Last Thursday night was our nice dinner at the hotel restaurant. Guess what? I actually wore a skirt! I know, crazeballs. Sadly, no picture I took turned out so you’ll just have to trust me on that! I did wear my hair down and put makeup on though! I am really contemplating getting my hair cut chin length again – its really starting to get too long for my liking.
I met several of the girls in the hotel bar before dinner. It was just so nice hanging out with such a great group of women. I don’t do that often enough. I started out with a glass of pinot grigio, knowing I would switch to Cabernet with my beef for dinner. For those of you who saw that picture of wine on Instagram, you’ll know I shot that using my iPhone 4 – using the Camera+ app. This is a “special” filter called “depth of field.”
We had our choice for dinner, and I am not going to lie, I almost contemplated getting the 28 ounce pork chop! Tony isn’t a fan of pork much anymore, but in the end, I was in beef country, so I went with the coffee crusted filet mignon.
The sides were passed around family style. Oh my word, was this filet good – I have coffee grounds my favorite beef marinade, but I think next time I do a steak, I’ll have to do a coffee bean crust.
And what would be on my plate next to my steak? Only the best mushrooms I’ve ever had. Tony and I think they must be baby portabella mushrooms – all I know is that they were still fairly firm and when I had a bit of the steak with a mushroom, it was the perfect bite.
I normally don’t get desserts, but when I saw pecan cake I thought “that is probably insulin worthy!” Yep!
I sent that picture of the pecan cake to Tony and his response was “I’d knock you over to get to that.” It was super sweet, but I managed to eat 1/3 of it! It was a lovely dinner and I was happy to hit the hay around 11:00 that night – my bed was so comfy and quite possibly the best pillows I’ve slept on.
The view in the mornings weren’t bad either!
Just one more recap tomorrow and then I will be done with my Texas experience. Thanks for reading along this week!
I ended up making granola bars the night before last. Um, guess who likes my granola now?? Tony! He eats it with his fruit and yogurt in the morning. I knew I was going to have half a granola bar for breakfast, and decided to make a quick egg white omelet with Everything Cabot Cheese. If you can find this cheese, buy it – love the poppy seeds in it!
I had legs on tap for strength training. I am following Bite Sized Fitness (you can find her on Facebook here) One of the exercises was called Good Mornings – what? I looked it up and its for your lower back, glutes and hamstrings – Most of the seven exercises were 10-15 reps for 3-5 sets. Yowza! I am feeling it this morning. Then I finished up with 2 miles on the treadmill for cardio.
Lunch was leftover grilled shrimp from the other night with brown rice and chopped asparagus. There wasn’t much asparagus left, so I accessorized my lunch and bought a small container of Szechwan green beans to go with it. So good!
Even though I microwaved the shrimp, they were still so good, not rubbery at all.
While I was changing after my workout, the t.v. in the women’s locker room was on Extra, and I heard that they released the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To. Tony LOVES the first one – its so stupid it’s funny. The new movie comes out in November, so I know we will definitely see that in the movie theater. I give you another episode of Texting with Tony!
Luckily the rain had stopped and I was able to grill out. We bought some marinated steak at the grocery store – it’s usually really flavorful, but this time it wasn’t for some reason. I wouldn’t know though since I put all kinds of hot sauce on mine! Since we are watching Tony’s sodium intake, I made a batch of stovetop refried beans, except this time made two batches – Tony’s didn’t have any added salt or hot stuff, mine was exactly as I wrote the recipe. Each of my tostadas had: 1 tablespoon of the stovetop refried beans, 1 ounce of the grilled steak, lettuce, red cabbage, Garlic and Herb Cabot cheese and hot sauce. Here’s the recipe for the stovetop refried beans – so good and cheap to make!
While I was taking my pictures, um, someone wanted to join me! Although this is not Kyle or Lyle!
This squirrel would just gingerly pick up a peanut and then jump off the table and run down the deck stairs.
Luckily he left my dinner alone!
So another one of the women I met at the Texas event lives in the town I grew up in River Forest. Her oldest goes to the same Junior High that I graduated from way back in 1982! Again, small world! I had the pleasure of getting to know her at the dinner Thursday night. She has 4 kids, and I can tell when we were traveling back home together that she’s traveled quite a bit in her lifetime, not the once a year like me! She was born in France but moved to the United States when she was 12. I think she’s lived in France, London, Canada and now in the Chicagoland area.
A few of the dishes that I need to make asap:
Her fire roasted tomato soup. I am a soup whore and can eat it anytime of year
Asian steak tacos. Duh – I loves me some Mexican food!
Milk chocolate pudding. Tony loves pudding so I may have to make this over the weekend.
Hope you have a chance to check Vanessa out – it was nice meeting you Vanessa!
Alright, I have to get my gym clothes out of the dryer, put my food together and take a shower and get out of the house in 25 minutes – no problem! Make it a great day!
Disclaimer: This trip was provided to me free from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to review for the blog. All opinions are my own.