Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Prime Rib & Bacon at Christmas

It is getting to be that time of year again.... planning for the holidays!!!  I have had people ask how I prepare my prime rib... it is pretty easy!  I love serving it at Christmas, the day is hectic enough.  I try to keep the meal as simple as possible.  ENJOY!!!
 
THE MENU
Caesar Salad and Croutons
Prime Rib with Horseradish & Au jus
Baby Green Beans with Bacon
Sweet White Corn
Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Fresh Baked Biscuits with Butter
Deviled Eggs
Pies Dutch Apple & Pecan
 
 


 


PRIME RIB - How I cook mine

Prime Rib
6 fresh pressed garlic cloves
2 tsp Kosher salt 
2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Fresh Rosemary sprigs (one for each bone)
1 lb. bacon (approx.) depending on the number of bones
Horseradish
Sour cream
Lemon juice
Au jus (read below for ideas to prepare)


Order ~ Place your order ahead of time, schedule pickup the day before you need to start preparing. Figure 2 people per bone or 1/2 pound per person.  I usually order at least one extra bone. I want leftovers!  Be sure to request the butcher cut and tie the prime rib.  This makes it easier to slice once it is cooked. 

Rub ~ Prepare a rub. Create a rub of 6 fresh pressed garlic cloves, 2 tsp Kosher salt and 2 tsp fresh ground pepper, mix and rub on the prime rib.  I like to rub the prime rib the day before and wrap with saran and let it flavor the meat.  If  you are short on time, rub at least 2 hours before cooking.  

Room Temperature ~ Remove prime rib from the refrigerator an hour or two prior to cooking, unwrap, and place, bone side down, on a roasting pan fitted with a roasting rack, allow to reach room temperature. If you don’t have roasting rack the bones create a natural rack. 

Before the prime rib goes in the oven, lay fresh sprigs of rosemary (1 per bone) on top and then cover the prime rib with bacon, including the sides.  Sometimes I get a bit crazy and do a basket weave!




Roast ~ Preheat oven to 450º F for about 30 minutes. Roast the prime rib at 450º F for 15 minutes and then reduce to 325º until it reaches the desired internal temperature, usually about 15 minutes per pound.  Keep an eye on the temperature about half and hour before your estimated total time to roast.

Here is a link to a Roasting Time Chart
 http://www.villagemeats.com/files/Prime_rib_cooking_instructionsper_ButcherEric.pdf 

Thermometer ~ You’ll need to use an internal meat thermometer for prime rib cooked to the exact temperature you desire. Allow for carryover cooking, if you want a rare prime rib (120º F) you’ll need to remove it from the oven about 10 degrees less than the temperature you desire (remove from the oven at 110º F.)  The best thermometer to use is a probe that stays in the roast as it cooks, a removable stick version will work, but you lose the oven heat each time you open it to check the temperature.  I have a probe thermometer that has a mesh coil attached to a reader outside of the oven that I love.
 
Pictured here there are two thermometers a traditional probe and a probe with mesh coil attached to a reader outside of the oven!  

Rest ~  After you remove the prime rib from the oven cover it with foil and a couple of clean towels... keeping the warmth in... allowing the prime rib to rest about 20 minutes. This allows for a tender, juicy prime rib! Plus time to get all the other food on the table.

Au jus ~ If you use drippings try to remove as much of the oil as possible.  For simple au jus, buy a couple of au jus package mixes use drippings as part of the liquid.   
Other ideas:
Campbell's Consume Soup (if too strong mix with beef broth)
Beef broth, dash of Worcestershire sauce mixed with drippings from the prime rib.
Or there are tons of recipes online! 

Horseradish ~ mix sour cream, lemon juice and horseradish.  OR you can serve with “creamy horseradish” not a strong as plain horseradish.

Carve ~ Now you are ready to carve your prime rib.  Cut the string and lift the roast from the bone, have a big platter ready and slice.  Serve with horseradish and au jus.

Hope you enjoy!
 
Please come back and let me know how yours turned out!
 
 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fun Banner for Christmas!

What is Christmas without banners! 
 
