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!
- Makes 10, 1/2 cup servings: 135 calories, 6 fat, 15 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 4.8 protein and 291 sodium
- 2 1/2 cups dried pinto beans
- water (I’ll explain below)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (this were on the spicy side, adjust as needed)
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup hot sauce of choice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt to taste
- Rinse the beans well. Put in a pot and cover with enough water so that there is 3-4 inches of water above the dried beans. Cook with a lid on, medium low heat for 2 1/2 hours, checking periodically to make sure the beans aren’t sticking and there is still enough water covering the beans.
- At this point, I just took it off the heat and let it sit until cool. Drain the beans, reserving the liquid, then put in the food processor. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, and hot sauce and start to puree. Add enough of the cooking liquid until desired texture – I love creamy refried beans, so I added 2 cups of the liquid. Season with salt to taste.
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.