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Crockpot BBQ Ribs

Feel like BBQ? Fon’t want to deal with the heat, bugs and out doors? These set it and forget it barbecue ribs will become a favorite.

3-5 lbs pork or beef ribs

1 can coke or ginger ale (my secret to melt in your mouth tender) I use diet.

Your favorite bbq sauce. We love half Baby Ray’s and half KC Masterpiece.

Put ribs in bottom of crock pot. Pour soda on top. Let sit 5 minutes before adding sauce.

Turn on low for 6 hours. Enjoy juicy tender bbq ribs with your favorite side. These are so good and so easy they are an easy weeknight meal.

Crock-Pot Cook & Carry 6-Quart Oval Portable Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel (SCCPVL600S)

$29.68

  • Spacious 7-quart manual slow cooker serves 8+ people or fits a 6-lb. roast; Polished, silver stainless steel exterior with black accents and plastic handles
  • Easy-to-use locking lid featuring lid gasket provides extra seal for less mess on-the-go
  • Set cooking time to high and get a hot meal in no time or set it on low and tonight’s dinner can cook while you’re at work
  • Keep food at an ideal serving temperature for as long as you need to with the convenient warm setting
  • One-pot cooking means there are less dishes to clean, plus the lid and removable stoneware are dishwasher safe
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Summer Sun

It’s summer, and this time of year we all like to spend time in the great outdoors. With the sun shining high, we vibrate with anticipation to get outdoors. Be it camping, hiking, backyard bbq, the pool or the beach, please remember, with the warmer temperatures, to drink plenty of water, use protection from the harmful effects of the sun, and avoid the possibly deadly consequences of heat and/or sun stroke.

  • The daily recommended amount of water is 8 – 16 oz glasses a day. That increases dramatically the longer you play in the sun. As you sweat, that fluid must be replaced. Sodas, alcoholic drinks, and energy drinks won’t do the job. In fact, some can do more harm than good. They provide sugary, empty calories without the electrolytes that fuel your boby. Cocktails and beer deplete your fluids, making you even more dehydrated. Pure waters, sparkling waters, and sports drinks, help to replace the electrolytes your bodies needs. Make sure you drink at least half again as much as you normally would while having your fun in the sun. Get a great recipe here.

  • Wear protective clothing. That sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? With the heat of the summer most of are thinking about how little we can wear to stay cool. Things like sunglasses that block uv rays protect your eyes. A large brim hat protects the top of your head from sunburn. It also provides shade to your face, neck and sometimes shoulders.
  • Adequate sunscreen will help block the damaging effects of the sun. Children especially need to wear sunblock. I’m a redhead, so I learned about the damaging effects of the sun at a young age. I don’t tan. I go from extremely pale to lobster red in a very short amount of time. Like babies, I have to use a sunscreen with spf 40 or higher. I blister easily and you can easily see where I did damage in my younger days trying to keep up with my friends who tan. Take it from me, the worst places to sunburn are under your hair, and the backs of your knees.
  • Avoid the most dangerous times of the day. The suns rays are the most dangerous for anyone between the hours of 10am and 3pm. If you’re heading for some fun in the sun, you’re get less direct sun before 10am or after 3pm. It’s best to avoid doing yard work or gardening during these peak sun times. If you must perform these activities during these times take care to protect yourself and know the warning signs of things like heatstroke.
  • Don’t be deceived by shade. I would give my mother the excuse of our pool being in the shade, to get out of wearing sunscreen. Trust me when I tell you, shade from a tree or other porous material will not protect you from the sun. You still need sunscreen!

  • Water reflects the suns rays. We’ve all seen people in movies who use those reflective panels to direct the rays. Like most, I thought, hey, I’m under the water, it will help protect me from the suns rays. While water does help diffuse the suns rays, it also reflects it back. So, if you wear the hat in the water, it’s directing those rays right back onto your shaded face and shoulders. Same rules here, make sure you wear the sunscreen. That tan is great when you’re young, but, as you age, that damaged skin begins to look like leather. The potential of developing skin cancer from those areas is also very high. The bandages and/or scars after having cancers removed from a place like your face are not attractive later. Indeed, if not caught, it can become something much worse than skin cancer.

