I guess one of the best things about writing a blog post as often as I do, is that my Mom and my PIL are always apprised as to what I am up to. I don’t talk to them nearly as often on the phone because they can just read the blog and see what I am up to. When I wrote on Friday that I had no plans this past weekend, my Mom called and said “let’s meet for lunch and go plant shopping!” Yes please! It was really cold over the weekend, like lows in the upper 30s cold – a week before Memorial Day no less!
We agreed to meet in Schaumburg and decided to try out a new to us restaurant in the mall. If you ever think the economy is in bad shape, just drive to this mall because the traffic and cars are pretty unbelievable. We chose Kinfork, a BBQ place. My Mom and I had already discussed the pork and brisket, and when I got there I was going to suggest we indulge in either the pork or brisket, and then get a healthier salad on the side. But when I looked at the menu I was like “we are going to get both meats!” It ended up being perfect – we basically split each others plate, and I think we each ate half of what we had. I called it 15 points, but I really have no idea.
Sorry the pictures look like ass, but we were seated at an inside booth. The pork was served on top of garlic bread, and the brisket (not pictured) was served in long slices with bbq sauce. I subbed in broccolini for my baked potato for $2 upcharge and we split the roasted veggies for $5 extra. The pork and brisket were delicious – tender, nice bbq sauce – I would have preferred it spicier, but that’s just me. The honey corn bread though. Drop the mic. Perfect blend of sweet and savory – I ate every bite of the little sliver on each of our plates. The roasted veggies and broccolini were both excellent – I’ve been lucky that I can find broccolini on a regular basis at my store – I need to recreate that side dish, so good! The only misstep was the cole slaw. It was described as a jalapeno cole slaw, so I was looking forward to a bit of a kick, but it was all one note – I really couldn’t determine if it was vinegar or mayo based or a combination of both, but it wasn’t very good. We’d go back though and try the ribs and pork chops though.
We headed to Home Depot so that my Mom could spend some of her Mother’s Day loot on flowers. It was 46 degrees, and with the wind, it felt like it was in the low 30s. I had to bring my winter coat out again! They had half the plants inside because Saturday night there was a frost warning, but we were able to get a good start on what she wanted to plant. She was going to just store them in her garage and hopefully will get everything planted later this week.
I put this picture on Facebook, basically just to show up my twin sister and my brother that yet again, Mom was with her favorite child. The wind was really whipping when I took this picture – so it basically pushed all my hair forward and I was so surprised when I got a lot of compliments on my hair. I wish my hair was as thick as it looks in that pic. I’ll just have to walk around in a wind tunnel to get it to look like that every day. It was great spending time with you Momma!
Saturday night Hannah had to work at the wine bar (the coffee shop she works at turns into a wine bar at night) so it was just me and Jacob for dinner. I do secretly plan meals that I will only like on these days because Jacob is happy eating off of a rotisserie chicken for dinner and calling it a day. I got my June issue of Cooking Light Magazine. I used to subscribed to SO MANY magazines, but Hannah convinced me to only pair down to one and get the rest off line. She’s a smart girl. Cooking Light is always one of my favs, and when I got to page 34 and saw a spicy Thai red curry beef I knew that I would make that for myself. Hannah and Jacob hear “curry and coconut milk” and are immediately out.
I did pair down the recipe for one serving. And I upped the beef to 5 ounces because that was the size steak I defrosted. I made brown rice on the side, and with my 1/2 cup serving of rice on the side, this whole plate comes in at 9 smart points. I also added fresh green beans to the mix because it reminds me of my favorite red curry dish at Wok n Fire that I always get.
- 1/4 cup light coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon red curry paste
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (a pinch)
- 1/2 cup red peppers
- 1/2 cup fresh green beans
- 5 ounces of sirloin beef, sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil, divided
- Heat skillet with 1/2 teaspoon grapeseed oil over medium high heat. Add green beans, and cook for about 5 minutes – adding a tablespoon or two of water to help them steam in the pan. Add in the sliced red peppers and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove to a bowl. Add second 1/2 teaspoon grapeseed oil and turn the burner on medium high. Add the beef and let cook 1 minute per side. Add to the bowl with the green beans and red pepper. Reduce heat to medium low. Add the coconut milk, curry paste, brown sugar, fish sauce, crusted red pepper and lime and with a whisk, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the beef/green bean/red pepper mixture back into the pan, taste and season with a bit of salt if needed and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in the basil and serve next to the brown rice.
This tastes exactly like wok n fires dish, but I already know this one is way healthier. I want to just make that sauce again by itself and eat it with a spoon! And the red curry paste was spicy enough that I didn’t even need to add any sriracha.
Yesterday I woke up and found myself putting on cleaning pants. I did a whole house sweep which took me about an hour – mopping floors, cleaning the bathroom, etc. One area of the house that drives me bat shit crazy is the shoes by the back door. They pile up, they were sitting on a flimsy cart that Hannah had and 9 times out of 10 the shoes would fall off and then Roman would help himself to the shoe and start chewing on some part of it. Sadly, Hannah is the one who has her shoes eaten by Roman – he’s already ruined 3 pairs of sandals.
I love my square shelf so much that I have in my closet, that I bought and put together another one for the back door. Everyone has their own bin, and there is a miscellaneous bin for extra stuff, like umbrellas and stuff like that.
And I like that there is a shelf on top for my purse, head phones and hat for when I take a walk. And pretty sure Roman can’t get into those bins – only time will tell though! Speaking of Roman, I discovered that both dogs LOVE yogurt, so I share the bottom of my parfaits with them – they look so cute eating off of a spoon, but Roman comes away with a yogurt mustache that is so fricken cute. How can you be mad at that face for eating your shoes?!
And guess what? I am going to be having lunch with my Mom again today! It’s the last luncheon of the club she belongs to, so I figured I’d join her before they begin again in the fall. Hopefully I’ll have a job by then, so I better take advantage now when I can.
Hope you had a great weekend – make it a great day!