Happy Wednesday! 

I’m pretty excited because I have a giveaway today! I’ve been trying to give away a cookbook every month – like, you know, a cookbook that came out that month. It was going to be my thing this year. But then the book I bought for March was kind of a dud. I still haven’t made anything from it.

And then I ordered the Whole 30 cookbook for April and just got distracted with the move and then being so sick. That one’s awesome though. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to eat healthier. 

Now I’m back on track and I have a really great book this month!

It’s Pure Pork Awesomeness by Kevin Gillespie and it really is all pork and all awesomeness. 

I pre-ordered this one months ago because I loooove Kevin Gillespie. He’s probably my favorite Top Chef contestant of all time – mostly because everything he does involves pork!

There are so many delicious looking recipes in this book. I made Tacos al Pastor for Taco Tuesday last week and they were so delicious. My kids don’t like tacos (clearly there was a mix up in the hospital – 3 times) but they wolfed those down. 

And then last night I made these Cuban Sandwiches. I’ve never actually had a Cuban Sandwich but between his cilantro mayo and the slow-cooked pork, I was sold. 

These were probably the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Ever. In my entire life.

I already mentioned the mayo and the pork – there’s also two kinds of cheese, pickles, ham, and rich, delicious bread. 

I’m pretty sad that we have no leftovers. 

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of the book! And good luck!

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous and if you’re a mother (to a human, dog, cat, ferret, whatever), I hope your Mother’s Day was amazing and filled with yummy food.

Mine was great – we tried another Mexican restaurant because we still haven’t found one we love here and then since it was my day, I forced all the boys to go to Petsmart with me to play with all the homeless cats. 

I have to tell you about what happened to me on Saturday though! 

I took a couple of the kids with me to check out the mall and then we went grocery shopping. Okay so $300 worth of groceries later, I try to go home. 

And the guy at the gate – who I literally see everyday of my life and have Jeep conversations with everyday of my life – says, “I’m sorry ma’am, I can’t let you on post since you don’t have a decal.”

I was all, “I have temp tags. I live here. You know me.”

And then he just stared at me. 

Eventually, one of the guys explained that the terror alert was raised and that even though I had my lease in the car showing that I live ON POST, he couldn’t let me through.

So me and the two kids and the car full of groceries and a lawn chair had to go to the visitor’s center and wait in line for two hours to get a temporary visitor’s pass. And then the jerk that did my pass only gave me a 3 day pass WITH THE WRONG TAG NUMBER ON IT. Which means I’m officially not going anywhere until we can get a real tag.

And who knows when that will.

Let me tell you, don’t ever buy a car right before you move out of state. We had a Colorado temp tag, now we have a Texas temp tag, and we still can’t get ahold of the person that needs to fax whatever document we need over to our new county.

#headdesk

Anyway, we did eventually made it home and salvaged what we could of the groceries. And then I had a monster glass of wine while my husband grilled this delicious meal for us. Pork chops on the grill are my favorite! 

These are really quickly marinated (the pineapple and scallions are marinated too!) and then they grill up in about 10 minutes! 

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Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Mine was spent mostly complaining about how I stayed up until midnight (I do anyway, let’s be real) on Saturday to get some #LillyforTarget stuffs and BEFORE IT WAS EVEN OFFICIALLY LIVE, it was all sold out.

Y’all. I had the dress I wanted in my cart and by the time I entered my card info, it was gone. 

The worst.

I got very little unpacking done because I was also busy watching all the shows I missed while hotel living. I am so into Younger. So good. 

Also, unpacking is annoying. 

You know how when you pack your own house, you fill a single box with all your blankets? And then you put all your dishes in a box and label it “kitchen”? And all your bathroom stuff goes in one box?

I think when we weren’t looking, our movers sprinted through the house, grabbing an item from each room, and then pulled a room out of a hat to label it. 

I found my bathroom scale in a box labeled toys, my favorite boots in a box labeled dog pillows (I mean, what is a dog pillow?!), and I still can’t find the part of my favorite lamp that holds the lampshade.

Why did they take apart a lamp and put all the pieces in different boxes, you ask?

Who knows.

Anyway, we did have this pasta over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious. It’s got three of my favorite foods: sausage, artichokes, and Parmesan! Plus pasta and sun-dried tomatoes and even some fresh basil mixed in. 

This is my idea of a good summer pasta since it’s light but still comforting. 

Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

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My husband and I have this really annoying habit of putting a “P” in front of any food that we make Paleo. We have entire conversations about picken puggets or papple pauce or, like this recipe, peatloaf.

(I don’t recommend this when making Paleo cornbread. That’s a good way to make things awkward real quick.)

This is our favorite Paleo Meatloaf recipe. If you’ve never made a Paleo meatloaf before, you will not understand the level of frustration that comes with it. You think it would be simple, right? I mean, the name “meatloaf” sounds like it would be Paleo. It’s a loaf. Of meat. How is that not Paleo?

I have tried dozens of different recipes and they’ve all turned out crumbly and dry or just plain gross. In most Paleo recipes, you use almond flour in place of the soaked bread or breadcrumbs that you would typically use in a regular meatloaf and since almond flour is denser, it just doesn’t work out. This one does include almond flour but since I mix only 1 cup of almond flour with 2 pounds of meat, it stays nice and moist. Because of that, you can get away with using super lean ground beef if you want.

It’s a pretty standard meatloaf recipe – just the beef, almond flour, onion, and a couple eggs. And bacon, of course. Always bacon. Bacon inside the meatloaf and bacon on top! If you are feeling extra ambitious, I totally recommend mixing up some Paleo ketchup to go on top. If you are lazy like me, mustard works just as well!

I usually make cauliflower mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice to serve alongside the meatloaf. Add some green veggies (Brussels sprouts or asparagus are my picks!) and it makes for really good, healthy comfort food. 

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Meatloaf recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Yep, bringing you a grill recipe 4 days after we got 8 inches of snow. We’re those people.

In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that my husband was smoking and grilling in the snow a few weeks ago. In shorts, by the way.

(He also sleds in shorts which is probably another blog post altogether.) 

It turns out that there’s a name for those of us who deal with the rain, snow, or whatever else mother nature wants to throw at us.

We’re Evergrillers. We grill year round and we strive to get the perfect char on every piece of meat no matter what the weather’s throwing at us. 

And by we, I obviously mean my husband. While I supervise from the kitchen window. 

So Kraft Barbecue Sauce has created this awesome Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt. It’s a specially designed fire-resistant glove that protects from both the heat of the grill and the chill of winter. And you can see in my picture below that the design at the top enables you to hold onto any tool  you may need during the grilling process. 

Kraft Barbecue Sauce is also celebrating the recent launch of their revamped line of sauces with recipes that feature high-quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar, and cane sugar. Plus, the bottles got a super cute makeover. 

If you’re an Evergriller, you’re gonna want to enter the giveaway Kraft Barbecue Sauce has going. One person will win their own Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt and a year supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. Make sure you go HERE and enter before January 30!

Now about these Orange Barbecued Ribs … so good. To make the orange barbecue sauce, you just mix a bit of the Kraft Barbecue Sauce with some orange zest and fresh orange juice and just a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. It’s sweet and spicy and delicious. I think it would be delicious on chicken too if that’s more your style! 

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