About a week ago, I wrote this post talking about my birthday weekend and what I was going to do to celebrate since @mrsbozz wasn't feeling the best. She actually ended up missing three days of work from her illness and personally I think it will take another week or two for her to fully recover.
As I had planned, I stopped on my way home from work and I picked up this New York Strip steak from a local butcher shop. They had some really nice looking ribeyes, but I felt the strip had a bit more marbling so I went ahead and got that. I didn't get a picture from the side, but it was cut very thick, probably two inches thick if I had to guess. Overall, I was really excited about getting this piece of meat onto the grill.
I also prepped some brussel sprouts to cook on the grill as well. I trimmed the ends off and peeled away some of the uglier leaves before cutting them in half. I then drizzled some olive oil before sprinkling them with salt and pepper. I put them in my grill basket and they were all set to be cooked.
They were calling for rain later in the evening and all day Saturday, so I did my best to get the grill going as quickly as possible. I was also taking care of stuff around the house and seeing to @mrsbozz's needs.
I don't have a picture from cutting into the steak because truthfully with everything I had going on, I actually under-cooked it a little. I don't really mind, but if I had it to do over again, I would have left it on the grill a little longer. The same goes for the sprouts. They were a little underdone as well. Next time I will make sure to do better. The flavor from the steak was so great that I will not hesitate to buy beef from that little butcher shop in the future.
Sadly, I got zero official entries into my #birthdaymealchallenge. Due to that fact, I took the five SBI (Steem Basic Income) shares I was going to donate to people who submitted and I split them among the two users who actually posted about their favorite birthday meal in the comments. Congrats to @steevc and @tattoodjay for those awards.
In the future I will try to do a better job of making my challenges more accessible to everyone. I was hoping to get some really great responses with beautiful pictures by requiring it to be an actual post. That might be a bit too much work for some people though, so in the future I will probably just allow submissions via comment. That seems to be about all most people can handle these days.
I know I am probably coming off as bitter, but really I am just a little sad to realize that either 1. not as many people as I thought were reading my blog as I thought, or 2. they are reading it, but they just don't care. Thank you to all of those that sent their regrets for not having the time to participate (@daan and @joanstewart). I get how busy life can be and your thoughts are definitely appreciated.
Also a huge thanks to everyone who wished @mrsbozz well. We both appreciate your thoughts!
All pictures were taken by me.
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