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June 27, 2014

This Week's Ramblings (#2) and a Recipe

On Monday I posted about painting this little garden trike blue "here"
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I wanted to add a pop of color which I definitely did thanks to Dan's help.
Now I think it's too bright and want to paint it again...LOL...

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 I did a fun 4th of July tablescape which I can easily replicate for the holiday.
You can visit that post "here"

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I broke the table down and put the flags from the centerpiece into the big blue pot.

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 It's nice to do this early and get in the mood.  Sometimes if I wait to the last minute I end up not doing much.

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I'm keeping the little chicken basket on the table.  Eventually it's going to be mounted on the wall without the napkins- I'll keep it this way through the holiday.  I love these little Milk Bottle candles.  They are by a company called Milkhouse Candle Creamery. 

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 I added a couple of flags out on the deck area.  I think the Rooster statue needs a bandanna don't you?

Almost everyday I spend a bit of time outdoors with my garden plants.
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 Last fall I picked up this awesome cast iron Garden sign but I couldn't decide what to do with it.  I finally decided to rest it here and I like it.

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  On Monday I shared a story on my garden blog about a new tree we planted.  You are welcome to drop by and see it "here"

Here is the recipe I promised to share for the Bar-B-Q Beef.
This is a recipe we've had in the family since the early 1960's.

Shredded Bar-B-Q Beef

Ingredients and directions:

2 lb. Beef Chuck (2 in. thick) 
Veg. oil to brown meat 
Salt and Pepper 

Brown the roast on both sides with oil, adding the salt and pepper to both sides.  Cover pan and simmer meat until tender. (If pan becomes too dry add a bit of water, but not much) I actually put it in the oven after browning (350 deg. F).  My mom always used an electric skillet but not everyone likes those so use your favorite method.  I'm estimating 4 to 6 hrs. to tenderize. 

When meat is about done combine the following in another pan: 

2 T Butter 
1 Medium Onion (chopped finely) 
  (Cook butter and Onion in pan for a bit to tenderize the onion)
1 clove garlic (can omit if you don't like) 
1/4 C Water 
1 C Ketchup 
2 T Vinegar 
2 T Brown Sugar 
2 T Worcestershire Sauce 
1 t Chile Powder 
1 t Dry Mustard 
3 thin Slices of Lemon 
(don't substitute with lemon juice- it's not the same affect) 
Simmer these ingredients for at least 15 minutes. 

Let the beef rest a bit, then pull apart/shred with forks.   Combine with the sauce you've prepared and heat it a bit longer (remove the lemon pieces).  Serve on buns.  
Serves about 8

The printable recipe is here

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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  1. Oh, I love it all, especially the trike.
    Thank you for visiting earlier.

  2. Hi Liz, it's been a beautiful week at your house and so much inspiration. Love your patriotic displays. I need to get busy this weekend with mine. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Oh I love that adorable bycicle! Your patriotic decor and gorgeous plants are great. I so love it all! I think Kathryn will place the giveaway on Monday. Anyway, you mistaked me for Pinky, I don't mind, but because of the giveaway I want you to be sure, lol! I hope you liked the placemats too! Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Oh and I love the beef récipe! Tks.

  5. I enjoyed the review of your blogging week, Liz.
    I'm loving all of your vignettes-floral and table!

  6. You've been a busy lady! I like the blue star plates...great look. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  7. LOL,Your blue tricycle looks great in the photo, but I know what you mean about it looking a bit bright.. I think I may have bought that same shade of spray paint and thought the same thing. It really is pretty on your trike planter. I've noticed there isn't a lot of choice in blue colors for spray paint...or I'm shopping at the wrong places. I'm saving your recipe for barbecue beef. Homemade sauce. Yum.

  8. Liz,
    Your flowers look beautiful!!

    Love your Patriotic decor!!

    Thanks so much for your visit!! I am playing catch up!!


  9. I like all of your patriotic décor! I'm ready to start jazzing up my porch soon with some of my own. Thanks for sharing the bbq beef recipe. It looks good. This is the perfect time of year for it too.

  10. Your house is red,white and beautiful! Love the trike.

    Have a lovely 4th of July!

  11. Hi Liz, I have that same BBQ Beef recipe. It is yummy! Your table setting is so festive and I love the little wire basket. That large rooster on your deck is fabulous and I love the garden sign! I think your bike looks great, but I know what you mean. I painted my bike white and I like it for 4th of July and might be fun for Halloween, but next Spring it will be getting a makeover.

  12. I love all your gorgeous red, white, and blue! So many cute and thoughtful details, I looks so good!
    Thanks for the recipe, printing now!

  13. I love your weekly ramblings. I love that cute candle too, Liz!

  14. Everything looks great. You inspire me!

  15. Love all the red white and blue Liz! I need to get my flags out.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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