Friday, March 27, 2015

Grapefruits and Chickens

My fight to have the right to raise chickens is really starting to come together!  I've had people reach out to me that want the same thing, I've researched urban chicken keeping and ordinances from neighboring cities, talked to my chicken-loving-country-boy-alderman, and even drafted a potential ordinance change.  Yep, busy, busy, busy!  So busy that I didn't even notice that my 4 year old son ate my grapefruit I had prepared as a snack!  Don't worry, he got me a new one (see, he even cut it up with a butter knife!).  Anyways, my alderman invited me and my fellow chicken lovers to the next board meeting to present our proposal.......we had planned on attending anyways, but now they know we're coming!  It's such a relief that my alderman also would like the right to raise chickens.  I'm trying to not get too excited though, because there are eight alderman that have to vote, when and if it comes up for a vote........and potentially the non-chicken-loving-mayor (if it's a tie).  But for now, I'm going to be positive and pray that change is coming!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sweatpants and Divorce

Last night as I was surfing the web (yes, people still "surf the web", well, I do anyways) for trivia questions, I came across a story about the #1 cause of divorce.......sweatpants!  Yep.  Of all the things that one could want to divorce a person for, it's gotta be sweatpants.  At least that's what Eva Mendes said (fingers crossed it was a joke people).  As I read the headline, I looked over at my husband, and his sweatpants, who was looking at me, and my sweatpants.  "We're doomed" he said to me!  Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but you'd think money or unfaithfulness would be top contenders for that #1 spot.  Obviously this story has no merit, nor can it be taken seriously.....but for the fun of it, let's act like it does!  Ladies and gentleman, toss your sweatpants out before it lands you in divorce court!  Comfort must not be tolerated in your marriage!  Won't my husband be furious if he comes home to all of his sweatpants tossed out in the trash (muahahahaha)!  What would cause you to divorce your spouse?  Would one thing do it?  Or would it have to be a series of things?  Or is divorce something that is just not fathomable for you?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sweet and Sticky Riblets

My family loves ribs!  However, we couldn't afford to eat ribs all the time, so riblets are a great (and cheaper) option.  While I enjoy cooking every meal, I sometimes find I don't have enough time to spend prepping a meal and then spend an hour or two preparing it.  That's why I have a crock pot!  There is very little you can do to mess up a simple crock pot meal, so that's why recipes like this one, are great for beginner cooks.  For me, there is nothing better than a rib, or riblet, with a sticky sauce to go with it.  This recipe would go great for both ribs and riblets, and even short ribs!  We've even tried this recipe using chicken wings (which was equally as delicious!).

Sweet and Sticky Riblets

Riblets - 2 pounds

Seasoning for Riblets:
Salt and Pepper
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder

Sauce:
Ketchup - 1/4 c
Brown Sugar - 4 tbsp
Siracha Sauce - 2 tsp
Soy Sauce -  1/4 c
Worcestershire Sauce - 1 tbsp
Honey - 2 tbsp
Rice Wine (or red wine) Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Pineapple Juice (or apple juice) - 1/8 c
Cornstarch - 2 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves finely minced (or 1 tbsp pre-minced garlic)

Lightly season the riblets with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder.  Set aside.  Mix together all sauce ingredients, except garlic.  Once the cornstarch and brown sugar are completely mixed in, add the garlic.  Put the riblets into the crock pot, and pour the sauce over the top.  Cook on low for 6 hours, until the meat is tender, and the sauce becomes thick and sticky.