Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother’s Day Burgers, Courtesy of My Guys

By Mindy Obenhaus

Well, after a whirlwind Saturday that included our oldest son’s college graduation,
I came home from church Sunday, contemplating what I might do with such a quiet day. Our younger son was gone for the weekend, there was nothing pressing so, hey, maybe I’d take a nap or at least attempt to be a vegetable and become one with my couch. The possibilities were endless.

Then the younger boy texted that he’d decided to come home early. Next thing I know, our college grad is walking through the door, wishing me a happy Mother’s Day. So much for a quiet day, but who cares. This mama is happiest when her chicks are in the nest.

And since everyone was tired of traveling, we decided to stay in for dinner. Talk about a Mother’s Day present. They cooked for me!

Grad boy has spent his college years working on the perfect hamburger, so he decided to show off for Mom. And I have to say, I was very impressed.

He started with 2 pounds of ground chuck and 1 pound of ground venison, then chopped up some onion, mushrooms and jalapeno. (all seeds and ribs were removed so there was no heat).
Wait. There are veggies in this burger? Who are you and what have you done with my non-veggie-eating son?

Mix everything together in a large bowl, including some Montreal Steak Seasoning to taste.
Then form your patties.
He prefers half-pound patties, but then he’s a growing boy. You’re welcome to go smaller.

From here, you can grill the burgers
Or pan fry them.
He decided to try both methods to see which he liked best. Not sure I ever heard the verdict, though.
The outcome, however, was one juicy, delicious burger.
Mama was impressed. Throw in some bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and my favorite Mesquite Barbecue potato chips and I was in heaven.

After dinner, we went for a drive around the property. Hard to believe that after all the flooding from Hurricane Harvey last fall, we now find ourselves heading into a drought. The lakes are already getting low.
Most of the pastures are still green, though. And the calves continue to arrive.
Some still find it difficult not to stray from their mamas.
Note that this one’s mama is on the other side of the fence. Baby decided to hop the cattle guard and do a little exploring. Unfortunately, they never seem to remember how they got in and, inevitably, have to be coaxed back out.

Oh, and remember this guy/gal from a few weeks ago.
He/she is still keeping watch over their family in that mulberry tree and always on the lookout for anyone or anything that might seek to disrupt them.

So how was your Mother’s Day? Did you do anything special? Is Mother’s Day celebrated in Canada?

Three-time Carol Award nominee, Mindy Obenhaus, lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com


  1. Oh, impromptu barbecue and handsome boys and baby cows! Best day!

    Those burgers look amazing, Mindy. Now I'm hungry. And it's not exactly burger time up here! :)

    1. Ruthy, when you say it's not burger time, do you mean because it was O'dark thirty when you posted, or were you talking about the weather?

  2. Now I'm hungry for burgers!!!

    We spent Mother's Day traveling across South Dakota, getting home in time for evening service at church. We also had a birthday party - our middle son's birthday coincides with Mother's Day every few years, and I'm happy to let all the celebrations be about him. :-)

    And I can't believe you're heading into a drought again! It's either flood or drought down there in Texas, isn't it?

    1. You nailed it on the head, Jan. It's feast or famine when it comes to rain. I just don't want to go through another drought like the one we had back in 2011.

      We have a May birthday, well, two now that Max is here, that sometimes coincides with Mother's Day. Just emphasizes how special that day really is, doesn't it?

  3. What a fun celebration! I only had one of the 3 kids here. We took my mom out to lunch after church. Then I went to a birthday party for a friend who turned 100!! Then I came home and changed into my lounging clothes. It was a relaxing rest of the day. :)

    1. Missy, lounge clothes was pretty much what I was anticipating until the boys arrived. It was still relaxing, though.

      100? Wow! Now that's definitely a milestone.