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What to Wear to a Burger Battle?

What to Wear to a Burger Battle?

Saturday I had the awesome opportunity of being one of the judges for the 2015 Delaware Burger Battle held at the Cauffield House in Wilmington Delaware. To say that this was a hard job would be a lie because it was the easiest and by far the best job of the entire summer!

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If you read my post last Monday then you would have known that I had suggested that you bring your appetite and to wear stretchy clothes.   Thankfully, I heeded my own advice because I didn’t eat breakfast and wore this multicolor stretchable maxi dress.

Maxi dress from Ross

The maxi dress was just one of several that I had purchased in May at Ross Dress for Less in preparation for our 2015 family vacation to the DR, remember this post?  The elastic waist and long flowing bodice was not only chic but it was cool, comfy and I received many compliments throughout the day. 

I have to admit that it was the perfect easy breezy outfit to wear to judge not one…not two…but 5 amazing burgers and then an afternoon of an all-you-can-eat from 15+ restaurants all vying for “The People’s Choice” trophy!  

People's Choice Trophy

At the water pump At the barn In the Gazebo 2 In the Gazebo

The fact that the Burger Battle was held at the scenic Cauffield House made the event even better, if that was even possible! “The Cauffiel House’s comfortable charm and picturesque setting provides a refuge from the modern world. The surrounding grounds feature a gracious canopy of mature trees and a quaint gazebo”.  My son, Tayair attended with me and he was also my volunteer photographer so for that I wish to thank him for his patience! 

my son is very patient

I would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 DE Burger Battle;

Alternative Burger – Home Grown Café
Peoples Choice – Maiale Deli and Salumeria
Critics Choice – Chelsea Tavern

and also a special congratulations to the real winners of the day, The Ministry of Caring Emmanuel Dining Room who with the donated proceeds from the event will further assist them with their wonderful humanitarian efforts assisting those in need in the state of Delaware.

winner 1 winner 2 winner 3

It was perfect day, warm weather with low humidity which is a rarity for a summer day in Delaware. It was also a delight  to meet fellow Delaware food bloggers Don Palmer from and Dan Sanchez of as well as Reyna Boyer of 

I can honestly say, that we all had a great time test tasting each burger grading them on a 4 point system and cleansing our pallets with cold beer.  My favorite was Purple Haze, a New Orleans blend which was apropos considering it was the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Purple Haze

The 2015 Burger Battle was yet another fantastic Delaware event and would like to thank JulieAnne Cross for once again inviting me to participate and I look forward to the 2016 Delaware Burger Battle.

JulieAnne and I

Do you have Burger Battles in your cities or towns?

Come back on Friday to see more of these mouth watering burgers which may give you some ideas for your Labor Day cookout.

Burger 5 Burger sliders

In the meantime, check out my YouTube channel for a few highlights from the 2015 DE Burger Battle and my appeal to Adam Richman of NBCFoodFighters to attend next year’s battle.

Oh and there are some other pics on my Instagram page as well.

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Casual Friday in Palazzo Pants

Hello Friends and Happy Feel Good Friday! 

Can you believe it’s the end of August and that summer is almost over? 

Today’s OOTD post is featuring a style of pants that never seems to go out of style and that is Palazzo Pants.  As a boomer it seems as though I have been wearing this style for over 40 years, yet some may say it’s a new style, gotta love those millennials!

Casual Friday in Palazzo Pants

If you are fabulous after fifty, Palazzo pants are a wardrobe staple.  The wide legs and elastic waist are very forgiving and can be worn with a simple tee shirt or a sleeveless tank as I have paired one with mine. 

Casual Friday in Palazzo Pants

You can dress up a pair of Palazzo Pants with heels or dress them down and be comfy casual in flats or sandals.  This particular pair was purchased several years ago from Marshalls, but I have recently found a few other pairs from Zulily, check them out.  

Disclosure:  If you click on the link and make a purchase, I might just make enough coins to buy a cup of coffee!


