My Favorite New Burger with Egg, Bacon, and Sriracha Mayo

Yes, you heard me right – a burger topped with fried egg, bacon and sriracha mayo. It is beyond amazing! My family made these burgers last week and then made them again tonight because we couldn’t stop dreaming about them. How do we make them? Come find out. 

My first thought when my husband suggested adding an egg into our weekly burger mix was – um, no thanks – but after tasting it, I don’t think I can ever go back to a regular burger again! I’m ruined!

So what makes it so good? Um, I don’t know – it could be the pairing of my favorite breakfast foods with one of my favorite dinners. Or the bacon. Bacon and sriracha – sold.

Really, this burger is no harder than preparing any other burger – there are just a few extra steps. Let’s take a look.

Ingredients: 

1 lb. ground beef
hamburger buns
french fried onions – topping
1 egg per burger
1 tbs sriracha – or to taste
2 tbs mayo
1 lbs bacon

Directions: 

Prepare burgers to taste.

While burgers are cooking – cook eggs and bacon separately.
– Crack an egg into a frying pan over medium heat, covered. Allow the eggs and bacon to cook thoroughly. I usually break my yolk slightly so it cooks through ( I don’t like runny yolks).
– I usually cook my bacon in the over per the package directions.

Place the cooked burger on the bun and top with cooked egg and bacon.

In a small dish combine mayo and sriracha to taste. Spread just enough on the opposite bun. Top with fried onions. Enjoy.

This burger may look and sound weird, but give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Just be sure to taste test your sriracha mayo and mix it according to your tastes – not mine. You don’t wanna mess with hot.

Do you have a favorite burger topping that may sound weird to others? Share it with us in the comments below. 

The Little Cabin in the Woods – Autumn Colors in Northern Michigan

I love fall, but I don’t like it. I love that fall brings beautiful colors, mild temperatures and an end to the mosquito over population. But we all know what fall brings next and that is winter – a time when leaving the house takes 30 plus minutes because of all of the layers, hats and gloves we have to put on. A time when your nose hairs freeze together upon opening the front door and a time when colds and flu viruses run rampant. So yes fall, I love you – but I don’t like you very much at all.

Even though winter comes directly after fall, I don’t think it is entirely fair to hate the fall because of it. Fall can be a very nice time for travel – it’s not too hot and the colors along side the roadway make the time spent on the road in the car much more interesting. 

Last weekend my family and I took a trip into the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula to see the fall colors and enjoy some fun at Boyne Mountain resort. While most people might recognize this location because of it’s popular ski presence, we actually love to visit during the month of October because there aren’t large crowds and the fall colors surrounding the resort cannot be beat. Plus, the resort is great about offering free fall family activities to their guests such as hayrides and bonfires at night.

During this stay we decided to rent an adorable cabin on the resort property. This gave us easy access to one of the most spectacular views in the area – the top of Boyne Mountain.

While staying on the property we enjoyed their other fall activities such as zip-lining and Avalanche Bay – the resorts own indoor water park, plus went on several color tour adventures to enjoy the beauty that is autumn in Northern Michigan. 
Want to see more of the fun we had on our trip? Check out our latest YouTube video featuring Boyne Mountain resort. 

Where is your favorite place to visit in the fall? Tell us in the comments section below. 

I Never Wanted My Drivers License in the First Place

Do you have advice to give someone who is about to get their drivers license or a story to share about someone who gave you great driving advice? Come share it with us today and sign up for your chance to win a $600 gift certificate for Michelin tires. 

This post has been sponsored. All opinions are my own.  
Photo Credit : HSP Imaging Inc

This may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but I never wanted to get my drivers license as a teenager. I was one of those kids that was happy to be carted around by others – probably because I never saw the benefit in going anywhere by myself. Not having a drivers license meant that someone would always have to go with me and I would never need to be alone (because back then I didn’t see the fun in that – silly me). Having a drivers license was scary – so much responsibility. I remember many conversations with my parents, who would try their best to coax me into driving when we would go places that I didn’t need to practice – that someday when all of my friends moved away that I would just hire a limo driver to take me places. Problem solved.

