Saturday, July 14, 2012

Grilling with the Duelng Darlings!

It's the 15th of the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.  Team leaders Darlene for the Dazzlers and Tami for the Divas chose "Grilling" as the theme for July.  I'm on the Diva team and love the card kit Tami sent us.  It included this super cute stamped image by Whipper Snapper called "Grill Sergeant".  Along with this image she had some terrific designer papers, ribbon, eyelets, rhinestones and die cuts.  I love that she also included some netting recyled from produce items.  Here's my take on the card kit:

Designer Paper
Red Check by My Mind's Eye Dilly Dally 'Best'
Picnic by Karen Foster Design, 'Life's a Picnic'
Red ribbon by Offray

Materials not included in the kit are
brown: Gina K Designs
red: Bazzill's "Red Devil"
green:  Stampin' Up "Gumball Green" and "Kiwi Kiss"
Square rhinestones from Stampin' Up
Images were colored with Copic markers

My layout is based on this sketch from Mojo Monday 249:

Part of the challenge this month was to include a favorite grilling or picnic recipe.  My husband is the grill master in my family and here is a favorite recipe he's done many times:

Garlic-Mustard Marinated Flank Steak
(from Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue)
Serves 6 to 8

Garlic-Mustard Marinade
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons granulated cane sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teasppoon minced fresh parsley leaves

two 1 1/2 pound flank steaks, trimmed of any fat

1.  To make the marinade, combine the marinade ingredients in a medium-size nonreactive bowl until well blended.  place the flank steaks in a shallow nonreactive baking dish or a zippered-top plastic bag.  Pour the marinade over the meat, making sure they're covered.  Cover with plastic wrap or seal and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

2.  Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill.

3.  Remove the steaks from the marinade, discarding the marinade.  Place the steaks directly over the coals, cover, and grill to your desired degree of doneness, 6 to 8 minutes per side for medium rare.

4.  Let rest for 5 minutes.  To serve, slice thinly across the grain on a 60-degree bias.


Please go a check out my Diva's teammates contributions to this duel here:

And check out the Dazzlers' contributions starting here:



  1. Oh Judy....... I'm so glad I was fixing my blog post tonight and needed to gather links...... cuz look what I found! WOO HOO!!! I love your card! The coloring is superb... and what a fun/cute Grill Sergeant he is, too! ;) Your recipe sounds delicious! I just might have to fire up the grill and try it out.

  2. Holy cow Judy....what a cute card and yummy sounding recipe...Can't wait to try it. I love your layout and how you used the did an amazing job my your card!!!!

  3. This is super cute. I love it and thanxs for the wonderful recipe. I am a new follower a d hope you can stop by and follow me.

  4. Judy, your card is so cute! I love the layout and the colors. Your coloring of the sentiment is fun and goes with the font so well. The paper piercing looks good on the image as well.

    The steak marinade sounds really good. Will have to try it!

  5. Going to try that steak! Yum

    Just like your card! Love your take on the kit....I loved this weeks Mojo Monday too!

  6. Love your card Judy! That's a great sketch for the image! and I love how bright everything is!

  7. Cute card Judy. I love this sketch, and the way the image is off center! Great color scheme too! We are always looking for new marinades and eat flank steak a few times a month. Will definitely be trying your recipe.

  8. This is too cute! I love the colors you used. That is a great image!!!! Yummy flank steak recipe too. I love your post!!! :)

  9. Great Card Judy--I love the colors you choose. Perfect sketch for the card and I really like the paper you used.

    I plan to try this recipe too!

  10. Great Card Judy. I love the colors you choose and the sketch is perfect for all of the papers.

    I am going to try that recipe too--Yummy!

  11. Great Card Judy. I love the colors you choose and the sketch is perfect for all of the papers.

    I am going to try that recipe too--Yummy!

  12. Love this great card- and the sketch. And, that recipe sounds really delicious!!! Thanks for dropping by my blog- a fun idea to have chllenges like your card!

  13. Love this card Judy!! Such a great sketch to use for this round, too. It really showcases both the DPs and the image! Your coloring is really fun too, striped apron, splashes of color on the sentiment - I love it!!

    Thanks for sharing that flank steak recipe. It sounds really yummy, so we'll be trying it for sure.

  14. I love the colors you used on your card Judy...looks like he is an Italian chef ☺

    You all had such a cute image to use and looks like a great kit!

    Love the papers, the embellies and the layout!

  15. Oh so pretty, Judy! The colors are so rich and vibrant! I love that you went with red and green! They just burst off the screen! I am sure my family would love your recipe, alas, I can have it with some of Melina's corn and my veggies, lol! xoxo

  16. awww this is quite an adorable card Judy...what a cute chef he is and colored flawlessly!
    I absolutly love your layout and the beautiful color combo U used here....Kudos my friend...♥