Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dinner for Two


A gourmet meal doesn't have to be hard or even time consuming.  I wanted to make a special dinner for my husband, Darryl and myself, but didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing and cleaning up.  I had purchased a 3 pack of Ahi Tuna steaks that were just chillin' in the freezer, so I knew that would be the perfect protein to build on.  I went to go old Pinterest, to look for a seared Ahi tuna recipe and I found one posted by grilllovers.org.  I posted the a link and the my version of the recipe below.

Our sides included an Asian Salad, thanks to a delicious bag mix that I picked up from Aldi.  It was a cabbage, romaine mix that included the dressing, almond slices and crunchy cracker bits.  Talk about an easy side salad.  The other side that I made was my version of Shanghai Cucumbers.  We tried this simple dish at P.F. Changs a few years ago, and I've included my version of the recipe below too.



SPICY SWEET SAVORY SEARED AHI TUNA

Ingredients:
2lbs Ahi Tuna steaks
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp - 1/4 cup wasabi powder (I used about 1 tsp - because neither of us like a lot of spice)
Sesame Seeds
Teriyaki Sauce
YumYum Sauce (Terry Ho's brand)

Instructions:
1.  Combine soy sauce, honey and wasabi powder.  Marinade the tuna steaks for 1 hour.
2.  After marinade, coat the tuna in sesame seeds.  Sear steaks on a very hot grill (or skillet) for only 
     about 40 seconds per side.  Remove and wrap in aluminum foil for 5 minutes.
3.  Slice thin and serve with a drizzle with teriyaki sauce and YumYum sauce.  




SHANGHAI CUCUMBERS

Ingredients:
1-2 Cucumbers
Soy sauce
Sesame seeds

Instructions:
1.  Peel slice cucumbers semi-thin
2.  Pour soy sauce over cucumbers (the amount depends on your taste)
3.  Add sesame seeds and stir
4.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.



As you can see these recipes are super easy and not time consuming at all.  It was delicious and my husband was pleasantly surprised.  Let me know if you try the recipes and how you liked them, or if you put your own spin on it.  I'm always looking for great ideas for easy and tasty dinners.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Shoes



Shoes!  I'm your typical girl who is mad about shoes!  I have more pairs that I care to admit to, and I may have handed my shoe obsession down to my youngest daughter, but it's comforting to know that no matter what size I wear for clothing, I can always fit into a new pair of shoes.  I've picked up a few new pairs in the last couple of weeks and I'm thrilled because they were all great deals! 

The first pair, is by Sam Edelman.  I had my eye on these beautiful mules last summer, but wasn't sure I wanted to spend the money for a higher heel that what I was used to wearing.  Some of my favorite bloggers rocked this same shoe, and I agree with their take, that the block heel makes it easier to walk in.  Honestly, who doesn't like bows on their toes?  I chose a nude color, as it would be versatile to wear with a dress, capri jeans or a skirt.  Other colors include, gray, multi-color, and blue striped. I found them at Nordstrom Rack for a great price, which made my price per wear, a better deal.
Nordstrom Rack Bows Slides

I found these pink velvet slides at Target.  Their new line, A New Day, has some of the cutest shoe styles.  I love the soft crushed velvet texture and the jewels add a nice touch.  They are true to size and were a steal at only $22.99.  I was able to purchase them online and pick up at my local Target store, which made it so easy.  They will be adorable with some capri jeans and a lacy white shirt. 
Target Pink Velvet Slides



I have been wanting a pair of leopard print mules since last fall, but every time I was ready to take the plunge and buy a pair, the store would be out of my size, or had faux fir trim inside, or were a wonky leopard color.  I finally found a pair of Steve Madden mules on sale at Dillards and they had my size!  Jackpot!!  They also run true to size and are so comfortable.  I often wear them with jeans, or capris and a cute top or sweater.  
Dillards Leopard Print Mules


I can't wait for excuses to wear my new shoes.  What are your newest shoe finds?  What are you looking forward to about spring?