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Halloween Party Recap + Two Flank Steak Dinner Ideas

by Courtney on October 24, 2010

Today has been a much-needed, lazy day in the Horan household. :)

Last night, Jay and I had a Halloween party to attend…you like our costumes??

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We actually recycled these costumes from last year, when we went as some of the “Average Joe’s” from the movie Dodgeball. Last year, we were a foursome with our friends Joe & Kate…

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but this year, Jay and I had to go as a twosome. We really didn’t feel like spending any more money on costumes, and when it comes to Halloween, I’m ALL about comfort. Case in point:

Two Years ago:

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Three Years ago:

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So anyways, last night’s party was a blast! I can’t say I’m really surprised…whenever we get together with my favorite college crew, it’s always a party! :-D

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Eileen decided to go as a cat burglar, since she’s always been kind of obsessed with cats. ;) Too bad she wasn’t very good at keeping an eye on her loot!

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Stolen Kitties! :shock:

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There was definitely enough food to go ‘round…I lost track of what entered my belly. Probably better off…I don’t really want to know how much of that I consumed. :oops:

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My Girls! :-D :-D

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It was a great party, but I’m definitely feelin’ a little tired today. ;)

After spending a few hours lounging on the couch, catching up on school work, and watching our DVR’d Jersey Shore finale (which I was kind of disappointed with?), it was time to make some dinner.

A few weeks back, I won a contest through the Foodie Blogroll for some free grass-fed flank steaks. I was stoked…who doesn’t love winning free stuff?? :-D

The steaks came from Hearst Ranch, which sells only humane-certified, sustainably-farmed, no-artificial hormone/no-antibiotic meats. That made me happy.

When it comes to eating red meat in this house, I have one stipulation: I will eat it, but I won’t cook it. I just never felt comfortable cooking steaks, but it doesn’t mean I won’t eat them. So whenever hubby feels like taking the reigns, then I’ll go with it.

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Earlier today, he marinated the meat with a recipe that he said he found online. It was able to sit for about 5 hours, so it had a good amount of time to soak in the flavors before grilling. If you like soy sauce, then you’d definitely like this marinade. We both decided it was good, but I don’t know if we’d use it again…

Flank Steak Marinade

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 clove
    s garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well. Add to steak, cover, and refrigerate, turning occasionally.

While hubby took care of the grill, I got to work on sautéing some peppers and onions.

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After having our steak, peppers & onions ready to go, it was time to start prepping the final products: quesadilla for him, steak wrap for her.

Using some LaTortilla Factory wraps, I started by melting some mexican cheese in Jay’s quesadilla. Once the initial layer was melted, I added in the peppers & onions, steak, and a little more cheese. Then, all you gotta do is fold it over, press, and hold for about a minute. Flip it once, then you’re done!

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To make my wrap, I first started by adding my peppers & onions, followed by a few strips of steak,

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Next I added in some President Herbed Fat Free Feta crumbles.

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Then I got really crazy and added a tiny drizzle of reduced-fat Ranch dressing.

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His & Hers :)

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Jay let me try a couple bites of his quesadilla…definitely delicious!

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But not quite as delicious as my wrap was! We both decided that the combo of feta + ranch dressing was perfect.

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On the side, I enjoyed some roasted veggies. Actually, they were more like slightly charred veggies, but I like ‘em that way. ;)

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Lucky for us, we already have some dessert in mind for this evening. But I think somebody else has them in mind too…

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I don’t know how I feel about you guys eating cookies that look just like me, Mom…”

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:)

I’m thinking that some of these dunked in my Mom’s homemade applesauce will be the perfect way to end my Sunday!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Question for the Night:

What are you being for Halloween this year? Do you like Halloween?

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet October 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

You guys are SO cute!

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2 Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Cute costumes! I am not dressing up this year. My favorite costume was an indian one year… I’m dying to wear it again!

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3 lisaou11 October 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm

lovely costumes! and what a fun party with an AMAZING spread!

I am going to be a —ah dang, it’s a secret! you’ll just have to wait!

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4 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous October 25, 2010 at 4:18 am

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. This year I decided to go all out with one of the Lady Gaga costumes. Should be interesting!

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5 wnk505 October 25, 2010 at 6:54 am

i love trader joes cat cookies. They are addicting beware

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6 Natalia Baage October 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

Loving the sleeping kitty next the cat cookies. :)

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7 leashieloo October 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

It looks like you had a blast, I LOVE the Dodgeball costumes! I don’t mind Halloween, sometimes I more into it than other years. This year, I’m indifferent. I have a couple costumes in mind, it depends on how many appearances I need to make. I have Audrey Hepburn and a Boxer on the backburner.

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8 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

How fun! I still haven’t figured out what to be for halloween. But I’m definitely looking forward to all the parties. :)

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9 Katy October 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Love the costumes! I’m all about comfort too!!! :)

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10 CaSaundra October 26, 2010 at 8:53 am

The party looks like it was a blast–glad you had fun! And that food? Yes please!! :-)

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