Skillet Cornbread

I was supposed to post this the same night I posted the BBQ recipe, but I got tired…
So anyway…this was pretty good. Putting the entire pan in the oven was a new concept to me and I was a little unsure, but it came out nice.

1 1/2 cups white cornmeal
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon bacon greaseDirections:
1 Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
2 In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
3 In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg and beat till well blended, then add it to the dry ingredients and mix the bater till blended thoroughly.
4 Place the shortening and bacon grease in a 9″ iron skillet and heat till the shortening melts.
5 Pour the hot fats into the batter, stir well, and pour the batter back into the skillet.
6 Bake in the oven till the cornbread is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
7 To serve, turn the skillet upside down on a big plate, remove, and cut the cornbread into wedges.The link to the recipe is here: http://christmas.food.com/recipe/skillet-cornbread-45451

I took pictures this time!

This one sort of disturbs me:
The warning on the side of my Crisco container...if you need a warning not to use it this way...you should probably seek professional help.

The warning on the side of my Crisco container…if you need a warning not to use it this way…you should probably seek professional help.

Ok…now on to photos of the actual cooking haha.

This is my base mix before you put in the bacon grease. It looks pretty sloppy. Don't fret! Cornbread batter is a lot thinner then cake, cookie or even pancake batter.

This is my base mix before you put in the bacon grease. It looks pretty sloppy. Don’t fret! Cornbread batter is a lot thinner than cake, cookie or even pancake batter.

This is the fun part! 1 Tbsp of bacon fat and 1 Tbsp of veggie shortening...watch it melt, but do it on a medium/low heat otherwise it will spit.

This is the fun part! 1 Tbsp of bacon fat and 1 Tbsp of veggie shortening…watch it melt, but do it on a medium/low heat otherwise it will spit.

The recipe says it makes 4 to 6 servings. Maybe my skillet was 12'? no idea...all I know is that mine made 8 very large wedges.

The recipe says it makes 4 to 6 servings. Maybe my skillet was 12′? no idea…all I know is that mine made 8 very large wedges.

The bread was delicious, but very salty. I made it again tonight as I was supposed to be going to a friends house for dinner tomorrow. I dialed back on the salt a tiny bit and added a smidgen of sugar. It helped a tiny bit, but I could pull back even a bit more. Play with it and salt it to your liking. I tend to like a sweeter cornbread my self. Let me know how you like it and if you made any changes!! Happy Cooking!!

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BBQ Country Style Ribs

Hello all…
Sorry it’s been so long since I posted last. The holiday season was quite busy at work. My apologies. My awesome mom bought me stuff to help me on my way to culinary school. She got me a started knife set, made me a cutting board out of a tree stump slab and MY VERY OWN SLOW COOKER! Using it for the first time today. Have never used one before. Pretty excited. So here is what I’m making:

Ingredients

4 1/2 – 5 pounds boneless pork country-style ribs
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
4 – 5 cups hot cooked noodles (optional)
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

Directions
1. Trim fat from ribs. Place ribs in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. For sauce, in a medium bowl, combine barbecue sauce, onion, celery, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and dried thyme. Pour over ribs.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 5 1/2 hours.

3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.

4. Strain sauce. If necessary, skim off fat. If desired, serve ribs and sauce over hot cooked noodles and/or garnish with fresh thyme.
Nutrition Facts (Barbecue Country-Style Ribs)

Servings Per Recipe 8, cal. (kcal) 554, Fat, total (g) 22, chol. (mg) 189, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 30, Monosaturated fat (g) 10, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 2

You can find he original link here: www.bhg.com/recipe/pork/barbecue-country-style-ribs

My awesome new slow cooker!

My awesome new slow cooker!

 

Close up of my delicious dinner

Close up of my delicious dinner

I Used Sweet Baby Rays Original Recipe BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Sauce ever!!

Best BBQ Sauce ever!!

I also did not have any dried thyme so I just put fresh on top of the whole shebang!! Dinner will be ready by 7:30pm EST so I will report on how It came out. I am also making skillet corn bread to go with it. I will post that as well after I make it.

RAWards semi-finals at The Russian Lady Hartford, CT

I was invited to model for the RAWards last night at the Russian Lady. Miss Jillian Lyons was nominated for accessory designer of the year. She makes very awesome stuff. You can view her shop here:Β  www.JillianLyonsDesigns.Etsy.comΒ and her website here: www.JillianLyonsDesigns.webs.com

Jillian is a very talented artist and an extremely giving young woman. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work for. It was an honor to work with her.

