Eat Happy: Pan Fried Bone-In Rib Eye

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


This week, I was both excited and scared to discover I had this recipe.  Excited because, hello, steak… not to mention I was on my period something fierce and like to eat red meat during that time.  Then there was scared, because I have never cooked a rib eye myself.  Also, after the tenderloin debacle, I worried about my grocery store tab.

All that worry for nothing, y’all.

I went to several stores and none carried truffle salt, so I decided to skip that.  My store also didn’t have a rib eye with a bone, but I decided I sure didn’t care about that.  I’ve never enjoyed cutting around a bone.

That pizza is not part of my meal.  That is for kids who only wanted pizza and have a mom who didn’t feel like dealing with it that night.  Brussels are also not in the recipe, but I felt like eating some.

Listen.  This was phenomenal and stupid easy.  So easy, that I don’t understand what took me so long to try pan-frying a steak!  I can not wait to cook steak again.

Eat Happy: Leek and Mustard Crusted Tenderloin

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


I was looking forward to this meal, because Stuart and I often treat ourselves to some tenderloin steaks on the weekend and I’ve been known to really polish some off.  I got to the grocery store and walked right up to the butcher’s counter like I own the place.  After all, I buy from there a lot.  I told the kid running the counter that I needed the 2-3 pounds of the beef tenderloin, unsliced.  He lit up when he weighed out the meat and wrapped it up.

“He must love his job.  Or maybe he loves beef,” I thought.  Oh, how naive I was.

I took my neat brown-paper-wrapped package, set it in the buggy, and glanced at the price.  Then I picked it up to inspect closer because there’s no way I was seeing the price right.

$55.  FIFTY-FIVE dollars.  For a hunk of beef.  oh, but no big since with my shopper’s card I got it for $50!

Oh boy.

Anyway, I had a brief panic attack, checking all my cards and accounts to make sure I could even buy that and the other stuff I needed, then headed home to put away my prize beef.

With the cost of the beef, the pressure to not mess it up was really freaking real.  You know what I’m saying?

I gotta say, once again, Anna did not fail me.  Her recipes are all reasonably easy to follow without fucking it up.

Honestly, the hardest part of this one was the cleanup, because not only was my blender involved, but I transferred the meat a thousand times trying to get the right pan for this project and then once done, the right platter to slice it on.  I did come to the conclusion during the process that I need a roasting pan, new knives, and some other things for the kitchen.

I could NOT get the consistency of the crust just right, nor could I get it to stick to the meat.  I have no doubt that is partially due to the fact that I made a couple of substitutions based on what was available in my pantry (after already spending so much on the meat).  It smelled amazing in the oven though and holy crap, the coating alone tastes amazing.  When I was slicing it, I was eating the pieces that fell off.  I could eat JUST that for dinner.

But listen.  I am just going to put this out there – this is a special occasion dish for us because of the cost.  I am going to venture a guess and say there are probably less expensive tenderloin options.  Mine was just extra fancy, I guess?

Now, the verdict – was it worth $50?

Abso. Freaking. Lutely.  It melted in my mouth and Stuart, who is super picky about how beef is cooked, LOVED it.  We rationed it out over 3 days to stretch our grocery budget.  I will definitely make this again for Christmas or Stuart’s birthday!

I highly recommend making this if you want to impress someone with a fancy meal!

 

Eat Happy: Coconut Crusted Shrimp

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


When I saw that I was going to be making shrimp, I was excited because I love shrimp, but I have also never actually cooked it myself, so there was some intimidation there.  After reading Ashley’s shrimp experience from last week, I was really not looking forward to peeling and deveining them.

Luckily, Kroger had the hookup.  Sure, they were more expensive, but it was a price I was willing to pay to avoid that nasty task.

I was expecting this to be a stressful meal to make, just out of shear intimidation.  However, I poured some tequila, turned on the music, and got to it.

