"Happy Mother's Day" surely means more than, "Have a happy day." Within those words lie a lot of things we have a tendency to forget to say, and I thank God for the blessings, memories and the life I have because of my mom.
There is no love like a mother's love. Speaking as a mom, it doesn't matter how expensive a gift my sons can buy; what is important to me is the love, respect and the everyday caring that means so much to me.
God bless all the special mothers, and all the special work they've done.
4 pounds pork baby back ribs
1 pouch dry onion soup mix
3/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Cut ribs into portions. In a roaster, place ribs in enough cold water to cover. Add a splash of liquid smoke to the water. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 35 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, in a 1-quart saucepan, combine soup mix, Ketchup, water, honey, pepper and garlic powder. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cook five minutes, stirring occasionally. On a preheated grill rack, arrange ribs directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, 30 minutes, turning often and basting with barbecue sauce.
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
7 ounce jar Marshmallow Creme
3-4 tablespoons milk
Assorted fruits, cut into bite-sized pieces
Mix cream cheese, Marshmallow Creme and milk until smooth. Thread fruit on wooden skewers. Serve with dip. (To prevent fruits from turning brown, dip first in lemon juice before putting on skewers.)
Fantastic Outdoor Potatoes
5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
4 green onions, sliced using the green part of the onion also
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup chicken broth
Place potatoes and onions on a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, about 20 inches x 20 inches; dot with butter. Combine the cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; sprinkle over potatoes. Fold foil up around potatoes and add broth. Seal the edges of the foil well. Grill covered over medium coals for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serves 4-6.
GARY'S TIP: Drop a pea-size dab of butter into the potato water as it comes to a boil to prevent the foam that would otherwise boil over and make a mess.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Kindness is like snow -- it will make everything beautiful that it covers.
Have a Happy Mother's Day!
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