Monday, January 26, 2009

Oven-Barbecued Ribs

This is from the November issue of BHG. I am trying to purge old magazines and cook some of the recipes I find interesting. This is not traditional barbecue but it was not labor intensive, the flavors sounded good, and I love ribs, so gave it a try. They also included a salad recipe which is simple and tasty. I threw in the Brussel Sprouts thinking the bitter flavor would be good with the two sweet flavors of the ribs and salad and maybe make you know who hate them less. Unfortunately, these were more bitter than most so reinforced the afore mentioned hatred.

Oven-Barbecued Ribs
Prep: 30min Bake: 1hour 40 min Oven: 350
2 racks pork loin back (baby back)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. Chinese five-spice powder
1tsp. ground ginger
1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
1/2 cup hoison sauce
2 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut ribs into serving-size peices. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, garlic powder, ground black pepper, Chinese five-spice powder, ginger, and salt.
  2. Brush meaty sides of ribs with mustard. Sprinkle generously with spice mixture. Place ribs, bone sides down, in a large shallow roasting pan. Bake, covered, in for 1 hour. Carefully drain off fat.
  3. In a small bowl stir together hoisin sauce, molasses, soysauce, and rice vinegar. Spoon mixture evenly over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 60 minutes more or until rivs are tender. Serve with Asian Slaw. Makes 6 servings.
Asian Slaw
In a large bowl combine 4 cups finely shredded bok choy (I used Napa cabbage variety) and 1 cup shredded carrot. Drizzle with a misture of 1/4cup sasoned rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp. cooking oil, and 1-2 teaspoons sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A weekend of sewing... and inflicting unnecessary pain on myself...

Thanks for all of the organizer love! I am really stoked that you all liked it so much!

Here's the second Kitchen aide cover completed. Even though the outside is done out of the same fabric I think they both have a different feel to them since I didn't get quite the same cuts and it's not in the same order.

I think this one maybe my favorite out of the two...

a peek of the inside

Okay well I might like the brown polka dots more then the green ... but that is just because I have green walls in my kitchen so it's a little much with all of the green going on. This is a Moda print.

These will be up in the shop tomorrow... since I have run out of time to get them up tonight.

This is actually what I have been working on since Thursday night...
Covers for my extra table leafs and living room cabinet shelves. They turned out really well... they could of gone a little easier if i had just gotten a quarter yard more of the fabric (really really big ARGH considering I got the fabric for $4 a yard on sale : ( !!! ) But for working with the fabric I bought they turned out really great- the only down side is they are fitted and the leafs must go in the cover in a specific direction. Which actually isn't terrible I was just planning on them being more bulky and kind of what ever.
They are duck cloth on the outside and are lined with felt. Then there is industrial strength Velcro that keeps them closed. Which by the way how are you supposed to work with that stuff?? I tried to sew the Velcro on after ironing (which is something I have always done before) and the glue is SO STICKY that my machine couldn't sew it. And as I was seam ripping out the little bit of thread that did make it through the gunky stick mess the seam ripper broke and the broken metal part took a rather large chunk out of my thumb... Moo!! Anyway I am now in the market for a much sturdier seam ripper....

These things are slightly addictive I worked on them during the drive to and from Atlanta... they really eat up way more time then they should!! Still not sure what I am going to do with them... but I have some ideas.

Hope you all had a good rest of your weekend we finished up the last season of Dexter tonight and I really enjoyed it... though I cant watch too much of it at once (well not the ones when he is killing people) because I get bummed out... the death scenes are a little graphic...
I am nursing two very bruised knees right now we went out to eat at Five Guys (a burger joint) after church and I fell - it was so painful that I wasn't even embarrassed... Uber caught my head so it didn't hit the floor... which is good because my hands didn't have time to catch me since they were full with a drink I managed not to spill...why not spilling mattered more as I was falling then catching myself I don't know...I dont think I actually though I was going to fall though. The floors had greasy patches I guess... I thought I hit liquid but there was nothing there. I was surprised the staff didn't seem to care... we were there with people from Church though so I didn't want to be a problem... though one of the girls with us hit the same patch as I did luckily she was wearing flats... so anyway just thought I would share that lovely story with you if you managed to make it this far down in the post.

Made with lots of love for me!

Have I said lately how much in awe of my darling girl I am? She amazes me everyday. The only thing that surpasses her cleverness is her kindness. She got together with Jennifer and made my labels which I love probably beyond reason. Then as if that wasn't enough, she embroidered and embellished this organizer around the logo she designed. I wish I could have watched her do this, watching her is as fun as seeing the end result. Intense much? I would have made her coffee and cinnamon bread and watched her go to town! This doesn't do the nest justice. Hopefully you get the idea.
Layers of felt and little embroidered birdie feet.

Look close at the wings. Oh my word, what patience!

My dear husband suggested that since I spend more time at work than at home, that I hang it by my desk. I think I will. It's a good suggestion even though I think there was a not so hidden statement in there somewhere.

