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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Free Blogger Opp Mohawk Carpet Review Giveaway










Are you looking for an awesome FREE blogging event? Here is one just in time for fall!!
Flora from Samples Freebies Fun, Glenda from Mommies Point of View, Karren Oh! My Heartsie, Lisa from Planet Weidknecht and Bing from Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest Teamed up to up to Co-Host the $100.00 Mohawk Rug Event which is being sponsored by Mohawk Home.  Read on for more details…

To participate in the event you are required to post an announcement on your blog with links to the sponsor and co-hosts OR you can opt out of the blog post by paying $3.00 to be used for event fees and referral prizes. you can send to PayPal at karrenh@gmail.com and be sure to include your email address and 
“Mohawk Carpet Rug Event” in the message.

The event is Free and is open to bloggers in USA and Canada
Each blogger will receive one free link Twitter or Facebook. 
There is an option to purchase 
another link for $2.00 [PayPal karrenh@gmail.com]
Adding the event banner is Optional but would help to promote, making for a larger event.
Now, once you have posted the announcement or paid for opting out please fill out this form (Click Here)

The HTML will be provided so watch for that about Nov 6-8th and be sure to add {karrenh@gmail.com} so that communication does not go to spam. Please be sure to change up the announcement with your own words so Google does not get wigged out for seo purposes.

There will be verification of posts by noon on Nov 8th and if your post is not up you will be emailed and your links will be removed from the Rafflecopter~ If you have paid for extra links there will be no refunds.


The Prize: 5 x 8' Mohawk Rug $100.00 or less (Winner’s choice!)
Starts: Thursday, November 8th at 12:01am
Ends:  Thursday, November 29th at 11:59pm


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Smoked Ribs

As I mentioned before I love ribs especially those little baby back guys, but any rib will do:)    I am not sure why meat tastes better when you get to gnaw it off the bone but it just does, maybe something primitive in all of us is satisfied.   Remember the old caveman or cavewoman pictures of holding a large hunk of meat by the bone?   Oh yes, that's what I am talking about.  

I do know that cooking meat along with the bone just tastes better, some kind of magic incurres and the flavor is expanded.  What does one of my favorite guys say? "Bam Bam"!!    Oh yes I am talking about Emeril   (no not going back to my caveman thingy with the Flintstones neighbor's little boy "Bam Bam" Lol).

Speaking of Emeril I am totally using his technique and seasoning for today's ribs.  Remember the smokers I shared, (Click Here ).   Any of these smokers can make the best ribs and here's how.



    Smoked Ribs



I always buy baby back ribs using the formula:   One slab of baby backs for each two people.   So at my house I only need one slab of baby back ribs:)

And I always use a rub on my ribs  (not my ribs but the baby back ribs, hehehe, sorry).  (But maybe I would if it was a fat burner or a some kind of skin rejuvenator, LOL)   Ok seriously, back to dinner:) 

Since one of the key ingredients in the  Rib Rub is Emerils Essence,  I usually mix up the Rib Rub and and Emerils Essence and keep them in this awesome little jar.  This cool jar is divided into three separate compartments and is perfect for my hand mixed spices and rubs.









Emerils Essence
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme


Rib Rub

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup salt
2 tbsps emeril's original essence (emeril)
1 1/2 tbsps chile powder (dried ancho, depending)
1 tbsp cumin




Just sprinkle the Rib Rub very liberally over the ribs and let set in the fridge for at least an hour, no more than two hours.


If I am using Emeril's Smoker then I just cut these ribs in half and it's just perfect for each half to lay side by side. I have smoked two slabs of ribs in the smoker in the past  and overlapping the four halves just a little bit.

Prepare the smoker as I mentioned  Here .  Load your ribs on the little grill, cover and place the smoker in 300 degree oven.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  





Remove lid and mop on your favorite BBQ sauce.   When I say mop, I mean mop, lol.  This is the awesome little mop that is perfect for slopping sauce all over anything and everything. 




 Place ribs back in oven uncovered for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.   

  








Remove from oven and slice and serve with your favorite sides:)    







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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Freedom Fridays #25



It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!
(FFFFF:)



Glass Painting
Under the Suburban Sun








Spicy Lasagna
Tumbleweed Contessa





Stomp Out Cancer
Sweet Boutique








Apple Goodie
Entirely Emily







Fall Leaf Bowl
Better Organized Living








I will be pinning all Five Faves!
and sharing them on my Facebook page and with twitter.

I just love visiting all the talent, you guys rock!




Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.


If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)




Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.

Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Smokers

In Texas BBQ, Brisket rules but ribs always have a very special place.  I love those little baby back ribs and of course we don't just grill ribs we smoke 'em.
 And we smoke turkeys, chickens, pork roasts and basically, if it's in the meat family, we smoke it.  And it is fantastic!!
    

 There are numerous Smoker's out there on the market and we have purchased several throughout the years. 
 But the best are found all over Texas, hand crafted by their owners.  And it seems everyone has one, has made one or even owns two or three.   Since BBQ cook off's are so popular, most of the smokers are either made on trailers or are trailers in themselves.  



This is my Brother-in laws BBQ pit aka smoker.

I have ate many a meats cooked on this baby.  ( I know meat is already plural but I likes to say meats:) 

Yes, my talented brother-in- law handcrafted this and it is perfect. He would probable laugh at the term "handcrafted" because he say he just "built" it.  These are humble folks:)
 The long metal shelves can swing in and be in front of the fire or can be out where there are now.




Look you could feed an army cooking on this pit and he has done exactly that.  This pit cooks  all the meat for our family reunion.








