Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's Cookin'? Mo's Sticky Ribs

There's nothing I like more than some mouth watering, tender, full of flavor barbecue ribs. Even if they didn't have barbecue sauce on them, as long as the ribs are seasoned just right I will still tear them up. I, also, find amazing how people can cook ribs so many ways using special techniques, secret spices, and down to choosing a certain kind of grill.

I came across this recipe at This is recipe I must try. Know better time than Labor Day

Mo's Sticky Ribs

2 1/4 pound(s) baby back ribs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Granulated garlic, for sprinkling
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 tablespoon(s) whole cloves
1 12-ounce bottle of lager
1 cup(s) ketchup
1 cup(s) peach or apricot jam
3 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice



1.Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, season the ribs with salt, pepper, and garlic. Drizzle with oil and scatter the cloves over the ribs and in the pan. Pour the beer over the ribs, cover with foil, and bake for 2 hours, until the meat is tender.

2.Strain the pan juices into a saucepan. Whisk in the ketchup, jam, and lemon juice and boil over high heat until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes.

3.Preheat the broiler. Set the ribs meaty side down on the baking sheet, brush with glaze, and broil 4 inches from the heat for 7 minutes. Turn the ribs and brush with half of the remaining glaze. Broil for 10 minutes, until starting to char. Brush with the remaining glaze and broil until browned, 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes and serve.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beauty and the Feet =D

I love wearing sandals and flip flops. I have no problem showing my toes as long as they are up to par. One of my pet peeves is to see a woman with the cutest pair of sandals on their feet and then have ashy, dried, looking feet. :(

They are not exactly looking good from head-to-toe. You don't have spend a lot of money to make your feet look its best. I really can't afford to have my feet done professionally all the time. Nonetheless, just because I am on this thing call a budget, that doesn't mean I have to have hammertime going on in my show. Hammertime is another terminology for dry, cracked, skin built up around the toes, and callouses galore on your feet.

That said, I have an at home do-it-yourself pedicure that should take you about 30 minutes of your time. It's a small amount of time to sacrifice out of your busy schedule to have soft, smooth, and shiny feet.

A few things you need to keep in mind when giving yourself a pedicure are
Soak. Exfoiliate. Soak. Wash. Soak.

Now for your Do-it-Yourself Pedicure:
Step 1 - Fill your foot tub up with water so that the water will come just above your ankles.

Step 2 - Add a package of foot soak to your water, which can be purchase at any store. You don't need a particular brand.

Step 3 - Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes. Soaking your feet will soften dead skin.

Step 4 - Using your favorite body/sugar scrub, exfoiliate, exfoiliate, got it...exfoiliate. This will scrub away dead skin cells, while rejuvenating and refreshing your feet.

Step 5 - Wash off the dead skin. This is also the best time to use your foot file and scrape away the dead skin on your toe nails.
Step 6 - Clean feet and dry off with towel. As an added bonus apply some of your favorite body oil on your feet for the perfect finishing touch, which will leave your feet feeling silky and smooth.

So, don't be afraid to do-it-yourself when it comes to your own pedicure. You may not always have time or the money to get your feet done professionally. Either way, at least you have a back-up plan.

My motto is...We want Happy Feet not Stinky feet.

Here are a couple more tips: To abolish stinky, funky bacteria add 2 cap full of witch hazel in your foot soak; Or to get rid of problem feet such as Athelete's Foot or nail fungus, add just a cap full of bleach in your foot soak.

Blessing to you!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Health Monday ~ Health Food Pyramid
Limit Red Meat

The health food pyramid is a guide to give you what you should eat to maintain a balanced diet.  Sometimes, too much of a good thing is not always healthy for you.  However, being mindful of your food portions is the best way not overeat or not to eat too little. Not to mention, that it can help you balance calories.

The food pyramid above is supposed to be the revised pyramid that U.S. government issued to offer more guidelines on how to feed your family.

 Limit Red Meat simply means not to eat too much of lamb, veal, beef, and pork everyday. Even if you opt to eat red meat 2 to 3 times a week, that should be fine. But, keep in mind that red meat is either high in fat and/or high in saturated fats, which can lead to heart disease or clog arteries. Instead of red meat, substitute it for turkey, fish, chicken, and turkey.

