Montreal Steak Spice

Again I have no post for today. My mind is on other things/people.. but I didn’t want to have nothing posted.

I posted this recipe in early July and so far this year I’ve had to make 3 batches!!! That is how good it is lol! That is why I thought I could get away with sharing it again !

Let me start by saying that Chris LOVES bbq… and even more so… bbqed steaks. He likes them cooked most ways, with or without bbq sauce, with steak sauce, but especially with this spice mixture. When we rub/bbq them with this he doesn’t use any bbq or steak sauce on them… that’s how good they taste!

This takes all of about 5 minutes to make, and if you don’t shake the jar the layers look great in the jar for gifting!

Sandie

Here are the ingredients. (Except for the salt and pepper 😳)

Measure all the spices into your jar (see what I mean about the layers?)

Shake the jar and it’s ready to use!

Rub it on your (room temperature) steaks about a half hour before you start to bbq….

Bbq to desired doneness and enjoy the wonderful flavour!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander
  • 1 tbsp. dill
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Measure all ingredients into jar.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Rub onto room temperature steaks half hour before cooking.
  4. Cook to desired doneness.

Hamburger Seasoning Mix

Here is another great “Seasoning” mix. This time it is for making burgers.

There is nothing like a great tasting burger right off the grill for dinner. Knowing it is homemade makes it tastes so much better!

This seasoning takes only a few minutes to whip up and you can use it as a seasoning on the burgers while they are being grilled, or in the actual burger when you are mixing/pressing them up. I like to put the seasoning right in the burgers but that is entirely up to you!

I didn’t take an actual picture of the burgers once they were done because really, they mostly all look alike when done lol! The picture below is just a picture I already had of burgers cooking on our grill.

Sandie

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Fast & Easy Pasta Side Dish 

I made this a few weeks ago,  and again last night to have with dinner.

In the time it takes to cook the pasta, you can have the rest ready to throw in.

You could even add some cooked and shredded chicken and additional veggies to make this your main course.

Either way, it is a nice,  light summer side dish!

Sandie

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Jello & Kool-Aid Popsicles

With the hot weather here already, it is nice to have a frozen treat or two ready to beat the heat.  These popsicles are very flavourful and  almost drip free which is great when making them for the little ones! I can remember my ex mother-in-law making these every summer for my kids and their cousins.  The kids (and adults) loved them! It was that memory that prompted me to make them yesterday.

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I also made my version of Iced Coffee yesterday, another great treat on a hot day!

Sandie

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Creamy Grape Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I was preparing dinner last night I realized that I hadn’t figured out a salad to go with it.  I knew I had a container of field grape tomatoes and a cucumber that needed to be used before I could buy anymore.  This salad is the end result of using the two of them up!

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This salad uses a minimum of ingredients, is quick and easy to make and goes great with whatever you are grilling for dinner as a refreshing side!

Sandie

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My Favourite Summer Recipes

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This week Kim and I are both doing versions of our favourite summer recipes.  You will have already seen Kim’s favourites earlier this week… this is mine, and I will admit that most of it revolves around homemade ice cream lol!

Sandie

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Pork Skewers in a Molasses Marinade

I have to say it’s hilarious watching Chris when this is what we are having for dinner. I swear once his own are eaten he keep s checking Dillon’s plate to see if maybe he didn’t eat all of his. And some times I swear he keeps looking to see if I am watching as if he is going to actually lick the plate lol. It’s okay, one of my greatest pleasures in life is to feed people and even more than that… to see how much they enjoy it! Knowing how much my cooking is enjoyed/appreciated helps keep me motivated to continue and to try different things!

Sandie

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Gardening Update/Awesome Picture

Let me start by saying holy crapadoodle again lol! And that I give the weather full credit so far for how well my little vegetable garden is doing! I gave it one dose of fertilizer but I don’t dare do that again because I think the plants are already going to outgrow my little garden.

I am going to lead with my self-proclaimed “Awesome Picture.” It was pure luck and involved cooperation with a dragonfly. I love dragonflies… I collect them and even have one tattooed on one of my shoulders… so to have one cooperate long enough for me to snap a really good picture with my cell was a bonus. On a side note, I can remember growing up and being at the cottage summers and playing with dragonflies, frogs and the like. I swear we spent all day outside, either in the water, at the base of the “mountain,” (basically a big rock outcrop that we called a mountain) playing with the frogs in one of the cracks or just swimming…. from April to Thanksgiving. I still love the water and would choose swimming in the lake over a pool any day!

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I so enjoy seeing how everything is growing, and knowing that what is just plants right now will be vegetables I can feed my family, straight from the garden. We have already had a huge batch of lettuce come in. So much lettuce in fact that we are continuously eating salads AND I have sent some to work with Chris to share with his coworkers/kids from school (I call them the kids at school because that’s exactly how they act most of the time lol)!

Monday’s Harvest

My cucumbers have almost completely filled in the Hula Hoop Trellis I made for them. I have been tying the vines to the hoops since they first starting growing and I am amazed by how much they have covered it. I am starting to think I should have made an arbour instead lol!

My tomato plants are huge and are covered with flowers AND the start of little tomatoes.

Even my pepper plants have flowers, getting ready to form into green peppers.

My celery has taken off big time….

And finally… my broccoli is showing the start of actual broccoli lol. We love broccoli and can’t wait to eat it straight from the garden.

My cauliflower is doing well too but I didn’t notice anything other than leaves yet.

So, all in all, I think my garden is doing really well…. thank you Mother Nature lol!

Sandie

Natural/Organic Bug Spray for Plants

This is another one of those things that I either wrote down or took a picture of a while back thinking it might come in handy at some point. Apparently this year is that point.

With a very dumb hound who will eat or lick just about anything lol, and the fact we don’t want chemicals in the garden because our granddaughter plays there when they visit, this is a great alternative to over the counter bug/pest sprays for plants.

Chris used it for the first time the day after I made it and he said he could actually see things/little bugs of some kind leaving the plant straight away. Not only that… but it is quick and simple to make and only uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now!

The ingredients list for this spray is as follows:

  • 4 liters of filtered water
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic, or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion, in large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 bar hand soap, grated (I used Ivory because that’s what I had on hand)

To make the spray you start by adding the water, garlic, onion and cayenne to a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add the grated hand soap.

Allow the mixture to continue boiling for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let stand about a half hour.

After the half hour, strain the mixture and pour into spray bottle(s). This makes 4 liters of spray so you will need something to store what isn’t in a spray bottle in something in a cool spot until you are ready to refill the bottle.

To use, spray directly onto plants about once a week.

Sandie