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Best Texas BBQ–the easy way

this has become one of my most favorite recipes to prepare for either a large crowd, which lets face it…is when the family is together.  or, when i need to cater a dinner.  so SO easy and it tastes like it came straight from the nearest BBQ restaurant.

i got the brisket recipe from my friend sharon, who made it when i had, i think, baby #7.  she brought over this slab of beef and i marveled at how she could afford that much meat from Dickies 😉  she later told me she made it from a brisket.  wow.  i was so impressed.

she served with it, these yummo cheese potatoes, too.

the cole slaw.  well.  i have told you before about mr. stu.  the infamous cook husband of one of my dearest friends.  he creates recipes….i change them, lol.  he had this cole slaw one day while we were visiting and it had such a different spin on it.  i couldn’t quite figure out what it was, but once i saw the recipe, i know.  it has bell pepper in it and horseradish.  those 2 things alone would make anything take on a completely different taste.

this meal has now become a much requested birthday meal, also.  this particular dinner, mac and cheese was requested (or maybe not and it was the closest thing i could come up with in the time frame we had) and normally, i would do homemade pintos.  i am assuming i WAS short on time, since these are canned bush beans.

Brisket Recipe

Go get ya a brisket.  Now, I have heard they don’t have those everywhere, so i’m not sure what to use if you can’t get one.  TIP:  I got this tip from a butcher.  if you get a full, untrimmed brisket, get one you can fold as much in half as you can.  the tighter you can fold it up, the less fat and more meat it has.  you are paying by the pound, so you want the most meat.  i always get the untrimmed ones (unless there is a huge sale) because they tend to be more tender and moist once cooked.

Put brisket in a large pan. Brew 2 pots of coffee and pour over the
brisket. Cover and cook for 23 hours at 200 degrees.
Take out and tear brisket apart and scrape off fat. Put in a 9X13
dish. Pour sauce on top and bake uncovered for 1 hour.

  • 16 oz. Ketchup
  • 3 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 1 (10 oz) can Coke
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Worst. Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar

Mix sauce as desired, i.e. add more sugar for a sweeter sauce, etc.  I usually make a double batch of this to make sure we have saucy meat and to also keep on hand for bbq chicken on the grill….just freeze your leftovers from this meal.

cole slaw and potato recipe…….to be continuted.

Wanda Williams - April 21, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Hi Ginny! Can’t wait to see the coleslaw and potatoes recipes. Your blog is such a blessing!

ginny - May 4, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Thank you, Wanda! I am working on those recipes NOW!

» Ramblin Rose - June 30, 2013 - 9:45 pm

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i CAN see the forest……

on days, weeks, months like this, it is hard to see the big picture.  we have had the flu at our house {for weeks, now} and it seems like this is the way it has always been.  someone coughing or snorting their way to breathing.  and its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  after months of unemployment, it is hard to see that anything will change.


i have to remember that there have been days and weeks like this before.  not necessarily with unemployment, but with sickness.  heavens.  there was a season when several of the children had chicken pox….one right after the other.  it was hard to see a day coming when we could just all go out and play.

that season is {thankfully} over.

and it is in remembering those {very difficult}  seasons that i remember the faithfulness of god is never ceasing.  his mercies never come to an end.  they are new every morning.  the new morning may not be 24 hours later, but the new morning is coming.

this is one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of.  that what i am seeing right now in front of my face is not what it’s all about.

there is a much bigger picture and it is not the tree {job situation, illness, relationship} in front of me.  it is an eternal work that he is doing in me and those around me. that there is a forest beyond the tree.


Janette Wright - January 9, 2013 - 8:00 am

Amen….yes those seasons when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel…He is still there and is always faithful!
Blessings and healing to you and yours

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Tonza’s story


I met a beautiful woman the week before Christmas. she makes and sells the most beautiful, simple jewelry. i was curious as to how she began her business and she told me she didn’t know she had this gift in her until her mama died. her story is so encouraging to me. how we walk through our pain to find the beauty god has in us. here is her story:

Tonza’s Story


With today being 12/12/12 and the anniversary of my mother’s birth, I thought it would befitting to tell my story as it relates to the inception of the name Rubie’s Daughters (Hand-made creations).

On June 12, 2011, I received a phone call that changed my life forever. My sister Sherna (the other half of Rubie’s Daughters Hand-made creations) called to tell me that Mama was being rushed to the hospital. The call came in, I am guessing around 11:30 pm. I called my friend Vera and asked that she join me in prayer as I strongly felt that intercessory prayer was very necessary as it related to Mama’s healing. Sherna periodically called to update me of Mama’s condition. She informed me that the paramedics were administering CPR and later told me that they ceased the chest compressions as Mama had begun to breathe on her own (Oh if only you knew how much I praised God). Sherna called me back to tell me that the doctor said that it didn’t look good…. She later reported that Mama didn’t make it. What???? I couldn’t believe she had passed, thinking she only needed CPR. How difficult could that have been, I thought. Oh, how I had pleaded and begged God to totally heal my Mama. I could not believe this had happened-surely not after touching and agreeing in prayer. I wondered what really went wrong. Was it that Mama called for help too late or was it that I didn’t have enough faith for her healing? What was it? I had so many questions for God. (We later learned that Mama’s unexpected death was caused by what the doctor believed to have been a heart-attack. But that did not settle me enough). I still had so many questions within myself). After hanging up the phone with Sherna, I was simply numb. I went to my closet and pulled out a quilt that my Mama made (I later learned after going through some of my Mama’s belongings at her home – that particular quilt was called Seven Years of Trouble. When I inquired about the name of the quilt to Mama’s sister, (aunt) Bernice, she explained that it would often take people seven years to make as it was stitched by hand with very small pieces of fabric). I just curled up in a chair with that quilt like a baby. I was so grateful to God that I had that tangible source of comfort that He allowed Mama to make for such a time as this. You see the last time I had seen my Mama, who lived three hours away; a month earlier, insisted that I take the quilt home with me as she had recently completed it.

