I don’t want our wedding to look like anyone else’s. Is that so much to ask? I don’t think so.

I really want to make a statement on the tables and so I decided a while back that I wanted the napkin to have a pretty print on it. Do you know how hard it is to find printed rental napkins in my color scheme that are exactly what I want? Harder than it should. Actually, impossible.

Anyway, I finally convinced my mom that I could find a fabric cheap enough that we could get napkins made for the same price as renting would be…AND we could keep some and sell the rest after.

This way I got a gorgeous fabric that was exactly what I wanted, and no one else could  possible have it!

But in my fruitless search for the perfect napkin and tablecloth, I came across this one and showed it to Nate:


Have I mentioned that Nate LOVES dinosaurs?

This was the IM conversation that ensued:

Nate:  oh my god
me:  we could do it just for our table
tell you what
we’ll make our first child’s bday a dino theme
Nate:  obviously
im gonna groom them
to become a paleontologist
me:  haha
Nate:  and then they will create the first real jurassic park
me:  as long as they make enough money to support their folks
Nate: well if my son/daughter creates the first real jurassic park that will be our family business
i’ll work there
and with any luck, at a ripe old age, be eaten by a dinosaur
by far the way i want to go

So there you have it. Nate’s chosen way to go is death by dinosaur. Probably not a bad way, in fact, assuming there isn’t too much chewing involved.

That also solves the mystery of who on earth would rent dinosaur tablecloths. But luckily Nate is not involved in making wedding-related decor decisions, or it would be a dino-themed wedding…and he’d probably serve these ribs.

These aren’t dinosaur ribs, but they’d certainly go with a paleontology-themed event. And I can’t say I’d be upset if someone served them to me.

Unfortunately, the only photo I have to prove I made these ribs is one from my iphone, since Nate somehow deleted the others before I got them off the camera.

We, unfortunately, don’t have a grill, but this is better than ribs you could ever make on a grill. Yeah, take that, grill!

You give them a quick boil beforehand and then shove them in the oven for an hour and a half.

I’m a fan of saucy, succulent meat. I know this is definitely possible on the grill, but I hate dry things. These ribs get braised in the oven, mixing with the homemade tangy bbq sauce you add, creating their own, absolutely delicious sauce. I could eat it with a spoon.

Even if you have a grill, you NEED to make these this summer.

I served it up with some baked beans and corn on the cob. Felt like summer for sure!

Too bad the caterer doesn’t offer them….

Oh and here’s another photo for you since I don’t have any more of the ribs. Here’s the ring bearer pillow I made for the wedding :)

burlap ring pillow


Saucy Country-Style Oven Ribs

from Gourmet 

Print this recipe!

serves 6-8

4 lb boneless country-style pork ribs
1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, minced (2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups ketchup (12 oz)
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons drained bottled horseradish
1 teaspoon black pepper
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Put ribs in a 6- to 8-quart pot and cover with water by two inches. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, skimming froth, 30 minutes (I only cook for 15 and it’s completely fine).

Meanwhile, cook onion and garlic in oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

Drain pork in a colander and pat dry, then arrange in 1 layer using tongs in a 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Pour sauce over pork to coat evenly, then cover dish tightly with foil.

Bake 1 hour, then remove foil and carefully turn pork over with tongs and cook, uncovered, until very tender, about 30 minutes. Skim fat from sauce if desired.

(**note that I don’t normally cut the ribs apart before cooking as in the above pic, but that’s how this particular batch came. Usually I put the whole rack in the pan in one long piece, only cutting off the ribs that don’t fit the length and putting them along the side)


  1. The ring-bearer pillow is gorgeous. Such a shame Nate deleted all your photos but the one from your i-phone is fine. What great looking ribs. xx

    • Thank you, Charlie! Yeah, I was pretty mad at Nate about the photos…in fact I might have overreacted a tad and told him I’d never forgive him.

  2. What is this open mic night? I sound like an imbecile in this post. Though I stand by death by dinosaur.

  3. Where to start? Love your new sunny header and the ring bearer pillow is just so beautiful with the lace lining. And the dino linen… How great is that? :). You’ll be unique with those puppies for sure ;-). It reminds me of how I use to go around the city looking for fabric to make the boys pj’s and pillow cases ;-) (sigh, seems so long ago).

    But, here’s the other exciting news. I saw this post this morning before dashing out to the gym. I did my work out then bolted to the store to buy the ingredients for the ribs – AND, I just assembled it all – we are having it for dinner ce soir!! I can’t wait to try your method… will drop in later to let you know how it went :).

    • Hi Kelly! Aw, thank you for the compliments :) Oooh, are you good at sewing? I just learned and let’s just say, I definitely could use some room for improvement. I dont’ think I’ll be making clothes anytime soon…

      So glad you’re making the ribs!!! They’re seriously amazing. I hope you and your fam will enjoy them as much as I do. Def let me know what you think!

      • Amy….. The boys and I (hubby out of town on biz) DEVOURED your ribs last night! Oh.So.Good! They were tender and very flavourful. I generally make ribs in the slow cooker which renders them supremely tender however, the meat literally starts to disintegrate so you are left with a much smaller rib. I bought the same type of ribs for your recipe, but the boys and I agreed that with your method there was much for meat on the bone which we loved (plus yours were also very tender just slightly longer to prepare – you know how easy the slow cooker is; but I’d say well worth the modest extra effort for yours). Thanks so much for introducing us to this one Amy – I will definitely be making it again (and again! :)).

        • So glad you liked them!! I never thought to make ribs in the slow cooker but would imagine they’d come out kind of like these in texture. :)

  4. That pillow is gorgeous!!! You are very talented I must say!!
    You know my hubby have killed so many pictures of my food… God I really can never forgive him and now he is absolutely banned from touching my camera… LOL
    Those ribs look delicious, I feel like digging in and getting it all over my face… Yum

    • Aw, thank you, Reem! Hehe, well unfortunately the camera belongs to Nate so I can’t really tell him to keep his paws off of it ;) I think it may be time for me to invest in one for myself…

  5. I have the feeling that I’m going to be slightly picky about things at my future future future wedding, so I totally get where you’re coming from. Maybe Nate can have his own dino-themed napkin?

    • Hehe, yeah I think it’s totally fine to be picky about one of the most memorable days of your life ;) Oooh, a dino-themed napkin is actually a great idea!

  6. Wait is there a joke in here somewhere? Those napkins are beyond perfect. You should somehow work that pattern into your dress.

  7. Oh, your ring bearers pillow is just perfect! And it goes so well with the dino table cloths ;) Your ribs look fabulous…and Nate sounds like a keeper.

  8. The ring bearers pillow is lovely and your wedding will be special.

  9. OMG…I love that ring bearer pillow you made! Super cute! :) Those ribs are very tempting too…wish I had some for dinner right now! ;)

  10. I wonder what your mom’s reply was to the dino tablecloth idea :) Gotta love these guys!! And gotta love these ribs! I’m with you on wanting juicy saucy ribs! I’ll make mine in the oven too, cuz grilling is more a guy thing!

    • I never got her honest opinion…she did, however, tell me that this blog post was hysterical. She could probably only laugh because she knew I wouldn’t actually be getting dino tablecloths. Grilling is totally a pain…it’s easier to just “set it and forget it!”

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