Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday: Balsamic Glazed Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Cabbage
Monday: Chicken Cacciatore and Salad
Tuesday: Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder, Biscuits and Scallded Lettuce
Wednesday: Out to celebrate my Brother-in-law's birthday...
Thursday: Fish Fillets, Rice and Brocolli
Friday: Tacos, Mexicorn and Mexirice
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Okay so I know that this isn't the most beautiful picture in the world, but I had to post these because they were too yummy not to. I have wanted to make short ribs for awhile now and I found some at my local store on sale and then the fun began. Short ribs have to be one of the most tender pieces of meat that I have ever eaten.
These shortribs were cooked in the crockpot so I didn't have to heat up my house with the oven. You sear them on the stove first and then make a sauce with the drippings, balsamic vinegar and a saute of garlic and onions that you pour over them in the crockpot. The balsamic vinegar gives the meat a nice sweet flavor as it cooks in the crockpot.
After you pull the shortribs out of the crockpot you take the sauce and skim the fat off of it and reduce the sauce on the stove. I added a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream to it to pull the sauce together at the end. You can serve these over mashed potatoes (what I did), polenta or rice and drizzed with some of the sauce. Yummy! My family is already asking when we are going to have these again!
Balsamic Glazed Shortribs
(I started out with a recipe from I believe Woman's Day and made it my own)
4-5 pounds of shortribs (if they are boneless you will need less)
3 TBL olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 medium onion, diced very finely
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chicken or beef stock (the recipe called for red wine but I didn't have it)
Salt and Pepper
2 TBL heavy cream
- Heat oil over medium high heat.
- Sear the shortribs on each side
- Add shortribs to your crockpot, season with salt and pepper and turn on low
- Remove all but 1 TBL of oil out of the pan. Cook the garlic and onion for about 2 minutes
- Add the balsamic vinegar and broth and scrape any bits of flavor that are on the bottom of the pan. Allow to reduce for 1-2 minutes and pour over the shortribs in the crockpot
- Allow to cook on low for 8 hours. I had boneless shortribs so mine took less...more like 5 1/2 to 6.
- Remove the meat from the crockpot and place on a plate. Skim the fat off of the sauce and put the sauce in a small saucepan on the stove.
- Allow the sauce to reduce on the stove over medium high heat until reduced by over half.
- At the end add 2 TBL heavy cream (optional) and pour over the shortribs when you serve them.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Today is a special day for my amazing niece Madelyn! She not only started the 1st grade, but it is her 6th birthday! Mady is so special to me and I love her so so so so much. Mady is a smart little girl that loves to be a big helper and she absolutely loves to play and be crazy. She is a shy and sensitive child and her heart breaks if you look at her the wrong way.
I am so thankful for all of the time that I get to spend with her (as crazy as she can be). One of her favorite things to do is spend the night at Yaya's (me) house. She is obsessed with helping me cook and wants me to play with her the entire time that I am with her. My sister and brother in law are currently building 800 feet back in the woods from where my house is. I am so looking forward to having Mady and Savannah close to me now so that I can see them even more.
I pray for Mady every day that God will protect her not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. The world is a tough place to grow up in now days and kids tend to grow up a little faster. I don't think that family can do enough to make kids know that they are their number 1 fans and that they are loved.
I included a picture below from Mady's first birthday party. It's crazy how much that she has grown up and how much has happened since she was born. I see my Memaw's arm in the picture beside her and I know that she would be so in love with Mady and Savannah if she was still living.
Happy Birthday Madelyn!!! I love you!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
- Duchess in Love by Eloisa James
- Just the Way You Are by Christina Dodd - Another romance...oh well, I love them. This is the first book that I have read of Christina's and I am pleasantly surprised so far. It's really good!
