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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

The hubby is a big fan of barbecue sauce and dry rubs. He likes to use both on his wings, ribs, and chicken. We usually rub the meat the night before (regardless of method - smoker, grill, or, as we did here, slow cooker), then cook it dry. About an hour from the end of cooking, add the barbecue sauce to add another layer of flavor. This rub-sauce combination is savory without being hot...just right in my book. The house fills with a mouthwatering aroma from these Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. The slow cooking method just makes the process so convenient and fail proof. The ribs are fall off the bone tender and delicious. 

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
Fall off the bone...finger lickin' good!


What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014

This week I have to purchase chicken breasts for the Cobb Salad and the Chicken Strata Divan. I already have the smoked sausage  as well as the ground beef (sirloin). I had a big package of pork chops last week, so I had 3 chops left over that I cut into strips for the stir fry this week. With 4 proteins already on hand, my shopping is simplified. As a practice, I try to buy 2 proteins (chicken, pork, beef, etc) when on sale and freeze one for later use. When I check the sales, if I cannot find a second...well, this week we are covered.
Shepherd's Pie is a great recipe using mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, and corn; during garden season, this is a great way to use leftovers that are not full servings, thus cleaning out the fridge while making a family favorite.

What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014


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Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work unto the Lord, then it will succeed.
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Easy Game Day Snack Mix
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Homemade Creamed Corn: easy and delicious

This recipe evokes memories of my Nana's dinner table. She often had a skillet of corn cooking on the the stove top at suppertime.  This Homemade Creamed Corn recipe is easy to make and truly delicious..."good, ol' fashioned, down-home eatin'" is what we call it. I am not a fan of canned creamed corn, but this recipe is among my favorite side dishes! 

Homemade Creamed Corn: easy and delicious
Down Home Good Eatin'...Pork chops, Party Beans and Homemade Creamed Corn


Easy Game Day Snack Mix

The new football season is fast approaching at our house. The hubby's school starts its season Friday, and college football is coming right behind. Although the QB for our favorite college team is already out for the season, we love watching NCAA football (I'm not a fan of the NFL but the fellas are). Game day Saturdays are always fun due to the hype, the food, and, most importantly, the camaraderie. There are some that would argue that the food is more important, and I DO enjoy making these occasions festive by trying out new recipes and getting all the feedback. Although today's recipe is a great Game Day Snack Mix that goes really least at my's great to have around to satisfy that salty-sweet snack craving that hits from time-to-time as well. 

Ready for Game Day!


What's For Supper: Menu August 18, 2014

Now that school has started again, I am adjusting to our new routine, which means bringing back organization and structure. Everything goes a little haywire when we enjoy the freedom from schedule and routine during the summer break and the most visible victim of our laxness is the budget and that is due to the lack of meal planning. We tend to eat out much more in the summer ("Hey," the hubby says, "how about picking up takeout and heading for the park for an impromptu picnic?") and the budget goes out the window. So I thought I would hold my (our) feet to the fire (so to speak) by making my weekly menu part of the blog. I hope it will help inspire others that need to get budget-serious and maybe pass a new family-favorite recipe on as well.

Menu Plan for August 18th - 24th