Celebrating 50 years…

Yes, it is finally here. Today is the day I turn 50 years old. I certainly don’t feel 50 (not that I know what that should feel like.) I meant to have this post ready to go this morning but as with everything else, things take longer than I think or I just get busy or a bit of both.

To celebrate, the family went out to dinner last night – and then there were presents and cake. Today, I have received lots of texts or Facebook posts wishing me a happy birthday. The kids and I will go out to dinner again tonight as my husband is out of town.

Well, here are some facts about 1972 that were brought to my attention –

Other fabulous people born in 1972 – Dwayne Johnson, Eminem, Shaquille O’Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Ben Afflack.

Average Income – $11,800

New House – $27,550

Minimum Wage – $1.60/hr

Movies – The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, Cabaret and Deliverance

Price of...a dozen eggs – 52 cents, a gallon of gas – 36 cents, a movie ticket – $1.70, a postage stamp – 8 cents

Wow. Those prices sure have have changed. And I’m sure if I look back in 50 years (assuming I live that long) I will see a bunch of other changes.

Recipe of the Month: Spicy Mongolian Beef

This is a super simple but delicious recipe.

You can add other veggies to the stir-fry as desired or you could even serve the beef over lettuce. We tried it as a salad but it would also be good with rice.

We will definitely have this again.


1 T. soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 t. sugar

1-2 t. crushed red pepper flakes

1 t. sesame oil

1 lb. beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips

1 T. olive oil


Mix the first 5 ingredients; toss with beef strips. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry beef mixture until browned, 2-3 minutes.