Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Monday, November 9

November 9....YUMMY IN MY TUMMY

For the messy chefs out there, which includes me, you may now enter the kitchen and begin cooking! The backsplash is up! It will be grouted tomorrow afternoon so disregard the spacers but here is a little sneak peak of the stove area. I cannot wait to get home and see it with my own two eyes!

By the way, while we were in the "crockpot-only" phase of our renovation I found an awesome recipe that is so darn easy. I made crock pot ribs (courtesy of, busy cooks) for Cory and Zach and it was a hit! Cory actually compared them to one of his favorite restaurants. Whoa...that's the first time anything I have made in the kitchen was compared to anything positive. So here it it, you throw it all in the crock-pot leave for 9hrs and the meat is fallin off the bones yummy! I paired it with baked beans, queso w/spicy sausage, and tortilla chips. Yummm!

Crock-Pot Pork Ribs

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 9 hours


  • 3 lbs. pork loin back ribs, cut into 4" pieces
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce

Preparation: Combine all spices in a small bowl & rub ribs with mixture. Place in 3-4 quart slow cooker and pour water over. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Remove ribs from slow cooker and discard cooking liquid. Replace ribs in crockpot and add barbecue sauce. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. 6 servings (i actually added the sauce in the beginning and never drained the liquid because I was going to be at work the last hour and then cooked them 8 1/2 hours total and they were perfect!)

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