Burger Sushi Roll Recipe

Nothing says summer like enjoying a poolside barbecue with friends and family. And it’s not a summer barbecue without some burgers on the grill! As a burger lover myself, I thought it would be fun to put a creative spin on this classic American barbecue dish. I present to you…the burger sushi roll! 

Not only is it a showstopper with its unique presentation, but it’s fun to eat too. Just like sharing sushi rolls with friends at your favorite Japanese restaurant, these juicy burger rolls go great with a pair of chopsticks, flavorful dipping sauces and big appetites.

I also thought it would be fun to pair the burgers with custom Coke bottles, personalized for each of my guests. Back by popular demand, you can now create personalized iconic eight-ounce “Share a Coke” glass bottles on ShareaCoke.com. And it took less than 5 minutes to order! From graduation to birthdays, summer barbecues to weddings, “Share a Coke” is all about celebrating life’s most sharable moments, which is why they are such a fun addition to any party.     

With burger sushi rolls and customized Coke bottles, you are bound to create a lasting impression at your next party!

• Sushi Rolling Mat
• Bacon
• Ground Beef (seasoned as desired)
• Cheddar Cheese Blocks
• Your Choice of Additional Toppings: Tomatoes, Pickles, Mushrooms, Avocado, etc.
• Ketchup
• French Fried Onions 

• Create a bed of bacon by laying several strips on a sushi mat, slightly overlapping each piece with the other 
• Starting about 1 inch from the bottom, cover about half of the bacon with a thin layer of ground beef
• Lay out a row of cheddar cheese blocks on top of the beef
• Add desired toppings (e.g. tomatoes, pickles, etc.) next to the cheese
• Using both hands, pick up the end of the sushi mat that is closest to you and slowly roll it up, squeezing tightly as you roll

• Place the sushi roll on the grill, seem side down, and cook as desired (approx. 40-50 minutes at 325 degrees). Do not place directly on top of the flame to avoid burning
• Remove from grill and brush a thin layer of ketchup on the bacon
• Sprinkle fried onions on top. You can also garnish with thinly sliced avocados
• Cut into small sushi pieces and serve

Try making a variety of different burger sushi rolls and enjoy it at your next gathering! How do you celebrate sharable moments with friends and family?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Coca-Cola through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Share A Coke, all opinions are my own.

DIY 4 Custom Paperclip Shapes

I’m so excited to partner with HP to bring you today's DIY project inspired by the new HP Pavilion x360 4-way convertible PC. In the spirit of bending the rules of technology, I thought it would be fun to explore other materials we can "bend" to create custom DIY projects. So here are 4 ways you can bend wire to make custom paperclips shapes! 

These little accessories can make any workspace a little more fun. You can also use them as bookmarks, attach them to greeting cards or use them as gift toppers. Here are 4 shapes to get you started, but the possibilities are truly endless. 

• Jewelry wire (available in different colors. found at most craft stores) 
• Needle-nose pliers 
• Wire cutters
• Pen and paper 

• Sketch out your desired shape on a piece of paper. 
• Position the wire on top of the drawing. Using needle-nose pliers, start bending the wire to match the shape. Make sure to leave a little extra piece on the back side so that it can attach to the paper (like the "U" shape that all paperclips have). 
• Cut off any extra wire pieces using wire cutters. 

I've been playing with my HP x360 for a couple weeks now and I'm obsessed. I love that it's designed with a detachable keyboard, which gives me 4 "modes" to play in (laptop, tablet, tent and stand).  I was on the fence about either buying a new laptop or tablet, so I'm very happy that I discovered the x360, because now I have two-in-one! I never thought I would actually use all 4 modes, but I've been switching back and forth between the options every day. 

HP has also partnered with the one and only Meghan Trainor to document her music tour. All About That Tour is a six episode documentary that goes behind the scenes focusing on everything from Meghan's tour life to the tour's costumes. Check it out right here

This post is in partnership with HP. All photos and opinions are my own.

My DIY Garden Themed Bridal Shower

After many months (I know, this post is long overdue!), I'm so excited to share the details of my bridal shower! With the help of my very talented mom who was kind enough to host the shower, we crafted up our vision of the perfect garden themed party. 

All photos taken by the talented Melody Melikian Photography

We held my shower at one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Ca' Del Sole. This place is magical. It's like walking into an Italian courtyard. For a garden themed party, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful backdrop. But, of course, I had to add my own DIY details too...

DIY Moss Cake
My favorite detail was definitely the moss cake, which my mom completely handmade herself. To make, stack round boxes on top of each other and hot glue sheets of moss to cover them up. Add artificial flowers for a pop of color.

DIY Flower Bar
Instead of standard placecards, each guest had their own mini vase with their name and table number attached. We had buckets of fresh flowers for guests to fill up their vases. These doubled as thank you favors too. 

DIY Flower Hairpin Station
As guests arrived,  they got to pick their favorite flower to wear as a hair accessory. This turned out to be a really fun way for everyone to engage with the garden theme. To make, simply glue artificial flowers to hair clips and display them on a wire frame as shown below.

