Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Instant Pot · Pork · Uncategorized · WLS

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I Googled Instant Pot Pull Pork (Pork Shoulder), and got a ton of different recipes.  All of them said to pressure cook the pork for 90 minutes.  All of them had some sort of spice rub and searing of the pork.  All of them had a sauce.  So I got flavors that David and I enjoy, and made the following:I used about a 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder, paprika, ground mustard, and about a 1/8 of a teaspoon of red pepper.  About 4 Tablespoons of the BBQ seasoning as well.Trim away as much fat as possible.  Sprinkle with the dry seasoning. Coat completely.Sear on all sides in your Instant Pot, with a bit of oil.In the bowl where I added the seasoning to the pork, I added 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 cup of tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup of Worcestershire.  Add the sauce to the pan, and scrap the bottom gathering the bits off of the bottom.  Add the pork back to the pan, and cook on Pressure Cook for 90 minutes.  Manually release the pressure, and rest for 10 minutes.Take the pork out, and reserve the sauce.  Shred – this was incredibly easy – I used my slotted spoon.  I added some of the juices back in.  David loves pulled pork sandwiches.  So, we got some Hoagie bread, and added some bread and butter pickles to his sandwich.David’s plate:He added some additional BBQ sauce to his pork, and it was amazing.  My plate:

Kim-chi cucumbers, homemade cheese crisps and pulled pork.

Blessings.

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Carmen · Craft Room · encourage · family · friends · routines · Uncategorized

Notes

Carmen was home last weekend, and claims my craft room/office as her bedroom for when she is here.  We got her a really nice air mattress, and it accommodates her fine especially since her main living space is at school.

I limit my time in my office due to her “space” usage, and just to be respectful for her to have a retreat at home.  Part of my routine on the weekends is to go upstairs, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and the news.  Have some time for Bible study, and meditation.  Review our money, pay bills, and blog.

Here it is Saturday, and I got to my craft room to start my Facebook scrolling.  I had to move some papers around (I try to keep things organized), and I found this under my computer mouse.I often send her encouraging notes so she has some mail away from home.  But for her to do this…for me…blew me away this morning.

I love her dearly, and so very grateful for her encouragement in whatever I am doing.

Blessings.

5 Love Languages · gifts · love · Uncategorized · Valentines Day

Valentines Gifts

Wow!  David and I don’t exchange gifts or celebrate Valentine’s Day, but yesterday I came home to this:A toaster convection oven, and a Amazon Echo Plus!!!

We were in major need of a new toaster, and had talked about getting a toaster oven.  David didn’t intend for these to arrive on Valentines Day, but they did!  I have said before that my love language is gifts…this is so wonderful.  Appliances typically don’t make it as a gift…but my baby did very well with these.

Oh, and by the way, we don’t have anything smart in the house that works with the Alexa but we are learning

Happy!  Blessings!

anniversary · Mom · Oma · time · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

This past week was the anniversary of my Mom’s passing.  It has been twelve years.  I miss her.

23744_10200223922311812_103019769_nI had a work trip in Tallahassee, and it went very well.  I so wanted to call her and tell her everything that happened.  Instead I rambled to Carmen and David, and they listened, laughed, and responded like I hope they would.  Mom would have done the same thing, but…

I miss her stroking my hair.  I would travel home for a visit, plop in front of her and her lazy-boy chair, and she would just begin stroking my hair.  It was relaxing, calming, and re-assuring.  Something so simple could mean so much.

Carmen, Oma, Stephen July 2002-1I also miss her with my children.  I love this picture of them.  Her chocolate cake, and snuggles, spoils —like every grandmother should.

Blessings.