Tuesday, January 29, 2013

29 January, 2013 
"Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be."  unknown

With a big snow storm last night I am home for the day :)

  I was organizing my Wolf Cub Scout stuff and cleaning under my bed when I came across my husband's original scripture case.  His name is embossed on it.  He no longer needs it because he uses electronic scriptures (ipad).   So now what do I do with it???  (hmmm.  Wonder if there is some scout project?)
 
  Here is my thought.  I have my Grandma's Book Of Mormon that was given to her by her dad, my great grandpa, in 1939.  I have it displayed in my bedroom bookcase.



We have our great great great grandpa's medical book.  He bought it in 1891.  In 1893 he gave it to his grand daughter (our great grandma) who gave it to Grandma, who gave it to us.  I have it displayed in my living room.




I have the 1913 White House Cook Book.  In 1932 my great grandma gave it to my Grandma.  In 1962 my Grandma gave it to my Mom.  My mom gave it to me.  I am planning a way to display it in the kitchen.  (A bit harder to keep it protected there.)


Each of these books are signed as they are passed from generation to generation, from book lover or caretaker to book lover or caretaker.  I am one of those that treasures the bits of the past, my connection to unknown and known family that came before me.

I read real books and real newspapers and real scriptures (I know.  Electronic ones are real...) made from paper.   I love holding a book.  I love turning pages (and looking to see how many pages there are and how long "this" chaper is).   I love bookmarks (and have a lot:).  I love books and I love to read.  This is me.  



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Flea.o.logy

"How could I consider taking Monday off?  Monday is the diving board poised over the rest of the week.  You walk out on the board, review the situation, plan your strategy, bounce a few times to get the feel of things, and then make a clean dive.  Without Monday, one simply bombs into the water, belly first, and hopes for the best."  from "At Home In Mitford" by Jan Karon

  I used this quote on my blog in Jan., 2010, but I just kept thinking about it Monday morning,

Flea.o.logy is this Saturday.  Flea.o.logy is a large, and getting larger, vintage/antique/craft outdoor sale in Payson, UT.  It is held 3 times during the summer, with 1 indoor winter sale.  I have a week of picking and pricing and packing planned.  I have been working to have over 100 items priced at less than $5.00 (all different items) but lost count.  I have a few things that I am excited to show.
  I am prepared for the weather with a canopy for sun or rain, and fans for the heat.  My assistant is scheduled (Thank you, Leslie).  I will have a borrowed phone that takes charge cards (Thanks, Lindsay).  And the van is starting to get packed.
  We leave my house by 5:30 a.m. for the drive, and hope to be set up quick enough for just a quick look at what the other sellers have brought to sell.  There are over 30 sellers.  (And parking for buyers at the bank right across the street from our sale at a 100 + year old home.

WANT ALL THE DETAILS?
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Do you relish rummaging around in rusty stuff? Is shabby your idea of chic? Got kitsch in your kitchen? Go ga-ga over “junk” jewelry AND gems? Need a table for Mabel to put her elbows on? Do you subscribe to the motto, “Live Well, Laugh Often, Junk Much?”
Wanna come play at the flea on Saturday?
Then be there this Saturday for our first flea market of the season. Flea.o.logy is the new name for the 8-years-running flea market at the historic Red Sandstone Victorian house on the corner.
Over 30 sellers will be there to greet you with primitives to pottery, Victorian to vintage, garden art to glassware, and furniture to just plain funky. There’ll be junk jewelry, vintage jewelry, artist jewelry, and re purposed jewelry. Vintage dresses, heirloom dresses, a wedding dress, and a dresser or two. Tablecloths, aprons, hankies and blankies. License plates, dinner plates, wood crates and silver plate. Gas cans, frying pans, a few things that were made in Japan. Buttons, books, gobbledygook. AND. . . artist-created chocolates, crafts and a charity baked goods sale. Etc., etc.

Sound fun? You’re SO right! . . . .

Flea.o.logy Antiques & Crafts Flea Market
218 N. Main, Payson (just 40 minutes south of Sandy)
Saturday July 14
8:00 a.m. sharp
No early birds. . .
Go to http://fleaology.blogspot.com to find out about the history of our flea market and to learn about our vendors.
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(A few things that I priced today.)
3 Swedish Modern Fire King Jadeite
Mid Century nesting mixing bowls
teardrop w/ pour spout


Red Polka Dot Rain Boots
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IMAGINE sign

Monday, July 2, 2012

4Th OF JULY PICNIC

"Happiness is how you respond to Plan B."  Tillotson Family

  2 July, 2012

  I love holiday serving pieces and this basket is a fun one.