- Jerry Falwell: His Life and Legacy by Macel Falwell - The book written by the widow of my long time pastor Dr. Falwell. It's very good and funny so far.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Okay so I know that these don't look like the most appetizing thing in the world but let me tell you, looks can be deceiving! My nieces and I made these on Sunday afternoon and they had so much fun with it! (Yes, these are easy enough for a 3 year old to do.) I have a feeling that these will be added to our repeat list and the fun thing is that you can do several variations on these.
I got the recipe out of a cookbook that the pastors wives and church workers did recently at my church. I thought that they sounded so fun. Basically they are mini pretzels with a Rolo candy on each. You bake them for a few minutes and push something on top or down in the middle of them to spread the ooey gooey caramel and chocolate over the pretzel. I guess it's a dummies (yes I am calling myself a dummy) version of a turtle.
We decided to use the M&M's because my nieces aren't big fans of nuts. The "prettiest" thing to do for these would probably be a pecan or walnut half (which is another suggestion that the recipe makes). Let me tell you, these things disappeared in no time. I know that I didn't eat all of them. I have a feeling little fingers were reaching up on the counter and snagging them.
Rolo Pretzel Bites
M&M's or pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 275
- Put a piece of parchment or wax paper on a cookie sheet
- Spread out the pretzels
- Place a Rolo candy on each pretzel
- Bake in the oven for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes
- Remove from oven and immediately top with the candy or nuts
- Place in the fridge to cool completely
Friday, August 13, 2010
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - still trudging along...it's going to take a lot of restraint for me not to go and see that this weekend.
- Duchess in Love by Eloisa James
- Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn - my all time favorite author
- Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala - I totally forgot to mention this one last week. I hope to finish this up this up today. Very powerful book!
Cooking: I made a super yummy pasta dish earlier this week that you can see the post of below. I also made homemade chicken pot pie which is always a big hit. I am looking forward to our monthly installment of the MSC Cupcake Club this weekend. I believe that the pick from the group is Triple Citrus Cupcakes or something like that. Sounds delish...
Favorite Thing: Okay this sounds completely stupid, but my one of my favorite things this week has been the sleep that I have been able to catch up on at night. I have taken advantage of some additional sleep time and it has been soooo nice! I also enjoyed some time that I was able to spend with my niece Madelyn over last weekend. I love that kid so much.
Going to: Well my list of things to do at home continues to grow and grow. (Maybe I shouldn't have enjoyed my favorite thing above so much). I plan on tackling a few things this weekend at my house that I have been wanting to get done. I would also like to work on making some cards (hobby of mine) so that I will have a stock of them for later this year. Christmas is coming you know! I plan on baking and cooking some this weekend as well. I already mentioned the MSC Cupcake Club and I have some new recipes cut out as well that I would like to try. Finally, I imagine that a late movie will be thrown in either Friday or Saturday night which is just dandy with me as well.
Praying for: Several families in the TRBC and LU community that are mourning the loss of loved ones. The community has been hit hard recently with deaths and is such a hard time for these families. Also praying for God's strength for myself as I am struggling with some things in my personal life. I need constant reminder that I should trust in Him and not only in trying to make things better by myself.
My Quote for the Week: I have a book that I am constantly writing down my favorite quotes and verses. What an awesome place to share them!
"Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world" - Harriett Tubman
I hope that everyone has an awesome and productive week!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - Yes, I am reading this because the movie is coming out next week. It's a good book so far even though I don't necessarily agree with everything in it.
- Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts - This is the third book in her Bride Quartet Series. I am loving it so far. I must also note that I got to meet Nora Roberts at the RWA Literacy Autographing that my sister and I went to last week at Disney World. Nora was soooo nice (for a catrillionaire haha).
- Duchess In Love by Eloisa James - I have never read anything by Eloisa so I wanted to try her out. It's a historical romance (my fav). I am only about 30 pages in but so far it seems promising.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I am famous for cutting out loads and loads of recipes out of magazines so I decided to pick a needle out of a haystack and try one this past weekend. I made a Key Lime Cake out of the April 2010 issue of Redbook Magazine. I believe that it is Tricia Yearwood's recipe but I didn't write it down.