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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This is the week that will never end.

I swear, the short weeks are the worst. Especially since we’re snowy and for whatever reason, school hasn’t been canceled or even delayed. Yesterday all of Fort Carson was on a “phased arrival for non-mission essential” whatever but the kids still had to be at school bright and early. 

Lucky for me, I have one kid that goes to a school within walking distance. So he’ll either walk with his friends or I’ll walk with him. But then the other one’s preschool is a good drive away. So I called the secretary yesterday morning and said, “I’m not driving in this.”

And she said, “Excuse me?”

And I said, “My kid’s not coming to school.”

And she said, “Ummm…..” 

So. We skipped preschool yesterday. Rebels. 

At least I called, right?

A few weeks ago, when we made our family trip to IKEA, I tortured my husband (who is doing a strict Paleo diet) by pointing out every sign for their Swedish meatballs. Neither of us have ever tried the meatballs but the pictures were enough to make us both sad that we couldn’t have any.

And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them ever since. 

So I made these Paleo ones which really wasn’t that hard since meatballs are just balls of meat. So pretty much Paleo to begin with. There’s no bread crumbs or anything like that but they have a great texture regardless. And the sauce has coconut milk instead of sour cream or regular cream or whatever typically goes into Swedish meatballs. 

If I put these in front of you and left out the fact that they’re Paleo, you’d never know. You get no hint of the coconut milk. They really taste like traditional Swedish meatballs. And you could totally mash or rice some cauliflower so you have something to absorb all that delicious sauce. 

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Crockpot Carnitas Lettuce Wraps #paleo #lowcarb

I committed a serious crime yesterday.

I went to Dollar Tree and bought ALL THE EASTER DECORATIONS

Yeah, I know it’s not even Valentine’s Day. 

The worst part is that I made a trip there just for Easter decorations. Because at some point, late Monday night, I watched Dollar Tree hauls on Youtube for 2 hours. Guys, I go to Dollar Tree, like, twice a year so how did I stay up until 3 am watching people talk about what they bought there?

I really have no idea how these things happen to me.

And yeah, when those kinds of things pop up on your recommended videos list and you wonder “What kind of weirdo cares about what people buy at Dollar Tree/the grocery store/Michaels/etc.?” 

It’s me. I’m that weirdo.

I also spend an obscene amount of time watching nail polish swatch videos which is literally watching paint dry. So… yeah. 

Anyway, I now have a ginormous bag of brightly colored Easter decorations in my pantry that I can’t use for, I don’t know, 2 months? All because some girl on Youtube told me that Dollar Tree had Easter decorations.

In other exciting news, we had lettuce wraps for dinner! We have lettuce wraps once a week but I’ve just been doing these because they take 15 minutes to prepare or we do bacon and tomato for kind of a BLT feel, so it was nice to have “fancy” lettuce wraps.  

The carnitas (just an inexpensive pork shoulder covered in spices) are cooked in the slow cooker all day and then at the very end, you bake them to get them crispy. But really, you could skip the baking step if you were starving when you walked through the door. Then you just pile a bunch of meat on a lettuce leaf and top with avocado, salsa, chopped onions, cilantro, whatever you want.

This is something the kids like too, but I’ll put it in a tortilla or a hard taco shell or just serve it alongside rice for them. 

Crockpot Carnitas Lettuce Wraps #paleo #lowcarb

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Crockpot Apple Cider Braised Pork

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!

I was really kind of hoping for a day at home today because my life is an absolute mess. I just need a day to organize my house, my thoughts, everything. But alas, we’re out of dishwasher tabs and I have no plans to handwash all the dishes today. I considered overnighting some from Amazon but then I realized how ridiculous that would be. Even for me.

And you know that once I’m out there in the wild, I’m gonna need to stop by at least a couple thrift stores to see if there’s any Pyrex in need of a good home.

I also have to go by the library and pay for the 2 books that Penelope (#idiothusky) decided to eat last week.

In other words, ugggghhhhh.

Anyway, we’re finally done with fall sports and I am incredibly grateful that we didn’t have a single game or practice that involved shivering in the snow.

But at the final football game, I heard those dreaded words. You know the ones.

“We’re gonna have our end-of-season party at…”

Just give my kid his trophy and let me go continue my life as a hermit, dangit!

But we went and I used it as an excuse to wear the new booties that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet.

The party was at Bass Pro Shops which I thought was just a store with fishing stuff but somehow serves pizza and has a bowling alley inside. And it’s, like, a really cool bowling alley with sharks coming from the ceiling and the bowling ball returner-thingies (technical term) are crocodile mouths. But it was absolute craziness for 3 hours.

And then the next morning I woke up with hives.

This is what kid parties do to me.

I decided to share this really delicious Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork with you today since it is Monday and you’re probably already dreading cooking dinner. (I am!) If you happen to have a pork roast and some cider on hand, I’ve got you covered.

I love doing pork in the slow cooker. It just turns out so tender and there’s so much you can do with it. I just made a sauce to pour over the shredded meat but you could easily mix it with a little barbecue sauce and put in on sandwiches.

 

Crockpot Apple Cider Braised Pork

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Let me tell you about how productive I was yesterday.

I got so much done yesterday morning and then both kids that were home fell asleep around 11. Clearly, I couldn’t waste such a peaceful time on things like laundry or scrubbing the toilets. Especially when my DVR was calling my name. So I turned on Madam Secretary (obsessed) and starting searching for a neon geometric cardigan.

WHICH NO ONE HAS RIGHT NOW!

So my children finally wake up and I realize I’ve spent 4 hours searching for a cardigan. I also managed to somehow watch 4 episodes of Revenge.

And then since I’d spent most the day sitting around watching Netflix, I figured I might as well sit around some more and swatch all my nail polish onto fake nails. Because that’s what normal adults do on Mondays.

I did cry on the phone with my internet provider for about an hour. That’s something, right? You guys, I can’t handle the slow internet. I called them Sunday night and the guy reset a bunch of things and then concluded that it was my Macbook causing the issue. WHICH IT ISN’T. So I cried. Because I was so frustrated.

They’re sending a guy out today. I’m going to try not to cry.

Anyway, more pumpkin. Pumpkin all day, every day.

I posted this recipe originally back in 2008. I think that was probably the first year I was really into pumpkin. Probably because that’s the first year I was really into cooking. But we absolutely loved it then. My husband is kind of a pumpkin hater but he still talks about this pasta. And he was totally jealous when I said I was making it a few days ago.

It’s so, so, so good. The pumpkin and the sausage and the sage just work so well together. I’ve got leftovers in my fridge that are currently calling my name!

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