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Chilean Sea Bass and Filet Mignon

As a member of The Foodie Blogroll, we get to work with some great sponsors and this time around, it’s Certified Steak and Seafood Company.

Read through to the end of this post to see how you can win a $50 Gift Certificate to Certified Steak & Seafood Company!

The lucky winner is Martha Cantrell. Congratulations, Martha!

I was sent some of their Chilean Sea Bass and Filet Mignon to try out. We were so impressed! Everything arrives beautifully packaged and ready for you to thaw out and enjoy.

A bit of info from the company:

“Our commitment to our customers is simple: Offer the highest quality products at the best price and back it with a 100% guarantee. We source directly with no 'middle man' making our supply chain the shortest in the industry. This allows us to maintain the highest quality standards all the way to your plate. On top of this, we sample all products at the moment of final packaging and have a world-renowned laboratory test for various types of adulteration or contamination. This ensures that the food you purchase from us is pure and safe.
Certified Steak and Seafood Company was formed by the three Frisch boys, Mark, Adam, and Steven; all of whom thought that everyone should be able to buy the highest quality steaks and seafood direct. The brothers experience comes from a three generation family owned wholesale company that is one of the largest seafood importers in America.
They have vast experience in sourcing and selling high quality seafood and meat products to the commercial trade — and bring you the same grade of products fine restaurants, resorts, hotels, and high-end retail stores demand – and at a direct price that gives you tremendous value for every purchase.”

“Buttery Prime Angus Filet Mignon

If there was ever a steak that you will believe can “melt in your mouth” the Certified Steak and Seafood Prime angus Filet Mignon is it. With a delectable almost sweet beef flavor, and a strong buttery undertone that only Prime angus offers, it has to be tasted to be believed.

Each Prime angus filet is slow aged,  custom cut and trimmed for consistency in color and quality. It is a flavor you will remember long after your meal is over. Great accompanied by grilled root vegetables and horseradish mashed potatoes.

Chilean Sea Bass

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My 17 year old took a look at this plate and said "I remember making this exact dinner out of Play Doh!" How hilarious is that?!

To cook the filet, get it to room temp and season it well with salt and pepper. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and get an oven safe skillet nice and hot. Really, nice and hot. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan and add each filet. Cook for 2.5 minutes on one side and using tongs (not a fork!), flip each to the other side. Make sure you get some of the oil in the pan under each filet. Cook it for 2.5 more minutes and then add a tablespoon of butter to the pan.

Pop the pan in the oven for 2 more minutes and remember when you take it out that the handle is hot. Add another tablespoon of butter to the pan and tilt the pan carefully toward you. Using a spoon, baste each filet with the melted butter for about a minute. Remove the filets from the pan and set aside to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Put the pan back on the heat and add about 1/2 cup of red wine. Add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of grainy Dijon mustard, and a teaspoon or so of agave or honey. Let it cook down for about a minute, taste and adjust for seasoning, and serve it with the rested filets.

To serve on the side, I quartered one pound of baby Portobellos and sautéed them in a bit of oil and butter for a few minutes. Add 3 minced garlic cloves, a good glug of red wine and 1 teaspoon of beef soup base. Add some black pepper and keep sautéing the mushrooms until they’re nice and dark and rich. Again, this is all to taste.

Cerified Steak & Seafood Filet Mignon

Certified Steak & Seafood Chilean Sea Bass

For the Sea Bass, heat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat each filet dry and place in a foil lined pan. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Drizzle each filet with olive oil and lemon juice. Add about 1/4 cup of white wine to the bottom of the pan. Place a pat of herbed butter (I used a Trader Joe’s butter that has garlic and herbs in it.) or regular butter on the top of each piece of fish.

Bake for 17-20 minutes. The fish will flake easily when done.

Certified Steak & Seafood Chilean Sea Bass

So as you can see, each of these can be cooked very simply, even on a weeknight. Don’t’ feel limited to special occasions when you can make any night special!

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I'll choose one winner (US only, please) in one week, on Friday, March 8th. Good luck!

This sponsorship is brought to you by Certified Steak & Seafood Company who we have partnered with for this promotion.


Would Elizabeth Bennet wear this?

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Bracelet

Probably not, but that’s okay, because we can!

Iron Craft ‘13 Challenge #4 - The envelope, please...

The challenge this time is--you guessed it--all about award season. Emmys, SAGs, Golden Globes, Oscars--all of them!

Our challenge was to come up with a craft inspired by a favorite movie or TV show, or something to show off on the red carpet. I gave it some thought and since I’d just watched Pride and Prejudice, I went with that movie. That’s my favorite version!

