Steak & Peppers with Chimichurri

The secret to this recipe from BHG Magazine is the Chimichurri sauce.  It gives that extra kick to a delicious steak. I didn’t have a yellow sweet pepper so I used a green bell pepper.

1 ½ to 1 ¾ lb. Beef flank steak
2 Tbsp. Plus 2 tsp. Olive oil
2 pablano peppers, stemmed & seeded
1 lg. Red onion, cut into 1/2” wedges
1 med. Yellow sweet pepper
1 c. cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Lime juice
1 tsp. Dried oregano, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced

Season steak with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper; set aside. Cut pablano & sweet peppers into 3/4″ strips. Heat a heavy 12” skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, onion and a large pinch of salt. Cook 5 minutes without stirring. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring once, or until vegetables are lightly charred and tender. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

Add remaining oil to the skillet. Add steak. Cook 12 to 15 minutes or until medium-rare (145F), turning once halfway through. Transfer steak to a cutting board. Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Slice steak; serve with pepper-onion mixture and chimichurri.

FOR CHIMICHURRI: In a small bowl, combine cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, oregano, garlic and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 teaspoon oil.


Armoire to Bar

I was not successful yesterday.  In the morning we went to look at a camper shell for our truck.  We were not able to bring it home because the jacks did not work, it was on a frame and the gentleman was not there to show us his plan to get it on the truck. That killed the morning.  I wanted to do some mending  but that did not happen because my son and daughter-in-law came over to talk about buying the place when we got back home. We had a nice afternoon and they stayed for fried chicken & cauliflower for dinner. By the time they left it was 6 pm and I had no desire to do anything constructive.

This afternoon we are supposed to go back to pick up the camper shell if the repairs have been completed. In a way I hope it’s not done. But I know we need to get it to the house so Mac can start working on it for the animals to travel.



Since I found a picture of the armoire that Mac built back in 1997 or 1998, I thought I would show you how I converted it into a bar. The armoire was originally stained golden oak and used as a coat closet.




First I painted the exterior gray and used a sponge and hunter green paint to finish the outside.  

Inside I painted the walls a light green with black shelves and trim.  

We had a bar sign which we installed as well as 2 wine glass hangers.

We decided that mirrors would add extra brightness.

Mac found an old mirror and used it to cover the opening that used to be a drawer.

This is where we keep extra alcohol.

Finally Mac installed a rope light so the lower shelves weren’t so dark.  This turned out great and we can display our many glasses and alcohols.

Mexican Flag – Wood

In our wood shop we are making flags. The first one we have made was the American Flag. Since we did not have many nibbles for the American Flag we decided to make a 3 panel Mexican Flag. Each panel is 24” tall and 12” wide which makes the total size bigger than the American Flag. The trickiest part is the symbol. I printed the symbol on my ink jet printer and glued it on the center panel. Then used polyurethane to seal it onto the wood. I have found that you can use freezer paper to transfer onto plain wood. But I couldn’t get it to look good so we stuck with the paper applique. Several people said they liked it at the flea market but no one ordered a flag.

Outdoor Furniture Revamped

I have had a set of 4 metal chairs which I repaint every five years or so. Since spring is here and summer is on the way, I thought I would share my most recent outdoor furniture revamp. Instead of painting the chairs and small table the same color, I decided to use five different colors of spray paint.

Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (2)What do you think of the colors? I wasn’t sure about the white chair but it definitely adds a brightness to the set.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (5)

Especially since one chair is a dark hunter green and the table is black.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (7)

These five colors also go with some fabric I had. That means I could make pillows for the chairs and end up with a very colorful outdoor sitting area.Outdoor Furnisher (4)


Metal Chair Revamped

Found this old metal chair that had a faded blueish green color to it. Since I have been revamping items with bright colors. This chair needed no repairs just a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint. I decided on this sort of olive bright green color that came in a spray can. Did a couple of coats of paint and this is the finished product.

I also had some material with reds, greens, yellows and white on it so I made a cushion to fit and covered it with a zippered pillow case.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. PatHere in the United States we celebrate by eating corned beef and cabbage with parties that include green beer. I heard that since this is a national holiday in Ireland the pubs are closed. Weird don’t you think.

Corned Beef & Cabbage (6)



We have eaten our corned beef and cabbage earlier this week.



