Work And Play

Thursday we worked on the porch roof a bit and Friday the Cowboy worked on the porch roof a bit too much! Friday evening Louanne and Dan joined us for a fabulous meal if I do say so myself! I grilled a tri-tip using this recipe I found on the internet–

Grilled Tri-Tip (


4 pounds tri-tip roast

4 cloves garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced

1/3 cup salt

1/3 cup black pepper

1/3 cup garlic salt


Using a sharp knife, cut small slits into the top of the roast. Stuff the slits with slices of garlic.

  1. Mix together salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Rub entire mixture all over the tri-tip. Refrigerate at least an hour and up to all day. Take the meat out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before grilling.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Place the meat directly above the flame for 5 to 10 minutes per side (depending on thickness) to sear the meat and lock in the juices.
  4. Turn the grill down to medium heat and continue to cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, trying not to flip it too much. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. Thermometer should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) for medium-rare. Let stand, covered loosely with aluminum foil, for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice across the grain.
  5. My notes:  I reduce the amount of both the salt and garlic salt just a bit–it’s too salty for us if you use the amount in the recipe. Use an instant read meat thermometer–I use this thermometer  by Weber and it works well by keeping you from overcooking this cut of meat.

Dan provided the dessert, an apple tart kind of dessert–it was wonderful and we got to keep the leftovers!

Saturday we drove to Elfrida to visit the farmer’s market.  Not much “farm” to the market, mostly arts and crafts and assorted garage sale type “junk.” Back at home we joined Dan and Louanne for a trip to the Amerind Museum to enjoy the museum’s Autumn Fest celebrating the Native American Zuni art, history and culture.  These Zuni women were amazing–we are thinking those are real pottery pots on top of their heads which stayed in place the whole time they danced–

Their costumes were stunning–notice their squash blossom necklaces! These two ladies were the musicians.

Sunday we enjoyed a late breakfast, I headed off to church and the Cowboy erected the rest of the ceiling in one of the main house bedrooms.  Late lunch and the rest of the day was quiet–I stitched quilt binding and read–I started a 1474 page book–A Suitable Boy. I am a fast reader but this one may take me a while.  The book is set in India and I keep having to refer back to the character list to keep myself oriented.

Life is good.

4 thoughts on “Work And Play

  1. Having just visited Acoma Pueblo, and Chaco Culture NHP it is fun to see the Zuni women dancing. Being from the northern part of the west, I know a lot more about the Plains tribes than the tribes of the lower west and southwest. Fascinating cultures to be sure. Thanks for the fun photos, and the recipe!


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