  In Better Homes and Gardens (July 2003) there was a flag painted wicker picnic basket (It was a For Sale item.) that I HAD to make.  The picture went into my Patriotic file (no Pinterest in those days ;).  I made it within the next few years (Should have dated it.  Atleast I still have the picture.)

  I had a vintage Red-Man Basket that was perfect.

  I started by by taping off the stripes and star background.  I used star stickers as reverse stencils and spray painted my blue background.  I used tape and plastic and spray paint to paint my red and white stripes.  I used a light coat of spray paint to let the original dimpled pattern remain defined, and very lightly stained it.
   I painted one handle blue (left one) and the other one red.  I finished it with a clear spray to protect it.  I re-spray it every spring.
  I keep it filled with paper/plastic plates, cups, silverware and napkins.  (I store the extras in the basket when I put things away in August.)




Thursday, June 28, 2012

BBQ BABY BACK RIBS...Part 2

I love BBQ pork baby back ribs.
  We have our favourite place to get them, but a few months back I watched Todd Wilbur's Copy cat show and decided to try CHILI'S.  We decided to go there for our date this week.  I was extremely disappointed.  I ordered the Memphis dry rubbed ribs and Doug ordered the original sauce ribs.
  Mine were dry and with not much meat-or flavour.  Doug's were a bit better, but were still short on meat, sauce and flavour.
  I decided we needed to make a trip to American Fork to visit our rib place.  We love RIB CITY.  We highly recommend their ribs, and love the sauces on the table.
  RIB CITY is owned by Toni J.  She shared a Baby Back Rib recipe on a local t.v. show that I have made several times to great reviews.  I made them a few weeks ago (with some crock pot ribs) and they still had great reviews.

BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
(from Toni J. owner of RIB CITY in American Fork, UT)

Spray a large (at least 9x13) pan.
Pour about 1 cup of water in the bottom of pan.  
Put in your racks of ribs and cover with your favourite sauce. (Ours is (still) Sweet Baby Ray's.)


Cover tightly with foil and
Bake at 350 * for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove from the oven and let rest 20 mins.  (THIS IS IMPORTANT.)

Preheat outdoor grill with all the burners.
Then turn to low and grill ribs about 20 mins.-turning often and brushing with BBQ sauce.
So good.
These ribs are not as tender as the crock pot ones, but the flavour is amazing.  Hard to beat that grilled flavour.
I will make both this recipe and the crock pot recipe.  The deciding factor will be time.
Sorry there are no pictures.  People were ready to eat.

I am not being compensated by anyone or anything (but I wish I was ;)
BUYING RIBS
I usually buy my ribs at Target when they are on sale for $2.99 a pound.  They are usually meaty.  They are in a sealed bag, and I put them right in the freezer.
That is the price I like to pay and I usually budget about $10.00 a bag.
When I make ribs for Sunday dinner I make another main dish for non-rib eaters (sad, huh?).  Sometimes grilled fish or chicken... BUT I always let people know I am serving ribs.  They are a family favourite.
Let us know what you think if you try them. :)

UPDATE:  UGH!  No clue why there are white areas.  (The weird green is me trying to fix it.)
  

Friday, June 22, 2012

BABY BACK RIBS (mmm:)

22 June, 2012

  I have been hesitant to post these recipes since I have no pictures.  It was Sunday dinner.  It was baby back ribs.  What can I say.  They were eagerly waited for and I was busy.
  Having said that, I tried 2 new baby back rib recipes and waited for reviews.  Both recipes received rave reviews.  For different reasons.
  This recipe is made in a crock pot and adapted from mmmisformommy.com.  I often use a crock pot lining bag, but did not use it for this recipe because of how the ribs are set up in the crock pot.
CROCK POT BABY BACK RIBS (There are 2 steps to this.) 
(barely adapted from mmmisformommy)
Step 1
Mix and rub onto ribs
1 1/2 table. paprika
1 table. brown sugar
1/8 tea. cayenne pepper
1 tea. salt
1 tea. pepper
Spray crock pot and put
about 2 pounds baby back ribs in as described
"Arrange ribs by standing them up against the side of the crock pot walls with THICKER SIDE DOWN and MEATY SIDE TO POT WALL. 
Pour over the top of the ribs
1 cup of Sweet Baby Ray's prepared BBQ sauce.  (Or your own personal favourite ;)

Cook on low 6-8 (7) hours.

