Friday, November 1, 2013

Recipe for Family Night - Country Style Pork Ribs

The Recipe for Family Night:

The "recipe" for family night is simple. It's nothing fancy, nothing difficult or elaborate, unless you want it to be. It's family. Togetherness. Awareness. Pay attention. Engage your senses and be alert and aware of your children. They don't care what you cook, if it's homemade or fancy, and they don't care if you have picture perfect "quality time." They just want your attention. They want you to notice. Oh, and HAVE FUN!

Last Saturday, while I was teaching an essential oils class, my cute husband was home doing one of the things he does best, grilling some delectable meat! He slow-cooked some of his country style pork ribs. Can you smell them through the screen?!

When I got home, I cleaned the green beans for him. I simply adore fresh green beans. I mean, let's get real, I love green beans any way you shake 'em, even from a can, but when they're fresh it's like Christmas!

While he and I finished up things in the kitchen, the kids were busy relaxing. Aidan still snuggles with one of his baby blankets. So sweet!

We keep the green beans simple, sauteed in a pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

My husband does the mashed potatoes because he has the spiritual gift of potatoes. Skin on, butter, half and half and salt all blended together with the hand mixer.

We also love squash this time of year (and every other time of year, really). This time, we had spaghetti squash. Super easy, you just bake the whole thing, slice it open, scoop out the guts and then use a fork to separate the "noodles."

Et voila!

Seriously, I told you the pork was amazing.

After dinner, we had a little dance party. Alec is entering the school "Reflections" contest with a dance. Which includes a lot of freestyling,

and headspins.

Next up, Corrinne and Aidan had found a cookie recipe they wanted to try. Corrinne meticulously wrote down the directions. Maybe I should tell her she can print recipes off the Internet...


She made the sugar cookies all on her own!

Then, the littles helped me make some Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip cookies. Alec's favorite part is cracking the eggs.

Aidan's favorite part is using the hand mixer. Keep your eyes on the road, kid!

Don't forget the chips.

Once Corrinne's sugar cookies were done, the others went in the oven.

Alec waited not-so-patiently while they baked.

And the Lord said it was good.

And so did the kids.

Marc didn't because he passed out on the couch.


Country Style Pork Ribs

Marinate ribs in a mixture of Worcestershire sauce and garlic for as long as possible. Slow cook on indirect heat on the grill until almost done (I have no idea what that means, you'll have to ask Marc), about one and a half hours. Finish with a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup and Wocestershire sauce, then sear off on direct heat on the grill. Let sit before serving.

Fresh Green Beans

Clean beans by removing all the yucky parts and stems. Rinse and dry. Saute in med-high heated pan with enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan, salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes we also add garlic, almonds, and lemon oil.

Spaghetti Squash

Bake spaghetti squash whole, on a cookie sheet, in a preheated 400 degree oven until soft. Slice in half, scoop out the seeds and fluff with fork. Top with butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes we add fresh parmesan cheese which is DELISH.

Mashed Potatoes

Rinse, chop and boil russet potatoes (that's what we had saturday, but we also really like Yukon Gold) until fork tender. Drain. Add butter, half and half, salt and pepper and blend with a hand mixer until you reach the desired consistency. I do not have exact measurements here because it depends on how big your family is, how many potatoes you're using and how thick, chunky, creamy or smooth you like it. Start with a little and add more until you get it where you like it. Some other things we add in from time to time are garlic, various cheeses, italian seasoning. Dress 'em up however you like!

What's on the agenda for your family night this week?

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