Dinner

Winter is Coming

It’s starting to feel like winter! It’s been 32 degrees in the morning with lots of ice on cars. It’s time to bring out the winter coats. Stevie has found his favorite spot in the new house:

…on the heater!

There’s also a small vent near the floor under the kitchen sink and he’ll sit right in front of that, too. Which is super convenient for us when we are trying to do dishes. 😉

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but because our house is a little weird, we had to do a special situation for AC and heat. The first half of the house is the original 1920’s with vents like the above picture. So the main floor was “AC ready” but because the upstairs was a converted attic, there were no ducts up there. So when we got AC installed in our house this summer we had to do it in two parts. We got traditional AC for the main floor, then we had to get those Mitsubishi ductless units for our bedroom and for Logan’s bedroom.

Because it’s been so cold lately we finally got to use the heat portion of the ductless units and they are AMAZING! So quiet. Super efficient. It doesn’t take much to warm up the room and you can set it up to maintain a certain temperature (instead of just having it run all the time). It will be interesting to see HOW efficient they are on energy. Since we have solar panels on our new house, I am hoping the combination of the panels and the ductless units will save us a ton of money on heating and cooling in the house. Even though we have to spend a lot of money to do two separate systems.

Anyways, this weekend we had the Halloween Party and then Sunday was kind of a chill morning, hanging out with my parents and Logan was playing with his Halloween toys:

After my parents left to head home to Seattle, I went swimming, had a late lunch and then prepped dinner. I decided to make this keto beef stroganoff.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak, thinly sliced (I get my grass-fed meat here)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder (I use this brand of seasonings)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the slow cooker on the high setting. To the slow cooker, add the beef stock and mushrooms and cover.
  2. Heat the butter in a large sautĂŠ pan, over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sautĂŠ until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle the sirloin with salt, add it to the pan and sear on both sides, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the steak, heavy cream, sour cream, beef bouillon, Dijon, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

It was pretty easy to make and I love having a crockpot meal! So easy. The only change I did was I added the heavy cream and sour cream one hour before it was going to be done. I didn’t thinking putting it in the crockpot for the whole time would be good–it might curdle or something.

I also used fresh garlic from a friend’s garden! It was so good!

Dinner was really flavorful! I liked it a lot. The sauce was a little thin. Then I realized that it was a SOUP! Duh. I might use less broth next time I make it, though.

I wasn’t sure what to use as a base — I had cauliflower “Rice”, low carb noodles, zoodles, and in the end we used a chickpea pasta rotini instead. Not low carb, but it was really tasty.

Right now I’m not really doing keto. I’m doing more of a low carb/carb cycling program. I saw the above graphic on instagram and I liked the diet suggestion. I might do something like what it suggests, where I do a month of keto, month of low carb, month of something else. Maybe Mediterranean Diet, maybe Paleo or Slow Carb. I just feel like my body adjusts to whatever diet I try REALLY FAST and then it stops working. So maybe doing something like this will be better to switch things up.

Weekend

I took it easy for a few days after my cortisone injection in my knee. Thursday afternoon it started to swell a bit and it was hard to walk or bend my knee. I went home early and iced my knee. Thankfully I could work from home on Friday and I spent the day on the couch with my laptop and an ice pack. After that it was a lot better!

Saturday I wasn’t able to do cardio or lower body workouts yet but I did go to the gym and do an upper body weight workout and ab workout. It felt nice to be able to do something after a few days off.

I went to see the Downton Abbey movie with a friend and it was really good! Granny is the best character :). The movie was good and I felt satisfied with the ending and how they kind of wrapped things up. It was funny, too. Loved it!


I sure do miss that TV show!

After the movie I came home and we had some friends over for dinner. Michael smoked a chicken. We had some steamed broccoli with it and they brought fresh sourdough from the bakery our friend works at it. It was all so good!

Sunday I was able to go swimming. I took it easy with my knee. My doctor had said that I could swim on Sunday and it should be fine (after two days of rest). But I still wanted to be careful. So I alternated between swimming with my buoy a lot more than I usually do (to rest my knees) and then swimming normally kicking my legs. I was pleased there was no discomfort but glad I took it easy still.

After Logan’s nap, we went to Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon to go to the pumpkin patch.

I was happy our friends could join us, too. It was a lot more fun with friends! I was surprised at how crowded it was, especially for a Sunday afternoon. Last year when Logan and I went it wasn’t very crowded. But this time there were long lines. Oh well, the kids still had fun.

They played in the kids area, ran around, we got mini donuts to share, they went on the carousel. We went for a hayride and then picked out pumpkins. The pumpkins were reasonably priced too!

We had a blast! But man, I was pretty tired by Sunday night.