Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pulled Pork Sandwiches/ Memorial Day Weekend

Our holiday weekend was pretty wonderful. It's so nice to have a few days without The Husband's Blackberry going off every few minutes. We definitely used the weekend to relax, explore Colorado Springs, shop, and eat at new yummy places.

The best thing we did was explore Old Colorado. They have a festival called Territory Days and it was a blast. We had to ride a yellow school bus to get there and for some reason that excited me. I'm odd, I know. They had some exotic birds and I don't know why, but this owl creeped me out:

Isn't his face creeptastic?
Anyway, I asked The Husband what he would like me to cook this weekend and he insisted on pulled pork. I found this recipes from a blog that had Cafe Rio copycat recipes. I miss Cafe Rio very much and have made this several times. The pork tastes exactly like it does at Cafe Rio. All I do is butter some buns, toast them lightly, and add some cheese. Voila! Amazing pulled pork sandwiches. I also love this because it requires my amazing crock pot.

How I toast the buns

Pulled Pork
2 pounds pork (we use boneless pork rib meat)
3 cans Coke (NOT diet)
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can diced green chilies
3/4 (10oz) can red enchilada sauce 
1 c. brown sugar

1. Put the pork in a heavy duty ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.

2. Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily, but don't let it get TOO dry) or on low for 8 hours. Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork.

3. In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar. If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.

4. Put shredded pork and sauce in crockpot and cook on low for 2 hours. That's it!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Road Trip

This last week was great. I decided to join The Husband on the road and tag along to Las Vegas. We hadn't been there in four years so it was fun to explore and see all the new things. The Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage was my absolute favorite place! It took so much not to reach in and touch them. I wish touching one didn't cost an arm and a leg.

The drive was beautiful!

I should be a photographer

Another thing I loved was getting pictures of the state signs. When I was younger, I always wanted to stop and get pictures but my dad took road trips very seriously and always said it would slow us down. Thankfully, The Husband indulged so I could get my pictures and be happy. I did decide that Nevada has the ugliest state sign of the four.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

I'm not a big chocolate person. I like it fine enough but I prefer vanilla. Vanilla milkshakes, cupcakes, cake, and all other things. However, if you pair chocolate with peanut butter, I die! Something about the combination drives me cuckoo bananas. It's like heaven when those two get together.

I got this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I'm kind of obsessed with her right now. I watch her show every Saturday and Sunday and wonder if being a cowboy's wife is hard. Never in my life would I want to live in Oklahoma but it suits her well.

In the process of making the pie I discovered that the most delicious smell in the world is crushed up Oreos with melted butter. I seriously had to restrain myself from just scooping it up and eating it. Gross, I know.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
25 whole Oreos
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 package (8 ounces) softened cream cheese
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed

Crush the Oreos until they're fine crumbs. Pour melted butter over the top and stir with a fork to combine. Press into pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.

Beat the peanut butter with the cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in the Cool Whip and beat mixture until smooth. Pour filling into crust, evening out the top. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

The Husband got to it before my camera did.  The crust was a little crumbly so the edges didn't turn out as nice as I would have liked. However, it was super tasty. My only warning is that it's super rich so one slice will more than satisfy your sweet tooth.


Monday, May 7, 2012

And the Winner Is...

And the winner is....

Michelle Rhea. Congratulations! 

All your stories were hilarious. To pick the winner, I assigned each comment a number 1-6 in the order they were posted. I then used a number generator to come up with the winner. Sorry the picture is gross.

The giveaway was fun and I think I might be doing them more often. I am already thinking of future prizes. Please leave comments of what you would like to see given away in the future. Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Eggs in a Basket

This weekend was pretty great. Friday we went to Denver to have dinner with one my sorority sisters and her husband.  Katie is so fun and it was great to see her. It was also fun to explore new places and we went to a mall that is much nicer than anything we have around here. I was able to pick up some new lipgloss at MAC and am so excited to wear it.
Russian Red on left, Girl About Town on right.
Yesterday was also fun because I had a sorority event to go to. I love putting on a dress and heels and going somewhere fun. All the women are so nice and I have a great time with them. The event was held at the Garden of the Gods Club and the view was absolutely amazing.
Beautiful Colorado
After all that fun, I was not in the mood to cook anything complicated for breakfast today. The Husband mentioned he had never had eggs in a basket so I thought that was easy enough and would be something new for him.

Eggs in a Basket
Two slices of bread of your choice
Two eggs
Sprinkle of pepper
2 teaspoons butter

1. Heat pan to medium and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Take a slice of bread, cut hole in the middle.
3. Take one teaspoon butter and spread on both sides (I like mine lightly buttered, you could use more).
4. Put in pan and let each side brown a little. Break egg into hole in bread. Sprinkle with pepper.
5. Cook until your egg is the way you like it.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cheese and Garlic Biscuits

I love bread! I really do. I'm the type of person that will eat the bread basket at a restaurant by myself. It's just so good! As I sit here, I am drooling because I am thinking about the bread and bread dip at Biaggi's. So yummy!

I got this recipe off the Betty Crocker website and liked it because it didn't involve yeast. You see, I'm kind of afraid to work with yeast. It really intimidates me. My goal is to suck it up and work with it sometime soon but for now, I am happy to work without it.

However, even without the yeast I came across a problem. I wasn't paying attention and mixed all the ingredients together instead of having the separate garlic and butter sauce to brush over them. I was really worried about it but when The Husband sat down and bit into one he replied that they tasted like Red Lobster biscuits. Yay!

Cheese and Garlic Biscuits
2 cups Original Bisquick mix
2/3 cups of milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Heat oven to 450.

Stir Bisquick mix, milk, and cheese until soft dough forms. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir together butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. Enjoy!