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Archive for November, 2009

Asian Short Ribs

Gina has been meaning to post this recipe for a while, because it’s one of her favorites.  She never made anything in a slow cooker before she met Thomas and she still can’t believe you can just leave something cooking in your house all day. How wonderful.

This recipe is adapted from one in Real Simple magazine (which by the way y’all, Gina just noticed it’s $5 for a year subscription on Amazon this morning, what a deal!  Sold!)

Asian Short Ribs: Ingredients

1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup rice vinegar (regular works fine too)

2 cloves chopped garlic

1 tablespoon ginger (Gina doesn’t use this because Thomas doesn’t like it)*

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

8 bone-in beef short ribs (or if you are POOR like us, buy like 4 boneless ones and add extra vegetables instead)

A small bag of baby carrots

A small green cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

Optional: cornstarch, sesame oil, scallions


1. Put the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper in the crock pot and stir it up to make a sauce.

2. Add the beef and carrots and get the sauce all over them.

3. Lay the cabbage on top of that.  It will steam while the beef and carrots cook.

4. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.

5. Optional: At dinnertime you can take out the beef and vegetables, and thicken the sauce with a little cornstarch and sesame oil but Gina doesn’t bother because she’s impatient! You can also add chopped scallions to the top.

*yes she does but just a little tiny bit.


Everything we did that was so fun

We are back from our relaxing and luxurious Thanksgiving trip to Columbus OH, where we saw Monica, John, Clara, and Nicholas, Erika, and Daniel and Elizabeth. We were so happy to visit with all of these nice people.


Thomas’ favorite 5 things of the trip

spending time with family

watching Elf

eating crullers (we call them “thrillers”) from Tim Horton’s

the Thanksgiving ham at Monica’s

shopping at Polaris for some new shoes and a jewelry box for his oboe-making supplies


Gina’s favorite 5 things of the trip

eating sweet potato casserole

coming in first place in Mario Karts (once), beating Thomas, Daniel, and King Boo

drinking tea from Tim Horton’s every morning

seeing Daniel and Elizabeth’s new apartment.  So, so pretty!

watching Clara and Nicholas act out “So Long, Farewell” 


We were sad to leave!

Thomas got some new shoes!

He had some really old shoes from Wal Mart.

He went to see Elizabeth at Banana,

And she helped him find these new ones.

They are perfect!

Thank you John and Becky and John and Suzan for the birthday funds!

To move or not to move

All the yummy food we ate at Thanksgiving

White Friday

We’re in the frozen north (Columbus OH) celebrating Thanksgiving with Thomas’ family. Look what we woke up to this morning!


Lemon Meringue Wins.

Happy Thanksgiving!