Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vlog #1

As I sat down at my computer to write a post this afternoon, I decided to shake things up and create a video blog post (also known as a "vlog"). Enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Painting with Mae and Lena

Mr. Handsome is the oldest of seven children. He and three of his siblings are finished with school and well into their careers, but the three younger girls are still working through their education. The two youngest, Mae and Lena, are in high school.

As many of you know, Mr. Handsome is a hobbyist painter. (We are hoping to start selling his masterpieces soon, so stay tuned for more information on that.) For Christmas, my mother-in-law decided she wanted to buy Bob Ross oil painting kits for Mae and Lena, and she enlisted Mr. Handsome and me to help her pick out the supplies.

The girls were thrilled about their gifts and begged Mr. Handsome to give them a painting lesson. My husband patiently gave his sisters step-by-step instructions for about three hours, and their finished products turned out great.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Are CDs Still in Vogue?

Wishing all my lovely blog readers a wonderful weekend! I always enjoy conversing with you, and what better way to kick off the weekend than through a fun discussion.

Mr. Handsome and I are part of the age group that is supposed to be head over heels in love with our devices. While we both have smart phones and try to keep up with the latest technological advancements (within reason), there is one thing from the "dark ages" that we just can't give up: CDs.

We constantly hear people talking about how CDs are on the way out and that the best way to listen to music is to buy it online and download it to your device, but we just haven't gotten into that.

Our ideal is to buy an album on a CD, download it onto iTunes so we can listen to it on our devices (especially while working out) and then put the CD in the car. That way, we have both a digital version and a hard copy.

I know my readership represents a wide variety of ages, so I'm curious to hear what you all prefer when it comes to purchasing music.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple BBQ Brisket Recipe

I absolutely love BBQ brisket. I tried it for the first time a few years ago at a restaurant called Famous Dave's, I have been hooked ever since.

Nashville, Tennessee, has many award-winning BBQ joints that we enjoy visiting. While we were out to eat last spring, both Mr. Handsome and I agreed that it would be fun to try our hand at homemade BBQ beef brisket

 The meat is expensive (usually $20-$25 for 4 pounds) so we have only made it a handful of times. It takes a few hours to cook, but the prep is a cinch. Here's the recipe:


Simple BBQ Beef Brisket

Ingredients:
Brisket roast (approximately 4 pounds)
Several slices of uncooked bacon
Homemade BBQ sauce*

1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika 
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar 
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)

*I use the same Homemade Honey BBQ recipe that I make with my Buffalo Wild Wings Style Wings--click here to view


Remove all packaging from brisket roast. Place fat side down in an oven safe, non-glass pan that can hold juices that will accumulate. I use a 9x13-inch pan.

Combine dry spices in a small bowl. Using a fork, poke holes in brisket, and rub the entire roast with spice rub. 


Place uncooked bacon strips over brisket, side-by-side. If you have additional bacon slices, you can also place one layer of bacon under the roast. (Bacon is expensive, so I don't usually do that.)


Tightly cover pan with foil, and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Remove from oven, and flip brisket over so the fat side is facing up. Return to oven, covered with foil, for an additional hour.

Remove from oven, and cut into brisket with a knife. Meat should be fork tender. Return to oven if necessary.

Brisket roasts can be finicky, so it helps if you have had BBQ brisket at a restaurant and have seen how it looks when it is fully cooked. The size and thickness of the brisket roast also affects cooking time.

Transfer to a cutting board, and slice. Serve with homemade BBQ sauce. If you find yourself with an overcooked brisket, just add extra BBQ sauce!


Simple BBQ Beef Brisket

Ingredients:
Brisket roast (approximately 4 pounds)
Several slices of uncooked bacon
Homemade BBQ sauce*

1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika 
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar 
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)

*I use the same Homemade Honey BBQ recipe that I make with my Buffalo Wild Wings Style Wings--click here to view

Directions:
Remove all packaging from brisket roast. Place fat side down in an oven safe, non-glass pan that can hold juices that will accumulate. I use a 9x13-inch pan.

