Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

>> Sunday, January 25, 2009

I have a tasty sauce to tell you about today. The nice folks at Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce sent me a couple of bottles to try out. They have a lot of great recipes that you can try out at their website . Being the avid grillers and cookers that we are, we decided to try to incorporate the sauce into some everyday cooking. I think the real test of a product is whether or not it can become a staple in your cooking.

I am happy to report that Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce is going to be a permanent addition to our kitchen pantry! We first tried out the sauce on a couple of steaks. We didn’t do anything special with the steaks. We simply marinated in Country Bob’s for about ½ hour and then grilled them up (indoors, as it was 11 degrees outside). The sauce went great with the beef. The sauce has a light barbeque flavor, but also has a nice tang of citrus. Overall, it is a rather sweet flavorful sauce without a lot of heat. A few nights later, my husband got creative and mixed some Country Bob’s with a little soy sauce. He browned up the flank steak and in a pan with butter, garlic, and some other spices. Next he poured the Country Bob’s sauce over the meat and placed a lid over the pan. This cooking method kept the juices in the meat. After resting, the steak was sliced and served over some long grain rice. Flank steak is tricky and can be very tough and chewy. The flank steak came out tender, juicy, and flavorful.

While I have to give credit where credit is due, my husband is a great cook, I also want to recommend that you try out Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce. The sauce is delicious as a dipping sauce but also works great for cooking. We next plan to try it out with a nice pork loin. I think the hints of citrus and sweet undertones will go great with pork. In fact, I think that this is a very versatile sauce that will go great with most types of meat, poultry, and fish. Go out and experiment and let me know what you think. Me? I give it a two-thumb’s up.


Yet Another Cold This Season?

>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

Is anyone else having problems staying healthy this winter? This is my third cold so far this season. Well, I have to admit that it is actually getting hard to tell when one round of the funk ends and another begins. I know, I know, I need to take better care of myself. We all do. I think that that is part of the problem. We are committed to so many things that we fail to stop and just "be" sometimes. I propose a new holiday... the "just be" day. On this day, everyone sleeps in late and does not accomplish one single productive thing task. Reading a good book or watching a good movie are exceptions, as long as their consumption is not in order to fulfill some goal or given task. So... who's with me? Don't we all just need a break and to get ourselves healthy in mind and body????


Cool New Cutting Tool

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Check out the great new cutting tool and giveaway at . I am always looking to try out a new and fun gizmo. Gotta admit that some tools are more complicated than they have to be, but this little powered cutter looks like a great and handy device. According to the review at oneprojectcloser, the blade is self-sharpening. That's a plus unto itself. It is also small and compact, so it is a power tool that you can keep in a drawer or cupboard inside the house and not have to go and hunt down somewhere out in the garage or shed.


The End of The Football Season is a Beginning

>> Monday, January 12, 2009

Yes, my beloved Titans let me down this weekend. We are officially out of the playoffs. No more tailgating and cheering for football till next season. Yes, I am disappointed, but I have found that by the end of the season, I am ready to move on and devote my attentions elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, a trip to the Superbowl would have been phenomenal, but the end of the Football season is not the end of my fun. This is the beginning of a new season of the the year for me. I will have my Sundays free from committment. Maybe I will actually get some stuff done around the house. I can work on my aquariums. I will go to Hockey games. I will go to the Symphony. I will continue to spend time with my friends. Life is a constant series of opportunities and adventures. Thank-you Titans for a great season. See you next year!


Home Improvement Website Part II

>> Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I want to give another Shout-Out to one of my new favorite blogs and newsletters. Hubby and I have grand plans for home improvements, but to be honest, we don't really know what we are doing. We are very capable and handy, but we need a little help deciding what products and systems best fit our needs. I have discovered Home Construction Improvement . Todd Fratzel has lots of experience in the home construction business and writes some great articles to educate us wannabes. He also has some dandy giveaways on his site to. His blog also has a link to his other site that address Green Home Construction. I know that we are all interested in how we can make changes to our lives that help preserve the environment for the future.


Confessions of a Wii Addict...

>> Monday, January 5, 2009

Hello, My name is Jen, and I am addicted to my Wii. There, I said it. It's out there for the world to judge me by.

Last October, we cashed in a bunch of credit card points and bought ourselves a Wii game system. Now, I have never been much of a "Gamer" (gotta love my use of the hip lingo). I am not very adept at pushing buttons A and B at the same time as standing on my head and reciting the Constitution. I am more of a push button A and hope the thing shoots some other thing. But... now the Wii came along. It is the answer to all of us who loved our Atari and Pong games. this game is as simple or complicated as you want to make it. Even my 76 year old mom can play it. I am fascinated by the fact that it actually mimics your moves in real life with the moves on the screen. It is amazing technology that can turn even the most technologically and digitally challenged amonst us into "Gamers".

We have several games to play on our Wii now (about 8, I think), but by far my favorite is Mario Kart. You get to use a little steering wheel to race your kart or motorbike around on fantastic imaginary worlds and courses. I love it. I get to ram other cars, race my husband, and sometimes even blow stuff up. Well, if I manage to stay on the course and not race off the edge into oblivion only to see my little kart turn into a roiling ball of fire... Oh, and get this, you can play some Wii games, like Mario Kart, over the internet. Yes, you can challenge your buddies, the annoying kid next door, or even some unknown dude in Norway to a round of Mario Kart. It's a blast to kick peoples butts by remote. All the glory without even changing out of your loungy clothes or leaving the sofa.

Finally, since it sounds like this game is turning me into a Couch Potato, I want to make sure everyone knows that the Wii can also help you exercise. The boxing game is particularly taxing on the old body. Our neighbors recently bought the Wii Fit board, and say that the exercise programs on that game are also wonderful. So... maybe that will be my next toy.

Happy Wii-ing!

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