Sweet and spicy beef kabobs

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 6:40 am

The Fourth of July has always been a pretty big deal for my family, but this year’s celebration is throwing my usual plans in a tailspin.

First up is the weather. It’s pretty rare to have a clear forecast for the Fourth of July in North Dakota, and this year is no exception.

And secondly, Independence Day is a Wednesday. Now, clearly, the Fourth of July should always be on a Friday or Saturday so you can sleep in the next morning and leisurely shower away the bug spray and fireworks residue without having to rush in to work.

But Wednesdays are the Banner’s production nights, meaning that if anyone wants to get a paper on July 6, we’ve got to work July 4.

The Banner staffers may end up pushing their celebration to July 5 – which also should always be a Friday or Saturday night because it’s my birthday.

If there’s one certainty in next week’s celebration plans, it’s that I turn 40.

To be honest, the age doesn’t really bother me. The hubby will always be four years older than I am, so even at 40, I’ll still be his sweet, young thing. It’s a pretty memorable age, so I won’t have to do the math in my head whenever someone asks how old I am. And, as I was telling my sisters-in-law last weekend, I’ve been enjoying these last few years of having my age be a higher number than my waist size.

It seems like I should do something momentous to mark the occasion, like create a bucket list or a list of ways in which I’ll change and improve as I embark on this new decade.

But I’ve always been a little weird, so instead I’m going to make a list of ways in which I refuse to change even when I’m a fortysomething.

For example, pigtails; despite being in my 40s, I’ll probably still sport them from time to time. (It’s a practicality, not a fashion statement; I don’t like my hair in my face but it’s too short for a real ponytail.)

I vow to continue watching cartoons whenever possible, playing video games and wearing superhero T-shirts. In fact, I think the older you get, the more you deserve to enjoy these things.

And although I’m always trying to eat a healthier diet, life has few simple joys more satisfying than that of tasty food. So while I hope to make good choices and exercise moderation, I’ll still continue eating the foods I love.

This quick and simple recipe combines some of my summertime favorites, grilled steak and vegetables. The marinade is a little like a spicy teriyaki, and you can use whatever veggies make you happy.

Or whatever veggies make me happy. After all, it’s my birthday.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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