Saturday, February 13, 2010
They have officially begun. As I watched the Opening Ceremonies tonight with my family, I was hopeful that my children would gain some appreciation of different cultures. It was wonderful to view the dedication of those dancing. They danced throughout the entrance of all 82 countries athletes and their support which took over an hour. I grew tired just watching them. Yet as the country flags continued to stream out of the entrance, I started to anticipate the show that Vancouver would put on and then the traditional lighting of the torch which signifies the beginning of the games. And I stared in amazement at the light show, new dancing, beautiful singing, (and OK is KD Lang looking more and more like a man every day???), and knew that I would choose to do none of those things and I could love them anyway. What a fantastic beginning. Even though my children came in and out throughout the 3-hour opening, they did ask questions, they did learn a little about Canada and other countries too, and they did gain a smidge of culture knowledge. I appreciated the glitch at the end, when the 4th of 4 arms which were to light the indoor torch failed to rise, the show continued; the torch runners improvised. I was able to watch a perfectly planned event have an obvious problem and still be successful. Yep, I really love the Olympics. Sometimes, it really is great to have TV. (Whodathunk that would come from me???)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
rub and after reading the reviews, decided to modify the heat in this great recipe. I also found this information to be really useful since I had only cooked ribs once or twice in my whole life. Rubbing the spices into the meat was really fun, and I even let the littlest man help. Two racks, rubbed and ready. Mmmmm. At about 1:30, after the meat had come to room temperature, it was time to stick them in the hot oven. Since we have a small convection oven, we thought we'd try out two methods of cooking and see which we liked best; the everlasting home taste competitor's that we are. Into the gas oven went one and a half racks, and into the convection oven went the last half. At about 3, we began the spritz routine: every half hour, squirt 'em with 4:1 apple juice and water, soaking them down. Then the wonderful aroma started wafting through the house. And the singing continued. The aroma quickly became out of this world; the singing, not so much. While we spritzed and smelled the air, we decided that sides were definitely in order. The more sides, the more leftovers, or so we thought. So at dinnertime, there was corn, tasty potato salad, homemade miniTexas toast, and baked beans. and RIBS! Plenty of beautiful, tasty, well cooked, fat rendered, sloppy with Sonny's (it won the family taste test) BBQ sauce RIBS! Plenty!. . . or so we thought. Then the young men came home. With their big ole' appetites in tow.
They smelled the delightful RIBS,
saw the sides, and started singing.
saw the sides, and started singing.
PS Don't know if it was the convection oven, the hour longer in the convection oven, or the more marbled ribs, but the convection oven ribs won hands down and we even had ONE leftover rib. What a teaser for later. (I wonder who will find it first.)
Monday, February 08, 2010
Late, late at night, my dh and I snuck into my mother-in-law's room and draped her with her birthday gift. Thanks to my friend Kelli, I was able to give her something that she really liked. We had a quilting class, and while I can sew, I was afraid that this was going to be way above my skill level. I've only pieced one other quilt; well, technically, it was a table runner. I stitched it up by hand and that's so very different from machine stitching. The fabric on this baby kept scrunching together as if I was trying to gather it, which I so wasn't. I loved the color combination and will definitely try another one. Maybe I can get those bumps to lay down.
These are my and my fun neighbor's lungs. We had pizza night for a birthday party and everyone got to have individual pies. With only so many cooking pans to go around, DN (dear neighbor) and I got to share. After I looked at the pictures I thought, "Hey, we could have done the whole 'take a deep breath to blow out the candles'" LOL I would sure hate to have all the orange gunk in my lungs.
This is liftoff of a flock of geese in New Mexico. One of the coolest sites I've ever seen in my life. Calmly they sat, squaking about what was the latest happenings were, then all of a sudden they lifted into the sky en masse and flew RIGHT OVER MY HEAD. I just knew I was going to get falling presents. But, the angels were watching over me and whew! I came away unscathed with photos. Precious photos of a beautiful site. Crazy geese!