I think that there is a big misconception floating around that all teenagers are geared up and ready to start driving when they become of age – quite frankly, that’s not the truth. Some teenagers just aren’t ready for driving when the time comes and that’s ok. It might have taken me a little bit longer to be ready for the road – but taking the extra time for me meant being better prepared, being more confident and by having parents who were understanding yet encouraging allowed me to be able to enjoy the process instead of seeing it as a defeat. My sixteen year old self would have never imagined that some day I would come to adore cars, write about them for a living and see them as a happy (and respected) part of my life. I think that I owe a lot of that growth to taking my time and having parents who supported me.

The reason I bring this up is because we are embarking on National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24 and I was asked by Michelin to share my best driving advice as someone who does a lot of driving. Well, as soon as I started thinking about this topic and my past experiences I couldn’t help but imagine how things could have been different had I been rushed into a situation that I wasn’t fully ready for. My love of cars might had been lost – or possibly worse. So here is my best driving advice should you choose to take it. Take your driving courses, study your manuals, practice driving with a parent – but ultimately listen to yourself. An age isn’t a defining moment that tells you that you are ready. Be ready – Be prepared – Be comfortable. Enjoy it. 

Also, if you are following me on Facebook you might have seen my sneak peek that I had a really great giveaway for you today. Well, here it is – enter below to win a $600 gift certificate for Michelin tires and register to join me for a #ShareSafety Twitter party on Thursday, October 22 at 9pm! Ooh – I totally want to win that myself! Good luck everybody!

Before you go, I’m curious – What would your one piece of driving advice be for the new drivers coming up or parents of new drivers? Share your best in the comments below or tweet it to me at @raisingdickjane #SharingSafety. 

Think Beyond the Candy this Halloween

Halloween is candy overload – but it doesn’t have to be! Why not think outside the box this year and opt for something a little healthier? I’m not saying to empty out your cupboards or junk drawers on unsuspecting children – but instead take a look at this list of non-candy Halloween handout ideas that kids will still love – and the neighborhood parents will thank you for! 

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Every year my family has a big Halloween party with all of the aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Every year my kids practically go into sugar shock afterwards. So this year, I decided to come up with a few items to hand out to the kids that went beyond the traditional candy.

8 Non-Candy Halloween Handout Ideas


1. Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks

These are new and my kids love them! But why wouldn’t they – Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks are sweet like fruit, squishy, and shaped like little cows. They are made with real fruit and vegetable juices and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Plus they are individually packaged making them easy to hand out at Halloween.

2. Halloween Pencils

My kids love to collect pencils to use and exchange at school. So whenever we need to pick up items for a goodie bag, pencils are always a first choice. This is why Halloween pencils made our list this year as fun things to pass out.

3. Glow Sticks

This sounds like a fun idea – not only can the kids use them right away but helping kids to be seen while trick or treating is always a good thing.

4. Boxes of Crayons

Look for the mini boxes of crayons that have 3-4 crayons in them. Sometimes you can even find little coloring book and crayon packaged sets to hand out. These are a great idea for kids of all ages!

5. Plastic Bugs or Snakes

Fill a bucket with plastic snakes and bugs for the kids to reach their hands in to and grab a few. Not only will it provide some fun decoration in your home leading up to the big night, but it will give the kids something to play with.

6. Fake Tattoos

I found big bags of temporary tattoo’s this year at the store. They were placed in boxes and ready to hand out – plus the price was very similar to what buying a big bag of candy was.

7. Bat or Spider Rings

This was my daughters choice and we found them in large quantity pretty inexpensively.

8. Bottles of Water

All of the Halloween fun and activity can make one thirsty! Go ahead – be different.

Do you have any ideas for non-candy Halloween handout’s? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section. 

Yes, You Can Play With Your LeapFrog

Do you love LeapFrog? So do we! Check out what’s new from LeapFrog this season and find out why my kids are hopping around with excitement. 

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use 
and share as I see fit. However, any opinion expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. 


