Archive | Oct 2016

Repost: Big Mac Copycat Recipe

home-made-big-macAfter watching a video this evening about how to make your own Big Mac at home I decided to share the recipe I found with everyone.  I have two reasons for this:  one, it is many times less expensive to make your favourite dishes from home, but two is more personal:  I am deathly allergic to onions.  Making it at home and leaving out the onions, especially from the special sauce, allows me to both live and enjoy an old favourite.  Find this and other recipes. Follow the youtube channel for this really good cooking series.

1 sesame ­seed hamburger bun

half of an additional hamburger bun

1/4 pound ground beef

dash salt

1 tablespoon Big Mac Special Sauce (see below)

1 teaspoon finely diced onion

1/2 cup chopped lettuce

1 slice American cheese

2 to 3 dill pickle slices


1. With a serrated knife, cut the top off the extra bun half, leaving about a 3/4­inch­ thick slice. This will be the middle bun of your sandwich

2. Place the three bun halves on a hot pan or griddle, face down, and toast them to a light brown. Set aside, but keep the pan hot.

3. Divide the ground beef in half and press into two thin patties slightly larger than the bun.

4. Cook the patties in the hot pan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Salt and pepper lightly. Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:

bottom bun

half of Big Mac Special Sauce*

half of onion

half of lettuce

American cheese

beef patty middle bun

remainder of Big Mac Special Sauce


Big Mac Special Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons French dressing

4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon finely minced white onion

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.

2. Place sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, so that the flavors blend. Stir the sauce a couple of times as it chills.

Makes about 3/4 cup.


Repost: The Positive Power of “No.”

Parenting.  It’s one of those topics that I as a spinster without children generally enjoy reading about but do not feel qualified to talk about, despite my bachelor of arts in psychology.  It’s part of the human experience that really cannot be fully understood except through direct experience, an experience I might eventually take on — but not until or unless I am in a healthy, loving, committed relationship.


This established I found a most fascinating article about the topic of “no” in parenting and how/why so many parents are reluctant to say no and enforce it with their children.  What is truly interesting to me is the way that children really DO need to hear “no” in order to develop properly. Failure to say no and enforce it is truly detrimental to children growing into mature, empathetic, kind, and ethical adults.

One of my favourite pieces of advice from this article is the following:


As we deliver those “no’s” to our children, remember they must be given in the spirit of compassion AND with leadership in order to foster resiliency and positive development. If parents are harsh in the delivery of a “no” it can land them back in the passenger seat while children take over the wheel. To be truly in charge we must be both firm AND kind.


We must remember that the point of saying no is to guide our children, not to control them or break their spirits.  Given from a place of love, “no” is one of the most important tools we can teach children — as parents, as educators, and as friends.