Like pretty much all recipes where you bread or crust something, the most frustrating part was when the coating starts to get super wet and no longer sticks to shrimp.  In other coated foods, I have started doubling the coating so that when the first batch gets wet, I can use the second.  Just a tip for you.

I honestly can’t believe how overall easy this was to cook and how delightful the taste was.  I feel like it’s a dish that I can impress company with, but at the same time, my 4-year-old loved it.

Would absolutely make this again, and kinda can’t wait!

Eat Happy: Almond Crusted Baked Cod

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


When I realized that I was making fish again, I took a deep breath before remembering that Anna Vocino hasn’t steered us wrong yet.  I was definitely excited to go back to the fancy ass Kroger to get the fish, so it made it fun.

I will admit, to save some money and frustration, I took a few liberties with this recipe.  I already had almond flour, but no almond meal as the recipe calls for.  I looked at Kroger but they didn’t have any, so I decided to just roll with the flour rather than make another stop.  Instead of chopping fresh chives, I used lightly dried ones.  And shallots?  I’m not entirely sure what those are because I always just add more garlic instead.

Is there anything more satisfying than a big hunk of good butter melting in a pan?

Yes, there is.  It’s garlic sautéing in said butter. *drool*

Sometime in the middle of cooking, I sat down my champagne glass and it barely tapped the handle of the coffeemaker.  Unfortunately, that broke the glass.  I’m still not sure if I’m more upset about the glass being broken or the champagne wastage.

I have to say, this was the least stressful meal I’ve made from Eat Happy in quite awhile!  It was quick and easy to prepare and well, tasty as fuck.

I served the fish with tomato slices marinated in balsamic vinegar and topped with mozzarella, baked and and finished with a quick broil.  Delicious!

Eat Happy: Pistachio Crusted Coriander Salmon

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

I was, to put it mildly, not excited about making this meal.  I am super intimidated by cooking fish and I just don’t eat a lot of seafood in general.  In addition to that, I abhor pistachios.  Cool.

My stores that I frequent most often are Target and Walmart – solely because they are behind my neighborhood.  It’s quick, easy, affordable, and I know where everything is in the store.  They don’t have fresh seafood departments though.  To be honest, I am not sure I would have gone through with heading over to Kroger to get salmon if not for the fact that I was wanting to try their store brand seltzer water.  Motivated by my favorite Tito’s mixers, I headed on over.  I got the salmon and the goddamn pistachios, along with the (expensive-ish) spices that I didn’t have at home.

At home, I had to talk myself into jumping in.  The absolute worst part of the entire process was the beginning – shelling the pistachios.  I put on a training video I was wanting to watch and got after it.

There was some gagging over the fact that I was going to eat pistachios and that there was fucking skin involved in the fish.

Let me just tell you though – when the fish started baking, it smelled absolutely amazing.  The kids kept asking me what the great smell was.  They still had no interest in eating it, mind you.

Well… turns out it tasted just as amazing as it smelled.  Once again, the anticipation was much worse than the actual process and result.

That being said, I’ll substitute with another nut next time, because fuck pistachios.

 

 

Eat Happy: Mango Salsa

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

When I realized I was going to be making mango salsa, I gotta tell you – I was not excited and made a face for sure.  I don’t love mango.  Okay, I actually can’t stand mango.  I like mango flavored cocktails and stuff, but biting into a chunk of mango?  Naw.

I definitely wasn’t about to peel and cut up a mango, so I took the lazy and more expensive route and skipped that step.

This recipe is seriously as simple as cut up some shit and toss it into a blender.  I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than that, especially when you’re lazy and buy as much stuff pre-chopped as possible.

It took me probably 10 minutes to make this, including setting up the blender and chopping the ingredients.  It really smelled and looked good, so I had high hopes that it would also taste good.

I am pleased to say, it is DELICIOUS and I did not feel like I was going to gag on a mango!  YAY!

Such a light and refreshing treat for these warm Texas days.  I had some of it on pork rinds then turned it into a lunch by rolling some into turkey and cheese.

