Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hola! Como estas? Muy Bien, Gracias! LOL… Morning everyone! It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is a buzz waiting on Santa Claus to come to town. The house is full of pies, cakes, crepes, and cookies and soon it will be honoring the guest… some 24 pound birds and all their side childrens LOL! We are expecting 47 people for dinner on Christmas night… the ovens have been in overtime the last few days LOL! Turkeys, Hams, corn and green bean casseroles, homemade bread, mashed regular and sweet potatoes, bread cornucopias, raw veggies and dips… You name it and it will probably be on our tables! I get so excited, I can hardly contain myself when I know everyone is gonna be here! I love it!

Yesterday I had 15 kids over all baking goodies to give to their families. Some needed more guidance than others LOL, but we all had fun. They knocked out a 25 pound bag of flour and a 25 pound bag of sugar and they made more sweets today than we knew what to do with! But they had got containers (however many each person needed) so we filled them and bagged them up! They had so much fun… some were even covered head to toe in flour LOL! Hope their families realize the love these kids put into their gifts. I was so proud of all of them! Well, this is the last day you can get those gifts ready… so if you still need one, here is the last gift idea I can give you in time…

Craft Idea of the Day: Decorated Picture Frames

Take a fairly inexpensive picture frame and give it new life with a coat of paint and some decorations such as different kinds of buttons or seashells, flowers, or beads. Use your imagination and cater to the gift recipient’s likes. Add a photo and wrap it up! Memories are a gift that keeps on giving 365 days a year!

Alrighty, tonight is the last night of a normal dinner for a few days… after tomorrow (hopefully) it will be leftovers for a few days (mom needs a break LOL!). But if not, there will be more great recipes to share! I need something to fix and forget… while I finish up the last of the holiday cooking preparations. Nothing better for that than a slow cooker! How about this… RIBS… with some potatoes and steamed broccoli… oh yea that sounds yummy!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

4 pounds pork baby back ribs
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups barbecue sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan. Brown in oven 15 minutes. Turn over, and brown another 15 minutes; drain fat.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs, and turn to coat.

4. Cover, and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours, or until ribs are tender.

Oh yum… just gimme a bib right now and let me loose on some ribbies! YUMMY!!! LOL yes me likey some ribs lol! OK, I’ve decided to surprise the DS18 with one of his favorite sweets… and I’m gonna share it with you! So here is your sweet treat for the day…

Southern Chess Squares


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 box confectioners' sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Mix together the cake mix, melted butter and the egg. Stir in the chopped pecans. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners' sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time until blended. Add the vanilla.

3. Pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Cool in the pan, then cut into squares before serving.

Now BEWARE! These are very dense and very rich/sweet! But as we say down south… there can never be too much sugar or butter! LOL! Now just in case you don’t come on over tomorrow… I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. There will be a post tomorrow… may not be as long, but I will make time for my online friends! To all a good night… until tomorrow… HUGS!

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