How's your Monday my friends? When this publishes my family and I will be somewhere in the skies over the continent headed out west for a wee vacation in Las Vegas. I've never been to Nevada, let alone Las Vegas…so it'll be fun exploring the city for a couple of days.
As if that weren't enough fun, we literally just said goodbye to my brother and his family who visited for the past several days. It was just lovely to have our entire, but small, family together for lots of laughs and reminiscing.
And my mom outdid herself cooking for all 11 of us. As my son remarked this morning “Grammie's two favorite things in the whole world are her grandchildren and cooking, so when she can combine them…”
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I would utterly fail you if I didn't share with you the beef filet recipe mom prepared for us for one dinner. It is from Ina Garten's Make It Ahead cookbook…Summer Filet of Beef with Bearnaise Mayonnaise. While she hasn't published this exact recipe online, it's really close to this one, with different mayonnaise. And truthfully, mom served it with her horseradish sauce so didn't use either mayonnaise. I think one of the reasons this was so outstanding is that mom did spend a fair amount of time trimming the meat of the fat and silver skin. Here's a great tutorial on this process.
In an effort to better deal with the stresses of our world, I am really trying to practice a little meditation/mindfulness each day. The science showing the benefits of meditation & mindfulness is clear, now it's just a matter of doing it. Here are some tips I found useful.
Doodling, and making art in general, are passions of mine that I need to pursue more. The Postman's Knock has long been a creative inspiration to me and there are several of these tutorials that I plan to pursue this summer.
Speaking of summer travel, these little things really come in handy when you have houseplants.
It has been stated that the average adult in industrialized nations makes 35,000 decisions a day. Even if that number is high and it's only half that…that's still a ton load of decision making, which clearly leads to decision fatigue. Tsh always speaks to me and this piece is no different.
So I'm pretty sure we're going to eat our way through Las Vegas, it's just what we do. So when we come home, it'll be time to eat lighter…I'm already planning on making these right when we return.
And…if you have visited Las Vegas before and have some ‘must do' suggestions or restaurants…drop them in the comments below. It's a rare trip that we don't have a whole lot planned, but this is one of them and I'd love some direction.