I am loving that I haven’t had to think about breakfast by making a breakfast casserole over the weekend – this time I paired it up with some strawberries and oranges.

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Guess what?  I went walking at lunch yesterday!  Yep, 50 minutes and it was glorious – probably 60-65 degrees, partly sunny – it felt so good!

Lunch was chicken noodle soup and a sammie – super simple and delicious.  I love using the thicker noodles in my soups.

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We buy our dog treats in the meat section of our grocery store.  He particularly loves smoked turkey necks – each package usually has about 10-15 treats for around $3.  This time around, they had raw beef neck bones, so we bought those and I knew I would just throw them on the grill one night I was grilling.

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You know what?  After I cooked them a few minutes on each side, I put them on the top rack of our grill while I grilled our dinner.  As I was taking them off the grill the beef looked so tender – I took a bit and it was delicious!  I may have to figure out how to use beef neck bones in a dish – there is quite a bit of meat around the bones.  Anyone use them before?

I made marinated london broil for our dinner.  I marinated the meat yesterday morning:

  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used half a lemon)
  • lemon zest
  • salt and pepper

I also prepared our baked potatoes – olive oil, salt and pepper.  I put them in the oven and just had Tony turn the oven to 400 around 5:15. Open-mouthed smile

I grilled broccoli on the side too – I like the pattern the olive oil made on the broccoli.

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I also made some rosemary butter – just took 1 teaspoon of butter for each of us and chopped in some fresh rosemary, salt and pepper.  We split a baked potato too because they were huge!

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This was so good – the meat was tender and the potatoes were cooked perfectly.

Right by the post office that I stop at almost every day for work has a bird sanctuary store – actually I am not really sure what it is – they sell bird feeders too – but they had signs everywhere saying “have you set out your oranges yet?”  I was perplexed what that meant!

I looked it up and turns out certain birds, namely orioles, like to eat the nectar of oranges.  I hung one up on our gazebo, and while we didn’t see any action, the next day the orange was just about gone.

As luck would have it, Tony set out two halves of an orange on our table, and we were able to watch a bird!  I took this from inside the house through our screened window.  You can see the one that is hanging on the right side of this picture.

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I like to think this one is saying “what are you looking at?”

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So put your oranges out and see what birds it attracts!  It might be a fun project if you have little kids too. Open-mouthed smile

I have to run by my doctors office at lunch today for a blood draw in anticipation of my quarterly doctor appointment with my endocrinologist.   And I rescheduled my dinner with my Mom – we are going to Rosebud – check out the menu, what would you order?

Alright, have to put my breakfast together – make it a great day!