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Steak and Mushrooms in Air Fryer

Last night I made steak and mushrooms in my air fryer. I bought my air fryer about 2 months ago and have only really used a couple of times. So far I really like it because it is easy and a quick clean up.

When I am making dinner usually, I don’t follow a recipe exactly and usually it works it out. lol Usually, that is when my best ideas come to life. I was never a good cook, but I am slowly learning. I LOVE baking and can do that pretty well. I really like being creative and being able to make something that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

So I saw a recipe for steak and mushrooms and I tweaked it to how I like it. I made this recipe with sirloin steak, I’m sure you can make it with whatever steak you wanted. I like to marinade my steak before cooking. So I used McCormicks Mesquite seasoning and I drizzled it over each side of the steak. Then I drizzled Worcestershire sauce over both sides of the steak. I covered it with foil and put it in the fridge for about a few hours. I think I did about 6 hours, but I feel like 2-4 hours would be good. It is up to you really on how long you want to have it in the fridge to marinate.

Then when it was time to make dinner, I took the steak out of the fridge and chopped it into chunks. Then I chopped an onion and garlic into smaller pieces. I used probably about 1/2 cup of onions and 1/4 cup of garlic. But again, it is whatever you like, so if you like more or less, do what you like. I put the steak, onion, garlic and mushrooms in a bowl. I used probably about a 1/2 cup of mushrooms, but you can always use more or less. step1.jpg

I turned on my air fryer and set it to 400 degrees, which I thought it was a little high. But it cooks super fast.

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Spray the inside of the air fry basket with some cooking spray, to help it not stick to the sides as much. It is supposed to be “non-stick” but we all know how that really goes lol

Put the mixture into the air fryer basket and spread it out into a thin layer. I have a small air fryer, so I had to do to two batches. step2.jpg

So the original recipe wanted me to cook it for 10 minutes. I think that is WAY too much time. I like my steak rare or medium rare, not shoe leather. lol With the air fryers, you have to stop in the middle of cooking and flip the mixture over, so it cooks evenly.

So I cooked my first batch for 3 minutes then flipped it and did 2 more minutes. For me, even that was too long because it is at 400 degrees. So, for the next batch, I did 2 minutes, took the fry basket out, flipped the mixture and did it for 2 more minutes. That was good for the steak, so I took all the steak out and cooked the mushrooms, garlic and onions for 3 more minutes to get them browned.

step4.jpgHere is the result. It was SO tender and delicious.

This is my first recipe that I actually typed out:

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2 Money Saving Apps

There are a few apps that I use on my phone that are pretty cool and really help me save money.

  1. Digit: This is a really cool app that you hook up to your bank account. (It is safe) Basically, it rounds up all your purchases to an even number, the remainder gets deposited into their account. So if you had a purchase for $1.50, $.50 cents would be deposited from your bank account into your Digit account. Its like a “rainy” day savings account. They have the “rainy” day fund and you can hook up a credit card to pay off and it will do that every month for you, with the money that builds up in your account.

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2.  Fetch Rewards: This is a pretty cool site as well. You take a photo of all your      grocery receipts and you get rewarded points. You can turn these points into gift cards. Image result for fetch rewards

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2 Ways to Make Money Over Time

So, everyday I am looking for ways to make more money and I have found 2 very different ways to do that. Everything that I am putting on my blog are things that I am actually doing or have done. Nothing on here will ever be fake or lies or anything like that. I am a real person looking for a real experience. I am ultimately trying to find something I love, so it wont feel like work. But until I find that, I need to be able to survive.

So, here is what I have started doing…

  1. Bitcoin: I actually have had an account with Bitcoin since 2014, but never really did anything with it. Bitcoin is what is known as “Crytocurrency, which basically is an electronic currency. I know as the years have gone by, there is more and more things you can do with Bitcoin. I know it is bigger in other countries than our own and nowadays, you can buy a lot more with it. When I started with Bitcoin back in 2014, it was only worth a couple hundred dollars. I think I invested like $50 at time. At the beginning of this year, it was worth about $3,500. Today, it is worth almost $12,000. So since the beginning of the year, I have invested about $40 in it and now I have about $200. I don’t have a lot to invest to begin with, but the little I have done, it seems to keep increasing. (This site is CoinBase, that is the one I use, but there are several others)Image result for coinbase
  2. Stash: Many years ago, I played the stock market and never really did anything with it. But I found this app called Stash and you buy into different stocks like Amazon, Netflix, Costco, Walmart, Starbucks, etc. I do the minimum which is $5 a week or every other week. And I look this like a “rainy day” fund really. You can set up a retirement account with them as well. Again, Im sure if I invest a lot more money, I would be getting more bang for my buck. But this is all I can do, and in a couple of years, I will have a little extra money when I need it.Image result for stash
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New Garden

I am new to gardening. I have always had a “black” thumb. I have even killed cactus because I overwatered everything.

