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Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls
Tender steak rolls filled with zesty vegetables and drizzled with a glaze that is simply out of this world delicious.
8 thin slices sirloin or flank steak (length and width according to personal preference)
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh rosemary, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 medium zucchini, sliced into thin strips
1 medium yellow onion, halved and then thinly sliced
A few white button or cremini mushrooms, cut into thin strips
For the Rosemary Balsamic Glaze:
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
¼ cup dark balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ cup Progresso™ beef flavored broth
Rub each side of the steak slices with a little extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, freshly ground black pepper and some chopped fresh rosemary.
Heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, seasoning with salt and pepper.
Place a few of the vegetable strips vertically on one end of each steak cutlet so that once rolled up the end of the vegetables are sticking out of each end of the steak roll. Roll it up, and secure it with a toothpick. Repeat for each steak roll.
For the rosemary balsamic glaze: Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, until fragrant. Add the balsamic vinegar, red wine, brown sugar and the rosemary sprigs and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the broth, return to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 15 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprigs.
Prepare the grill and grill on each side for about 2 minutes or according to desired doneness. Do the same if cooking them in a skillet, frying over medium-high heat until done. Serve immediately drizzled with the rosemary balsamic glaze. Baked sweet potatoes make a great accompaniment.

The Only Complete Example of a Viking Helmet: The Gjermundbu Helmet

This iron helmet dates to about 970 and was excavated under a burial mound on a farm called Gjermundbu in Norway. It was was designed with a horizontal rim that went around the head, attached to which were two vertical strips, one extending from ear to ear, the other from the front of the head to the back. Protective iron plates were riveted onto this framework. It probably would have had an aventail (a chainmail neck guard) but none was found. The eye guard in particular suggests a close affinity with the earlier, Vendel Period helmets. From runestones and other illustrations, it is known that the Vikings also wore simpler helmets, often caps with a simple noseguard.

Vincent van Gogh
Auvers-sur-Oise, May - June 1890 
oil on canvas, 50.2 cm x 52.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

When Van Gogh left the asylum at Saint-Rémy in May 1890 and returned to the north, he settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, where the doctor and amateur painter Paul Gachet was to keep an eye on him. Shortly after his arrival, Van Gogh wrote to Theo: ‘(…) for really it’s gravely beautiful, it’s the heart of the countryside, distinctive and picturesque.’

This work shows part of the elongated village. Van Gogh applied the paint in several very different ways: the field in the foreground, for instance, is rendered in broad, vigorous brushstrokes, while the string of coloured roofs in the middle is done with vertical stripes. The strip of bright green meadows beyond is thickly applied. The white sky is almost translucent and he outlined the clouds with a few fluid streaks of blue.

Auvers was a short distance by rail from Paris and attracted lots of artists. Van Gogh found himself back in the world of art and felt re-energized there. He averaged a painting a day during his two months in the village.

Minecraft News: 1.9 - The Combat Update

Today Nathan Adams aka Dinnerbone tweeted the first picture of the upcoming Minecraft 1.9 Update (named “The Combat Update”).

Dinnerbone tweeted a picture in the resolution 2×204960. He split an 854×480 pixel image (usual dimension for screenshots) into 2 pixel wide strips, and put these strips vertically, creating a 2×204960 image. Some code converts it back into the original image listet below (thanks to reddit user /u/Howzieky for running the picture through some code).

Here are a few new features of the 1.9 update we can see in the picture:

  • Different types of arrows
    • maybe: poisonous, potion effects
  • Shields 
    • maybe: made out of the different materials (wood, iron, etc)
  • Quivers
  • 3 more inventory slots
    • Shield slot, Quiver slot, Arrow slot

Sadly this picture is the first real sneak-peak we got for the 1.9 update. There is no info for a release date or a first snapshot.

The Anniversary | Avery + Luke


Everything was ready for the big night. Luke couldn’t believe he and Avery had been together for a year already. It had flown by. He’d got them reservations at a very expensive restaurant, and made sure they were in a VIP area, so they wouldn’t be disturbed by anybody.Luke was nervous though. He had a few questions for Avery, and he hoped they weren’t too soon, because if they were, the whole night would have to change.

He checked the time. Almost half eight, and he knew he needed to leave to get Avery from her apartment soon. Luke had showered and was dressed in smart pants, and a faintly vertically stripped button-up shirt. He didn’t bother with a tie. Pulling on his jacket he made sure he had his wallet, put on some smart shoes, then left his apartment.

Riding the elevator down to Avery’s floor, he wondered what she’d be wearing for their night out. Reaching her door, he knocked. Luke patted his pocket, checking to see if his keys were there. He felt them, and sighed with relief.

I’m piecing together an afghan,I laid it out to straighten out the vertical strips. The horizontal rows are joined. BUT work is on hold as it is now Danica’s bed.