Monday, July 22, 2013

Hope's Oven BBQ Steak

1 1/2 - 2 lb Round Steak, about 3/4" thick
2 TBSP oil
1/2 cup chopped onion    
3/4 cup catsup
1/2 cup vinegar     
3/4 cup water
1 TBSP brown sugar    
1 TBSP yellow mustard
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce   
salt & pepper

Heat oven to 350.  Cut steak into pieces.  In skillet, fry steak  in oil - remove to 13x9 baking pan after browning well on both sides.  Add onion to skillet & brown.  Add rest of ingredients.  Bring to a boil, simmer 5 minutes.  Pour over meat - cover - cook 1/2-2 hours until tender. 

TIP:  Double sauce and bake potatoes in oven at same time--the sauce is GREAT over the top of them!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Last week of Lean Up Laguna Boot Camp!

This is my last week of Lean Up Laguna. Time to look back and evaluate!

I lost 10 lbs and 10 1/2", along with the 5 lbs I had already lost starting the beginning of the year when I joined the club. During 2010 I did the "yo yo" think, but was 20 lbs lighter at the end of the year. So that's a total of 35 lbs since 1/1/2010. I have 40 to go to reach my goal.

I'm proudest of the strength I have gained! My plank went from 27 seconds to 66 seconds, and my wall squat went from 52 seconds to 106 seconds.

Jogging was the last thing that would ever have ended up on my "bucket list", but I did two laps around the park and three around the volleyball court this morning, and jogged more of it than I ever thought possible! In addition to our tennis courts laps....five to warm up and 12 to cool down! (~_~)


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sacramento Couples Cooking

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

I love food blogs!

My internet friend, Mara, writes a wonderful food blog. She is getting married today, so is obviously not blogging! (~_~)

I was honored to be one of her guest bloggers.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

A Round Tuit

In theory the idea of being an organ donor had always been in the back of my mind. But for some reason I just never did it.

Then a dear friend died while waiting for a kidney transplant. He was our daughter's "best college friend" and we came to know and love him while she was at Chico State. I can't begin to tell you how much he enjoyed life. Whether he was donating time to the Boy Scouts in Nevada City, whipping up gourmet dinners in his tiny Chico apartment, or earning his teaching credential so he could pass on his thirst for knowledge, everything he took on was done to the best of his ability and with every ounce of enthusiasm he had. He gave generously of his time to those he loved. He helped decorate for our daughter's wedding, and graciously made room for our out of town family and friends, even hosting the Bachelor Party and giving everyone a walking tour of the downtown Chico clubs.

I couldn't get over the senselessness of his death. He had just turned thirty. He was a young man wise beyond his years, a man who knew how short life could be, and lived every waking moment.

I kept thinking, "What if only one more person had donated an organ, Kevin might be alive today." And then I realized that someday, I might be that "one person" to someone else. That did it. I got "a round tuit" that very day.

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