How do you feel about these wide-leg pants, do you have a pair in your closet?

Casual Friday in Palazzo Pants

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Have you “had the talk” with your college freshmen?

Malik’s bags are all packed and he is ready for his return trip back to Bowie State University to start his Sophomore year. While he was home we had a chance to talk about a lot of things including his father’s cancer treatments and how to remain safe on campus.

This summer he also worked at Amazon and was able to make and save a few dollars for those “extradentials” so it was very important that we discussed his finances.  I recently read this article by Michelle Singletary which helps parents “have the talk” with their college freshmen. college students and finances

A financial suitcase for freshmen

By Michelle Singletary, Columbian business columnist


In a week or two, thousands of young adults will be heading to college for the first time and they’ll be faced with a lot of financial choices.  I wonder how prepared they will be.  It’s not enough to hope they will be ready to handle their money. As the good book says, “faith without works is dead.” Good money managers aren’t born; they’re trained.

So, as your college freshman is packing up, there’s one piece of luggage that needs to have all the right stuff: the financial suitcase. Here’s what should be inside:

college student and money

The right debit card. Before heading off to school, make sure your child has a debit card that will work well at his or her college location. That might mean opening an account with a different bank or credit union that has ATMs on or near campus to avoid an out-of-network fee. Double-check that you can easily and quickly transfer money into the account without incurring fees. For this reason, you may also want to get an account at the same financial institution.

Mobile bank alerts. If your freshman hasn’t done this already, he or she should set up alerts connected to the debit card. Alerts can be customized to report deposits, withdrawals and bill-due dates. Cardholders can also be notified when the account balance is getting low, which in turn will help avoid overdraft charges and other fees. Just be mindful of alerts received as text messages, which may incur fees from a mobile provider.

Box of envelopes: Budgeting may not be easy at first. If you know your child is challenged in this department, try the envelope money-management system. Envelopes should be labeled the following way for the four major spending categories: eating out, clothes, entertainment and transportation. Every week, two weeks or month, depending on how your child receives income or spending money, put budgeted cash for each category into the envelopes. When the money is gone from one, there’s no more spending on that category.

Commitment to save and not just spend. Yes, even students on a tight budget should save. If your student is getting a stipend or spending money from you or a job, encourage him or her to start the habit of saving something — anything — from the funds they receive not allocated for tuition, room, board and books. Suggest a “Life Happens” fund, which is different from an emergency fund. Money in this account can be used for pizza, parties, clothes, spring-break trips, concerts, etc. But when the money is taken out, your student should have a plan to replenish it.

Here are some things that students should not take to college:

no credit cards

Credit card: I know you’ve heard that it’s important for your child to establish credit. But it’s not time for that yet. As your student gets closer to graduation and needs to build credit to get an apartment or car loan, he or she can open a credit card account. But for now, as a freshman, consider credit an unnecessary luxury. Besides, debit cards with either the MasterCard or Visa logo can be used for almost any purchase. My daughter is a junior in college and she hasn’t had a need for a credit card.

Expectation to spend excess student-loan money: Talk to your child about not accepting a student-loan refund, which is money in excess of the cost of attendance. If there is money left over, he or she may get a refund check. This is not free money. It’s a loan with interest that must be paid back.

Entitlement mentality: Leave at home the attitude of having to experience everything. Going on that spring-break trip may not be feasible, especially if your child has student loans.

As your freshman is going over the checklist of things for college, make sure his or her financial suitcase is stuffed with tools and strategies that will help to avoid any money missteps.  

Chime in: Did you have “the financial talk” with your college student?

MidWeek Boho Chic

Midweek BohoChic

If there is one style that never seems to go out of style that would be Boho Chic.

MidWeek Boho Chic

Made popular in the 60s and 70s, when Afros, Dashikis, block parties, outdoor concerts and free love was all the rage, this comfy casual look was perfect for the times. Now that we boomers have grown and matured, we still love the free spirit style of this casual attire. Generation X Y and Millennials are also loving Boho Chic so we can all expect it to be around for quite a long time.

