Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunday Dinner, April 27, 2008 & Giveaway Winner!

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The winner of the book giveaway is BARB@A CHELSEA MORNING!
Congratulations, Barb, and I'll get your book mailed out next week! It should get there in plenty of time for Mother's Day, providing the U.S. Postal*Service doesn't let us both down.And speaking of Barb, she just announced the grand opening of her new online shop, called, appropriately enough, A CHELSEA MORNING'S LITTLE SHOPPE. If you're in need of hand crafted (and might I add, adorable!) baby burp cloths, bibs, fleece blankets or stuffed sock monkeys, among other items, please click on the bold links to CHECK OUT HER NEW SHOPPE.

Here are 2 very satisfied customers with their fleece blanky and sock monkey. :o)

All Barb's offerings are completely handmade by her with loving attention to detail and are very reasonably priced in my opinion. She's offering a matched set of bibs, burp cloths and blanket in several different patterns suitable for girls, boys, or neutral colors for "don't know yets" that are perfect shower gifts for expectant mothers.

I love this "Froggy Fun" set.

And, NO, Barb didn't ask me to promote her shoppe, but I'm so excited for her that I just wanted to help spread the word for her.

If you are so inclined, go CHECK OUT HER SHOPPE. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by Barb's sweet selections, and she'll be adding new items as she, you know, hand makes them, so check back often to see what she's cooking up.And speaking of cooking (how'd you like how I worked that into the conversation?) it's time once again for Sunday Dinner. Believe it or not it's only mid afternoon and I already know that I'm cooking and what's on the menu.

I got some beef country style ribs yesterday and grilled some of them for supper Friday night. Big mistake! They were tougher than old Army boots but we gummed them the best we could. Good flavor, but tough!

Rabbit trail here: I've never heard of beef country style ribs. Pork- yes. Beef- no, but they were $2.98 a lb. and for beef, that's a decent price right now. So I was game to try them. I think "country style ribs" is a fancy euphemism for "trimmings from roasts and other cuts of beef that we can't think up a better name for". Just my opinion, you know.

Back to the menu: I'm going to brown what's left of that beef and cook it until it's fork tender, then make some gravy from the broth. I'm also going to make a big pot of jasmine rice to ladle the beef and gravy over.

I've just invented a new recipe in my head that I'm going to go create in a little bit. I've got plenty of frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and squash in the freezer and I'm going to make a hybrid white sauce to pour over the vegetables and then bake it until it's bubbly and brown on top.

I say "hybrid" because I'm going to make a basic white sauce of butter, flour and milk, but I have some cream cheese and some Vel*veeta cheese that I'm going to stir into it to make it richer. And richer is always gooder, don't you think?

I'll let y'all know how it turns out.

Your turn now. What's for Sunday Dinner at your abode? Or are you going to Grandma's or out to eat somewhere? Just share your plans/menu in the comments if you want to participate this week.I'll be cooking most of my Sunday Dinner here in just a little while. Why so early on Saturday afternoon you might ask? Because some dear friends have invited me, Lamar, Jason, Jessica and Emmy and my sisters to their house for supper tonight! I'm doing my Sunday Dinner post and cooking early today so I can have everything done in time to go enjoy the food and fellowship with family and good friends.

Somebody else is cooking supper and I'll get to be with dear friends and family. We always have a good time when we all get together, and it's been several years since we've all gathered together at Tim and Peg's place. I figure I'll eat until I'm ashamed of myself then laugh until I cry and/or wet my drawers. It doesn't get much better than that, folks.I've had Emmy all day today. Lamar's out with her right now. He's taking her for a walk in her stroller. It's a beautiful mid-Spring day here in Northeast Arkansas, 66F and breezy, just gorgeous. While they're gone I'm going to go start cooking for Sunday Dinner.

Y'all have a great Sunday. May God meet all your needs, and may you have enough to share.


Sioux said...

Oh, I know what you mean about getting tough ribs of beef, I haven't heard of either. The veg sounds delish! Love the baby things, but I make those sorts of things, too. Have a blessed Sunday, Diane!

Barb said...

I'm tickled pink I won that sweet little book Diane, because as you know, I'm giving my copy away. They only sent me one copy. Thank you!

And thank you for all the nice words about my new shoppe. The froggy set is my favorite too.

I'm making a big pot of chili for Sunday dinner. It's still not very warm here and chili just sounded good.

Happy Sunday to you and thank you again, so much.

Susie said...

Hi Diane,
Sounds like Barb has lots of cute things. I would dearly love to know even one person who was expecting. I can't think of a soul!!
Your Sunday dinner sounds good. We're having Ranch BBQ chicken salad and cornbread for dinner tomorrow. This is my take on a salad we love at a local restaurant. I can make it for a fraction of the price at home and it tastes real good. Perhaps I'll share the recipe someday soon.
Enjoy your evening with friends!

