Last week we passed the 2 month mark of my husband’s first deployment. I had been going over and over a post I wanted to write about it.

A post about how I had reached a comfortable spot. A spot where I didn’t worry.

I wanted to tell others who were starting their first deployment that the first week is worse than you can imagine (sorry) and even though you feel like you’ll never pull out of the funk, you will. I wanted to tell them that there will be a day when someone will say “Your life doesn’t stop just because he’s deployed” and you won’t yell “BUT IT DOES!”

I wanted to tell you guys how the day after my husband deployed I was emailing with a friend whose husband had already been gone a few months and she said, “Just remember that 90% of the time they aren’t doing anything and the other 10% they’re doing exactly what they were trained to do” and it helped me more than she’ll ever know.

And then the company my husband is attached lost a soldier on Friday.

I know that there isn’t a situation in the world that is made better by worrying and yet that’s all I’ve done for the past few days. I worry about my husband, about our friends who are also deployed, about the family who’s having to deal with the loss of their soldier, about anything that could possibly be worried about.

Gosh, I hate to be such a downer but I really struggled this past weekend. It’s hard to know that a member of the 1-12 Infantry family is now without her husband and 2 kids without their daddy. But that’s the reality of war and I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it.

I’m posting these burgers today because my husband would hate them! He would probably refuse to eat them and then whine to his friends about how I tried to poison him with *gasp* peanut butter burgers.

But I loved them! And even my kids enjoyed them! They peanut in the burgers isn’t super obvious so if you wanted to serve them to someone who doesn’t like “weird” food, just leave the sauce off and they probably wouldn’t be able to pick peanut butter out as an ingredient.

Happy post tomorrow, I promise! It involves bar cookies!

One year ago: Sticky Fingers Bars
Two years ago: Pecan Brownies
Four years ago: Homemade Fig Newtons

Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce

adapted from Iowa Girl Eats


For the peanut sauce:
3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used chunky)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 - 2 tablespoons water
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (like Sriracha)
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
For the burgers:
1 pound ground turkey
½ cup grated carrot
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 green onion, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
hamburger buns
lettuce (or toppings of choice)


    To make peanut sauce:
  1. Combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon water, garlic, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey, and ground ginger in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth (if you’re using chunk peanut butter, don't process until all the chunks are gone - the peanuts make it better!). If it's not coming together for you, slowly drizzle in the remaining 1 tablespoon of water until it reaches the desired consistency. Set aside about 3 tablespoons of the sauce - you will use the rest in the burgers.
  2. To make the burgers:
  3. Combine remaining peanut sauce with ground turkey, grated carrots, sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, salt and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Mix until just combined and form into 4 equal patties.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until browned on the outside and cooked through.
  5. Put the burgers on buns and top with peanut sauce and any other toppings you desire.



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