What’s for dinner? Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs.

I’ve been crushing on my slow cooker again lately.

I love being able to get something off my mind, like dinner, first thing in the morning.

Chuck a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker, fire it up and not have to think about it again until dinner time.

I find, in the late afternoon, after collecting our daughter from school and getting back home, this is the prime time for our kids to NOT get along!

Here I am trying to prep the ingredients and actually do the cooking, when these two maniacs start throwing stuff, hitting each other, whine, cry and just act like twits.

Thank you slow cooker for being my best friend!

Here’s what was on the menu last night:

PART 1

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs
Courtesy of Chef-In-Training

Ingredients:

2 lbs. boneless beef short ribs (I used bone-in)
⅓ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1½ Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. pineapple juice
3½ tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. Chinese 5 Spice powder

Instructions:

Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or insert a slow cooker liner.
Evenly distribute rib meat inside slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, minced garlic and Chinese 5 Spice powder and stir until evenly combined. Dump over rib meat.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

PART 2

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro
Courtesy of skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked brown rice (brown jasmine, basmati or short grain works well)
1 cup lite coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)
1 1/4 cup water
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp salt, or more to taste
2 tbsp sweetened grated coconut
3 tbsp cilantro

Directions:

In a medium sized heavy pot, add coconut milk, rice, water, ginger, garlic, salt and coconut; bring to a bowl over medium heat.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all liquid evaporates, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from heat, keep covered for 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork; toss with cilantro.

Hawaiian Ribs & Coconut Brown Rice

I steamed up some broccoli to serve along side. The whole family enjoyed this meal too!

Operation Bedroom Share…COMPLETE FAIL! #YMCCommunity

I have been considering having our two little mites share a room for several months now.

We live in a two bedroom condo and currently our 4-1/2 yo sleeps in our room with us. She’s in her own bed, but we have her bunk with us because she sleeps through the night whereas the Little Dude at 19 months, still wakes every so often, making for a disturbed sleep for Daddy, who has to get up early for work in the morning.

Last week Daddy went away for work and I decided that this would be a fabulous opportunity for Operation Bedroom Swap!

The kids would take over the Master Bedroom as it was large enough to accommodate the crib, our daughter’s bed, the change table/ dresser, the night stand, the wee man’s dresser and still have room to move.

The second bedroom barely contained our queen-sized bed, but I was cool with this as we only used our room for sleeping, not entertaining.

So after 2-1/2 hours of taking two beds apart, swapping the furniture between the two rooms, keeping the lad from getting squashed by the queen-sized mattress, retrieving the screwdriver from his hands several times, stopping for lunch, putting a massive gauge in the hardwood floor and the general refereeing needed to keep the spawn from hurting each other (too badly), I managed to get the rooms set up and ready just in time for nighty night time.

The kids LOVED the new set up and I thought it was pretty cool too.

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We did our bedtime routine as normal, Little Dude got his bottle, teeth brushed and was tucked in. The little lady then did her usual, had her cup of milk, brushed her teeth, we read a bedtime story (in Mum & Dad’s bed), went potty and quietly tucked her in.

Within 5 minutes, I hear, “Mama, I need a drink of water!” being yelled from the kids room!

I quickly pop in there with her water and tuck her back in, but as I’m making a quick get-away, I hear a giggle come from Little Dudes crib! BLARGH! I lay him back down, turn on his mobile and Sleep Sheep and hope that he settles back down.

Nope! He sees his sister across the room and proceeds to toss his bears and soother at her. She gets up and gives them back, but this creates a new bedtime game, so he tosses them at her again, so of course, she gives them back. This goes on for 5 minutes and I decide that she needs to come lay in my bed until Mr. Playtime falls back to sleep.

Normally, she wants to lay and possibly sleep in our bed, but tonight she insisted on being in her own bed and started acting up. I waited about 10 minutes and we snuck her back into her bed.

We managed to get through the night, so I figured I’d give another night a go.

Ugh! Night 2 was worse! The lad was up several times, woke his sister, they couldn’t get back to sleep, which made for a crappy next day.

Operation Bedroom Swap Reversal was inevitable and done very quickly just in time for afternoon nap.

If we stay living in our current dwelling for a few more years, the kids will eventually share a room. But…it won’t be until the boy is at least 2-1/2yo.

Do your kids share a room? How was the transition?