Steak on a Charcoal Grill – You can do this!

Fillet mignon on grill

I love to grill, but I admit that I’ve never really used charcoal to do it.  I’ve watched others grill over charcoal, but it intimidated me a little.

Then Kingsford Charcoal contacted me and asked if I would try their Kingsford Professional Charcoal to grill steak.  Perfect timing!  This is shaping up to be a tasty summer of outdoor grilling.  I’m hooked!

My first step was ordering a new charcoal grill.  I went with the Weber Kettle.

Next up – shop for steaks.  Costco had a pack of fillet mignon that looked wonderful.  Again, I was a little nervous to grill expensive steak.  What if I ruined it?  Shouldn’t I start with hot dogs?

The steak turned out to be so easy to grill.  The whole process takes about an hour, but it is easy to do.

The longest part of the process is waiting on the coals to get hot enough to cook over.  I use a chimney to light the charcoal.  You’ll need a few sheets of newspaper to roll up and place under the chimney.  True confession – I had to buy a Sunday paper for this, because we don’t take the newspaper anymore.  Pour the Kingsford Professional Briquets into the chimney, then light the newspaper at the bottom.  The flames will spread up through the chimney, catching all the charcoal on fire.

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After about 45 minutes, the coals will become gray.  That signals the time to pour the burning coals into the grill.  Use grill gloves for this step so you don’t get burned.

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While the charcoal is getting hot, pull your steaks from the fridge and let them rest at room temperature.  You don’t want to put cold steaks on the hot grill.

I kept the seasonings simple so that they flavor of the meat could shine through.  I sprinkled each cut with kosher salt and pepper.  That’s it.

When the coals are ready, place the steaks on the hot grill.  Steak needs to sear and cook over high heat. Kingsford Professional Briquets are designed to achieve very hot temps. Since the fillets were very thick, I cooked them about 5-6 minutes per side, only flipping them once.  An instant read thermometer would be handy at this point, but I don’t own one yet.

Remove the steaks from the grill when they’ve reached the desired doneness.  Keep in mind they will continue to cook even after you’ve taken them off the heat.

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Top each steak with a pat of butter and let them rest for several minutes before serving.  This is a good time to call everyone to the table, finish up side dishes, etc.

fillet mignon grilled done

Get out there and grill!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kingsford. The opinions and text are all mine.

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3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – Grilling, Pressure Cooking and more

3 Things that work in the kitchen

I’ve been knocked flat by a terrible cold this weekend.  I even thought I had a sinus infection, and went to the doctor.  She told me I had allergies.  Funny how I caught these “allergies” from my daughter (who was treated for a sinus infection earlier in the week) and have now passed along the “allergies” to my son.  Hmmm…

The result of this is that I did very little in the way of work and now it’s 10:45 on Monday morning and I just now realized I’d never written my post for today.

Here’s to catching up!

1.  Charcoal grilling

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I’ve used a gas grill for years, but I’ve been wanting to try charcoal for a while.  So far, I’m really enjoying it.  It does take longer than the gas grill, but there’s the added benefit of toasted marshmallows at the end of the meal, so it’s worth it.

We’ve grilled steaks and hamburgers on it so far.  I’m looking forward to more experimenting this summer.  I’ll have a post up soon about grilling the steaks.

2.  Pressure cooking

I’ve had my pressure cooker for several years now, but I don’t use it much.  In fact, I’d started a post about why I’m not jumping on the pressure cooker bandwagon.  And then I decided I’d better give it a try again.

I’ve adapted three different chicken recipes from slow cooker to pressure cooker in the last three days.  I’ve been posting my results on Instagram and Facebook.

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Look for some pressure cooker recipes here on the blog soon, as well as my take on when it makes sense to use this appliance.

3.  I went to the grocery.

 

I realize this isn’t exciting.  But this is about as exciting as the last week has been for us.  I shopped with the Slow Cooker list, which turned out to be perfect for experimenting with the pressure cooker over the weekend.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – Easy Grilled Pizzas and more

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Easy Grilled Pizzas

For Mother’s Day I decided to grill out pizzas.  I’m not a fan of eating out on Mother’s Day.  It’s always crazy busy, and keeping kids happy in a restaurant isn’t the easiest anyway.  Of course, our kids are all old enough to behave in a restaurant now. We’re long past the baby/toddler/preschool days.  Still, it’s just nicer to skip the crowds and eat at home.

The grilled pizza idea came from the Sorta Awesome podcast.  I love this podcast and a recent episode covered all things grilling.  Laura Tremaine, one of the show’s hosts, shared that she likes to make grilled pizza using naan.  This is an Indian style flatbread.  You can find it in grocery stores.  I’ll be doing a post on this soon, because it really is the easiest way to do pizza for a group.

