Archives for August 2013

08.31.13

DIY Day

I was finishing up Audrey’s birthday invitations. And I LOVE IT! I adore DIY and especially paper crafts. I feel like invitations are the first impression of the event. If you send out cheap, tacky invitations people may assume that the event is going to be that way. It’s the same with gift wrapping for me. I want the wrapping to be part of the gift and so I spend a lot of time making it beautiful.

Audrey’s Invitations were so much fun for me to complete. I don’t get too many chances to make invitations since we don’t have a lot of formal parties. Maybe we should start? I enjoy party planning and every little detail.

IMG_0084 IMG_0085 IMG_0086 IMG_0087

 

08.28.13

Pulled Pork Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • 1 White Onion
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Broth
  • Pork Shoulder Bone In
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Cinnamon 
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Powder

IMG_0024

Chop your onions and garlic the spread them on the bottom of your crock pot.

IMG_0022

Now we have to make a dry rub for the pork.

1 TBSP Chili Powder
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Salt
1/2 TSP Ground Cumin
1/4 TSP Cinnamon or 1/2 TSP if you like Cinnamon

Mix all these ingredients together and rub it all over your pork shoulder. Then set your pork shoulder in the crock pot.

IMG_0025 IMG_0027

Cooking time varies but I usually cook it 6-8 hours on high. Once it is soft I pull the bone and the fat out of the crock pot. We keep the bones for our dog 🙂 He loves them. Take two forks and shred the meat. You can take the meat out of the crock pot to do this, but I just do it in the crock pot. Now ENJOY it with your favorite BBQ Sauce. I find that the meat is flavored enough to eat it without BBQ sauce. My family likes Famous Daves Original Recipe sauce.

IMG_0036 IMG_0039

08.26.13

Guacamole Recipe

I like Guacamole a certain way. I don’t like mayo or anything like that in it because I really like the avocado flavor. If you are like me, you may like this Guac recipe I made. It’s so easy and its so yummy!

Here’s What You Need:

3 Ripe Avocados
Salt
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Fresh Cilantro
Ground Cumin

IMG_0097

IMG_0094

 

Cut the Avocados in half and de-pit them. Use a spoon to scrape out the inside.

IMG_0095

 

Use a fork to mash your avocados up. I like mine a little chunky so I don’t mash it TOO much.

IMG_0096

 

Chop your cilantro into little pieces. I LOVE cilantro and I can eat it plain, but I know a lot of people don’t like it. I use about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of chopped cilantro.

IMG_0098

 

Add
1/4 TSP Ground Cumin
1/4 TSP Garlic Powder
1/4 TSP Onion Powder
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1/2 TSP Salt

IMG_0099

 

Mix Mix Mix

IMG_0100

 

DONE! Add more or less of the ingredients to make it your own.

08.24.13

Birthday Gifts!


Many of you know that I have a LOVE for handbags. This year I really REALLY wanted a nice bag that would be a good size for dinners and receptions. I decided I wanted a Jumbo Chanel Flap in lambskin, but I never really thought that Tom would want to buy one. He doesn’t really understand the allure of designer handbags. So I searched and searched for another birthday gift that would make ‘sense’ to ask for, but I still really wanted this handbag.

Well Tom likes to give me more reasons to LOVE  HIM! We decided to buy a used one on ebay. I had it authenticated and I think we got a pretty good deal. I CANNOT justify buying any Chanel classic handbags new anymore. Chanel has gotten a little ‘trigger happy’ with these price increases and it really puts a sour taste in my mouth. I had such a great experience buying this bag on ebay; I will probably purchase most of my future handbags from trustworthy ebay sellers from now on (except my future Hermes Birkin).

IMG_0059

It has a few scratch marks and indents from the chain, but it’s lovely.

IMG_0061

Two peas in a pod. My Maxi Caviar next to my new Jumbo Lamb.

IMG_0062

And on top of this already huge gift, he bought me a pair of earrings that I have been wanting for a while. They go beautifully with my purse too! They can be dressed up or dressed down and they sparkle 🙂

IMG_0065 IMG_0066