Guinness Pulled Pork Sliders

Night Before

Slice white onion and lay on the bottom of crock pot. Mix together paprika, salt, red pepper, garlic powder. Rub on the pork loin and place on top of the onion.

Mix together coleslaw and dressing and let sit.

Day of:

Add a beer to the crock pot and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or until pork is done and pulls apart. Serve on mini Hawaiian rolls with coleslaw.



Sweet and Sour Meatloaf


Chop broccoli, place in container and drizzle with olive oil, red pepper flake, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Mix beef with ketchup,

Prep can only be 1 -2 days prior to cooking.

Day of:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread broccoli on a cookie sheet and roast for 10 – 15 minutes.

Place beef in microwave for 8 minutes. While beef is in microwave, clean and pierce potatoes and put broccoli in oven.

Heat half and half on stove in a pot.

Place pierced potatoes in microwave for 7 minutes. Mix glaze and pour over beef. When the potatoes are done put the beef back in the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes and scoop out the potatoes into the half and half.

Spagetti Squash and Meat Sauce


Cut spaghetti squash in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on tinfoil covered baking sheet, face down. Roast at x degrees for x minutes. Scoop out cooled squash and store.

Brown meat with 1/2 onion and garlic. Slice mushrooms and add. Add tomato sauce and Italian seasonings. Store.

Day of:

Reheat and serve with meat sauce on top of spaghetti squash.

Crockpot Zuppa Toscana

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a meaty, creamy soup and this fits the bill.  It is a little time consuming for a crockpot meal, but worth the effort!  N and I cook up the bacon and sausage and get everything ready to go the night before.  I use scissors to cut the bacon, which I find a lot quicker than trying to cut it with a knife.

This is another been-making-it-since-college meal and it goes great with a panini or some crusty bread.

Crockpot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

1 lb. sausage

2 large baking potatoes

1 large onion, chopped

1/4 c bacon (or more…)

2 garlic cloves, minced

16 oz chicken broth

1 qt water

2 c kale (or spinach)

1 c heavy whipping cream


To Do:

Brown the sausage and cook the bacon.  Add everything except the kale and whipping cream to the crockpot.  Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours.  Add kale and whipping cream for last 5 minutes of cooking.

Week 14


Mommy Update: I went maternity clothes shopping over the weekend with my mom and it seems like I am getting closer to needing them!  Some days I feel bigger than others, and today was a bigger day!  I am getting my energy back and am not feeling winded when I go up a big flight of stairs, which is fabulous.  Cravings are strong, but starting to slow for Jimmy John’s veggie subs and the berry booster smoothie from the-place-we-will-always-refer-to-as-Alterra-even-though-now-it-is-Colectivo.

Daddy Update: N is being a huge help and finished the chalkboard for me to start taking pictures with!  He also just finished updating the upstairs bathroom.  Finally telling people was “nice” and “a relief” and I couldn’t agree more!

Baby Update: Nothing new – it’s going to be a few weeks before I can start to feel anything but we have another doctor’s appointment next week.  Baby is the size of a lemon (!) and now has it’s own hormones.  I haven’t been too hormonal – except for the SUPER sappy Olympic mom commercials.  Seriously.  Enough already.  If anything N says I’m getting sassier.  If this is coming from the bug, we are in trouble 🙂

Missing & Looking Forward: sleeping through the night & coffee tasting good/ getting the office organized so I can move my scrapbooking stuff out of the spare bedroom/future nursery


In-Season Foods: December

What’s good now?  (Besides hot chocolate?)

Food Image

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

Regionally close foods

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Greens
  • Leeks
  • Plums
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Other in-season foods

  • Oranges (Navel)
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit (Texas Rio Star, Rio Red, Pummelo, Sweetie)
  • Tangerines (Fairchild)
  • Tangelos
  • Mandarins (Satsuma, Clementine)


Sources: Foodgeeks, About, Midwest Seasonal Food ChartEat the SeasonsSunkist
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