Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

11 04 2010

If you missed my guest post on Trading Up Downtown, you can read it here!

Tootsie Pops! 

Random fact: I only like chocolate tootsie pops, which most people tell me are the only ones they won’t eat.  More chocolate tootsies for me!

How are you?  How was your Sunday?

Mine was glorious and relaxing.  Just the way I like ‘em!   It felt so refreshing taking the whole day for me, as opposed to worrying about the blog.  The once-a-day post was definitely a good idea by me.  [Insert pat on the back]

It also felt so good to have a day off from P90.  My biceps are so sore from the Kenpo workout yesterday.  I’m talking sore.  It felt great to have a day for relaxation and I can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow!

I woke up early (obvi!) and got right down to business.  I started some laundry, cut a pineapple and put on a big pot o’ joe for myself.  Mr. KD doesn’t drink coffee.  Crazy, I tell you!  Crazy!

By the time 7 rolled around, I was ready for some eats.  I knew I wouldn’t be eating again until after church (at least 12:30ish), so I wanted to make a filling breakfast.  I got to work on a frittata with caramelized onions.  I started with one egg and one egg white, which I whisked with some hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and dried chives.  I placed it in a skillet and loaded it with the leftover onions from Friday night’s pizza.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: caramelized onions make EVERYTHING better!

Just before it was done, I added some goat cheese.  Sorry, Gracie, but I’m in love. 

To balance out the savory frittata, I had something sweet on the side: a whole wheat english muffin with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and half of a banana.

Together:

Ketchup and Frittata sitting in a tree…

Hazelnut butter is dessert like.  So different than other nut butters (in a good way).

As I was enjoying breakfast, I dabbled in a new guilty pleasure of mine: On the Case with Paula Zahn.  This can be found OnDemand under the ID channel.  Paula is a reporter, who interviews and investigates viscious crimes.  I find entertainment in anything that scares the life out of me.  I’m a freak.  What can I say?  I should have been a cop except I’m the least intimidating person on the planet and hate guns.  So, scratch that.  I should have been a police consultant.  Yeah.  Something like that.

Before I knew it, it was time for Mass.  When I left, the weather was rather ick.  It was cloudy and not very warm.  When I emerged an hour later, it was so sunny!  And, the temps had to have been in the high 60′s, low 70′s!  Due to the change in weather, I got home and told Mr. KD that we had to get out of the house immediately.  He was on board and suggested going out to lunch.  I asked him what he was in the mood for and as soon as I heard, “A big salad”, he had no further say in the matter.  In the blink of an eye, we were off to The Chateau, so that I could have the exact salad I had Friday at lunch!  So, so yummers.

Before the salads arrived, I snacked on a piece of bread.  And, yes, it is white bread.  There are two white breads that I can think of off the top of my head that are worth the empty calories: this one and the rolls from Bertucci’s (My favorite in the whole world.  I would survive on them alone if I could).  Generally, I’m able to pass up white bread, but I have a hard time resisting here (hearty, grainy bread is a whole ‘nother issue).  I can even pass on the breadsticks from the Olive Garden, which I know are a lot of people’s favorite.  They just don’t really do it for me anymore, but this bread does. 

The crust is covered in sesame seeds and the inside is just so fluffy.  I topped mine with half a butter packet, some parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper. 

I ordered my salad the same way I did on Friday: Balsamic vinaigrette with marinated turkey tips.

Bacon + Red Onions + Juicy Turkey + Gorgonzola Cheese + Dried Cranberries = SO MUCH LOVE!

This salad is so filling!  I ate every last bite this time. 

After lunch, I wanted to go on an “adventure”.  Yes, I am five years old.  Mr. KD was all ready to drive around with me to explore an area we live near.  Do you guys have any intersections where you always go one way and wonder what’s around if you go the other way?  Or is that just us?  There is one intersection in particular that we only go right at.  A left turn leads to the bordering town.  There could be a good restaurant there for all we know!  I must figure this out soon!