And of course my Fellow being from Texas has build us a little pit:) I love this little BBQ pit.  I watched my sweetie build it from a large piece of metal pipe and pieces of metal. Welding and grinding out, bending the metal to make this baby:)



The compartment on your right is the firebox and then the rest is the pit (oven area)  And it has to be just perfect for the smoke to be drawn into and across the meat.  It is perfect and makes the best foodies:)






And now we come to my little smoker.  This is what I use to smoke ribs.  No, alas I didn't weld it nor did I make it from scraps of metal, no bending or grinding of metal done here.  I bought it from the  awesome Emeril collection. It's only 10 x 22 inches and it is perfect and it makes the best ever ribs.  Except for my son-in-laws ribs, his ribs are the best ever ever ever!!

   Yes, it is awesome.   Even with snow on the ground I can smoke us some yummy meats right in my kitchen oven:)  (of course here in the southwest, you better smoke em fast if you are going to have them done before the little snow that we get melts.  Lol.)


I buy these little chips (ok it looks like sawdust) but it gives the meat an awesome flavor.  And they come in several flavors. These are sprinkled in the bottom of my smoker.
  


After the smoker chips are in the bottom, this little tray goes in with the rack.  Then your choice of meat is placed on the little rack.  Cover and cook according to directions.  Usually its on about 300 degrees, low and slow, giving time for all the yummy flavored smoke to surround the meat.

I will be posting several recipes using this little smoker in the next few weeks.   So keep checking back in to drool over all the ribs, brisket etc.  



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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Freedom Fridays #24


It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!
(FFFFF:)



Carmel Apple Pie Cupcakes
Oishii Treats







Halloween Decorations Vinyl Window Decals
(I wish Jessi was coming to my house to do my decorations this year)
I love this!
Practically Functional







Hot Cocoa Cookies
(yes that is melted chocolate on a marshmallow on top!)
Baker Becky



Mussels Wreath
Sweet Boutique Home










Chicken Chimichangas
(if you are not following Leslie, you are missing out on some amazing
recipes.  She shared two recipes three weeks ago that both made it on my Five Faves.
 Go follow her and you will not be disappointed.)

Dishing With Leslie




I will be pinning all Five Faves!
and sharing them on my Facebook page and with twitter.

I just love visiting all the talent, you guys rock!




Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.


If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)




Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.

Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Desert Mountains

Near our little farm is the Organ Mountains.  These are desert mountains rich in adventures and tales of lost gold mines.    I love looking up at these mountains with their many faces and changing colors.   I have always wished that I would never take them for granted and so far I haven't.


    The desert surrounding these mountains is our playground and we take advantage of the closeness as much as possible. 
 We loaded our ATV's in our horse trailer last week and planned an adventure. (I know, remember we are Texans, we use our horse trailers for everything, lol).  
  We loaded an ice chest with drinks and carne asada with the fixings and headed out.   
 What freedom! 
 We usually plan these trips on a weekday to have the entire desert to ourselves and we did on this day.  We didn't see another soul the entire day.   What freedom!!!







Unloading ATV's


On the Trail



 Desert mountains and my Fellow at the base on the trail


Wide spaces


Top of the mountain (don't you just love my big ol sweatshirt, LOL)






Riding Down the Mountain




Safe back at the base and resting before the next trail 





Old Mine


This is in front of the Mine.  Look over my right shoulder at the view

 One can even see other Mountains in the distance.  Big Country:)


 Unknown history on this crude building



 Back at our campsite, thank goodness its time for foodies and I am ever so hungry.  

 Carne Asada on the grill with a little cast iron pot of beans


Fixings for the Carne Asada Burritos.
 (fender of horse trailer or counter top, same thing).








And of Course heating up the tortillas.




And this adventure was made possible by these little babies!



I love these little guys.  Tough little machines:)





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Friday, October 12, 2012

Think Pink Event


The "Think Pink" Blogging Event along with some other
awesome bloggers that have a passion in helping to convey an important messages.
Of course it is not all about pink, however, when we think of pink ribbons we
know it has to do with Breast Cancer Awareness!!
We thank the following bloggers for helping to get the message out about
Awareness of Breast Cancer and the importance of early detection!! Tell someone, 
talk about it with your friends and family & get an annual mammogram!!

Life's A Bargain
This Mom Said What
Plum Crazy About Coupons
Divas With A Purpose
Babe's Rockin' Mami
What the World Needs Now ~ is Lockets, Sweet Lockets
My Turn (for us)
Orin's Insights


These events all through the month of October 
are all about Breast Cancer Awareness and sharing the
importance of getting your mammograms as a baseline 
for you and your doctor, to know for the future if there are any changes.
What is your Breast Cancer IQ? Take the quiz!

Now, For this Giveaway as part of our quest to help you to be informed
We are giving away, Avon Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet, 
Awareness Band, Avon Spa Products, 
PayLess Coupon that donates a $1.00 for each sold and a $5.00 savings

Please be sure to take some time to check resources and the stories that have been share with 
Live Laugh Love To Shop of having someone battle breast cancer and share your story as well.




You can Signup For Grand Event "Power In Pink Ribbons" Over $300.00 In Prizes
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a Rafflecopter giveaway




My Turn (for us) is not responsible for shipping prize to winner, nor was I paid to post this event or received an
compensation. 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Freedom Fridays #23


It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!

Beaded Love Bracelet





Turkey Bread
 (also she has a bread cornucopia that's awesome)





Forever Autumn Leaf Tea Light




Doughnut Pancake with Maple Glaze


Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Squares


I will be pinning all Five Faves!
and sharing them on my Facebook page and with twitter.

I just love visiting all the talent, you guys rock!




Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.
If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)





Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.

Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up



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