Here's a tip:

 When making spaghetti or any recipe that calls for ground beef, try ground turkey. You can barely tell the difference; And it's delicious. Think about your favorite your recipes and see how you can improvise and substitute your meat.

Next week, we will see what exactly are high glycemic foods and why we should put a limit on them, according to the food pyramid.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Selah Sunday - Pausing for God's Word
Christian Behavior (Part 2)

Last week, we went over the first part of Romans 12:9...."Let love be without hypocrisy.." Remember, since we are made in God's image, who loves us so dearly and is love, therefore as a reflection of our Heavenly Father, we are love, too. "And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him," (1 John 4:16)

"Abhor what is evil."  Webster dictionary defines abhor as to loathe, to dislike greatly, and detest.  To behave like a Christian is to reject, detest, and greatly dislike evil.  You cannot compromise your moral and Godly characteristics for evil works.  Evil is an enmity to God's word and it must be abhorred.  "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it," (Psalm 34:14).

"Test all things;
hold fast what is good.
 Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself
sanctify you completely; and may
your whole spirit, soul, and body
be preserved blameless at the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ,"
(I Thessalonians 5:21-23)

We are to abstain and sanctify ourselves from evil; And cling to what is good and healthy for our spiritual growth in God. In addition to that, cling to God's word, His truth, and grab hold to all things that are good in the eyes of the Lord.

Having said that, bottomline is...if you hold fast to what is good, nothing can separate you from the love of. NOTHING!!

"For I am persuaded that neither death
nor life,
nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth,
nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,"
(Romans 8:38-39).

Please read Romans 8:31-39.

I think it's time to pause. Next week, we will continue you with Romans 12:10.

Until then,


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Here I am to Worship ~ Shekinah Glory Ministries

"Here I am to Worship" is about featuring songs/videos that deeply minister to your heart. I have a few worship songs that just wrap me up in God's arms. With that being said, I thought I would share a my favorite worship/praise songs.

So for my first "Here I am to Worship" edition, this is a video I made featuring, "Worship Medley" from Shekinah Glory Ministries with lyrics. I pray this song will minister to heart in the name of Jesus.

"Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
(Psalm 29:2)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Craft it Up!! ~ Back-To-School Placemat

I saw this craft on Disney Family Fun and thought this would be perfect for my children. You would think with all of the experience they have with going to school I shouldn't have to tell them each morning what to do, what to pack,.......NOT!!!

That's why this back-to-school checklist placemat is just for me...and my children,too. =D Now, I shouldn't have to tell them for the thousandth time to do this and to make sure you do that. They can just simply refer to their almighty checklist. YES!! Thank you Disney Family Fun. YOU ROCK!!

So here's how it's done!!

Back-To-School Placemat

Decorative paper
Glue stick
18- by 12-inch sheet of poster board
Clear Con-Tact paper (or have it laminated at a copy shop)
Nontoxic dry-erase marker
Adhesive-backed Velcro dot


1.Cut three 6- by 12-inch rectangles from decorative paper. Use a glue stick to affix them side by side onto the poster board.

2.Write a "Do at Home" checklist on the left rectangle and a "Take to School" checklist on the right one (leave a few blank spaces at the bottom of each list for write-in reminders).

3.Have the place mat laminated at a copy shop or cover it with clear Con-Tact paper. Your child can use a nontoxic dry-erase marker to check off items or write additional reminders. Affix an adhesive-backed Velcro dot to keep the marker in a handy spot on the mat.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mommy and Me ~Back to School

I have to admit I had mixed feelings about my children (3 to be exact) going back to school. Only because I thought about all the things I have add to my already busy schedule. Just to name a few.....homework...bus stop.....packing lunch...breakfast...and so on.

I knew some things would have to be on a certain schedule. For example, I knew I had to make sure dinner is prepared and served by certain time in order to for my children to shower and go to bed at a decent time. I think you get the idea.

But, needless to say, I am glad my children are back in school. If have been overwhelmed a bit with your children back in school, here are a few tips....

*Develop a schedule that works for you and your child(ren)

*Think about "What's for dinner" before hand instead of right before you begin cooking

*Use family dinner time at the table to let your child(ren) talk about their day at school.

