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The Best Steak You’ve Never Had. For cheap!

I’m all about great steak. Steak has been one of my top 3 favorite foods since I can remember.  Lasagna came and went, pizza holds a spot frequently and hamburgers will often find themselves on my top 3 foods list. But steak. Steak has never left my top 3. There is just something about a great steak that I can’t get enough of.

Steak isn’t cheap though. At a nice restaurant a great steak can run anywhere from $35 to $60. That’s okay if you only want to eat steak once a year. Even if you buy it yourself to grill you can end up paying close to $10/pound unless you can find a sale somewhere. That’s alright for special occasions but what if you want to eat a nice steak on an average Tuesday for no other reason than you’re hungry and love steak? And what if you’re a family of 7?

I’m a big fan of DIY, and that extends to my steaks too. Thankfully, a few years ago I discovered a well kept secret.

Pork Steak

Pork Steak. Yeah, I know, it’s pork and steak is beef. I thought it was weird too. Then I ate it. I don’t care what it is. It’s amazing and it’s $2.29 a pound. $2.29 a pound! That’s cheaper than chicken! That’s 30 ounces of steak for under 4 and a half bucks! Dirt cheap.

It recently came to my attention by my brother in law that areas of the country such as St. Louis know all about pork steak but here in Florida, no one has heard of it. It’s hard to find in the stores. Publix is the one grocery store where I have regularly seen it and even then they only have one or two out on display. I usually have to ask them to cut more, which they are happy to do.

The next secret is the preparation. I like to start out with a season all salt. I use one with a little Cajun flare to add a little extra spice. Then comes the next secret (given to me by my buddy Mark). Brown Sugar. I either make a little brown sugar and olive oil paste to spread over the steaks or if I have enough time I’ll just sprinkle brown sugar over and let it dissolve in.

pork steak brown sugar

After letting the sugar dissolve the steaks look like this:

Pork Steak

As you can see, there will be some “juice” that runs off and I’ll use this to baste the steaks with while I’m grilling. To grill then, I like to crank the grill up to as hot as it will go and give them a great sear and a little char on the outside. Then I transfer to a lower heat and slowly cook them until they are done. Since they are pork I cook them until they are done, I don’t have to worry about medium-rare or anything like that.

grilling great steaks

Because you’re using sugar, you have to make sure that the sugar doesn’t burn but if you let it dissolve well beforehand that is less of an issue. After I take them off the grill I let them rest for a few minutes and then we chow down.

It’ll be the best $2.29 you’ve ever spent. You’re welcome!

DIY Master

On day one of our recent family road trip we stopped for dinner in Georgia at a pizza buffet. While in the bathroom bending over to help our daughter, my wife’s iPhone 5 slipped out of her shirt pocket and landed face down on the tile.  She knew before she even turned it over, it was shattered. Major first world problems here. When we finally got to our destination we hit up an apple store and found out it would be between $750 and $950 to buy a new phone.  Continue reading DIY Master

Transform Your Coat Closet into a Mud Room

My wife decided she no longer liked our hallway coat closet and I needed to turn it into a mud room. It was looking pretty ugly, I’ll give her that, but we were storing a lot of stuff in there. I wasn’t ready to give up all that storage space for some shoe cubbies, a bench and a couple hooks. So we scoured Pinterest for days and finally came up with a solution that worked for both of us. Continue reading Transform Your Coat Closet into a Mud Room

Take a Homeselfe

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say everyone loves saving money. I don’t know anyone who enjoys deliberately throwing money away. Unfortunately that’s exactly what we do with our homes if we are not being energy efficient. We are wasting 100s and sometimes 1000s of dollars a year. Some of that is us being lazy but some of that is just not knowing where and how we can be more efficient.

That’s where Homeselfe can help out. In just a couple minutes with a few clicks you can get a report of your entire home that shows you were you can increase efficiency. And the best part is it’s entirely free! Normally a home energy audit can cost a few hundred dollars, but via the Homeselfe app (available on Google Play and the AppStore) you get a free report along with the solutions to solve them.