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Bracelet

I figured I was probably going to make some type of jewelry, but what kind? I did some research and the movie was set in 1805-1810. In that time period, I saw that women wore a lot of coral, pearls, amethyst and garnet. I headed to the craft store with a couple of ideas in mind, but they didn’t have some of the things I needed. Again. This is getting frustrating! Out of two large chain stores--Michaels and Hobby Lobby, I’m having a hard time doing one stop shopping. At the last minute, I went with this bracelet. I love it. I’ve been looking a lot at the large beads available--they’re so pretty.

So as you can see, this bracelet is my shout out to the pearl and amethyst that was so popular in Elizabeth Bennet’s time. I love the delicate flowers on the purple and silver beads.

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Bracelet

This is truly one of the simplest jewelry pieces to make! Just unscrew one of the ends of the bracelet, slide the beads on in the order you want, screw the end back on and you’re done! You can also easily change the look by just changing the beads to suit your mood. The two beads on either end are stopper beads. They have a silicone coating inside to keep them in place and the other beads from sliding all over the place.

Check out the Flickr Group for more Awards Season inspiration!

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Bracelet

See my new shop for this and other handmade items for sale! Click the picute below to be taken to the shop.


Beach Rock Shadow Box

Iron Craft ‘13 Challenge #3 - Hearts and Flowers

Beach Rock Shadow Box

NH has only 18 miles of coastline, but is it breathtakingly beautiful. We have sandy beaches as well as rocky ones. Quiet ones and some that are filled with people from sunrise to sunset. We have the smallest coastline of any coastal state, so we treasure it and enjoy it to the fullest.

When my kids were younger, we’d always come home from the beach with loads of rocks. We still have a few here and there, but for this project, I needed more. This meant a road trip! Billy and I took off on Super Bowl Sunday morning and hit the beach. We went to Bass Beach in Rye, NH. It’s one stop shopping for any kind of beach rock you could ever want. In fact, we’ve nicknamed it “Rocky Beach.” I love this beach because it’s not usually busy. Most people want sandy beaches and this one is anything but. We did however get ambushed by a large Golden Retriever puppy named Bailey while we were there. She was incredibly fuzzy and sweet. Dogs love beaches!

It’s incredible--when you first hit Rocky Beach, the rocks are big. As you head down to the water, the rocks get smaller and smaller. Tiny! If you really take the time to look, which we’ve done with the kids, you’ll find beautiful little rocks that have been “tumbled” by Mother Nature--no machine needed. They’re miniscule versions of the rocks you see when you first step on the beach!

Beach Rock Shadow Box

My inspiration for this project came from just Lu. She collected her rocks on the Oregon Coast! I noticed how hers were mostly all one color, and it’s beautiful. I wanted to showcase a nice assortment of the rocks we see here in New England. We don’t find much (if any) beach glass here, so I went ahead and picked some up at Michael’s for some added color. I planned on leaving them as is, but in their dry state, they blended in with the shadow box too much. I took just Lu’s lead and sprayed mine with a sealer to make them look wet and shiny. I used Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher. It took one coat and dries incredibly fast.

When looking for a shadow box to use, I found the labeled “shadow boxes” all looked shiny and new. Not the look I was going for. I looked around the store and found so many other options in the unfinished wood project section of Michael’s. I settled on an 8x10 inch Basswood Canvas, which is “1/4 inch basswood cradled with a 1.5 inch pine wood frame.” It’s just what I needed, without the glass--which I wasn’t too concerned with, anyway.

Beach Rock Shadow Box

What I Did:

1- I needed to make the box look a little weathered, so using what I had on hand--tubes of watercolors--I started blending some grays and browns and set to work. I used a cloth and applied the paint directly to the cloth, then dipped the cloth in water and applied them to the box. I finished up with a nice summery blue. If I could have found some sandpaper, I’d have “messed it up” a bit more on the edges. I love the finish, though--it looks cottagey/beachy to me. It was slightly damp, so I set the box in front of a fan to dry while I prepped the rocks, glass, and heart pattern.

2- On brown craft paper, I set the rocks out in small piles, sorted roughly by size. I chose some glass to add, and sprayed all of it with the acrylic sealer--outside. It’s very strong smelling. They dry very quickly.

3- On more craft paper, trace out the edge of the box. Draw the inside frame measurement so you know how much room you have to work with. I freehanded a heart shape inside the outlines. If you want, you can trace and cut out another heart to set in the box. Then you can trace it and have the heart shape in the box as a guide, as well. I didn’t. I eyeballed all of it.

4- Choose your rocks and glass and set them in the heart that you traced on the paper. When you get a pattern you like, one by one, transfer them into the box and get it set the way you want it.

