We might as well talk about the devastating news now…Bachelor in Paradise has been suspended indefinitely. I know, I’m heartbroken, as well. This is what I know (from all the people sending me links to websites that are out to ruin my day with this upsetting news) – Corinne and DeMario got super messy wasted, then they get totally naked and start doing extra dirty things poolside. One of the producers wanted to stop it because it’s obviously too inappropriate with how messed up she (and the situation) is, but another producer said to keep it going. In the end, the show has to be pulled, the contestants have to be sent home, and now lawsuits and lawyers are a’happenin’. This is all I know from my deep online research and being an outside source that knows absolutely nothing. Credible.
It’s all quite dramatic. I’m honestly surprised this situation hasn’t come up before. They fly the contestants to Mexico, they give them unlimited drinks and, well, these people are fame-hungry and ready for anything. With sugar bear hair and Hello Fresh ready to sponsor you on instagram, you’re bound to be a little over-the-top when it comes to TV. Anywho, this is all very upsetting and now I’m going to have to fill my time with more responsible TV shows that don’t make me question my moral compass. Stupid.
Ok, I gotta pull myself out of this upset state I’m in. Let’s talk about how we finally painted our house! And when I say we, I mean not us AT ALL. Painting always sounds fun in theory and then it’s hell. And that’s usually when you’re simply painting one wall. We have a 1950’s house that has been flipped on the inside, but the ugly reddish-orangey brick still remains on the outside. NOT ANYMORE! We recently hired Vivax Pros to paint all the brick, siding and trim on the outside of our house and I’m seriously OBSESSED. Our old ugly brick house is now a Sea Serpent color (a grayish-blue color) with white trim, and it’s seriously beautiful! It feels like we have a brand new house and the outside finally fits what the inside of our house looks like – more modern and up-to-date.
This was a big step for us. We’ve had our house for 2 years now but we’ve been saving up to finally be able to really work on the outside of the house to get it to look how we want it to. And the guys at Vivax Pros were seriously so professional. They were always on time (even early sometimes, which is huge in my book – if you’re not early, you’re late), they cleaned up after themselves, and they made sure everything was perfect before they left. I know you’re probably like, “I don’t give AF, Juli. I don’t live in CO and don’t plan to paint my house.” But as I get older, it’s very rare to see a company do what they say they are going to do, do it in a timely matter and also be completely professional. No one does their job anymore and this company actually did. And I’m happier in my home now because of them! So I just wanted to give them a little shoutout and recommend them to anyone in Denver. They do what they say they are going to do and should be commended for it. Too bad more companies aren’t like them!
Anywho, I’m going to go sit in our front yard and stare at our house. In the meantime, you totes should make these tacos. They are so flavorful! I couldn’t stop eating the steak while I was trying to get the taco photos done. Always a good sign when you almost eat all of your photo props!
For the marinade
- 1 1/2 pound skirt steak (or hanger steak or flap meat)
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the rub
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For the veggies
- 4 tablespoons ghee, divided
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small
- 1/2 yellow onion, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt, to taste
- Place skirt steak in a deep dish. Whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade then pour marinade over the skirt steak. Cover dish and place in the fridge to marinate overnight.
- Remove steak from marinade and dry off with a paper towel. Mix together the rub then press the rub into the meat until it's completely coated. Set aside.
- Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee along with the sweet potatoes and cook until sweet potatoes are browned and soft, about 12-15 minutes. Add salt, to taste.
- Remove sweet potatoes, add 2 more tablespoons of ghee (if needed) then add peppers and onion. Cook until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes, then add garlic along with a pinch of salt and cook for another 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes to the pan and toss to combined. Place on low heat.
- Heat up a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grease grill or grill pan then cook steak on both sides for 4-5 minutes per side, for medium-rare (depending on the thickness). Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain.
- Lastly, place tortillas over an open flame for 5-10 seconds to brown on both sides. Place thinly sliced steak on top of the tortilla along with some of the veggies, cilantro and sliced jalapeños!
More tacos, please!
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