Mama transitioned to Heaven shortly after midnight (God’s timing is surely perfect). Mama had a flower that she was so passionate about- that we referred to as the Midnight Bloom as it only bloomed after dark around midnight. Oh how Mama enjoyed watching that flower bloom to the point that she would even have family over to celebrate with punch the blooming of the flower. Oh yeah, back to God’s timing, of Mama’s transition to Heaven; you see Mama bloomed in Heaven shortly after midnight (which was June 13, 2011). Wow- what a sovereign God we serve!

Sherna and I began crafting a lot. I mean a lot. Sherna had already been involved in sewing and some crafting. But I hadn’t sewn or done anything in the area of crafting for years. Looking back, I think Sherna and I both knew that we had to do something with that kind of pain, although it was an unspoken plan. The crafting proved and is proving to be quite therapeutic (And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose- Romans 8:28). So one day Sherna and I were sitting around, probably crafting and Sherna thought it would be a great idea (which later proved to be a God-idea) to start a business and name it after Mama, hence the name Rubie’s Daughters.

So often when I would participate in a craftsmen/art market, people would inquire of the name Rubie’s Daughters and wondered how I found the time to make so many accessories. While shaking my head, I would respond in a manner similar to this, “Do you really want to know? “ I would then explain that the creations were birthed from so much pain and that I really did not know that I had it (a creative side) within me. I would further explain how God took the pain and caused something beautiful to be birthed.

When I initially began creating things, I began with cloth flower brooches that I made from recycled blue jeans and other garments. I felt that marrying two of Mama’s passions were just oh so beautiful; Quilting and working in her flower garden. Hence the flower brooch made of cloth. I would later name one of the most colorful flower brooches “The Midnight Bloom”.

So today on my dear Mother’s birthday, I offer my story to you. I would be remiss not to mention my mother’s greatest passion; to tell others about her Savior Jesus Christ in an effort to win souls to Him. Because of her teaching and exemplary lifestyle, her God became and is my God. Since He is changing the verbiage and manner in which I share my story, I would like to share the scriptures that He has impressed upon my heart:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

God has shown me over and over again that little becomes much, when you place it in the Master’s hand. My heart’s desire is that when others see and admire my work; that they will see His Glory that He might be praised for the wonderful work He has done!


Tonza VaZelle DeBerry

One of Rubie’s Daughters

Sandra Bracey-Mack - January 25, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Endearing story.

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like all of america, i have had my mind and heart turned toward the tragedy this past week in Connecticut.  i have seen pictures of sweet baby faces that are now gone.

and while this may look a little like self promotion, it is not.  far from it.  and i truly hope my heart comes through……it is an encouragement to all of us who are so busy we forget to document the small moments.

there is a story behind me taking pictures….and lots of them.  and why i have a love for family portraits.

about 18 years ago….actually 18 years ago this past thanksgiving, i had a sweet friend go through the unthinkable…she lost her 4 year old son in an accident.

i had just had my 5th baby.

i was heartbroken for her, as i know many were and i know we all would be if one of our friends had to walk through this.

and life moved on.  i am sure not for her, as he was her baby (at the time) and they had all been pretty banged up from the accident…physically and then most assuredly, emotionally.

one day, we were chatting on the phone.  i was {i am sure} communicating how busy and hectic life was for me at the time with a new little one.  i had mentioned to her that i wanted to get the children’s pictures done while the baby was still little.  she asked me if i had an appointment and i said no, no yet.  she then told me to set the appointment and she would come help me.

i was grateful.  at that time, i had a newborn, a 2 year old, 3 year old, 5 year old and 9 year old. it was a task i was not looking forward to.  i accepted, no questions asked–outloud, but i was questioning her being so adamant about helping me with this.

the morning came for her to come help and while we were getting the babies ready for pictures, she shared her heart with me.

she told me that she had never gotten around to getting pictures done with her little guy.  yes, she had snapshots…but nothing formal.  nothing to really capture the moments and years in his little life.  she admonished me…to make and take every effort to get a family picture done on a regular basis.  because you never know what will happen and if and when someone in your picture won’t be there any longer.

this was 18 years ago.  you think it made an impact on me?  lol.

there is not a portrait i take that i don’t think about the words from this friend.  not one.

my heart just aches for these families that are going through such a horrible horrible time.  and it reminds me, as it does all of us, to hug my children, love my husband, share my gratitude for my friends and family and to realize nothing is guaranteed.  nothing is promised.

capture the moments.

Paula Barron - December 16, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Just beautiful! Thanks for reminding!

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eggnog cookies

eggnog is one of our very favorite holiday drinks. along with hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and spiced tea.

hey…we love all holiday drinks!

and eggnog usually gets fought over.

i think these kids sip it like water.

but. i noticed we had some eggnog left in the fridge and it was about to expire. so. i did what any creative, cheap person would do….looked at pinterest.

i found a few recipes for eggnog cookies and decided to try them….


they were great! the family loved them and now i have to hoard the eggnog just to be able to have enough for the cookies…which actually is not a lot.

here is the recipe i landed on and have been using for a few years now

eggnog cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Eggnog Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog

Preheat oven to 300°F
combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. cream sugar and butter until light. add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks; beat at medium speed with mixer until smooth. add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined. spoon onto un-greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges barely start to brown.

while cookies are in the oven, make the eggnog glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar with 3 T eggnog. glaze your cookies warm or cooled and top with cinnamon.


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