Birthday Burgers

Ryan stepped up to the plate to make me one heck of a tasty birthday burger for dinner tonight.

Birthday Burger

I swear, that man is a machine when it comes to grilling. He gets it right every time!

Ryan made our burgers with lean ground beef, seasoned with garlic salt.

While the burgers were sizzlin’, I roasted zucchini in the oven.

Roasted Zucchini

The other day when I was talking to my friend Carrie on the phone, she asked me about my veggie roasting routine.

Here it is for you, in detail:

  • Preheat oven to anywhere between 375 and 415 degrees (depending on your level of patience 😉 )
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread out veggie of choice on the cookie sheet
  • Spray the veggies with cooking spray (or you may toss them in olive oil before spreading them out on the cookie sheet), and sprinkle with desired seasoning (I typically use garlic salt)
  • Roast in the oven for approximately 20 – 25 minutes, flipping halfway through

And there you have it! It seems like almost any veggies tastes great when prepared this way!

My Plate

The burger was great and the roasted zucchini tasted almost buttery. Loved it!


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Presents + Dessert

No birthday would be complete without presents and a lil’ somethin’ sweet!

I came home from work to a kitchen table full of presents… all wrapped in Christmas paper.


Apparently Ryan didn’t see the birthday wrapping paper in our storage closet. 😉

Merry Christmas... Errrr... Happy Birthday!

Me 'n' My Gifts

Ryan did a great job with all of my presents, as always. He’s a good gift-giver!

After presents, we headed out to Mochi for soft serve.

Birthday Soft Serve

I got a combination of strawberry shortcake, taro, chocolate and some white flavor I can’t remember. I added rainbow sprinkles, mini peanut butter cups, toffee bits and cheesecake bites to the mix as well for a little spice!

My 25th year is off to a great start!

Thank you to all of you for your thoughtful birthday wishes! You guys are the best. 😀

See ya in the mornin’!

21 Responses

  1. lol…love it that he got you gum as part of your present 🙂

  2. Yay for Ryan for making birthday dinner! It’s always such a treat 🙂
    I like to see that I have a fellow Orbit fan! I’m obsessed with the sweet mint!
    I really need to get some Mochi in my life soon!! 😛

  3. i LOVE the grill marks on the burger! perfect and summery!

    I love me some garlic salt on it–lately ive been using a garlic pepper seasoning and its delish on veggies!

    nice presents girlie 🙂

  4. Those burgers look so yummy! You are such a cutie!!! I also love Orbit gum! have a great evening!


  5. I’m famous!!!! haha Happy Birthday Ju! Hope it was amazing, you deserve it. Love you!

  6. That looks great. Nice that u had a nice birthday.

  7. hey- i just found your blog! great posts! happy birthday too!
    i agree- peanut butter fingers are awesome. dangerous when you have about 30 nut butters in your house and they are all in the kitchen. Me + middle of the night snack= too many peanut butter fingers! (and almond butter fingers, and soynut butter fingers…)
    🙂 -Lisa

  8. so glad your birthday was awesome! have a great night 🙂

  9. Mmm that soft serve looks like the perfect birthday treat, I’m glad you had a great day!!

  10. Burgers look great!!! LOVE a man that can GRILL!!! 🙂 🙂

    Happy happy happy birthday!!!! Glad you had a great day!!! xoxoxox

  11. Yayy for presents & ice cream (how could you NOT celebrate a birthday without fro-yo?! 😉 ) So glad that you had such an amazing birthday!

    I love the idea of baking zucchini and topping them with garlic salt…yummy!

  12. It looks like you had a really nice birthday! Froyo is far better then BDay cake, in my opinion-good choice. Have a great day!


  13. Haha…Ryan and Keith are totally alike. I had all my birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper too! BOYS! 🙂 I am so glad you had such a great birthday Julie!

  14. HAHA I usually get my gifts “wrapped” in the shopping bag they came for. My boyfriend is a last minute gift buyer!

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  16. Looks like you had a great birthday! I think the x-mas paper is really cute!

  17. What a great birthday! Happy Birthday by the way! I love burgers on the grill, and zucchini. Have you ever tried grilling the zucchini? It’s fabulous!

  18. I swear it’s like in a man’s genes to know how to grill. I will try to make burgers using the exact same ingredients as the hubbie and his come out better!

    Haha love the Christmas paper…oh boys.

  19. Love your blog! I am a huge sugar free gum addict too, and just wondering how much you chew a day? I can go through a pack a day and need motivation to cut back on the habit!

    • gosh i am addicted to it, too! i think i probably chew 8 pieces a day… i like to chew 2-3 pieces at a time, which definitely ups my total. it’s so darn tasty!

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