Pulled Pork recipe

A few months ago I received this recipe from a very dear friend and I have made it at least a four times since then. It is delicious and extremely easy.

I am officially naming this recipe the Maegan’s Amazing Pulled Pork

What you need:
Crock pot
1 white onion
Boneless Country style pork ribs 3-4lbs
Apple Juice
Brown Sugar
BBQ sauce

1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray and then cover the bottom with chopped onion

2. Trim the fat from the pork and place on top of the onions

3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Brown sugar on top of the ribs and 1/2 cup of Apple juice  

I used an organic juice but any apple juice will work

4.Turn crock pot on low and set for at least 8 hours.

5.Come back around when it only has one hour of cooking time left. Drain the pork in a strainer and return to crock pot

6.Add the sauce and let it cook for the remaining hour. Once it is finished shred the pork (forks do this great)

Add to bun and enjoy!

Breathing Dinner

I do not enjoy cooking.

I know that I have said this before but the fact remains the same. I hate cooking.  And it’s horrible truth because it conflicts directly with my love to eat. I  sit for hours reading Paula Deen, the Pioneer Woman, and countless blogs that have mastered the art of making good food.  I have romantic visions of myself sitting on a patio I don’t own, drinking wine with friends that I don’t have and laughing at lifes’ complexides while plates of delicious food sit before us.  Plates filled with food that I just whipped up in my spare time.

My vision is really a catalog add for Pottery Barn mixed with Bobby Flay.

Occasionally I feel the urge to cook and as long as I have most of the ingredients readily available, there is no holding me back.  The pots and pans are pulled out, the oven is preheated to the magic 350 and I am determined to make a dinner that all will enjoy.  A recipe that I can turn around post about here on my blog.

I finally gave in to these cooking urges even though my cooking common sense told me not to.  I looked up a Paula Deen recipe that was sure to please and feed the masses.

The cooking went well and my dish came out perfectly.  It was worth warming up my house in the August heat. I proudly distributed dinner to my children and we all sat down to enjoy a family meal together…..  Now, I am not sure how many of you have read Calvin and Hobbes but my children must have found mine and took notes from Calvin’s dinner time etiquette.  Just seconds after their first bite the fake vomiting noises and suddenly they both asked if it was breathing.

Bobby Flay needs to be my personal chef to avoid faces like these

Cute kid huh?.

See that plate.

He still ate it even if it was breathing.

Easy Recipe with leftover Ham and the Ugly Blackberry Cobbler

As I stated in my previous post, I am starting a diet on the 3rd of January. So between now and then I am enjoying certain foods and recipes that I have always wanted to try my hand at…..Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going on a pigging out fest! Just thought I would try it out, plus it got rid of a lot of our leftover ham!!

1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup butter
10 slices white bread – cubed
2 cups cubed and fully cooked ham
1/2 lb of cheese – I used Monterrey jack and mozz
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp ground mustard

1. In a skillet saute the green pepper in the butter until it is tender
2. Remove the pepper and leave the drippings
3. Combine the pepper, bread and ham in an UNGREASED 13x9x2 baking dish
4. Add the cheese to the drippings in the skilet and stir until the cheese melts.
5. Pour over the bread mixture
6. Beat the eggs, milk and mustard together and pour over everything in the pan
7. Cover and refrigerate overnight
8. Remove 30 minutes before baking and then bake at 300 for an hour
Recipe found on All Recipes

Now- THIS IS NOT a low cal meal!!!  I made it yesterday morning and we ate it for dinner.  I couldn’t eat too much because it was fairly heavy but it was VERY tasty! I can see making this for a group meeting or a get together…

Here is the picture of the outcome!  I actually made it successfully!  Nothing was burnt or overflowing from the dish.. sadly this does happen….See below….

I found a great recipe for Blackberry Cobbler on The Pioneer Woman website.  We had a lot of blackberries and it looked great…. Hers looked like this when it was finished:

Here is what mine looked like:

It overflowed on the sides and the edges are too brown.  It tasted good but I wanted it to be pretty too.  *Sigh* I will have to try again. – Later – After the diet.

Schmiegel and a roll of toliet paper

I was debating between posting about the first day of school or stockpiling.  I decided stockpiling because the first day of school for my oldest is tomorrow.  That is some smart thinkin’ on my part….

