Summer Cooking – Recipe: Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders


I have not been posting as many new recipes this summer.

For the first month, I was in school and spending every spare second either studying or entertaining three precious littles.


Now that I have school marked off my list, I can continue with our summer fun list and start cooking up fun, new food again.


Yesterday was one of those days where I looked in my refrigerator and pantry and decided that I wanted to create something.  Since I had slider buns, I decided to start there.

What I ended up with was a delicious slider burger, complete with portobello mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese.  It brought some sunshine into the kitchen on our lazy, rainy summer day.

Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders

Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders


2 pounds ground beef

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon pepper sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons butter

1 onion, diced or cut into rings (I did both)

1 portobello mushroom, diced

2-3 tablespoons beef broth

Slider rolls

Lia Marie's garlic spread.


    Preparing the Beef
  1. Add the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, cheese, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, and pepper to a bowl.
  2. Mix together using clean hands.
  3. Form into small, roundish hamburger patties, the size of a slider roll.
  4. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the hamburger patties to the pan.
  6. Cook on each side for about 7 minutes, browned on both sides.
  7. Remove from pan and drain on a paper-towel lined plate.
  8. Drain the grease but do not clean the pan.
  9. Add the butter to the pan and leave on medium heat.
  10. Add the onions and 1 teaspoon seasoned salt and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add in the portobello mushrooms and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  12. Place the hamburger patties back in the pan, pour in the beef broth, and reduce the heat to low.
  13. Cook for another 10 minutes, allowing the juices to soak into the hamburger meat.
  14. Preparing the Sliders
  15. Set the oven to low broil.
  16. Spread Lia Marie's garlic spread on both sides of the slider buns.
  17. Broil for about 2 minutes, keeping a careful eye on the buns so that they do not burn.
  18. Add a hamburger patty, grilled onions, and portobello mushrooms to each of the slider rolls.
  19. Serve with your choice of condiments and toppings.

The Things That Matter – Recipe: Meatball Sliders


As I sit here with my littles playing in the other room, I cannot help but think of the things that really matter in life.  Yes, we often get caught up with the details, especially at this time of the year, planning how to make each day special and memorable.  And, believe me, I do the same thing…because it does matter.

But, in reality, what always matters the most to me are my children, my family.  I have known the fear of watching a child suffer, not knowing what the outcome would be.  And, while we are not exactly at that same place right now, there are still a lot of unknowns that cause our hearts to sink at times.


As I was pulling up to Dell Children’s Hospital this morning, with Ethan smiling happily in the back seat, my heart automatically started racing.   In the past, when I have pulled into the same parking lot, it has not been for good reasons – surgery, a trip to the emergency room post-surgery, genetic specialists, and possible seizure evaluation. And, to make matters worse, the last time I was there, my van got broken into while we were inside.  Nope, the memories are not exactly good ones….hence the reason for the racing heart.


But, you know what?  Today went smoothly, and Ethan was a champ.  Ethan’s swallow study went great, and it showed that he is not having any problems swallowing.  The great news is that we can rule swallowing out as a reason for his choking.  Yes, it still leaves us with unknowns, but that is okay.  Because, it is something else that we were able to check off of our list.


And, to top it all off, we met a wonderful speech therapist who truly did go above and beyond her call of duty for that moment.  She spent an extra 15-20 minutes with us, doing a brief evaluation of Ethan.  She was impressed with his receptive verbal skills, and she had fun getting Ethan to do little activities for her.  She was charmed by his smile…just as we all are.  She recommended some additional things that got our wheels turning.  We definitely do not have all…or probably even half…of the answers yet. But, we have another place to look.  And, for that, we are thankful.

Yes, I went through a moment of brief frustration that we had not been given some of this information sooner.  But, then I decided that I simply had to see the unicorns and rainbows in it all.  That speech therapist was placed in our path today for a reason.  She spent the extra time with us for a reason.  And, I choose to believe that the reasons are some form of divine intervention, where these people, these events, are put into our path to help us know which directions to take.  Because, even though the journey is sometimes rocky with a lot of twists and turns, we have always found the signs that point us in the right direction.

There are so many things that matter, and that list of things is different for each person, for each family.  For me, today, the things that really matter are health, happiness, and family.  But, there are things that go along with that – food, celebrations, holidays, and memories.  They all go together to create the big, happy family picture.


I made these meatball sliders this weekend, and they were a hit.  I wanted to have something ready when we got home from our soccer game so that we could sit down as a family and watch the football game.  I loved that my backdoor was a revolving door of children, nieces, and parents.  I have always wanted our house to be a home, a place where everyone feels welcome, because, to me, that is one of the things that really matters.

