I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Good food + safe cooking = backyard bbq success!
Handle with care. Separate cooked and uncooked foods at all times. Use different cutting boards, platters and utensils. And, don't forget to wash your hands before and after touching raw foods.
Ban the burn. Charred meat can contain chemicals that may increase cancer risk. So follow these ideas.
Marinate beef, poultry and fish and trim fat. This will help reduce flare-ups from dripping grease.
Grill over indirect heat and flip your foods often.
If foods do get charred, cut off the burned parts before serving.
Chill after you grill. Refrigerate any leftovers right away. If perishable items have been sitting out too long, toss them. That's one hour on days when the temperature hits 90° F or above — or two hours max on cooler days.
Learn how else you can have a successful bbq here.