Saturday, April 4, 2015

Balsamic Grilled Tri Tip Skewers

TriTip is a great cut of meat, it is tender, takes a marinade well, and cooks in many different ways - in steaks, as a large piece of meat that can then be sliced or in small pieces.

Today, I decided on a simple Italian marinade - the kids and my dad LOVED it!


What you will need:
  • A TriTip 
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic
Start with the marinade.
Smash the garlic cloves and toss them in a Ziploc bag.




Add in a few table spoons good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oli.


Slice the TriTip into small pieces, about 1" square, or 1" x2".
(Please excuse my finger in the camera....)


Put them into the marinade and add in some salt and pepper.


Massage the meat in the bag and refrigerate for a couple hours.


Pull it out and bring it to room temp, then skewer the meat. I just did one piece per skewer, as I was serving this as an appetizer, but you can do more as a main course.


Grill on a hot grill pan or BBQ.


Serve.




Hope you enjoy!



~Candy

Puff Pastry with Tomatoes, Swiss and Asparagus

The other night, my friend came over for dinner and brought a delicious savory tart with tomato, asparagus, cheese and basil - so I made my own individual sized version!!



Saturday, March 28, 2015

MMMMMMMM, Breakfast.....

I woke up this morning STARVING!
I opened the fridge,  went right for the good stuff, and made this super yummy breakfast:


Toasted rosemary sourdough bread smeared with herbed goat cheese, layered with 1/2 an avocado and a few slices of vine ripened red tomatoes. 
And a perfectly fried egg.

Yum.

Admittedly, as soon as I took the picture,  I plopped the egg right on top,  cracked the yolk and dove in.


Perfect breakfast to start my day,  now,  yardwork!


~Candy

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monogrammed Wine Glasses

I went to my brother's house for dinner about a month ago and went to pour the wine only to find a measly 2 wine glasses in the cupboard. They were down to only 2 wine glasses! A travesty!! LOL! I think we all know how that goes..... "Why do we only have 2 spoons?? Who keeps throwing them away???" I know every mom has said that more than once!

My sister-in-laws birthday was coming up, so I knew EXACTLY what I was going to give her.

Handmade, monogrammed wine glasses!!!!








Sunday, March 15, 2015

Corned Beef Hash for 50? Ummm... OK!

I regularly take a pan and some supplies to work and cook myself breakfast. Usually, I'll take whatever we had for dinner the night before - some leftover quinoa or brown rice, along will some veggies, like asparagus, Brussels sprouts or mushrooms - I will heat them and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Then fry an egg and put that right on top. In my book, you can call anything breakfast if it has a egg on top!

And every time, I have co-workers saying "where's mine?" and "hey, aren't you going to share?" So, awhile back, on a whim, I said "I could cook corned beef hash and eggs for St. Patty's day" - our manager heard this and said he'd cover the cost if I cooked for the whole branch - so fast forward to today, I just finished prepping corned beef hash for 50 people.


I think it's time for a Guinness!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A dining room table, made out of a door? You gotta see this!

Lets start with a picture of the finished product:



Now that I have your attention, here is the story!

Faux Stainless Appliances!

In October 2013 we bought a house - a VERY OLD house. It was built in 1920 to be exact.
Said house was owned by a slumlord who did not do regular repairs, and was a section 8 rental for the last 30 years. It was in need of MAJOR love and TLC.


Throughout the past year, we have re-roofed, completely remodeled 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms, refinished 94 year old fir floors, lifted and leveled the house, cleaned out a nasty crawlspace, insulated said crawlspace, carpeted, demolished a rotted deck, replaced exterior doors, built new steps and landings, replaced rotted beams, painted hundreds of walls, hauled thousands of pounds of trash to the dump, and SO MUCH MORE!

Why am I telling you this?

I'm trying to make excuses for why I have not been keeping up with the blog and my cooking.
And I've decided to share some of these adventures with you!

Lucky you!