Howard makes a wonderful winter dish of braised short ribs with creamy polenta that I want to tell you about along with my other favorite things this week like a smart clock that can help you sleep better and a fun game for the family.
We are still in Palm Springs, California for the Christmas holidays. We rented a house and have family that live nearby too so it’s a great gathering spot.
1. Smart Clock To Enhance Your Sleep
Do you sleep well? I hate to complain but I have trouble getting a good night’s sleep and staying asleep all night (especially when I grab my phone in the middle of the night to see what time it is). But I slept so well at our son, Tommy’s place in Los Angeles last Wednesday! I think this smart clock really helped.
Lenovo Smart Clock With Smart Bulb On Sale
Tommy has this older version that is only $24.88 on sale now. It comes with one smart bulb. He liked it so much that he ordered more smart bulbs (which you can program to turn on and dim on a schedule). You can also get this one with a phone charging station ($69.99).
Sleepytime features and why I want one:
- The screen can be programmed to dim for nighttime
- Tommy had it play gentle ocean waves for 60 minutes at bedtime for us.
- He’s going to program it for me 🙂
- Quickly set up morning and night routines
- Stream cameras, control 50,000+ smart devices
- Play music, audiobooks, radio & podcasts
- Ask Google to check weather, schedules, etc
2. Howard’s Braised Short Ribs In Red Wine With Creamy Polenta
This is a staple in Howard’s entree repertoire: rich Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta. He’s made it so many times that he doesn’t use a recipe but he said the link above is very close. Howard served it with chopped, steamed green beans. He sometimes uses asparagus or broccoli.
Howard prefers ordering the short ribs directly from the butcher, as opposed to picking up the pre-cut ribs in the meat section, to make sure he’s getting the best cuts.
“These flavorful short ribs perfectly illustrate how braised meat cooked on the bone can turn out succulent and tender enough to cut with a fork. “
3. Staub Dutch Oven Quality Kitchen Staple
Howard uses our Five Quart Staub Dutch Oven so often for stews and things like the short ribs above, that he gave our son and son-in-law each one for Christmas. It comes in lots of colors and it is a great buy right now.
4. What To Watch on Television: The Sabrina Remake
I watched it again on Netflix. I forgot about the scenes of Sabrina in Paris. It’s a nice “feel good” romance.
“A remake of a 1954 Billy Wilder romance, this updated version of the play Sabrina Fair was directed by Sydney Pollack. Julia Ormond stars as Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of a kindly chauffeur (John Wood) at the Long Island estate of the upper crust Larrabee family.”
5. A Fun Family Game For Italian NIght
On Christmas Eve, we had spaghetti alle vongole made by our new Italian in-laws. And we played an easy, traditional Italian bingo game called…Tombolo. It’s fun for a group…you could do it on a Pizza Night, too.
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Let’s see what Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: