slow-cooked oven ribs

Posted: November 4th, 2014

slow cooked oven ribs

If there is one thing my family knows food-wise, it is BBQ.  Pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked ribs, smoked chicken.  We will go for it all, and we often do.  My parents are serious in their critiques of BBQ whenever we go somewhere new, and very rarely do the restaraunts meet expectations.  Usually the ribs are deemed not as good as the ones my dad makes and the pulled pork falls on a scale from pretty good to this-has-a-weird-flavor.  Sometimes it’s even a scrunched up nose from my mom and a shrug from my dad and actual words (“That wasn’t the best”) once we are in the car.  Sometimes though, places get rave reviews, and this really means something.  My parents are like the New York Times Critics of BBQ restaurants–they do not hand out stars willy-nilly. Read more »

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home sick + tailgate weekend & traveling with baby

Posted: October 29th, 2014

auburn tailgate

I’m home sick today, which I feel guilty about (like I don’t deserve a day in bed to read and watch cooking shows and write and watch Gilmore Girls and maybe catch up on Parenthood).  But such is life, and mostly I am just thankful Gerrit can stay home from work today so that I can have as little contact with Evelyn as possible in the hopes of not getting her sick.  My fever seems to be dropping on its own a bit this morning, so I’m hoping all will be well soon.

But, seeing as how I have been ordered to bed for the rest of the day (thanks Gerrit…really) I suppose its time to catch up on some blogging.  We should start with this weekend I suppose (and which I wanted to post about Monday…but then there were 10 loads of laundry and a baby who wouldn’t nap…and then on Tuesday there was work and then the whole getting a fever thing).  So here we are on Wednesday talking about the weekend. Read more »

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tailgate tea (+ a tailgate shower)

Posted: October 21st, 2014

tailgate tea

My parents and their friends threw a wedding shower this weekend for some of our good friends–a friend I have known since the day I was born and his fiance (who happens to be the daughter of my mom’s college roommate….small world).  And since it is fall and Auburn is a big part of their lives (and ours), it seemed appropriate to throw them an Auburn themed backyard tailgate shower. Read more »

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roasted red pepper pasta

Posted: October 16th, 2014

roasted red pepper pasta

I have made it no secret in the past that I do not like tomatoes.  And that’s a hard thing to deal with in life.  All the time I read a recipe for a pasta or a stew and think, “Oh, this sounds good!” and then I get to the last ingredient on the list and it is always tomatoes.

So pasta sauces have been a bit hard for me.  The plus side of this is that I’ve discovered some really great pasta dishes like pasta with sausage and tuscan beans and pasta with garlic and olive oil and mushroom marsala pasta.  The down side of this is that every single one of these pasta dishes is beige colored.  Not that there’s a problem with that.  But I’ve been generally teased throughout my life about my preference of beige plates. Read more »

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a day in the life {with a 2 month old}

Posted: October 13th, 2014

Just a typical day at home right now.  Tuesday, October 7.

8 am

8:00 a.m.  I let Evelyn sleep in a little bit later because we had all had a horrible night of sleep the night before.  She normally sleeps through the night these days, but Tuesday morning she woke up around 2:30 and wouldn’t go back to sleep for awhile. Read more »

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