Friday, August 8, 2014

Crockpot Shredded Pork

Welcome to Feed Us Friday! Chris and Hailey, usually, make their own rub for our meat and let it marinate while it's thawing in our refrigerator; and then, we either grill or bake what we are having for dinner. However I decided to make shredded pork in the crockpot while Chris was at work, so I needed to come up with an alternative. I searched the internet to get a general idea as to what seasonings are used for shredded pork and bbq pork. And, I came up with this recipe!

I first mixed
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbs. paprika
4 garlic cloves,
1tbs. onion powder,
1 tsp of salt,
1 tsp of pepper,
together in a bowl.

(And a tip)
This is one of our favorite
tools in our kitchen.
We have had it for years!
Whenever a recipe calls for garlic,
we use this garlic press from Pampered Chef.

I placed the pork roast in the crockpot
and poured the mixed seasonings on top.

And then, added one small/medium onion.
I covered and cooked it on high for 8 hours.
(most recipes I have read
say between 4-8 hours on low,
so I'm not sure if our crockpot cooks
at a lower temperature,
but ours turned out great.)

After it was done,
I cut the string
shredded the pork
and took it out of the crockpot.

It was delicious!

And it's perfect for reheating if you want leftovers
because it's even better the second day!
In fact, at first, I thought it needed more seasoning,
but Chris loved it, just the way it was, so I left it alone.
After leaving it in the refrigerator overnight,
the seasonings had a chance to really marinate
and I loved it, too!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Apple Turnovers

Welcome to Feed Us Friday! When we first looked at our house, one of the things we were excited about was the apple tree on the side our of the house. We were excited to make all kinds of new recipes. After we purchased our new house, we brought apples back home with us (The Apple Tree) (Atlanta, Cars, and a Job Well Done) to make apple butter. Then, the following spring, Chris trimmed the tree (The Apple Tree). So, last fall we didn't have any apples, and we have been, patiently, waiting to have apples again. Hailey has been wanting to make a homemade apple pie since we purchased our house, and this is the year we had intended to make it happen.

We watched the tree bud,



and start to grow apples.....

Then one morning, last week,
we went outside and found this,

the whole top of our tree
split in half and was laying on the ground.

Needless to say, we were bummed.

Chris and Hailey went out to gather all of the apples laying on the ground, and we are still hoping the remaining apples on the tree will continue to grow and ripen. However, the apples laying on the ground are still hard and tart. Our neighbor suggested we let them sit overnight with sugar. And then, try to make apple turnovers. She, also, suggested buying pie crust and quartering it, which sounded like a great idea since we are still in the middle of remodeling our kitchen. So, this idea is courtesy of our neighbor.

I peeled and diced the apples.

I put them in a plastic bowl, added a cup of sugar,
covered it with a lid, and set it in the
refrigerator overnight.

The next day, I scooped the apples out with a slotted spoon,
put them in a different bowl, mixed in
3tbsp. of brown sugar and 1tsp. of cinnamon.
I placed the seasoned apples on a
ready made pie crust that I cut into eight sections.

I, then, sliced the top crust and
placed each section on top of the apples.
I pinched and rolled the crust
of the little turnovers
to close the ends.
It doesn't have to look pretty!

I baked them according to the pie crust directions.
When they were done, I placed them on a
cooling rack to cool.

Then, I placed them on a plate.
Drizzled the sauce leftover from the apples
and sprinkled powder sugar.

They turned out great and were sooooo yummy!

(They would also be yummy
served warm with ice cream!)

And if our apples continue to grow and ripen, then we
will be making homemade apple pie!

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