Pulled Pork

So remember that time I said I made pulled pork? Well now I am back with the recipe! I unfortunately didn’t take any pictures, but that’s okay. Again it is another crockpot recipe, and it will be made again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork shoulder or butt (bone in or out)
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 1 bottle root beer
  • 1 bottle dark beer

Directions:

  • Cut off most of the fat from the pork
  • Place into crockpot and cover with beer and root beer
  • Cook on low for 8 hours*
  • Drain the liquids
  • Shred the meat and cover with BBQ sauce
  • Add more sauce as necessary

*I didn’t have 8 hours to cook for so I put it on high for 2 hours and then low for the remaining 4.

I was a little unsure how this whole thing would go. For some reason I was nervous about cooking meat in the crockpot. You would think I wouldn’t be worried, it literally cooked for 6 hours, but I was still afraid. It ended up being so delicious. Since it was the first time I cooked it I am sure there are little improvements that can be made. I look forward to playing around with the recipe and seeing what I come up with. I know there are also recipes that include vinegar instead so I am interested in testing that out too.

Weekend Roundup

Friday: Dinner at the Melting Pot. Good friends, fondue, and wine. What more could I ask for? It was delicious and I ended out the night with a movie night with another good friend. I know I can always count on my residents to come through for me and they had John Tucker Must Die!! Now back to the Melting Pot, dinner started out with a spinach and artichoke cheese dip.

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Dinner was followed with chicken, beef, ravioli, and veggies. I have only ever eaten dessert at the Melting Pot so I found it really cook that we get to cook our own meat. We cooked the meat in the chicken broth that was heating in the pot at our table. It did stink that we were constantly waiting for our food to cook, but it ended up still being delicious.

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Our last course was of course the chocolate course. We didn’t want to be boring and get one flavor of chocolate so we got a ying yang. The ying yang was a mixture of white and milk chocolate. It was SO DELICIOUS. I could have just licked the pot, I know that is gross, but I am over it. We each split a plate of dessert so Taylor and I each ate one piece at a time and it would be the same piece. So at the same time we would eat a strawberry or a rice krispie. This way we could compare what we liked and what we didn’t. I ended up with a lot of chocolate on my sweatshirt and a big wet spot from trying to get the chocolate out. It was a little messy. I had a great time with friends I don’t get to see that often. I would redo it in a heartbeat.

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Saturday: I spent Saturday studying for the GMAT, see I am improving! Liz had texted me early asking to go do homework with her and I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get in some study time. We spent about three hours in the business school and then decided to call it a day. I had to go see a dance performance for my intro to dance class so that is how I spent my evening. I asked Liz to drop me off and pick me up so I wouldn’t have to pay for parking. The place was about 15 minutes away from school and basically a direct drive so it wasn’t to bad. Liz picked me up at intermission (I really wasn’t enjoying myself and didn’t even want to go in the first place) and I went back to her house with her. I spent the rest of the night catching up with Annie and her roommates. This is going to be my semester of yes and I would like to think I did that on Saturday night. Yes I didn’t go “out out” like everyone else, but I did make it to a pregame and for me that is good. I usually spend my Saturday nights curled up in bed reading or watching a movie. I already have a lot of fun things to look forward to this semester so I am excited.

Sunday: Sunday I had an area program I was in charge of. I spent 1-3:30pm shuttling students back and forth from school to Giant so they could get groceries. Everyone seemed really excited about the program and I am looking forward to it again in two weeks.

I did it

I finally took the plunge and signed up for the GMAT. Ew. I am not happy about it at all, and I am extremely worried about it, but step one signing up. BYE BYE 250 DOLLARS. Why does it have to be so damn expensive?! Let’s hope I do well the first time. I need to take this test to be able to take the four classes I need to take this summer. So it is very important. I am taking it the day before my birthday so I need to step up the studying. I studied for a couple of hours this week, but I need to take even more time. I think this means slowing down on the reading and speeding up on the studying.

And that reading I was doing. You know how I said I was reading another book the other day? Well I finished that one too. In less than 24 hours. I swear I have a problem. I purposely get ahead on my homework so I can read. I am the lamest 21-year-old alive.

My plans this weekend involve a dinner at the Melting Pot for Baltimore County Restaurant Week tonight. Tomorrow I will be lounging all day and then have to attend a dance performance for my dance class. I am not really happy about it, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Hopefully it will get over at a decent time so I can still enjoy my Saturday night. Sunday will be spent carting the freshman around to the grocery store for 2 hours for my area program.

