How to Cook a Perfect Medium Well Steak

Quick Note to My Vegan Subscribers and Readers: You may want to skip this post. I’m sensitive to your lifestyle and choices so please avoid this post if you would prefer.

Thinking back, the last steak I remember having was two years ago. It’s not something I want often or know how to cook. I’ve attempted to grill them, cook them on the stove top, cook them in the oven, etc. They just never turn out to be good. I’ve gotten cooking tips from many of my Facebook friends, as well as the internet, but still have had no luck.

Being anemic, steak and beef in general is something that makes me feel stronger when I eat it. Using an iron skillet also helps with my anemia. I can tell a difference when these are in my cooking/meals so I very much benefited when  using both for the same meal!

I’m happy to say that I finally found a method that worked for me and it’s so super simple. Maybe I’ll up my steak enjoyment to twice a year or something now that I know what I’m doing.

Here’s what I did:

I set my steak out an hour before I was ready to start cooking it. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I put an iron skillet on the stove top and turned it on medium heat. In went a Tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Once the oil was good and hot, in went the steak for three minutes. I sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic on that side.  After three minutes, I turned it over and seared the other side for three minutes. I also sprinkled on salt, pepper and garlic on that side as well. After three minutes passed, I turned it back over and put the entire skillet in the oven for 13 minutes. Since I like my steak medium well, this was the time that my inch thick, 3/4 pound steak needed to cook. Once 13 minutes had passed, I pulled the skillet out of the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.


I did film a video and shortened it down to a little over two minutes if you’d like to see the process by clicking here.

It was perfect and delicious. If you try it please let me know if this method works for you, too.




Easy Chicken Stir Fry – Cooking for One or Two

It’s not easy to cook for one person. Many times when you find yourself ready to eat, it’s just easier to run out and go through a drive-thru somewhere. Honestly, though, it’s simply not a healthy alternative and it’s nowhere near as good as a meal at home.

Here’s a super easy meal that makes two generous servings with one of those being a leftover. This entire process takes less than 10 minutes! This leftover meal heats up nicely and was quite possibly as good as the first meal.

A rundown of what I used:

1 chicken breast, cubed. I purchase my chicken from a small local grocery store. There is no comparison between the quality of the meat.


1 package of Birds Eye Flavor Full Teriyaki  Broccoli


1 cup of shredded carrots

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1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil


1 teaspoon of sweet ginger garlic


2 Tablespoons of chopped onion


Soy sauce (to taste)


I purchase these Minute Rice two packs. This is a perfect serving size and I can heat one up with the original meal and the other pack up for the leftover meal.



The quick and easy instructions: Microwave broccoli according to directions for your microwave. While that’s getting started, melt the coconut oil and put on the chicken. Stir fry for about 4 minutes or until the chicken is starting to brown. Be sure to stir constantly. Add carrots, onions and sweet ginger garlic. Stir fry for another minute. Add the broccoli that you have microwaved and the soy sauce. When I take the broccoli out of the microwave, I put in the rice for one minute. Stir fry about a minute and a half. Serve with your rice.

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I did a quick video on the Birds Eye Broccoli Teriyaki here:

Delicious! If you decide to try it, please let me know how you liked it. I know everyone’s tastes are different so I’m very curious to hear what you added or deleted and how you enjoyed the meal.





The Baker’s Rack

Today I did it! With hammer and nails, I entered The Baker’s Rack in downtown Jackson and displayed some of my art. A total of 8 of my pieces are on display for sale there. (A recently purchased piece is on display for sale, so if you see the guitar painting that previously sold, I’m making that customer a new one due to the fact he lost his job and is going to have to wait an indefinite amount of time before he’s ready to purchase it.)

The pieces range in price from $18 to $80. I did forget my camera for the photos so I had to improvise with my cell phone. Bear that in mind when looking at the pictures…

Please go by and have a meal at this great restaurant and view the art from local artists. The hours there are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and I believe that’s Monday through Friday. The address is: 205 E Lafayette, Jackson, TN 38301

Lettuce Broccoli Carrots Oh My!

Lately, my life has been a whirlwind of work, gardening, spending time together and then we run out of time. Where does it all go so quickly? Especially the weekends – they are gone in the blink of an eye and then good ole Monday rolls around again.

This weekend, we worked in our garden, doing some much needed weeding and a little bit of harvesting. We had a large strawberry ready on our one strawberry plant. I should say the reason we only have one plant is that we bought it at a little country seed store here where we live and when we went back for more, they were sold out. We couldn’t find more of this same variety so we are going to be patient and hold out until next year and purchase more of this same variety so we know we love them! That one strawberry we did have was better than having a dozen so-so strawberries though. It was the best flavor and texture! Soooooo good!

We have also harvested an onion and a carrot just to see if they were ready. Lettuce and greens are ready like crazy and we’ve even shared some of our harvest with friends and family. That’s always nice when someone does that for us and now that we are gardening, we are happy to return the favor.

Back to the carrot for a sec…I had read online they are ready to harvest after 60-80 days. Realizing it had been 80 days, we harvested one which ended up being really small, so they have more time to go before they are ready. Still, we are definitely having it on our salads tonight. Here’s the carrot in the middle of our harvest:


And a close up of our Bibb Lettuce, really dark in color and so tasty:


And here’s some of the Black Seeded Simpson lettuce:


Our broccoli that we started indoors from seed is really starting to show some excitement. Check this out:


How exciting is all this? We weren’t sure how things would grow here since this is our first attempt. So far, so good. This year is sort of a work in progress and hopefully we’ll learn some things that will help us in our next garden next year 🙂

All I know is this…I love love love eating lettuce from our garden. I really want to do whatever it takes to have it year round. There are ways to grow lettuce indoors during cold months. We just have to figure out a good place as well as what we’ll need and we just might do it…

Garden Harvest

Hey Everyone! I couldn’t wait to show you a couple things!

We have been working so hard on our garden and it’s been paying off greatly. We have been harvesting lettuce for over a week now – almost daily! Not only that but we were able to share some with our next door neighbors as well as my parents who came by to visit us yesterday afternoon. It’s such a great feeling to be able to give people things we’ve grown ourselves!

It dawned on me that I should definitely take a picture of this gorgeous salad for you to see:


That’s his salad as he loves tomatoes and I have never developed a taste for them. This is what he had instead of what I had, which leads me to this…

Here’s a photo of the mustard greens from our garden that I ate this evening:


He hasn’t ever liked mustard greens and bless his heart, he tried a bite and just could not like them even though that’s what he wanted. On the other hand, I love them because I grew up having them every gardening season. I guess it’s an acquired taste? At any rate, they were sooooo good!

I hope you are trying some gardening this year. It’s such a great feeling to be eating something you grew yourself. Not only is it healthy, but it’s also a money saver!