Smart & Final raised their steak price.

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I have buying steak for $8.50 a pound for New York Steak for a while now. I went yesterday to buy some and it is now $12.99 a pound. It went up over 50 percent. I could not believe it. It went up $4. 49. That is crazy. They must have read that I really liked it. Well guess what Smart & Final, I have no reason to come to your store anymore….because I will not buy it for $13 a pound. I can go eat out for that price. I don’t have to cook it, I don’t have to do dishes. You can keep that expensive steak. If you did read that I love it before, now you can read you lost a customer.

New York Steak

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My son loves New York steak. It took a lot of trial cooking of the steak to figure out how to cook it just right. I have tried steaks from all stores. I even went to a butcher shop and bought some. I have found the best steak is from a store called Smart and Final. I have bought them all, from Sams club, Costco, Whole foods, all the grocery stores even Walmart. (Those are the worst.) Every time I cook a New York steak from Smart & Final, it comes out delicious. We even ate at a steak restaurant this week and my son said the steak I cook are better than the $20 steak at a restaurant. So I decided to type this up in case you want to try it. I bought a convection cook top a few weeks ago to cook the steaks on because it makes my stove a mess. I love this convection cooker. I got it from Amazon and they have all kinds of them. I like to use a cast iron skillet. I have a black one and one that is cast iron with a red finish on the outside. I used that on for these pictures but I mostly use the all black one. First I put a spoon of lard in the pan and melt it. It gives the steak a good flavor. I set the convection cooker on 300 to 350 degrees. On a gas stove put it at medium. Heat up your pan. DSC_0001sc I trim all the fat off the meat. My son does not like to cut it off after it is cooked. I went to Texas roadhouse steak restaurant and bought their steak seasoning spice. They will sell it to you if you ask. It is $4. I shake it all over the steak on both sides and rub it in. I even coat the sides of the steak too. Then I put in a little cast iron skillet in the oven to get it hot. I put the oven at 350 degrees F. You can get those pan all over and it comes with a wood holder for the bottom and a cover for the handle. They keep your steak hot while you eat it. I good the steak for 4 to 5 minutes for first side. Then turn it over and set the timer for 4 more minutes and check the temperature of it. I try to get it 135, that is a medium but if you like it rare go for 120 to 125. DSC_0005 You have to watch it, if the steak is thinner, it takes less time. If it is thick, it takes a little more time. I then take it out of the pan and put it on the heated skillet serving pan. I don’t let them rest like they tell you to do on cooking shows. I like them nice and hot to eat. I gave my son 2 steaks because they were only $4 each on sale and were not real big. DSC_0008 I serve them with a baked potato. I buy them huge at Smart & Final too. They come in a 50 pound bag for $10, but they are the biggest potatoes I have ever seen for sale. I took a picture of the potato.

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\HMy son likes a huge baked potato. I bake it for 3 hours at 350 degrees also. potato.

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Weekly photo challenge: Scale

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The Weekly photo challenge is SCALE.

The first  picture is cream size. I went to Costco and bought a big jar of face cream, Elizabeth Arden Visible difference. That stuff is amazing. I have been using it for 2 days and it makes my skin so soft. I went to Sephora at JC Penney store yesterday to get some eye primer. They showed me this tiny tube of it. I don’t even think it has an ounce of cream in it. I have not used it yet but they raved about how great it is. The Costco cream was $20, the tiny tube of cream was $24.

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While I was in that Sephora makeup place they showed me a brush to put on my makeup with. It is so soft and nice, so I bought it too. My husband came in and said he would take me to Harbor Freight store and I could get a brush cheap to put my makeup on with. I did go to the 99 cent store and buy a brush for 99 cent but it is not the same. The black brush is the Sephora brush, the small grey brush is like 20 cents from the 99 cent store. It came in a pack of 5 different brushes. I have not used it yet but it is probably crappy.

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I do like the little dish that I also got at the 99 cent store. I put my lipstick in it.

