Sunday, August 31, 2014


Can I get an AMEN?!!!  Have a wonderful week everyone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday~

Well, the hubby and I are settling back into being empty nesters.  Baby girl has already endured 2 days of new classes and professors as well.  Suffice it to say that Volleyball 101 will be a breeze...hello, 3 years of middle school ball, 4 years of varsity ball, and 6 years of club and coaching. LOL  Now, Oral Rehab...that is another story.  God Bless that child (and group projects...hate!!!).

Last night hubby and I made a dish out of one of my "newer" cookbooks...Make Ahead Paleo.

Smoky Fall Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak...melt in your mouth fall y'all!

Rub Ingredients:
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
2 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp allspice
3/4 tsp rosemary
3/4 tsp cinnamon

2 pounds skirt steak
2 TBSP honey

Serves 4

Prep Day:

1. Place the rub ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine.
2. Cut the skirt steak into thirds so it's easier to handle on the grill.  Sprinkle the rub mixture on all sides of the steak pieces.  Really rub it in with your hands to distribute it evenly.  Place the meat in a large zip-top bag.
3. Drizzle the honey into the bag, push out all the air, and seal. Now squish the meat around in the bag and get the honey all over the pieces.  Place this bag inside a 1 gallon freezer bag and freeze until needed. (we marinated ours and cooked in the same day)

Serving Day:

1:  Thaw the steaks in the refrigerator overnight.  Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and allow them to warm up to room temperature.  Meanwhile, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
2. Grill the steaks for 2-3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove from the heat to a warm plate, tent with foil, and let them rest for 10 minutes.
3. Slice the steaks against the grain, and serve.

We served a mix of grilled veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and mixed peppers) alongside.

This dish really is reminiscent of fall flavors!! Enjoy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Road Trip~

If you follow me on Instagram, simplylkjblog, you will know that baby girl and I took a road trip this past week.  The end result of that trip was dropping baby girl off at the university for her Senior year!

While the drive is a long one, we I had a lot of fun (when else can you hold your almost 21 year old child captive for 12 hours straight???).

Despite some unnecessary lane closures road construction along the way, we made it in good time and without mom getting another speeding ticket incident.

This is always a welcome sight because it means we are halfway there...

the bridge over the Mississippi River, the state line between Mississippi and Louisiana.

Of course, no trip is without potty breaks (however, you had best REALLY have to go or baby girl and I are NOT stopping).

Sorry for the poor quality photo...this was taken from a moving car with my phone.  We have been trying to get a picture of this for the past couple years.  These sit outside the entrance to a ranch just outside of Waco.  The last time we tried to get pictures, we had slowed down and were just about to pull over when baby girl noticed the owners pulling in behind her. LOL Oops.

And Ron...I will be sure to bring one with when we come to LA next month!!! Amanda said it best, "they will look tres chic in your courtyard."

Baby Girl and I had fun with our phone emojis with this one!!  I will let y'all piece those together.

Baylor always does it up big for the start of the new year...

not a billboard in a 20 mile radius was missed!!  Sic 'em Bears!! (of course, I had to laugh that underneath it says wrong way!)

I got baby girl all settled...groceries, clean room, books (in that order...a girl has to eat, the clean room is for mom's peace of mind, and books, well-dad would like to think that tuition $$$ is going toward something).

All joking aside, we could not be more proud of her.  She will finish her undergraduate degree in 3 years!!!  And, grad school applications are just around the corner.

I flew home Saturday, and arrived home to these...

a beautiful bouquet of flowers, my favorite dish (chicken divan) oven ready, and a CLEAN HOUSE!  Sorry ladies, don't hate me.  Yes, he is a keeper.

This week will be spent adjusting to the quiet again, and keeping our sweet Cairn entertained (she is missing her Auntie Katie, as we call her, something awful).

Next week I will start my weekly Bible Study class, and teach my new group of littles for the first time.  Always love getting back to those sweet little ones who are so eager to learn!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!!