Step 2
Line a cookie sheet with foil and put a rack in.  Put the meat on the rack. 
Brush the meat with more Sweet Baby Ray's.
Broil 3-4 minutes.
Turn the ribs over and brush with MORE sauce.  Broil about 9 minutes, basting 2 more times. 
(I was not ever compensated by SWEET BABY RAY'S.)

EAT!
The reviews on this were great.  Everyone loved the "flavourful fall off the bones meat"  HUGE HIT.
(Sorry about no picture.)
I will post the other one next week, as well as a 4th Of July project, What I Buy Wednesday and a summer kids idea.
Have a great week-end :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ODDS AND ENDS

Just some random thoughts:

1 I am less likely to make a recipe that has the nutritional info. listed.  (Calories, fat...)  Are you?

2  I like blogs where the whole post is there.  I don't like surfing a blog, starting a post and then having to click to see more.  It makes it harder for me to really surf that blog.  (How do you feel about that?)

3  A few Sundays ago I found some "FUN DIP" that Logan had left at my house, and I tried it.  I LOVED IT.  When I was in 4th grade my friends and I would buy these giant SWEET TARTS.  (A bit bigger than a yo yo.)  We would eat them (grinding our teeth down the candy for powder or trying to bite off bites to suck) on our way to and from school.  We all had sores in our mouths and I don't remember caring. 
The FUN DIP was a fun memory.  (We ate ABBA ZABBAS, too)

4  I have made 3 new recipes in the last month or so that use coconut milk.  I did not think that coconut milk added anything.  You have (about) 1 more chance, coconut milk!

5  There is a Chevron at the corner of 13th East and 7755 South (in Sandy, UT) that has FREE air for tires. There is also a Texaco on 7th East and 9800 South (Sego Lily - also in Sandy, UT) that has FREE air.  I love gas stations that give you air for free.

6  I really do use PINTEREST.  I try to do at least 5 new things a week.  I looked at my Pinterest Halloween board and found that I had done 10% of my pins :)

7  I found my blog on a stranger's blog side bar.  That was fun. 

8  Although I have never bought a panini at IKEA, I did get a good idea from them.  They make the sandwich part of the panini ahead of time, and wrap it.  Then they just panini it when you are ready to serve it.  I think that is a really good idea.
I would love to hear some of YOUR random thoughts.

I will post some summer ideas we are doing later this week.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WHAT I BUY WEDNESDAY OR OUR FAVOURITE BBQ SAUCE

12 June, 2012

"Take the first step in faith.  You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
                                                                           Martin Luther King Jr.

Can I just reappear with no other explanation other than I have been busy?  (I know.  We all are :)

  A couple of months ago I was preparing for Summer and came up with an idea/activity.
Thru the years we have periodically changed BBQ sauces as we have tried new ones.  (Not too often.)  We really like the bottled sauce we use now.  SO, I decided to try a  BBQ sauce experiment as part of our big Sunday dinner.  (We also had my Uncle and Aunt in town that night on their way to the MTC.)
  I started by buying 5 BBQ sauces.  They were ones that we had used before, or another family member had used before or I had good things about.  I bought bottles that were about the same size, and all were the original flavour.  Then I "brown bagged" each sauce with a lunch bag and jute, and numbered them from 1-5.
  The activity was a hit.  Everyone tried, commented and voted :)
  These were the 5 that I bought.  (I listed them on a card in alphabetical order.) 
#1 Bull's Eye
#2 Famous Dave's
#3 KC Masterpiece
#4 Open Pit
#5 Sweet Baby Ray's


There were about 20 people for dinner that day.  When all was said and done, I was surprised by the results.  The one we use was by far the winner.  Her are our results.
#1  SWEET BABY RAY'S - WINNER
#2  KC Masterpiece
#3  Bull's Eye (We used to use this.
#4  Open Pit
#5  Famous Dave's (My Aunt liked this one best, and this is what they use :)  We liked it the least.)

It was an easy and fun way to start the BIG BBQ season. 
We would love to hear which BBQ sauce you use.
Happy Grilling:)

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