We had guests for dinner last night.
Our guests were two handsome young men in white shirts and ties. It was hot yesterday so they didn’t have to wear their jackets.
I love having these young men for dinner. It is a way for me to “Pay it Forward”. To show my gratitude for all the wonderful women who fed my two boys as they served as missionaries in Chile and Argentina.
It is a way I can say thank you to all the people who, even if they weren’t interested in the message they had to share, were kind to my boys, offered them a cold class of water or a bite to eat.
My husband always tells me I don’t have to go to so much work when the missionaries come – but I want to.
Last night we enjoyed some yummy fresh from the farm corn on the cob thanks to a friend at church whose family farm has a bumper crop!
I made a batch of 30 minute rolls. They were yummy and really only took 30 minutes. It is the second time I have made them this week and it is only Tuesday. Recipe can be found over at Real Mom Kitchen.
We also had a fresh spinach salad and Pioneer Women’s Crash Hot Potatoes which have become a family favorite.
I had decided that I was only going to eat one but I was weak – yes, so weak that I now have to go hiking all day today to burn off all those extra calories.
A warm apple dumpling with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – it was perfection!
I also did feed them some protein – so not to worry.
Dinner was a little messy and required some napkin bibs for those nice white shirts but they seemed to enjoy it!
Using my mom’s barbecue sauce recipe we made BBQ riblets. If you remember, I shared another BBQ rib recipe with you this summer.
Pork riblets are a smaller rib (a riblet!) and cost less which helps on the budget right now! I think the whole package which fed 5 of us plus some leftovers was only $6.00! I get mine at Winco here in Portland.
I brown them in the oven first and then cover them with my mom’s sauce and then let them cook, basting every 20 minutes or so until they are nice and glazed and gooey. It usually takes about 1 1/2 hours – depending on how large your pan is and how many riblets you have.
My riblet photos are not my best work but when you have two hungry dinner guests sitting at your table it’s hard to take a good picture! I am sure these young men will be writing home to their mother this week about the weird woman who fed them and took pictures of all the food before they could eat it!!
Mary Anne Best
1 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp Worstershire sauce
1/4 C vinegar (I used white)
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small can of water
1/4 C ketchup
Mix sauce ingredients together.
Place ribs in pan and brown in oven at 450 for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350 (don’t forget!) Pour sauce over ribs and bake at 350 fo 1 1/2 hours or until ribs are glazed and gooey! Turn and baste every 20-30 minutes.