First day of school was on Monday. I had to stay there from 7:20am-8:00pm. Yeah, I wasn’t the most happy person by the end of the day. Imagine my smile starting really big in the morning and slowly becoming a frown by the time the sun went down.
Actually having sun and not 60 MPH winds really cheered me up. My friend and I ate lunch on the grass in between classes and I think I even got a little color. 😉 A lot of the blogs I read complain about the heat but I will take all I can get here in this windy city. Send it over to the SF Bay, baby.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last last long because I woke up and my car was misty from the fog. I figured the only way to make the day better was to come home to a nice chuck roast waiting for me at home!
Slow Cooked Chuck Roast
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 6 Hours
- 3 Lbs Chuck Roast/Stew Meat (I used a combo of both)
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1 Jalapeño
- 1 Habanero
- 6 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 Lime
- 1 Tbs Salt
- 1 Tbs Pepper
- 1 Tbs Oregano
- 1 Tbs Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Thyme
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1/4 Cup Water/Stock
1. Start by cutting your meat into 2×2″ thick pieces and rub the salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, thyme and cumin evenly throughout the pieces. Set aside while you prep your veggies.
2. Cut (and deseed) the jalapeño and habanero long ways. The Roma tomatoes should also be cut long ways and then in half. Dice the onion and chop the garlic roughly.
Helpful hint: Do not rub your nose after slicing the habanero. Ouch!
3. Lay the onion, tomato, habanero and jalapeño down first and then the garlic on top.
4. Add the beef on top and place a bay leaf on top. Squeeze half a lime on top of the meat. Pour 1/4 cup of water or broth of your choice and let it cook for 6 hours on high.
I used the cooked roast the next day on top of egg noodles. It was perfect on this cold and foggy day.
Somehow all three pounds of meat were consumed by the next day! Sneaky roommates…
Something fun I did this week was going to Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences. Yeah, I know I visited the Academy only a few months ago, but this time was different because there. were. no. kids!! Nightlife is open on Thursday nights to adults 21+ years and older, meaning I get to walk around and stand in line as long as I want! 🙂
Isn’t this full sized cast skeleton of the T. Rex awesome? Such a great piece to see right when you walk in!
The Academy also had an art event going on, where local artists set up their area and painted in front of the guests. I really liked the guy and his work on the right. His portraits really drew my attention and I picked up his business card just incase I needed it in the future. 🙂
Live penguins! The last time I went with the kids, they had a feeding going on and the penguins were going crazy! This time they were a bit more timid because it was closer to their bedtime.
Does your museum have a pendulum? I remember watching this when I was around 5-6 and I was the ONLY one that saw it knock the stick over. Everyone said they didn’t see it but I know I did. Kind of like that episode of The Office when they wanted to screensaver cube to hit the corner.
Aren’t these bad ass? I would love one in my house! I just wouldn’t want Mr. T judging me with those crazy eyes every time I walked down the hall.
I also got to experience the earthquake event, which always had a long line before. The Academy replicated the 1906 and 1989 earthquake inside a moving stage. It was a cool experience but I was sad after because they said we were due for another one soon and I just couldn’t imagine the city in chaos.
One of the coolest couples you will ever meet!
The aquarium had a live DJ and it felt like a club down there. The dancing jellyfish thought so too!
I know I’m having a long
day week when I come home, open my front door and think the black bag in the corner of the entrance is a small child looking at me. I jumped back and almost slammed the door shut. Then I just felt bad for myself and went upstairs to eat hummus. Woe is me.
Students, how’s your first week of school going? Everyone else, what’s the dumbest reaction you had when you were tired?