This also made a huge jar of salsa and I am looking forward to enjoying a little of it here and there and mostly seeing Stuart enjoy it, since I typically don’t eat fruit and tomatoes anymore.

Do you like mango?  Do you make homemade salsas?  This is a great variety!

Eat Happy: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

 
Welcome back to our Tuesday post, where we share our experience with cooking through the best cookbook on earth: Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook, because you should be buying the book to support the author.  However, we will be telling you about our experience with the process, as well as our opinion of the outcome.  Let’s do this.

I was really excited to do this recipe.  I love cheesy anything and love working with mini peppers.  I underestimated this simple little gem though.

As usual, I had grocery shopping misadventures when preparing for this recipe.  There were NO regular bags of mini peppers left like I usually buy.  There was ONE bag of organic, which doesn’t have as many peppers but I had to just roll with it.  It left me wondering though, what in the fuck is happening mid-March that everyone needs peppers?!

After a WalMart, a Target, and a local grocery store, I still couldn’t find the specific goat cheese the recipe requires.  I had to stop in the grocery store to look up what’s so special about that cheese.  I discovered that it’s made creamy like a spread, instead of crumbled like the one I could find.  I decided to just roll with it.

The cheese was a little difficult to get into the peppers and had just as much all over my countertop, but it was fine.  They smelled absolutely DIVINE while they were cooking!

I didn’t realize until I pulled them out of the oven that I forgot fresh herbs, so I foraged around in my spice cabinet and emerged with my finest dried parsley.

Absolutely could not stop eating these and had to force myself to save 3 for Stuart to try.  100% will be making these again…soon.

Friday Favorites

We like to keep it light and airy on Fridays around here… so we thought today we’d each share some of our current favorite things. Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

Ashley –

I live for daily updates from the blogs Whimsical September and Mommy In Heels. I obsessively follow both these ladies on all available social platforms, and am always curious to hear about what’s going on in their lives.

I recently bought these black leggings from Kohl’s. They are from their Lauren Conrad line. Listen. They’re perfection. Super comfy. Perfect thickness. I want to go buy ten more pairs.

In my Winter Fab Fit Fun Box I got these amazing under eye masks: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks – 8 Pack. I blew through them…and at only $21 a box I will definitely purchase them again.

 I’ve been listening to these songs on repeat: Uh Huh by Julia Michaels // Never Be the Same by Camila Cabello // Reasons by Jillian Jacqueline

Rhonda –

I used to hate kitchen gadgets because I don’t have time for clutter and storing stuff that I rarely use.  However, one of my side gigs is reviewing products and I just fell in legit love with this Bella Spiralizer.  I want to spiralize ALL. THE. THINGS. Cleanup is fast and easy and it doesn’t take up much space!

Look, I love music.  Like, I love all of it. Sometimes I get completely obsessed with certain songs and artists and repeat them like crazy.  Currently, it’s all about Bebe Rexha.  I love her on both Meant to Be by Florida Georgia Line and Back to You with Louis Thompson.

My hair, y’all.  I am legit obsessed and this is my favorite color yet!  My hair stylist is a fucking magician and you need to go to her if you are anywhere near her.  There is a reason I drive 9 hours to get my hair done.  Those touches of orange and purple? SWOON.

What have been some of you guys’ favorite things lately??

 

Ipsy Reveal : October 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

Let me first say that I’m really pleased with my bag this time around. I’ve literally been using the items I received every single day since I opened the package. For about a week straight now. For me, that’s worth my ten dollars – more than worth ten dollars actually. 🙂

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion : This eyeliner is great. The pigmentation is on point, and I am pleased with the staying power. The liner lasts about four solid hours on my water line which is better than most eyeliners I’ve tried. It glides on easily and stands out with just one swipe. It is also really easy to blend out for a more smokey eye look. I’m fairly confident that I’ll be picking this one up in brown soon.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara :  This is a great everyday mascara. I like it. I’m not IN LOVE with it but I was not disappointed in the coverage and lasting wear – I just usually like a mascara that offers a move voluminous look.

