Master of Your Grill – The Best BBQ Dry Rub

Mr. Bee has perfected the best BBQ dry rub and we want to share his recipe with you!  It’s especially good on pork ribs and brisket.  We keep a jar full of it for the moment we are in the mood to smoke meat. To save money, purchase your spices in bulk at Whole Foods or Central Market. If you by them already bottled in the grocery store you are paying for the container and labor, rather if you buy them in bulk, your spices are probably at their freshest. Let’s your ribs rule!

Mr. Bee’s Best BBQ Rub:

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup kosher salt

1/2 black pepper

1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup paprika

3 TBL Tumeric

1 TBL Garlic Powder

1 TBL Onion Powder

*optional add 1-2 tsp of Cayenne pepper to kick it up a notch.

Mix thorough and store in an air-tight container.

Summer Self-Care: Buzzworthy Manicure Supplies

Self-care is so important, but especially during these strange, surreal times of COVID.  Here is a helpful article from the Mayo Clinic with coping tips and strategies. I have not entered a hair or nail salon since March, so I am trying to provide my own full-service experience. I wanted to share with you two products I’ve recently discovered that have changed my life and put a smile on my face!

First, Color Street nail strips. Someone gave me a sample about a year ago and I was impressed with the long-lasting results. When a friend hosted an on-line “nail bar” recently, I thought I’d order a few sets.

Color Street is 100% nail polish strips that provide base color, and topcoat in every strip with the bonus of no drying time. The colors are vibrant, the finishes glossy, and they easily adhere to the nail instantly. The nail polish strips keep their good looks up to 10 days, and they’re easy to remove with any nail polish remover.  I applied the French manicure set nine days ago and they still look amazing – and that is with swimming almost every day! It was super easy to apply them. I just did it while I was watching Murder, She Wrote (yes, thank you COVID).

Starting today, I am hosting my own Summer Self-Care “nail bar!”  Follow this link to shop. There are several deals right now including BOGO on the French manicure sets. I have already ordered another set, and I may order more because I can get the look of a French manicure for $14 ($7 with the sale)! They are also offering buy three – get the fourth set of your choice free.

If you place an Early Bird order by Saturday with my Color Street stylist Jolene, she will pay shipping and tax. After Saturday, if you order online with the Buy 3 Get 1 Free, Jolene will throw in a free set on the house! It’s like getting five sets for the price of three! 

Okay, let’s switch to toes. Let’s face it – pretty toenails are like jewelry. They really elevate your sandaled feet. I purchased the Poppy, a universal nail polish bottle handle which makes it so much easier to paint your nails, and a pretty shade of pink from Olive and June when they were running a 20% sale. Once I tried the polish, I was hooked. It is the most amazing, long-wearing polish I have ever tried. I went back and bought the Everything Box, again with the 20% promotion. While I mostly use the polish for pedicures, when I gave myself a manicure, I was able to go about six days before I noticed a chip on my fingernails. The color above on my toes is Sweet & Gracious.

If you have a birthday coming up, this would make a great gift for yourself.  I definitely have had more time to think about the nice things I can do for myself.  Pretty nails always elevate the mood!

Three Things: Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes and a Funny Podcast

I have three unrelated buzzworthy things to share today.  Let’s start first with baked chicken.  I have never roasted a whole chicken. Ever. Yes, it’s true. It always seemed so intimidating, so I’ve asked Mr. Bee to roast it on the grill or smoker. I follow Katherine Sasser’s blog – she is also the owner of Hurley House.  She issued a six-week challenge recently to try baking a chicken right alongside her.  I won’t share all the directions, because she perfectly outlines it here and here.  To make it easy, click here to download a copy of the recipe.  I texted her Sunday night with the photo and thanked her for inspiring me! Isn’t it funny how something small like roasting a chicken for the first time can boost your self-esteem!

My takeaways:   Recently we started making time to prepare Sunday dinner since that seems to be the only day of the week the three of us are caught up on schoolwork, working and sleeping.  Mr. Bee and I had fun bonding, cooking, sipping wine and chopping herbs. We decided to roast sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes and added sliced carrots. We also tossed in a big handful of fresh rosemary and thyme I had leftover from another recipe.  I followed the recipe exactly even down to the cooking time. It turned out golden, juicy and perfect. The house smelled amazing while it cooked. We served the chicken with a new recipe for a dressing I am trying out for Thanksgiving which you can find here (I am going to modify the recipe to combine both toasted bread cubes and cornbread).

Second, it’s that time of year when I share Mother’s recipe for Sweet Potato Delight.  Go here for the recipe – it’s included in my Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving you can find here, here, and here.  Miss Bee will not celebrate the holiday without serving this recipe from her beloved Grandmother’s recipe box. Make a double batch – it’s that good.

Finally, I found this very funny podcast called “Sweaty and Pissed.” It features co-hosts comedian Leanne Morgan and her nurse-practitioner Karen.  They discuss all kinds of funny — the realities of menopause and female midlife.  Leanne adds comedic relief to bothersome symptoms we face, and Karen brings it all home with sound medical explanations and suggestions for promoting relief.  I have learned and laughed a lot. Here’s their facebook page and the link to their podcast where you listen to your favorite tunes.  It will be the perfect thing to listen to in the kitchen as you prepare for Thanksgiving or the long car ride to your in-laws (headphones will be appreciated, I am sure since only you will find sweaty boobs funny.).

Have a fabulous week!

International Women’s Day – Behind Every Woman Giveaway

International Women’s Day is on March 8th. But a day isn’t long enough to pay tribute to all the women who inspire us.  Let’s inspire more women to share their work with more people to support one another.  Text or call a woman today who inspires you, then check out this amazing campaign from Moment and enter to win $5000 in products, art, and experiences from some of our favorite female-empowering brands.

Moment launched Behind Every Woman because they’re inspired by women who do cool stuff.  They want to help amplify the voices of females—filmmakers, photographers, foodies, architects, and brand makers – to inspire more women to share their work with more people to support one another.  In celebration of International Women’s Day, Moment will be sharing about inspiring everyday women and giving away a collection of goodies with a handful of brands that share their Behind Every Woman mission.  Enter here to win. #BehindEveryWoman