Monday, February 9, 2015


1 t. garlic powder
3/4 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper

*Tip...I really don't measure much anymore when it comes to herbs and spices.  Measure a teaspoon of salt or pepper in your palm.  You will then get a future idea as to what that amounts to just by looking at it.  And if you want more or less of something...go for it.  

I used the rub on a 1.5 pound piece of flank steak, which is super lean.  I really think you could use boneless chicken breasts or even a nice piece of salmon.  Let the meat sit for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, make your vinaigrette:

3 T. fresh lemon juice (the recipe suggests 2 T. lime and 1 lemon)
2 T. olive oil
1 T. minced scallions
1 T. minced fresh cilantro 
S & P

Shake or stir.

I used a grill pan to cook the steak over medium to high heat.  Use a thermometer because the thickness of your meat will vary from mine.  I cooked each side for 10 minutes to have a medium rare temp.  Let the meat rest for 5 minutes and then cut it against the grain in to strips.

While the steak is cooking, assemble your salad.  I made 2 plates that started with a layer of romaine.  I then added some minced shallots and halved cherry tomatoes.  I think you can do what you want with this part.  I then spooned some of the vinaigrette over the greens, laid a few slices of steak over that, and then topped it off with the remaining dressing.  As I said, I divided this over two plates for The Husband and I, and I had a lot of extra meat which I'll use in one way or the other.  

I'm still working on a Pinterest button.  Feel free to cut and paste or come back next week when I hopefully have it.  


And I'll end with really exciting news.  Tomorrow morning Mary Clare's labor is going to be induced.  I am beyond excited, the whole family is.  A new generation of B's!  Say a prayer and the next time I come back I'll have a few snaps of this long awaited miracle!

Jane x


cathy@my1929charmer said...

Both recipes look good. Skinnytaste is one of my most favorite website. I found her about 4 years ago and her recipes are outstanding. You would not know they are lower calorie. She has everything in WW points. Her website is:
Keeping my fingers crossed everything goes well with the new bundle of joy!

Bluebird49 said...

Aha! You already had a post up when I pushed "Send!"
The two recipes at the end look like winners for both of us here.

When you have your little Elsie coming over to back cookies with you one day, you'll get interested in decorating for Valentine's day again, probably. And she's going to be here very, very soon. I know MC will be glad, as will everyone else. Sending many good thoughts and prayers.

Oh---and, are you sure it's LAYLA who's got a crush on the new vet? ;) T.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Jane,

Believe us when we say that you have really no idea about lethargy or laziness! We can certainly teach you about them. In our eyes you are always on the go ........we look positively comatose in comparison.

And, the big event is soon to happen. Now that will be something to celebrate. We can imagine you cooking up a real storm for that party!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh yeah! Today's the day! I can't wait to hear and see pics of the new gd of yours.
Your steak looks just amazing..I need to give that a try.
And I like your's unique and fun.
So prayers sent and fingers crossed for a healthy and easy delivery too.

Gina said...

Good luck to Mary Clare. Sending positive thoughts that all goes well and is quick & painless, too! :)

This time of year is so hard. It's around the time that I am officially over Winter & can't wait for Spring. However, we see to be getting hit with a foot of snow every. single. time it snows now. Ugh!

I have the Skinnytaste cookbook too and I love it!

Stay warm!

Linda said...

Hi Jane....
Up early as I am nursing a hideous head cold...
Can't wait to see pics of the wee one...
Too bad they didn't wait 'til the 11th! **wink wink**
Your snack looks awesome, and the steak very satisfying...
Best of luck today...
Linda :o)

Betsy Brock said...

Yay for baby....I know you didn't sleep. Ha.

Theresa said...

Yummy recipes and a new baby! Best post ever:) Hope your puppy is all better today! Have a blessed day and hurry back with some baby pics! HUGS!

Kathy Moreland said...

Looks yummy! Can't wait for the baby pix!! Enjoy!

Debbie said...

I like this post, Jane. It's relaxed, yet shows us what you do to keep yourself busy.
Have fun the next few days with your new baby!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Jane, I have missed you! Am I weird for enjoying the cloudy cold days of winter. I like to light candles and just cozy up with no grass to cut or weeds to pull :) Just resting up for all the Spring work to come. Your recipes look delish. We have just recently gotten into fixing flank steak so I will definitely try your salad. Happy New Year xo

Susie said...