Dawn said...

We're going out tomorrow to our favorite Chinese place to celebrate my mom's birthday a bit early. My sis and her husband, DC and me, and Mom and Dad. Her birthday is May Day. She'll be 79. She was only 18 when I was born. We love this place - the food is great, plentiful, and they have the same price on the lunch menu on Sunday as they do on week-days - really unusual. I usually get Kung Pao with chicken, beef, and shrimp (I think that's what it is). Anyway, delish.

Sounds like a great evening ahead for you with food, fun, and fellowhship.

I love the fact that your church still has old fashioned revival meetings - we do too.

Re your comment on carrying the babes, versus chasing them - if there weren't two, I'd probably agree. But it's hard carrying them both!

Sister said...

Well, you know I'm not cooking! I'm happy that you are, though. Reading about it is the next best thing to eating it.

I hope your night out is loads of fun. And give us all a report on the "hybrid" veggies! :)


Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

the book is going to a lovely lady and her shop is beautiful :)

have a nice week

MightyMom said...


Betty said...

Hi Diane,

Sunday dinner sounds good as usual, and I'm glad you have been invited out for tonight. I hope you enjoy the supper and the fellowship with family.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


MammyT said...

No wonder you're done posting early. I'm heading for bed early since my pain meds make me drowsy. Had 3 teeth pulled yesterday afternoon and am still not comfortable yet. Your veggie dish sounds real good. I'd probably put something on top, like buttered cracker crumbs or even the canned Onion Rings, for the last few minutes.
Tomorrow we'll be eating out. It happens more and more often lately.
My husband is in here wanting to share something from the Word. I'm gonna check in with you another time.
Love, Nancy

Mountain Mama said...

Hi Diane. I have been rototilling my garden spot up today and am so dang tired tonight I'm not sure if I'll have enough energy to cook tomorrow, but if I do, I think I'll make spaghetti with red sauce and have some vegetable salad with it. I also want to make a cake. I'll be experimenting with that. I have some apples that need to be used up so I'll melt some butter in a baking pan and add brown sugar. Then put the sliced apples in and stir it all up. Then I will do up a cake mix and pour it over top. Probably a spice cake. I might even add some pecans to the apple mixture. I'd like it with some fresh whipped cream on top. Lots of whipped cream. Mmmmm!
I hope your beef tenderizes real good for you, Mama always said 'if you can't make it tender by pounding it then steam it till it don't have no fight left.'
Love & Hugs my friend.

It's All Good! said...

Hello Diane,

Sounds yummy! Hope you had a wonderful time tonight. I'm like you, if I laugh too know!

We're having a couple over after church. Everything's made, just need to warm it up. I made Spanish Casserole and we'll have baked chips and homemade salsa.

OT - I've FINALLY learned how to 'tweak' my blog. Talk about frustration! Come on over and let me know what you think.

Have a great week, Diane!

God Bless,
Brenda :)

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Diane,
Well I finally made it here for a visit. After I posted last Wednesday, I have just been so busy around here. With both of the girls playing softball and my DH getting home on Thursday morning, we have had a busy weekend. I did put up a new post this morning along with some pictures. I can't believe Miss Emmy finally started walking. I know everyone is excited about it. "CONGRATULATION'S" to Barb for winning your book giveaway. I am not planning on having any more kids. LOL. If I do know of someone that is going to have a baby, I will check her shoppe out tho. Your Sunday Dinner sounds really good. My Parents buy the Beef Ribs because they can't eat Pork alot. The beef ribs I've always eaten have been good and tender. I've yet to try the Jasmine Rice and I even heard on t.v. last week where Sam's is putting a limit on how much of the Jasmine rice and Basmati Rice you can buy. I hope yall had a good time with your friends last night. I had to LOL at you saying you would wet your drawers. LOL. That was just too funny and it's been a while since I've heard it put like that. LOL. I don't know what me and the girls will have for lunch or supper tonight. I have alot of frozen items I can cook in my Deep Fryer, so it may be something out of the freezer. Yesterday was a nice day and more rain is in the forecast for today. I'm hoping since May is just around the corner the weather will settle down and the temperatures will get to normal. I've been running the A/C during the day and the heat at night. LOL. I turned the heat on last night and about an hour ago I turned it off and opened up my front door. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Mary said...


Your Sunday dinner sounds great. SIL does great beef ribs on the BBQ. However, he par boils them for about 15 minutes before he puts them on the grill. I've never tried them like that. I usually just roast them. Beef ribs are quite common here, but expensive. The beef rib ends are cheap and are delicious when BBQ sauce is added.

