Xavier Steak with grilled asparagus and Swiss cheese

I tried a new recipe tonight! This steak on allrecipes looked just too good. The recip called for marinating the New York Strip in Worcestershire sauce, which I was positive that we had… except that of course we didn’t. So I seasoned the steaks the way I normally do with olive oil and typical steak seasoning before throwing them on the grill.

The recipe calls for medium-high heat, but apparently Kyle had it on the higher end, which I would change if I did it over, since I like my steaks medium-rare. He didn’t want cheese on his, so I also ended up leaving mine on the grill for a minute longer to melt the cheese.

Overall it was good, not great. The asparagus was perfectly grilled, but would have been just as good separate from the steak. The cheese didn’t add much flavor or texture; the steak and it’s accompanying seasoning was overpowering the flavor of the cheese.

Going forward, I’ll probably just stick with my tried-and-true plain seasoned steaks on the grill… but I’m glad I tried it this once!

Taste: 5

Ease: 7

Pork Tenderloin from the slow cooker with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yum! I just finished eating the most delicious pork tenderloin I’ve ever had. I’m not much of a pork person (I prefer chicken or beef), but this dish makes me want to reconsider.

This meal scores high for both taste and ease. For the pork, I just threw the tenderloin in the crock pot, added water, onion soup packet, red wine, soy sauce, and garlic. Except for the onion soup packet, these were all ingredients I had in my cabinet anyway, which made it easy. Then all I had to do was wait for a while as it cooked!

This was the first time I’d made mashed potatoes of any kind from scratch. After I got home, I realized we didn’t have any vegetable peelers, so I used a knife to cut the sweet potato skin off as thinly as I could. I cut them into one-inch cubes and covered them with cold water in a big pot, and brought them to a boil. After simmering for 20 minutes, I whipped them using a hand mixer and combined with 4oz of Neufchâtel cheese and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Both were SO. GOOD. Kyle also said they were the best sweet potatoes he’d ever had! The pork just fell apart, it was so tender. I left the pork in for about 6 hours instead of the 4 recommended by the recipe.

Taste: 9

Ease: 9

Time: 3 (slow cooker)

Here is the recipe for the pork, and here is the recipe for the sweet potatoes.

Sunday evening vibes

Tonight I’m drinking: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir 2016

Early Sunday evening under a sunny sky with my love, my dogs, and a glass of wine.

I love this wine! As far as mainstream grocery store wines go, this one is hard to beat for the money. I’m partial to Pinot Noir anyway for its light body and fruitier taste.

So this is a cheers to a relaxing weekend and a fantastic upcoming week! I have an important, early presentation for work tomorrow so after that it should be smoother sailing for the rest of the week 🙂 I hope you accomplish all your goals this week and find time for a glass of wine for yourself!

The Journey Begins

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Hi, I’m Kay. Welcome to my blog! I am 28 years old and live with my boyfriend Kyle, our three dogs, and our cat. I’m all about taking small steps to accomplish big changes. I have a number of goals that I’ll be documenting through my blog, and I hope you join me through the progress! Some of my major interests include improving:

  • The decor of my house and landscaping
  • My cooking skills
  • My makeup skills
  • My smile through an 18 month Invisalign treatment
  • My wine-tasting knowledge
  • My overall fitness level and variety of exercise

I’ll also just be documenting events from everyday life!! I’d love to connect if you have any questions about any of my projects!