We brushed the naan with olive oil on both sides and added sauce and toppings.  It was a bit of a clean-out-the-fridge affair that night.  We had some leftover ham slices, pineapple cubes from the freezer, a quick homemade sauce, pepperoni, red onion, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.  Everyone added what they wanted and then the pizzas went on the grill for a few minutes.

Quick, easy and crowd pleasing!  I should have taken photos, but I didn’t think about it.

2.  Company group #1

Our son, Isaac performed in the musical Aladdin last week.  He played Sultan and did a great job!  On Thursday night, we had the first set of grandparents come to see him.  I wasn’t sure how many we’d have for dinner, but it turned out to be eight of us that night.

I followed the Weekly Meal Plan I’d printed and shopped with earlier in the week.  BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Quick Cole Slaw fit the day perfectly.  I put the meat in the crockpot in the morning and it was ready to eat when we were.

3.  Company group #2

For the second night of the production, my parents came.  The Weekly Meal Plan came in handy again.  This time I went with Enchiladas with Chili Tomato Sauce.  And because we had nine people, one of whom isn’t a big fan of beef, I also made a recipe of White Enchiladas as well.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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Clearing out the Fridge and Freezer – 3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  “Stray” meals from Weekly Meal Plans

This week I wanted to cook a few of the meals that we hadn’t gotten to from some of our Weekly Meal Plans.  Each week has six meals, but sometimes I don’t get around to all of them in a week.  That’s actually kind of nice, because it means I have a few meals with ingredients ready to go for later.

This week I made Cottage Pie and Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner.  Both of these had been held over from a previous week of meal plans.

Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with seasoned potatoes

2.  Freezer clean out – Live and learn…not so much

A year or more ago, our deep freeze in the garage kicked the breaker off and proceeded to thaw all the meat inside.  On Wednesday it did the same thing.  That is a sad, messy, expensive way to clean out the freezer.

This time we’re going to swap out the switch and get an alarm, so that if it happens again we can deal with it before losing all the meat.

3.  Photographing 3 more meals

I’m working on a special project that I know you’re going to love.  Part of it involves cooking and photographing quite a few recipes.  I did three more this week, including this Garlic Dijon Tilapia with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash.

Garlic Dijon Tilapia with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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Easy Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus

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My family loves hummus.  Mostly because we love munchy things.  Crackers and veggies and a healthy dip will always go over well in this house.

Making hummus isn’t hard, but it does require buying a few not-so-common ingredients.  So when I heard that BUSH’S® recently introduced Hummus Made Easy, I was all in!

Bonus – it’s every bit as good as I hoped!

You combine a can of BUSH’S® Garbanzos with the packet of Hummus Made Easy and ta-da!  You’ve got great tasting hummus.

The packets have nothing artificial in them, so you end up with a healthy dip that you can feel good about feeding your family.

I decided to dress up the Classic Hummus with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.

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The process for making this couldn’t get any easier.  Drain and rinse the can of garbanzos and put them in a blender or food processor.  Add the packet of Hummus Made Easy and blend together till smooth.

I stirred in a handful each of sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.  Simple!

Easy Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus
Ingredients
  • 1 can BUSH’S® Garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 packet BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, shaved or shredded
Instructions
  1. Add BUSH’S® garbanzo beans and BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy to the food processor or blender.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Spoon hummus into a bowl.
  4. Stir sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan into hummus, reserving small amount of each for topping.
  5. Place hummus in serving dish and top with remaining sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.
  6. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.

 

BUSH'S Hummus packets

BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy comes in three flavors – Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Black Bean.

BUSH'S Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BUSH’S Beans. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Easy Meals for After Church

Easy Meals for After Church

What do you do for dinner after church?

We usually come home to eat, but everyone is always starving.  If I don’t get some food on the table quick, their bellies aren’t the only things grumbling.

There are lots of options for quick meals after church.  Here are a few tips on choosing your menu items.   [Read more…]

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May Weekly Meal Plans are here!

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It’s a new month and that means we’ve got a whole new set of Weekly Meal Plans ready!  Members can login here to download the meal plans and grocery lists.

If you’re not a member yet, why not give it a try?

Here are a couple of quotes from two of our members:

“Thanks for creating something like this!! I can already tell that the money we are going to save from NOT eating out all the time is going to be PRICELESS!!” – Darcee

“I absolutely love Eat at Home. I recommend it to everyone. For little more than $1 a week you have a pre-planned grocery list and meal for each night of the week. The meals are very good. The meals are quick and easy to prepare and I love the 15 minute meal and the slow cooker meal in the traditional plans. Love love love your service!!!” – Anonymous for Weekly Meal Plan Member feedback survey

And below is a word cloud of common words mentioned in that same Member feedback survey:

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You can find out more about becoming a member here.