I also found this great recipe that combines Guinness and ice cream. I know it sounds weird but it is very delicious. I’m not a huge fan of Guinness as it is very stout and beer in general has a lot of carbs. But 12 ounces of Guinness draught is only 9.5 carbs and you only use 6 oz per serving. I made a keto ice cream with 1.4 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup serving to keep the carb count down (see recipe below).  But if you aren’t worried about the carbs, you can use your favorite vanilla or chocolate ice cream to make this St. Paddy’s Day Float.

St. Paddy's Day Float (1)

First pour 6 ounces of Guinness into a tall glass and stir to release some of the carbonation. Add 1 or 2 large scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Simple but very good. If you really want to make it fancy you can drizzle 1 tablespoon of chocolate or caramel sauce, then top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.


St. Paddy's Day Float (3)

Ketogenic Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cram (2)3/4 c. coconut oil
¼ c. MCT oil (see note)
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
4 large whole eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
¼ c. powdered erythritol (see note)
¼ tsp. Fine sea salt


In a blender, place the coconut oil, almond milk, whole eggs, yolks, vanilla, erythritol and salt.Blend until very smooth and add more erythritol if desired.

Pour into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s directions, and watch the magic happen!vanilla ice cream (2)

Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

Recipe from “the ketogenic cookbook” by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich


The weirdest thing about this ice cream is that the coconut oil gets hard when it gets cold. So when it become ice cream you have these little chunks of coconut oil. This ice cream actually has more of a coconut taste then a vanilla taste.

NOTE: I did not have MCT oil so I just added ¼ cup more of coconut oil. I have not been able to find erythritol or Stevia glycerite (which the recipe says you can use instead of erythritol) so I used ¼ cup Truvia.


Finishing Projects

I find it difficult to decide how to best finish a cross stitch project. For example, I did a cross stitch sampler for my daughter. I could have stretched it and then be put into an 11 x 14-inch frame. I decided instead to take a piece of green material to match the colors of the sampler and sew it to the back. After sewing on the back and turning right side out, I placed a wood dowel at the top to give it a sort of scroll look. Then I finished it off with green ribbon at the top for hanging. This way I saved some money and made a unique gift for my daughter and son-in-law.



With cross stitch on a hard canvas, I have found that no matter how careful you try to be the back always looks a little messy. I would suggest getting some felt in whatever color matches the main color of your piece & hot glue it to the back of your piece. This gives is a finished look especially if it is a hanging piece where the back can be seen.

Grandma’s Favorite Block Quilt

Grandma's Favorite (2)I decided to make this quilt with a green material I had used to make a Halloween costume several years ago. I thought I had plenty for a full size quilt but I was a couple of squares short. The standard full/double blanket is 80 X 90 inches while the twin is 66 X 90 inches. By the way, a queen size blanket is 90 X 90 and a king is 108 X 90.


Grandma's Favorite (3)The size of this quilt before putting on the binding edges is 60 X 90 inches. Since this is an odd size, is will be more of a throw than a blanket for a bed. I will be adding an edge of 3 inches with a backing made of a sheet that I have with a dark green edge.







How do you like my helper? This is Dude and he enjoys trying out the blankets or anything else I spread out to work on.

Grandma's Favorite & Dude (3)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

green beerToday is St. Patrick’s Day and we are having Corned Beef & Carrots. Why do we only think of eating corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?.  Maybe we should have it more often since I really like the flavor.  So look forward to some recipes using corned beef – maybe a version of the rueben or a casserole of some kind.

Of course everything has to be green, so why not add a few drops of green food coloring to  your beer  – Viola!  Green Beer.

*  St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

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As I have mentioned, I love riding my sports bike. It’s amazing how much gear is available at stores and online. However, I have had a difficult time finding balaclavas (which are head coverings) in different colors. They do have some with designs, some to cover only have the face and almost all of them are black. So Mac & I thought it would be cool to have balaclavas that matched our motorcycles. Mac’s Ninja is the Monster drink theme with the bright green and mine has red tire rims. So off we went to JoAnn’s Fabrics to see what material we could find.

Voila!! Balaclavas in bright colors. The great part is that I made a pattern from store bought ones and was able to adjust them so they fit appropriately. We thought that if we were seen wearing them others might ask about buying them but we only had one person want one so far. Balaclavas can help keep your helmet pads clean. Instead of removing and washing your helmet pads you can just throw the balaclava in the washer and be ready to go again.

That being said, my son works in a warehouse in the freezer section and was looking for something to keep his face and head warm. I had made a nice gray balaclava which fit him so he is using it at work.

So whether you ride a motorcycle or work in a freezer, maybe you would like one. Leave me a comment with your request.