Archive | October, 2008

steak

16 Oct

Ingredients

  • 2 steaks
  • 4 tbsp steak seasoning ( I recommend Robi’s Darn Good All-Purpose Seasoning)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. If possible take steak out of fridge for about 10 minutes to take the chill off.
  3. Coat each side of steak with 1 tbsp steak seasoning…rub seasoning into steak.
  4. Heat oven safe pan on med-high heat (I do not use non-stick pans…rules about pre-heating non-stick might differ). You want to get the pan nice and hot then pour about 2 tbsp olive oil into it. It will probably start to smoke but don't panic.
  5. Add steaks to pan and allow to braze on each size for about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat and place into oven. I use a oven safe thermometer, select med-rare option and cook until done. About 10 minutes.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

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steak dinner

16 Oct

This is one of my favorite meals to make. It’s yummy, easy and fast!

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Here is my fool proof way to make a steak. This is how I made the asparagus and crushed potatoes.

Blog inspired project…desk skirt

15 Oct

The Nester helped me get over my lack of sewing skills and inspired me to remedy the ugly Ikea desk that came along with my husband.

Before

ikea

After

desk-area

This is our “home office”. We live in a mother-in-law apartment…fancy name for remodeled downstairs of a split level. Our bed and kitchen are in this same room. That open space you see to the right is our “living room”. It’s small and devoid of storage but its home and I’m working on making it beautiful.

desk-skirt

See what I did though? I made a skirt for our desk without sewing. Iron on no-sew tape was my friend. Then I tacked it up with brown satin ribbon. What do you think? Nester are you proud?

Thanks to all of you who are visiting per my invite! Welcome!

My favorite… radio station

14 Oct

I love 97.3 FM (also known as 710 KIRO)! Two years ago we had a really bad wind storm that ended up clobbering our little town.

 windstorm

Told ya!

Our power was out for 10 days and its wasn't until day 4 that we figured out that our gas fireplace and gas water heater still worked. Don't laugh.

Anyhow, when natural disasters happen you turn to AM radio…that’s when we fell in love with KIRO.

They are located in the Seattle area but you can listen to them online.

My favorites are Dori Monson and TBTL. Dori is political commentary and TBTL is pop culture, funny, fun to listen to. Check them out… they crack me up and are one of my favorite things.

Husb even made me a TBTL ringtone last night. Everytime someone calls I dont even want to answer, I like it so much.

Listen to my TBTL Ringtone

If you would like to download this ringtone onto your own phone you can type this address into your phones internet browser; http://www.leahsfavoritethings.com/my_favorite_things/files/ringtone.mp3

Blog inspired project… china cabinet

13 Oct

Over the last 8 months I have been reading blog’s of some pretty creative women. They have really inspired me!

Before

Before

After

After

I was inspired by Jaelou For You and I’m SO happy I took on this project. It houses our recyclables, shoes, craft supplies and my pretty dishes.

The awesome thing is that I bought it for 35$ on craigslist and spent 60$ on supplies…pretty good deal. A couple months back I found the same unfinished cabinet selling for over 300$.

sautéed asparagus

13 Oct

Ingredients

  • thin asparagus
  • extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • pepper
  • salt

Directions

  1. Wash and dry asparagus
  2. Snap tough stalk end of asparagus off
  3. Heat pan on med-low heat.
  4. Pour olive oil into pan and allow to heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add asparagus
  6. Use tongs to turn asparagus every 3 minutes or so
  7. Cook until desired tenderness, I like mine soft and a little charred
  8. Add garlic, salt and pepper then remove from heat and serve

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Congratulations!!!!!!!

12 Oct

This is Leah (yes, we have the same name)! We have been best friends since 10th grade and she was my maid of honor. Well…SHE IS GETTING MARRIED!

Congratulations Girl!

I cant wait to dress shop, look at bridal magazines, help you plan. Eric and I are excited to add another couple to our small group of married couple friends! I pray that your engagement is a happy and exciting time and that your marriage is a blessing from God. Enough of this mushy stuff…on to the bachelorette party!

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Peach Plum Jam

12 Oct

Husb says I need to post the recipe to go along with this post.

Ingredients

  • 2 c chopped Plums
  • 6 c chopped peaches (1 large peach makes a cup)
  • 6 c sugar

Directions

Blanch peaches until skin can be easily peeled off. Chop or food process peaches and plums until desired consistancy is reached. Combine plums, peaches and sugar in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil. When boiling add pectin (following the pectin’s package directions). Boil at low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, skim foam, if necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot sanitized mason jars, leaving 1/4” – 1/2” headspace. Wipe jar rim before putting lid on. Adjust caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Yield: 4 pints

My favorite… childhood possession

11 Oct

Look what I did to my poor Grizz today.

He is going on a road trip to California for some plastic surgery…very fitting don't you think?

Our Anniversary Date

10 Oct

We took the long way to Seattle so that we could see this

 

Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge. Eric proposed to me 4 years ago at this lodge during dinner. While we were here we saw these guys doing this…

I think they are crazy! Next we found our favorite bakery but they were closed. They are one of the vendors at our local farmers market and sell the best donuts…we were excited to find the shop!

Our last stop was La Fontana…our FAVORITE restaurant. I highly recommend it. Its so yummy and such a nice atmosphere. There is even a lady that plays the piano while you eat. The best part is my FAVORITE appetizer. Parmesan stuffed pear wrapped in prosciutto with a balsamic vinegar reduction sprinkled on top. It isn't on the menu but we had it the first time we ate here and they are nice enough to make it for us if we call ahead of time and request it. It’s also the part of dinner where Husb and I don't talk…just eat!

 

Did I make you hungry?

It was a fun night and ended with us cuddling on the couch watching The Office.

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