Thursday, January 15, 2009

Transcending: Words on Women and Strength by Kelly Corrigan

"Cooking with Alicia & Annie" Crock Pot Barbecue Beef

I made the BBQ Beef because I had a piece of beef in my fridge that I really wanted to use-

I have always loved shredded beef or pork but I thought making it myself would be very time consuming.
Let me tell you- the crock pot takes all the stress out of this recipe.
You literally set it and forget it.

I made a little more work for myself by moving it to a pan on the stove top to dry it up a bit-
I didn't want it saucy.
This was great and I'd make it time I serve it on great big rolls!

Alicias Recipes

Crock Pot Barbecue Beef

6 lbs. boneless beef (I used a chuck roast)

1 stalk celery, chopped

3 lg. onions, chopped (I also used 2 cloves of garlic)

1 green pepper, chopped( I used a red pepper)

1 sm. bottle ketchup

3 tbsp. BBQ sauce

3 tbsp. Vinegar

1 tbsp. Tabasco sauce

2 tbsp. chili powder

Salt and pepper

1-1/2 c. water

Combine all ingredients in crock-pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

I served it with rice and salad.

I'm sorry I didn't get a plated picture- everyone
was in a hurry to eat and by the time I remembered
it was all gone!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Let's side track for a moment...

I have to admit I have never been a fan of George W. Bush and I am very happy to have a well deserved breathe of fresh air coming to Washington...although I must say there have been some very entertaining moments in the last 8 years .
I came across a blog this morning and I wanted to share it with you.
Fiona from Comment By Fiona said it perfectly yesterday.

Bye Bye Bushisms

The 43rd President of the United States has given his final press conference to the White House Press Corps acknowledging that 'not finding weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment'. Expired President George W Bush has just eight days left in his ever so memorable and tumultuous presidency. Like many US Presidents before him, there appears to be many people just waiting to push him out the door. Here's hoping the shining light that is Obama can lift us all from the financial and spirtual mess we're in.

I have to admit never liking the man and I certainly wouldn't have left him in charge of a vegetable plot, never mind a country. BUT he was a reliable source of entertainment over the last eight years providing us with a constant flow of laughable quotes, never mind the pretzel incident. So in recognition of all that here's what I think are some of the 43rd President's best 'Bushisms':

1. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff, Missouri., Sept. 6, 2004

2. "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, South Carolina., Jan. 11, 2000

3. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

4. "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tennesse, Sept. 17, 2002

5. "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill." Washington DC, 19 May, 2003

6. "This thaw -- took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw." --George W. Bush, on liquidity in the markets, Alexandria, Louisiana, Oct. 20, 2008

7. "I didn't grow up in the ocean -- as a matter of fact -- near the ocean -- I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I'm fishing." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2008

8. ''I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand -- but the president doesn't have a magic wand. You just can't say, 'low gas.'" --George W. Bush, Washington D.C., July 15, 2008

9. "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008

10. "We've got a lot of relations with countries in our neighborhood." --George W. Bush, Kranj, Slovenia, June 10, 2008

11."I understand small business growth. I was one." New York Daily News, 19 February, 2000

12. "We want people owning their home -- we want people owning a businesses." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2008

13. "I thank the diplomatic corps, who is here as well." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2008

14. "Removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency, it is the right decision now, and it will be the right decision ever." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2008

15. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' Townsend, Tennessee, 21 February, 2001

And what's the quote that best describes his exit from the Presidency??? ..... "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." Washington DC, 12 May, 2008

I certainly look forward to listening to a President who is a bit more skillful with words....
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Thank you Fiona I couldn't have said it better myself.