October 22, 2014

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Online shopping has been amazing for me lately.  With the twins, finding items in their size at the store is actually quite challenging.  Ususally I'll find 3-4 pairs of leggings TOTAL when I'm looking to stock up.  No bueno!  I love that I can easily find items online and have them shipped right to my door!

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October 21, 2014

Slow-Cooker Meals: Chipotle Peach Ribs

#SlowCookerMeals, Slow cooker, ribs, BBQ

I realize prime BBQ season is over now that we've hit fall, but Ricky LOVES ribs.  I found some racks of ribs on markdown at Walmart for $3.99 and they've been hogging my freezer space. (Pun intended) Desperate to find an easier way for fall off the bone meat, I turned to my Hamilton Beach slow-cooker.  You won't believe how easy this recipe is!  I am wishing I would have done more than one rack!!

After this week's Walking Dead episode, it took me a few days to even be able to type up this recipe.  If you don't watch the show, you're lucky!

Don't forget: I have a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Slow-Cooker giveaway going on this month! Head over to this page to enter!

Not a fan of chipotle peach flavor?  Use whatever style BBQ sauce you love.  I highly recommend sticking with the tasty Sweet Baby Ray's varieties!
#SlowCookerMeals, Ribs, BBQ, Sweet Baby Ray's, Chipolte, Smuckers

Here's what you need:

  • 1 large rack of ribs 2-4 pounds (always check for markdowns!)
  • 1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup McCormicks Pork rub
  • 2 tablespoons Smuckers Peach Preserves
  1. Preheat slow-cooker to LOW setting for 7 hours.
  2. Rinse ribs with water and dry.  Place on a large cutting board and coat both sides with pork rub.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 bottle of BBQ sauce with peach preserves. Set aside.
  4. From the bottle, squeeze enough BBQ sauce in the base of the slow-cooker to coat the bottom.  
  5. Brush the sauce from the bowl on the ribs. Discard any remaining sauce, since it's touched raw meat. 
  6. Place ribs in the slow-cooker and cover.  DO NOT TAKE OFF THE LID.  It's tempting, I know, but let them cook for the full 7 hours.
  7. Once cooked, remove and brush with the rest of the sauce in the bottle, adding some extra peach preserves if wanted.  They are great out of the slow-cooker, but for more of a char, broil them for 3-4 minutes.
#SlowCookerMeals, Ribs, BBQ, Sweet Baby Ray's, Smuckers Peach Preserves

This sauce mixture is amazing on any meat.  I like to throw boneless chicken thighs in the slow-cooker with a can of peaches and the sauce for pulled chicken sliders.  Use on pork roast for a new spin on pulled pork.

What's your go-to BBQ sauce?


October 16, 2014

Book Review: All Fall Down

Jennifer Weiner, All Fall Down, Books

I discovered Jennifer Weiner books about two years ago and I really love her style of writing.  Plus, she is the funniest person to follow on Twitter during a reality TV show- especially Bachelorette or Bachelor nights!

Her most recent book came out in June and I made sure to read it as soon as it hit the shelves.  I keep meaning to write a review, but summer kind of got in the way.  Whoops!

With Weiner's books you get complex characters and the female leads who are always realistic--somewhat flawed, always somewhat humorous.  I love that her books aren't predictable, like many other authors in this writing genre.  

All Fall Down follows Allison, a popular writer and mom of one.  Allison seems to have her life together, yet she holds a little secret: she actually can't keep her life together and she has a major addiction to pain pills.  Everything comes crashing down (hence the title) and she hits an all time low.

The bulk of the book is devoted to Allison getting her life back on track.  I really enjoyed that the story wasn't sugar coated--she does struggle and everyone doesn't hug in the end.  I won't give away too much!

Months after reading this book, I still think about it quite frequently.  That's the sign of a great book, isn't it?!  Once you get started with her books, you'll want to read them all.  I really loved Best Friends Forever and Then Came You as well.

What are you reading right now?

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