I love you Jessica!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Showing you the rest of the sneak peek

This is what I gave a sneak peek of a while back. It is an organizer with my moms new logo on it... of course I embellished it just a little.

I've been enjoying playing with felt. There is really just so much that you can do with it.

Originally the initials and tree were going to be painted on... but then I decided hey why not just embroider them... yeah it was a little crazy. I worked on it over Christmas (while playing cards) and on the 8 hour drive back from NC and for the next 2-3 weeks at night while listening to Brisinger (which was an awesome book by the way)

I really dig how it turned out... I was a little worried... the whole time
The birds are completely pieced ... I dont think you can see that as well as I was hoping.

The nest is two different layers of felt with the top layer cut so the bottom lighter layer can show through

Hopefully mum will take some better pictures then I was able to get. Hope you all are having a good weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Isn't it lovely?

This was my gift from my dear husband. He was so good at picking up on all my hints..... Hey Babe! I want this. I want it now.
I seriously wish I'd had this version when the kids were growing up. Of course making bread was a work out back then. Now I need to Wii while eating a slice.... The power on this thing is amazing. It kneaded that dough like it was nothin. I need to figure out if I can triple this recipe. Six loaves would be just about right.
Because when they come out of the oven it is hard to wait for them to cool enough to eat.

And when that happens, it quickly disappears.

Then the next morning you ask yourself, did we really eat all that?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kitchen Aid Cover

So here is the Kitchen Aid cover which you all got a sneak peek at in yesterdays post. Mum got a new one for her birthday (was I allowed to say that?!) So I decided to make her a cover since there just aren't any cool ones out there. While I was at it I decided to make me one as well and then I thought I would make a few for the shop. So here is one that is going in the shop ~

The pattern is one I made up about a year ago and I really like it. It's pretty basic - no pocket because I really just don't see the point of them and bell shaped. This one is in a linen with a patchwork strip of Anna Marie Horner fabric and two Moda prints one of which correlates to the inside fabric.

Did I mention it is reversible?

I totally dig that part. This is a Moda print it's brown with green dots. I LOVE polka dot fabric but REALLY how many places can you use it and look good?
More to show later.


It was a wonderful holiday but it's over and the house is quiet. Normal life must begin again. I am lucky, I have a great normal life to get back to. The problem is, I have people that are worth missing, a lot, and I do. Vacations always make me think of those people even more. I'm not just talking about my darling girl and uber who didn't get to make it, this is for all of you out there who may forget or not even know that I think of you daily. So, until we can be together again, remember that I love you all!

In the meantime, I'll just keep making hats....
BTW I have a new button there to the left. Read about it if you havn't already. If it doesn't stop, life as we know it will change.....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Where I've been... well kind of

We headed out to Atlanta this weekend to visit family and pick up my new dinning table *YEAH* we had a cold snap this last week see all of the treacherous ice on the car?? BRRR!!!

The family we went to see is Uber's cousin and wife. This is a cat who adopted them and I just had to show you it's face. love it!

On Sunday we went into downtown Atlanta and bummed around saw the CNN Center and did the World of Coke Tour. And if any coke representatives are scouring the Internet for mentions I would just like to let you know you really could have done better.

Here is Uber and his family... this is the only picture of them that I got (oops!) People think we all look alike.... we just don't really agree... though they are totally cute!
Here's Uber getting ready for his 4d experience.

Here's me struggling (this is what I do)

Here's the best part of this place. The BEAR oh my goodness I totally wanted to take this guy home. His face is animated so he could change his expression and blink. It was AWESOME. This is the best costume I have ever seen!!
The tasting room was a zoo. You could taste all 67 drinks produced by coca cola. Apparently some of them are just foul, though I took peoples word for it.

The Table -Thanks MUM!! I LOVE IT!! Though it is taking some getting used to since it is such a MAJOR change for the room. It's the tavern table from ZGalleries.

It's a narrower table then usual which is something I was looking for and is distressed but not country looking. It came with two 18" leafs, which will most likely never be used while we are in this house. (this thing gets HUGE)

Since I was taking pictures I thought I would show off the rest of the downstairs. This is for you Sherie since you said you hadn't seen any pictures of the house.
The kitchen (with a sneak peak for mom).

The dinning room.

The living room.
So now you've seen it!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Day seven, White Ring Race, last full day, fun is done

Bright and early this morning we were out in the cold watching for the first person to cross the finish line. The racers start a 9:00 and 45 minutes later they have completed 22km, a circut that takes me a couple of hours to do! It's the White Ring Race. I wish you could have seen the crashes, seriously, they were funny but not. You have to respect a person that can loose a ski and finish the race anyway.... That picture I missed......
Our oldest and I at the end of the day. We are at a place called the BalmAlp. It used to be a cool place. Now it is a place where "cool" people hang out!!! Ha Ha
I have given myself an award this week for most improved skier. I am full of myself for being able to ski with the boys as much as I did. Proud, happy and tired. Really tired.