Meatball Sliders


3 pounds hamburger meat

2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce

1 6 ounce can tomato paste

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons salt, divided

2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sugar

Slider rolls

Pepperoncini peppers

Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Mix together the hamburger meat, cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Form into 2-inch balls.
  2. Heat large frying pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs, one at a time.
  3. Fry for about 6-8 minutes, and then turn to fry on the other side for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Drain grease and reduce heat to low.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, onion powder and Italian seasoning.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs, and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Place 1 meatball inside of a slider roll, and top with pepperoncini peppers and Parmesan cheese.


I have shared this recipe at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage and  The King’s Court.

Football Fever – Recipe: BBQ Beef Sliders

I had a busy day, and while it is often easy for me to get caught up in my to-do list and what I need to get accomplished for the day, I am trying to remember that there is a time and a season for all things.

A time to work.

And, a time to play.

Today, my girl wanted to play.  I had promised her a mall date, and I could not handle the thought of disappointing her.

So, while she patiently waited for me to do some cleaning for the arrival of our new washing machine, I sprinted through a house-cleaning session.

Note – The arrival of the new washing machine brought great excitement to the house.  It is all about the simple things.  Even without the picture, I think that I will look at that washing machine from now on and remember the look of excitement on their faces as they watched the first load of clothes spin around.  Priceless.

Then, she eagerly helped me make cookies for some very special teachers.

I was so glad that I stopped to smell the roses for my mall date with my little girl.  It only lasted an hour, but it was the best hour of my day.  To sit across from her and see her smile was the definition of peaceful, joyful contentment.  Watching her share real rides on the machines at the mall with a little girl who was just pretending to ride the rides was heart-warming.  It is those moments that I value the most about being a mom.  Yes, the house needs to be cleaned and meals need to be prepared, but the time that I take to spend with my littles is what I will remember 10, 20, 30 years from now.  I know that I will continue to do all of the daily and weekly things that go into taking care of a home, but I also know that there will be more mall dates in our future, too.

So, the reason that I was hurrying so much to get everything done today is because I knew that something special was on the agenda for tonight.  We are a huge football family, and, after many months of waiting, college football season has arrived.

I try to do things to celebrate game days.  Even though our team is not playing tonight, I wanted to do something special to kick-off the season.

I put together a quick and easy meal for tonight. Since I had planned to just celebrate football season on Sunday when we play, I had not planned a celebration dinner for tonight.  I started thinking about what I had on hand, and I immediately new what I wanted to do – BBQ Beef Sliders.

BBQ Beef Sliders

BBQ Beef Sliders

The rolls (sliders) were very slightly adapted from the "Favorite Rolls" recipe in Gluten-Free Cooking Made Easy



Roast, cooked and shredded - I used this recipe. We had it the other night, so I had the leftovers in the refrigerator. I think that this one would be a great one to try, as well.

BBQ sauce



1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons sugar plus 2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/4 cups soy milk

2 cups brown rice flour

1 1/2 cups tapioca flour

2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1/2 cup potato starch

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs


  1. Place the shredded beef into a pan.
  2. Add some water and BBQ sauce, and simmer for about 30 minutes. The amount of beef, BBQ sauce, and water that you need is according to your preference. The water just helps thin it out a bit because the BBQ sauce is so thick.
  3. Sliders
  4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees, or “warm” setting.
  5. Place warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar onto it. Set aside.
  6. Microwave milk for about 1 minute, until hot.
  7. Combine flours, 2 tablespoons sugar, xanthun gum, potato starch, and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer.
  8. Add yeast mixture, warm milk mixture, oil, and eggs into dry ingredients. Beat at high speed for 3 minutes. The dough will be more like muffin batter than a bread dough.
  9. Place foil liners in a cupcake pan. Scoop a generous amount of the dough into each liner using an ice cream scoop.
  10. Turn the oven off, and put the muffin pan inside to allow the rolls to rise. Let rise for approximately 20 minutes for rapid-rise yeast, and 30 minutes for regular yeast. Remove rolls from the oven.
  11. Turn heat up to 375 and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and take out of the foil liners to cool.

We cut the rolls in half and spooned some of the BBQ beef inside.  They were delicious!

Nonna made these adorable shirts for the littles.  They will wear them tomorrow for College Colors Day.  For us, it will be Maroon Day!

Gig ‘Em!