Friday, March 27, 2015

Rib cook off 2014

Hello readers!

I've been slow to post this, mainly because I forgot to hit post!  Silly me!

So let's take a look back at the 2014 Best in the West Rib Cook-off.  It was in the typical location along Victorian Square between the Nugget hotel and the Sparks Century 14 Theater.  In recent years, many of the older building were demolished and turned into a vast parking lot. This comes in very handy for events like this.

There were rib booths spread out more toward the theater. Normally they are crowded together all down Victorian Avenue, and the lines of people waiting for food can get very long. It can be hard to even walk. I liked that the booths were further apart.

We tried a few places that we didn't recognize. Everything was hot and fresh off the grill.Yum! In my opinion, that is the best way to eat ribs.

We didn't get tickets to the Rib Village this time. No, we took our time meandering through the vendors on foot and stopping at places that piqued our interest.

I think these two are definitely related! Look at those faces!

This one didn't waste any time either. I was lucky to get a taste.

Also, the hats were brand new. We bought them walking in from one of the booths. It was a bright day and these two needed some shade.

The Nugget Rib Cook-off has a Facebook page and you can also follow on Twitter!

Results for the 2014 competition
2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Desperado BBQ & Rib Company
2nd Bone Daddy's BBQ
3rd Famous Dave's BBQ
4th Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ
5th Checkered Pig BBQ
Best Sauce Porky 'N' Beans
People's Choice Back Forty Texas BBQ

Friday, March 13, 2015

Your Bijoux Box March 2015

Hi there my readers. I decided to try something new.

Since I started (infrequently) getting products to test and review, I thought I should also add in the the things that come in my subscription boxes.

I started getting Your Bijoux Box in January and I was really pleased with what I got. I'll have to save that for later though. We're already in March!

So just last night, I picked up the mail and my latest mystery box had arrived. Here's what was included.

I like that they include a card describing what you just received.

First on the list was the Avril Beaded Strand. It's cute and very long. I love the turquoise colored beads. I wear a lot of turquoise so this will really get used.

Second was the Elyse Emerald Collar necklace. I really like that it's trendy and matches other things I've seen in catalogs, like Stella and Dot jewelry. Also, I like the green. It will be great for layering.

The third piece is the Petite Etoile Necklace.Very cute, and I'm wearing today. I like that is is two-tone with clear crystal jewels. It's really versatile and a great length.

If you love these items, it's not too late! You can still sign up and get your own March box at

Lastly, I ordered an add-on.The January box came with two pieces called Sabine, a collar necklace and a leather wrap bracelet.  They offered these Sabine earring to coordinate and I just could not pass them up. I've already worn the Sabine necklace quite a few times. It's really close to a set sold by Chloe and Isabel at a fraction of the cost.

By the way, for the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way free or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clementine Cream Crepes

Hello again my friends. This year is really flying by. I woke up and realized that we are one month away from Christmas! Goodness! I have to start getting seasonal decorations up!

Speaking of seasonal things, it's getting to be citrus fruit season in the stores. Have you also noticed the bags of clementines and mandarin oranges everywhere? I usually see them under the brands of Cuties and Halos. They're so tiny and tasty.

I had a flash of brilliance and bought a bag. They are great to send for the kiddos lunches, or drop a few in my purse to snack on at work. I've used clementines in cooking as well.  They are so easy to add since they're seedless and add a lovely and gentle sweet orange flavor.

For fun, I made crepes and a sweet whipped cream- ricotta filling, enhanced with the juice and zest from clementines. They were divine! I knew I had to share the recipe with you, because they were too good to keep to myself.

By the way, if you don't have access to clementines, other small sweet citrus fruit will work well too. Tangerines, tangelos, satsumas, or even navel oranges will do. But the larger fruit will contain more juice, so you will need to use less. Don't forget to watch out for seeds.

1 batch sweet crepe batter
1 cup ricotta cheese
zest of 2 clementines
juice of 1 clementine
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 clementines, peeled and separated into segments
additional powdered sugar for dusting

1. Using a small food processor, pulse together the ricotta cheese, clementine juice, zest, and powdered sugar until mixed well. Set aside for a moment

2. Whip the whipping cream until it holds firm peaks.  Fold the ricotta mixture into the whipped cream, being careful not to deflate it much.

3. Cook the crepes according to the recipe.  I used a smallish 10" frying pan. I usually get about 10-12 crepes from one batch.

4. While slightly warm, spoon some clementine cream down the center of each crepe and roll up.

5. To plate, place two rolled up crepes side by side. Add an additional dollop of cream and some clementine segments on top. Dust with powdered sugar. Powdered Vanilla Sugar adds a little extra dimension to this, if you like.

Thanks for stopping by!