“Better thank a burger joint, Mom!”

Now those are words a mother sure likes to hear. Am I right, moms? I know I was pretty jazzed. So I’m going to share the secret with all of you, so you can enjoy the burger AND the compliments that go with it! It’s not much of a secret really, but here it is…



That’s it, that’s the secret. LOL

Archer Farms brand is found at Target so no one should have much trouble finding it. Unless you live somewhere where there’s no Target…wait, is there such a place??? If there is, I don’t want to live there! hahaha! Cuz I loooove Le Tarjay! You can buy almost anything there. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Well, perhaps I’ve spent an arm a time or two, but I never spent an arm AND a leg! hahaha! But I digress…back to the burger!

Here are a few other tips to really get the best burger on your plate…and in your mouth! Use ground chuck as opposed to ground beef, ground round, or ground sirloin. Chuck has the most flavor. Also make sure it has some fat in it. No extra lean for this baby. After all, it’s a burger people, not diet food, so let’s not ruin it by worrying about the fat content. Just don’t eat it every night! You can go back on the diet tomorrow. Errr, unless you haven’t  GOT a fat bottom and can afford the extra calories that is. 🙂 So get some ground chuck with at least 20% fat. Buy a nice hunk of colby jack, or your favorite cheese and slice it fairly thick. None of that cheese that comes out of a plastic wrapper please! Fry a few slices of a good quality bacon  (we like applewood smoked) and set aside. Slice up some ripe, juicy tomatoes, maybe a spanish onion (the purple ones), maybe an avocado if that’s your thing, pickles if you like ’em, and a nice crisp piece of green leaf lettuce. Now don’t wreck it by putting it on a substandard bun, this is a burger masterpiece we’re creating  here folks! Stop by the bakery and get some quality buns. I got some fresh egg buns at a nearby deli and bakery that we love. They also have some amazing kosher dills. Shout out to Katella Deli! Yummm! Good restaurant too, by the way if you live in the Southern California area.

Okay, you’ve got the makings for a great bacon cheeseburger. Now just follow the package instructions on the seasoning. Fire up your bbq and get these babies grilling. We like ours a little pink in the middle, so they’re nice and juicy. Place the cheese on the patties after turning the meat and the burgers are just a minute or two away from your optimal doneness. Butter your buns (the burger buns, I mean!) and toast them on the grill while the cheese melts.

Dress the toasted bun with the condiments of your choice. I suggest a good 1000 Island, or mayo and ketchup, (side track…are you a catsup or a ketchup person? Is that a regional thing?) mustard, whatever. Then build your burger!

Here’s the lineup:

Bottom bun

Dressing (aka the wet stuff)



Onion (mine is no ‘O’ but I grilled some for my hubby cuz that’s what he likes. Aren’t I nice?)

Burger with melted cheese



Dress the top bun

Flip the lid and enjoy!

Masterpiece achieved.

Hope you enjoy Bex Better Than A Burger Joint Bacon Cheeseburger!

Happy Labor Day to all my Fat Bottomed Friends.This is coming to you from Havasu Landing on the California side. Hope you all are having a great holiday weekend also.

Watch for Fat Bottomed BBQ Ribs in the next few days!

(How’s that for a blatant ploy to keep you coming back for more????)


Pizza Rolls

Here’s something kind of fun for you!!  This weekend I was talking with a friend of mine and I realized that I hadn’t posted any of our camping recipes yet!!  I thought I’d post a quick one for you today.  Keep in mind that while camping there are times you have to think on the fly… not always prepared with the right sauces or spices we just have to make do… and we sure do!  My sisters and I started to brainstorm and came up with this idea during our second week of our summer camping trip.  The kids were hungry and dinner wasn’t even in the making yet… we started going through our list… there’s cheese sticks (NO!), there’s chips (NO), have an apple (NO)… what about some carrots (NO!)… I’m sure you see where this is going!

So we were searching through our ice chests and our food tent… yes, we have a little tent for our food… don’t laugh until you’ve tried it!!! 🙂  This is what we came up with….

Take a roll of ready made dough… pizza dough would have been perfect, however we were stuck with crescent dough… it worked!

Please forgive our photography… we were camping!! 🙂

Add Papa’s pepperoni‘s that he was saving for a snack later…

Cut cheese stick in half and place onto pepperoni… It would have been really great if we’d had some kind of sauce here…. we didn’t.

We’ll have to plan for these next year!

Cut the dough into sections around your treats.

Roll and place on parchment paper or foil and pop into the oven for about 10 minutes.  Oh… did I mention that we also have a camping oven???

Yep… It’s pretty cool.  We make orange rolls for breakfast and cookies for snacks (when we aren’t in the mood for s’mores!).  Anyway… back to our newest treat…

They come out of the oven all toasty and brown with melty cheese on the inside…

Now doesn’t that just look yummy… for a snack?  I know, it needs a bit of sauce 😦

Here is where I would normally show you a picture of the kids eating and loving the treats we made…. but by the time they were all cooled off and passed out and I scrambled around my tent looking for the camera (I had just put in there)… they had all been eaten!!!  Of course they wanted more… but we didn’t have anymore dough, so we tell them to wait for next year… we’ve promised to add these to our ‘food’ list!  You’ll have lots of Happy Campers when you make these!!

Yes, yes, I know I it’s Monday, and I promised you this over the weekend. (Picture me here, hanging my head in shame.) I am not yet in the groove with this whole homework thing! I did however manage to get that done on time, but I’m sad to say it was at your expense! So here’s a little sugar rush that’s super simple. Dare I offer it as a “study-aid?” LOL You decide. But I’ll bet if you try it, you’ll get an A Plus!






