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Happy almost Friday, guys!
I’ve got the urge to get out of town this weekend but I have too many dogs and too many kids to just pick up and leave. So I’m probably going to settle for lying in a beach chair in my backyard and watching all of season 5 of New Girl.
Aaaaaand I bought a new grill this week so I’ll probably grill every meal. I’m pretty excited about that.
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Can you tell what my favorite combo is right now?
I’m obsessed with apple cranberry everything. By the weekend, I’ll probably be dipping apple slices into cranberry sauce and calling it dinner. That’s how obsessed I am.
I went to make my usual pork with apples and bacon last week and realized I could do apple and cranberry instead and practically cried. Happy tears, of course!
I used a Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin for this recipe. These are my absolute favorite tenderloin (and pork brand in general!) because they are all natural, they don’t add steroids or hormones to their products, and they never add artificial ingredients.
I love that Smithfield is committed to producing quality pork with animals raised in the US and that the company itself partners and supports local farms all over the country.
I also love that I can get them at my local Walmart. Quality pork at a reasonable price? Sign me up!
This Crockpot Apple Cranberry Pork Tenderloin is scrumptious! Pork tenderloins just work so perfectly in the crockpot. They practically fall apart and I won’t like, I only sliced it for the photos. I shredded all of it as soon as I was done because I love it that way.
And then I covered it in sauce, of course. The sauce, you guys! So the pork cooks on top of apples and onions and then it’s covered in cranberry sauce. So just imagine how tasty that sauce is! I thickened it up with some cornstarch and it was perfect!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 Saucehas 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!