MidWeek Boho Chic

The tie dye maxi skirt has been in my closet for years, I believe it was a purchase from Ross Dress for Less. This time I chose to wear it with a thrifted sleeveless tank, other times I have also worn it belted.

MidWeek Boho Chic

Accessories that include an oversize ring, wooden multi color bangles, wooden watch, wood heels sandals and necklace along with a sloppy ‘boho bag’ completes the Boho Chic look.

Do you have a favorite Boho Chic outfit?  

If you can find tie dye clothing, make it yourself!

tie dye diy

Taco Tuesday with Jennie-O #SwitchtoTurkey


Disclosure:  I received the Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey from Jennie-O, however, the opinions are 100% my own.

Tacos on Tuesday are hubby and my mini men’s favorite mid-week meal and it is made even more special with Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey.  When you use Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey there is no need to add a separate package of Taco Seasoning which is a time and money saver. 

This lean ground turkey is pre-seasoned with just the right amount of spice; tastes great and contains 70% less fat than regular ground beef which is why it’s has become a staple in my kitchen.

Taco Tuesday with Jennie-O

I always pour in a little Olive Oil before adding the Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey to a pre-heated pan then cook it until it’s no longer pink with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  I also use a wooden spatula to break up the ground turkey as it cooks.

Once done, we put a few scoops of it into a Taco Boat then top it with diced onions, fresh cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and diced avocados.  I also like to sprinkle mine with a little hot sauce because you know I like it spicy!

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You can add extras like shredded lettuce, sour cream or even diced jalapeno peppers and wrap in a tortilla, or add to a hard Taco shell, but we like these Taco boats better.


Taco Tuesday with Jennie-O

How do you like to top your tacos?


Delaware Burger Battle 2015


Delaware Burger Battle 2015

burger battle 2015

Fire up those grills and find your stretchy pants – we’re only a few days away from Delaware Burger Battle 2015, the end-of-summer competition that will determine once and for all (for 2015, anyway) who has the best burger between the buns in the

First State.

The Delaware Burger Battle, benefitting Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29, from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Cauffiel House, 1016 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington.

DE Burger Battle Logo

Competitors this year include 8th and Union Kitchen, At The Rail Wine Bar & Grill, Cantwell’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, Crave Eatery, Deer Park Tavern, Drip Café (The Brunch Box), Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, I Don’t Give a Fork, Kelly’s Logan House, Maiale Deli & Salumeria, Matilda’s/Mad-Macs, Pizza by Elizabeths, Redfire Grill + Steakhouse, The Meat House and Ulysses Gastropub.

Can Redfire Grill, Deer Park Tavern and Ulysses Gastropub continue to wow the judges and win the hearts of attendees as they have in the past? Who will win the face off of the food trucks (Brunch Box vs. I Don’t Give a Fork vs. Crave)?

How will newcomer At The Rail Wine Bar – a finalist in Philadelphia Magazine’s Battle of the Burger – shake things up?

Burger 1

All questions will be answered, all tales will be told, and all meat will meet its maker on the last Saturday before Labor Day weekend. Restaurants at the battle will offer unlimited samples of their best burgers; a panel of expert judges will select the Critics’ Choice and Alternative Burger Winners, and guests will vote on the People’s Choice Winner.

In recent years, national media including Business Insider and have referenced the winners of the Delaware Burger Battle when discussing each state’s best burger.

Last year, the Delaware Burger Battle raised $10,000 for the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. Over three years, burger battles have raised more than $21,000 for the Ministry of Caring.

Burger Samples All Burger Battle attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat burger samples; beer (including Blue Moon White IPA, Yuengling Summer Wheat, Twin Lakes Pale Ale and more) and wine are included in the ticket price for adults, while soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers.

