Thursday, July 31, 2014

Afternoon Cocktails

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Twist on Beef Burgundy

Hi Everyone! Sunday night I was looking to cook something low and slow all day. I decided on a version on Beef Burgundy. I tweaked the recipe a bit.

Beef Chuck (I decided to used Delmonico steaks and cut them into chunks)
1 Onion
2 Tablespoons of Butter
4 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
3 Carrots, chopped
3 Celery Stalks, chopped
8 White Button Mushrooms, sliced
4 Yukon Potatoes, cut into chunks
1 Small Can of Tomato Paste
1 Bottle of Red Wine (your choice- I used a Cab)
1 Box of Beef Stock
1/4 Cup of Worcester Sauce
2 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
1/2 Bag of Frozen Peas
1/2 Bag of Wide Egg Noodles
Handful of Parsley, chopped

Cut meat into cubes and pat dry with a paper towel. Dust with flour, 1 tablespoon of salt & 2 tablespoons of cracked black pepper and mix. Heat a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat and add 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Once In batches, sear meat (about 3-5 minutes) and place on a paper towel. Once all meat has been seared and removed, add 1 tablespoon of butter and onion & garlic. Reduce hear to medium. Once onions are translucent, add carrots & celery. After 10 minutes add potatoes. Another 10 minutes add tomato paste and stir for 2 minutes. Add wine, beef stock, Worcester sauce, rosemary and bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Add mushrooms. Cook for a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes. I cooked mine for 4 hours and the meat was super tender! To thicken the sauce a bit I took 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter and added 1/2 a cup of flour and mixed. Then whisk into the sauce. 10 minutes before serving, cook the egg noodles and add frozen peas & parsley to the beef burgundy. Check for seasoning and add salt & pepper if needed. Serve meat over egg noodles and enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We have enrolled Baby Jack in a music class, so last Wednesday was our first class. Don't worry, we don't think Baby Jack is some kind of musical prodigy or anything...we just thought it would be good way for him to interact with kids his age and kill a solid 45 minutes in the middle of our day. It was super hot here this weekend so we spent most of the time in the pool or in the AC. On Saturday we met up with JG to grab a little lunch at one of our favorite places, B-19. Below are some pics!

What we wore to music class
Baby Jack: Polo Shirt (similar here), Gap Linen Pants
Me:Banana Republic Striped Cardigan (similar here) White Tank Top (similar here),
Jean Cut-Off's (homemade, similar here

Baby Jack really got involved LOL

Hanging out in the AC post music class

Lunch at B-19 w/ JG


Baby proofing

Pool day! Wore my new Old Navy Bikini/Mara Hoffman look alike! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gold Obsession

The other day I was feeling a little blah about our "art" so I decided to throw some paint at the issue until I figure out what I really want on our "gallery" wall. It's amazing how a little paint can really freshen things up! Below is what I did.


Took 3 coats!

A bit of an improvement for now!
I love gold :)