Monday, December 5, 2016

Steak Oscar by The Pro's....

I am so excited for this post!  You are in for a treat today!  I promise this is the last time I am going to mention my birthday...until next year, but it is still technically my birthday week. I usually post recipes on Tuesdays, and I wanted to share something really special for my "birthday dinner."  So, I thought what is one of my all time favorite meals for a special occasion?  Duh...it's having someone else cook!  I am handing my blog over to the World Champion Cook-Off Team, The Smoke House Rats today.  They'll be cooking up Steak Oscar for me, but first let me brag on my pals Dustin and Ashley!


We met Dustin and Ashley this summer while on a little weekend getaway, at our resort's pool.  We immediately clicked with them and spent the whole afternoon chatting and getting to know them.


Before I brag on their accomplishments, I have to tell you how completely humble they are.  You know, when you first meet people, you ask "What do you do?"  They told us they own a catering business.  Hmm...it wasn't until a few hours into our afternoon, that we discovered they were a big deal in the "catering" world.  Their catering consists of TV appearances...





Cooking for some pretty big name people...


Some pretty well-known sponsors...


And, and lots and lots of awards, and championships.  In fact, at the end of this post, I am going to list all the awards they have won.  Prepare to be amazed!


I was so excited that they would take time out of their busy schedule to share a recipe with us today.  Enough talking....let's eat!

Meet My Friends, The Smoke House Rats:

We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to give Emily a break and let us cook for her on her birthday!  I mean, who doesn't love a home cooked meal for their birthday!?!  
On the heals of returning from the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama where we were a Top 10 Finalist and finishing 5th, we thought we would grill up our favorite dish we presented to the judges, Steak Oscar.  


This dish is elegant, can be found on most fancy-pants steak house menus, yet is actually incredibly easy to make at home!  By definition, Steak Oscar is a filet topped with Bearnaise sauce, asparagus and crab.  In our competition, we decided to stick with the traditional and it seemed to work out well for us.


Here's what you need:  1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1/4 cup white wine, 2 Tbsp minced shallots, 3 Tbsp chopped Tarragon - divided, salt, pepper, garlic powder, 3 extra large egg yolk, 2 sticks unsalted butter - melted, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1 lb asparagus, 4 - 6 oz beef tenderloin filets, 1 lb jumbo lump crab meat


First off, start your grill (charcoal or gas) and get to 600°.  (We highly recommend using Royal Oak Charcoal on a PK Grill equipped with ManGrates).  Set out the filets and season with a generous portion of salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Leave them out to bring to room temperature.

Next, combine vinegar, wine, shallots, Tarragon, a pinch of salt and pepper in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a couple tablespoons (about 5 minutes).  Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool.  


Place the crab meat in a strainer over boiling water to heat.  While the crab is cooking, heat some sesame oil over medium heat in a skillet.  Add asparagus and saute for 5 minutes until the stalks are tender but still firm.


Once the filets have reached room temperature, grill hot and fast.  We like a medium-rare steak which tends to be about 6 minutes per side on our grill combination.  **This could vary with your grill and your preferred doneness.**  Allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes.


While steaks are resting, transfer cooled wine mixture, egg yolks and 1 tsp salt to blender.  Blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute.  With blender on, slowly pour hot butter through blender opening.  Add 1 tbsp tarragon and blend for additional 15 seconds.   


Wow!!  My mouth is watering!  Thank you so much to Ashley and Dustin for cooking for me today!  I am truly honored.

I am linking up with regular Tuesday gals for Tuesday Talk to share this deliciousness with them, but as promised I wanted to share the awards and accomplishments of Smoke House Rats.  Be sure to follow Smoke House Rats on Facebook - @smokehouserats, Twitter - @smokehouserats and Instagram - @smoke_house_rats.  And, watch for them on TV.  You just never know where they'll be next!