Combine dry spices in a small bowl. Using a fork, poke holes in brisket, and rub the entire roast with spice rub. 
Place uncooked bacon strips over brisket, side-by-side. If you have additional bacon slices, you can also place one layer of bacon under the roast. (Bacon is expensive, so I don't usually do that.)Tightly cover pan with foil, and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Remove from oven, and flip brisket over so the fat side is facing up. Return to oven, covered with foil, for an additional hour. 

Remove from oven, and cut into brisket with a knife. Meat should be fork tender. Return to oven if necessary. 

Brisket roasts can be finicky, so it helps if you have had BBQ brisket at a restaurant and have seen how it looks when it is fully cooked. The size and thickness of the brisket roast also affects cooking time. 

Transfer to a cutting board, and slice. Serve with homemade BBQ sauce. If you find yourself with an overcooked brisket, just add extra BBQ sauce!

Monday, February 13, 2017

An Early Valentine's Dinner


Mr. Handsome and I celebrated Valentine's Day two days early this year. He is on a basketball league, and someone accidentally scheduled a game on February 14th (probably a single male). Mr. Handsome offered to skip, but I told him not to. The team is small, so if he didn't show up, chances are good they would have to forfeit.

Rather than take me out to dinner, Mr. Handsome decided he would prepare something at home, which was very thoughtful. I don't have a favorite food, so it wasn't easy for him to figure out what to make, but he ended up cooking a delicious meal.

We stopped at Walmart on Saturday night to pick up a Redbox movie, and he ran in to pick up ingredients. When Sunday evening rolled around, I stayed upstairs while he cooked. Towards the end, I could tell by the smell that he was whipping up some sort of pasta dish.

It ended up being spaghetti with a homemade meat sauce that he made without a recipe (the tastiest I've ever had) and homemade garlic bread that was toasted to perfection. He also bought flowers, wrote a card, and pained this beautiful flamingo (the perfect choice because I love birds).

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

My Husband's New Blog


Soon after watching me celebrate my seven-year blogging anniversary, Mr. Handsome decided he wanted to get in on the blogging fun. He enjoys telling jokes and is always able to break the ice in tense situations through humor, so he found a way to use his talents to bring joy to others.

His new blog is called Funny Christian Memes (www.funnychristianmemes.com). I might be a little biased, but I am pretty amazed by his knack for creating memes that are both clean and funny. I have no idea how he comes up with a new meme every day or two, but he does, and they always make me laugh. He asks my opinions as he is creating them, but the ideas are all his. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Christmas Shoes

A few days ago, I was sitting on the bleachers watching Mr. Handsome show off his amazing basketball skills in the league he is part of. Most of the players are married, so us ladies enjoy chatting during the games.

One of the gals is a second grade teacher at a nearby school, and she told a story about a student of hers.

"One of my students has been wearing a brand new pair of tennis shoes since he came back from Christmas break," she shared. "They are three sizes too big, so he is always asking me to tighten the laces. A few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation with him and found out he had indeed received them for Christmas."

"'Those are beautiful shoes!'" I told him. "'What else did you get for Christmas?''' With pure joy, he proceeded to list all his presents, which included that pair of shoes, two new shirts, his 'own' bottle of shampoo, and his 'own' toothbrush. He was so thrilled that I couldn't help but smile, but when I finished talking to him, I had to turn away to compose myself."

All of us were tearing up as she finished the story. I just couldn't stand thinking about that sweet little boy being without a toothbrush, so Mr. Handsome and I decided to give a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste to each of her students. She said the kids were absolutely thrilled.

Thinking back to my own childhood, I can tell you I wouldn't have been that excited about receiving hygiene items for Christmas. Sometimes I forget that there are people out there who have so little. May we all remember not to take anything for granted, even something as seemingly small and insignificant as a toothbrush.