Yesterday was National Drink Wine Day… as if I need a nationally recognized day to drink wine. It did, however, give me an excuse to drink wine ALL day in some form.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know that my day afternoon started with National Drink Wine Part 1: a crisp, summery wine that I usually wouldn’t buy but something about the peach made me curious… and it did NOT disappoint!
Having also grabbed a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon the day before – partially for National Drink Wine Day and partially to watch the Shonda Rimes emotional rollercoaster commonly known as SCANDAL & How to Get Away with Murder – and having no idea what I was going to make for dinner, I pulled out some beef tips and decided to make the shepherd’s pie I had on my mind for the past month. Yes, traditionally shepherd’s pie is made with ground beef, but I wanted to be a little fancy… I had no idea how fancy this dish would actually get.
I LOVE duchess potatoes, but they are really fancy and require more work than I had time for with this dish, but I figured a little bit of duchess on top of these instant potatoes was all I needed to satisfy my craving, and it worked wonders for my taste buds!
It’s fancy but, by now y’all know me: with two boys running around the house and four businesses to run from the same house, dinner has got to be easy too! Pan seared beef tips, two hours in the oven, jazzed up microwave mashed potatoes and a glass of wine on the side = an easy weekday meal. The secret ingredient: LOVE. There are lots of tasty things in this dish, but my husband says he can always tell when I’ve rushed a dish versus when I’ve actually “put some love in the pot.” For a long time I didn’t believe him, but I have to admit that with all the cans I open and the shortcuts I take due to the lack of real time I have that leads to the lack of homemade-ness in a lot of my dishes, the only explanation for why they are delicious has to be LOVE: I love the recipes that I come up with (and tweak), and I love the people I’m cooking them for. LOVE it is.
… and wine.