I'm sure you get tired when you look after Emmy. The boys were here overnight and they still make me tired. LOL

Thanks for letting me know this is the time to tranplant peonies. We have clay soil here and they grow great. I do very little to them. When I plant them all I add to the soil is a bit of peat moss and as long as they're doing well, I never fertilize them. Mom had peonies for years growing in hard clay and never fertilized them. My cousin now owns that house and the peonies are still there. They've been growing and blooming since I was a little girl.

Take care. I hope you enjoyed your night out.


Lucy Stern said...

Hi Diane, I just love all of Barb's pretty baby things. One thing I know for sure, you never have enough burp cloths....

Sunday dinner - Either crockpot chicken or roasted chicken, I haven't decided yet. I will make deviled eggs, a chocolate pudding pie, your fried cabbage again and some rice of some kind. I've been so busy the last few days, that I just haven't cooked so my family deserves a good meal today.

Lamar took Emily out in her stroller? I would imagine that she would want to walk instead of

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

Congratulations to Barb on her win and her new shop...I'm sure she'll do well!

Early this morning I threw a package of boneless chops in the crockpot with a good dose of bbq sauce. I then made up a noodle salad and chilled it...all that along with a side salad made a wonderful lunch on this beautiful spring day!

Love & Hugs to YOU! ♥

Jess said...

hey...lunch was good. And we had a great time last night...I thought I was gonna pee my pants too!! Guess I will see you later on in the week. Love you

Jada said...

That Barb is something else. I wish I lived next door to her! LOL Her crafts are beautiful...and so is her cooking!

Hope you had a fun time at your friends. I spent Saturday evening babysitting my three nephews after being at a conference all day Friday and until 3:30 on Saturday. I was TARD today! So I took a nap after church!

Have a wonderful week!


Granny said...

Sorry those ribs were tough. Parboiling is a good idea and what I do with any of the cheaper cuts.

So glad you're having decent weather for a change. Hope it lasts.

Morning Glory said...

Mmmmm....your beef over the jasmine rice sounds yummy! I love jasmine rice and it's become the only kind I buy.

Sioux said...

Hi, Diane. Hope all is well and that you are having a glorious week!

Jo said...

I buy have been buying the country style beef ribs for a long time, but don't dare try cooking them before they have sat in a tenderizer overnight. They do have a good taste to them and are not expensive, but they just take a lot of prep time before they are chewable.

Have a great day sweety.

MammyT said...

I'm back now. Since I was here last I've had more dental work and was way-y-y out of commission for a couple days. I'm still not feeling too great.
Sitting here listening to some good Bluegrass music, I was just thinking about you and wanted to say hi!
Have you seen the new contest I'm doing?
Love, Nancy

thislittlepiggy said...

I think I'll just come over and see if you have any leftovers.

Dianeca said...

The fleece blanket and sock monkey are really cute. I'm sure Barb will do well :-)

Rachel said...

Well now I'm just getting here and I'm trying to think what I had for Sunday dinner and now I've done forgot!! Your's sounds yummy as usual!! I do hope you are having a great week dear Diane!!

Mississippi Songbird said...

I hope you enjoyed your night our..Happy National Prayer day!

RennyBA said...

Congrats to Barb and she deserved it!
The Froggy Fun looks great too!

For dinner: Well today its 1st of May - Labours Day you know - and we had roasted pork loin :-)

Love and hugs from Diane and me.

kansasrose said...

Hi hon, Just checkin' in on ya...seeing today on the TV that Arkansas is getting hammered by tornadoes! I am praying for you stay out of harm's way...all your family and friends too to be safe and sound from this terrible outbreak. Sounds like some folks died in this. This spring weather is just day it's hot and I want to run the AC, next day cold and have to turn the furnace back on and blizzard warnings for gosh sakes! It's been almost a year since the Greensburg, Kansas F5 tornado leveled that town on May 4. I was up all night on that one, sifting through which warning to take cover on and nursing a bad gall bladder. Why do I spend my life in Kansas I ask? cause I don't know

on a different subject...your beef ribs sound delectible. Hon, I can't remember what happens one minute to the next let alone what I ate for last Sundays' dinner. lol I think it was a green bean/hamburger casserole.

Got my garden spot plowed finally, got to harrow it and break up all the big clods of dirt. Hope to plant my sweet corn,melons, pumpkins, squash, cukes, okra, tomatoes, peppers this weekend while I freeze my bum. Take care and keep an eye on that sky. Loveyagirl, Jen

Sammy said...

Hi Diane,

I just read about the terrible tornadoes in Arkansas and thought of you and your family. Hope you all are okay. Sounds like it was really scary.


Michael Manning said...

Diane: The Sock Monkey! Of course!! I dated a girl who still had hers. We won't go there, though. Water under the bridge. :D)

Dick said...

We will be driving the RV from Chelan to Winthrop, WA tomorrow. We are planning to try to find the Road Kill Restaurant for dinner. It has an odd name but we've heard good things about the food from there. We will try to avoid mystery meat type things.