Thursday, August 5, 2010

You know what they say about beef ..

Yes, even after all these years and several spokespersons, Robert Mitchum said it best.  He was absolutely right and while I was growing up, beef was served at just about every meal my Mama ever put in front of me.  It was our prefered protein and it seems to be the same in my own household.  

We bought up a few eye of round roasts the other night while they were on sale.
I thought to myself how fabulous that would taste using the rotisserie in my new toaster oven.

I went about gathering up some spices to make a rub for the roast.

I don't measure out anything usually .. I go by sight.
There's lots of garlic powder because that's how I roll.
What you see here is still not enough for me .. I could use more, seriously!

I mix it up a bit with my fingers to incorporate everything.

Roll that bad boy in them spices and coat it as evenly as possible.

Look at that work of art .. man, that's gonna be tasty!

Get it skewered and put it in place.
For a beef roast like this, you need to cook it for 30-35 minutes per pound.

Are you kidding me?  How can you not get excited by something so glorious?

I let it rest for about 5-10 minutes so it won't lose any of its juices.
I feel it's key to keeping meat moist and delicious.

There you have it .. cooked to perfection and ready to be eaten for dinner tonight or save it in the refrigerator or freezer for the makings of dinner for another night like we did.

For example, this BBQ beef sandwich ..
.. a little bit of BBQ sauce mixed with some thinly sliced roast and ouila ..


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Please excuse Deidra's absense from the blogging world ..

As some of you may have noticed, I've been out of commission from my blog since May.  Everything was going just fine .. silly Dutch guy was finally working again, we were stretching our money out nicely then, all of a sudden BOOM, I got sick.  Not just sick, I became diabetic.  Mind you, I'm such a foodie and now, I'm a  foodie with DIABETESUgh!  Are you kidding me, Lord?  A ginormous food lover and I get stricken with the diabetes.  How ironic is that?  Although I shake my fist at the bizarro turn of events, I'm ever so grateful for the wake up call.  Perhaps I was a bit 'gluttonous'?  Perhaps, I was an over achieving eater?  Who knows?  All I know is this here frugal girl is now having to hand over LOADS of money for better foods, medications and a meter to check my blood sugar 4 times a day.  Thank God for insurance!

So, what happens now?

First thing, I have to tighten the belt a bit further now to accommodate .. especially since silly Dutch guy is yet again out of work and relying solely on my income.  Good news though, I got a raise!  Thank you, Wal*Mart!  What would I do without you?

Secondly, I get to create healthier meals!  I get to watch my carbs!  I get to be more active and make a conscience effort to be healthy.  Ever since May, I have lost a total of 28 lbs., that's HUGE for me!  This great news isn't without it's bad news .. for my silly Dutch guy, it's hard to see his fat little wife dropping the chub.  He loves the chub .. he worships the chub .. but, the chub is killing me and he wants the wifey around for a few more years.  It seems that everyone has to sacrifice something in this family!

So, as to where I stand, I will make a conscious effort to blog more now that I'm getting my diabetes under control and actually feel like doing things once again.  Silly Dutch guy was very generous with my wedding anniversary present last month (thank you, Behbe <3 ) and gifted me accordingly ..

This gorgeous stand mixer

 This sleek microwave 

This compact refrigerator was purchased a few months back when we got our state income tax refund.

With all these new toys to play with, now all I have to do is get a new kitchen to match them and I'm all set!!!

Oh honeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, are you free?

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