On our way to said adventure, I was stupid enough to remind Mr. KD that he needed fertilizer for the lawn.  He got all excited and proclaimed he needed to get it immediately.  Really?!?  Was that necessary?  To make matters worse, he told me we were going to Benny’s because they had the best prices.  Benny’s is a home, garden and outdoor center that sells items at discounted prices.  You can buy a sprinkler, patio set and bicycle all in one place. 

And, guess what?  I hate it.  I hate it even more than Home Depot.  Now that’s saying something.

I have distinct memories of being a kid and my dad dragging me in there after work to buy god-knows-what.  It still smells the same to this day, which is a mix between bicycle tires and bug spray.  I despise it and it makes me want to throw a tantrum.  Told you I was five.  I don’t care if the prices are reasonable.  I’d rather pay double the money to stay away!

This was Mr. KD’s reaction to the Benny’s trip:

And this was mine:

Total grumpypants.

How can you blame me?  Look at this place:

Ugh – just the look of it makes me shiver.  I somehow managed to survive and was never so happy to see my house again.  While Mr. KD took care of some business outside, I folded a little laundry and simply relaxed.  It was great.  I even started a new book, which I haven’t had time to do in ages.  It was so refreshing!

Before we knew it, dinner was calling our names.  I got started on dinner this morning and my crock pot worked hard on it all day.  As soon as I saw this recipe on Kristin’s blog, I knew I had to try it.  I love delicious simplicity and even though I’m trying hard to cut out diet soda (I total vice of mine), I didn’t think it would hurt to use a little for cooking purposes.

BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork shoulder, cut into chunks and trimmed of fat
  • Coke Zero (or you can use any cola)
  • ~ 1/2 – 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • 1/2 onion

Directions:

Dice onion and place in the bottom of the crock pot.  Add pork and season liberally with garlic salt.  Add enough Coke Zero to just cover the pork.  Stir in BBQ sauce.  Set on low for 8 hours.

SO EASY!

The pork was like buttah when we shredded it.  It was unbelievably delightful!  Loved it!

I decided to follow Kristin’s dinner exactly and serve with BBQ baked beans (Bush’s..the only kind I could find without HFCS) and green beans.  Ah-mazing.

Drizzled the pork with a tad more BBQ sauce.

The beans

You want to know the best part about this meal?  It would be just as delightful in the winter as it would in nice weather.  It also makes a ton, so I’m envisioning BBQ pulled pork quesadillas or pizza in my near future!  L-O-V-E.

To curb my sweet tooth, I plan to have a mini vegan cookie from my recipe page.  I decide to bake up a batch of these last night at 9 pm.  So random.  I made half a batch and STILL got 12 cookies out of it, so when I tell you they’re bite-sized, I’m not kidding.  These things are deliciously addicting, which is why I make them small. 

 

Didn’t I say something about less desserts while P90′ing? 

Ah, oh well.  You only live once and while I’m here, I’d like to eat chocolate thankyouverymuch. 

I’m going to rest up and get a good night’s sleep tonight.  I’m loving P90 and can’t wait to BRING IT  tomorrow morning!  Have a great Monday, everyone!

Question of the day:  Are you a coffee drinker?

Not only do I love coffee, but I thoroughly enjoy coffee flavored desserts.  They make my tummy and taste buds very happy.





God Continues…

7 03 2010

GOOD MORNING!!!  Don’t let the title of this blog scare ya :wink:   Remember how I joked that God was talking to me yesterday via my ice cream mishap and fortune?  Well, He continued again this morning, but we’ll get to that in a bit!

I’m in the most outstanding mood today for a number of reasons.

  1. The Jersey Shore party was a SUCCESS and Mr. KD and I had so much fun hanging out with our friends.  We don’t get together enough and it was great to see everyone :smile:  
  2. I feel FINE.  I’m so happy!!  I’m tired because I physically cannot sleep in anymore and was up at 6, but that’s okay!  Good reason to get to bed early tonight.
  3. IT IS LIKE SPRING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I went out this morning and it’s GORGEOUS.  Even if this only lasts for one day, I’ll take it.
  4. Mr. KD and I are heading to his hometown today to visit his good friend whose wife just had a baby.  Can’t wait to meet her!  Then we are hooking up with Mr. KD’s parents for dinner.  We haven’t seen them in a while, so I’m excited to catch up :smile: (They are probably going to be horrified as I snap photos of everything I eat…haha).

