Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Things I like Thursday Apr 19


Once again, the week flew by. This time due to medical issues-- again.  I swear this has been a long year of issues and it's only April. Running back and forth to doctor, blood tests, etc.etc. Oh and new drugs-that's my favorite   -NOT.   Of course, I'm even missing my Wednesday sewing  meeting I just joined!
Oh well, hope things calm down soon.

In the meantime, I do have a list of likes that have been making me happy:

1. "Cuban" pork ribs.
I used pork shoulder ribs (a cheaper cut of meat) and cut small slits in the meat. I combined  2T olive oil, juice of 1 orange, lots of salt and pepper, 1tsp lemon juice, 1tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp cumin, dash of cayenne and dash of Italian seasoning in a small bowl . I put the ribs in the crock and brushed them with the seasoning mixture. Then I added a bay leaf to the top of each piece. Cover the whole thing with parchment paper and then the lid. Cook on low 6 hours. =DEVINE.

By the way, I have used this seasoning mixture on chicken thighs in the crock pot without the orange and it's very good.

2.My 30 day old tomato plant update
I'm pleased to say I have a few buds!

3. My 30 day snow peas update:
From seed!!  yay!! Since this photo was taken, I 've added strings for them to climb on.

4. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.
This entire sauce is made from a jar of roasted red peppers- no tomatoes.  Here is the recipe: 

This was relatively easy and SOOOOO good.  A welcome change from tomato sauce. 

So, as you can see - I'm cooking and eating well.  I just need to find more time to sew! 
Hope everyone is finally warming up in the northern states!  Enjoy your day and thanks for dropping by!
mary   💮


  1. Hi Mary,
    Lots of goodness you have shared with us today! That roasted red pepper pasta looks SO good! I am going to try that as well as your Cuban pork. Oh how I wish I could be looking at tomatoes and peas that big already - a couple more months and we'll be there too. Happy Thursday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Huzzah for tomato and pea plants! They look lovely. And everything else looks delicious. I need breakfast... :-)

  3. I LOVE growing vegetables. The pepper sauce looks just terrific. I'd love it.

  4. and I share your annoyance with all the doctor visits... we just want to get on with living a creative life don't we?

  5. Yummy looking recipes - thanks for sharing! I will definitely have to try the crockpot ones, as that is my favorite way to cook! I've never thought to try peas in a pot like that - I might have to!

  6. wow! Both the red pepper sauce and the pork shoulder sound delicious. I get in such a food rut, and just cooking for me means as often as not I end up eating really bizarre meals (last night I ate a giant serving of asparagus and a tortilla with cheese). I definitely need to cook more and those look lovely!

  7. Sorry you aren't feeling great. Love your plants! And the pork and pasta is making me hungry. :)

  8. Hopefully that sauce makes you feel better- it's a beautiful color.

  9. Certainly is yummy food. I love pork anything and it is such an economical meat and lends itself to so many recipes.
    Hope the doctors visits ease off and you improve soon.

  10. and I share your annoyance with all the doctor visits... we just want to get on with living a creative life don't we?

  11. Oh I would love to taste that red pepper pasta. I must try it!