I’d also like to give a big shout out to Sara Kenny, Jessica Pozucek and Jessica Santoni. Two very talented models and one incredible makeup artists! ❀

The RAWards had a lot of talented artists in a variety of categories. I saw some pretty crazy stuff there last night lol
The RAWards are held once a year at the Russian Lady in Hartford, CT. You can learn more about the bar here: www.therussianladyhartford.com/
And the Rawards here: http://www.rawartists.org/hartford/rawards2012

I hope this works right, but here is the YouTube video Miss Jillian Lyons made for the event:

Here are some crazy photos from last nights semi-finals:

Photography of Mr. Stephen Geyer

Photography of Sean Fowler

Model: Jessica Pozucek

Model is Jessica Pozucek Photography by Sean Fowler

Model is Sara Kenny Photography by Sean Fowler

Christopher and I at the RAWards
Photography by Shelby

Photography by Christopher St. Jacques

Photography by Christopher St. Jacques

Photography by Christopher St. Jacques

Me with some wicked eyelashes. Took this myself

Getting back from the show:

My sexy hubby, Christopher St. Jacques

And now you get to see what hair looks like when you take out 18 bobby pins and have about 3 lbs of product in it:

I will post more photos as they become available.

Rainforest Cafe for my 25th Birthday!! :D

This was actually September 6th, but I just got around to posting this now. Me, My mom My Boyfriend and My Grandma all went to the Rainforest Cafe’ in Farmington, CT for my 25th Birthday and I took some pictures! Woot! Great atmosphere and awesome food! People say it’s expensive, but it’s really no more expensive than TGI Fridays or Chilis. If you get the Opportunity…Go, but make reservations!!

My only complaint is if you decided to get the onion stack…it’s not a stack…it’s a funnel and you get maybe a handful…not enough for four people.

Overall we had a blast and it was well worth the money.

Enjoy the photos!! πŸ˜€

Alligator in the Wishing fountain

Awesome fish tank that was at our table

Awesome, crazy, purple butterfly! It moves lol

My mother and I in front of an animatronic elephant

3 generations

Yes, that’s me when I was 6 at the opening of The Lion King with Simba

Me and Christopher. This is our new favorite picture πŸ˜€

Chris’s Avacado Burger with Safari Fries. I don’t know what’s so Safari about ’em. I do not see any wild life in there lol

These are my Mojo Ribs. I had been craving BBQ forever!! These were so good. Fall off the bone. Omg! Mmmmmm

The wicked awesome Atlas Fountain near our table

This was the Diablo cake thingy they gave me for my BDay. IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD!! The thingy on top doubled as a cat toy! lol =^..^=

The creepy tree in the gift store

Friendly’s free single scoop!

My boyfriend and I actually went out on September 5th for this, but I got abducted by velociraptors so I couldn’t exactly post this on time. Ok, no…I was just lazy and full of Birthday goodness. Any who. The coupon was One free single cone with any purchase so we went out on an ice cream date. I had Vienna mocha chunk. Mmmmm…coffee and chocolate is AMAZING!! Chris had Purely Pistachio…Until it got in his mustache. I, of course, had to make the joke that now he was eating mustachio ice cream lol. Either way it was a very fun, inexpensive date. I did take photos this time!! πŸ˜€ I do have more coupons that don’t expire until October 6th so there will definitely be way more to come and I do have plans to make some Amish white bread this week. Until then…enjoy these crazy ice cream photos!!

Vienna Mocha Chunk

Purely Mustachio err um Pistachio

Pizza Hut Free Order of Cinnamon Sticks with Online Purchase

I used my Pizza Hut coupon today. Me, my mother and my boyfriend ordered that new BIG box from pizza hut. Let me tell you, too. much. food. It comes with two medium pizzas, an order of bread sticks and your choice of buffalo wings, tuscani pasta or something called pizza rolls? We went with Chicken Alfredo Tuscani Pasta. For a limited time it also comes with a free 2 liter of mountain dew or pepsi…I went with the mountain dew. All this for 20$ On top of this I had my coupon for the free cinnamon sticks. I guess I was the very first person to order the big box from that particular location because they were in shock. Anyway…I had not eaten all day long. Due to my hunger I forgot to take a picture. I have, for your viewing pleasure, some stupid stock photos lol

This is what we had except we had Chicken Alfredo instead of wings and onion pizza instead of pepperoni

This was my Birthday Surprise from Pizza Hut. They care, they really really care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta show ya everything lol Mountain Dew is the nectar of the gods! If anyone disagrees I will cut you!! lol

I really need to slow down on these coupons. At the rate I’m going I’ll way 500 pounds by the time September is over with! I have a Brides maids dress I have to fit in come september 29th…what am I doing to my self? lol I guess I should brush the dust off of my Supreme 90 day work out dvds and put down the fork after my Birthday week. Ugh! I’m on new migraine medication too. Topamax is supposed to cause weight loss. Average if 15 lbs. I doubt I shall be so lucky. Since I started last week…I’ve been eating like crazy!! I up my dose this week…come on magic fat burning migraine pill fairies…DO YOUR STUFF!!

Pretzel Maker Coupon

I had a coupon for a free small pretzel bite with purchase of a regular size soda. The guy said they don’t take it. I think he’s full of pretzel dough because there was a big ‘ol sticker on the front of the register with a Q code saying “Join our pretzel club and get a free pretzel on your Birthday!”. So, if you don’t take coupons then why are you encouraging people to sign up? My mother thinks I should contact the “head quarters” or whom ever they call the pretzel god. I was disappointed. So, seeing as I didn’t get my free pretzel bite today…I have no photo. I leave you with nothing more than the Pretzel Maker logo.