So, I went from 80’s and sunny to 40’s and sunny. Not as shocking as my typical return from the sunshine state but let’s call a spade a spade – it’s not great.
Seeing as though I couldn’t bring the warm weather back with me like I promised I would try, I thought I’d reflect on the sunny parts of my trip as well as the sunny parts about my return. There is always good, right? Yes, there is.
Sunny times in FL:
1. Sun, palm trees, ocean, pool – it’s just easy on the eyes there.
2. B actually napped. Not on top of me. This was a huge breakthrough people!
3. Morning runs. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more – the actual workout part of it or the alone time to jam out to my tunes. Actually I do know, it was so the alone time.
4. Nights off in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, obviously I love to cook. Yet a break from the planning and grocery shopping and lugging in the bags and unpacking and making a mess and cleaning up that mess? Well, that was nice.
5. Summer attire. This one is rough as I am already back in one of my depressing winter uniforms. There is nothing better than being able to just throw on a sundress and sandals. The ease of it all…sigh. I am tired of wrestling skinny jeans and boots.
Sunny times back at home:
1. My kitchen! It’s already stocked back up. I have anxiety if I am home and there isn’t food in the house so naturally that was one of this first things I accomplished.
2. The snow is about 90% melted. Not perfect, but it’s progress.
3. Catching up on ‘The Americans’ – oh my goodness people are you watching this show? For ‘Homeland’ fans, this is a wonderful replacement while we wait for that to start back up. It’s about a ‘normal’ next door couple who are actually Russian spies. So cool, right? I totally fantasize that I could be as awesome as Keri Russell is in the show. She’s pretty badass.
4. I enjoyed a glass of a new killer pink wine (newsletter subscribers – you’ll get that answer soon!) I searched for it in FL, but the local Publix just didn’t have the wine collection that would include it. This isn’t your grandma’s rose.
5. L has been up since 3AM and yet is still running around happy as a clam with his neighborhood buddies. It’s a great home that way.
6. Spring SHOPPING and home updates – hello! I have my eye on this for L, this for B, and something from here for the home. Locals, have you been? It’s like I’ve died and gone to rustic/reclaimed/shabby chic heaven. Love. Also, can’t seem to get this dress out of my mind.
7. And finally, I get to cook tonight! It has been awhile since I had red meat and I was craving the iron. Say what you want about getting it from other sources, for me, it just doesn’t cut it. (Spinach…really people?) I need red meat a few times a month. Everything in moderation here.
So – what to make. Grilling sounded nice as it was a throw back to FL. Flank steak was swirling around in my mind but needed something…how about an herbed butter? Throw some grilled asparagus along the side and you have yourself a pretty tasty dinner. Fit for a spy, I’d say. Wink wink.
- 1 flank steak, a little over a pound for 2
- salt & pepper
- 2 TBS unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 TBS minced cilantro
- 1 TBS freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Bring the flank steak to room temperature. Season generously with salt & pepper. Grill over medium heat for 3-4 minutes a side. Rest for at least 5 minutes, or as long as your stomach can wait.
- Mix together butter ingredients. Dot on top of the flank steak while it's resting.
- Serve immediately.