Monthly Archives: October 2013

Blue October – Things We Do At Night

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YAY!! Blue October has made a lyric video for Things We Do At Night. I ❤ this song so hard.

My favorite bit comes at 2:22 – the six “Anything”s that Ashleigh Stone sings with Justin are so beautifully plaintive.

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OWH Sketch Challenge #196 With a Heart

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The latest sketch challenge is up at Operation Write Home#196. This is my forth take.

Because the DP is not terribly exciting, I decided to add a layered heart to the design. I’ve actually gone back and done this with all the cards I’ve made from this sketch.

Core-dinations Black, Xerox Flecs Cover, Making Memories Olivia Boho Chic. Sizzix Sizzlit heart and Tim Holtz folder, TPC Studio Hugs and Kisses in Memento Tuxedo Black. The Precious.

Slow Cooked Shredded Pork

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I am currently having a major love affair with my Slow Cooker. This recipe is one of the reasons why.

Slow Cooked Shredded Pork

5-6 pounds Pork Butt / Shoulder boneless (with bone, add a couple of pounds)
1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Real Maple Syrup or 1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tbls Rice Vinegar / Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
1 Tbls Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning***

Break down the pork. If you haven’t done it before, prepare yourself for a workout. Because you’re going to end up with tasty shredded pork, it doesn’t have to be pretty. Try to remove all the excess fat that you can. You won’t get it all but that’s OK. You need some for flavor, you just don’t want big globs of it. The last one I did was about 5.5 pounds before I broke it down. I ended up with about a pound of fat when I was done. Also, if you buy your pork from the supermarket, there’s a good chance that it will be bone in and it will still have the skin. You will need a very sharp knife to remove the bone and the layer of fat and skin. There are helpful sites that will give you an idea of how to do this. In this case, Google is your friend.

Once the pork is broken down, put it in your slow cooker, turned on low.

Mix the Mustard, Syrup, Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Herb Blend in a bowl. Pour this over the pork. Stir it around so all the pork gets covered. It should look like this.

Put the cooker’s lid on and let it cook for 6-8 hours on Low. A couple of hours in, I’ll turn the pork over but you really don’t need to. 3-4 hours in, the meat will start to fall apart if you try to move it. That’s OK – that’s what you want to happen. You’ll also notice a lot of liquid. This is a good thing as well. You can start to shred the pork around the 6 hour mark. I simply use 2 forks and just have it. It falls apart really easily. Letting it cook another hour or so allows the pork to suck up all the liquid that was in the cooker. This is what it looks like when that happens.

My husband will just eat this out of a bowl. My daughter likes it on a roll with some barbeque sauce.

***Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning pretty much has all my favorite flavors in one bottle. It just saves me time. Basic ingredients of it are rosemary, dehydrated garlic, salt, dehydrated onion, lemon peel and paprika. I’ve found it at Sams.

OWH Sketch Challenge #196 Take 3

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The latest sketch challenge is up at Operation Write Home#196. This is my third take.

This sketch has solved a big problem for me. Years and years ago I bought 4 or 5 of the Making Memories Olivia Boho Chic 6×6 pads. I can’t remember why – at the time I didn’t make cards or scrapbook or anything else that would involve needing packs of paper. Probably because they were super cheap and I liked the pink filigree print in the pack – I’m assuming this is the reason because I also own a pack of this pattern – Baroque – in 12×12 sheets as well. Twenty five 12×12 sheets. What. Was. I. Thinking?

Anyway, I used one pack last year in a “use a whole pack of paper to make cards” challenge.  I ended up with 93 cards from one pack. It took me months to finish.

I decided that the next pack I used, I’d just cut the whole thing into 3″ squares and mount them on black. I cut them all, mounted 1/3 on black and gave up as I couldn’t think of a way to use the mounted squares. I’ve made a few cards with the squares but usually only when I was mojo-less.

This sketch is the perfect vehicle for those squares. Embossing the white layer adds tremendous depth to what is really a simple design.

Core-dinations Black, Xerox Flecs Cover, Making Memories Olivia Boho Chic. Scallop is from Silhouette, Sizzix Tim Holtz folder, TPC Studio Hugs and Kisses in Memento Tuxedo Black. The Precious.

OWH Sketch Challenge #196 Take 2

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The latest sketch challenge is up at Operation Write Home#196. This is my second take. This may well become my new favorite sketch.

Core-dinations Black, Xerox Flecs Cover, Making Memories Olivia Boho Chic. No ID ribbon, Sizzix Tim Holtz folder, TPC Studio Hugs and Kisses in Memento Tuxedo Black. The Precious.