Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Less Than 6 Weeks....

Until the big day! May 22nd we will be celebrating the marriage of our son A to CB. We are so excited to be adding another beautiful daughter in law to our family. We consider ourselves extremely blessed!!!!

On Sunday we drove up to Minneapolis for a bridal shower for Carol, put on by my wonderful sister-in-laws. (And Sue!) Thanks for such a wonderful day!! This picture shows 3 of the 4.... Sure missed you Robin! Thanks to everyone who planned it and who came for showering CB with your love and wonderful gifts!!

It was the first shower that CB has had and it was fun to see the themes of their future home coming through in the colors and items that they have chosen.

In preparation for the wedding, we have been running different experiments. One is trying to find 'the perfect' size cakeball. Yes, these are 4 different sizes! Fortunately for us, Steve volunteered to eat the samples. Just don't know what we would have done without him!!!! Today's experiment involves eating cupcakes. I'm doing the work for this one on my own!!!!

We had a fun Easter weekend with a visit from my parents. All of the kids were around and the house was full of laughter. That always makes me happy. (And it REALLY makes Sophie happy!!) Made Strawberry Cream Cheese French toast for breakfast. Always a hit!

For our main meal on Easter, I decided to cook Prime Rib. I have done it a few other times, but I think this was the best one yet. If you are interested in cooking a prime rib, here is what I did.

You need a good deep pan with a wire rack so air circulates around the meat. I sliced two onions and put them on the bottom of the pan. (Next time I will double the number of onions!) Place the meat fat side up on the rack. I rubbed chili flavored olive oil over the entire thing and then covered it with course sea salt and cracked black pepper. (Next time I would not rub the two ends with salt and pepper.. just the oil. It made those cuts of meat too salty to eat!!) The next step is CRITICAL!!! Insert a GOOD meat thermometer into the center of the meat. (I have a digital one I purchased at a kitchen store that I love!!) Preheat oven to 500 degrees and put meat in for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 225 degrees and cook until the thermometer reads 135 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with foil for 15-20 minutes. Slice and ENJOY!!! We used the onions in the juices as our 'aus jus'. Yum!! As far as time.. We had an 8 pound prime rib. We started it at 10:30 am and we ate at 2:15 or so. Well worth the wait!!!!

Sophie was outside smelling the meat cooking and begged to come in. We let her and even gave her a little taste. Fortunately she is still willing to eat her dry dog food after tasting such yumminess!!!

Until Next Time....


A :-) said...

Holy Smokes that meat looks fabulous! Thanks for the tips on how to cook it!

Only two more days until your busy season gives it a rest :-)

rohanknitter said...

Sounds like things are busy at your house, especially with tax season going on!! I'll bet your prime rib was wonderful, yummmmmm! (so what is the perfect size cake ball, anyway??) ; D

Robin said...

It is amazing how life changes so quickly sometimes. You will have two married children soon. I like the third biggest cake ball size myself I think. How was the cupcake tasting???