  • Back to the fun. You celebrate family and holidays with a backyard bbq. Again, heavy hydration, will keep you healthier and cooler. Take frequent breaks from the heat and sun, on a patio, a porch, a pavillion, or in the house. Not only does taking such a break provide a temporary resbite, from the sun and heat, but keeps you from the overheating, that leads to sun stroke or heat stroke.

Stay safe and enjoy the summer fun and make memories you’ll cherish for years to come. I would love to hear how you spend your summer time. Drop us a comment letting us know. Don’t forget to like and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pintrest.

Refreshing Summer Drinks

1 cucumber, sliced

1 lemon sliced

1 lime sliced

1/4 c chia seeds (optional)

Optional herbs I use mint with citrus or basil with berries. Just press to help release the oils contained in the leaves before adding to your favorite. Lavender lemonade is really good as well.

4 liters tonic or sparkling water

I love this style as it fits in the refrigerator door.

68 Ounces Glass Pitcher with Lid, Hot/Cold Water Carafe, Juice Jar and Iced Tea Pitcher by Purefold

I like this as it fits in the refrigerator door.

Mix all ingredients together in large gallon pitcher. Stir let sit several hours to infuse flavors. Add more tonic or sparkling water if needed. Serve over ice for a crisp, refreshing, and long hydrating summer cooler. The cucumber gives a fresh crisp flavor to citrus infused flavors. The optional chia seeds will soak up and release fluids as they digest. You can vary this recipe by adding different fruits. I like kiwifruit and honeydew melon as well as the cucumber. Intresting fact cucumber is already 70% water so adding some slices as editable garnish is a great way to add to the hydration in your glass.

Estilo 2 gallon Glass Single Mason Jar Beverage Drink Dispenser With Leak Free Spigot, Clear by Estilo

Bonus tip: If you forgot to chill the wine or taking it onto the patio, keep some grapes in the freezer. Green or red can then be added to your glass to keep it cool, without watering it down like regular ice.

Chipolte Turkey Panini

This recipe was inspired by a sandwhich I had at a Barnes and Nobles cafe that serves both Starbucks, and Cheesecake Factory.

So I liked it so much I came home and came up with my own recipe. I omitted things like extra salt and not so much Chipolte since my family has little kids who don’t like spicy. These are a huge hit at our house and other than assembly time they really are quick, filling, and delicious.

Chipotle Turkey Panini

12 slices bread 16 oz sliced turkey. 12 slices Swiss cheese 12 slices Provalone cheese

Yellow Mustard

1 Roma Tomato sliced

Red onion slices. Fresh Spinach leaves

Chipotle garlic butter (see instructions below)

Italian Seasoning

6 slices American cheese. 8 tbls butter

Salt and black pepper 1 tbls minced garlic

1/2 tsp Adobe powder. 1 tsp blackening season

1/4 tsp Chipotle powder (Makes 6 hearty sandwhiches)

Use 5 tbls butter. Mix in garlic, Adobe, Chipolte, blackening season. Mix well and set aside. Line baking sheet with parchment papper. Butter bread and place butter side down parchment. Spread yellow mustard to taste on bread, sprinkle with parmesean cheese. Top with sliced turkey, onion, spinach leaves, swiss cheese, another layer of turkey, sliced tomatoes, Provalone cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Italian seasonong ( I used dried). Spread butter mixture on bread place butter side down on sandwhich. Spread remaining butter in light layer on outside top of bread. Cover with second sheet of parchment paper. Place second baking sheet on top. Weight with heavy oven safe pan (s). Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove weights, top pan, and parchment paper. Broil for 5 minutes and enjoy.

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