Monday, June 6, 2011

Dinner With The Bush's

 Welcome to Dinner With The Bush's!!!! I just tried out a new dish that I found from a magazine called Clean Eating. This magazine is awesome so you should go check it out. I am always going to their website to get new recipes!!! I love the recipes they offer because they are healthy, easy, and super yummy. So here is the first edition of Dinner With The Bush's. I hope you find it helpful especially if you were in a cooking rut like I was.
  You should most definitely make this dish. I am telling you it was so good and very easy to make. I will be making it again sometime in the future. Thanks Clean Eating for all of your fabulous recipes.
   One thing I did differently was I used a ribeye instead of a sirloin. I mostly did this because Fresh Market didn't have sirloin but they did have ribeye so I improvised.

                              Sirloin Peppery Tomato Reduction With Squash Onion
                                                                       Stir- Fry


  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 lb boneless sirloin steak, about 3/4-inch thick, trimmed of visible fat
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into eighths lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into eighths lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, quartered and layers separated
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and 1/4 tsp salt. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of steak and press lightly to adhere. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, tilting skillet to coat bottom lightly. Add zucchini, squash and onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until just tender-crisp, stirring frequently. Sprinkle mixture with remaining 1/4 tsp salt and place in a medium bowl; cover to keep warm.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in same skillet on medium-high, tilting skillet to coat bottom lightly. Cook steak for 4 minutes per side or to desired doneness.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients, except 2 tsp oil.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and place steak on a cutting board. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add sauce mixture to pan residue. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup liquid, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in 2 tsp oil and serve over steak, with squash-onion stir-fry alongside.

Have you ever just been in a cooking rut? Well I was there a couple of weeks ago. I was sooo tired of the meatloaf, enchiladas, bbq chicken, chicken and dumplings, steak, chicken pot pie, .... yeah this is most of my cooking rotation. So I decided it was time for a change either that or we would continue down the path of I am tired of cooking so what restaurant do you want take out from. Yep thats where we were but not anymore!!! So here is to trying new recipes and the development  of Dinner With The Bush's... my first edition will be later tonight ( if we like the new recipe).

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Well folks we are back from the annual Bush beach trip!!! Boy do I LOVE hanging with G's family. They are wonderful people. I am one blessed lady to be able to call them family. I will show you what we did through photos!!!

                          The big crab hunt... I think we caught like 20 crabs. Crazy, I know!!
My adorable nieces.. Already best buds

 We through one rockin fiesta for this lovely birthday gal. 

My first deep sea fishing trip. No, I did not get sick. Yes reeling in the fish was very difficult. Yes all the men on the boat picked on me for my lack of skill in reeling in a fish. Yes, I did catch this gigantic beauty. No, I did not want to hold it for this picture (it was really slimy) but once again I caved to peer pressure :)

This is one guy who really hates the sun. So this is how he rolls at the beach.... 75 spf suncreen, hat, t-shirt at all times, and he must be in the shade at least 99.9 % of his time on the beach.  Love him

Here is the 1% of his time spent in the sun. 

What is this you ask??? Why it was our ride to dinner at the firefly in PCB. The men were so romantic and surprised us with this little ride. 

This is the firefly where we had dinner while at the beach. The food was fantabulous and the atmosphere was the coolest. 

Here we are by the tree that was in the center of the restaurant. I love the detail.... its made of cement, lights hang in the tree, and little yellow lights flicker (they were the fireflies).

And yes we are both wearing white pants... can you say matchy matchy!!! Thats how we roll!!! 

How my opinion of tanning has evolved

As a kid I used to go to the pool, beach, or lake just to have fun. I would find myself watching people "sunbathe" and all I could think about was how boring that must be. I even went so far as to say I would never enjoy just laying there to get a tan.

As a teenager/ early 20's I would go to those same places and I all I cared about was getting really tan. As all teens know you can only get tan if you don't use sunscreen... Ha more like all you get is a really good burn that peels in about a week. 

As a woman in my late  20's I go to those same places and all I can think about is how I need to keep applying sunscreen to avoid wrinkles and skin cancer.  Now don't get my wrong I wanted a tan but the who needs sunscreen attitude was out the window.

Diet 2nd fav behind the original Coca Cola from a fountain of carbonated bliss!