2016
Chili & Steak Cook-off - Fruitvale, Texas - 6th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Chili & Steak Cook-off - Fruitvale, Texas - 3rd Place (Margarita)
Red Dog Ice House Steak Throwdown - Kenedy, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Red Dog Ice House Steak Throwdown - Kenedy, Texas - 1st Place Appetizer
Camden Daffodil Festival Steak Cook-off - Camden, Arkansas - 1st Place Appetizer
Scurry County Church Steak Cook-off - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Scurry County Church Steak Cook-off - 6th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Scurry County Church Steak Cook-off - 10th Place Appetizer
Scurry County Church Steak Cook-off - 2nd Place (Mini Grillmaster Ethan Stump)
Georgia Great Steak Cook-off - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
​Georgia Great Steak Cook-off - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Cass County Championship Rodeo Steak Cook-off - 4th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Cass County Championship Rodeo Steak Cook-off - 1st Place (Mini Grillmaster Catie Sanders)
BACA Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 6th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
BACA Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 3rd Place 1-Bite Challenge (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
BACA Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 6th Place 1-Bite Challenge (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
BACA Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 1st Place (Mini Grillmaster Catie Sanders)​​​
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Fall Fall Out Boys Steak Cook-off - Edgewood, Texas - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Fall Fall Out Boys Steak Cook-off - Edgewood, Texas - 5th Place Margarita
Cattleman's Classic Ribeye Roundup - Sulphur Springs, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 9th Place - (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 10th Place
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 9th Place Appetizer
World Food Championships - Orange Beach, Alabama - 5th Place

2015
1st Annual Red Dog Ice House Steak Throwdown - Kenedy, Texas - 1st Place Appetizer
1st Annual Red Dog Ice House Steak Throwdown - Kenedy, Texas - 4th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
1st Annual Red Dog Ice House Steak Throwdown - Kenedy, Texas - 8th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Celebrity Cook-off @ the NBBQA Convention & Trade Show - Nashville, Tennessee - 10th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Celebrity Cook-off @ the NBBQA Convention & Trade Show - Nashville, Tennessee - 14th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Nashville Steak Cook-off @ NBBQA Convention & Trade Show - Nashville, Tennessee - 4th Place Appetizer
Nashville Steak Cook-off @ NBBQA Convention & Trade Show - Nashville, Tennessee - 6th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Nashville Steak Cook-off @ NBBQA Convention & Trade Show - Nashville, Tennessee - 10th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Bikers Against Child Abuse Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 1st Place Kids Cook-off (Mini Grillmaster Ethan Stump)
Bikers Against Child Abuse Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Bikers Against Child Abuse Steak Cook-off - El Dorado, Arkansas - 9th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Smokin' Butts & Tires BBQ Competition & Steak/Burger Cook-off - Conyers, Georgia - 2nd Place Burger (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Smokin' Butts & Tires BBQ Competition & Steak/Burger Cook-off - Conyers, Georgia - 3rd Place Burger (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Smokin' Butts & Tires BBQ Competition & Steak/Burger Cook-off - Conyers, Georgia - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Smokin' Butts & Tires BBQ Competition & Steak/Burger Cook-off - Conyers, Georgia - 5th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
North Texas Steak Cook-off - Keller, Texas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Cass County Championship Rodeo & Steak Cook-off - Linden, Texas - 5th Place (Keri Stump)
Cass County Championship Rodeo & Steak Cook-off - Linden, Texas - 6th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Cass County Championship Rodeo & Steak Cook-off - Linden, Texas - 1st Place Kids Cook-off (Mini Grillmaster Ethan Stump)
Fordyce on the Cottonbelt Steak Cook-off - Fordyce, Arkansas - 4th Place (Ashley Sanders)
Fordyce on the Cottonbelt Steak Cook-off - Fordyce, Arkansas - 3rd Place Burger
George West Cinco de Mayo BBQ & Steak Cook-off - George West, Texas - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
World Championship Steak Cook-off - Magnolia, Arkansas - Champion (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
World Championship Steak Cook-off - Magnolia, Arkansas - 1st Runner up (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
High Steaks Rollin' Cook-off - Sallisaw, Oklahoma - 4th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Brookshire's Louisiana Steak Cook-off - Shreveport, Louisiana - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Arkansas Steak Cook-off Championship - Benton, Arkansas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Arkansas Steak Cook-off Championship - Benton, Arkansas - 7th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
​Arkansas Steak Cook-off Championship - Benton, Arkansas - 10th Place Appetizer
Piggly Wiggly 9th Annual Steak Cook-off - Springhill, Louisiana - 8th Place (Keri Stump)
Big Worm's Houston Steak Challenge - Houston, Texas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Big Worm's Houston Steak Challenge - Houston, Texas - 8th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival - Bedford, Texas - 9th Place (Keri Stump)
Azle Sting Fling - Azle, Texas - 9th Place (Keri Stump)
Azle Sting Fling - Azle, Texas - 4th Place Burger (Ashley Sanders)
Azle Sting Fling - Azle, Texas - 7th Place Burger (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
​Smokin' Possum Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Smokin' Possum Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 9th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Smokin' Possum Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 9th Place Appetizer
Smokin' Possum Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 1st Place Kids Cook-off (Mini Grillmaster Ethan Stump)
Smokin' Possum Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 7th Place Kids Cook-off (Mini Grillmaster Catie Sanders)
Praise the Lard Steak Cook-off - Murphysboro, Illinois - 1st Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Fiesta De La Paloma Steak Cook-off - Coleman, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Fiesta De La Paloma Steak Cook-off - Coleman, Texas - 3rd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 3rd Place (Ashley Sanders)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 1st Place Appetizer (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 4th Place Appetizer (Ashley Sanders)
Newman Ranch Steak-out in the Park Steak Cook-off - Sweetwater, Texas - 10th Place Appetizer (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
2015 Mid-South Great Steak Cook-off - West Memphis, Arkansas - 8th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
2015 SCA Steak World Championship Steak Cook-off - Ft. Worth, Texas - 8th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
2015 SCA Steak World Championship Steak Cook-off - Ft. Worth, Texas - 10th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)

