Bacon. It's a staple of the American diet. We are enjoying life in the South, but wishing we had a place to cool off, like a pool. I'll probably whine about that until it happens.
We also bought a Blackstone grill. I had heard all the rage, watched videos and liked the idea of the flames being contained, not flying around willy-nilly. We have almost perfected the Smashburger, including grilling onions and potatoes and carrots.
For my daughter's 27th birthday, we had a cookout at our house. This never happens. My sister and her husband are the grill masters. But, my daughter said she wanted steak and salad for her birthday. First thing I did? I turned to YouTube to some grilling channels I trust to learn how to cook a steak on the griddle.
The key to a great griddle steak I found out is bacon grease. Yup. I even discovered you can buy it at Costco. No need, I had bacon in the fridge. I cooked that up and saved the drippings for later.
I also found my temperature thermometer so we could check the internal temp of the steaks.
I left the steaks in my husband and son's capable hands and they came out perfect, from well done to medium, every had just want the wanted and it was tender and juicy with tons of flavor.
We are by no means grill aficionados, but we can make a mean steak on a griddle, which can't be done at my sister's house on their grill. The bacon grease sear can't be achieved at their house.
How does all this apply to writing and reading? Only in that the grass is not always greener down the street or over the septic tank as Erma Bombeck used to say. I mentioned last month that I might have some good news for this month. Well, I do. I can't tell you what it is because I don't want to jink it, but it's exciting and something I've wanted since I started writing a long time ago. The grass might be greener at someone else's house, but right now I'm watering my lawn. (No offense to my friends out west.) It gives me hope.
In addition to my super secret project, I have published a few books. One is a golf word search and number search book and the other is a picture book of lighthouses from all over the world. That one has no words and is great to use as a conversation starter for someone with dementia or someone who has had a stroke.
One more thing, if you're a Civil War fan and a smarty pants, check out my Civil War Cryptogram Book.
I have three books up on Kindle Vella right now. Two are non-fiction and Annie Get Your Gun, a fun dive into the world of competitive shooting. The non-fiction books are Emptynest Decluttering and 7 Ways to Overcome Anxiety.
The decluttering book will be available on Kindle this month, if you're waiting for that medium.
Until next month, happy grilling and find a cool place to dunk yourself when it's hot. If you want to know the grill channels I'm watching on YouTube drop me a line.
About the author
Michelle Libby writes about love, sex, life and happily ever afters, while keeping up with her adult children and finding new projects to fall in love with. Have you seen the coloring books? How about the RV?