I am THAT mother. The mean mother who had enough, cancelled cable and told my kids to go read a book instead. I was fed up with electronics and felt that my kids needed to have the childhood that I had – a childhood spent outdoors playing with their friends! Well, I was wrong – partially. My kids do need to be outside more and doing things that will enhance their brains, but I was wrong to think that I would be able to keep them away from the progressing world – nor should I want to. Cancelling t.v. service is all well and good and turned out to be a positive decision for our family – but what I found was that they still wanted to be engaged with electronics and they still needed some “down time” to play alone. So I decided that what I needed to do was find a few electronics they could use during these down times that would still be a good fit for our family – ones that would encourage learning and development while still being fun to play with.

My first experience from LeapFrog came when my daughter was just a baby and someone bought her a talking girl frog from LeapFrog. It was adorable, spoke different languages and played music. In a nutshell, we all loved it. I loved that she would coo and that her face would light up when it talked to her and she loved it because it was fun and engaging. Well guess what – my kids have gotten older, but times haven’t changed. LeapFrog is still offering toys and games that we both love. As my kids and technology have changed – we’ve found that LeapFrog has developed along with them.

It is for these reasons that I am super excited to let you in on the little secret (ok, so not really a secret) that I am now a part of LeapFrog’s new brand ambassador program! As part of this program, my family is being given the opportunity to test out what LeapFrog is bringing to the table this year and let you know what works – what is fun – and what products we think are worth buying and using.

So to start the program off we were sent a box including some pretty amazing products. Here is a video of the pure excitement that exploded in my household.

Now, after all of that paper flying and chaos – what was included in this box that we got to test out?

  • LeapPad Platinum
  • Imagicards
  • Word Whammer

As you can imagine, we are already diving into these products (fighting over them) and having fun playing with them. So be sure to keep an eye out for our toy reviews video’s on these products coming up soon! A great way to stay on top of the product reviews and be the first to see them is by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

What product are you most excited to see in action? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 

Why I am Forcing Myself to Do This One Thing on Every Trip I Take

I travel a lot – but there is one thing that I am consistently forcing myself to do on every single trip I take. It doesn’t matter how busy I am or what I have to get done – this one thing is going to happen. Find out what it is and tell me if you think it’s important or not. 

You probably know what I am going to say, right? Yep – lately there have been several articles posted to my Facebook feed about “Living in the moment” and putting your phone down once in awhile, so it got me thinking. Don’t worry, I am definitely not going to get on my soapbox or lie and say that I don’t also want to capture every moment of every trip I take – literally, it’s my job. It’s why I’m there half of the time. And my kids are just so darn cute – why wouldn’t I want millions and millions of photos of them! But I will tell you this – those moments that I photograph the living daylights out of – for some reason I can’t remember them very well. Ok, yes – I remember them but only through looking at my photograph. It’s weird.

We all know you can’t trust everything you read on the internet – so I started to think back to my own past experiences.

It was this summer during my trip to Chicago for an event. It was a whirlwind type of trip where I needed to get photo’s and information for an article – so naturally I viewed almost the entire trip through the lens of my camera. However, when I think back to that amazing trip – I don’t think about the crazy good food I ate or all of the really cool stuff I got to do – if I do, it is only a general memory. In fact when I think back to that entire weekend long trip,  I think about this one definite moment where I stood on top of a bridge looking down into the Chicago river. It was night fall and the lights from the city twinkled all around me in the water. The smell of eighty different flavors filled my nose and the air was just brisk enough to brush my hair slightly into my face. I don’t know what caused me to do it, but it was in that one moment that I stopped what I was doing and took a long deep breath.

In that moment and in that one breath I was somehow able to breath in that moment and every aspect that went along with it so deeply that I couldn’t forget it if I tried. I can still to this day see in my mind the dance that the lights performed on that river in front of me, the distinct smells that surrounded me and the feelings I felt. The rest of that trip? Yeah, I remember it – but not like this.

This made me wonder if there is some truth to what they are saying – and if I always view special events and trips through my camera lens, will this have an effect on the amount of memories I am able to keep? Am I still creating solid core memories of these special times in my life or are they paper bound to be lost or forgotten?