Blondie, Saying a prayer for MC...and the baby. Blessings to your whole family. Glad your dog is better. You are a very inventive looks so good. I had forgotten about cream cheese and celery. Take care and be safe. oxox, Susie

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Tulo really does resemble a polar bear out there! Hope Layla's ear is getting better by now. She's such a flirt! ;) Sending good thoughts for Mary Clare today. Praying for a quick, smooth, perfect delivery for her. Can't wait for pics!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Jane,
I hear you - February is oftentimes a difficult month, still locked in winter's shorter days and longer nights. I think lots of us experience February "Blahs". It's when I will sit down with past Spring/Summer issues of Elle Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful and enjoy the promise of Springtime... Gardening and outdoor fun in the sun. The photos inspire me to look forward to the folly of Spring. Buying flowers always brightens my days.
Poor Layla, hopefully in two weeks the ear problem will be resolved. It is so hard to see our fur children deal with health problems.
Jane just a stupid silly question, taking a survey I guess. I never cook with an apron and wonder if you do. Seems guys who like to grill and think they are grill masters like an apron that announces just that. So Yay or nay to aprons?
Looking forward to the photos to see your families new bundle of joy.

Karen Ann said...

Very exciting time for you!!!.. and thanks for sharing that recipe, my husband would love it. I'm loving the leaner approach too.

Looking forward to your precious pics!

Art and Sand said...

Such exciting news at your house.

Can't wait to see pics and live vicariously.

It's me said...

Owww your sweet from me Ria ...x!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'm really excited for you, believe me you will be in awe when you hold the baby for the first time! I just thought today about having four grands and not when in diapers anymore, the years are flying by!
Prayers and good thoughts for you!

Rita C. said...

Oh my! Baby tomorrow! That should put any and all boredom aside. I'll whisper your name in my prayers for a safe delivery for both mama and baby, good weather, and everyone on the medical staff. Best wishes!

Melanie said...
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Melanie said...

Sorry, had to delete my previous comment because of a couple of accidental typos. Your vignette is so that bird tray. Poor Layla and her ear infection, though I think she's purposely not feeling well so she can go see Dr Bauer! ;-) Re. a Pinterest button, I'm not sure you need to "install" one. I've noticed now that when you hover the cursor over any picture online (blogs and most other sites), that in the upper left corner, a Pinterest icon automatically appears. Such exciting news that your granddaughter will be here tomorrow!! Can't wait to see pics of this beautiful new blessing.

Terri Steffes said...

I love coming here and reading your posts. I love seeing how many people respond to your posts! That is so neat! I am trying hard to make my blog interesting but I can't seem to get the readership I'd like. That spread looks amazing!!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Janie, I am just now catching up, and see today is the day!!!... I cannot wait to see pics of your precious little granddaughter!... loved all of your photos and info in this post, but well, a new little life just seems the most important of all!... xoxo... Julie Marie PS So happy Layla is getting better!!!

Donna said...

Congrats on your soon to arrive grand daughter, Jane! Hope all goes well with the delivery, bet you can hardly wait! Hope Layla's ears get better soon, poor baby. Keep warm!!

podso said...

The meat looks delicious. So you wrote this yesterday so maybe a baby by tomorrow? Look forward to hearing the news!

Sarah said...

Exciting news! I'll eagerly await the photos of the new baby. Keeping you all close in thought.

Lulu said...

Winter lethargy does creep in and so do trips to the pantry. Luckily, I don't keep too much there that would get me in trouble. As for sweets I wish my hankering for them would go away. Hope all goes well on the birth day.

Val said...

We've always had cream cheese-and-green-olive-stuffed celery at big dinners in my family. I'd always thought it was a regional (western PA) thing. :) It is SO good.

I hope the delivery goes--or went--smoothly. ♥

Vel Criste said...

I feel ya Jane.I don't go crazy with valentines either, but just little things here and there. And this year, my son wanted Lego Star wars Valentine?! How can I ever make that a cute craft?! LOL! Hope Layla feels better. :-)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Hope all goes well!!!
Yes, I love to eat...munch...especially during the winter months. And after seeing your spread I'm really hungry now! :)

Town and Country Gals said...

how exciting, today's the day! To see and hold her for the first time, nothing better! Can't wait to see photos! Sounds like Layla has a "doggie" crush! Makes going to the vet's so much less traumatizing!
Enjoy loving on that sweet baby!

Maria Elena said...

Hi, Jane. Just sending prayers and good thoughts for Mary Clare to have a quick delivery. Can NOT wait to see the pictures of the baby! :) Your recipes sound so good. I wish my sweet tooth would go away, but it just seems to get worse every day. LOL

Doreen@househoneys said...

Yes!!! As I was reading this post I kept thinking...'so what about the baby'?? I thought for sure you'd have news, and there it was at the end you stinker! That will definitely cure any boredom. You know what though. Sometimes boredom is actually a good thing. Not that often mind you, but once in a while.

Can't wait for your next post!

Glad your fur baby seems to be better. It is so hard when they're sick don't you think?


DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

Come on Elsie!
Always in my prayers!

DD's Cottage said...

your recipes look god! Love the dog in the slow-shave a big Lab so I get the in and out thing!