That Wonderful Grill Smell

Mini post alert!

It’s been a long and eventful Memorial Day. I hope everyone had a great holiday and remembered to honor the amazing dedication and sacrifice by the men and women serving our country. Go out there and hug a vet!

We had a mini-cookout at the ‘rents house today. I am normally assigned burger duty which is totally fine by me. Over the many grilling episodes we have honed our burger recipe so they were quite tasty. Brats were also a part of our meal which we smoked slow and were super super good (one of my fav cookout foods!).

I just got home and totally still smell like the grill but I think that is definitely a sign of a day well-spent. It’s hot as hell in my apartment though which I do not appreciate. My piddly-ass AC unit in the far corner of the living room just can’t seem to cope. *parks self directly in front of box fan, which is cranked on high*


Unseasonably Warm for March Don’t You Think?

The past week has seen record-highs for the midwest with each day hitting (or almost hitting) 80 degrees. In March. This is not normal weather for us let me tell you. One day last week I was having to wear my winter coat because it was 20 degrees, but then the next day I’m able to wear sandals and capris around trying desperately to keep cool.

To celebrate the crazy-warm weather my family and I held our first cookout of the season on Sunday. We enjoyed a spread of burgers, brats and other typical cookout fare. You know it’s a good day when you come home smelling like grill. 🙂 We use a brown sugar/cayenne pepper rub to help give the burgers a delicious crust that helps to keep in the moisture. If you like sweet and spicy flavor on your burgers you should try it!

Side note: I do not do well in heat. At all. Like at all, at all. Right now I only have one oscillating fan that I inherited from my grandmother and it has definitely seen better days. But today all of that changed when I finally went and got myself a box fan. Yes I know – I could have gotten one sooner like when I first moved into this place. But I’m lazy so I didn’t and basically melted last summer.

All hail the mighty box fan!