Personal Irritations

Personal Irritations

I was in the grocery store waiting for a friend. I wandered over to a large bulletin board covered with comment cards.  These cards had been laid out so that there was a block for comment & a block for the store manager to respond in some way.

Most were requests for a specific product to be carried or wondering why a product they had could no longer be found, but the one that made me think, “Are-You-Kidding-Me?” was the one that commented on the shape of the hamburger patties made fresh at the store.

“What is with oval shaped hamburger patties,”  it asked? “ When it is on the bun, I have gaps in my sandwich.” 

I  wondered if this person looked for little irritations in life to focus on & complain about.

  I wondered if there was gratitude that they could even afford to buy a hamburger patty-oval or round.

I wondered if they realized an uncooked hamburger patty can be simply reshaped into a round with gentle pressure.  Problem solved!

Life will never always conform to our personal preference, in fact it rarely will, but it is when I willingly place all circumstances in the hands of the Lord God that I can deal with whatever He brings my way. 

Attitudes of the heart matter to Him, and they make a difference in our response when life doesn’t go our way.

 A Helper, the Holy Spirit, lives right inside of you.  He’s only a prayer away.

I’m sharing today my recipe for Juicy Burgers. I once made 200 of these for a school fundraiser, grilling them in advance & placing them in an Au Jus gravy to keep them moist until reheated for the event.

Confectionately Yours,


Juicy Burgers

1 lb ground beef
1/4 c. dried bread crumbs
1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. onions, finely minced
dash of garlic powder
1 egg
salt & pepper, to taste
1 pkg Au Jus gravy mix

Mix beef with all the ingredients, except the gravy mix. Form into 4-5 patties, but don’t over-handle the meat as this toughens it. Grill until done about 5 minutes on each side, or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.

If not serving immediately, mix the gravy mix in enough water so that it still tastes a bit concentrated. Reheat the burgers in this mix when ready to serve.

Note: I also use this hamburger mixture as meat loaf, omitting the gravy, shaping into a loaf, & topping with ketchup & bacon strips.