DIY Flower Photobooth Backdrop
This was one of the most ambitious DIY projects I've ever made, but I love the way it came out! Guests loved taking photos with the ginormous flowers and I was able to snap a few fun (and cheesy) shots with Tony too! To make, first build the outer frame using PVC pipes found at hardware stores. Next, attach the grassy backdrop. I found 12" x 12" sheets of artificial grass from Michaels and attached them together using zip ties. Lastly, attach the big flowers (also found at Michaels) to the backdrop with zip ties from the back.


DIY Flower Pot Centerpieces
What's a garden party without some gardening, right? Instead of traditional centerpieces, my dad helped plant flower pots for each table. These were also great gifts for guests to take home and plant in their own garden. The moss-covered table numbers were another one of my favorite details. I bought them from the Spotted Leopard Etsy store.

DIY Entrance Sign
If you don't already have a Cricut Explore machine, go get one! You can pretty much die cut any shape, letter or design you want. I used it to create this entrance sign as well as my wedding table numbers. 

One reason why I waited so long to post this, was because I wanted to share my photo book too! I finally got around designing my bridal shower photo book (which ended up taking no time at all) and I'm so happy with the result! It's the perfect coffee table accessory.


I print all my photo books from MyPublisher. They're simply the best. They're the industry leader and from many years of experimenting, I find them to be the highest quality, most customizable and surprisingly affordable too. They have a really easy-to-use software to help you customize your book to the very last detail.

And they were kind enough to offer a huge discount for my readers. Click to get 50% off orders $100+ or 25% off orders $50+! They also make great gifts for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, and every other holiday!


I hope you all enjoyed the photos! I would love to hear from the brides out there...what are you crafting for your big day?

DIY Paper Flower Branches

I can't believe Valentine's Day is already around the corner! For today's DIY project, I'm excited to partner with Glade to bring you this paper flower DIY project to help create that romantic mood for your home just in time for Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers are beautiful, but the perk of artificial ones is they'll never wilt! 
I also love lighting up our little apartment with lots of candles. The scents instantly put me in such a relaxed mood. I especially love Glade's new Blooming Peony & Cherry candle. It smells amazing! It invokes such a sweet and flirty feel. And it's the perfect accent to my living room home decor.

This project can also be completed using crepe paper. Pick your favorite colors and follow the tutorial below to craft up your own!

• Tissue paper
• Scissors
• Q-tips
• Tape 
• Hot glue gun
• Branches

5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Sweater Pillow

You don't need to toss out your favorite sweater just because it's got a hole! Instead, you can upcycle old or damaged sweaters into cozy pillows. This no-sew tutorial is so easy that it’ll take you less than five minutes to complete. Plus, it doesn’t require any cutting so you can use your sweaters as pillow covers during the summer and wear them again in the winter!

We moved into our new apartment six months ago and now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! We got some of our favorite furniture from Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items at affordable prices, Wayfair.com is the place to go! 

One of my favorite pieces is our Oxford Garden Lounge Chairs that we got for our little patio. And to add a  touch of color, my DIY sweater pillows were the perfect fit. I had a couple old sweaters that had holes in them, but I loved the pattern and wanted to somehow incorporate them into our new place. Five minutes later...bam! My sweater pillows were born. Follow the easy steps below to turn your old sweaters into the coziest pillows in town!

• Throw Pillow
• Stretchy Sweater Tip: Make sure the bottom of the sweater is stretchy and not loose. Slightly longer sweaters work best. Choose a pillow that fits very snugly inside the sweater.

• Stuff the pillow inside the sweater, stopping an inch below the underarm seam.
• Pull the sleeves from the back of the pillow and wrap them around the front of the pillow, knotting them together in the center. Fold back the cuffs if desired.

DIY Photo Booth Props from Chalkboard & Dry Erase Tape

I'm so excited to partner with
Scotch® Duct Tape for today’s party-themed DIY tutorial! I’m always eager to try new craft supplies and this week I’m thrilled to introduce… chalkboard and dry erase tape. Yes, you heard me! Who said chalkboards and dry erase boards had to be constrained to the classroom? You may have heard of or used chalkboard or dry erase paint, but nothing is easier than using tape. Just slap it on and go!

I decided to use these tapes to create reusable photo booth props for an upcoming party we are hosting. Have your guests write, draw and personalize their own props, and snap away. You can even run a contest for the most creative one! You don’t need a fancy photo booth either. Just find a white wall, add some colorful streamers, strike a pose, and SMILE!

So let’s get started...


• Cardstock paper
• Wooden skewers or dowels
• Glue gun
• Scissors
• Chalk and/or dry erase markers

• Cover cardstock paper with chalkboard or dry erase tape
• Cut out desired shape (e.g. speech bubble, heart, glasses, bow tie, etc)
• Hot glue onto a wooden skewer
• Draw desired design

And with Halloween around the corner, these props would make a great addition to any gathering. There is nothing like a photo booth to spice up a party!

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from Scotch® Products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. To see more creative projects, visit Scotch® Duct Tape Facebook and Scotch® Duct Tape Pinterest Boards!
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