Friday Favorites 7-10-20

Hello friends and happy Friday!!!  It has been awhile since I have done some of my Friday favorites.  I hope your week has been great!!!  I am going to share a few of my favorite things I have been loving lately.

 

First of all this hair wand thingy.
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Don’t let it scare you.  I know it looks a bit intimidating but it is really awesome.  If you want those beach waves in your hair this is perfect.  It was a bit of an Amazon impulse buy for me but for only. $39.99 why not give it a try.   O.k so this thing clamps sections of your hair and just gives you those gorgeous waves that you often try to get with a curling iron or wand and just can’t seem to achieve.  Or maybe that’s just me HAHA!!!

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Lash Primer?  Who would have known that this makes all the difference in the world.  O So first of all put this primer on your lashes just a few minutes before you put your mascara on.  I put mine on while I am doing the rest of my make up  and then go back and put the mascara on.  It really does make a difference in how your mascara attaches to your lashes and stays.  Try it!!!

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And this is the mascara that I like to use with this primer.  First of all I will tell you that the brush is a little wiggly and it makes it hard to push back into the mascara. I haven’t quite figured that one out but you just have to show it who is boss and deal with it.

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If you haven’t tried these little 4×6 mini canvas photos from Walgreens you are missing out.  They are awesome!!!!  You can watch the Walgreens specials and sometimes get them for 50 and 60 % off.  I did these two and I think I paid about $7.00 for each of them.  They also come with a stand to put them on and they just fit in anywhere!!!! I love them!!!! They’re different and unique.  You could also do an entire wall collection of them.

 

AndI have to share with you some of the books I am reading.  I love Abigail Thomas. I read her book A Three Dog Life a few years ago. I read it again recently and added two more of her books to the pile on my nightstand. Can’t wait to read them.

And last but certainly not least I have to tell you about these shoes I am absolutely loving. A friend at work had a pair and she loved them. They are Adidas. I ordered these from Kohl’s. They were on sale when I got them but I just checked and they are currently not on sale. Right now they are $64.99 I got them for $57.99 so not a big difference but they will probably go on sale again if you want to wait. Adidas always runs about a half size larger. I usually wear a 7&1/2 so I got a 7 and they are great. So comfy.

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    These are from my Hydrangea bush, it is doing great this year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites. Let me know if you have any questions about any of these.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

Just Another Day

Hello friends. Happy Wednesday. I am at the Express Lube waiting on an oil change for my Mother in law’s car. We still drive it from time to time. We actually have thought about selling it since she won’t be able to drive again. The car is a small compact car and it only has about 15,000 miles on it, and we have put most of those on.  It is literally the car a little old lady only drove to church and back. However it is the only vehicle that we have that she can still get in and out of easily when we take her anywhere. So for this reason we hang onto it. 

I am going in to work a bit later today because I am working later. I have my  knitting here with me while I wait for the car but I just felt the need to catch up with you a bit. We had a very quiet Fourth Of July holiday. I went into town on Saturday morning and took pictures of flags around the local courthouse. Every year the Downtown Association does a Parade of Flags tribute to the veterans past and present. You purchase a flag and a certificate for that person and all of the flags are on display around the courthouse. It is quite a beautiful site. I love walking through the flags and reading all the names and of course taking pictures.  On Sunday I cooked baby back ribs in the crock pot I did a post about it.  If you missed it check it out here.

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               Our Courthouse is very old and beautiful and I love taking pictures of it.

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For the second time, I recently had to be tested for COVID. Again someone I had been in contact with tested positive. I was negative. I have heard of a lot of people getting false positives on the tests so I have my doubts about the tests. The thing is I work in a public place and I have to abide by the rules to keep my job. Enough said about that. I did write a haiku about it the night before I got tested because I was feeling a little morose and down. I was also contemplating having to possibly be out of work for two weeks or God forbid more and also my biggest worry is for my husband who takes immunosuppressive drugs. So things could be even worse for him. So here is the haiku:

Out of work two weeks?
COVID you hold the answer 
Am I positive?

So just another day but yet a wonderful day to be here and be healthy.  

Have a wonderful rest of the week and always remember:

Love your day your way!!!!

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How To Make Yummy Baby Back Ribs

Hello friends and happy Monday, How are you how was your week? I know I have been a little inactive but my job right now is taking center stage in my life.  More about that later.

Yesterday I was off and I did some cooking.  I made pecan pancakes for breakfast and then I decided to make baby back ribs in the crock pot.   I have made them in the crock pot several times.  I love them this way.  I bought a rack of baby back ribs at the grocery store.