This festive banner was made for Altered Pages!  It is ready to hang in the entry, over a mantel or use for a holiday party!!!
 

 
All images are from the Christmas collage collection at Altered Pages!

 

 
The banner pennants are 4.5 x 6 inches!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Sweet Christmas Card!

Hope you are having as much fun as I am with my winter holiday crafting... this month the design team over at Altered Pages will be share lots of ideas for the winter holidays.  Today I have a card using the Julie Nutting Merry & Nice Stamp Set available at Altered Pages!



Supplies:
Julie Nutting Merry & Nice Stamp Set
Dew Drops
Black Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Pens Green & Red
Wink of Stella
Card Base
Red Cardstock
Pattern Paper Christmas Brights
Snow Flakes that Glitter - Laser Cut Paper
Red glitter
Petlaloo Flower
Glue Stick
Double sided tape
Fine Line Glue

 
With black ink stamp Julie Nutting Merry & Nice Stamp Set, heat emboss with Black Embossing Powder, color with Red & Green Pens.  Add a little sparkle with Wink of Stella.  
 
 
With Fine Line Glue  add a bit of Red glitter to the holly berries.
 

Cut Red Cardstock, Pattern Paper Christmas Brights and
Snow Flakes that Glitter - Laser Cut Paper to layer on
Card Base, adhere with Glue Stick (snowflakes) and Double sided tape.



 
Attach holly with glue stick and Petaloo flower with Fine Line Glue
 
 
Finally, add a Dew Drop to the tip of the hat!
 
A fun Christmas Card...

Thanksgiving Greetings

What do you think of when you hear "Winter Holidays"? 
 
When I think of winter holidays the first one that comes to mind is Thanksgiving.  The weather is starting getting colder.  The days are shorter and the countdown to Christmas has started.  Before Christmas we have one other special day, THANKSGIVING!!!  This is one of my favorite family holidays.  It is a day of giving thanks.  A day that doesn't have a lot of hoopla.  Families and friends get together for a wonderful dinner, laugh and have a good time. 
 
I have a few Thankful cards I shared at Altered Pages yesterday.  I will be sending these to family far away.
 
 
 
Supplies:
Altered Pages Collage sheet Thanksgiving
Jolee's Leaves
Card Base
Pattern Papers
Cardstock - Orange & Brown
 


There is a lot of cutting and layering of papers!!!





 
 
Hope you enjoyed my cards!
 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

More BoBunny Cards!

More BoBunny cards I made Saturday while at the
 
Scrapbook Zone, Silverdale WA
9621 Mickelberry Rd NW
 
(360) 692-5707
 
 
Join me and the Staff at the Scrapbook Zone for their crop on November 19th, 11am to 11pm!  I will be working on more Christmas cards and a small scrapbook I am giving as a gift for Christmas.  Contact the store for details. 
 
 




 
 
 
 
What I love is when I can recycle packaging!!!!  On this card I used the package topper from the BoBunny Noteworthy Christmas die cuts at the background for Merry Christmas.   
 


Saturday, November 5, 2016

BoBunny Cards

Today I had a great time at the Scrapbook Zone making these BoBunny cards.  Fun was had by all under the instruction of Wendy!  Thanks for a great day.  Tomorrow I will share the extra cards I made with additional cardstock!







Thursday, November 3, 2016

Can you believe it is time to start your holiday preparations?

Use your DIXIE BELLE PAINTS to create your gift giving Christmas Ornaments.  I had these tiny star boxes in my stash that were just waiting for the perfect project.  I have turned them into little sea vignettes....

 
Using both the box and lids create twice as many little vignettes!
 
 
The little star boxes were painted with DIXIE BELLE Sea Glass Chalk Paint


 
Some of them have Washi Tape wrapped around the outside.


 
Small burlap squares make the perfect background.  


 
Dew Drops add a bit of sparkle!


 
Use tacky glue to attach embellishments


 
This box lid I left the back unpainted.


 
Others are painted inside and out!


 
Finally attach a twine hanger (to be added) 


 
Enjoy creating your own little ornaments...
 
These could be used all year round!