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Ouch!

Is what I am currently saying every time I move, and no it is not because of my knee for once! My back, shoulders and triceps are sooo sore from swimming yesterday. I loves it!  As predicted, the rest of my Sunday consisted of me sitting on my butt on the couch with my laptop watching TV.  It was delightful.

For dinner, my mom whipped up and old favorite which is perfect for a rainy Sunday night, Shepherds Pie with a Caesar Salad.

This is how we make Shepherds Pie in the McCormick house.

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 onions (last night it was two onion shalots)
  • 1 1/2 lbs boiling potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of beef stock
  • 1 tsp all-spice
  • 3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 bag of frozen corn
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Salt and Pepper

Chop the onion and mince the garlic, cook the onion until it is soft (about 5 min) add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.  Stir the flour into the meat, add the beef stock slowly then add 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, the allspice, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 1-2 min.  Then add 1/2 bag of frozen corn.  Pour everything into a 1 1/2 qt casserole dish.

Boil 3 large potatoes.  When they are soft either peel and mash them or use a potato ricer like we do.  Add milk and butter, until the potatoes are at the desired creaminess.  Top the meat and corn mixture with the mashed potatoes.  Use 1 tbsp of butter to coat the mashed potatoes to form a crunchy top layer while cooking.  Cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Sooo good.  The meat was so tender and juicy, which made a perfect gravy for the mashed potatoes.  I’m typically one of those people who does not like to mush all of their food together, except with this.  The combination of beef and corn together is delightful.  Suffice it to say I am very much looking forward to having leftovers for dinner.

With our dinner, we enjoyed this fantastic bottle of Malbec.  Malbec’s are my hands down favorite type of red wine for sure.  I love the fruity flavors and they are not too dry.  Then for dessert, I had this Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle.

While I ate this, I put myself through the torture of watching that ridiculous show on E, Pretty Wild.  It’s horrible, I don’t know why I do it, I just want to smack all of them across the face.  The one 18 year-old was trying to get Vernon Davis of the 49ers to go out with her.  When the “mom”, and I use that term loosely, learned that he was 26, she merely shrugged her shoulders and said hm that’s borderline.  Yes, let’s send your 18 year-old daughter who already has a horrible reputation and is currently facing criminal chargers out with a 26 year-old.  Yes, I know that 8 years really isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, and I would probably date someone 8 years older than me, so I’m not judging, but if your child already has a knack for trouble and making bad decisions, maybe it’s not the best idea?  Every Sunday I tell myself not to watch, and then I get sucked in.  Damn you E, damn you.

Alright that’s the end of that rant.  Anyone watch Kendra?  It was interesting to see the live photo shoot she did with US Weekly after I’d already seen the pictures in the magazine.  You could really see how much Photoshopping they did.  I think that’s sad really, and kind of unnecessary, Kendra looked great for having just had a baby, they should have left the photos alone.  Baby Hank is precious though.

How was everyone’s weekend?  Anyone have anything exciting happen?  I hope you all have a great Monday!

Oh Monday

Blah, I can’t believe it is Monday again already.  Did anyone else look at their calendar this morning and go “holy crap it’s almost April!”?  Because I sure did.  I hope it doesn’t seem like the summer months fly by as fast as these past few.  Anyway I spent another good three hours in my backyard yesterday, and rigged this up for Pumpkin so she could come out without me worrying about her escaping under the fence.

She was not a fan.  Then she figured out if she pulled hard enough the safety release on her collar would snap and she was free.  So back inside she went.  I tried.  Why is it that after a long day in the sun a cold beer sounds like the most refreshing beverage in the world?  I gave into the temptation and drank this icy brew like it was water, which I suppose can be argued that it mostly is.

It was probably the most delicious Bud Light that I have ever tasted.  I was scorched after two consecutive days in the sun.

For the life of me last night I could not decide what I wanted for dinner.  I looked at all the takeout menus for places around me, the Red Robin menu, nothing was really winning me over.  Finally I got off my butt and drove to the grocery store to check out their prepared foods section.  The second I saw them sitting in the case, I knew it was what I wanted.  Crab Cakes!  After a long summery feeling day in the sun, they would be the perfect ending.

Crab cakes, asparagus seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and french fries.  I was going to make my own french fries, but when I looked in the bag of potatoes all of them were growing very funky roots so I just bought a bag of classic Or Ida Fries and sprinkled them with seasoned salt.

I ate about one and a half crab cakes and all the asparagus and fries.  They were so good and you could really see and taste the crab meat as opposed to just breading.  After dinner, there was a lot of watching Pumpkin do this.  Which is so amusing and I tend to spend a lot of time watching.

There’s cat nip in the little ball that hangs on the end, the whole thing is suctioned to that cabinet.

And then this happened.  I watched for a while to see if she could figure out what to do, but eventually she just looked at me and started meowing so I had to help her out haha.

All in all it was a pretty relaxing Sunday, and weekend in general which is exactly how I like it sometimes.  I watched Kendra last night, Hank is such a cute husband.  She’s really struggling with her body image lately and he’s just so cute and loving, it’s adorable, and baby Hank is sooo cute.  That stupid show after about those idiot 3 girls though makes me want to strangle someone.  I can’t handle it.

Well Happy Monday everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!