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.

Weeks 1 – 13

So now it is official!  We are expecting our first this August – which is probably going to come waaaaay too fast!  I had the best of intentions to start a blog to keep everybody up to date about what was happening (and to keep all things baby from overtaking my facebook feed), but then I got tired.

Like – REALLY tired.  I haven’t slept this much since college!  Thank goodness work shuts down over the holidays, and that was when the worst of the exhaustion hit, so I could sleep 12 – 14 hours a day without it really affecting anything too seriously.  But, happily, as far as first trimester symptoms go, that was it!  No morning sickness or nausea, no crazy cravings.  I told my doctor (who N and I ADORE)  that I am the most boring pregnant lady ever.

Baby is doing really well and at the first trimester screen was actually registering a few days older than it actually is (but not enough to change the due date – just big and healthy 🙂   Baby, according to the nurse, was also really well behaved because it stayed in the right position while she was taking the measurements, was really cute (but really – I’m sure she says that about all of them), and has long fingers.  Pictorial evidence of said claims can be found below.

Baby preparations are swinging into full gear.  We are down to the short list for names for both genders and have secured the appropriate gmail addresses for all of our options.  We are also starting to fix up a few nagging things around the house so that we can focus on transforming the spare bedroom into a nursery once we are ready.  We are circling around a few ideas we both like, but nothing is set in stone yet.

What I’m missing – being able to stay awake for any amount of time.

What I’m looking forward to – telling people!

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Christmas Eve Apps

We had my side of the fam over for Christmas Eve and, per usual, I made way too much food.

Here is the recipe roundup:

  • Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip
  • Mama Voss’s Crab Fondue
  • Green Olive Cheese Ball
  • Dippers: Veggies, Italian bread, and pita chips
  • Crispy Baked Ravioli (my least favorite – I wouldn’t do this again, but the breading stayed on surprisingly well)
  • Crock-pot Swedish Meatballs (used this recipe as inspiration, but then made them in the crock pot – turned out great)
  • Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake (Easy & yummy.  What can I say, I love a good poke cake. I used 1/2 of the pudding & it was cheesecake flavored, which was plenty)
  • Peppermint Chocolate Crackle Cookies (I used 3/4 tsp mint extract instead of peppermint chocolate – a definite winner!)

I love a dinner of appetizers!  Please be sure to share your family favorites!

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
Photo courtesy of Photokanok via

Criss-cross Applesauce

I have heard that home-made applesauce pretty much is the best thing ever.  After my first try I couldn’t agree more!  After polling some friends on FB and tweaking a recipe I found on Pinterest, I am happy to say this one is a keeper…


12 medium Macintosh apples

1 can cranberry sauce

3 Tbsp brown sugar

Dash of cinnamon

To Do:

Peel, core, and slice apples.  (My apple-peeler-corer slicer made me one happy lady!)  Pop the apples, cranberry sauce, sugar, and cinnamon in a crock pot on low for 5 to six hours.  It was a little thin, so I left the lid off the crock for the last 30 minutes or so.  And that’s IT!  I ran the applesauce through the blender but that is just our preference.

Hope you have a chance to enjoy something that tastes like fall!