This is the best way to make baby back ribs in my opinion. First of all I make a rub to put on the ribs.  I use, 8 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar, 3 Tablespoons of kosher Salt, 1 tablespoon of Chili powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of onion powder and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.   This is the amount of rub you use for a double rack of ribs.  If you are only cooking a rack of ribs you will only use half of this.  Put the other half back for next time or just use double on these and it will still be yummy.

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         This is a picture of the rub.

First of all I got a rack of baby back ribs.  They are a little pricey but sometimes you can get them on sale.  Splurge.  It’s worth it!!

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       This is a rack of baby back ribs and it is plenty for me and Mark.

Next I make the rub.  See the recipe from above.

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   I always cut the ribs in two so that I can place them in the crock pot easier.

Next you need to pull the membrane off of the ribs.  It is not pleasant but you need to do it.  I know that you don’t have to pull the membrane off but it does make them taste so much better.  The rub really gets into the meat if you remove the membrane.  There are several videos out there helping you to learn to do this.  Google it.

Turn the ribs over so the rib part is showing.  Take a butter knife and slip under the membrane make a pocket and slip your hand or the knife under the membrane and pull it off of the ribs.  Some of the membrane comes off easily, if you are lucky, and some of them don’t.  Yesterday I almost had a melt down because I couldn’t get the Fu/c8ing membrane off!!!!!  I finally got most of it off.

The trick to cooking these ribs in the crock pot is that you must put them up on their sides so that they are not lying in their own juices because this tends to make them mushy.   Don’t add anything to them at this point.  Just let the meat cook and use it’s own juices.

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Cook the ribs for about 6 hours in a crock pot on low.  Check them after 6 hours and see if they are getting done.  I think 6 hours is usually plenty of time.  My recipe called for 8 hours but that is usually too long.  I always check them after 6 hours.

After you take the ribs out of the crock pot place them on a pan and brush them with barbecue sauce and put them under the broiler in the oven for just a couple of minutes and they will taste yummy!!!!

So the ribs turned out pretty well.  They were tasty.  I have made better but these were good too.

Try them!!!

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

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Sunday Morning Rain Is Falling

Happy Sunday friends it is Sunday morning and I am watching the rain out the window and feeling rather cozy in my cocoon . It sort of reminds me of the song by Maroon 5. (Sunday morning, rain is falling Steal some covers, share some skin. Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable).  Well, there is no skin being shared unless you count Scruffy and I  snuggled in the chair watching Food Network HA HA!! I don’t know why I love this channel so much it makes me so hungry.  It also makes me want to cook. I have a confession.  I love to make pies but I never make my own pie crust.  I buy the crust at Walmart in the frozen food section.  It is just so easy.  Mark has a friend, David, who makes his own pies and pie crust and the pies seem to taste so much better.  I think I will have to try it.  I will let you know how it turns out.

Can anyone else believe that it is almost July?  That is crazy!!!  I had to work six days straight this past week and it was very tiring. Not just physically but mentally as well. With all the COVID regulations and then hearing people complain about them it is so hard to know what to do or feel about it.   Also,  I had a friend coming over on Saturday so I had to clean my house. You know what I’m talking about.  I got up early a couple of mornings and did some cleaning before work.  As I was cleaning and mopping and dusting I was thinking I really should have people over more often, maybe I would keep my house cleaner.   Anyway we had a great time we laughed and talked and talked and ate.    I baked homemade bread, and a chocolate cake. I also made a dip called crack dip, it is called that because it is so addictive.  I made a delicious pitcher of Ruby Relaxers, this is a very tasty light cocktail that is great for summer.  We took a long walk with Scruffy and Molly and it was just a wonderful day.


   Kitty Kitty has a new favorite sleeping spot.  On my couch in the den on my afghan of course.  


    This one constantly needs attention!!!


  Such beautiful flowers this time of the year.  Vibrant colors are everywhere!!


Pass this on my way to work every day.  Of course I had to stop and get a pic.

 

Things are still a bit crazy in the world.  Mark and I had planned a beach vacation later in August but I am not sure about it now.  So many of the beaches are reporting record numbers of COVID and I am hearing that some beaches may close.  I am not sure about going.  We will see.  I know we will have no problem social distancing.  We rarely see a lot of people and we pretty much stay to ourselves.  The beach we go to is very secluded.  I will share it with you later this week.  We have gone there for many years. It is our favorite beach.

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      This is my favorite beach.  I am doing a post on it this week.  I hope to be able to go later this year. 

We have had such mild weather lately. This past week the temps have only been in the low 80’s and that has been wonderful.   But I saw the forecast for the upcoming week and I think it is going to be really hot.  As a matter of fact I just stepped outside and it is hot and humid.  My glasses fogged up.   Welcome to East Tennessee.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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