I took my own Homeselfe the other day and it only took a couple minutes and it showed me a few places we could save money. It couldn’t be more simple. You tap through each section of the home and answer basic questions.


Once you are done it calculates your report and provides you with a detailed breakdown. Here was our initial report:


Our home is pretty new so overall our efficiency was good. As you scroll down your report you get more detailed information:




The report also included some specific numbers about exactly how much we could save each year if we upgraded some things in our home:


As you can see, lighting and wall insulation were the biggest areas of concern for us. I didn’t realize switching my light bulbs could save me so much money per year! That’s impressive for just some light bulbs.

The other great thing about Homeselfe is it will point out available rebates that are available:


Here I was able to get information about a possible rebate that was available to me if I upgraded my heating/cooling system. A rebate for $377 isn’t too shabby, especially if you need to get a new Air Conditioner anyway.

The other thing Homeselfe can do is put you in touch with experts that can help you if you are lost or just need some more specific help.


If I needed more information or clarification about how I could better save money with Energy Star bulbs, I can call and speak to an advisor.

I encourage you to download the app and take your own free Homeselfe today. You really have nothing to lose. In fact you could end up with quite a bit of extra money in your pocket. For one, you could save yourself money on your energy costs each month and two, you could win one of 4 $250 Visa Gift Cards. Just click here to enter for your chance to win. I call that a win-win-win!

Saving money & winning money. That’s something we can all get behind! I hope you have a great week and start saving money soon with your free Homeselfe Report.


Homeselfe sponsored this post.


DIY: Tiered Planter. Vegetable & Herb Garden

For Mother’s Day my wife gave me a short list of things she would like. One of those things was a raised vegetable and herb garden. She even let me see four thousand examples on Pinterest. Thanks for that Pinterest. Using some of the ideas I saw on Pinterest and what I knew of our backyard, I put together a plan and headed to Lowe’s. I bought 13 boards that were 8 feet long by 4 inch wide by 1 inch deep.

I mentally mapped out my plan and I started making my measurements:

After I had made all my cuts this is what I had. (Please note, the 4 blue boards were from scrap I had left over from another project. The rest were cut from 1 of my 13 boards):

After I made my cuts I started drilling my jig holes with my Kreg Jig so I could screw the boards together.  

Here I was starting to assemble the base garden box.  

What’s a DIY project without a few “helpers”  

Once I got my boxes assembled I screwed them onto my fence. My backyard has a bit of a slope to it, as you can see by my crazy fence. I decided to mount my garden boxes on the fence parallel to the ground, even though that wasn’t true level.  


Next I decided I wanted to stain the boxes to give them a nice finished look. 

Here are the planter boxes after they have been stained (as you can see at the bottom, I didn’t bother to stain the parts that would be covered by dirt)

Now came the really fun part. A trip back to Lowe’s to get some herbs and vegetables! (This is where Greyson had his infamous “I want a pizza plant” quote) 

Once we got back home, we had plenty of helpers to get those plants into the garden boxes.  

Everyone got involved (except our youngest) and we had a great time planting our garden!  

We have so many fresh herbs now, I can’t wait until we cook up something delicious!  

The herbs were mainly up top and the vegetables were mainly down below.  

Here is what our finished garden looks like. We are super excited and can’t wait until we can eat some of the vegetables later this season!    So what do you guys think? Honestly, it was fairly simple to make and we were able to put a surprising amount of plants into our garden. Only time will tell how well it does and how much we are able to harvest. Hopefully our hard work will pay off!

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DIY: Handprint Bouquet

Every year for Mother’s Day I stress out about what to get my wife. I prefer to give sentimental  gifts that can have value beyond Mother’s Day. So things like jewelry or framed photos instead of flowers or a spa day. I understand women love flowers and spa days and those things might be part of a gift but in 2 years the flowers will be dead and the toe nail polish will have long since worn off.  Something like a necklace can be worn for years and will serve as a constant reminder of the Mother’s Day.

This year I decided I would make a personalized art project that could be displayed in our home for years to come. Continue reading DIY: Handprint Bouquet