Tickets are $49 through Aug. 28 and $60 at the door. Tickets for designated drivers and teens (ages 11-20) are $17, and tickets for children 10 and under are $7. The event is rain or shine.

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WHAT: Delaware Burger Battle

WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2015, noon-3:30pm

WHERE: The Cauffiel House, 1016 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington


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Afraid to wear white!

Afraid to wear white!

Some of you know from previous posts that I am afraid to wear all white..why…because it brings out the kid in me.  You know that kid who inevitably and by the end of day has spilled something on themselves while wearing an all white outfit. Plus it reminds me of when my sister, cousins and I got Baptized at Gospel Tabernacle Church in the 70’s!

Baptism pic

Anywho, I finally went through all of my closets and dresser drawers earlier this summer and got rid of a lot of clothes that were either too small or I hadn’t worn in years. I sold most of them for $1.00 a piece at my Yard Sales and the rest I donated to Goodwill and the Boys and Girls Club.

A pair of white linen pants are a summer wardrobe staple, but unless you want to look like a wrinkled mess in a few hours, I suggest you wear them when you’re not traveling in a car or plane for hours.

Because I love the black and white combination and polka dots are my favorite I chose to pair them with a sleeveless tank and black strap sandals.

scared to wear white

The polka dot purse was a great find at Family Dollar, and like I said before, “don’t sleep on the Dollar Stores” especially when it comes to accessories.

Dollar Store purse

When you just need to grab a purse and go on a casual Friday or weekend, this bag works.

Polka Dot purse

Do you have a fear of wearing white or am I the only one?

Polka Dot and White Friday

You have to fail in order to succeed and Participation Trophy Givebacks

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You have to fail in order to succeed!

Last Saturday while teaching my Blogging 202 class, one of the comments I reiterated was, ”you have to fail”. I was making this statement about the younger generation and why we have failed them by not allowing them to fail.

We have two sons, the oldest is intellectually disabled so for him a lot of life’s lessons were difficult to comprehend. I remember times when as a toddler he would be on the playground with the other kids, “parallel playing”. You know from a distance it appears as though a kid is playing with others but upon closer inspection you see they aren’t, just jumping around and talking to themselves.



Perhaps he didn’t understand the rules of the game or maybe the other kids simply didn’t want to play with him. As a parent, this was hard to watch, but my husband and I couldn’t force the other kids to play with him. He either had to learn the game or be a bystander.

This definitely set the foundation for him later in life when he was cut from the Appo HS football team, even though he attended all the practices for the entire summer and the coach gave him a helmet and a jersey only to take it from him before the beginning of the season…yes, I am still a bit perturbed by this if you haven’t noticed!  


Anywho I too remember not being chosen for a team or getting picked last because I wasn’t fast enough, so like our son, I would either go off to do my own thing or just stand there and watch.

As both our sons got older we signed them up for the local T-Ball and Soccer teams.  The cost of participation included a certificate and trophy presented to them at the end of the season and it didn’t matter whether they won or not.  I always thought it was a stupid idea because how would the kids learn that they needed to try harder if they were all being rewarded for just participating?

participation trophy

How would they learn that not everything is going to be given to them for little to no effort – how would they learn to deal with disappointment and failure?  Unfortunately, a lot of kids today haven’t learned that lesson and we can see how well that worked out just by reading a few newspaper headlines!

“It’s a Different World”

So when I heard the report about James Harrison, of the Pittsburgh Steelers wanting to give back the “participation trophies” that his kids brought home, I said, “finally!”

participation trophy return

Of course there are controversies on both sides, but as a parent who wants to raise his kids with the understanding that not everything is going to be handed to them as a just because, and that sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed, I think he did the right thing. You know me, I am all about teaching my sons the realities of life, the good the bad and the ugly #ihatecancer

Now let me go see if I can find a few of those “participation trophies” collecting dust in the basement, maybe my sons might even remember getting them!

Chime in, what is your take on kids needing to fail in order to work harder for success?