My husband said “Do you have a boyfriend?”, because I bought some makeup. I don’t go anywhere without him, how could I have a boyfriend. I just wanted to try to look nice sometimes.

Bird in a tree.

I was sitting in my car in the parking lot waiting for my husband while he shopped. We were parked by a tree, with some type of berries all over it. A bird landed on a branch and was trying to pull off the berries to eat. He tried several of them but they would not come off. He finally pulled one off and swallowed it. Then he flew off.

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Brussels sprouts

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The other day we were at Raley’s grocery store and I saw a stalk of Brussels sprouts. We used to buy them when we lived in Florida. We would drive to Palatka, Florida just to buy their fresh cut veggies. They had a stand by the road and the would cut huge heads of cabbage and Brussels sprouts with all the leaves on them.

I bought the Brussels sprouts and took them home to cook them. The stalk is really hard, like wood hard. I at first started cutting off the individual little sprouts but they are hard to cut off, so just snap them off. I only did half of the stalk.

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Just pull them off and trim them up with a knife. Wash them off in a strainer. I put them in my pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups water. Cook them for 4 minutes after it comes to pressure.DSC_0011

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Put a little bit of melted butter and pour them in a bowl and serve. They are so good.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

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The Weekly Photo Challenge is Express Yourself.

I got a present for my mother. I am going to go visit her next month. I wrapped the package in brown paper, it kind of looks like grocery bag paper. I got out my colored markers and decorated it with an abstract art. I just wanted to express myself, so I drew a picture. I can just hear her now “What is that supposed to be.” I will say, “It is not supposed to be anything, it is just better than brown paper.” She will say “Well, you should not have gotten me anything.” I will say “Just open it.”

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A key story.

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I have a Chrystler 200 car. I carry an extra key in my purse. I use it go sit in the car if I can’t find my hubby in a store. One day, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go sit in the car and listen to a book. I have audio books on my mp3 player. I went to get my key out of my purse and it was gone. I  got home and took everything out of my purse, twice, and the key was gone. I searched my car, my jeans pockets, my coat pockets. I looked in our truck, all over the house, but I could not find it. I then called the parts department at the car dealer. I asked how much a key for my car costs. The key also unlocks the doors and trunk. The guy said the key is $190.00 and they charge $55 more to program it.

A little key costs that much. What a ripoff. We then started checking the internet. The keys also are for sale at all prices. I saw them up to $79. My husband looked on Amazon and saw it for $28. The reviews were all pretty good, so he ordered it.

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I called 3 locksmiths to ask what they charge to cut the key and program it. One said $3.50 to cut it and $50 to program it. The next one said $75 to cut it and $75 to program it. I called one more and he said $6.50 to cut it and $65 to program it, but they don’t guarantee that it will work. On the reviews for the key on Amazon one guy said he paid $25 to have his cut.

Right before the key came, I put on this sweatshirt that was in my closet. I had worn it once and forgot about it. I found the key I lost in the pocket of that sweatshirt. The key we ordered had already been shipped. I got the key in the mail and hubby said he would see if he could program it to work. They send directions how to program the key with the key. He did it and said it was programmed. We took it to the locksmith that said he would charge $3.50 to cut it. He only charged $2 to cut it. Then they said they needed to program the key to make it work. They said it would not start our car. My husband said “It is already programmed. The guy said “We have thousands of dollars of equipment for keys.” Your key will not work unless we program it. It has a special chip in it to start the car. My husband said “I programmed to key, I don’t want to pay you $50 to program it.” The guy said “How did you program it?” My husband said “That will cost you $50 if I tell you how.” They said “Come back in when it does not start.”

We walked out to our car, put the key in the car and turned it. The car started. We didn’t need them to program it. The instructions that came with the key worked. We will keep in just to have a spare key, since they cost so much to have it made. We could be at the beach and lose it, now we have a spare one…for $28.

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