How did everyone’s week go? I ought to post my weekly update on Mondays! We had a pretty ordinary week where we spent most of our time indoors. It’s so easy to come up with excuses. I only went outside for a brisk walk around the neighborhood on Friday when it was 57°F (14°C). My silly dog wouldn’t even walk past our driveway which made me sad because we really need to exercise more.
I can also tell you that it’s incredibly hard to do a lot when my husband works the afternoon shift (4pm-12am). It always feels like no one can comprehend how difficult it is for us to hang out with people of normal schedules. His usual sleeping hours are 8am to 3pm. That leaves us with only a few hours in the weekend to run errands and meet up with people. Why are there not more people like Mariah Carey who prefers linner (late dinner) over bunch? Everyone is pretty much in zombie mode by 10pm, and that’s kind of our prime time. I also really hope we would start cycling in the wee hours of the morning in Spring just to get some exercise in daylight because it keeps me from getting too cranky.
Food wise, Larry made Torta (which is a Mexican Sandwhich that we love) since there were some sirloin steaks that were marked down at Walmart. Here’s his recipe.
Larry’s Homemade Torta
- Italian Bread
- Steak (Any cut that you prefer. We like ribeye, but we usually get whatever is on sale)
- Shredded Cheese (Optional)
- Spices (Paprika, Cumin*, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion Powder)
- Marinate steak with spices for at least an hour.
- Grill steak to your preference. (I like it medium well. Larry likes him medium cooked.)
- Let steak rest for at least 5 minutes after it is cooked. Cut into small pieces.
- Add a light coat of Mayonnaise on Italian bread and brown it on a skillet.
- Add tomato, lettuce, avocado, steak and cheese to the Italian bread.
*Tip: Go easy on the cumin.
We also had success making meatballs last week. We made them with Italian sausage, ground turkey, ground beef, crackers and an egg. It is awesome how they taste so much better when you add different kinds of meat in it. I had enough leftovers that I made a meatball soup a few days later with potatoes, carrots and celery.
As for shopping, I scored two Magnolia Hearth & Hand stoneware dessert bowls for $1.18 each (from $3.99) thanks to someone who posted it on Instagram. I can’t remember exactly who, but they said to scan the prices to check if they are on clearance. Same thing for the hammock. AllThingsTarget.com posted them on clearance at $14.98 (down from $49.99), so I tried to see if it’s lower than the price tag and it was. I felt like I was more ahead of the Target employees at pricing their products which was pretty funny.
I also dragged Larry and his nephews all the way to Atwoods because I wanted to get some seed potatoes early. Didn’t find them, but got some seed onions and some Burpee seeds that are 40% off instead. Also got a pink camo seat that you can attach to five-gallon buckets for $5.94 that was down from $9.99.