Friday, August 31, 2012

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Traveling with my Parents


I’m not sure if everyone’s mother gets tipsy at their granddaughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner…but I know mine does!  In fact, she and I had the entire patio dining crowd at the restaurant across from our hotel cheering.  She started a conga line and I jumped in with her.  Clearly our line wasn’t all that long with just the two of us, but we did what we could to entertain the crowd.


On our way to the wedding, we stopped for lunch at a diner in Perry, Oklahoma.  It was in experience which involved all of us eating too much, my parents saying, “country cooking” far too many times and my mom informing the restaurant that the white gravy was going to give her explosive diarrhea.  My partner, Tiffany, just watches all this sort of crazy stuff go down...which, I think, is a sure sign that you found a keeper.  This is her posing with my parents outside the diner (please note my dad’s perfectly coordinated outfit with knee high socks pulled all the way up with dress shoes).

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Easy Crock Pot Ribs and Coleslaw - WTF and WOW Recipe Wednesday

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Easy Crock Pot Barbecued Ribs
Ingredients
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp light brown sugar
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds pork baby back ribs (leave membrane on the ribs to hold them together)
1 cup barbecue sauce
Vegetable spray
Preparation
In a small bowl, mix together paprika, brown sugar, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Rub this mixture all over both sides of the ribs well.  Arrange ribs in the slow cooker by standing them up against the wall of the stoneware pot, thicker side down and meaty side against the pot.  Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Easy Low Carb Cole Slaw
Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package coleslaw mix
¼ cup thin sliced onion
1/3 cup Splenda sugar substitute
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
½ tsp celery seed
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 ½ tbsp white vinegar
2 ½ tbsp lemon juice
Preparation
n a large bowl, combine the coleslaw and onion.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, combine with a whisk the Splenda, salt, pepper, celery seed, mayo, whipping cream, vinegar and lemon juice.  Pour over the coleslaw mix, stir gently. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Creepy Doll Gift


Today we are making the 12-hour drive back home.  We’ve really missed our jacked up and crazy animals.  I’m also really excited to get my creepy doll back home!  My friend gave me this doll as a joke (thanks, JeNN).  She knows I hate creepy dolls and thought it would be funny.  It totally was funny.  I’m really enjoying taking bizarre pictures of the doll (her name is Bo Ginger Snap Pop or Sybil for short).  I’m setting a high standard for myself and attempting to take 100 different pictures of her.  Wish me luck. 

I also plan to make this recipe really soon!  Perhaps Bo Ginger Snap Pop or Sybil for short will help!








Italian Sausage Appetizer Bread

Ingredients
1 package (16 oz) Johnsonville Italian All Natural Ground Sausage
1 loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar (7 ounces) roasted red peppers, well drained and sliced
1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
2 cups (8 ounces) Swiss cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon poppy seeds


Preparation
In a skillet, brown sausage until no longer pink; drain.  On a lightly floured surface, roll bread dough to a 16 x 12 inch rectangle.  Transfer dough to a greased baking sheet.

Combine cream cheese and garlic, spread lengthwise over center third of dough and top with the sausage, peppers, olives and cheese.  Fold dough over filling, pinching seam to seal.

Make slits across the top of the dough every 2 inches.  Brush lightly with water and sprinkle with poppy seeds.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Congratulations to my Niece and New Nephew!!



Yesterday was a big day for our family.  My niece married a wonderful guy.  It was a beautiful service and an awesome reception.  It was classy, fun and very typically my niece.  I was a junior in high school when she was born.  I will never forget the first time I held her, the first time she made me proud, or the first time she made me laugh with her splendidly sharp wit.  We share a love of murder mysteries (somebody please solve the JonBenĂ©t Ramsey murder!), Russian royalty, Brussels sprouts and sense of humor.  I absolutely adore her and wish her and her husband a lifetime of joy and happiness.  If I used the gauge of how much she has enriched my life, I have no doubt that their happiness will be abundant.