My New Obsession

I just started watching the History Channel show Vikings and I am hooked!! I can’t believe I waited so long to start watching it. This show alone makes having Amazon Prime Video totally worth the annual investment.

I would continue to wax poetic about the show for pages and pages, but I want to know what happens next.

Gotta go.

NaNoWriMo Update

So, life being what it is, I’m about 10,000 words behind and there is only a week left of November. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but I’m pretty happy about how far I got in my first attempt.

Maybe next year I’ll get a little farther.

Maybe I’ll even make it all the way to the end.

Who knows – stranger things have happened.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

NaNoWriMo

November is known as National Novel Writing Month. Participants agree to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. By agree, I mean they make an agreement with themselves that they won’t make excuses for why they can’t write, and will just write. This year, I decided to sign up and this is my first week’s progress.

I have found this experience to be revealing. I have always been an inspiration based writer – as in, I only wrote when I was inspired to do so. Having such a large goal to reach in such a short time has made it necessary for me to write every single day, whether I am inspired to or not.

I am now on a 7-day writing streak. I am super proud of myself for not making excuses for why I can’t write and just getting to it already. Yesterday, I didn’t make my daily goal, but every other day I have. To keep myself on track, I wrote enough today to make up for my lack yesterday and to reach todays daily goal.

My writing may never be seen by anyone else, but the act of simply putting my thoughts on paper is a freeing experience. I’m glad I chose to participate.

Comfort Food

I love Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It’s one of my all-time favorite shows. It makes me hungry every time I watch it. Even if I’ve just eaten. Heck, even if I’m actively eating at that moment. I was watching an episode recently called Seafood and Savory. On it, there was a dish by Chef Alisah called Bosnian-Style Gulash. It sounded amazing! It also happens to have ingredients that are easy to get. So, I decided to give it a try. First things first, I had to adjust the recipe since the original yields 10 servings. Once I did that, I gathered the ingredients and it was time to cook.

Ingredients I used:

1 lb. chuck eye steak

2 sections of the frozen onions

1½ tsp olive oil

½ tsp dried minced garlic

½ cup tomato sauce

1½ tomato paste

8 oz. beef broth

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp dried parsley

½ tsp season salt

2 tsp flour

Cooking directions

I preheated my oven to 300 degrees and cut the beef into small cubes. I then put the onions, olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, and tomato paste into a pan and cooked on medium heat for about 5 mins.

Next, I added the beef to the pan and cooked that for about 15 mins.

After it had cooked down, I added the beef broth, salt, pepper, parsley, and season salt to the pan and mixed everything together well. I then transferred the mix to a baking dish and put it in the oven for about an hour.

When it was done in the oven, I whisked in the flour and mixed well to combine.

I served it over some basmati rice. It turned out wonderfully.

results

The dish was delicious! It even had a little bit of spice to it, even though the spiciest thing I added was paprika. The long cooking time really concentrated the flavors and made the dish sing with taste.

I had some the next day and it was just as good after being reheated in the microwave. This is definitely a dish I will be making again.

I love trying new recipes. They don’t always turn out as good as this one, but it’s still fun trying something I never have before.