This year, I finally have a backyard that has enough room for a little garden. Originally, I planted carrots, cucumbers, radishes, onions, green peppers, and potatoes. So far with the few frost spells we have had in Central Oregon so far this year, all that is left are the potatoes. But they are actually growing!! So excited!!

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Side Jobs

So currently I have a full time job, which isn’t cutting it financially. So I have started a few new endeavors.

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My aunt down in SoCal has been doing Instacart now for the last year and suggested I do it to get some extra money.

So I decided to sign up and start it. Instacart is a little different from Door Dash, Postmates UberEats, etc. With Instacart, you go grocery shopping for people and then get it delivered to their homes. You get paid for milage, a percentage of the order and tips. So you can make some good money, IF you can get hours. With Instacart, you sign up and then you download their special shopper app and that is what you use all the time you are working. On this app, you will find an area where it says “Select Hours”, and that is where you can select your hours to work. You have to work 2 hours minimum and when you sign up, they give you “early access” to hours which means you get to pick your hours on Sunday mornings around 930am PST.

You then have 3 weeks to work a total of 90 weekday hours or 25 weekend hours to keep your “early access” hours. If you don’t hit those hours, you go back to regular hours which means you pick your hours every Wednesday at 930am PST.

So here is the kicker, if you live in a big city or state where there are multiple cities aka “zones”, then you will probably be able to get a lot of hours just like you want. If the hours run out, then you go to another “zone”that is pretty close by.

However, if you live in an area like me, where there is only 1 zone and the next one is 3 hours away, its extremely hard to get hours. And you can’t work, without picking hours.

So, when I was able to get hours, I loved this job because I could make anywhere from $30-$70 in a two hour time frame. But now that I am back to regular hours, I can’t get hours until Wednesdays and by that time all the hours are gone. 😦

So, until I am able to get more hours with Instacart, I have been doing Door Dash and Postmates.

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These types of delivery services do fast food delivery. I don’t make as much money with these per hour I work, but its something. I like how these apps work a lot better than Instacart because you can literally work whenever you want for however long you want to work. It could be an hour or 6 hours or more. So I do a few deliveries then I turn it off and go home, usually after I get off of work from my other job.

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A Little About Me…

I grew up in Southern California, where about 24 million people live including my family and friends. From elementary school to college, I lived with my mom, who was a single parent, working hard to give me the best life she could. She taught me many things, including how to dream and believe that good things do happen. Since the end of high school and into my early college days, I began dreaming about other ways of life and how people in other states lived. I dreamed of traveling and meeting new people. Experiencing the world and all it had to offer.

When I was graduating college, I realized I didn’t want stay in this “bubble” anymore. I wanted to explore and live someplace else. I always felt that I was born a city girl, but secretly wanted to be a country girl. I wanted to live in a town with less than 100,000 people in it and I want to see more than just buildings. I wanted to see the countryside and trees and rolling hills and animal roaming free. I felt like I wanted more. I wanted to roam free. I felt the steady pace of the city I was living in and I felt my life was going a mile a minute with no slowing down in sight. Living in a big city, life seems to pass you by and I wanted to slow that down, so I could enjoy it more.

When I graduated college, a friend of mine lived in Central Oregon and she invited me to come visit. I went for a few days and feel in love with the place, as most do now a days. It was slower, people were friendlier, the scenery was breath taking and I just knew I wanted to be there. A few months later, I decided to take a leap and called my friend and asked her if I could come up and live with her in CO. I am a firm believer in fate and if things are meant to be then it will happen. I said if I could find a job then I will go. After a few weeks, I found a job and I knew that it was meant to happen. I knew that I had to take this chance, otherwise I would regret it. So, I packed as much stuff as I could fit in my car, along with my little dog, and we moved to Central Oregon.

It was a scary jump to make. I left my entire family including my mom, whom I am very close with to go on this journey. A journey I needed to take. It wasn’t easy, but it was SO worth it. I feel like it changed my life.