*Go with the flow and do make things so complicated, if it doesn't have to be

By the way, if it's your little one's first time ever in school and they began to cry their little eyes out, it's OK. Just give him lots of hugs and kisses and reassure your little one that mommy loves them, you want them to have fun with their new friends, and you will be back in no time to pick them up. Then leave the classroom, and their teacher will handle it. The longer you stay the worst your child will cry out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's Cookin'? Sizzling Chicken & Veggies Skillet

I love easy to use, budget conscious recipes. Even though you are on a budget, that doesn't mean we can eat like royalty. I saw this recipe on Kraft I am a big fan of chicken and veggies recipe. Check it out!!

Sizzling Chicken & Veggies Skillet

What You Need:
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)

1/4 cup KRAFT Tuscan House Italian Dressing and Marinade
1 zucchini, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup snow peas
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cover with lid. Cook 5 to 7 min. on each side or until done (165ºF). Transfer to platter; cover to keep warm.

ADD dressing, zucchini and onions to skillet; cook on medium heat 4 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes and snow peas; cook 1 to 2 min. or until heated through.

TOP chicken with vegetable mixture and cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips Substitute:
Prepare using KRAFT Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing.

Special Extra: Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.


Enjoy!! =D

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today's Beauty Tip ~ Baby Oil Skin

God has given our bodies to us as a gift and a temple. We should honor Him by being good stewards over it and by trying to look our best as much as possible. Our appearance is a reflection of God and who He is. Besides, we are made in His image.

Therefore every Tuesday I will do my best to give you tips, hints, and information that can enhance the beauty that God has given you.

Let's kick it off with Baby Oil Skin.

Baby oil is one of the best things you can use for your skin. It's a great sealant. When you take a shower, leave your body damp, and apply baby oil. This will lock in the moisture. Any brand of baby oil will do the trick.

If you want to double the moisture for your skin, after oiling down follow up with an intense not-so thick lotion. It really does my body good. It makes me feel really fresh and vibrant.

By the way, don't forget those stubborn spots like your heels, knees, and elbows. Baby oil is the way to go, especially if you want to get those dry, stubborn areas under control.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Health Monday ~ Drinking Water

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

We can glorify God in our body by taking care of it. We should be mindful of our health. God can use us more effectively when we are in good health. So that way we can go out and spread His good news.

With that in mind, each Monday, I will give you tips, nutrition information, and any other information that promotes good health and keeping in shape. It is God's will for us to be in good health. "Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit,"
(3 John 1:2)

Water is something I need to drink more. There are times I will drink at least 3 bottles of water in a day. And there are other times, when I barely get in one bottle. I am making an effort to drink more water. Drinking water has its benefits.

I read a few from Mangosteen Natural Remedies

The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:

•Transport nutrients and oxygen into cells
•Moisturizes the air in lungs
•Helps with metabolism
•Protect our vital organ
•Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
•Regulates body temperature
•Protect and moisturizes our joints

So, as you can see, drinking water is a vital part of a balance diet. If you are not a big water drinker, try putting cucumbers and lemon in your water. That's right cucumbers. It's a fun way to add flavor to your water, as well as take advantage of all the nutrients that cucumbers and lemon have to offer in your water.

If you are always on the go, try to put a few bottles of water in a cooler and put it in your car. You can sip on water while you are driving. Even try drinking a glass a water before eating a meal. And if you are dining out, order a glass of water with your meal.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Selah Sunday - Pausing for God's Word
Christian Behavior (Part 1)

"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good."
(Romans 12:9)

This kind of love is from a pure heart without impure motives, hidden agendas, and hypocrisy. It's from a good conscience and from sincere faith. "Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith," (1 Timothy 1:5).

According to webster's dictionary, hypocrisy is the false assumption of an appearance of virtue of religion. The greek word for without hypocrisy is anupokritos (un-oo-pock-ree-toss). It signifies a sincereity void of pretension and without putting on act.

In other words, it's genuine love, not that what's in it for me, stab you in the back, two-face it love. Love is not a role that you play as if you're trying to win an academy award for best leading actress. It's real life. It's non-fiction.

Now this is where we will pause, so you can allow this to take root in your spirit.  Next week, we will break down the second part of Romans 12:9.

So, until then,