It’s been such a long time since I’ve checked in. Over the last few months, I’ve been working hard, not doing much other than sitting in front of my laptop, finishing No More Secrets, Gwen and Cade’s story. There hasn’t been a lot to say between COVID and the long hours spent shut behind my office door.
Luckily, I can report that No More Secrets is off to the editor. We’re still working out the kinks, lumps, and bumps that accompany any book launch, so I don’t have a release date to share just yet. The editor is editing. The cover artist is designing, and I’m spending a little time resting my busy brain before the manuscript comes back with the inevitable corrections that will need to be made. As soon as I have a release date. I’ll be sure to let you know. If you haven’t had a chance to read Secrets Hidden in the Glass and Aftermath of Secrets, you’ll definitely want to check them out first.
While I take a little time to refresh, I’m thinking about what story I want to tell next. This is the first time ever that I’m not entirely sure. I have two ideas fighting for attention. We’ll have to see which one prevails.
During these quiet, creative months, I’ve also been attending physical therapy. I’m working hard to get my shoulder back to good. After Bear’s back legs stopped working last summer, my shoulders weren’t ready to take on Bear’s full weight (160 pounds) when he’s in his harness. After many uncomfortable therapy sessions and plenty of effort at home, I almost have my entire range of motion back, which is good because I need the green light to start exercising again. The Quarantine 15 is real!
I rudely discovered that not a stitch of my clothing fits me other than the stretchy stuff. I can tell you that food has been my comfort over the last several months, especially chocolaty treats. I’m slowly but surely tackling the extra junk in my trunk and tire around my waist by choosing healthier foods and taking plenty of walks now that the weather is warming up. I’m trying to find the delicate balance between wanting to get back into my clothes and still enjoying those delicious treats.
Since I’m determined to make better choices, and it’s grilling season, I thought I would share one of my family’s most favorite weekend dishes, teriyaki beef. We use Lisa Leak’s Asian Marinade to create this yummy meal. Maybe, you and yours will love this one as much as we do.
What I like about this recipe:
- It’s tasty!
- It’s healthful, especially when you add some delicious veggies to the mix.
- Cleaning up is a breeze. And who doesn’t love that?
- We use tamari instead of soy sauce when we make this recipe.
- Low-sodium soy sauce or tamari is a good idea. Although, if you don’t have that on hand, I’ve added a couple of tablespoons of water to the mix to help reduce the salt factor.
- The recipe says you can marinate the meat 24 hours in advance, but I find that 5 or 6 hours is plenty. Otherwise, the meat starts to get a rubbery/cooked texture from the acid in the vinegar. You might want to play with whatever time works best for your preference.
What are your favorite warm-weather dishes to toss on the grill?