Weekend Fun

When my husband, Bill/Bro, has both Saturday and Sunday off from work, we always find some kind of fun activities to do together. It really doesn’t matter to us what we do as long as we get to spend quality time alone together.

Friday afternoon I got my hair cut, so on Saturday morning, Bill/Bro put the hair color on for me. Then he started singing “you are so beautiful to me” every time I passed him in the house as I was waiting for the timer to go off letting me know it was time to wash the color out of my hair… I told him he was a silver tongue devil, and I wasn’t going to believe him anymore when he says I’m beautiful to him…we both laughed and I went on my way to the shower…

After I showered, and did my hair and make-up, Bill once again started singing “you are so beautiful to me…” I just laughed and said “thanks, but now I know you will just say that no matter what I look like… now come on, we need to go to Costco,” and off we went… As we were coming out of Costco, a nice looking young man, in a gray suit and tie, who looked to be in his mid twenties, smiled at me and said “I like your outfit, you look beautiful, have a nice day.” Bill was a short distance behind me and didn’t hear what the young man said to me so he asked me what he said and I told him he said he liked my outfit, I looked beautiful and to have a nice day…” Bill said “I know that your beautiful and I tell you that all the time, but now see, even that stranger said your beautiful.” I said “I know you tell me that all the time, even when I know I don’t look beautiful with hair color on my head…but it is nice that you think I’m beautiful no matter what, and it is very nice to hear it from a stranger…Bill laughed and said “he was probably a salesman…” I said “well, he didn’t try to sell me anything, he just said he liked my outfit and I looked beautiful. When I got home I asked Bill to take my picture so I remember to wear this outfit all the time… hey if I knew it would draw random acts of compliments from perfect strangers, I would have bought one in every color… 🙂


Today, Sunday, Bill and I went to 7:00 a.m. Mass, came home and made breakfast, then went on a 6 1/2 mile bike ride. Here is Bill/Bro all ready to head out.


What a perfect morning to get out and enjoy the perfect weather we are having here in beautiful Arizona. Even these two ducks were out for an early morning swim. I bet they are mates, and he probably sings “you are so beautiful to me” to her every morning too. Don’t you think.. 🙂


We had to make a short pit stop so Bill/Bro could adjust the seat on his bike, then we were off and ridding again. I asked Bill/Bro to take my picture just so anyone reading my blog would know I was really there ridding with Bill/Bro… 🙂


When we arrived back home, Bill/Bro took the car to be washed while I started in cooking… one of my many favorite weekend things to do. I’m making chicken thighs with tomatoes, olives and capers for dinner tonight,  served with long grain and black rice, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and crusty bread. I haven’t started that yet, but I did put together two other meals so they are ready to start cooking when I need them… like Red Wine-Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms that we will have tomorrow night.

I seasoned four beef shanks on both sides, browned them on both sides, then removed them from the pan.


Then I added onions, carrots, and mushrooms to the same pan I browned the beef shanks in. Cooked the vegetables until they were soft and beginning to caramelize. I added in half of a small can of tomato paste, diced garlic, fresh thyme and rosemary, 2 cups red wine, 2 cups beef broth, 3 bay leaves, 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, some dried parsley, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and no-salt seasoning. Simmered all that together to let the flavors blend.


Then I poured half of the vegetable mixture into a crockpot, put the four beef shanks on top of the vegetables, added the remaining vegetable mixture, making sure to not completely cover the beef shanks with the liquid or they will boil instead of braise…that would not be good…


Tomorrow I am having a special, fun-filled day with my Frissy. I’m so excited I can’t hardly wait because I haven’t seen her since my NYC/Vermont trip last September… So I don’t want to be bothered with having to worry about what to make for dinner tomorrow. I won’t have to, because I will put this crockpot full of beef shank goodness on early in the morning, on low, and let it work it’s magic while I play the day away with Frissy… What’s not to love about that? Always thinking ahead so I have a plan…that’s me… 🙂

Stay Tuned!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Professor VJ Duke
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 21:34:26

    It’s always hard to know what to have for dinner tomorrow. How do you come up with new ideas every single day?


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 16, 2014 @ 21:45:34

      Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. To answer you question, I make a menu plan every week. Then, when I shop I buy what I need for each dish. I also love to cook so I try to carve out time on the weekend to prepare make ahead meals. Just getting the prep work done on a make ahead meal saves me lots of time during the busy week. Hope this helps…


  2. katsbynp
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 23:22:49

    You have had a fun active weekend! It is nice to get compliments from those you love and by strangers. You did look very nice in that outfit. I also like the hair color.

    Thank you for your picture of sun and warmth. When you have a snow globe every day and 26 degrees a picture of sun and biking are always welcome.

    The Braised Beef Shank recipe sounds delicious. I love crock pot cooking and it is always nice to come home with the pleasant aromas.

    Have fun tomorrow..Thanks for sharing.


  3. Bill
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 23:26:58

    I am such a lucky guy, I get to go out with my best friend and then get cooked a gourmet meal at the end of the day. Did I mention my best friend is my wife?

    Love You Your Bill


  4. gotham girl
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 02:17:12

    I so love both of you! The PERFECT couple…even after all these years! But, Bro…You are one LUCKY guy. 🙂 xoxo


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