Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crockpot Ribs

The other day as I was doing some grocery shopping I noticed that boneless ribs were on sale and suddenly had a hankering.  So I bought some up, went home and cooked them for dinner that night.

Here's what I did:

BBQ Ribs: A Crockpot Recipe

1 to 1.5 lb of boneless ribs
Seasonings to taste:
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
1 Bottle of BBQ Sauce of choice.  I used Sweet Baby Rays' Honey BBQ Sauce

Season ribs and place them in crockpot. Cook on low for 2 hours. Cover with BBQ Sauce and cook on low for another 2-3 more hours or until done.

They were fantastic!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A New Knitting Project

I'm working on a new project.  A new personal design.  It's coming along pretty nicely and as soon as I am finished I'll post it.  But here are some stats and a sneak peek.

I'm using Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe yarn.  It's a blend of 55% Bamboo and 45% Wool.  It's very soft and has a nice, natural stretch to it that is working nicely for this design.  Plus, it was incredibly reasonable.  So much so that I would have expected it have some acrylic in it, but it doesn't.

And now for the quick peek.

This photo was taken from my iPhone of the piece in process.

I know.  I know.  It doesn't look like much here.  But I'm loving the way it's coming together and hopefully you will too.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Love Affair

My last few posts have all been about food.  So today I'm going to veer the conversation onto another topic.


Seriously, I've never really been the type of person to go gah-gah over shoes.  For me, comfort is king.  I don't buy shoes based on their look.  In fact, I am in desperate need of new shoes.  Mine are so worn that they are no longer comfortable, but I can't find any that are as comfortable as the shoes I have once were.  If that makes any sense at all.

So I continue my search.

But what I never expected to happen, yet did, was for me to develope a love affair with a shoe.  Or rather a brand of shoes.  And that brand my friends is Crocs.

Crocs have come a long way since the release of the clog.

While I was on vacation back in June, Hubby and I stumbled into a tourist shop and I saw the rack of shoes in the back.  I thought "Why not?!" So I started trying them on and bought a pair.

I purchased the Patricia (pictured left).  They were so comfortable and cute! I loved them instantly.  And proceeded to wear them for pretty much the rest of our vacation.  Don't you just love the colors?

But this wasn't the end of my adventures.  We went back to that same shop looking for a stuffed animal for my daughter. (We did find her both a dolphin and sea turtle in this one shop.)  While we were there, I tried on yet more Crocs.  And ended up purcasing another pair of shoes!

This time I bought a pair of Madeira.  I get more comments about these shoes than any other shoes I've ever owned.  Seriously.  Everyone wants to know where I got them and what brand they are.  They are that stinkin' cute!

And the best part... They are as comfortable as they are cute!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Quick and Easy Pizza

Last friday night I needed to cook up some ground beef, and I knew two things for certain.  I did not want burgers and I did not want a pasta dish.  So I choose pizza instead!  And it turned out so yummy.

Here's the recipe.

Quick and Easy Pizza

1 LB Ground Beef
1 Can Pillsbury Pizza Dough
1 Jar Pizza Sauce
2 Cups Mozarella Cheese
1/2 Small Onion Diced
1/2 Green Bell Pepper Diced
1/2 can Basil, Garlic and Orgeno Seasoned Diced Tomatoes (Drained)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste


Brown the ground beef with the diced onion.  While cooking, season the beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Once the beef is done, drain if necessary, and then add your diced (or sliced if you choose) bell pepper, diced tomatoes and about 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce.  While the meat mixture is simmering on low, roll out your dough and press into pan.  Bake for 6 minutes.  Pull the dough out of the oven and spread the remaining pizza sauce over dough, sprinkle all but about 1/2 cup of cheese over the sauce, spoon meat mixture over your dough and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.  Place back in oven and bake for another 6-7 minutes or until dough is done.

All in all it took about 30 minutes to cook and used up ingredients that I tend to keep on  hand.  I love pizza and lately homemade pizza is the best!  The taste is so much fresher and healthier.  You can use whatever ingredients you like.  I was going to toss on some mushrooms, but in the end it seemed like overkill so I left them off.  But let your imagination and taste buds run wild.