Rainy Sunday

Hi gang!  How did everybody’s weekend go?  Ours went by way too quickly!  Both of us had work to get done and our weekend was slated as a work weekend.  While I was able to get some things accomplished on Saturday, Scott on the other hand was busy with house related issues.  Oh the joys of home ownership!  Our downstairs toilet had been leaking for quite some time.  Leaking on the inside not on the outside.

Then on Wednesday, I went to flush and broke the handle.


Scott spent the entire weekend fixing and replacing everything in the tank in order to get it to stop leaking and start flushing again.  This is after he spent time earlier in the week fixing up my washer that decided to be a drama queen.

And finally yesterday he had to tie down some siding that decided to come loose but not completely fall off allowing it to just blow in the breeze.

Uh, when it rains it pours.

Oh and it did that too yesterday!  I completed my long run in the most miserable conditions but I don’t want to dwell on the negative.  The positive is that I got it done and what kept me going (other than thinking of my half in two weeks) was thinking of taking the hottest of showers!  After stretching and getting dinner in the crockpot, I sprinted upstairs to my steaming hot shower.  Scott was up by this point which was very early for him!  While I thought that I would jump right into making Sunday Breakfast, I realized that I actually wanted to sit down on the couch for a minute, drink a strong mug of coffee, and feed my belly a snack.

After 12 miles, it was yelling at me and naturally I obliged with my favorite post-run fuel:

  • 2% Fage
  • Homemade granola
  • Chocolate Chips

YUM!  I inhaled this while watching some Food TV which is still a guilty pleasure of mine no matter how much I complain about it.  I also talked with Scott about how to best plan out our day.  Then since my belly was growling, I got up to make breakfast.

Seriously I am in love with this picture.  It actually makes me want to have breakfast all over again!  I made some pumpkin pancakes (recipe to come since it’s Pumpkin Month!) and totally topped those bad boys with:

  • Butter
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Maple syrup
  • Homemade cranberry apple sauce

After the picture, I also put two pieces of chicken sausage on my plate.  No matter how hard I try, sausage is just not photogenic.  At. All.

Scott and I cleaned up the kitchen and then we got busy with our respective tasks.  Sadly his was all about the toilet.

I tried to organize my iPhone contacts list and resulted in a huge fail.  Do any of you have iPhones?  I want to create groups in my contacts list so that I can lump people into categories but I can’t seem to do that.  Is that possible or something that iPhone doesn’t support?

Also, since we’re talking gadgets.  I want to get phone alerts regarding multiple calendars.  The info I can find online talks about how to stop getting alerts from multiple calendars that your phone is sync’d with and I want the opposite!  I want alerts from all my calendars!

Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Dinner was cooking away all day long and it smelled so amazing it was ridiculous.  Since yesterday was all gloomy, rainy, and dreary, it was the perfect time to bust out the crockpot.  I added in some lovely country style pork ribs and let it simmer all day long.

I had bone-in ribs that I put in the crockpot with:

  • A small can of diced tomatoes
  • Splash of chicken stock
  • Green pepper
  • 1/2 an Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lots of BBQ sauce


If you’re curious as to what country style pork ribs are, they are a meatier cut of pork and actually not ribs at all!  They are cuts from the blade end of the loin closest to the shoulder.  Why they are called ribs I do not know, other than possibly from their “rib” like shape.  They are very meaty and do well with slow cooking, like in a crockpot or braising in a dutch oven.  They also would be great to use to create shredded pork BBQ or for pork tacos.  If you see them the next time you are looking for pork cuts, give them a try!

We love them!

Ribs and sauce were placed on top of some jasmine rice and we had sauteed sweet potato and zucchini on the side.  Can you believe this was my first time sautteeing sweet potato?!  Normally I roast the pieces, or bake a whole potato.  I like the sauteed version!  Although it does take a bit longer to cook.

Wine for the evening was leftovers from already open bottles from earlier in the week.  And my dessert was a HUGE bowl of coconut ice cream which was delicious!  We watched Holmes and his new show after that, Holmes Inspection.  I have to say that I was  not surprised that people were mislead on inspections they had done.  Inspectors can be just as corrupt as contractors.  As home buyers it is our responsibility to be there during a home inspection and to make note of anything that catches our eye that the inspector doesn’t mention.  It’s also our responsibility to ask questions.  Homes are expensive, probably the biggest purchase we will make in our lifetimes (no matter if it is your first home, or your fifth), we need to look out for ourselves.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to walk away if the situation is more than you want to handle.

I was exhausted yesterday and hit the hay shortly after that.

So tell me how your weekend was and what yumtasatic foods you created and got to eat! :D

This post was part of Off Her Cork’s Homespun Sunday.

8 thoughts on “Rainy Sunday

    • Ginny, in the crockpot on low for about 6 hours. :)
      Heather, YUM! I love chocolate chip cookies!
      Kim, It can only make me stronger, right? ;)
      Heidi, Acorn squash is so fun! And you’re right, squash can indeed be hard to chop up.

  1. I baked some delicious and melt in your mouth chocolate chips cookies. J and C are fighting over them! :)

    I know that our google calendars all sync to my phone. But I don’t know how or why (J’s the tech expert in our fam). Send an email my way and I’ll pass it along to him – apple products are his best friends……

  2. OOoh….those pancakes!!! I love sauteed sweet potatoes (and so do my kids!).

    Great job getting the run done yesterday. Ick! I remember having to do a 16 miler in the cold rain last March. It sucked! LOL!

  3. Heidi says:

    I roasted an acorn squash for the first time yesterday. I just put olive oil, salt, pepper and nutmeg on it. It was wonderful! I found it very difficult to chopp up the squash. I cut it into slices, and it was very hard to get a knife through. I was afraid I would slice my hand the whole time. So I was very careful, and no cuts. :)

    I did my 10 miler on Saturday, which turned out to be nicer weather. Kudos to you for running in that yuck yesterday!

  4. omg, that holmes inspection show – that house was a MESS! Scary.

    I love that owl bowl :)

    Finally, a homespun Sunday in our house! We were home this weekend after a few traveling ones, so it was nice to eat meals at home.

  5. Sorry! I don’t have an iPhone so no help there.

    I was SO looking forward to my hot shower after my run this weekend too. It felt so good!

    Ha ha. It makes me laugh when I try to photograph food and it just looks blah (like your sausages). We make this awesome gravy fake chicken stew thing and it tastes awesome… but looks like throw-up!

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