What are your thoughts on stockpiling?  Do you know what I am referring to when I say stockpiling?  In case you do not I am referring to the fairly new phenomenon of stockpiling nonperishable groceries and I am huge fan.
I first started about a year ago with the help of Pinching Your Pennies however I recently joined Coupon Sense and I have really noticed the supply increase.  It has saved us a lot when we are in a pinch and have run out of the cash allotted for grocery shopping.  Remember we are on a cash only budget….

I am asking you because I have noticed that many people have a very strong opinions regarding stockpiling and coupons etc… Some think it is great and some think it is a waste of time.

What are your opinions, Ya or Nay?  Is this a habit that I should keep hidden?

Watch out, the next time you see me I may look increasingly like Schmiegel and petting a roll of toilet paper  calling it my precious….

Lettuce Tacos and the swallowed tooth

Mmmm…would you look at that?! That was dinner last night!  Now I am sure that you culinary artists out there have already done this dinner but for someone like me, that was working with very little and on the fly, this is dinner is pretty great.
I returned from my retreat on Sunday and was exhausted.  My husband and the boys did a great job of keeping the house clean and not leaving me with anything to do on my first night home.  However, yesterday was a different story…we don’t have too much food left.  Two boys and a husband can do some major damage to the food supply if left alone and all I had to work with was half a head of lettuce, ground beef, two Roma tomatoes and half an onion.
So I decided that we would have healthy tacos for dinner… I seasoned the ground beef with my Taco Seasoning, which I had been saving for an occasion such as this, and then added the extras.
Now as you can see from the picture the recipe is pretty self explanatory and because of that I am not posting the recipe.
The best part of the meal is that both the boys gobbled it up.  They do not like tortillas very much so the lettuce was a welcomed part.  In my five year olds second helping I noticed that one of his bottom front teeth was missing!  My five year old lost his first tooth!  I was so excited that I made him spit out all of his food immediately and I started searching it for the tooth. I didn’t even realize that I was freaking him out and blood had started dripping off his lip.  I felt so bad!  He started crying and then balling once we realized he had swallowed it!  OOPS!
(The meal that pulled out the tooth)
Oh well, once we calmed down we had the discussion about the tooth fairy, how losing a tooth is a pretty big milestone, and his is turning into a big guy!  Crisis averted…..
I have two posts today so I am going to leave with that story!  Did you have any funny stories regarding loose teeth and their final destination?.

Not a Father’s day post ; Chocolate Popcorn instead

Everyone is doing posts about Father’s Day and this is not another one.  My husband doesn’t really care about this day.  The only thing he likes to do is to sleep in a little bit and have cinnamon rolls for breakfast so if you are looking for a cute gift or outing idea go ahead and stop reading because you won’t find that here…..

I have a GREAT recipe for chocolate popcorn.  I had a sweet tooth yesterday and two bored little boys so we got creative. Here is the recipe… I got it from Allrecipes.  The website I typically don’t trust

  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup peanuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Oil a 10×15 inch baking pan with sides.   
Place popcorn and peanuts into a large, metal bowl, and set aside. Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, then pour over the popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is well coated. Spread the popcorn into the prepared pan. 
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring several times. 
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool to room temperature. Break into small clumps, and store in an airtight container.             
Here it is right before it goes in the oven
Fresh from the oven!
This is so good and easy to make.  The entire process took about forty minutes.  Ten in prep time and 30 in the oven.
Oh yeah – giveaway is still going on – click HERE

Garden Growth – Doing my part – HA!

A little update of the backyard and my goal of producing food. Things seem to be moving along..slowly. I think I need to use more compost.

I recently planted Mammoth Sunflowers in the garden box.  The reasoning is two fold. One, they will provide great shade during the summer for the pumpkin plant and they are really pretty.  Here is the new growth.

 Ah, the Bell Pepper plant.  His life is about to end.  I planted him too close to the Baby Broccoli bush and it really stunted his growth.  I only got this small red pepper and a green pepper that looks like a jalapeno.  Death is quickly approaching this guy. 

Fresh Parsely.  Yum.  Once more has grown I plan on drying this out in addition to using it fresh.  I have a new fondness for fresh herbs.
 Romaine Lettuce.  Did great from the start.  The Basil that is supposed to be growing in that corner never made it.  I don’t think it got enough water.

Have you ever seen the blossoms on a Pomegranate tree…. If not, here you go.  They are a vibrant red.  All my trees have them this year!

Remember my tires?!  Here are two being put to good use.  I planted this great flowering plant a couple of weeks ago and it is loving life!

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