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Enjoying the Outdoors and Post-picnic Dining

We have been totally enjoying spring lately.  There is just something about sunshine and warm weather that make me so stinking happy.  Warm sunny days always make me want to be one of those picnic-type people.

I mean who doesn’t love a picnic *in theory*? It is a lovely idea–eating outside on a blanket with a basket full of food wrapped carefully in wax paper–amazing.  In reality, for me picnics mean ants, bees, and allergies.  Bugs in general have a natural affinity for me–they love to bite me, chase me, or sting me.  Consequently, having food with me is not a move in my favor.  Chase and I have started to perfect the pre-meal picnic.  We enjoy the outdoors with a little (heavily packaged and unaromatic) snack and when it comes time to eat a real meal we retreat to the bug-free indoors.

Recently, I took some almonds to our pre-meal picnic while Chase’s snack of choice was the amazingness that is mini Cadberry chocolate eggs–we have a post-Easter stockpile of these beauties.

Few meals are more ideal for post-picnic appetites than spice-rubbed hamburgers.  I am currently obsessed.  While Chase still likes to eat his burger on a bun, I like a solid paleo burger–bun-free with avocado and sauteed onions on top.

Here is the current blend of spices I have been LOVING:

Spice Rub Recipe:

1 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp cayanne pepper

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1) I place all spices in a small tupperware container and shake until combined

2) I usually buy 1 lb of lean ground beef which make 4 burgers and I add diced onions to 2 burgers (and leave Chase’s onion-free)

3) I place all 4 burgers on a grill pan at medium heat and sprinkle the rub on both sides

4) Cover the burgers with foil and cook 4-6 minutes on each side

What is your favorite BBQ food item?