Before we get to this morning, I’ll share with you a few pics for last evening!

My sister (do you think we look alike?), my cousin and myself.  You can’t really see our outfits, but check out our strategically placed Ed Hardy tattoos :wink:

Just me and my best girlfriends…living the Jersey Shore dream.  Haha.  P.S. Doesn’t it look like I have a pot belly in this pic?  What an unattractive pose!  You can’t really tell from this photo, but I’m wearing hot pink fishnets.  Love it!

Shall we move on?

As I mentioned earlier, I was up at 6, but laid in bed until about 7.  The house really wasn’t too bad at all.  In fact, I snapped a few photos to show you!

Yes, those are pizza boxes.  Yes, I ate 4 slices (three Hawaiian and 1 mushroom/pepper).  No, I didn’t feel guilty about it….

….until God tried to tell me something again!  After cleaning up, I looked at the clock and determined that if I hustled, I could make it to the 8:30 Mass this morning.  I got showered and dressed in the blink of an eye and shot out the door and arrived at exactly 8:32.  I heard singing from outside, which seemed normal because I thought the opening procession was going on.  To my surprise, I walked in on COMMUNION :shock:  

This is probably in the top 5 most embarrassing things I have EVER done (slightly behind my Celtics photo faux pas a few weeks back). 

Hey – at least I didn’t have 3 inch heels on that clack-clacked on the wood floor as I was walking in.  Ohhhhhhhhhh wait…I DID.  One shocked communion-taking parishioner actually locked eyes with me and gave me a you’re-a-little-late look.  Oops.  Guess Mass started at 8.  I’m now convinced this is God’s way of trying to tell me that I probably shouldn’t host parties where I am purposely making fun of other people and THEN eat 4 slices of pizza and not feel guilty!!

I slinked away and came back home and plan to go back at 11 and pray for Snooki and pizza forgiveness :wink:

In my haste to get ready, I sucked down a cup of Joe and a no-bake protein bar.

Love these things!

When I returned home, my stomach was growling already.  I knew this bar needed to be paired with something, but I didn’t have time before I left to make anything else, so I guess my escapade actually worked in my favor.  Considering my monster carb loading last night and with this bar, I thought eggs would do me some good, so I whipped up a veggie frittatta.  I used one egg, two egg whites, the roasted veggies from last night and one slice of 2% American cheese.

Drizzled with some KETCHUP LOVE!!

I recently discovered the art of the frittatta and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it.  For those of you who don’t know how to make one, you place your ingredients in a frying pan and cook until the bottom is set.  You then take the frying pan and place under the broiler (adding cheese, if using, at last minute) for a few seconds until top is set.  Viola!  Perfection every time!  I used to struggle with omelette flipping and I royally stunk at it.  I mean, I was bad.  Now, there’s no need to flip and it tastes exactly the same!!

Considering the GORGEOUS weather and the fact that I had plenty of time before I had to leave, I decided to whip up a fruit salad for the week.  I’m such a domestic diva these days!  Who knew I had it in me? 

Isn’t she puuuuuuurdy?  I love all the vibrant colors of fruit!  Yes, I’m nerdy.  All you have to do is refer to my favorite song to figure that out :wink:

I love using weekends to roast up veggies and cut up fruit.  It makes the hectic work week so much easier.  And since I only go to the store once every 2 weeks, I love having something like a fruit salad to get me through week one and then relying on durable fruits like apples and oranges for the second week.  It’s the best of both worlds and I only have to deal with the store twice a month.  I call that a success!

Okay, bloggies, I’m off for the rest of the day.  Not sure what lunch will entail yet because we might be on the road or we might eat here.  Either way, I’ll be sure to snap pics and upload with dinner tonight when we get home.

Have a FABULOUS Sunday and enjoy the weather if it’s nice near you! :cool:

P.S. The pizza was the new Domino’s pizza.  It truly doesn’t taste any different.  They put a little garlic salt on the crust and that’s basically it.  Just in case you were wondering!

Until we eat again…