“Bitz of Glitz” – Giveaway & my favorite Beef or Chicken Marinade

Summer . . . if it does actually come, it means grilling time.
I think Idaho is stuck in Spring.
Nevertheless . . . I’m grilling through the snow, hail, rain and mostly the wind!
It’s also fun to make Beef or Chicken Kabobs . . . layer some veggies in between if you like.
Ta da da da!
I’d also like to introduce you to “Bitz of Glitz”
It’s a new site offering beautiful hand crafted jewelry.
Take for instance:
Tutti Fruitti
Cotton Candy
Pretty in Pink
This jewelry is meticulously made, inexpensive and will brighten up any wardrobe!
There are dozens of color choices and special orders are welcome.

Wait there is more!
Today is your lucky day. One lucky reader will win the bracelet of your choice.  All you have to do, is leave a comment below this post on Get Off Your Butt and BAKE!, as well as a comment below the bracelet of your choice on BITZ OF GLITZ.
*Leave one here . . . Leave one there!
The giveaway will close on Saturday, June 4th at midnight (MST). The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced on Monday June 6th.

Go on . . . find your glitz
on
yes . . . still groveling.
*Please continue voting for me on Babble. I’m inching up slowly, but if each of my readers would each vote . . . I might not drop off the page entirely!
One of the ways that blog rankings are measured, is by reader commenting.  I actually know that a few of you have subscribed to this crazy blog.  Please take the time to leave me a comment every now and then.  I promise I will visit you in turn!
In the meantime . . . make this marinade!

 

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This is an excellent Marinade of Beef or Chicken. It also makes a great sauce for a stir fry. Follow instructions below.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup soy sauce
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Canadian steak or Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • use even when making chicken)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all together with a whisk, and pour mixture over chicken or beef. Cover with saran wrap, or put it all in a zip loc baggie and let marinate overnight, or for at least 2 to 4 hours.
Notes
This marinade also makes a great sauce for stir fry as well. It's a bit too strong left as is, so after marinating the beef or chicken in full strength marinade, take the marinade and dilute it with water until it's the strength you desire. Bring the marinade to a simmer, and then thicken it with Cornstarch and cold water. *Take a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of COLD water. Mix until well blended. Slowly add it stirring constantly to the marinade to thicken it. You can add any veggies that you like for your stir fry.

 

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  • Christina @ This Woman Cooks! - May 31, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    This marinade sounds great. We just bought a grill so I’m looking for all kinds of ideas. Since we’re newbies I have to ask, what kind of beef did you use for the kabobs? How long do you cook them for?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - May 31, 2011 - 6:25 pm

      Hi Christina,

      The steak you see in the pictures is Sirloin. Cheaper cuts of meat are also very good, as long as you let them marinate a good length of time.
      The longer they sit in the marinade, the more flavorful and tender it will be. Make sure that you cut your pieces against or across the grain of the steak. It makes a big difference in chew quality! As far as cooking time, it really depends of the size and thickness of your steaks or chunks for kabobs. Some also like rare! The steaks in the picture probably cooked about 4 minutes per side for medium.ReplyCancel

  • NaDell - May 31, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    I love eating grilled food, but we rarely cook with ours because it’s the charcoal kind….We get to just visit my in laws and eat theirs. =) Your meal looks delicious and those bracelets are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Puppydogs - May 31, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    Oh those look soo cute!
    The marinade sounds delish! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Chris M. - May 31, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Pretty in Pink. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • jean - May 31, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    I cannot wait to try this marinade, I actually have all the ingredients on hand which seems to be a rarity for me!
    I absolutely love the pretty in pink and have an outfit in mind for it when I win it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Diana B - May 31, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    Wow, thatbeef marinade looks delicious!! And those bracelets look adorable!! I can’t wait to take a closer look on their website…!!ReplyCancel

  • HELENNA - May 31, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Going to try your marinade and the almond maraschino pound cake a try very soon!!! They both sound very good!! Cute bracelets!! Headed there next to see what other goodies they have!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 31, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    Looks pretty tasty–the bracelets and the marinated meat!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 31, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    Ooh…looks tasty–the marinated meat and the bracelets!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - June 1, 2011 - 7:23 am

    That looks yummy! I love this web site. I really like the red bracelet it is really cute.ReplyCancel

  • merium - June 1, 2011 - 7:54 am

    love the ‘Starry Night’ bracelet. any suggestions on what to sub for the soy sauce in your marinade? wicked soy allergy here!ReplyCancel

  • merium - June 1, 2011 - 8:07 am

    sorry~i’ve tried half a dozen times to post a comment under the bracelet with no success. damn google…ReplyCancel

  • Aunt LoLo - June 1, 2011 - 9:36 am

    I love the Fairytale bracelet…I love anything silver!

    Thank you for the chance!

    And I’ll have to try out this recipe…I’m always looking for easy marinades. *grin*ReplyCancel

  • Pam - June 1, 2011 - 9:39 am

    I love the pretty in pink and can’t wait to try this marinade!ReplyCancel

  • Manda - June 1, 2011 - 9:40 am

    I just made the cherry almond pound cake for a family dinner and it was so good. I am very excited to also try this. My husband loves grilling and barbecue, so I am sure we will use this quite a bit.ReplyCancel

  • Suzietexus - June 1, 2011 - 9:40 am

    How would this marinade work on pork steaks? I’m going to try it!ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - June 1, 2011 - 9:48 am

      Hi Suzie,

      I’ve never tried this marinade on pork, but I do think it would be fabulous as well.
      Great idea, to marinate the pork steaks, and then grill then. They will be so tender!ReplyCancel

  • ChristaLaree - June 1, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    I also live in a place where it is not always sunny for grilling 🙂 The marinade sounds like a good basic marinade and the options for tweaking are limitless. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Dye - June 1, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    I am always in need of more jewelry! And I am absolutely going to try your marinade!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarilyn - June 1, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    I’ll give the marinade a try real soon, but it’s that chocolate cupcake with pistachio icing that I’m craving right now!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - June 1, 2011 - 5:14 pm

    I am excited to try this marinade! The bracelets are adorable. I would like to win the pretty in pink bracelet!ReplyCancel

  • Haley Jolley - June 1, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    I love all of the bracelets, but my favorite is probably Fairytale. So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - June 1, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    Love the blog!! The recipes are great! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - June 2, 2011 - 10:11 am

    I love your blog and look forward to seeing what you have on it. The marinade looks great and I am definately going to make it. Lovely bracelets.ReplyCancel

  • ashleylikescupcakes - June 2, 2011 - 10:30 am

    yay i like the pretty in pink oneReplyCancel

  • crystal bergman - June 2, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    I just went to Bitz of Glitz and had the hardest time deciding! I finally left a comment on the pink and black one, so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Camille - June 2, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Can’t wait to try this marinade!

    I would LOVE a bracelet! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - June 3, 2011 - 7:04 am

    Pretty bracelets!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi - June 3, 2011 - 7:44 am

    I am always grilling throughout the year too! In fact, we cracked the glass on our grill one year using it in the middle of winter. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley R. - June 3, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    I know that this post is about marinade, but quite frankly when I checked out the picture the bread was singing to me. 🙂 Your posts are always so beautifully done and always leave me hungry.

    If I win I would like the tropical explosion, it is the perfect color for a the dress that I have great difficultly finding the right jewelry for.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - June 4, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Oh I am all over this marinade for our next BBQ! Love it.ReplyCancel