So this Jamberee is supposed to be all about beef jerky. And the jerky is delicious enough to merit an entire post. But that’s not what I’m going to talk about. I’m going to talk about why we were shooting at Joey’s house until almost midnight last night. And it has nothing to do with Jamberees or Paelo anything (in fact, we were cooking up a storm of tasty non-Paleo treats for Teacher Appreciation Week). It has to do with the fact that my bestie could sense I was stressed to the max, that I had overloaded my plate and I was treading water. Like she always does, she stepped in to rescue me (cue dramatic music-like Baywatch-ish but cuter bathing suits).
I have a jam packed week. I’ve overextended myself and many areas of my life (ie. housework, husbands) are being neglected because of it. She scheduled an intervention. She did what every girl needs her friends to do: she looked me in the eyes and told me my priorities were not where they should be. That I had to learn the word “no.” I’m certain that was hard for her, but I love her for saying it. I love her for knowing me well enough to know that a) I needed to hear it from her and b) I would never admit that on my own. So what’s the point?
The point is I’m grateful for Joey. For her friendship. For her lack of judgement (except when it comes to my obsession with NKOTB- she says she has standards or some nonsense). For her decision to take this crazy Paleo journey with me. For her ability to tell it like it is. For her strength when I’m a train wreck of a friend. Everyone needs a Joey.
I’m going to pause that thought, share her yummy jerky recipe and then give you the opportunity to tell me all about the “Joey” in your life.
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1-ish tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp celery salt
Mash all seasonings into your ground beef and mix thoroughly. Let sit in fridge overnight. Roll out hamburger mixture with rolling pin until it is 1/4th-1/8th-ish inch in thickness (we’re nothing if not exact). Then use a pizza cutter to cut into jerky looking strips. Lay strips into your dehydrator. Dehydrate for about 4 hours or until no more moisture appears on the top of the strips.
And now onto more fun. You’ve heard all about how Joey is my rock, or my lobster as she would call it. Now I want to hear about yours! Do you have a Joey in your life? How long have you been friends? Why do you adore them? How have they helped you stay afloat when you’ve felt like you were drowning?
Leave ONE comment telling us all about your BFF and be entered to win 2 movie tickets! Simple as that.
I only have 2 rules:
1. While I’m sure many of you will be inclined to tell me about how your spouse is your bestie-and I totally respect that-I’m looking for lifelong Bromances and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-type stories! Got it?
2. You have until noon tomorrow to enter before I throw all of your names into random.org & they spit out a winner.
Email me at amber @ fabulesslyfrugal dot com and tell me where the lobster reference comes from. DO NOT LEAVE THE ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!!! Then come back here and leave a ONE WORD comment that says BONUS.