How to Grill Fillet Steak

Ready to eat

We purchased a quarter of a cow, which included fillet steaks. Of course, this is a rarity for us and we had no idea how to cook them. We certainly didn’t want to ruin them, so we did some research on the web and found this great step-by-step guide on how to grill filet mignon.

Seasoned steak resting for 45 minutes.

Grill master at work.

I’m loving those grill marks!

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Kitchen Makeover


As I mentioned in our Long Overdue Weight Loss Update, we’ve been working on several home improvement projects. Now that we are nearing completion I thought it would be fun to share where we started out and what we’ve done to (hopefully!) improve our space.

Let’s start with the kitchen.

Here’s what our kitchen looked like when we bought our home 14 years ago. Our realtor took pictures of the entire house at the inspection, […]

Long Overdue Weight Loss Update


So, it’s been a while since I posted our weight loss numbers. To review, our goal for the year is to lose a combined 100 pounds! (John wants to lose 70 lbs. and Monica 30lbs.) We’re about halfway through the year and here are our results:

As you can see we’re making progress and almost half way there. John has been doing extremely well at counting his calories and resisting temptation. Me, not […]

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park


Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Are you on a tight budget? Why not check out one of our National Parks and complete the Junior Ranger program. It’s a fun family activity, a wonderful learning experience and best of all it’s FREE.

Yesterday, we went and explored the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, where Clara completed the Junior Ranger program and we all learned a lot about Ohio’s inhabitants from […]

June Daylilies


This year is an exceptional year for my daylilies. The plants are loaded with flowers. Every single variety was transplanted from my Grammy’s garden. I am so thankful she was an avid gardener and generous giver.

Don’t you just love the magnificent colors, shapes and sizes?











Freezer Cooking Week

The month of May and beginning of June are a total blur. I have finally recovered from all the end of the school year recitals, concerts, evaluations, contests and the big home improvement projects we tackled (more on those to come :)). Needless to say, I did not do much cooking during that time and my freezer was getting pretty empty.

This time, my freezer cooking session was split up over several days. I just […]