Our Foodie “Staycation” – Day 2 – Lil E and Burgers Too

Good morning family, friends and fellow bloggers!!  It’s Monday morning, Joshua is still asleep (he stayed two nights this weekend), Papa Walt is on the computer before he has to leave for work and I’m having my morning coffee as I gather my thoughts about today’s blog as well as trying to focus on getting back into my regular weekly routine and wondering what I should make for dinner tonight.

When our grandbabies come over the menu planning is a wee bit easier, although some planning has to go into what we make with them too.  Josh is our picky eater, he’s pretty happy with pizza, mac and cheese, hot dogs, steak, and last but most important the ever popular with almost every child…..Chicken fingers.

Our lil Kaylee is not as fussy as her big brother.  Although she likes all of the same things Joshua does, Pizza is not really one of her favorites.  Plus Kaylee will try new things, Josh….not so much.  With Kaylee we can make burgers (which she complemented papa on a few weeks ago saying it was the best burger she’s eaten….she’s four), hot dogs, spaghetti, mac and cheese, chicken (not just fingers) and a variety of other foods.  At our house Kaylee loves to make the pizza but not so much eating it.

Tuesday of “Staycation” was lil E day.

Tuesday – Little E Day!!!

Nikki and her friend Mandy were going to a Detroit Tiger game and Eric had to work so we planned Tuesday as Lil E Day.  We had great plans for Tuesday, it was supposed to be hot out so Walt was going to fill the little pool and was going to make a little sand area in the corner of the yard that we have not developed yet so lil E could play with the big Tonka trucks he loves so much.  For dinner we were going to grill hamburgers.

It was all planned, we were ready to go and then…….the rain came.  And it rained, then stormed, then rained, then stormed, then rained a little more and stormed.  ALL DAY!!!  Anytime I thought might be a good time to take our little guy outside even if it was only for a walk around the block the skies would get dark and the rain would fall.

The rain didn’t stop us from having a great day indoors.  We spent the day with Little Bear and Little Bill, we went on fun adventures with the Backyardigans, Dora and Diego.  We played “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” (NOT grandma’s favorite game, who came up with that idea).  Lil E and Papa also spent a lot of time on the floor with Joshua’s Playmobil Police set (Playmobil – great stuff!).  There were good guys and bad guys, the police station with a jail where the bad guys were held, police cars with flashing lights and helicopters too!

Eric became a Fire Chief…

My little guy with a great imagination

Papa was his fireman….both running around the house putting out imaginary fires.

We took pictures of each other

The day was filled with fun, laughter, games and even a rainbow………..

Eric’s Rainbow

We had a great time with our little guy, he is sweet, loving and full of life.  I was awaken Wednesday morning at 5:00 a.m. to little E rubbing his hands on my cheeks saying “Grandma, Grandma wake up!”  “You look just like my momma without your glasses on!!”  Opening my eyes, even that early in the morning, to see that sweet smiling face was proof of just how blessed we are.

Our morning stared with hugs, kisses and smiles then we were greeted and entrained by butterflies outside the kitchen window.  What a great way to start the day with juice for Eric and coffee for grandma and papa as we watched them flutter around the flowers.  Eric was the quietest I have ever seen him as we snuck outside to take a picture.

Outside our kitchen window
everyday a spectacular butterfly show

 The sunshine was out, it was time to go outside!!

Helping Papa fill up the water fountains

Having a good morning!!

And we relaxed……

Day 2 of Staycation….priceless!!!

Because of the rain, Papa had to grill the burgers on the patio alone….no photo’s this time!

Little E’s Grilled Burgers

What You Will Need

1.5 lbs.     Ground Round

Hamburger buns

Condiments of your choice:  Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo, Onions, Relish, Pickles, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheese


  • Divide beef into four patties, we use a little burger press I found at Meijer
  • Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • Grill burgers over direct medium heat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F about 8-10 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling
  • Add cheese – grill till melted
  • Serve immediately

Tomorrow:  Celebrating the July 4th with Lemon Curry Rotisserie Chicken.


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