Saturday, April 27, 2013

Slap Yo Momma Ribs

I found this crockpot rib recipe on Pinterest  and I cannot tell you how yummy this recipe is!  I tweaked it a little bit because the recipe only called for brown sugar and cayenne as the rub and I felt it needed some more spices.  This was my second time making it and equally delicious.

Crockpot Ribs
3 1/2 lb pork baby back ribs
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper
bbq sauce (I used one bottle)

I put the ribs out to thaw overnight since it does take 9-10 hours to cook and I needed to have it in the crockpot at around 8 am.  I cut the ribs in half to fit in the crockpot.  Next, I rubbed the rub all over the meat focusing mostly on the meaty side.  After that, I placed them in the slow cooker with the meaty side down and propped up on the side. I poured a whole bottle of bbq sauce and made sure I got it on each side of the ribs.  Cook on low for 9-10 hours.

Spray a pan with cooking spray and place the ribs on it. I would use a glass cake pan because you will be pouring the sauce in the pan.

Pour the sauce in a pan and put on high until boiling.  Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Set your oven on broil and once the sauce is done, pour half of it on top of the ribs.  Put in the oven on the middle rack and broil 6 minutes.  Flip the ribs and add rest of sauce.  Broil 4 minutes.  Get the napkins out and go to town on these babies!

4 Things I have Learned About Motherhood

When people say there is no manual for parenting, they were so right!  I have definitely been learning as I go and I know I will continue to as Chloe grows.  So, I have made a list of 5 things (I am sure this list could be a lot longer but I will spare you!) I have learned on this journey.

1.) People will always be judging you as a parent and want to give you advice.
 When Chloe was around two months, I took her to the store with me and it was rainy outside.  Just like any outing, people stopped us to take a look at the baby.  There was an older woman who said to Chloe in baby talk, "Poor baby, Mommy's got you out in the rain!"  I wanted to say to her in baby talk, "Mind your own business!"  I guess she did not know that rain does not stop just because you need to go grocery shopping.  My point is, people will always look at you with your child and judge everything you do but I have learned to brush it off.  Every mother knows what is right for their child and what works for one family might not work for another.  I am all about getting advice from someone who is a parent.  So, as long as I am not being judged and it is just advice, I will damn sure take all the advice I can get!
  2.) Breastfeeding is MISERABLE!

When I was pregnant with Chloe, I did a lot of researching on breastfeeding and I knew it was something I wanted to do for my child.  I know everyone's experience with breastfeeding is different but I wish someone would have prepared me for how hard it could be mentally and physically.  When she was born, she had a hard time latching and the nurse gave us a nipple shield.  It is basically a nipple for your nipple!  All joking aside, it is supposed to help the baby latch on to the breast better.
It did help but we still had a lot to learn.  It was a little painful but I could handle it but when we took baby home, it was a whole other story.  It was excruciating pain and I was so scared before each feeding.  My boobs were enormous and boy had my nipples got longer.  I know, TMI!  Mentally, I was exhausted and I was upset and crying all the time.  One morning, I woke up and knew Chloe was going to need to be fed and just burst into tears.  I felt I just could not do it anymore.  So, I told Eric and he went and got formula.  I felt so terrible that I was giving her formula when I had something so much better I could give her.  Still to this day, I feel terrible about it and I know if I would have stuck it out, it would have gotten better and that leads me to number three!
3.) You will always feel guilty, even when you shouldn't.
The guilt started before Chloe was even born.  When I as in labor, her oxygen level kept going down and I felt like it was my fault and I felt extremely guilty.  Guilt is definitely apart of motherhood and I will feel guilty for things out of my control or things I should not feel guilty for.  Little things like watching a show while she is perfectly fine in her chair or going back to work make me feel so guilty!  I am sure it will only get worse as she gets older!
4.) Worry is a mother's middle name!
I am sure I am not the only mother who feels their child's tummy to make sure it is moving up and down to make sure they are still alive!  I remember when Chloe was first born, I felt like I had to stay up 24 hours a day to monitor her.  Worrying will drive you up the wall, so I try to worry about things that are really something to worry about but it is hard, let me tell you!