May 3, 2023

Currently in May...

wishing... for a 70 degree day to go with blue skies. It's been windy, cold, and sunny. 

loving... The Diplomat on Netflix. We started Saturday-ish and have watched all 8 episodes. I think you have to have a bit of appreciation for foreign policy to enjoy it. It's unexpectedly funny in parts too. I mentioned TV I just don't like right now, and this is the opposite of that. I'm glad we found it. 

craving... warm weather clothes. 

I mean, I don't love heat and humidity but barely getting away with bare legs is rough. And I think I've worn sandals like twice this year so far? 

This is the Cali dress from Carly Jean Los Angeles (last summer) but this one is similar I think. I don't do maxis but I like midi dresses. 

Same cardigan (Stitchfix a few years ago) and pull-on shorts (Stitchfix last year). These silly white shoes have gotten more wear in the last year than I'd ever dreamed of. They're "leather" from Target. I ordered them *last* February. Didn't like them at all. Tried to return them. They gave me my $ back and told me to keep the shoes. I wear them all the time. Before you think I scored some great deal: no. I bought a pair of canvas ones, wore them a few times, and ended up hating *those* ones. Terrible blisters. 

I ordered these 1822 jeans from Stitchfix. Extremely soft. Keep their shape. TTS.  These are similar. I just ordered them from the Freestyle feature! Sweatshirt is very comfortable. Mine's a medium, but there aren't many sizes left.


Wells at almost 5.

An impatient Sutton before church

collecting... recipe ideas that I can easily make for dinner. I am coming up with a solid meal plan technique that I'm hoping to share soon (you know, as soon as it's done). 

I made this the other night. We loved it. Sutton didn't attempt it, but enjoyed the bread part. Wells ate one. Then he ate another later. Then he said, once he went to bed, that he was still hungry...and he came back out to the kitchen and ate a third. So it's a winner if a year old will eat it. It actually plays off of a pizza I used to make. I basically love anything cheesesteak-related. 

Easy Cheesesteak Sandwiches

1 pound of thin sliced shaved beef (This is in the fresh meat section at my store, but you could use Steak-ums)

2 t. Montreal Steak Seasoning

2 t. Worcestershire sauce

Half a sliced sweet onion, sliced portobello mushrooms, sliced green pepper

Beef stock (optional)

Thin-sliced cheese (I used provolone)

Dinner, sandwich, or sub rolls

Banana peppers

In an oiled pan over medium-high heat, cook the beef with the seasoning and sauce. It takes a couple of minutes. If it sticks to the bottom, I de-glaze the pan with some beef stock. Remove from pan and set aside. 

Add the vegetables to the pan and cook slow to caramelize or more quickly if you liked the charred/browned style. De-glaze again if you want to. 

On a cookie sheet, add the bottoms of the rolls, top with steak, then veggies, then a slice of cheese. Broil until cheese is melted. Add the tops and brown/crisp them a bit. 

I put banana peppers on my own and Scott's, but not on Wells' so I'd just keep those separate for serving. 

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