And to me, spring means grilling weather. I suppose we could have broken out the grill all winter long, but it was kind of wet and dreary, and I guess we’re still adjusting to living in a place where we could cook outside in January.
These New York Strip Steaks (from Make It Ahead) called for a weird spice rub. Coffee, brown sugar, chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic. Actually, it called for garlic powder, but I used fresh garlic, because I don’t remember the last time we had garlic powder in the house.
I didn’t know what to expect. Coffee? On a steak? And, you might remember that I have
some a lot of difficulty with the grill. So, I enlisted my handsome helper, and armed him with a timer and a meat thermometer.
The steaks were perfect. The combination of ingredients in the spice rub were just right, and we’re definitely bookmarking this for future use.
Do you know what else happens in Houston in the Spring? The rodeo! Specifically, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Ben called it the “radio,” and it was so cute that I didn’t try too hard to correct him. We went at the end of the kids’ spring break, and had so much fun. It’s not unlike the Minnesota State Fair in a lot of ways. We rode the light rail from Palmer to the rodeo, which was huge excitement in and of itself for little Ben. The weather was great, and we saw so many cool and interesting things. And, there was a giant slide. Who doesn’t love a giant slide?