for 5 minutes per side, or until done to desired taste.
3. Spread split buns with butter evenly on both sides. Grill buns, butter side down for 2 minutes. 
4. In a medium bowl, combine artichokes and Alfredo sauce.
5. Place turkey burgers on buns and top with Alfredo mixture and basil. 

Adapted from a Sandra Lee recipe. 

And always cooking with love in honor of Momou!

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