  • One can Cinnamon Rolls
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Praline Liqueur
  • Sweet tooth
Now don’t blink, you might miss somthing!
1. Put the rolls in the pan
2. Then bake ’em up!
3. Put the icing in a bowl.
4. Add a little (or a lot…hic! Excuse ME!) Praline Liqueur (check out your local BevMo for this) and stir it in.
5. Drizzle it all over the baked rolls.
6. Use it all up, so they are fully covered in Praline-y goodness!
7. Now most people would stop here and call it dessert….but then you’d be missing out! So plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a couple of bowls. (You really should share this with a few folks, but hey, who am I to judge?)
8.  Top with a warm, gooey, roll and enjoy!
Origin of the Name:
Cinnamon Roll Me Away Sundae with Praline Icing
If you eat more than one, you will probably need a helpful friend to roll you away from the table!

Hey Fat Bottomed Friends! Just wanted to let you know we haven’t forgotten about our favorite people. (I mean, you….Yes…YOU!) It’s been a crazy whirlwind the past week or so. Fat Bottomed Tee got a job (I’ll let her tell you about that!) and I….big gulp…went back to college!!! If you’ve been following us on Facebook you might have read a little about that. Pop on over there and say ‘hi’ if you get a chance. Anyhoo, I’ve been missing writing to you all week, so I thought I’d just pop on and say howdy! We promise something good will be showing up in your inbox very soon. Wouldn’t want your fat bottoms to waste away now, would we???

Fiesta Chicken

Today I thought I would share a recipe with you that I found in ad for stewed tomatos over 20 years ago!   It became a family favorite the first time I made it.  I’ve shared this dish with my sisters and they’ve made their own changes to the recipe (as I have) – so feel free to adjust according to the tastes of your own family!   Of course you’ll still love it even if you don’t change a thing!!  Honestly… how can you go wrong when you’ve got corn chips and chicken???

Here is what you’ll need to get started…


  • 6 Chicken Breasts (boneless/skinless work best)
  • 4 tbs corn oil
  • 4 tbs lime
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 3 cups or 1 lg bag White corn chips (finely crushed)
  • 3 cans Mexican stewed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese (shredded)
  • fresh lime wedges

Preheat oven to 350°

In a shallow dish mix together oil, lime and honey.  Set aside and grab the chips!

Crush the corn chips in a blender to almost a powder consistency (use the entire bag) you’ll want about 3 cups. Pour into a flat type dish. (this is your breading mixture).

Don’t bother to rinse the blender out. Why clean something if you don’t have to!!!  After crushing all the chips, pour all 3 cans of Mexican stewed tomatoes into your blender and add cilantro to taste (I use about 3/4 of the bunch).  Also add garlic. Leave in the blender for the time being.

Dredge chicken breasts through your mixture of oil, lime and honey – then roll in crushed tortilla chips.

Place in baking dish and then place into oven until chicken is done, about 30-35 minutes.While your chicken is in the oven


we need to puree the stewed tomato & cilantro mixture into a sauce.  When chicken is done – remove from oven, squeeze lime onto chicken then top with sauce .  You might want to make extra sauce for serving, you can decide that when you see how much it makes.  Don’t worry, you won’t have too much – it can be used for lot’s of things!!

Top sauce with cheese and return to oven for about 5 – 10 minutes.

When cheese is all nice and melty… it’s done!!

Now doesn’t that look fantastic!?!?!  You need to make this!! 🙂

And not just this chick, my son gave it a big thumbs up too. Whew!  This is one of those last minute desperation meals I came up with when my son said…”Hey Mom! Whatcha got to eat?” and of course his dad and I had just finished polishing off the leftovers….oops. Uhhhh…”just a minute, honey!” and I started rummaging around in the fridge and freezer. Luckily for me he’s a big fan of chicken and I happened to have this package of Grilled & Ready Tyson Chicken Breast Fillets in the freezer. Yay!

Ok…chicken, check. What else? Think Bex!

Weeellll, he’ll ALWAYS eat bacon…(as will everyone else in the family, HA!)

So I gathered up a few more things and fired up the time-saving device of our generation!


  • Boneless Chicken Breast (pre-cooked, leftover or frozen)
  • Sandwich Roll
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Slice Provolone Cheese
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Ranch Dressing


Nuke up a couple slices of our family’s favorite food and follow the package instructions for the chicken.

Look how nice and juicy that chicken is! Not bad for a frozen product, huh?


Let the sandwich making begin!

Butter your sandwich roll and sprinkle on a little garlic powder. Toast on griddle until golden brown.


Add a slice of cheese.

Add warmed chicken breast.

Add Bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.

Then add ranch dressing to the top bun.

Flip that lid…

This Chick Likes Bacon & Ranch (Sandwiches)

‘cuz they are FAST and EASY, and keep mom from feeling too guilty about scarfing up the leftovers!

Hope you like them too!


We are so thrilled to receive this award from A Dash of Thyme!!  We consider this an honor and are pleased to be in the company of the other recipients listed.  We just love her blog and suggest you pop on over if you haven’t seen it before!!

Okay… so the “rules” for this award are pretty simple.  We now have to choose 10 recipients to receive this very special “Blog on Fire Award” to.  Believe us… this was not an easy task!!  We decided to pass this award on to some new and some not so new friends that we have made during the past few months.  If you are one our our chosen few, Congratulations!!! We Love the time and effort you’ve put into your blogs!!  Please copy the award photo, post it on your blog and share it with some of your blog friends!!  It sure is fun!! 🙂


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