Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by Katie on February 24, 2015

Thanks to the slow cooker I put a fabulous meal of Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches on the table.  Where would I be without my trusty sidekick?

I’ve had my slow cooker for many years. My Mamaw got it for me…it was like THE wedding gift I had to have. I was not looking forward to cooking dinner every night so I just knew I had to have one to help ease the load. I love cooking now, but back then…not so much.

My main slow cooker has been through the wringer and I’ve got my eye on something like this beauty when mine totally tanks.

Pulled Pork

I seriously use my slow cooker at least once a week for something – which is why I’m making plans for the future when mine kicks the bucket. If yours is covered in dust, this is the perfect excuse to dust that baby off and put it to work.  Rekindle the love.

Root Beef Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a family pleaser! My mom made a similar recipe with chicken and it was so good that I tried something similar with a pork loin I had purchased and after dinner I froze the extras so I have more easy dinners already for us!

It sounds a little weird, right?  Root Beer and pork?  But I promise it’s just a really good barbecue pork – it doesn’t taste like root beer. It’s full of flavor and juicy…and makes dinner a breeze.

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork loin roast
  • 12 ounce can of root beer
  • 18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)

Instructions

  1. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker. Pour the root beer over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until it shreds easily. Remove the meat and shred with two forks.
  2. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker. Add the meat back to the slow cooker and add the barbecue sauce. Let it heat for about 30 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/02/24/slow-cooker-root-beer-pulled-pork-sandwiches/

Recipe Credit: Mom On Timeout

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

by Katie on February 18, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake – it doesn’t get much better for the chocolate lover!  It’s my go-to dessert when we go to a nice restaurant and they have it…I just love it. But it’s not something I make very often at home.

I’ve always felt like it was a grand dessert that took a lot of time – and I save time intensive desserts for my business.  When I bake for us it better be easy or it isn’t happening. And then there’s the fact that it’s not the healthiest so making it all the time could and would get ugly fast.

I wanted to make it for Valentine’s day weekend and I didn’t get around to it. I made cupcakes galore for my cake business and after that I just didn’t feel like baking for us. Monday we got hit hard with snow and I was in the house all day and it just so happened to be a big day for my husband. It was his first day in his new job (same place – just a new job)…so I surprised him with this cake since he loves it as much as I do!

It was long haul and we had been waiting 3 months to find out and he had around 8 or 10 interviews so I would say he earned 10 of these cakes – I’m super proud of him and excited for him. And I just know for a fact he will kill me when he reads that I wrote this about him, but I’m not scared of him. ;)

Whether you are celebrating something or just want something new to make for dessert – try this cake! I promise that it is SO easy to make. It’s much easier than I remembered and hardly took any time at all to whip up a gourmet dessert. Serve with a little fresh whipped cream and a few berries and you will have a dessert to impress.

flourless chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Cake
  • 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch-process cocoa preferred
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease an 8 inch round cake pan. Line the pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
  2. To make the cake: Put the butter and the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power until melted. Stir well. Stir in the sugar, salt, vanilla and espresso powder. Add in the eggs, beating briefly until smooth. Finally add in the cocoa powder and mix just enough to combine.
  3. Spoon the batter into the pan. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes - the top should have a slight crust. Remove it from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and turn it onto a plate.
  4. To make the glaze: Combine the heavy cream and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on 50% power until the cream is very warm. Stir until the chips melt (pop it back in the microwave if you need to). Spread over the cake. Let sit for a few hours before eating. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator and serve chilled. Serve with whipped cream.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/02/18/flourless-chocolate-cake/

Recipe credit: King Arthur Flour

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Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma {Book Review}

by Katie on February 18, 2015

About the book:
Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

remember the lilies

About the author:
New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

Purchase a copy here.

My thoughts:
I read Liz Tolsma’s book, Snow On The Tulips, first and gave it a glowing review as the best book I had read that year. It was an amazing book.  Then I anxiously awaited her next book Daisies Are Forever.  Again – amazing book!  So, naturally I jumped at the chance to read her newest book, Remember The Lilies.  I really love her writing style and she weaves such a beautiful story line that just draws you in and you can’t put it down!  I love WW2 settings, and the story lines are so unique and wonderful.

Remember The Lilies is amazing as well!  I loved how she weaved the Gospel throughout the book.  It flowed very naturally and had such a great message of trusting the Lord and the hope He gives through extremely difficult times.  I would highly recommend reading any of the three of these books!

Read what others are saying here.

Disclosure: This book was given to me for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on February 15, 2015

Did you have a great Valentine’s day Saturday? Me? It was just a normal day. I’m not really into Valentine’s day…it’s just not a big deal to me. It’s so little of a deal, in fact, that we don’t even exchange cards. I told my husband a few years ago to not worry about buying me a card…just take me out for a Starbucks drink instead. So that’s what we did…

And then I came home and baked cupcakes and we ate a frozen gluten-free pizza (Costco) because I didn’t feel like cooking. Speaking of cupcakes, I baked an awful lot of those on Thursday. I do a big Valentine’s day cupcake special with my cake business and it gets pretty crazy around here. I may not be into cards, but if I wasn’t gluten-free and I didn’t make the cupcakes I totally would have been down with a box of those as a gift.

Are you really into Valentine’s day? What did you do to celebrate?

menu planning

Breakfast: Mason Jar Overnight Oats, Eggs, GF Waffles (I bought these at Costco…I haven’t had a waffle in forever and just couldn’t pass them up!)

Lunch: Veggies Burgers with Steamed Veggies, Lunch Meat Roll-Ups or Leftovers

Dinner:
Monday- Shepherd’s Pie, Homemade Applesauce (frozen)
Tuesday- Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves, Mashed Cauliflower, Oven Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday- Homemade Mixed Bean Soup with GF Corn Muffins 
Thursday- Baked Steak, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes and Peas
Friday- Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet, Steamed Veggies
Saturday- Out to dinner
Sunday- BBQ Pork (freezer)

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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden {Book Review}

February 13, 2015

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Sweet and Sour Chicken {Gluten-Free}

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My Daily Essential Oils Routine

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Menu Plan Monday

February 2, 2015

Happy Monday!  This is an exciting week for me because I have my first essential oil class on Saturday.  I’m so excited to share how these crazy oils have changed so many things for me. Speaking of essential oils, I will be sharing a post this week on how I use them daily! I’ve got […]

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Quinoa Chili {Vegetarian and Gluten-Free}

January 29, 2015

This Quinoa Chili is a vegetarian recipe (and gluten-free), but friends, this is one dinner in which you will not miss the meat! I had pinned this recipe from Cooking Classy quite some time ago, and just finally got around to making it.  Why, oh why did I wait so long -I’ve been missing out! […]

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Menu Plan Monday

January 26, 2015

This is a busy week here in my house. I’m planning to come to a close on all of my many house projects. Getting them wrapped up! I’m so ready to be done and we are SOOO close, but just have little things here and there. Nail holes to fill and paint, a bathroom to […]

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