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Special Edition – 3 Things that Work in the Kitchen – Exercising, Organizing and Cooking

I normally post my 3 Things That Work posts on Mondays, but today I have a special edition for you.

The other day I told you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  Today, I want to tell you about my three favorite products that are included.

1.  Healthy Moving Housework Action Pack

 

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I hate to exercise, but I do want to be healthy.  Jen from Healthy Moving has changed the way I move through my days.  She teaches her clients to transform their everyday movements.

The Housework Action Pack teaches movements you can do as you work in the kitchen, clean the bathroom, do laundry and other housework.  Jen is a big advocate of the saying, “little hinges swing big doors”.

I’ve mentioned Healthy Moving to you before.  I’m part of Jen’s Healthy Moving Coaching and Challenge Program.  Since I’ve been doing her challenges, I have more energy and feel better.  I move more throughout my day.

Grabbing the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and trying out the Housework Action Pack is a great way to see if Jen’s programs are a good fit for you.  In fact, that’s exactly what I did last year during the UHB sale.

2.  Organizing – Cozy Minimalist Mom

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I have Nester’s original Cozy Minimalist course and have really enjoyed it.  The Cozy Minimalist Mom course comes in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  It’s not so much a decorating course like the original Cozy Minimalist, although she does talk about that a little.

This course focuses more on realistic organizing for families with kids.  She even talks about dealing with all the cups in the kitchen.  This is a woman who understands living with kids.

My favorite thing about this course is it isn’t overwhelming.  She doesn’t talk about going through every item in your house or trying to have a clutter free life.  Instead, she has sessions titled, “If it doesn’t bother you, don’t bother”.  This is really about making your house work for you.

3.  Easy cooking – Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

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I mentioned the other day that my own Slow Cooker Freezer Meal Plans are included in the bundle.  And yes, I’m sharing them as one of my favorites.

This is the method I use to fill my freezer.  From the menu, the color-coded grocery list, assembly instructions and recipes – these plans work for me.

If you were to buy all three of these resources, the cost would be over $68.  The cost of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is only $29.97.  And you’ll have access to a lot more than just these three products.  This sale is a no-brainer.

Don’t wait though!  The sale only runs through this coming Monday, May 2.

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale including my Slow Cooker Freezer Plans!


Being a mom and homemaker is hard.

There’s no question that you love your family like crazy and you’d do anything for them, but we all know it can be an exhausting job.

Our job is so important, and we really want to do it right.  But so often, we end up feeling discouraged and even like we’re failing.

Maybe you wonder how you can keep up with it all and still have the energy to be the kind of mom, wife and woman you want to be.

Being a mom is never going to be stress free.  But what if you had more (and better) tools to help make it stress-less?

That’s why I’m excited to tell you about something very special happening right now called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.

It was created to give you a huge number of amazing, high-quality resources to take some of the stress, overwhelm and difficulty out of homemaking and mothering.

To make you feel like you’re winning more often.

And to bolster you in the work you’re doing, because every awesome, hard-working mom deserves a little help sometimes.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:

  • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
  • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
  • budgeting and saving money
  • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
  • cultivating a strong marriage
  • faith (for you & your kids)
  • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books!)
  • and much more…

Including my Slow Cooker Freezer Plans Volumes 1 & 2!

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You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it.

Plus, it comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

It’s available for just 6 days – from now until Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

Learn more or get your bundle now!

 

If you think getting all those homemaking & mothering helps for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

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Banana Bread

 

Banana Bread recipe

Banana Bread is the very first recipe I ever shared on my site.  I use the same recipe that my mom has used for years.  It’s reliable, uses basic pantry ingredients and it’s easy to make.

The recipe hasn’t changed from my first post, but my photos and writing have.  I’ve been writing here since October 2008.  That’s a lot of years of practice.

Sometimes I think I’ve made every possible easy recipe under the sun.  So today I decided to go back to the basics.  The wonderful thing about basics is they ground you. These are the recipes that are full of memories.  The basics are comfort foods.

It doesn’t get more basic or more comforting than Banana Bread.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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This is a great way for using up very ripe bananas.  I usually make it plain, but sometimes it’s fun to add pecans, walnuts or even chocolate chips.
Banana Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup shortening (butter, margarine, crisco)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the sugar and shortening with a mixer.
  2. Add the eggs and bananas and mix well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Pour into loaf pans that have been greased.
  5. Bake 50 minutes -1 hour at 350 degrees.
  6. Take the loaves out of the pan while they still hot.
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