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!

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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!)

Directions

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!

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