Sunday lunch

New article & new shoes

Howdy and happy Wednesday!

I got some new shoes. I like them, except they gave me an awful blister. I don’t plan on running in them, but I do enjoy walking Lola in them. They were $50 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I wrote another article for the school paper: The Importance of Sun-Protection.

Also of note in my life:

  • My dad is really good at cooking/grilling. I always forget that he was trained as a cook in the Navy. On Sunday he grilled salmon for my family and it was so good!
  • I got new gauges. I went up a size (er, down.. technically?), to a size 8, and Jimmy hates them. I don’t plan on going so big that I have a gaping hole in my ear, I promise. 
  • I’m reading a really good book right now. I can’t wait to do a review when I’m finished. 
  • My brother LOVES avocados and I found a great recipe for him in an old Food Network magazine… avocado pie. I mailed it to him today and I’m totally wondering if he’s going to make it! 

Pictures:Sunday cookout ❤

The new gauges that Jimmy hates :p

An excerpt from the book I’m currently loving.

Avocado pie. I’m not sure what to think!


Would you eat avocado pie?

Who is the best cook in your family?

Beef Stew

On Sunday morning my mom and I woke up bright and early and made beef stew together for my family to enjoy after church. I had never made it before, but it was fun and ended up tasting great!

Beef Stew

3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon oregano

1 tablespoon basil

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon celery seed

1/2 tablespoon paprika

1 pound stew beef (cut into 1-inch cubes)

3 cups water

5 cups cut-up vegetables (like potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery!)


1. Coat the beef with flour. Heat oil in  large soup pan on medium heat and add the beef; cook until browned on all sides.

2. Combine the spices in a small bowl and stir them into the pan. Add the water.

3. Bring to boil and cover. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add vegetables; simmer 45 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. (Thicken stew with more flour, if desired) Enjoy!


 Serve with warm, crusty, and buttered bread for a cozy Sunday lunch 🙂