2014
World Championship Steak Cook-off - Magnolia, Arkansas - Champion (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
World Championship Steak Cook-off - Magnolia, Arkansas - 3rd Runner up (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
North Texas Steak Cook-off - Mayberry Memorial - Carrollton, Texas - 3rd Place (Smoke House Rats Guys)
North Texas Steak Cook-off - Mayberry Memorial - Carrollton, Texas - 8th Place (Smoke House Rats Gals)
Brookshire's Louisiana Steak Cook-off - Shreveport, Louisiana - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Brookshire's Louisiana Steak Cook-off - Shreveport, Louisana - 4th Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
North Star Dragway - Southern Music Fest - 2nd Place Appetizer
North Star Dragway - Southern Music Fest - Kids Steak Cook-off - 1st Place (Smoke House Mice)
U.S. Steak Championship - Tulsa, Oklahoma - 1st Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
U.S. Steak Championship - Tulsa, Oklahoma - 2nd Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-off - Tulsa, Oklahoma - 5th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
Country Crossroads Steak Cook-off - Weatherford, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump) 
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 1st Place (Grillmaster Joe Stump)
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 4th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)
"Flavor" Louisiana Beef Cook-off @ The State Fair of Louisiana - Shreveport, Louisiana - 5th Place
Winter Wonderland Steak Cook-off - Graham, Texas - 4th Place (Grillmaster Dustin Sanders)

2013
Gateway Church Men's Summit  - Southlake, Texas - Judge's Choice Award - 1st Place
North Texas Steak Cook-off - Lewisville, Texas - 2nd Place
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 3rd Place

2012
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 1st Place Champion - 2012

2011
Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge - Decatur, Texas - 1st Place Champion - 2011




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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Birthday Q&A

Hey there!  Yesterday happened.  I turned 37.  That still sounds so crazy.


My blog friend, Dara, does a little interview with her kid's on their birthdays, so I decided to borrow her idea and ask my family a five questions about my birthday to see what they come up with. 



