You Look Like a Monkey…..

Dearest Boo……….what a day to share with Kevin Bacon, Michael Weatherly and Rocky Carroll (from my television husband’s show), Toby Keith, Marty Feldman, Anjelica Huston, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (author), Eli Lilly (of the pharmaceutical company of the same name), Anna Quindlen (journalist),  Nelson Rockefeller, Jaden Smith, Jeffery Tambor, Jerry Vale (singer), Steve, Lawrence (singer), Wolfgang Puck, Roone Arledge (ABC sportscaster), and me.  Ringo Starr almost made the cut, but his birthday was yesterday, the 7th.

Here is what I want for my birthday from any and everyone who is reading this blog…..Will you give me a gift of a random (or not so random) act of kindness?  I truly wish this was my original idea, but sadly no.  I read it online some time ago and wanted to share it on my birthday.  However, I am so sorry that I did not write down which blog I found this on, as now it is not possible for me to give that brilliant blogger props.

It’s so easy and best part?  Nothing to wrap or buy.  You can tell someone how they have changed your life or how much you love them.  You can mow your neighbor’s lawn or help them clean out their cupboards.  You can have coffee with a friend or buy lunch for a stranger. You can leave change in a vending machine for someone else to find or pay for coffee for the car behind you.  You can tell someone how much you appreciate how they did a job or make a donation to your favorite charity.  Volunteer at your local Food Bank or send a letter of thanks to your favorite teacher. You can drop off flowers or a plant to a nursing home or take balloons to a hospital.  You can just start with a smile.  Today there are so many people who are rushing through their day that I would think that a smile from a stranger brighten up their day.  You may even give them their only laugh of the day.   Heck, why not be like Michael Jackson and “Start with the Man in the Mirror”?

“I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror.  I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could’ve been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make that . . .change!

You gotta get it right, while you got the time ’cause when you close your heart then you close your . . .mind .  with that man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his ways
Just lift yourself you kKnow you’ve got to stop it yourself!  I’ve got to make that change, today!

You’ve got to move! Come on! Come on! You got to . . .stand up! Stand up! Stand up! Stand up and lift yourself, now!  Man In The Mirror make that change  gonna make that change . . come on!
You know . . .Change . . . Make that change.”

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.  We may not get what we want… but we must ask ourselves, what do we really need? Well, the short term answer is this: you need this marinated flank steak for dinner tonight.

Flank steak has very little fat, making it an ideal low fat beef dish.  Marinating it makes the beef tender and provides a wonderful flavor.  I usually marinate the steak at least two hours, but longer if at all possible.  To be honest, I usually allow the steak to marinate overnight, before I grill it.  You should cut a flank steak across (perpendicular to) the grain to make the meat fibers as short as possible. Cutting it on the bias would lengthen the fibers and make it slightly tougher (not sure if it will be appreciably tougher). If you don’t really care about having a wide slice to fan out on the plate, cut it vertically across the grain.  We have served this with Funeral Potatoes or in a fajita or on a salad or in a panini sandwich.  Heck, I have even been known to eat slices cold from the refrigerator.  Not only is this very delicious, but it is super, super easy to fix.  Two things that definitely will help with Joy Rising!

Marinated  Flank  Steak

Source:          Recipezaar  #18902

Prep Time:     2 ¼ hours/2 hours of this is to marinate

Cook Time:    12 – 14 minutes


  • ¼ c honey
  • ½ c reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ c canola oil
  • ¼ c teriyaki sauce or teriyaki marinade
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh gingerroot, minced  (or 2 tsp dried ginger)
  • 1# flank steak


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag.
  2. Score steak by making shallow diagonal cuts across the steak.
  3. Add steak to bag, seal bag.  Place in dish/bowl in case bag leaks.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours).
  5. When ready to cook remove from bag, place on plate, blotting access marinade off.
  6. You can either grill or broil the steak.
  7. Grill until desired doneness (160 degrees F for medium doneness).
  8. Slice on diagonal to serve.

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