Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Sweet 16 GG!!

June 28, 2012
June 28, 1996
Sixteen years ago today I gave birth to a precious baby girl, and if I'm going to be honest about it, L and I didn't really know what to do with her.  (Does any new parent know?)  Today she is a lovely young lady, and L and I don't know what we would do without her. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

We Didn't Say It Was Your Fault...

...we said we were going to blame you.

One of L's close friends, R, works for Game and Fish; another of L's close friends, JA, wanted to work for Game and Fish, but didn't really want to move too far from his home county.  JA discussed his concerns with R and it was thought that his chances of being hired by Game and Fish were excellent and his chances of being assigned reasonably close to his home county were pretty good.  So JA decided to proceed with the application process. 

R was right, JA is what Game and Fish is looking for and they've hired him.  This next part is where R was not quite so right...JA has been assigned to the Delta region.  Want to know what is in the Delta region?  Alligators, and in a few months...JA and his family.

Now, is it R's fault that JA has been assigned to the Delta region?  Nope.  Are we blaming R for JA being assigned to the Delta region?  Yep.   

Last weekend we had a goodbyejawe'llseeyouagainsoon...maybe...unlessyougeteatenbyagator(thanksalotr) party.  After all, you know how much we enjoy eating and talking.  L, The Girls, and I even made a sign for this special occasion.

R made some signs of his own.  (As you can see this group of friends all share the same warped sense of humor.)

During the evening L and JA had the following conversation:

L: We'll come visit after y'all get settled.
JA: You'll drive all the way down there?
L: We drove to Kansas City for Amanda and GG to play in the mud.  We can drive to the Delta region to visit y'all.

So in a few months we'll be making a trip to the Delta region to visit JA and his family.  I'll let you know how that goes...unless I get eaten by a gator.  If that should happen just remember...blame R!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words...

Last week L took The Girls to Chick-fil-A's Daddy Daughter Date Night.  The restaurant required reservations, so when they got there they were shown to a table with their name on it.  The entire restaurant was decorated, there were even votive candles on the tables.  The Girls were given flowers, candy, jewelry, and trinkets.  Daddies and daughters of all ages surrounded them, and everyone appeared to be having a great time! 

Can you picture it in your mind?  I hope so because L and The Girls never thought to take a single picture of any of it.  They did however get this great picture of a "smiling" cat they saw at the pet store before they went.

Doesn't a Russian Blue always bring back memories of your first date?

Monday, June 11, 2012

London Broil: With A Tequila Kick

Last weekend we celebrated L's birthday...and this weekend we did it again. 

One of the birthday traditions at our house is the birthday meal.  NG's birthday meal of choice is Grilled Beer Brats.  The irony of that is that NG's birthday has required me to make a trip to the liquor store since she was 8.  The rest of us are never quite as predictable.  This year L requested Tequila Marinated London Broil.

Just like the Grilled Barbecue Ribs, L and I found this recipe while watching the Food Network.  This recipe does require some planning ahead since the meat needs to marinate at least 4-6 hours.  Personally I like to place it in the marinade the night before and flip it the next morning.  This gives both sides of the London broil approximately 10 hours to season. 

It's sometimes difficult to find London broil at the grocery store.  I go to our local butcher shop, Dimes Meat Market, to purchase mine.  However, I have used a plain beef roast in the past and it's turned out quite well.  Just make sure the cut isn't too thick or you might have trouble getting it cooked through on the grill before the outside burns.

The recipe says to place the meat in a non-reactive dish and cover with the marinade.  I always use a glass baking dish.

The meat will show some coloration from the marinade, this is normal.

This recipe requires a pretty constant watch on the clock.  The recipe says to cook the meat 4-5 minutes on each side and to flip it for a total of 4 times.  Since this cut was a little bit thicker than normal L gave it the full 5 minutes each time and flipped it an additional round for a total of 50 minutes on the grill. 

Just like with the Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin, the London Broil must be allowed to rest before slicing.  This allows the juices to reabsorb and the meat to remain tender.

Tequila Marinated London Broil

1 jalapeno pepper (seeded)
1 tbs. minced garlic
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup tequila
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 1/2 lbs. London broil

Combine all ingredients except London broil in a blender and process until smooth.  Place London broil in a non-reactive dish and pour marinade over the top, turn to coat.  Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours before cooking.  Remove London broil from marinade and place on white hot grill.  Cook 4-5 minutes on each side, flip meat at least four times.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy Birthday L!

Last Friday was L's birthday.  

The original plan was to go see the drive in movies Thursday night and then spend Friday in Branson, MO.

Unfortunately, part of those plans were sidelined when L's search and rescue team got called out Thursday afternoon.  So that meant no drive in movie for us, that didn't mean The Girls and I couldn't get up to a little mischief. 

Fifteen LED balloons (yes, I had enough hot air to blow them all up myself),

two cans of silly string,

and one "Happy Birthday" banner later...

we had the kitchen decorated and were sitting in the dark waiting for L to walk through the door.

Friday we headed to Branson for a little shopping (that's L scurrying away in search of a testosterone recharge at the Bass Pro Shop),

grabbed some lunch,

and treated L to a birthday funnel cake at our favorite dessert shop. 

We had a great time!  The Girls and I can hardly wait for the next time we get to celebrate L getting

On a side note...

Want to know why GG felt the need to shield my eyes?  It's because L decided to take our picture in front of my most hated store of all time!

Am I the only one that thinks the inside of that store looks like a room full of roadkill?