Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Did I ever tell you my honeydew story? I haven't? Well, when I was young my favorite fruit was honeydew melon. Wait, it still is my favorite....anyway, I digress. I loved honeydew so I would shamelessly beg for it at the grocery store. Mom would rarely get it becuase she had to feed 7 kids and 2 adults and, frankly, honeydew is expensive. So, one day (when was about 3 or 4) I was standing near the honeydew and Mom had said "No" a few times already. I reached up and grabbed one on the botton and pulled it out. As a result, several honeydew fell to the floor. One broke open and Mom had to purchase it. oops. I thought "Hmmm. That's an easy way to get honeydew." So, I did it again the next time we were at the store. My mom caught on pretty quickly to my little ploy and started parking me in the cart as far away from the honeydew as she could. I used to cry and cry....sigh...oh the memories.
Well, NOW Drew and I are growing our own and I can have all the honeydew melon my little heart desires...I CAN'T WAIT FOR ONE TO RIPEN! That....and I am just dying to taste a tomato off of one of our our 14 tomato plants! Yes, I said 14. That's just ours...with ma's we have 23 plants. Yeah...we will be canning 'til the cows come home when they rippen.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Saturday was Andy and Becca's Wedding. I am sorry to say that I forgot my camera in hotel room all day Saturday and, therefore, have NO PICTURES from the entire day. The wedding was beautiful and unique. I just know that they will be very very happy and blessed. That afternoon we went to a BBQ hosted by my sister and her soon-to-be sister-in-law. It was loads of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the time to spend with family and new friends.On Sunday we went to the Warren Sand Dunes in Sawyer, MI. We spent the WHOLE day on the beach and in the water. We didn't feel like climbing the dunes, so we didn't. We were tired and were quite happy to lay on the sand and soak up the sun. That evening Todd and Cindy met us in Michigan City where we ate at the Texas Corral. It was DELISH! Then, on to Joliet for the night and then the long drive back home. It is good to be back (and eat a meal I prepared in my own kitchen rather than ordered someone else to prepare for me.) It is good to be home.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Anyway, I checked out Kris' website this morning and she had this quiz about passing the US Citizenship Test. I scored a 95%, how about you?
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
In honor of our anniversary, I have created a little quiz to see how well you know us!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
UPDATE WITH PICTURES!
These are all the parts of the Smoker. You have the base with the heating element, the main part, the lid, the grates, and the water.
First, you have to soak the wood in water so that it doesn't catch fire in the smoker. (you want to SMOKE the food, not char it.)
Next, you put the wet wood around the heating element, but not ON the heating element or it will ruin the electric element.
Place the meat (in our case, ribs) in the smoker and put the lid on top. Check the time and DON'T mess with it for about...mmm...4-5 hours.
This is what you get if you let it alone for a while. Yummmm. We took them off the smoker, added BBQ sauce, and warmed the sauce in the oven (350 degrees for 10 minutes.) You can just add the sauce while they are still on the smoker if you want.
This is what the ribs looked like cut open. Can you see the juices? Can you see how tender they
This is our dinner. As you can see, we had corn, watermelon, and smoked ribs. It was so good and I highly recommend it!