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser : This cleanser claims to be an ultra gentle exfoliator and I 100% agree with that claim. You just pour a dime sized amount of powder into your palm, mix with a few drops of water, and then massage it all over your face. The powder particles exfoliate your skin, but they eventually all dissolve away which is a major plus for me. I hate cleansers with exfoliating beads that are hard to remove completely from your face during rinsing.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed : To be honest, I was not excited about receiving this shadow. I didn’t need another bronze eye shadow shade – I have a billion. BUT when I swatched and wore this shadow it read more army green. I don’t know if that’s because of my skin tone or if it was actually mislabeled? Either way – I adore it. I’ve worn it several times and can’t get enough. It blends like a dream and is uber pigmented.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush : What can I say? Another brush from Ipsy = another love story. This brush is soft and the bristles are just the right length. I like that the bristles are a little bit of an oval shape rather than a circle, because it allows for more control when doing precise deep crease blending.

Rhonda –

I love love love the design of this bag!  It has a subtle lace brocade and a pretty little bat zipper pull.  It really had good contents, but I won’t be actually trying all of them.  I have decided that November will be my last ipsy bag.  It’s not because I don’t love ipsy, because I totally DO.  However, I work for a skincare and cosmetics brand and am in the process of switching to all their products.  Instead, I’ll take the $10 I spend on the subscription to buy a new brush every month, since that’s my favorite thing anyway!

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – I have previously tried this mascara and as much as I am a fan of all things tarte, this one really misses the mark for me.  I didn’t feel like it did much of anything for my lashes.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed – I didn’t open this because I want to be able to sell it since I won’t be using it.  I was tempted though because I love this deep bronze hue!  However, Ashley gave more info on this product in her reveal.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – I’m already on a skincare regimen and not introducing new products, but the description of it makes it sound lovely and refreshing.  I love products with hyaluronic acid!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I would have flipped out over receiving this foundation, because I’ve heard such good things.  However, I once again am just needing to transition to all one brand.  I did swatch it though because I am going to keep it and try it until I order foundation from my company.  When I swatched, I was impressed with the coverage for what is supposed to be a more sheer and natural look.  It doesn’t feel gross and heavy either.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush – Another month, another brush.  And I am not complaining!  I can’t get enough brushes in my life.  The bristles on this one are so soft and have a perfect shape for really defining the crease.

 

Have you enjoyed your October ipsy?  Have you tried any of the products we received?

3 Handmade Hidden Gems

 

We have a great appreciation for handmade small businesses.  Knowing that someone carefully crafted something and our purchases help their family is amazing.

Today we bring you three shops you probably don’t know about, but definitely should.  Please support them by clicking over and seeing what they have to offer.

 

Created by Rhonda’s friend Bennett, Baths and Bliss expertly handcrafts bath bombs and wooden wick soy candles right in the kitchen in Gulfport, Mississippi.  The products are high quality, amazingly fragrant, and fairly priced.

Shipping is available all over the United States.  Head over to the Facebook page to see current offerings and pricing.

A business run by Ashley’s friend Heather, Mississippi Mayhem offers “Eclectic art for your life” and it definitely eclectic.  With a wide range of There is something for everyone with a sense of humor or a taste for geekery.

Embroidery, cross stitch, keychains, bracelets, and more!  Check out the Etsy shop and start adding to your cart.

Rhonda ran across the shop Hazel & Faith while looking to order custom RATMM wine glasses.  The price was so unbelievable, that she jumped on messaging shop owner Andrea about doing a custom design.  It came out perfectly and more orders are in the works.

The customer service as H&F goes above and beyond, with Andrea sending Rhonda new letters after a dishwasher incident.  Shop Hazel & Faith on Etsy now!  So many fun designs waiting for you.

What are your favorite shops that are currently flying under the radar?  Holiday shopping season is basically here!  We’ll be purchasing from all of these three!