Oven Roasted Ribs and 10 Reasons I Am Excited For Fall

Good Morning Everyone!

My apologies for missing a few days of blogging. Things are a whirlwind here as we wrap up summertime and prepare for another school year. It’s funny how fast time flies when you’re having fun. I must admit that while I enjoy “summer, and sun, and all things hoooot” (yes, I love Olaf), that I am so excited for Fall! Here are my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Fall:

  1. Cooler Weather: As a slightly “fluffy” girl, I really don’t like to sweat. That being said, as soon as the cool air hits I leap out the front door ready to be outside.
  2. Cute Clothes: I love dressing in layers. How much fun is it to wear a cute pair of pants, and a top, and then pair that with a fun sweater or hoodie, or jacket?!
  3. Harvest Festivals: We have a local harvest festival here that is so much fun. The annual parade always gets us in the mood for baking, crafting, and snuggling up.
  4. Halloween: I love Halloween. I mean, really it is such a fun holiday isn’t it? Every year I love getting my daughter dressed up and picking out special candy to pass out.
  5. Seasonal Baking: In the summertime it’s just too hot to bake. But as soon as the cool wind comes in, I bust out the bread machine and muffin tins and away I go! I absolutely love having baked goodies in the house to snack on in the Fall.
  6. Apple Picking: This is an annual tradition in my family. Every year we go to the local U-Pick farm and pick apples. Sure it may be hot and the tall grass makes me feel a bit itchy, but the fresh apples get turned into so many delicious things… so stay tuned!
  7. Changing Colors: I love this reason. Right outside of my bedroom window is a giant tree. And almost every day we watch the birds and leaves rustle. It’s really amazing to watch the colors of the tree change so close to the house.
  8. Rain: Where I live it hardly ever rains. In fact, we only see rain about once or twice a year! It’s pretty sad. So when Fall rolls around I begin looking at the clouds desperately hoping for it to rain so that I can stand outside and enjoy the pitter patter of raindrops on my face.
  9. Thanksgiving: Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving is the American excuse to over-indulge for one day. Yes, there is history behind it. But it’s really just a great excuse to pig out a little bit. I get so excited to plan an elaborate meal for the family and watch everyone tuck into their plates. It’s a great feeling.
  10. My Birthday: My birthday falls right in the heart of Fall. Perhaps that is why I love carving pumpkins so much. Or why I think candied apples are beautiful. Or maybe that’s the reason why I loved raking leaves as a kid. Who knows?!

So as we bid adieu to summer and welcome in the Fall, let’s look forward to many more blog posts about fun activities and delicious goodies that we can all share with our own loved ones.

And now, onto the recipe! 🙂

For a while now I’ve wanted to test my hand at a dry rub mix. When I was at the grocery store they were having a sale on ribs, so I thought, “Hey, why not?!” and tossed them into my cart. It was only when I got home that I realized that I didn’t have any BBQ sauce! For a moment I panicked and dreaded hopping back in the car just to go get one item. But then I remembered that in many Southern states, ribs are cooked in a dry rub instead of a sauce. So I unloaded the many spices from my little rack and began sprinkling. The result was a delicious, savory, flavorful rack of ribs that would be perfect for any party. Enjoy this recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

Oven Cooked Ribs with a Homemade Dry Rub
Oven Cooked Ribs with a Homemade Dry Rub

Oven Roasted Ribs

Courtesy of: the kitchn &  Epicurious

Yields: 6-8 servings


  • 1 (4-5 lb.) rack of ribs
  • 1 baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil

For the dry rub mix: 

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon hickory-smoked salt or more coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (F).
  2. Combine all of the dry rub ingredients in a bowl. (These will store for 6 months in an airtight container).
  3. Sprinkle the dry rub mix over the rack of spare ribs. Cover with aluminum and bake for 2.5 hours.
  4. Remove from oven and enjoy!



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