Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Tribute Tuesday is to honor charities, charitable groups and those who go above and beyond for their charities.


Bear Hugging the stuffing out of childhood illnesses!

Bear2Care2009, founded by Jeff Cooper,is an organization th at wants to bring joy to children who are battling Life-threatening Illnesses by bringing them teddy bears..

They also have a list of children who are in different states that they mail teddy bears to.

Bear2Care wants to raise awareness on childhood illnesses, in hopes of finding a cure for those illnesses that currently do not have one.

It is the Mission of Bear2Care to reach every child across America and bring a small amount of joy into their lives.

On July 31st, Bear2Care will be meeting in Chicago at Childrens' Memorial Hospital for their first ever Bear Hug Event. At that time, 250 bears will be delivered to the children at the hospital.

If you would like to make a donation:


You can contact Jeff on twitter: @jeff0134

Or mail it to:

1120 Cedar
Michigan City, Indiana

All donations are used by Bear2Care2009 to mail out bears, cards, and for the general cost of running a charity.

Bear Hugging the stuffing out of childhood illnesses!

You can contact Jeff at @Jeff0134
Mr. Linky is here, so you can post your own Tribute Tuesday or you may also nominate the charities of your choice by giving me their link, once done, enter a comment telling me that you nominated them and give me your contact information. I will then contact them, collect the information needed and feature them. I will place links to your blog and let people know that you are the one honoring them.

We Have Our Winner!

Congratulations to Carol Dziuba on winning the Lil' Baby Cakes diaper cake giveaway! Go to @cdziuba and Congratulate her.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Stay tuned! Another giveaway is standing by to be posted!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs Recipe

Folks, you haven't had barbecue until you have had The Neelys' Memphis Style barbecue. The Neelys have their own show on the Food Network.

Of course, barbecue is just done better in the South.

Now, you Northeners, I know you do barbecue a little different, but have an open mind and give this a try.

Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs Recipe

Neely's Dry Rub:

* 1 1/2 cups paprika
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder
* 2 (about 4 pounds each) slabs beef spareribs
* 2 (about 3 pounds each) slabs pork spareribs
* 2 cups Neely's BBQ Dry Rub
* Neely's BBQ Sauce, recipe follows


For the rub:

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

For the ribs:

Rinse and dry ribs. Place on a clean cutting board and pull off the membrane, the thin fatty skin that lines the underside of the ribs. Trim the ribs of excess fat and meat. Liberally season both sides of the ribs with 1/4 to 1/2 cup Neely's BBQ Rub. Wrap ribs and refrigerate for at least 8 hours so flavors can permeate.

Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. using hickory and charcoal.

Use indirect heat and cook with the cover down.

Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill away from the coals. Cook beef 2 hours, adding more coals as needed. Turn and cook for 45 minutes more, or until the ribs "bend" and the meat easily separates from the bone using a fork. Cook the pork ribs 3 hours. Turn and cook another hour, or until ribs bend. Remove from grill.

For dry ribs: Sprinkle extra Neely's BBQ seasoning over ribs, cut bones and serve.

For wet ribs: Coat ribs with Neely's BBQ sauce, cut and serve.

Neely's BBQ Sauce:

* 2 cups ketchup
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
* 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
* 5 tablespoons sugar
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
* 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
* 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.