I am sure that there is research and studies to back this theory up, but I am curious what you think. Have you ever tried this? Do you make it a point to put your phone or camera down and experience a moment for what it is? Has doing this had any impact on your experience or is all of this just another way to shame people? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

What do you think – does the world of Instagram and photo sharing take away from the experiences we are having or does having the photos to share keep the memories lasting longer? Share your thoughts with me in the comments – there are no right or wrong answers here – just good ol’ conversation.

What Did I Get Myself Into – Beginning My VLOG

Life is all about challenging ourselves – come find out what my next challenge is and how you can be a part of it. 


Hey Peeps! So some crazy and exciting things have been happening to me – but also some things that have made me stop and think “What the hell did I get myself into?”. Don’t get me wrong, I love being active and being out doing things all the time and writing this blog – it’s in my nature to be busy, however over the last few months I have spent most of my time being downright scared out of my mind.

Seriously, this month alone I have forced myself into the seats of eight different planes (which is quite an accomplishment if you know how much I hate flying), I have marched myself solo into countless events where I knew no-one, I have learned how to hail a taxi, take a train and navigate a new city – completely alone. I have pushed myself into doing things that some would consider crazy and dangerous all because I don’t want to look like a sissy in front of you all. . . that’s right, I’m blaming you – but with all of this finger pointing going on, I also wanted to thank you too. Having all of your eyes on me has helped me to keep trying and prove that I could do it.

If you had asked me a year ago if I would want to travel the world by myself or with my kids, I probably would have said yes, but I can’t. I didn’t think that I had it in me to be alone or had the confidence to do the things I am doing now. In fact, I still don’t. Getting out and doing things isn’t easy, it is scary – but I will tell you that it is totally worth it. Every time that I push myself to do something new, to get on that damn plane again – I teach myself that I am stronger than my fears and it feels good to feel strong. Dreams are worth pursuing, but I won’t sugar coat it and tell you that it is easy. Nothing in my life is easy – it is just a constant choice I make every day to try. And that’s what it takes – trying.

So, again I am trying something new. I am pushing myself into another situation where I will most likely be embarrassed, confused and self conscious – but again, just because I haven’t done it before or it scares me, doesn’t mean that I can’t learn or can’t try. I may not be the best – obviously we can all tell that I am not the best – but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do it. Remember that with travel, life, vlogs – we all have to start somewhere.

At the beginning of this post I shared with you my latest adventure video – this is something that I am pushing myself to do more of – probably not daily, but weekly to start out. I hope that you will want to subscribe, but I will also make sure to recap the video’s here on the blog.

Thanks again for all your support and being the voice inside my head that says “Oh just do it already!”. Keep challenging yourself.

XO
Mary

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is Coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets – Auburn Hills, Michigan

Wow, super exciting news for Michigan residents and those vacationing there – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan has broken ground on their newest location at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills! Are you as ready for this as I am? I’m talking to all my LEGO® friends out there because I’ve got all the det’s you’re gonna wanna know! Read on to find out more!

Woot! I’m a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan ambassador – this means that I will get media info ahead of time to share with you about the progress of the build and will be compensated for my time with free passes to enjoy the grand opening with my family. All opinions are my own. #LDCMichigan
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan

This morning LEGO® fans from all over the area came together to celebrate a joyous occasion – the groundbreaking event to the brand new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan coming to the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. This 32,000 square foot indoor attraction is positioned to hold over 1 million LEGO® bricks and themed exhibits by the time it opens it’s doors to the public in the spring of 2016 – but that’s not all!

Here’s what else you can expect: 

  • 4D Cinema
  • Two Interactive Rides
  • Large Soft Play Areas
  • Michigan Themed Miniland Display
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan
As a LEGO® loving family we couldn’t be happier about the new addition to one of our favorite Michigan shopping centers Great Lakes Crossing outlets – the same outlet mall that recently added a new SEALIFE attraction earlier this year. This entertainment hub, which already offers amazing dining options, a movie theater, and a broad range of shopping options can pretty much now be considered a one stop shop for fun. 

Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan

Be sure to stay tuned for more information about this awesome new attraction coming to Michigan! I promise to spill the beans as the info becomes available. You can also following along with LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan on Facebook or check out their website for more info. 

What are you excited about most for the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan opening? Is this something you think your whole family will enjoy? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

S#!%’s Getting Real

 Over the weekend I attended a Hero Conference in Brighton, Michigan with my kids. I heard some amazing speakers and was challenged to think harder about who I was and why I was making the choices that I am making in life. I was challenged not only to re-evaluate myself, but to not be ashamed of the “weaknesses” I found in myself (the ones I’ve been trying to hide) because those weaknesses could actually be my strengths – the reasons that I choose to do the things I do every day. 

So last night, I decided to sit down and try to write out my personal story – why I decided to start writing this blog several years back and why I continue to throw myself out the door every day and into countless adventures even though it’s not always easy and sometimes quite frightening. 
This snippet has now become my “About Me” page intro – but I also wanted to share my story with those of you who have been around for awhile. Thanks for reading – I hope you’ll choose to stay around for what’s to come. 
Hi! I’m Mary Moore. I’m a mom. I’m a wanderer. I am a self proclaimed writer with a background in food marketing. I am also a not so self proclaimed worry wort. I have a love/hate relationship with airplanes and I drink way to much coffee every day to just keep my head above water.

The worrier part of me didn’t start until I had my two kids – before that, most would have called me an adventurer – a free spirit. In fact, my high school friends called me “Scary Mary” because they never actually knew what crazy thing I was going to do next. I craved adventure! After high school ended I marched off all alone to college without knowing a single soul on campus. I loved that I could meet someone new every day. I had a very diverse set of friends because I found change in people and places exhilarating.  

I married young – right after college graduation and my babies came soon after. I quickly fell in love with the role of being a mom and decided that staying home to raise them was best for our family. I loved it but I also noticed that over the years of being at home I was changing. Some changes were for the better, some not so much – this is when the worrying started.  

I was told that “Mom’s don’t travel – they bake cookies”.
Someday, I told myself, I would get back to seeing the world – I would get back to being myself.  

As the years went by, I found myself waiting and longing for the “someday” and missing out on the wonderfulness of “today”. The more time I spent at home, the more I began to see the world that I once loved as evil and dangerous. Daily panic attacks became my norm.  I struggled with the conflict of being the perfect mom or following my dreams – because I didn’t think I could have both. The pressure was unbearable. Then I broke – I knew that I couldn’t keep pushing life away waiting for it to happen. I needed new air, new sights and wanted to meet new people. I realized that getting married and having kids didn’t mean that I had to fit into the role of the perfect 50’s wife – I could still be the imperfect me. Because what makes us weird makes us wonderful and what makes us weak also is what makes us strong, right Dave Rendall?  I realized that I needed to be myself and to keep going after my dreams – and that I could still be a good mom doing it.  

I decided to take the 50’s representation of a “perfect mother” and transform it into what I felt a good mom looked like. I still wanted to raise my children in a very hand’s on way, but I wanted to do it in a way that kept who I was a part of it. I mean let’s be honest, I love baking homemade chocolate chip cookies – I just like doing it in a new state every time.  

Since starting on this weird journey to find myself again ( I know, totally cliche), I have met some truly amazing people, realized my own strength in traveling alone, found happiness in my passion and gained more control over my worry. What’s better yet, I have introduced my kids to a whole new world of following their dreams and a realization that we are just a small droplet in an ocean of cultures, foods, traditions and lifestyles. 

I have decided not to let other people decide my life for me – or put me in a box of perfection. I am who I am – and I can’t wait to share my daily stories of motherhood, travel and adventure with you. 

I am also working on starting a more personal vlog on YouTube – be sure to subscribe if you want to watch me make a fool of myself – cuz I’m ready to get real about what motherhood re-defined looks like. 
Thanks loves! I appreciate each and every one of you.