Heater on Day 2012

Dan finally turned the heater on this morning. He said he wanted to see if it still worked and that he was tired of being cold. It has been in the 40’s at night and only in the low 60’s during the day. That trend is going to continue with it getting rainy later this week. Here’s the dates since I started keeping track of when we turned on the heater each year:

2007 => 12/2
2008 => 12/16
2009 => 12/7
2010 => 11/23
2011 => 11/7
2012 => 12/11

Falyn Received Libarian’s Award

Falyn got the Librarians award today for having so many accelerated reader points. Her goal is to reach 100 points so she can get her name on the plaque in her classroom. With each book only being worth up to half a point, it will take a lot of books to get there!

Whovians at the Festival

Both of my twins wore this Dalek shirt to our Parish Festival on Saturday. We were waiting in line for my youngest daughter to get her hair painted with colored hair spray when two teenage girls in front of us kept turning around and staring at the twins. After a few minutes they said they loved their shirts and asked to take a picture of them. I said sure and they both took out their phones and snapped pics of the twins. In hindsight I should have pulled out my phone and took a shot of them taking pics of the twins, but I was trying to keep up with my 6 year old at the time. We started talking about Doctor Who and I showed them some pics of the boys’ Doctor Who lunch pails and some of their Doctor Who themed toys. They said that we were the most awesome parents ever. Totally made my day.

Cindy’s Super Secret Rib Rub Recipe

My kids all love these ribs. I always tell them that they are so good thanks to my super secret rib rub. They then ask me what’s in it and I tell them it’s a secret. Since I have to keep coming up with recipe every time I run out, I decided it was time to write it down. Here it is:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup smoked paprika
3 tablespoons sea salt
3 tablespoons chili pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon cumin

Mix it all together really well and store in an airtight container. I put some into an empty spice container (a garlic powder one that ran out just when I was making this recipe) for easy shaking onto the ribs. Shake a generous amount on each side, being sure to rub it into the meat before you turn it over. I then put them into my crockpot on “keep warm”, which seems to be a code word for “low” these days, and leave them there for about 8 hours. You could just eat them right out of the crockpot, but to kick it up a notch you will want to paint your favorite BBQ sauce on the bottom, then put them into the oven on broil for about 3 minutes, next flip them over and repeat on the top side. I put the ribs on a little cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet for this step. I then cut into individual ribs and make sure to grab some for myself before the feeding frenzy starts.