Question #1:  How old did I turn on my birthday:

Hubby: Older Than Me (He's right)

Kendall: 37 (Unfortunately, she right, too)

Jess: 17 ( I like the way he thinks)

Jentry: 6 (Sometimes I still act like a 6 year old)

Question #2:  If you could buy me anything for my birthday, what would it be?

Hubby: A surprise, something from the heart, and not cookies sheets or something last minute.  (Truth)

Kendall:  A trip to Stars Hollow (She knows me sooo well!)

Jess:  A new dress (I'll take it!)

Jentry:  A Robot (Yes, if it's Rosie from the Jetson's)

Question #3:  What kind of birthday cake should I have?  

Hubby:  A kind without sugar (absolutely)

Kendall:  Red Velvet (I like that, too)

Jess: A pink cake with 17 candles (I love him)

Jentry: A princess cake! (Well, why not?)

Question #4:  What do I do all day when you're at school/work?

Hubby:  Clean house, chase the kids, laundry, jog, go to Bible Study.  (I do!)

Kendall:  You watch those crazy kids and write an awesome blog.  The list could go on.  (She's kissing up,  It's almost Christmas)

Jess:  Work on the computer. (aka: blogging)

Jentry: "Waundree (laundry), it's you're favorite."  (You'd think that, as much as I do)

Question #5:  What is something you have learned from me?

Mark:  How to pray for our children's future spouses. (LOVE!)

Kendall:  If you're going to do something, put your all into it.  Don't halfway do something.

Jess:  How to make cookies.

Jentry:  Twirling!  




Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Birthday, Christmas, Valentines, Mother's Day List

Happy Friday!  It's officially my birthday weekend; which is slightly less exciting than it use to be, but it's still a cause for celebration!  My friend, Shelly, recently shared her Christmas list, so I thought today I would share a few things that would be FAVORITES of mine if I happen to receive them for my birthday...or Christmas...heck, I don't want to be greedy, my family can use this list for gift ideas for Valentines, Mother's Day, or even my wedding anniversary.  Take as long as you need to fulfill my wants.  

Top Ten Things On My Birthday/Christmas/Valentines/Mother'sDay/Any Day List (In No Particular Order)

I'm obsessed with the signs and mugs that my friends have made with theirs, and I would love to have my own to make some things for our house, and for gifts.

2. Camera Lens:  


I got my first "big girl" camera last year for Christmas and I have loved using it and experimenting with it.  I'm not exactly sure what lens I need; but if you're reading this, Santa, I want the same lens as my cousin Stephanie.  



When I'm running errands on a daily basis, picking up kids, dropping by the grocery store, etc, I don't usually carry a purse, but trying to manage a wallet and a phone is disasterous, and I usually end up dropping one.  I need a wristlet that I can use as a wallet, but can fit my iPhone into, too.  #BasicMomStruggles  I also like a Michael Kors and Kate Spade version.  If you have one you love that fits an iPhone 6 with a Lifeproof case, please share!



Originally I wanted a Fitbit, but then I found this Garmin that keeps track of the time, and does all the basics of the Fitbit for a slightly lower price.  Now, my heart is set on a Garmin Fitness tracker.  



I read a review of this book recently on another blog, it sounded like a modern day book of manners for entertaining.  One of my goals in 2017 is to read more; I'd like to start with this one!



This is one of those splurges that I like to indulge in every once in a while.  For some reason, I never buy Philosophy for myself, but LOVE it as a gift.  



I love the scent of this candle, and the coziness that a candle brings to a home.  


I'm pretty sure I am going to buy myself this for myself with my amazing Kendra Scott birthday discount (if you don't know about this discount, ask me), so if you're looking to buy me something, disregard.  Kendall will be happy; I'll stop borrowing her necklace all the time now.  And look, Kendall, we can twin!  I mean, what 16 year old doesn't want to twin with her mom? :)



I LOVE over-sized, pretty mugs!  These are perfect for my morning coffee, and my sleepy time tea each evening.  

10.  And, what I am really hoping to do sometime in December...go see...


I'm slightly obsessed with the Kennedy story, and cannot wait to see this movie!  I'm actually having a hard time finding a theater that is showing it locally, though.  If any of my local friends know of one, let me know.  Birthday celebration sure change when you get older, right?

