More flowers and a burger with the works

Spring has definitely sprung here in Oregon! Here are a few more pretty shots from my house. This is a Star Magnolia from our front yard. It's nearly ten feet tall and looks much more like a bush than a tree.


I love this variety, it's so delicate and pretty.


I'm still working on my indoor food photos. I really need one of those lovely light boxes!

Last night we had these yummy burgers. They are jam packed with all sorts of scrumptious stuff like bacon, spinach, garlic, olives, mushrooms, feta.... You'll love 'em!


The Works Burger
by theUngourmet

serves about 6


1 lb lean ground beef
2 pieces bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped black olives
2 oz crumbles feta
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp worcestershire
1/2 tsp salt
cracked pepper

fresh spinach
oregano garlic mayo
whole wheat buns

Combine beef, bacon, mushrooms, olives, feta, garlic, onion, ketchup, worcestershire, salt and pepper. Form into evenly sized patties. Grill or broil to desired temperature.

Place each patty on a toasted bun and garnish with spinach and oregano garlic mayo.

Oregano Garlic Mayo

1/2 cup mayo
1 tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove minced garlic

These burgers had lots of big delicious flavor and were definitely a hit!

Hope you're having a terrific week so far!



alissa said...

ahhh the flowers are gorgeous! im so ready for spring:)

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

You have flowers aleady & you're in Oregon? We haven't even seen the first buds down South. Something is definitely not right with this picture!

The burgers sound yummy though. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Holly said...

Oh yummy I love burgers!! I am also from the NW and our trees are budding as well:) Awesome right;)

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Joanne said...

that is a SERIOUS burger. Sounds fantastic. And the pictures? Lovely.

Michelle said...

OH...I like the idea of adding spinach to the burger! I would never have thought to do that!

I love Star Magnolias but they are touchy to winter here in Northern IL. We live on acreage now and I can't protect my plants like I did when we lived in the city! You are lucky to have spring come in so beautifully!

Allyson said...

Why do I always think that spring comes to Oregon in like July?? So glad you have flowers. We have nubbins. But hopefully not for long!!

On another note, I LOVE my light boxes and use them for almost ALL of my jewelry photos. The lights help too...I just have 3, but they make a huge difference. I like to think my photos look relatively professional.

And that burger looks fab. But I am MOST excited about garlic mayo...like aoli! Yum-O!!! Spring does make me want to fire up the Duke and grill some cow meat!

Jeannie said...

Wow! Really beautiful flowers! and yummy burger recipe to try:D My boys will so love this!

Angie's Recipes said...

Spring is right at the corners.....beautiful flower pictures.
The pattie looks very succulent...I am darn sure the burger tastes GOOD!

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Très belles photos printanières.
A Paris, il fais encore très froid.
J'aime beaucoup ton blog.
Des recettes intéressantes.
Je reviendrai.
A bientôt.

Chef E said...

Three words that translate into YUMMY! Oh My Gosh!

A Year on the Grill said...

that is supposed to be me drooling over yours!

Susan said...

I am so happy for you that spring has definitely arrived in Oregon and you shared with us. And the burger, well, you just live too far away for me to pop in to share one of those beauties.

Ed Schenk said...

Great photos and a wonderful looking Burger, Thanks for the recipe.

Jen said...

Oh my the fabulousness that is this burger. Yum!

TKW said...

I need a light box, too!

The burger looks delicious!

We have yet to get any flowers...but I can't wait!

doggybloggy said...

I can not get over the sharpness of these shots - what a major burger.

Cathy said...

That's one great looking burger, Kim. More terrific photos - way to go!

Claudia said...

The burger is simply grand... but the flowers... the magnolias.... I'm moving to your neighborhood.

Bellini Valli said...

You are probably a week ahead of us weather wise but I am so hoping for real signs of Spring beyond the Robin sightings. One sure sign would be cranking up the BBQ:D

Lisa said...

Really nice flower photos. In the spring I always dream of cameras. It's just that I can never settle on which one I should get!

Great burger!

Mini Baker said...

yum! love the garlic mayo!

Susan said...

Thank you for the recipe for the Mayo...:-)


Anonymous said...

Awesome burgers, great flavors and I love the Oregano garlic mayo!

noble pig said...

Oh that garlic mayo sounds so perfect!!!

Bob said...

I love mixing up tons of stuff into my burgers, it's a good time. Looks fantastic, that garlic mayo must push it over the top.

Jenn said...

Beautiful flowers!!!!

Now this is a burger I can definitely sink my teeth into. "the works" works for me. :)

Julie said...

I don't think I've ever had a burger stuffed full of veggies. Sounds super!

Kekibird said...

The flowers are beautiful and the burger looks delish! Visiting from the Apron Goddess!

Janice said...

That burger looks delicious. Am saving this recipe for the weekend.

Pam said...

Flowers already!!!!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Lots of lovely things going on with this burger! They look awesome! So do your pretty flowers. We still have snow on the ground.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm cooking burgers this weekend too!

Faith said...

Your Star Magnolias are stunning, Kim! (And I am so ready for spring! :) ) The burgers look amazing too -- yet another tell-tale sign of spring! ;)

Bo said...

Beautiful flowers...I'm in Alabama...spring has not sprung here yet...Delicious looking burger.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh this is so making me want spring to be here. As I type, we're having our second great rainstorm of the season. I love it. Oregano Garlic Mayo? YUM!!! Why can I not think of stuff like this? You're amazing.

Katy ~ said...

I am in a burger mood...those look mouthwatering.

Spring flowers...I so enjoy all flowers, but the spring ones...well they are just my favorites!

ck said...

Seriously, how on earth did Oregon get spring before Virginia?

(And is that too far to have one of those burgers delivered?)

Dawn said...

The burgers turned out amazing. Loved everything about them, tender and so much flavor. This is a keeper. I'll be making these for friends soon :) Thanks!

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