Sunday Dinner

Something that doesn’t happen often enough in our home is being there on a weekend.  We have family and friends all over, so we spend most weekends away.  However, every now and again there is a random Sunday when we are home.  Naturally, this means I want to and will spend a ridiculous amount of time making dinner.  On the menu today is: slow cooked porterhouse steaks, mashed potatoes, and peas.

In October, we purchased a quarter side of beef so we have a freezer full of local grass feed beef!  To be honest, I have no idea what cuts are in there.  All I know is we have 150 lbs of it.  Today, I took out what I thought was a lovely thick steak-looking-thing (that’s professional terminology haha).  I wanted to slow roast it because early this week we went out for dinner with Hubby’s parents and he ordered a short rib that was so delish.  I’ve never made a short rib before and I wanted to give it a try.  So I go down to the freezer and pick out something that had a bone and was a good size for two.  I tried to find a short rib but I also didn’t want to get frost bite from my freezer so the porterhouse sounded good.  After, defrosting it I came to the realization it was two grilling steaks.  Oopsies!  I still carried on with my plan anyway and it was prefect!!  The house had this lovely smell all day and I didn’t make too many dishes, which is Hubby’s favourite sine he is the dishman.

After some recipe reading here is what I came up with for the steaks:

Dry rub

1T brown sugar

1t salt
1T paprika
2t black pepper, finely ground
1t granulated garlic
1t onion powder
1t ground cumin
1t chili powder
1t ground coriander
1/2t cayenne
1/2t ground allspice
1/3C wine (I used white because we had an open bottle)
1C beef
1/2C balsamic vinegar
1T dijon mustard  
1 small diced tomato
2 porterhouse steaks
2-3 onions (thickly cut rings)
1T olive oil


Mix all rub ingredients together until well combined and then rub all over the meat
Add olive oil to pan and sear the meat on all side (medium heat)
Place the onions over the bottom of the slow cooker
Place the seared meat on top of the onions
Mix all of the gravy together, other than the tomatoes
Add tomatoes the pan and get all the bites off the bottom.  Add the gravy to the pan.  Bring up to a boil and lower the heat and cook until the gravy is down by half.  Pour over top of meat.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours
Serve with onions and gravy

No gravy, for me, on my potatoes

At the last minute we invited my in-laws over for dinner so I put together a fast dessert of baked apples.  All you have to do is half the apples and top with brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon and butter.  Bake at 350c while you eat dinner.  They were just missing some ice cream but they were still yummy!


Baby bag

I have some friends that are having babies this winter and in one of my many Pinterst sessions I came across this baby sleeping bag.  Doesn’t it look so comfy?  I knew then that these babies needed something like it.  I could sew them, but crocheting is much more portable!  I’ve been pretty busy lately so portable is key!  It’s so easy to do this in the front seat while Hubby drives to something out of town, which is a popular thing for us to do on weekends.  Here’s what I was able to come up with:

It’s a baby sleeping bag!  I would love to have one of these for myself, but really, isn’t that what a regular sleeping bag is for? :)

Update: the next time I make one of these I’ll post the pattern, I can’t remember the specs off hand right now.  Soon!  I promise.


Let’s do this thing!

So for a while now I’ve been talking about doing this blog thing… I know, so 2004, right!?  But lately, for one reason or another, the idea has sounded better and better.  Then with the start of a new year and with some pushing from my loveliest one, I’m here!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a writer but I have ideas and I just need an outlet!
The propose of this blog will be to write about the fun things in life and married life!  Me and hubby married in February 2011, and it has been a crazy ride since.  We started married life in a large city and both of us were longing to be in our little house in hubby’s home town. Then, I got a new job in said town and we moved back (long story, I’ll tell you about it sometime). Sounds wonderful, right!  Well we had a little stop-over at his parents house since we had been renting out our own.  Nine months later, we were able to move home!  As I’m writing this, I really should have started this last year! :)  That all said, we are home in our little “Uptown” house and I love it. 

2011 was pretty epic getting married plus the new job, but 2012 was pure bliss!  Here are some of the amazing things that happened last year that I might post about later:

We went on our long awaited Europe trip (and went to Africa too)
Sister-in-law and GF got their first pick for residence! (Smarty pants)
Our first nephew was born (yeah!)
The big move home!  Which included some renos and new appliances
Our fourth niece was born (yeah again!)
Hubby incorporated his business (I’m now VP of something!)
Hubby turned 30, Dad turned 60, and Grandpa turned 90 (all within 4 weeks)
I turned 30 and Hubby took me horseback riding (can we say bucket list!)

Here’s to 2013 and many more posts!