Thursday, August 25, 2011


I must say I have loved this warm weather the last few days just wish I could get out and enjoy it a bit more...... I am starting to see the bottom of the beer flats (where I put my ribbon orders) so that is a good thing... We are off to the A&W for dinner tonight with the hotrod... they are have what they call Cruise the Dub and tonight for all the hamburgers that are sold they will donate $1.00 to MS....a charity that we like to support..

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 4-6 pieces of chicken
  • salt and pepper.
For the BBQ sauce
Combine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper in a small saucepan and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15 to 20 minutes.
For the chicken
Place a grill pan over medium heat or preheat your grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly coat with some of the BBQ sauce using a pastry brush. Place the chicken on the grill. Place the remaining BBQ sauce, still in the small saucepan, over low heat or on the edge of the grill and allow to gently simmer while the meat cooks.
Cook the chicken about 8 minutes per side. Continually brush the meat with barbecue sauce every few minutes. Remove the meat from the grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with the heated barbecue sauce alongside.
Serve with grilled vegetables
Drizzle olive oil on fresh vegetables, salt and pepper. Grill until done. Asparagus works well.
 Be smart about big box stores. I love Costco mainly for the single item things like books, music and even clothes . Some things are truly great bargains, even when you have to buy in bulk. But somethings aren't. Be aware when you make your purchases. If buying in bulk is going to give you a six month or more supply, you will likely be better off buying a smaller quantity at a slightly higher per unit amount at a regular store because you're investing money now that you may need for something else later.   You can easily make up the difference by buying store brands or watching for sales. Just keep checking out my Shopping Saturday and see where the bargains are.. I know that Costco has great prices in their pharmacy. You'll just need to balance the membership fee you pay for how much you buy there. Remember you have to judge your membership fees against your savings.

Well not much happening in Granny's house this weekend cause we are off to Port Alberni to stay with my cousin and his wonderful wife Heather and do some Salmon fishing... Should be fun.

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