So, there you have it, Mark friends and family, my Birthday/Christmas/Valentines/Mother's Day wishlist.  

In case you missed my blog lately:

My Tuesday Talk was all about our Thanksgiving break; and I shared a delicious and easy party food you need to make this Christmas.



On Wednesday, I shared my Thoughts On Christmas Movies.  Some we like to cuddle up and watch each Christmas...and one movie you should definitely avoid!  


I'll see you back here next week...when I'll be another year older!

Emily

P.S. I'm linking up with:







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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thoughts On Christmas Movies

There was a point in my life where I was glued to the TV during the holidays to try to watch every Hallmark Christmas movie I could.  Then, it hit me one day; they're all going to end the same.  The single mom, who although is struggling financially, has impeccable style and a variety of peacoats and scarves, will end up with the handsome, kid-loving neighbor, just in time to have a picture perfect Christmas Eve.  Oh, and it will snow.  It always snows in the end.

There are a few Christmas movies that I do look forward to every year though.  I'm going to travel through these movies Ebeneezer Scrooge style, and show you my favorites from the past, the present, and a few that I think we'll revisit in the future.  


When I think of my favorite movie from the past; the movie I looked forward to every year...I think about Miracle on 34th Street.  But, no, not the classic; the remake.


That movie came out in 1994, so technically I was a teenager and not a kid, but I do remember watching it when I was younger.  I also really looked forward to Christmas specials on TV, which technically aren't movies, BUT I had to watch them when it came on, because we didn't have a DVR, kids.  Also, it meant we didn't have to fire up the ol' VCR.

I really looked forward to A Garfield Christmas every year.


And, I still look forward to A Charlie Brown Christmas.




There are a few movies that we watch every year now, too.  Our very, very favorite movie that we (as a family) set aside a whole night devoted to watching is...drum roll, please...Christmas with the Kranks.  I know it's not a classic or anything, but it cracks me up every time we watch it, and it's definitely one of Kendall's favorites, too.  


I cannot pick a favorite part of this movie; I love it all, but Kendall's favorite part is the frozen cat...


And, my husband's favorite part is the Hickory Honey Ham fiasco...


I guess, if I'm being honest, I love the happy, sappy ending.  I would tell you all about it, but you have to watch the movie to see what happens (that was said in my best Reading Rainbow voice.  Anyone get that reference?).

Polar Express is another movie that gets a whole night, too.  It's a pajama, hot chocolate kind of night that we all look forward to.  In fact, this year, we are actually boarding the Polar Express in Grapevine, Texas in a few weeks.  We haven't told the kids yet, so I can't wait to see what they think of it!


Four Christmases is definitely not family friendly, but always seems to be on when I'm up late wrapping presents, so it's become of favorite of mine and Mark's.  In fact, we quote it quiet often.




I don't know the future, and what new releases we may fall in love with, but I can tell you a few movies that my little kids haven't seen that I can't wait to introduce them to this year.

First up, Home Alone.  I see a little Kevin McAllister in my son, so I may be a tiny bit nervous to introduce him to this character, but hey, I'm not planning on leaving him home alone, so I think we'll be fine.


I also see a little of fancy pants Eloise in my youngest daughter, so I have a feeling she is going to love Eloise at Christmastime for years to come.  


Not to put a thorn in your mistletoe, but just in case you care, my very least favorite movie (and song...because as if it wasn't bad enough, it needed it's own song.  I think there's even a book.  Ugh!) is Christmas Shoes.  


I'm not talking about the acting, or the story-line, or even the setting.  No, I'm just talking about sadness.  I don't want to watch a movie or hear a song about sadness.  I just can't, there's enough sadness int he world, I don't need it for entertainment.  Give me Hickory Honey Hams and children left at home alone, any day.  

Are you interested in reading about more Christmas movies?  I am linking up with my blog pals, Shelly and Katy for Spiel the Beans with the Queens.  Be sure to check out their posts, too!



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