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My Grill Is Fixed – Beef & Bacon Pinwheels for Dinner

My grill is fixed! I certainly have missed it!  Now, you are in trouble because I will be posting more foodie pictures.  Last night we had beef and bacon pinwheels for dinner.

If you ask any of the neighbors that border my backyard the question “Who is the craziest person in your neighborhood?”  They just MIGHT say me.  I have a garden, I grow raspberries and shovel a nice pathway to my grill on my deck all winter long, just to cook in below zero weather.

In my neighborhood, I rarely see people outdoors in winter.  In the summer months, rarely do I see people at all, unless they are cutting their lawn.  Nobody in the neighborhood has a garden and they like to spend their summers camping, on their boats or at their summer homes.  One neighbor man I spoke to last year even told me that he didn’t KNOW you could have a garden in the city.  REALLY?!

Never give up
Last week my husband finally got around to ordering me the new parts for my gas grill.  It took him a few “man tools” like a blow torch, hack saw, shop vac, grinder and allen wrenches to disassemble the entire inside of the grill.  About two hours worth of his time and only $30.00 from our checking account and the job was complete.  Sure beat the price of purchasing a new gas grill.

As a treat to reward him for all his hard work I decide to make him beef & bacon pinwheels.


Beef & Bacon Pinwheels

8 strips of bacon
1.5 pounds of beef flank steak
4 wooden kabob sticks (soaked in water)


1.) If you want crisp bacon I suggest precooking your bacon a little before assembling your pinwheels.  Line a microwave safe plate with paper towelling.  Lay bacon down flat.  Cover the bacon with another layer of paper towelling.  Partially cook the bacon for 3 minutes on high in the microwave. It is not necessary to do this step but skipping it will produce bacon on the chewy side.

2.) Cut steak horizontally (like butterflying a fish) but leave about 1/2 inch uncut on opposite side.  Open meat so it will lie flat like an open book.  Cover with plastic wrap and flatten to 1/4 inch thick using a rubber or wooden mallet. Remove the top plastic wrap when you get  the correct thickness.

3.) Place plastic wrap under the flank steak. Place the grain of the meat left to right.  Place all bacon strips down evenly spaced and roll up tight using the plastic wrap as a guide to help you roll the pinwheels tight in a jelly roll style.

4.) Then skewer steak, crosswise, at 1-inch intervals using the wooden kabob sticks (soaked in water) that you have clipped to 5  inches in length.  Using a sharp knife, cut
between skewers to make 1-inch-thick pinwheels. The pinwheels will end up being about 1 1/2 inches thick when cut separately.

5.) You can grill or broil the pinwheels. To grill – preheat your grill. Grill cut side down and then flip – grilling around 4 minutes on each side.  To broil – broil 5 inches from heat.  Turn at the 4 minute mark and broil another 4 minutes. Please see guide below to cook to the pinwheels to your own perfection.

Medium = 140 to 145 degrees F
Medium Well = 150 to 155 degrees F
Well =160 degrees F and above

If you do not already have one, can I suggest that you purchase a meat thermometer because it takes the guess-work out of grilling.  It is a superb tool to have on hand for yourself and for when you have guests that wish for meat cooked a way you normal don’t personally cook for.

I purchased a fork thermometer (here).  This was my second meat thermometer that I had purchased.  My first thermometer only lasted me one grilling season.  The fork one has lasted over three seasons…still going strong.

I can not say enough good things about the fork thermometer.  It tells me both the temperature of my meat and if it is well done, medium, medium rare, or rare.  At first, I laughed at the size. Then, I quickly understood I wasn’t burning my fingers trying to remove it, like my old one.  WHY DIDN’T I INVENT THIS GADGET!

Now that my grill is fixed, expect more grilling recipes.  I like the fact I don’t have any pans to clean after dinner.  Beef and bacon pinwheels, roasted asparagus and toasted garlic bread …that is what’s for dinner! Good things do come in small packages…



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That Pound of Weight Loss DOES Matter

Today was weigh in day and I lost another pound.  Some people may say “Oh, only a pound?”  That pound of weight loss does matter!

I get so frustrated when I hear someone say “But I only lost a pound this week.” Only a pound? I’m not sure why people look at one pound of weight loss as a bad thing.  For those of you that think this way let me encourage you to change your thinking.

The items below EACH weigh one pound.  I need visuals sometimes to remind myself of what I am accomplishing.

1 Pound


The poem below was included in an old Weight Watcher’s book of my grandma’s. It fits into my thinking perfectly.



Next time you find yourself depressed about losing a pound in one week. Think of the pictures above. That is a lot of weight to lose in a weeks time. That pound of weight loss does matter!


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Day Eighteen – Call Me Crazy But I Am Seeing Results In My Weightloss Journey

In just eighteen days I am seeing results in my weightloss journey.  Sure I have lost a few pounds and the scale shows the proof.  The number staring back at me is proof but when you can physically see differences in yourself it makes everything you have worked for thus far worth every minute of time you have put into it.

This morning I jumped on my bike in the basement.  I pressed the same button to start my workout that I normally do, or at least I thought I did.  A few songs into my ride I looked down, I have this terrible habit of looking to see how many miles I can go and also watching the time tick down.  It was then, that I noticed I had hit the button setting that I programmed last year.  Just before I got sick last year, I was biking for 30 minutes at the highest resistance that my bike would allow for my morning routine.  Here I had not looked down for 19 minutes.  Happy, happy, joy, joy.  I am getting stronger!!  Plus, I am happy to say I completed the 30 minutes.




The 30 minute workout alone was enough to get me through the day on a high note.  That was until after I showered.  Since I had been on a no excercise, depression diet for 6 months, there were a few pieces of clothing I had not been able to wear. Those are the months I like to refer to as my hibernation period – But I am happy to repot they are now long gone. Today, I reclaimed one of the pieces of clothing back into the wear column.

It is extremely strange how your body shifts. I have gained muscle in my lower legs, while I have lost weight or gained muscle in my upper legs. The lower leg portion of my jeans seems tight, were they were loose before. The upper thigh portion is much looser. I am not complaining!

My legs, thighs, butt and lower waist is where the weight needs to come off. The other place I’d like to lose weight in is in my arms.
I have the traditional hour-glass shape to my body, which I have always been happy with. I have always seemed to be extremely bottom heavy though. Awkwardly so.

I have a tiny waist. Where I have to purchase a pair of size 16-18 pants so that I can fit my hips, thighs and legs. My waist is pretty much always been 2-4 sizes smaller than the pants I have to wear to fit my lower half. I have to wear a belt sometimes with the material gathered at the top to keep the waist from falling to the crack of my butt. It is rather annoying!

This year I am hoping to “fix” that. Maybe I will lose enough to even out the imbalance at some point my upper body would be fit enough that I would start shedding the lower half.

For the rest of today I am going to do a laundry, pick up something the kids can make for supper by themselves and get ready for a going away party for someone my husband and I know. It seems like every few weeks someone is moving or retiring lately.

I’ll leave you with the question how are you doing in your weightloss journey?  Hope you enjoy your Friiiiday!