That is Grumpy and I on Christmas day. He’s getting so used to having his photo taken that he can actually smile nice for the camera! It doesn’t come without a lot of complaining though! he he.

Things have been so hectic for Grumpy and I. We haven’t had a lot of “us” time over the last month. Between work and his mom’s strokes we were busy taking care of business and not busy taking care of us so it was nice to have Christmas Eve to ourselves.

Since I had the day off I did some last minute things but I also planned a nice meal for Grumpy and I to have together for Christmas Eve as it was going to be our last one together for a few days. At the writing of this post I am sitting on the bed in my brother’s guest room in Indianapolis! I am having mixed feelings about being here because right after I arrived my son Justin called to say Kristina had been taken to the ER and was having emergency surgery. She is doing well, but I wish I could be closer to her. When I get home I’ll be checking in and giving her some pampering and I really hope she is well enough for them to take their honeymoon next week.

If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I really do prefer to eat meatless, but because Grumpy is meat and potatoes, I am always trying to find something I can cook and cook well enough for him to be happy! I successfully made a london broil a few months back and decided that was what I would do special for our dinner. The marinade came from Now, I am also thinking of another special girl (Nicole S!) when posting this because I know she has been wanting to make london broil. I hope this helps you Nicole and that you and David enjoy the meal!

Savory Garlic Marinade
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 pinch cayenne pepper

In a medium bowl, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, honey, olive oil, ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, liquid smoke, and cayenne pepper.

Place steaks in a shallow glass dish with the marinade, and turn to coat. For optimum flavor, rub the liquid into the meat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.

I broiled it on high on about the 2nd rack from the top. It took about 7 minutes each side and I cooked the meat until it was an internal temp of 135 degrees. After sitting the meat temp would be about 140.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. kang December 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    congratulations on turning 1 year!! Do keep up the great work and I will try my very best to keep on reading 🙂

  2. Barbara Bakes December 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I was surprised you’ve only been blogging a year. You have a great following, but of course, you have a great blog! My blovoversary is in 32 days!

  3. Di December 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary! I didn’t realize how many of us there are who started blogging this time last year. I’m glad to you and your husband got to have a nice quiet Christmas eve. The food looks great!

  4. Michele December 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Enjoy your blogoversary! You’ve had such a busy and stressful couple of months…let’s hope that the new year calms down a bit so that you and Grumpy can enjoy more time together.

  5. Marija December 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary!

  6. Meg December 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary to one of the best bloggers ever!!

  7. Jessie December 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Congrats on one year! That’s so exciting! What an accomplishment. That’s just fabulous.

    That meat looks super yummy. 😀 And Grumpy is just adorable. *ducks*

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  8. Laurie December 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your blogoversary, Shelby! It’s been fun catching up with you this morning. I love your colorful new logo. Yum!

  9. Elle December 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better these last months. 🙂

    Your dinner looks delicious, and I’m so happy that you and Grumpy got some together time.

    Sending good thoughts for Kristina, too!

  10. creative one December 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary! I do enjoy reading your posts.
    Glad you and Grumpy were able to have Christmas to yourselves.
    Hope all is well with Kristina!

  11. Teena in Toronto December 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy!

    Happy Christmas!

    Happy blogoversary!

  12. Dawn December 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary!
    I hope you two get some down time–I know what’s that’s like.

  13. Bunny December 27, 2008 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    That’s a great meal you chose for you dinner date with hubby, I’m sure he enjoyed it. Hopefully the next couple of weeks will give you more time together!

  14. noble pig December 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Yum! I’m sure he loved it! Also congrats on one year! Time flies doesn’t it?

  15. Vanessa December 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the blogaversary! Here’s to many more years of blogging!

  16. Priscilla December 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Happy 1-year HoneyB! I know how it is to get the “guys” smiling. My brothers are um, lets say, kinda uncooperative. =) do you ever go to colts games while in indy?

    happy b-day to your son…cute pictures!

  17. Megan December 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogaversary! Your london broil looks so good. I’ll have to try this marinade. I hate spending a buck or more on the packaged kind.

  18. Bellini Valli December 27, 2008 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the past year HoneyB.Happy Blogaversary!!! I hope all is well on the homefront.

  19. Reeni December 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Congrats on an awesome year! Your London broil looks delicious! I hope Kristina is doing ok.

  20. AK Mom December 27, 2008 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Happy Holidays and Congratulations on your 1 year blogaversary!!
    Please stop by my blog, when you get a chance, for a special gift. 🙂

  21. 5 Star Foodie December 27, 2008 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! Happy holidays!

  22. Gera December 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary!!! Keep up Shelby blogging in a splendid way :))
    Hey this meat marinade looks gorgeous!!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  23. J.Danger December 27, 2008 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary! You two are cute!

  24. Heidi / Savory Tv December 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Congrats! Great photo of you two and the broil looks nice too! 🙂

  25. Debbie December 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    ahhh…what a nice Christmas Eve. Sometimes a little down time is just what we need. Congrats on your blogoversary.

  26. Sara December 27, 2008 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary! The london broil looks delicious!

  27. Hugging the Coast December 28, 2008 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Wow, that London broil looks delicious!

    Happy bloganiversary!

  28. No Thyme To Cook December 28, 2008 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary!

    Your London Broil looks perfect, and delicious!

  29. Kaitlin December 28, 2008 at 1:47 am - Reply

    You two look so sweet with eachother in that picture, aww.
    London broil is my favorite, yum!

  30. Pam December 28, 2008 at 7:00 am - Reply

    You two are so cute together. The meal looks fantastic – I love the marinade.

  31. Kevin December 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    That marinade sounds tasty!

    Congrats on a year of tasty posts! I look forward to reading more.

  32. tardevil December 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Hey Shelby,
    Sorry about Grumpy's mom's strokes & the emergency surgery thing. What a month you've had! Hope things get better real soon for you all! Hope you had a great Christmas & will have a happy New Year! I'll catch back up with ya in 2009!

  33. tardevil December 28, 2008 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    And I forgot – Happy Anniversary!

  34. Nafisa December 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Greetings from South Africa. I came across your blog via Facebook. I saw you joined my blog network, which I’m glad you did, or I would not have come across yours 🙂

    You have a lovely blog, will add you to my Google Reader.


  35. Dee December 29, 2008 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! This garlic marinade looks wonderful. Congrats on 1 year.

  36. Jude December 29, 2008 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Happy Bloggiversary!

  37. Cristine December 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary! I can’t believe I missed it! You know how much I love your blog, but it can’t hurt to say it again! You rock, Shelby!!!!

    I’m sure Grumpy was one happy guy with that delicious London broil!

  38. SaraLynn December 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I will have to give this a try for my hubby.

    Hope Kristina is ok!

  39. Katie December 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the year! Your blog is great and keep up the great posts!

  40. Robin Sue December 31, 2008 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Oh Happy Day! Congratulations on a great year in blogging- I look forward to more of your recipes!

  41. Jason January 4, 2009 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Congrats! Food looks wonderful!

  42. Michelle January 4, 2009 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Just catching up on the blog posts I “missed” while on vacation. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

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