5- Using a strong adhesive (I used E6000), glue the rocks and glass in one at a time. The glue doesn’t dry too quickly, but it is pretty fast, considering. If you need to adjust the placement of one of the rocks, you have a few minutes to do it. For mine, to glue all of the rocks/glass in, it took about 15 minutes. I started on one side and worked my way across the heart. Set is aside to dry completely, add a hanger to the back, and you’re done!

6- I did this entire project in one morning--I started at about 10:00 and finished at about 1:30, so it’s not terribly difficult or involved. Just have fun with it!

I hope you’ll check out the Iron Craft Flickr group--there are so many fun and beautiful projects posted, so you’ll find tons of inspiration!

Beach Rock Shadow Box


Prize Pack that you’re going to want, from Land O Lakes

Land O Lakes Prize Pack


The lucky winner of the prize pack is Schmidty. Thanks to everyone that entered and stay tuned for more fun things!

Some of you may remember a post I did last summer using Land O Lakes cheese. I grew up with Land O Lakes products in the house. My mom always bought butter and cheese from them. 

If you haven’t checked out their site yet, you should. It’s packed with recipes and information.

If you’d like a couple of easy recipe ideas, you can also check out the recipes I  made using their cheese--Supremely Tasty Puff Pastry Pizza Tart and Apple and Cheese Puffed Parcels. They’re both made with puff pastry, simple to make, and very tasty. They’d be great snack to put out for any party or get together you may be having.

Land O Lakes Prize Pack

Quickie Giveaway!


Today I have for you--from Land O Lakes--a prize pack including:

- One Emile Henry 12" pizza stone

- One large 18.5" x 12.5" white serving platter from Crate&Barrel

- One reusable refrigerated grocery bag

- One Land O’Lakes deli cheese coupon

I can tell you that the pizza stone and the platter are such great quality--you’re going to love them.

Land O Lakes Prize Pack


Easy Rules!


1. All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post and I'll choose a winner Tuesday, the 5th of February. That’s next Tuesday!

2. Want some extra entries? Totally optional, but if you want some, you can share this on any of your social media outlets, and you can leave one comment here for each share, no matter where it is.

That’s it! US only, please. Land O Lakes will ship directly to the randomly chosen winner. Please leave a valid email address so I can reach you, or I’ll have to choose another winner.


Disclaimer: I was sent a prize pack at no cost to me, and my opinions are my own. Prize pack will shipped directly from Land O Lakes.


DIY Jewel Tone Mason Jars

DIY Jewel Tone Mason Jars

Iron Craft ’13 Challenge #2 – Orange You Glad…

It’s time for round 2 of the Iron Craft Challenge--and this time, it’s “Orange.” Using either the color orange or actual oranges--out task was to have a finished orangey craft project.

I chose what I think is one of the easiest crafts I’ve ever done--making colored mason jars. With just three common items, you can make the most uncommon jewel toned jar! All you need is a glass jar, some Mod Podge (I used the Gloss-Lustre one), and some food coloring. That’s it!

DIY Jewel Tone Mason Jars

I loved this challenge because orange isn’t a color I normally gravitate to, but man, it’s just gorgeous. These jars remind me of sweet orange hard candy. Or that big ball in the sky we call the sun, and let’s face it--in drab gray January, who couldn’t use a little sun in the house?

I added little battery powered votives that have been hanging around since the holidays, but you can use these jars for whatever want--except maybe for food. I wouldn’t put food in these, ok?*

Use them on your make-up table, your desk, outside on the patio this summer with candles--anywhere you want a nice splash of color. Sunny windowsills come to mind. And let’s not forget--you can make these in any color (holidays!), so choose your favorites and get ready for this simple project!

DIY Jewel Tone Mason Jars

I found this tutorial at Lilyshop. She used some pretty jewels and puffy paints to decorate a couple of her jars. If I hadn’t been pressed for time, I’d have really gone all out on the crystals, but I actually made these yesterday morning. Can we say last minute? I picked up these little rhinestones that came stuck together like stickers. Pretty, but I feel like they could be improved. Next time--because I’ll be  making more of these, for sure!

One thing I did was after the jars had drained and before I set them upright to drain, I took a bamboo skewer and made sure that the top rim of the jar was covered with the Mod Podge mixture--just so it looked evenly covered. Also, since my jars have corners, I mixed the Mod Podge and food coloring in a small glass ramekin before pouring it into the jars. Clean up is easy since it’s water based. Thought the food coloring isn’t, so be careful of your work surface.

I hope you’ll check out what the other Iron Crafters have done, too! You can see all of them in the Flickr Group. There’s so much inspiration to be found there!

*Mod Podge is non-toxic, non-flammable and water based. There is an Outdoor Mod Podge available that is water resistant and is most durable when used on projects that are in a sheltered area.

DIY Jewel Tone Mason Jars

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