Best Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

This slow cooker ribs recipe is absolutely amazing. Perfect comfort food on a chilly day, like we are having here today in New Jersey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless beef short ribs (last time I did 3.5 lbs and multiplied ingredients 1.5)
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 package baby carrots
  • 1 package small red or white potatoes

Directions:

  • Put flour, salt and pepper and ribs in a large ziplock bag and shake to coat (can leave this overnight in fridge).
  • Brown ribs in butter in a large skillet.
  • Put in slow cooker.
  • In same skillet, combine remaining ingredients and bring to boil, stirring.
  • Pour over ribs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 9 hours (or 1.5 hours high, – then add veggies – 3.5 hours low).

Teaching Kids About Giving

I came up with this idea one night while talking to my son about Santa and presents and all the Christmas stuff he had been hearing. He just turned three years old, and this is the first Christmas he started to be curious with what was happening. He knew Santa was coming, and he had a sack of gifts (mostly learned all this from school and books and TV) but I wanted to be able to explain gift giving to him, not just receiving. So I decided I would take him Christmas shopping.

I went to Target and got a few packs of these brown kraft gift bags. We were having Christmas Eve at our house, and expecting ten family members, so I wrote each person’s name on the bags.

I brought my son to the Dollar Store, and brought the bags. I gave him a basket and explained to him that we were going to buy a special gift for each person, something that we thought would make them happy.

We walked through the store, I would name a person and give him the bag, and we would stroll through the aisles talking about things they liked, and what might make them smile.

He was having a blast. I was surprised he had an opinion about each person! I would suggest something, and sometimes he would say, “No, I want to give them this” and point to something else of his choice. How sweet!

When it was time to check out, I gave him a $20 bill, and explained that in order to buy our gifts, we will have to give the cashier money. He was armed with sunglasses for Daddy, a toy pony for his sister, a basketball and football for each of his Grandfathers, and Disney figurines for the Grandmas. Not to mention a set of bubbles for himself. I agreed that a gift for himself would be appropriate.

When we got home, we unloaded the gifts, put them in the appropriate bags, along with a handmade card for each person.

Christmas Card Art Project for Kids

I love giving my son arts and crafts projects at home. This Christmas greeting card project is super easy.

You will need:

  • 10 blank fold-over cards
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Kids markers
  • Glue
  • Gold glitter
  • Embellishments/stickers of choice

Use a black sharpie marker to draw the outline of a tree, and write each card recipients name on a card. Then give each one to your child to color them in.

Let them be creative! Green trees, or blue trees, in the lines or out of the lines – just have fun and let them explore their creative spirit.

Then for the parents, use the glue and just draw a simple zig-zag on each tree. Then sprinkle with glitter.

Lay the out on the table and let them dry for an hour or so. This will make the next step less messy.

Then let your child use the embellishments/stickers as “ornaments” on the trees. We used holly and snowflakes, found at the local craft store.

Penguin Christmas Card

This year’s Christmas card was inspired by these little penguin illustrations, how cute are they!

Packaged in a kraft envelope printed with an image of our little penguin friend and the works “MERRY”. Then I used a fine point Sharpie (my favorite pen!) to personalize each recipient’s name.

Inside is a lollipop adhered with a glue dot, and it reads, “We hope your holiday season is SWEET and filled with much laughter and joy.”

Family Christmas Card

Every year since the kids have been born, we have been taking a family Christmas card photo. This year, we took it up a notch and had Jacklyn of Jacklyn Lorraine Photography take our photos, she did a fantastic job! We met at a local Nutley park, and it was the first snow! so it was incredibly gorgeous. However, it was a freezing day, and the kids were really cold and uncomfortable, so I believe we were out there for a total of 10 minutes before everyone started crying. She did a great job, considering. She was quick and efficient, understanding with this little ones, had a great eye and was an absolute pleasure to work with!

Thanks a Latte Card for Teacher

The holidays are a time to think of the super important people who care for our children. Rather than getting them another tchotchke, I prefer a gift card. This year I did a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for each, along with a cute card that says, “Thanks a latte for taking care of our little munchkin”.

I created the design as a fold-over notecard with a personalized message inside.

The gift card is adhered in the interior of the card.

The inside message reads, “Wishing you much joy, peace & laughter in 2018.”

Choo Choo Train Party Favor

There is nothing my soon to be 3 year old loves more than trains, so it seemed an appropriate third birthday theme. I created these adorable wooden engine party favors so that all his friends could join in on the fun and take a little piece of the party home with them.

I got the wooden train set on Amazon, 12 trains for $21.99.

I designed the gift tags to read, “Chugga Chugga Thank Choo for celebrating my 3rd birthday and for being a very special friend”. I printed, trimmed, and hole punched each one, then tied a satin red ribbon to attach one to each train. Needless to say all of the kids loved them!

Creamy Chicken Skillet

Ingredients:

  • Thin Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • Handful of sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stems removed

Instructions:

  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a large skillet and saute chicken until fully cooked. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil to skillet and saute the mushrooms until soft. Add the sundries tomatoes, heavy cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for another minute. Serve immediately.

Baby Girl Announcement and Stationery

My favorite designs are the ones I create for my family. When I found out I was pregnant with a girl, all I could see was pink and florals. I was excited to create Josephine’s stationery and announcement with that theme in mind.

Our beautiful Josephine Eleanor was born on August 11, 2017. She was named after my Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Two strong women that I admired.

Her baby photos strongly resemble her brother’s baby photos, I can’t tell them apart! Brother Ryan welcomed her with joy, his desire to love and care for her was intuitive.

The combination of her given name, and the energy I felt from her, I knew she was going to be a strong, grounded baby. I wanted to incorporate quotes on the stationery that expressed this feeling. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” I like the juxtaposition of the soft, feminine colors and imagery, paired with bold words and meanings.

I wrote individual thank you messages on the notecards and inserted them into the announcement envelopes to make them more personal.

Practical Baby Gift Every New Mother Needs

When visiting a new mom, keep in mind that she may be overwhelmed. Brining a gift like a plant might just be another thing for her to have to take care of when you leave. I was surprised how sedentary life with a newborn is, so having a basket of essentials nearby was something I learned to be beneficial with my first child. By the time I had my second, I created a basket like this for each area of the house I planned to spend time nursing, (1) on my nightstand, and (2) next to my living room couch. Having these “stations” set up were perfect for making sure I had everything I needed at all hours of the day (and night!). After having two babies, I’ve figured out what the best products were – what worked / what didn’t. I thought it would be a great gift to bring to a new mom, and I plan on bringing one to my friend this week when I visit her and her new baby.

Here’s a list of what’s included, with a link to the item at Amazon so that you can add it all to your cart and don’t have to surf the web trying to find everything:

Diapers: Pampers Swaddlers, size Newborn

Pack of Wipes: Pampers Sensitive Wipes with Pop-top Lid

Pack of Cloth Diapers (these are great used as burp cloths, super absorbant): Gerber

Diaper Rash Cream: Boudreux Butt Paste

Nipple Cream: Medela Lanolin

Onesies ($20.99): Carter’s Short-Sleeved

Pacifiers ($4.42): Philips Avent Soothies

Snack: Nature Valley Peanut Butter Bars

Bottle of Water: Fiji Single Bottle

Basket of Choice