Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What's for dinner Wednesday, a heavy heart, and prayer requests~

How's that for a blog post title?

Before I get to the yummy recipe I intended to share with you all today, I need to ask a favor for a few prayer requests.  I know many of my blogging buddies are the BEST PRAYER WARRIORS EVER!!!

Yesterday was a VERY difficult day for our oldest daughter Elie.  As most of you know, she is a high school teacher and coach.  A young lady attending her school lost her life yesterday, the circumstances are unknown, and we will respect the privacy of her family.  God knows and that is all that matters.

While I was on the phone with Elie discussing the events of the day, her dad saw on the news that a student at the high school she taught at the previous two years had been hit by a car crossing the highway in front of the school. I relayed the news to her and she then made some phone calls.  It was in deed one of her former students.  Isaiah lost his life this morning.

Two young lives in less than 24 hours.  Brings this momma to tears.

This is a week where I am reminded of how precious life is, and to not take a minute for granted.

This leads to my final prayer request.  Many of you will remember my "cancer scare" from last fall.  My scans in May were clear, Praise God!!  My yearly routine mammogram is tomorrow morning at 9 AM.  I would ask that you pray for peace of mind, and for clear scans.

I know God is fully in control and will be with me not matter what!  Matthew 28:20.

Also a reminder to my lady friends, and to my male friends as well (you all have mommas, sisters, wives, etc)...GET THOSE GIRLS CHECKED!

Okay, now on a lighter note...another yummy Pinterest inspired crockpot dinner.

Crock Pot Ribs

Ribs (pork or beef) we used Pork
2 cups bbq sauce + extra to brush
1 cup ketchup
3 TBS apple cider vinegar (you can substitute white vinegar)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Start by putting your ribs in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Salt and Pepper to taste. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn them over and bake another 15 minutes.  This process with render the extra juice from the meat so the ribs do not BOIL in the crock pot.  In a medium sized bowl, combine bbq sauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Mix well. Place browned ribs in the crock pot. Pour your sauce over the ribs, and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. After the ribs are ready, brush them with remaining bbq sauce.  Broil in your oven until bbq sauce gets carmelized!  Fall off the bone tender!!

Okay, I can attest to the fall off the bone tender because we omitted the last step of broiling them as they were melt in your mouth falling off the bone tender coming out of the crockpot!!

Sooooo good.

We served it with tater tots, but baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw would all be great to accompany this dish.

Thanks friends and I hope you enjoy!!


NanaDiana said...

How horrible, Lauren. Two young lives gone in just a moment. We are truly just like a vapor in the wind and life as we know it ban be taken from us.

Praying for you for a clear scan and also to lessen your anxiety. My brother-in-law died of breast cancer this summer. He was sick and getting sicker and no one thought to check for that until he the cancer came to the surface of his chest. He lived less than 4 months from diagnosis. So...males are also at risk and something no one ever talks about. I still can't believe he is gone.

Praying for you and your daughter and the parents of those children. Let us know how it goes after your mammo! xo Diana

Melissa said...

Praying, praying, praying!! Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Hubby has some big tests tomorrow, too. Will also be thinking of your daughter. So tragic.

Unknown said...

Not sure if my original comment posted! But i am so sorry about these tragedies. Please send my condolences to you daughter. Also prayers up for you tomorrow. All will go well!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter's friend. I know it must be so hard and I'm sending many prayers to everyone. You know my daughter has the same occupation...all of those teachers are so close with each other and their students.

A hug to you and your girl,

Jane x

Blondie's Journal said...

I m so sorry I forgot to add that I am praying for YOU and good results on your scan.

Jane xxxx

Rustown Mom said...

I was sad to read about all of the bad news ): YIKES! Life can be almost too much to process sometimes, and death even more so. I said a little prayer for your scan today. Sending good vibes your way! And your ribs look soooo good! Ribs are a fav of mine, too! Here's hoping the rest of your week is smooth and calm (:

Laura said...

Lauren, I'm sending you hugs from Louisiana! Praying for you and sweet Elie, too. Life is so short and fragile. Praying for comfort for these families as well! Love you!!

Allison said...

That is so so sad. My prayers go out to both of those families and also for your dear daughter Elie. Life is so precious and each day such a gift. I hope all went well for you today and thinking positive thoughts for a clean scan Lauren.

Isaiah 55:8-9 said...

Praying!!! For the families... Your daughter and you!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

OMG... such sadness for Elie. I will keep her in my prayers.

Jennifer said...

Such heartbreaking news about your daughter's young students…prayers and hugs for you and your sweet family!

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm so very sorry about these 2 young people ~ it is way too familiar to me. My heart goes out to their families and your daughter. I will hold them all in prayer.

Just saw this but I so hope your mammo went well! Please let us know all is ok.

The ribs sound delicious ~ thanks for sharing! Hope you have a relaxing and peaceful weekend.


Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane said...

I'm so sorry, Lauren, and of course I will pray. Sending love and hugs your way and to your sweet daughter, too.

Karena said...

Dear Lauren, I am so sorry and am sending love and prayer to these families and to Elie and you! Life is so precious, something to remember every single day.

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Artist Lesley Schiff said...

Sorry for your daughter Lauren- hope November is a good month for you and your family:) This year has gone so fast!
~Anne xx