I am going to be honest here, I keep forgetting to update the blog. It might be all the reading I am doing, it might be the napping, it might just be the lazy. But every time I think about not posting, I think about the tweet I am going to receive when I don’t. Thanks Emma for keeping me held accountable 😉

Off to a Good Start

Well in terms of the 2013 “goals” I am off to a good start, I have finished three books in the month of January and I see a fourth being finished in the very near future. Early during Christmas break, at the insistence of my friends, I purchased Safe Haven by Nicholas Spark. I fell in love with the book, I found myself yelling at the characters towards the end and I cannot wait for the movie to come out. Although I am sure they are probably going to make the movie way more lovey then the book was.

Book 2 was Homeland by Kristen Hannah. SO. GOOD. I. CRIED. multiple times. I am not kidding I was in tears reading this book it was that good. The way the author writes really brings you into the book like it is real life. I would recommend it to anyone. It took about 3-5 chapters to really get into, but once you are sucked in you won’t regret it.

Book 3, was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. This again was a book my friends told me to read. So I started it right after I finished Homeland, and I really could not get into it. I was struggling hard-core. I think I was on so much of a high from reading Homeland that I couldn’t move on. So I put it down for a couple of days and then picked it back up on Sunday. OH MY GOD, it got good. I actually had no idea what the book was about so I really had no idea where I was going when I was reading, but it didn’t matter it was that good.

So last but not least the book I am reading now, Point of Retreat. It is the second book to the book Slammed. It is good and I am about 40% (thanks kindle!) done with the book. I will keep you updated on how it goes!!

On a completely different note, I spur of the moment went out to dinner to a Mexican place with some friends. Such a good decision, and it was half off quesadilla day. That means $3.25 quesadillas, you cannot beat that price ladies and gentleman! It was delicious and I am so happy I looked at my phone during class to see my invitation. There is nothing more annoying than getting home from class at 6pm and having to cook. Mary probably knew I wouldn’t want to and that is why she probably came up with the brilliant idea.

Read any good books lately?

Weekend Roundup

This past weekend was spent having too much fun with friends. Is having too much fun actually possible? Not sure, but I think I did. I woke up yesterday feeling less than stellar. I took a shower and climbed back into bed to get some more sleep. Lets back up to Friday night.

I have one class on Friday afternoons so I slept in a bit and then headed to class. After a grueling 50 minute class I went to the mall to try to find a dress for the alumni event I was going to attend on Saturday. I had, had my eyes on a dress at Macys before break and when I saw it again I knew I had to have it. I tried on a bunch of different dresses, but this dress ultimately won out. After a trip to the mall I came home and took a much deserved nap. I quickly texted all my friends because I needed to go to the grocery store, but didn’t feel like going alone. Good news Mary and Liz accompanied me to the grocery store and then we all ended up getting pizza and eat dinner together too! After dinner I came back to my room and my friend Meredith and I watched How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I haven’t seen the movie in so long so it was absolutely perfect. I somehow still knew some of the lines.

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Saturday I spent all day cleaning my room and getting ready. The alumni event started at 7pm so I headed to Liz, Mary, and EAP’s house to get ready around 4:30pm and to just hang out. Sometimes it gets lonely having no roommates so I force them to hangout with me. I don’t think they mind. We got to the event on time and immediately dug into the buffet. The food was SO GOOD!! I had a little bit of everything. The mac and cheese was probably my favorite though. Lucky for us it was an open bar so we made good use of the money we spent on our tickets. The theme of the event was Cruise and there was some gambling going on. Instead of losing money I stayed away from the tables and kept my money in my pockets. Around 11pm everyone left the event and headed downtown to go out for the rest of the night. By this time I was already getting tired, but managed to make my way downtown. I met back up with Liz and we decided we wanted to go home so we found Erin and the three of us headed home. We spent 45 minutes catching up on life, eating chips and queso while drinking water. It was a great way to end the night and I am so happy to have friends like them.

Sunday was spent sleeping, watching movies, and cooking pulled pork. Some of my friends on my staff and I had a family dinner. I cooked the pulled pork in the crockpot (recipe to come). Tissy made a salad and brought dip with pretzel chips (it was completely devoured), Hanna brought the rolls and ice cream, and Meredith brought cookies! It was such a fun way to end the weekend and catch up from a long weekend.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?