Make Your Own Special Occasion

A year ago my mom went to Europe for three weeks and I asked her to bring me a bottle of wine from Paris.

Michael and I had been saving that bottle for “a special occasion” but last night we decided it was time to make a special occasion happen!

I uncorked the wine while we fixed dinner. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done our “Sunday Steak Night” and last night we tried a different approach: Marinading.

Why didn’t we discover this method sooner? It makes all the difference.

Awesome Steak Marinade

1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce

T Tablespoon Soy Sauce

Minced garlic

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Marjoram (Or Thyme)

Marinade for 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.

If you’ve never used a food scale, I really recommend getting one. You don’t need to buy a fancy, expensive digital scale–the $10 scales works just as well.

I checked out the weight of the sweet potatoes so I could calculate the calories correctly. 200 grams = 180 calories.

I baked the sweet potatoes in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle some olive oil on the potato skin to keep it soft and tasty.

I steamed some peas while Michael grilled the steak outside. Everything turned out perfectly!

The marinade made the steak so tender; it melted in my mouth. It was probably the best steak we’ve done to date. Marinading is our new favorite thing!

You know you made a great dinner when you’re sad the food is gone.

QUESTION: What is your favorite marinade?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

3 thoughts on “Make Your Own Special Occasion”

  1. I love the idea that you can make your own special occasions. So true.

    All you really need to enjoy life is time with friends, some space to relax and the chance to reflect… Although I could use reminding of that more often!

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