Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Muse-day

1. We have been in a wind tunnel for about 2 weeks where I live. It has got. to. stop. Nap times have gone terrible awry and I'm starting to get cranky about it.

2. I'm turning 30 in less than 6 months. I'm not ready to be a 30-something. I'm pretty sure that means I should have my life together somewhat when really, I am a hot mess. I don't even try to hide it.

3. We've lived in our new house for almost 3 weeks. I still don't know where any of my clothes are. I need someone to come play with my child so I can unpack for goodness sake.

4. I took K to the new library today. She walked around and looked at big kid books like it was no big deal. I was just impressed by the Keurig. The old library was super crappy and, if I may be so bold, this new library is way nicer than any other facility in this town. Although, it's an awfully large space with not a lot of books.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crockpot Monday: Short Ribs

Nothing makes me feel like more of a superhero than my trusty crockpot. I guess it's hip to say "slow cooker" but I'm from the old school so I'll probably say crockpot more often than not. Our weekends are much busier than our weeks, generally speaking, so Mondays are earmarked as "Recover from the Weekend" day for me. I don't schedule much and usually stay home all day except for running or my step aerobics class.

Mondays are for no-fuss crockpot meals. After almost 10 years of cooking for myself I have finally learned to use this amazing appliance on a regular basis from everything from desserts to simple soups. I plan to do a weekly installment of what I'm slow cooking each Monday.

Today, it's short ribs. When I send my husband into the grocery store alone, he will always follow the list but also always appear with a more expensive cut of meat than I would purchase. Don't get me wrong, I freaking love short ribs; I just don't buy them often. Maybe I secretly send him in the store just so that I can be surprised with his romantic gesture of meat. It's how we keep things hot around here. :)

I'm keeping it simple today: 2lbs of short ribs cooked with onions, carrots, and simple salt and pepper. I added about 3/4 cup of water because I never have beef broth on hand. I plan to serve it over my favorite cheese grits    and roasted brussel sprouts. We also have some leftover Irish soda bread from the weekend that we'll have with it. Pretty simple.