Another Beefy Weekend

The end of another weekend. Phew, they sure do fly by.


Friday evening we braved the cold and headed downtown to Tio’s for dinner. I could barely walk the two blocks from where we parked our car to the restaurant. I simply do not know how I handled the cold back when I was a student and would regularly have 15-20 minute walks in between destinations. YIKES. Now I’m just a huge wuss in 7 degree weather.

We started with an order of queso and chips, which also came with a hot and a mild salsa. We had nearly polished off our huge “cone” of chips, and I was feeling a sense of relief/accomplishment, until our server returned with a second huge bowl of chips. Well SNAP. Not necessary! I appreciate the attentiveness, but YOWZA – too many chips!


For myself, I ordered a bowl of Tortilla soup – which was good, but not great. After eating the extremely rich, thick, hot and spicy queso, the brothy soup paled in comparison. With that said, it was still tasty and I naturally ate the entire bowl.


For the main event, I ordered three fish tacos. I probably could have ordered one and been satisfied, after consuming a ginormous quantity of chips and queso (which highly disagreed with my tummy later on, might I add), as well as a bowl of soup. I did polish off two of the three tacos, and brought the third home for Saturday’s lunch. Last time we went to Tio’s, the hub and I ordered a variety of items to try, including a plate of three different tacos, and of everything we tried that day, the fish taco was my favorite. It was again delicious! The fish has a nice salty and crisp fried exterior, with a mild, flaky interior – and was nicely hot and fresh from the fryer. Yum!


Somehow we got placed RIGHT next to this table of valley girls who were apparently having some sort of “Girls’ Night Out,” gossiping about *boys* and what have you. There was some pretty intense discussion regarding, with one girl, in an overly-serious voice, arguing, “Well, here’s the thing. (LONG UNNECESSARY PAUSE.) When I get home after a long day, I don’t want to spend hours searching through guys’ profiles.” Her fellow diners all responded in an equally serious tone. Clearly, a very intense discussion.

The hub ordered a combo with an enchilada, burrito, taco, and beans and rice. SO much food!!:



Saturday I really just wanted to take ‘er easy and lay low, after a long tiring week, but I did do just a bit of shopping. My pants “situation” has been driving me crazy – in that practically NONE of my pants fit anymore. (I KNOW – Ultimate White Girl Problem, right? Rachel recently wrote about this very topic.) Wah wah wah. Crying face Yes, I am going to sit here and complain about losing weight and losing three pants’ sizes. But I had good luck at Macy’s finding three new pairs, including a highly discounted pair of Jessica Simpson brand jeans (possibly labeled Jeggings!?). Score.

I also used my 50% off coupon at Michael’s to purchase a new centerpiece for my dining room table. You like?!


This swirly wrought iron theme tends to run throughout my home’s décor. Case in point:





Saturday evening I had the night off from cooking. (Yay!) The hubby cooked up this classic American combo: Sloppy Joes on onion buns and Crispy Crowns. That’s right. Not just Tater Tots, but Crispy Crowns. Because everyone knows Crispy Crowns are the shiz.



Sunday, today, I’m happy to say I tried a recipe and it was GOOD – unlike several of the duds I had last week. I received the new copy of Healthy Cooking magazine from Taste of Home in the mail this weekend, and this is one of the recipes I found. I also plan to make a couple more from this issue later this week.

Easy Beef Stew

Recipe from Healthy Cooking magazine

Here is the before picture: Simply add all the ingredients into an oven-safe Dutch Oven (LOVE my new Le Creuset!), and bake, covered, at 325 F. Ingredients include tons of veggies:

  • chopped carrot
  • chopped celery
  • slice onion
  • sliced mushrooms
  • diced tomatoes (1 can, no-salt-added)
  • reduced-sodium beef broth
  • beef stew meat, cut into chunks
  • dried thyme, salt, pepper, flour whisked into water (to thicken)


..And three hours later – a delicious beef stew full of tender beef bites. Mmmm. I also cooked a small portion of egg noodles to add to each serving. This was delicious and comforting.

Beef Stew Rating: 8.5/10


Note Currently listening to: Higher – Taio Cruz ft Travie McCoy.


6 thoughts on “Another Beefy Weekend

  1. I really like your new centerpiece. It fits in well with your furnishings. I may try the beef stew reciipe looks delicious – You will have to give me tip on when to thicken it, please! MOM

    • It’s quite easy! The recipe says to whisk the flour into the water and then add that mixture in right at the beginning, when you add in everything else. Here is the recipe from Healthy Cooking magazine (I cut the recipe down and use 3/4 of everything, including 1.5 lbs of stew meat). You could probably make this in a slow cooker too, but I’d wait to add the tomatoes til the last hour or so.

      1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
      1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Hunt’s® Original Diced Tomatoes, undrained
      1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
      4 medium carrots, sliced
      2 medium onions, sliced
      2 celery ribs, chopped
      1 cup Burgundy wine or reduced-sodium beef broth (I used broth)
      1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (I just used a squirt of Dijon mustard – not a vital ingredient)
      1/4 teaspoon pepper
      3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      1 cup water

      In an ovenproof Dutch oven, combine the first 11 ingredients. Combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into stew. Cover and bake at 325° for 3 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring every 30 minutes. Yield: 7 servings.

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